New Years 2014 Float Review

A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other!

Remember: The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year's Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you're married to. - P.J. O'Rourke

Lot's Of Fun... A Few Pictures

Irene, Sue, and Paul headed for Pasadena this fine day to enjoy the floats and discover a place to dine in Old Town Pasadena....

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
A beautiful animal greeted us at the beginning of our two hours walk

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
China Airlines always does great

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
Look out.... The dogs got out

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
We thought of Zachary and Becca

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
We never heard of it before.... Irene filled us in

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
The blacks were beautiful in the sunlight

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
Looked very tropical

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
The WASP's

Did You Know? - The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) was a paramilitary aviation organization. The WASP's predecessors, the Women's Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) and the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) organized separately in September 1942.

They were the pioneering organizations of civilian female pilots, employed to fly military aircraft under the direction of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.

The WFTD and WAFS were merged on August 5, 1943, to create the paramilitary WASP organization. The female pilots of the WASP ended up numbering 1,074, each freeing a male pilot for combat service and duties.

They flew over 60 million miles in every type of military aircraft. The WASP was granted veteran status in 1977, and given the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009.

Some 25,000 women applied to join the WASP, but only 1,830 were accepted and took the oath. Only 1,074 of them passed the training and joined.

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
The bouquet of these wines was magnificent

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
Stop the walk... We need a drink

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
One of our favorites.... From Public Storage

Did You Know? - The Tournament of Roses Parade float entered by self-storage real estate investment trust Public Storage Inc. won the Grand Marshal's Trophy for "excellence in creative concept and design." The parade took place yesterday in Pasadena, Calif.

Called "Adventures in Space," the float appeared to television viewers and parade attendees as a single structure with three aliens traveling aboard a spaceship. However, the top of the spaceship opened 45 feet into the air revealing the aliens were driving three individual vehicles. During the parade, all three alien floats drove down a ramp descending from the front of the primary float and re-boarded the mother ship from a ramp at the rear of the float. It was the first time a float disassembled and reassembled as part of the parade, Public Storage officials said in a press release.

Each piece of the float also represented a letter in an alien alphabet. When assembled on the mother ship's control board, the letters spelled out a secret message that was decoded as "We'll Treat Your Stuff Like It's Our Stuff!," which is a company slogan. That particular animation earned Public Storage one of only two extended airtimes during the two-hour broadcast.

 

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
Good afternoon ladies

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
Checkout those blue skies

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
The train whistle could be heard for a block

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
Beverly Hills City Hall

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
Now this is what we call a gingerbread house

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
The Spirit Of Saint Louis flies again

Exercise Is Done For The Day... Let's Find Calories

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena

Did You Know? - Old Pasadena is the original commercial center of Pasadena, a city in California, United States that arose from one of the most prosperous areas of the state, and had a latter day revitalization after a period of decay. Old Pasadena is often referred to as Old Town Pasadena or just Old Town.

Old Pasadena began as the center of an enlightened "Athens of the West" that gave rise to Caltech, JPL, as well as Beckman Instruments, Aerojet and numerous other industrial giants. It was the home to Andy Warhol's west coast debut, the Pasadena Museum of Modern Art (one of the earliest and best modern art museums in the country, now the Norton Simon Museum), and before that a center of suffragist and pacifist movements, and other liberal causes.

By the late 1940s, the area was blighted by flop houses, seedy bars and pawn shops. It later became a hippie mecca with head shops, adult bookstores and massage parlors. By the late 1980s, urban renewal was in full swing with the trendy set.

Old Pasadena is now a designated historic district of the Pasadena Charter defined by its boundaries 1) to the North, Holly Street from Fair Oaks Avenue to Arroyo Parkway; 2) on the East, Arroyo Parkway south to Green Street, jogging one half block west to the old Santa Fe RR right-of-way and continuing 3) South to encompass the Old Train Station and Central Park, then north on Fair Oaks to De Lacey Street, then west to Pasadena Blvd.; 4) on the West by Pasadena Blvd. north to Union Street, back to Fair Oaks Boulevard. and north to Holly Street.

The Historic Old Pasadena District was chartered in 1980 as a means of revitalizing the oldest part of Pasadena which had fallen derelict though not abandoned, but was for all intents and purposes economically and commercially dead.

By this charter, a strictly controlled redevelopment was able to be established with federal tax incentives to qualifying investors. Under strict guidelines, buildings were able to be stripped of old paint, revealing some of the finer—as well as some of the roughest—of early brickwork fasciae.

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena

 

Did You Know? - Café Santorini opened its doors in June 1993 at a historic brick building in Old Town Pasadena. Specializing in Mediterranean food, we offer grilled meats, seafood dishes, an array of pastas and family style appetizer platters. The indoor dining room offers a cozy intimate setting, while the outdoor patio offers year-round dining under the stars in a romantic roof-top setting. They have a full bar with an extensive wine list.


Plenty of stairs but that helps the appetite

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
Too many excellent choices

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
The nice Russian lady took our picture

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
..and again

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
...and again.... She knew what she was doing

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
We had a delicious meal and enjoyed the visiting

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
Laughs and giggles.... Hoots and hollers

What Did We Have You Ask?

Paul - Green Curry Risotto With Scallops - Pan seared scallops served over green curry cilantro risotto with leeks and diced red bell peppers.

Sue - Vegetarian Mezze Tasting - Iimam bayildi, stuffed grape leaves, cheese borek, tabouleh, hallumi cheese, pickled turnips, green olives, hummus and pita.

Irene - Santorini Mezze Tasting -  Sstuffed grape leaves, kubbe, green olives, feta cheese, tabouleh, cucumbers, pickled turnips hummus and pita.

Paul & Irene also shared "Fries with Eyes"... Friend Pacific Smelt

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
Our view was of Old Town

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
The inside of the restaurant was beautiful

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena
A wonderful place to dine

2014 Rose Parade floats and Dining at Cafe Santorini in Downtown Pasadena