The year was all taking in everything that was new and learning, and then applying these new things to life. Previous years had introductions to new things, but never as many as last year. Hopefully, 2010 will be even more invigorating.
Some things about welcoming a new year were different. Such as watching the Rose Parade. Watching back last year's Rose Parade (recorded on the DVR) and then comparing it to this year's coverage was quite different. The parade floats were more astounding this year. I knew of people who were volunteering to make the floats (I could have this week...). KTLA yet featured a different culture, China, this year (before on a past year, India), with a interview with Yao Ming, and footage of the people on the floats on China.
But some things remained the same. Such as long lines at restaurants like Hop Li and Full House, and now, Green Island. Restaurants were crowded with people not only today, but also on New Year's Eve. People were everywhere, enjoying the nice sunny, but mild weather. It was great to see things lighten up after a day of rain and chilly weather.
(Photoshopped License Plate)For me, I encountered something new, IN PERSON, today. After a delicious lunch at Embassy Kitchen (post to come on both lunch and dinner), the first restaurant reviewed here on Eat. Travel. Eat!, we were off to look at the Rose Floats. However, look at the photo, and you will see all the traffic we encountered nearby Victory Park. Stopped traffic, with police cars moving everywhere in the opposite direction of where the crowd was wanting to go.
The Honda FCX Clarity Hydrogen Car is, pretty much, old news. If you watched the Rose Parade last year, you saw it already on TV. And it was announced more than a year ago. But seeing someone driving it in person? Definitely something new for me. Yes, there may be all the exotics and the Mini E's, but this was quite different. And since we were stuck in traffic, might as well get a photo. Cool car, new car. You know I like cars already, don't you? (Car event, Pelican Hill)
And might as well enjoy that Photoshopped license plate too. I spent several minutes tinkering with the image. :)
I'd wish I had Rose Float pictures to show you (I would have had plenty if I had volunteered to help with the Lions Club Float or two other floats...), but with the traffic, we turned around. And when we did, the sight was shocking.
Trash. Trash everywhere. If seeing it on TV of Times Square was not enough. Who knew Pasadena would also have its own trash problem? (see pictures if you want HERE and HERE). We left after that. Anyway, one police car was coming at us as I took the pictures, anyway. Not that it mattered.
Mount Wilson was quite visible from the 210 freeway, being quite clear. It was also the chance, to really try out something different with Mr. Camera. We are all constantly learning new things, and today was a chance to experience what Ken Rockwell said was good about the D90. Picture controls!
Isn't this photo so much more vibrant and glowing with color? Vivid picture control in the works. :) Too bad, the car was moving, and by the time I was taking this photo, we had moved quite a bit already. You can not see that much left of Mt. Wilson.
Maybe you would like to see Mt. Wilson with a palm tree. I was, when I was taking this photo.
The rest of the day was low key and relaxing. Watching more Rose Parade re runs from the DVR was quite fun. After all, I was missing out too much already, after the F-18's flew past our house, giving its vociferous sound to all of our local community. Quite fun! Everyone was sure to be awakened after that. :)
Wishing everyone a productive, eventful, and happy 2010. A grateful thank you for reading and your viewership of Eat. Travel. Eat!
P.S.: Ha! This is the 168th post. Just so fits into the meaning of "168" in Chinese: "Yi Lu Fa". Or continuously earning/growing. :)