Monday, Jan. 1
Happy New Year! And it's a very happy new year for Anaheim's first Rose Parade float entry in 35 years, which wins the Mayor's Trophy for outstanding city entry. The float features American Idolcontestant Lisa Tucker singing while surrounded by symbols of the city's 150 years: oranges, Disneyland, signing really bad stadium deals with professional sports franchises. Other winners include Sierra Madre's "Our Wonderful Wisteria," which took the Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy as the most beautiful noncommercial float; Palmdale, which won the Past Presidents Trophy for the most creative use of floral and non-floral elements; and Cerritos, which won the Bob Hope Humor Trophy for its hilarious premise that anyone would actually want to live in Cerritos. (That was for you, Stanton.)
Tuesday, Jan. 2
Hey, didn't have room for this anywhere else, but just wanted to let you know that, on New Year's Eve, I ate venison for the first time. It tasted adorable.