Every year people ask why I don't take the family to the Rose Parade. Well, the Rose Parade is not some quaint little town fun, that's the Doo Dah parade. The Rose Parade is an industry.
Going to the parade is an all night affair, even if you buy tickets for seats. Dragging my two daughters out for an all night campout surrounded by booze & coffee drinking freaks may be OK in about 10 years, but not now.
Just like in football, the best place to watch the Rose Parade is on my couch with the Tivo remote in hand to fast forward through the boring stuff.
Last night I went out to see a movie with James & Joseph (Paycheck, which was neither great nor bad, but a good movie.) in Old Town Pasadena, at ground zero of the parade. Besides the fact that most of the storefronts were boarded up like a hurricane was about to blow through town, here was the sight everywhere.
So if your living room looks worse than that, you'll feel right at home on the parade route.Posted by michael at January 02, 2004 10:17 AM