Written by Gerald Boerner



JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumb_thumb_thumb_Welcome to the year of the predicted Apocalypse — 2012. Such is the conclusion of the believers in the Mayan calendar that end with this year. But I’m not sure that I am among those “believers”. None the less, my life will go on in its new “NORMAL” mode. Damned — aging is such hell!

But these days in good old River City are unbelievable! The nights have been warmer for the past several days; the night-time lows have been in the upper-30s or lower-40s. For the past couple of mornings the temp has actually been around 40-42 degrees. And this is the end of December. The daily highs have been in the upper-70s and lower-80s. Yesterday was a nice 81 with only whips of clouds in sunny skies. Another spring-type day is due today. I can dig it!

_2012 MayanIt is the morning of New Year’s Day and there is no Rose Parade on TV this morning and the Rose Bowl game is not going to be played later today. Did Pasadena cancel these events? NO. The Pasadena Rose Association had negotiated an agreement with area churches many years ago which stipulated that if New Year’s Day fell on a Sunday, the festivities would not be observed until the following day to allow church-goers to attend services without being hampered by the parade crowds. So, tomorrow morning the parade will move down its route on Colorado Blvd through the downtown area. The floats will draw their usual Oohs and Ahhs. Their shapes and colors will work their visual magic. The girls riding these traveling floral displays will be their usual beautiful selves.

Likewise, the marching bands will toot their own horns, so to speak, along with the drums and other instruments. They will be accompanied by the majorettes, cheerleaders, drill teams, and flag units will dress in their usual cute outfits. They will be a visual spectacle as well as playing rousing songs as they move in step along the parade route. To their credit, these marching units have earned their place in the parade by their outstanding performances over the recent years; they are award-winning competitors at the highest levels.

And then there are the equestrian groups. They will feature a variety of breeds, many of which are known for their unique gaits and extravagant tack. These saddles have often been covered with enough silver to fund a small third-world country! But they are exciting to see. I have fond memories of parades past in which the cowboy heroes from radio or TV would ride down the route, moving from side to side to show off their rope tricks or horse handling skills. Those were the daysGLB

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Quotations Related to New Year’s Resolution:


“I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the years’.”
— Henry Moore

“It is always during a passing state of mind that we make lasting resolutions.”
— Marcel Proust

“Dieting on New Year’s Day isn’t a good idea as you can’t eat rationally but really need to be free to consume whatever is necessary, moment by moment, in order to ease your hangover. I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began generally on January the second.”
— Helen Fielding

“And I’ve tried to give us a higher profile. Typically, at a board meeting, we’d pass resolutions about the civil-rights issue of the day, but we’d never tell anyone. So I’ve instituted a policy of announcing our resolutions at the end of our meetings.”
— Julian Bond

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