Wednesday, June 17, 2009

L.A. is purple today

Today is the day of the parade to celebrate the Los Angeles Lakers winning the 2009 NBA championship. The parade will start at Staples Center and travel to the Coliseum, where there will then be some sort of rally/celebration thing. Here's the parade route and more information about the Coliseum celebration. I'm a Lakers fan but not enough so to actually attend parades and such. (OK, I'll admit that multiple years ago, during another of the Lakers' NBA wins, a friend at the time was a Lakers fan too, but she was mostly starstruck, and she heard about some celebration party thing where it was rumoured that some of the players might show up. Ummm, yeah. But she wanted to go, and she didn't want to go alone, and she BEGGED me to go with her, so I agreed. It was mostly a bust, as I expected. I think we saw one player, though I can't remember who it was - I just remember he was black and very tall. Does that narrow it down? But I digress...) But I have a good friend who is a huge fan, so I'm looking forward to reading/hearing about her adventures today.

As you'd expect, the marquees for the Staples Center are displaying congratulations to the Lakers on their win. On Monday, the congrats were on screen round-the-clock. On Tuesday, they'd gone back to rotating through their schedule of upcoming shows, with the congratulations inserted in the rotation. I managed to get a couple of pictures, and I couldn't decide which one I like better, so I'm just putting up both of them.

1 comment:

Sherry said...

I'm assuming that you were writing about MY trip report. So here it is.

Left home at 7 am, sat in car for 3.25 hours, during which time people were walking faster than I could drive. They actually were getting out of their cars before approaching the freeway off ramp. A little over an hour on MLK Blvd later, maybe having moved 0.5 mile (being generous with that amount), saw pedestrians start to turn around, and listened to news stating that Coliseum was closed. Not wanting to punish my car any further, I called Bro to get online & be my GPS to get me out of there, as I didn't want to deal with finding parking for the parade.

Closest I got to Kobe today was seeing the "Bryant Rd" sign in El Monte on my drive home. ;)

But all is good, and I got home to watch the celebration in time to cheer on my team.