For it was New Year's Day as usual here in Pasadena ... a million or so friends and relatives dropped by to say "Happy New Year and to watch the drill teams ...
Pay their respects to Her Highness, the Rose Queen and her court ...
And marvel at the beauty that makes this Tournament of Roses Parade such an amazing spectacle no matter how many times you've slogged down Colorado Boulevard at o'dark-thirty in order to get "the spot" for an up-close-and-personal view of it all.
This year a fabulous parishioner gifted us with great bleacher seats -- ergo the relatively decent photos without the backs of heads in the way and a wonderful way to "ring in the New Year." Now we're hunkered down for the OTHER Pasadena tradition ... watching USC kick butt in the Rose Bowl Game!
So Happy New Year, Everybody ... reasserters and reappraisers, AMiAers and Integritarians, Trojans and Wolverines ... smell some flowers and watch some football today -- or whatever feels like R&R to you ... and may God bless you and those you love in this Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Seven.