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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Weather/Fog ~ Dude ~ Rose Parade Memories ~ Picture of the Day ~ Pontiac ~ BLT Salad ~ Ann Ramirez ~ National Buffet Day


Good 40º dark gloomy cloudy foggy morning. 
Yesterday morning the fog rolled in heavy

 Later Dude and I took a drive just to get out of the house.... 

By the time we got back home the fog had lifted and we had white clouds and blue sky and sunshine! Then the dark rain clouds moved in. Rain started in early afternoon and it POURED! 

We topped at 51º. 

Sad there was no Rose Parade yesterday.
My Rose Parade memories....
After having marched in the Rose Parade with the LA Sheriff's Boys Band back in 1961 playing the glockenspiel,

and marching the 5½ miles from Orange Grove to Colorado Blvd to Sierra Madre Blvd behind the Sheriff's Mounted and walking through all that horse poo!

When I worked the parade as a (Reserve) Deputy 

we had to be at the command post by 3am for instructions and then we took our positions. Generally I was at the intersection of Orange Grove and Colorado (where the TV cameras were) and one year I escorted Sheriff Sherman Block to his seat in the grandstand on Orange Grove. Another year a bunch of demonstrators sat down in front of the Rose Queen's float and we had to "escort" them off the route behind the stands for questioning. My nephew was watching the parade on TV from Lake Tahoe and called my sister screaming, "Aunt Sue is on the TV!!!". Another year I worked on Sierra Madre Boulevard at the end of the Rose Parade route, keeping an intersection clear for emergency vehicles. A man who seemed to be 12' tall put his chair down in the wrong place. I, in my nicest way, told him he can't sit there. He stood up, my face was opposite his belt buckle (TALL MAN!) and he was acting irritated. I kept talking to him and he seemed to relax and back up. I thought I was really doing good! Then, I glanced over my shoulder and there was a Sgt and 4 deputies!! LOL. Yep, backup is the BEST! Anyway, good memories of the parade!
Picture of the Day  :o)  .... don't make your dog drive!

Interesting about Pontiac ....

Pontiac was an American brand of automobiles owned, manufactured and commercialized by General Motors (GM). Introduced as a companion make for GM's more expensive line of Oakland automobiles, Pontiac overtook Oakland in popularity and supplanted its parent brand entirely by 1933.

The Firebird automobile model was built and produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors from the 1967 to 2002 model years. 



Designed as a pony car to compete with the Ford Mustang and Mercury Cougar, it was introduced on February 23, 1967, simultaneous with General Motors Chevrolet division platform-sharing Camaro. This also coincided with the release of the 1967 Mercury Cougar, Ford's upscale, platform-sharing version of the Mustang. Both the Firebird and Camaro were effective alternatives to the Mustang, keeping the pony car war going for decades.

When GM canceled manufacturing the Firebird after its last production year of 2002, it created an uproar as enthusiasts demanded its return. General Motors was eventually forced to shut down its Pontiac division following the automaker's bankruptcy and reorganization and has no plans to resurrect it. Thus, there is no new Firebird model to satisfy the Pontiac faithful.

I had a 1995 Pontiac LeMans once... this wasn't mine, mine was green....



From Mr. Food


BLTs don't mean just sandwiches anymore! This favorite trio brings a twist to chicken salad. And we think you'll agree our homemade salad dressing takes it over the top!


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 cups torn leaf lettuce or iceberg lettuce
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, cut into wedges
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled


  1. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, onion, lemon juice, and pepper; mix well. Cover and chill until ready to serve. 

  1. When ready to serve, arrange lettuce on individual salad plates; top each serving with egg slices, tomatoes, and chicken.
  2. Spoon dressing over salads; sprinkle with crumbled bacon.

Special birthday today... Ann Ramirez (LASD ret) and wife of Gabe (LASD ret.) is celebrating. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANN!! xo

Historically this date....
1974 – President Richard Nixon signs a bill lowering the maximum U.S. speed limit to 55 MPH in order to conserve gasoline during an OPEC embargo

1999 – A brutal snowstorm smashes into the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches (359 mm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 19 inches (487 mm) in Chicago, where temperatures plunge to -13 °F (-25 °C); 68 deaths are reported

And births this date include....
1909 –Barry Goldwater, American politician (d. 1998)

1936 – Roger Miller, American singer (d. 1992)

"Dang me, dang me.... they ought to take a rope and hang me. HIGHHHHH from the highest tree... Oh woman will you weep for me?"

"You can't roller skate in a buffalo herd..."

Great songs!!!

1947 – Jack Hanna, American zoologist

All I know. Nuff said. Hope your Saturday is a good one. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

On January 2nd, National Buffet Day recognizes a popular dining destination for Americans. The buffet restaurant offers a variety of selections, making it possible for every member of the family to find what they want to eat.
A buffet system serves several food choices in a central location. Patrons easily view and select the food to serve themselves. Buffets are useful for feeding large groups of individuals at one time. Consequently, hotels, restaurants, and conventions offer buffets as a convenient way of providing services to their customers and hosting events. Nevertheless, buffet lines work well in a home setting, too.
Initially, during the middle of the 16th century, the buffet table comes from the Brannvinsbord – Swedish schnapps (shot of alcoholic beverage) table. The custom peaked during the early 18th century and then developed into the more modern buffet around the beginning of the 19th century. During the expansion of the railroads throughout Europe, the smorgasbord buffet increased in popularity.
Originally, the smorgasbord  table was a meal where guests gathered before dinner for a pre-dinner drink and was separate from the formal dinner that followed.
In 1939, at the New York World’s Fair exhibition, the Swedes displayed a smorgasbord. It showcased the best of the Swedish food to a large number of visitors attending the fair. During the second half of the 20th century, after the Swedes had popularized the smorgasbord in New York, the word buffet became popular in the English-speaking world.
The term buffet originally referred to the French sideboard furniture where food was served from, however it eventually became applied to the serving format.