(Chuck) We are at the heart of the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. It seems fitting that my bride of 41 years should be surrounded by roses on our wedding anniversary. We have spent the last two days volunteering as float builders for the Phoenix Decorating Company.
In our warehouse there are nine floats being built. All the mechanical and basic foam work has been done previously by the company. This stage of the building is the finish work and application of the flowers. It is a big job and we are happy to be a part of it. The float with the Eagle of the right is from the city of Glendale and it is one of the floats we have worked on.
Fellow Boomer Gretchen Mattison gave us the opening to this gig. She has worked for Phoenix Decorating for the past several years. Click on the Phoenix link and you can see some of the 2010 floats that are in our building.
(Jan) We have spent the day surrounded by flowers, thousands and thousands of them of every color and every type. Chuck and Ron have been working with Gretchen getting the ‘maches’ ready with oasis foam and chicken wire to hold the elaborate bouquets that will be on the floats. They were working on the City of Glendale, McDonald’s and Lion’s Club floats. Bernita and I worked with 800 roses today getting them stripped of thorns and lower leaves and then wiring the stems for those same three floats. Check out the photo album below to view some of the gorgeous flowers that have surrounded us!