The week between Christmas and New Year is one of the busiest weeks of the year at the Museum, not only because everyone’s on vacation at this time of the year, but because on the morning of January 1st, an estimated 700,000 people are expected to flock to Colorado Street in Pasadena for the 122nd Tournament of Roses Parade, and later at 2 p.m., 94,000 fans are going to squeeze into the Rose Bowl to watch TCU (Texas Christian University) Horned Frogs and Wisconsin Badgers playing the Rose Bowl Game, which, for those of you who don’t live in the United States, is an annual American college football bowl game, usually played on January 1st at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
The Rose Bowl, which was first played in 1902, is the oldest bowl game, “The Granddaddy of Them All“.
Since 1945, it has been the highest attended college football bowl game.
As both the teams are from out-of-state this year, thousands of their supporters, are pouring into L.A. for the capacity crowd game.
I heard on the radio that Wisconsin’s average “offensive lineman” is 6 ft 5 inches tall and weighs over 320 pounds. Good lord, I wouldn’t mess with them…
Have you ever seen the Parade on TV? The Marching Bands, and the floats decorated with twenty million flowers – orchids from Asia, roses from Colombia, tulips from Holland. In addition to the thousands of spectators whose life-long dream is to see the parade, thousands of people come from all over the country specifically to work on the floats
The Museum’s been busy all week – on Thursday we had over 8,000 visitors and they expect 10,000 on Friday (they already have reservations for 44 buses). One of the visitors told me that when he arrived at midday yesterday there was a stream of cars at least a mile long, in both directions, waiting to get into the gate. He was clever, and came by bus. Yes we do have a bus service in L.A., sort of anyway.
“You have my book!” a man told me. I asked him to show it to me.
It’s a large photography book called: “Nuevas Histoirias. A new world view of Spanish Photography and Video Art,” by Timothy Persons.
He’s a photography proff who teaches in Finland, but lives in Berlin, and sounded American.
This is Ben, who is four-years-old. His aunt Pat who was staying at his house this week, “lives over the Golden Gate Bridge and through the rainbow tunnel”.
“I love your Chapeau,” I told a woman
“Thank you,” she said, and about 5 minutes later she came back, “Excuse me,” she said, “What was that lovely word you used for my hat?