Dunno how the format of this particular post is gonna come out, but I do know it’s about time I posted something new. Therefore, after Thanksgiving without further delay I decided to head back into Pasadena a day early to see Queen – Live!!
One Colorado in Old Town was having their Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Plus, the new Rose Court might make one of their very first public appearances. Didn’t feel like doing anything so cruising down the boulevard seemed lazy enuf for me to check out.
Besides, I might get to tell Santa Claus what I wanted. The gift I really wanted from this event wood bee a good seat for a decent photo of the new Queen or her Princesses. However, with my great non-luck I’d probably just have to settle for a weekend matinee to catch a movie I’ve never seen – if they let canines inside.
(Only later did I realize how much Thanksgiving lag I was under. Didn’t I know I was volunteering for a tour of duty by going 1) into Old Town, 2) on a weekend night!, and 3) into a mass of people?!)
Arrived just at 6pm when all the festivities up on the stage immediately began. Already I felt dead on arrival. The courtyard was packed with people, shoulder to shoulder. Many were also packing cameras. And, no vacancies near the stage meant no good fotos!
Oh well, I thought, that’s another fine mess my naive mind got me into. Where is my mind?, Where is my mind? Where?
In fact, the best view of the stage for most wood bee by turning their backs to the stage to look at the large screen on the wall across it! (Pictured, Larry Wilson)
Nevertheless, I knew if I was gonna salvage decent shots of anyone besides my fellow crowd members my mission, should I decide to accept, wood bee to take a position near the stage as possible.
A Rose Princess leads in singing a Christmas Carol or three
Ok, closer. Except, it seems I still have the Queen above me caged behind bars.
A crowded view down below
Then, Santa made his annual appearance. In fact, unbeknownst to me I was right in his path as he pranced off the stage down into the mass of humanity.
Well, I finally got up on stage, or at least a corner of it. Somehow! Luck is an ally tonite. Marshall’s school choir sounded & looked good even from the rear.
Hey girls! You’re in the way of the pro photographers. (And, this pt & shooter too!!) “What??” Oh…,this is the Rose Court. Oops, sorry. Block
our my view all you want. But, why is everyone just standing around in this chilly nite? Let’s get some action so I can get outta Old Town!
I tried to sneak into a front & center position with the professional’s, but one of the pros (above) had the same idea at the exact time! Well, maybe it’s best I remain to the side else I be discovered (“Hey! There’s a dog up here – get him!!”). Ok, the choir director also had his own idea of front & center. “I’m trying to get some shots of the royalty, please!” I wunder how many more earnest smiles these young ladies can squeeze out for another month.
The lighting where the Rose Court were poses on the stage wasn’t exactly royal. Still, if it’s good enuf for the professional clickers then I was glad to be the only pt & shooter up on stage among the telescopes taking shots.
I wood bee satisfied if my only Christmas gift was a smile just half as wunderful as these young ladies. Of course, these girls have a brunch of practice smiling – already they’ve probably had a minimum of half a million photos taken of them.
I’ve been very impressed by the last two Rose Queens in particular: Queen Courtney, another foodie, who is now at USC, and now Queen Natalie & her court of Princesses. I pray that this was just the beginning of even bigger things in their lives.
Well, I was blessed with a touch of luck to get on stage that nite. As my good buddy Petrea wood say, it was getting “chilly” out there. In which case, I headed outta Old Town and into a heater!
Gotta backblog of postings I gotta hope beyond reason to get up before this year is history. Stay thirsty and warm my friends!