Sunning up roses
This year is off to a great start. So, I thought I would reflect that in the name of the post and the pictures — all taken at the Rose Parade for the 137th Tournament of Roses, in Pasadena. It seemed that whenever I went to Pasadena to take pictures in the past few years, it was overcast. Not this year and not this particular day. It was the perfect time (morning) and light for photography. Tell me what you think.
Also, for some reason, I had a huge spike in visits to this blog yesterday — out of the blue. And, in just these first two weeks of 2016, I have welcomed to this community a bunch of new members. I have no idea why, other than some obscure exogenous factor, but thank you and welcome.
So, what’s new with us here? For one thing, we upgraded our security and phone systems again and now have a sophisticated array that should keep our synapses firing while we learn how to use everything and not trigger it ourselves, LOL. We also put a new BluRay system on the TV that comes bundled with all sorts of streaming programming like Vudu and Hulu and Netflix, etc. We finally have our home and garden just the way we want them.
Now, what will I do with my non-working time? Clean, of course. Shop, but not for clothes. I am embarrassed to say that this past year I added so many new things that I literally and I mean it this time, have not an inch of space left for any new items. Haven’t even worn a lot of the purchases and most still have the tags on them. So, Basta, per un po ‘. I am also working on recording my own vocals to make MP3s for the video slideshows I produce for family and friends, so that is something exciting to look forward to.
I was so sad that David Bowie left us. One never realizes how influential one of these icons is, until they are gone. Never a huge fan of the music, per se, but liked his kitchy creativity and overall evolutions. Seemed like a good man, too. And now Alan Rickman. Both so young.
May I just insert a few words about the Dems and this election. Are these young’uns ignorant or what? There is no way this country is going to have any success with the pie in the sky, expensive fantasies promised by the New York liberal socialist Mr. Sanders. If the Democrats are foolish enough to nominate him, they will lose the election. He cannot enact his plans and ideas, no matter how sexy they are — if this congress thwarted the reasonable Mr. Obama, just imagine how they will burn Bernie. Idealism vs pragmatism is at stake here — not in all things, mind you — but in this particular instance. Be smart, progressives, elect the only choice we have who can actually win and/or keep the progress we have made. OK, that’s all I’m going to say on that. 😀
For once, I don’t have much to report and since the only theme of this post is sunshine and new beginnings and creativity and fun, I will concentrate on sharing these photographs. I took hundreds, hauling three cameras with me that day and snapping shots amid the chaos of the crowds and the group we treated to Pasadena — 18 people in all. It was madness, but the good kind.
Next week, I hope to have my winter travel post up. And after that, who knows. Let’s be serendipitous, shall we?
And, once again, to all my new friends in this burgeoning community, please do comment, stop by to say hello. I always respond and I am grateful and honored to welcome every single one of you. Hugs!
Images: Chez BeBe/ Pasadena Rose Parade floats