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Community & Clubs: Finishing up the Rose Parade floats

December 28, 2010|By Jim de Boom

There will be no service club meetings this week as they finish up decorating their Rose Parade floats and host the international presidents at luncheons and dinners in the Pasadena area. The Kiwanis International float will be seventh in the parade order, while the Lions International float will be No. 48 and Rotary International's float is No. 51.

The parade begins at 8 a.m. Saturday. The best TV viewing will be on KTLA, Channel 5 in Southern California. The station rebroadcasts the parade several times New Year's Day.

Barbara and I will be viewing the Rose Parade from stands in Pasadena along with our daughter Stacy, her husband, Kyle Howard, and his parents, John and Nancy Howard, from Boston.

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Boy, the senior Howards have had their share of bad weather trouble getting to Southern California! Last February as they were going to leave for the Stacy de Boom-Kyle Howard wedding in Palm Desert, a winter snowstorm caused their flight to be cancelled. They did arrive several days later in time for the rehearsal dinner and the wedding.

Now the senior Howards were to arrive Monday from Boston for a 10-day vacation that includes a trip San Diego and the Rose Parade. Their Monday flight was canceled and we are hoping they are able to get on a flight Wednesday for Los Angeles International Airport and at least enjoy part of their vacation.

Getting away from it all

Speaking of vacations, Barbara and I had a few in 2010, including our 40th wedding anniversary cruise out of Miami on Norwegian Cruise Line. That was a miserable experience! We didn't see the cabin attendant once during the cruise. One day our cabin was made at 9 p.m. while we were at the ship's theater. There wasn't soap or shampoo in the dispensers, no pillows. The in-room safe was broken as was the night security door latch. We took out list to the concierges' desk and asked for help. Help didn't come. Unfortunately they add the tips for the cabin attendant, waiters, etc. to your bill so there no motivation for them to offer good service. We don't recommend Norwegian Cruise Lines.

We did, however, have a great vacation in Branson, Mo., a small town with 100 live theaters with shows at 10 a.m., and 2 and 7 p.m. daily, 500-plus hotels and motels in all price ranges, two theme parks and a water park or two for kids to enjoy and some great choices in dining.

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