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Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Happy New Year, Gerbil Nation!!1!

May 2019 be an improvement over its predecessor for all of us.

Sven --

Hope Mrs. Sven is feeling better.

Paddy --

Hope your float did well in the judging.

Mac --

Thank you for another year as our diligent Thread Lad; that’s much appreciated.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago

Happy New Year, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa!

I don’t know how the DigAlert float did, but I do know that Fiesta Parade Floats (the company we decorate for) won 9 of the 13 awards, including the top prize. They also happened to build 13 floats this year.

Mac -- thank you for all you do. It is much appreciated!

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago

Even though my float never made it on TV, due to the breakdown of the Chinese-American Heritage float, we won the Past President’s award for most outstanding innovation in the use of floral and non-floral materials.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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…breakdown of the Chinese-American Heritage float…

Those spy chips on the circuit boards screwed stuff up?

Congratters on the award your float received, Paddy.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago

I’d like to find out what caused the fire, but who knows if I ever will.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago

You can see the float that we worked on in this video at the 2:46 mark.
https://ktla.com/2019/01/01/2019-rose-parade-part-10-entries-that-did-not-air-live/

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago
Reply to  Machinist

What I’ve heard is that there was a small fire near where the two floats were joined together. It was put out with a fire extinguisher. A tow truck tried to move it onto a side street (not a good idea, given its length and the narrow width of the side streets), but failed. They eventually brought in one of the big tow trucks and towed the float down the parade route.

Mrs. Paddy posted two live videos on FB (one before the scaffolding was removed, the other after) that provide a 360 degree narration of the float. I’ll share those to my wall so that you can get a better look at it.