Most people, when they go on vacation, bring along golf clubs, or beach towels… Us? We bring scissors!
Our vacation goal in LA is not to catch a wave, a fish, or even some rays (although it has been 80+ degrees here!). Our goal is to be a part of a community that is creating something – that something just happens to be the Dole Food Company’s Rose Parade Float!
We drove the 12 miles from Eagle Rock to Irwindale, through surprisingly light traffic to the Fiesta Parade Float warehouses. Signage was great, directing “parade float decorators” through the snaking streets to the miles and miles of parking where we were glad we were wearing our lanyards, proclaiming us to be a member of the Dole family. Once parked, we walked what seemed to be another mile, and once inside the cavernous building, yet another mile past the 13 other floats to ours.
This being the 2nd day of the decoration process, the live flowers had not yet arrived, and instead of the perfume we expected to be in the air, it was more of chemical smell, which we soon learned was the Elmer’s glue on steroids we would be slathering all over everything – including ourselves.
We located our supervisor Darryl, who has been doing this for 30+ years, as have most of the staff, which pretty much happen to all be related to each other – so its like a family business! Since we were newbies, we were set to probably the most heinous task, glueing papery dried seaweed to the ribs on the underside of giant palm leaves.
So, while the more seasoned workers created faces on camels, and stripes on tigers, we spent our 6 hour shift on two leaves!
So, that’s all – we’re off to start our second day! Stay tuned for more!