In case you are thinking of stopping by the La Cañada float-decorating site today or Friday to volunteer to place flowers on "3-2-1-Dig!" before it heads to Pasadena for its New Year's Day trip down Colorado Boulevard, please know that your enthusiasm is appreciated but the volunteer shifts for "petal pushers" have been filled this year, according to Sarah Marshall, who oversees the workers' schedules.
If you or your favorite teen did not have a chance to lend a hand decorating the float this year, you might want to consider doing so next year. Reporter Joe Piasecki visited the decorating site Wednesday and spoke to a number of volunteers, all of whom looked to him as if they were having a pretty good time. He was unable to fit all of their comments into his Page 1 story this week, so he's shared some with me.
Ben Whitefield, a 14-year-old La Cañada High student, told Joe he sees the upside to decorating the float. "It doesn't always feel like you're working because you're socializing as you do it."