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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Oops! Wrong year up above on the zombie baby’s banner!

It was great to see our friends Mick and Cynthia (Zamperini) Garris on TV this morning representing Cynthia’s dad, the incredible Louis Zamperini, in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Mick and Cynthia Garris

Louis was the parade’s Grand Marshal.

Just before my three-mile run I heard a mighty roar. I looked up and saw a B2 Stealth Bomber flying right overhead. The B2 usually begins the Rose Parade with a low zoom up the length of Pasadena’s main street, Colorado Boulevard.

I stopped and watched in awe, then began my run and immediately ran into (not literally) long time Disney artist (and official Disney Legend) Floyd Norman, my neighbor, friend and fellow CAPS (Comic Art Professional Society) member.

Floyd and I chatted for awhile, and a huge red-tailed hawk flew over us.

Then I took off on my run (in an attempt to stay in shape I run three miles of hills every other day). After my run while I was doing my cool-down walk I saw two of the bright green Pasadena parrots fly past me.

I suddenly heard an unfamiliar bird call. I knew it wasn’t a mockingbird because it kept repeating. I finally spotted the source of this odd song: it was a red-whiskered bulbul, a beautiful bird native to Hong Kong and tropical Southeast Asia that is now beginning to thrive in the Los Angeles area. I saw a mating pair of them perched in the holly bush by my dining room window about two months ago.

All in all, it’s been a pretty interesting morning and great beginning to the new year here in Pasadena.

May the joys and wonders of life continue!

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