Running a bit behind with this, but it was a busy weekend.
As you can see, a good time was had. Particularly by me, what with the honor of riding on the official Yesterday’s float. My first time on an actual float in an actual parade.
They issued me a green cowboy hat, but it was too small, and I was already wearing a hat, so I used it to wave with.
Turns out that early is the time to go. It wasn’t as hot as later, and you miss a lot of the crowd. I was a bit concerned at what I perceived as low turnout, but Scotty at Yesterday’s said, wait until about 2. I left a little before that, and the mob waiting to get in was impressive. The crowd was later estimated at 40,000.
Among all of them, I only ran into one person who I actually knew was Irish, as in personally from Ireland — Jerry Hackett, who teaches philosophy at USC. He and Bud Ferillo were sitting out in front of Starbucks. I joined them for a bit and we talked about the new Pope, which seemed the thing to do while celebrating a saint’s day.
Speaking of philosophy, I heard a pearl or two from the mouth of Cedric the cowboy as I stood next to the bathtub from which he waved. For instance, as he looked out on the sea of green-clad folk, he wondered aloud, “How come on St. Patrick’s everybody wants to be Irish, but on Martin Luther King Day, nobody wants to be black?” I’m not sure what it meant, but that was the only thing I actually tweeted out from the float.
I got a bit sunburned and my famous gigantic hornrim glasses got broken. No, I didn’t get into a brawl. And I had not so much as touched a drop. It was right after the parade, as I was re-entering the festival area; I was trying to remove my green sweatshirt and my glasses flew off and hit the pavement, and I saw one lens go skittering off down the street. I sort of repaired them with some tape from behind the bar at Yesterday’s, but it might be time to invest in some new ones.
So when you next see me, I might look different…
“one person who I actually knew was Irish”
this is why my kids (now adults) have a button they wear on St Patrick’s Day that says “Kiss Me, I’m Polish”
(we’re really of Slavic decent but close enough!)
I saw the Yesterday’s float, but didn’t realize you were on it until after the fact, so I wasn’t looking for you. Sorry I missed you. Early is the way to go. We left at about 3:30, which seems to be a tipping point for the crowd. Pun intended.
Some changes this year helped–moving most of the food off Harden, for example. The streamlined entry system wasn’t so impressive. When we entered at about 9:30 they had two lines checking bags, but only one guy scanning tickets, and he was using his phone to scan. Real bottleneck, and that may be what caused the lines you saw.
We’re in photo #80 on the State’s AM pictures.
Warby Parker, for single vision lenses. Cool, retro frames, some even like yours, and they give a pair of specs to a poor person in the developing world for every pair you buy, and under a $100, complete with all the coatings….
I stopped going to Yesterday’s after one of their employees earned a failing grade in the class I was teaching at USC. I didn’t want to have my food tampered with if said student happened to be working and blame me for his failing grade. I doubt that they are still there, but I still haven’t gone back.