We moved to this small San Francisco suburb in March of 2007. Greta saw it and wouldn’t even consider living anywhere else. We’ve met some great people and have made a lot of really good friends. The running, riding and swimming here can’t be matched anywhere I’ve ever lived (ok, Boulder wasn’t bad – but it gets cold there). Yesterday we went to the 2008 Belvedere-Tiburon Labor Day Parade. The Labor Day parade in a small town is a great way to get a better understanding for the character of the town. This was no exception. We got to watch the parade with Rich Steele and his family. Rich takes great pride in finding and wearing $4.99 sunglasses. Every single person and float and vehicle would whip a handful of candy and mardi-gras beads at you. Most of the kids looked like they had spent most of their summer flashing for beads by the time it was over (about 9.3 minutes).
|The Belvedere Sailing Society – they’re costumed as dangerous pirates. ||Yes, this too is a dangerous pirate marauding the streets in his 2006 Rascal 500T. He did throw us some beads but it took about 12 minutes for him to do it and he just about wiped out. Nice job though. Too bad he didn’t go for the side mounted cannon option. |
|You though Hanson had Mmmm’ Bopped into obscurity? No way – they moved to Tiburon where they now play between piles of hay and only on Labor Day. ||They Mayor of Tiburon. I’d guess that based on their cars that the Vice Mayor might be skimming a little off the tax base. |
|We’re not sure what this vehicle and man were doing in the parade except to wear a top hat and drive this Rolls Royce around town. He didn’t throw beads or candy. Booo. “Look at me and my tall hat and my killer old Rolls and how I’m not throwing anything to your kids” ||I’ve never seen a parade where the town historian gets a car – but this isn’t your run of the mill parade. |
|No sure if you can see the faces – but these children are the saddest faces I’ve seen selling ‘Love’ and ‘Joy’. The kid in the middle isn’t even holding up his sign for crying out loud. None of these kids have a future on Madison Ave or at Disney. If I’m selling ‘sad’ I know who to call. ||A little sugar from Miss California. I’m pretty sure she’s really Miss Pre-Teen California and that she can do a wicked interpretive jazz dance to Michael Sembello’s 1983 hit ‘Manic’ (from Flashdance of course). She didn’t throw beads or candy just cheap kisses. Booo Miss California! |
Our kids sitting eagerly awaiting the parade. The kids would sit – run out in the street to get the candy, put it in a pile and wait for more. When the kids would get up – Piper would grab their candy and sit down. Not bad for 3 but we had to tell her that’s not right. Just get daddy one more of those red twizzler thingies….
|The Police Captain. This car is ONLY used in parades since Tiburon has a fleet of modern Dodge Charges nailing speeders and unsuspecting out of towners. |