December 2 , 2013
When I heard they were predicting rain and high winds for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York this past Thursday, my mind couldn't help but wander back to the year I rode in that parade back in the early seventies. It wasn't wet and windy, but it was so cold I thought there was absolutely no way I was going to live to tell about it. To this day, it remains the coldest I remember ever being in my life.
I had been invited to ride on a float shaped like a giant rocking horse and sing my version of "The Unicorn." That part was fine. I was excited. It was all the other parts they didn't tell me about beforehand that nearly did me in.
Of course, they had no way of knowing how cold the weather would turn out to be, but they could have at least told me that we had to be at the staging area in Central Park before the sun came up. I recall setting my alarm clock for 3 A.M. Of course, anytime I do that, I lie in bed with one eye open and never truly fall asleep.
Bill's Grandson Gabe expresses why he is thankful.
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