Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Roses, Purple Frogs, Dust, and Sun Dogs

(Should Johnny Carson be opening an envelope here?)

Do you love the Rose Parade on New Year's Day?

The 122nd Rose Parade themed “Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories”, will take place on Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 8 am (PST) featuring spirited marching bands from throughout the nation, majestic floral floats, and high-stepping equestrian units.*

Paula Dean will be Grand Marshall this time.

History behind the Rose Parade**

To celebrate California's mild winter climate, the Tournament's founders and Valley Hunt Club members, Dr. Francis Rowland and Prof. Charles Holder, created a floral festival in 1890 patterned after the "Battle of the Flowers" in Nice, France.

It was initially a modest procession of flower-covered carriages with afternoon "games" including foot races, tug-of-war contests and sack races.

"Tug of War" this year is between
Wisconsin Badgers vs. TCU Horned Frogs

When we watch this year it will have a different meaning. Since we live right down the street from TCU here in Fort Worth and 'cause my sweetie is a Badger fan. (Go Frogs!)

Speaking of TCU...

Last Sunday took a walk in the bitter cold morning breeze to view the TCU stadium being imploded to make room for newer stadium seating, suites, etc.

This took all of 27 seconds.

Quick. Back in the truck, it's cold out here.

Looking up into the cold December sky at all the helicopters flying over head we spotted the sun dog or halo around the sun.


lifeshighway said...

Wow I am not sure I can keep up. First impression: the sun dog photo is awesome!

second: go Horny Toads!

third: I would love to see a major structure implode. My head implodes all the time but it is not major.


Tufa Girl said...

You know how it is... try to clean up and all this stuff has to go somewhere?

Anonymous said...

I had no idea what to expect from the title, but really nice images of the unexpected.

Tufa Girl said...

I'm just a little distracted these days. Glad you tried to follow along.