Michael Playle's Account: Craig had placed the invite
to attend the Friendswood Christmas parade as part of the "MOT Houston
Chapter's" December gathering. Since I'm still in a "footloose" mode and not
working, I decided to attend as a "MOT San Antonio Chapter" representative. I
drove my '02 MINI 'S' down on Friday afternoon and visited an old friend from
college for dinner Friday. Saturday morning, after sleeping in to 9:00, I got
up and set about washing the car for the parade. While at the car wash on
Hwy-3 near NASA Road 1, a motorcycle event went roaring by. It took close to
1/2 hour for all the bikes to go by! It was some BIG ride gathering. Mostly
Harley's, but lots of other cruiser bikes and a number of sport and touring
After spending the rest of the morning and early afternoon being lazy, I stopped at a store for some garlic bread for the "pot luck" after the parade and then headed to Craig's place. His directions were very easy to follow. Craig already had the inflatable snowman attached to the roof of his green Mini. I set about adding some of the decorations to my MINI - the lights that would be on the inside of the windows and the bow on front. By 5:00, Mike Morgan and his wife had arrived as well as Arturo Lee and his family. Patrick and his wife also showed, but were not going to be in the parade with their MINI. The 4 cars taking part in the parade then headed over to the staging area to do the final decorating. (We made a "Mini" parade on the way over for the spectators getting set up early!) At the staging area, Craig tested the snowman to be sure it worked - it did fine. The rest of us put the lights on the outside of our cars. About 6:00, the parade got underway. The Minis were set up as "group # 23" in the parade order, so we didn't have to wait a long time for moving up and starting the route. There were lots of spectators linig both sides of the main drag through Friendswood for the parade. We could hear many exclamations about the Minis as we slowly drove the route. Lots of younger folks recognized the new MINI of course and clamored about the old Minis when they saw the plates that read "Mr Mini" on Craig's and "66 Mini" on Mike's. Many adults exclaimed about both saying: "Look, there are old Minis and a new one!" Lots of "I like your car!" and "Their so small and cute!" comments were also heard. At the end of the route, we pulled aside into a parking lot and watched the rest of the parade while removing the outside lights and packing things down for the drive back to Craig's.
Back at Craig's, those that did not drive the parade had got the food ready. The last heating of things was started while everyone enjoyed veggie snacks. Jon and his wife were unable to attend, so we were without the salad when the rest of the food was ready. Dinner was served and we all sat and enjoyed the company and meal. About 9:30, folks said their "thank you"s and "farewells" and went home. On Sunday morning I drove home to San Antonio. A good time was had by all.