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What Pleasanton has

Original post made by Tumble Weed on Jun 19, 2009

What I don't like about P Town(and PW Forum)
Obama Bashing,
Cholo,
uncle hommerr,
anger at public education and educators,
Pleasnton Garbage Service,
Wal Mart,
chain food,
Chrysler 300s,
people running reds on left turns,
people lossing their jobs,
people using their annonimity to say what they won't tell anyone face to face,

What I like about P Town,
Sports Park,
friendly dogs,
the weather,
the green springs,
the golden summers,
remoldeled houses,
nice yards,
people rarly honking their horns,
friendly super market employees,
Meadowlark Dairy,
people using their annonimity to say what they won't tell anyone face to face
and much much more.

Comments (31)

Posted by ?, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 19, 2009 at 9:04 am

Both lists are self centered. 1st makes you uncomfortable, 2nd makes you 'happy' what about everyone else and what they want?


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jun 19, 2009 at 9:32 am

Try taking the HIGH ROAD sometime and you might get somewhere in life....hahahahahahahahaahahhaha.....


Posted by SteveP, a resident of Parkside
on Jun 19, 2009 at 9:57 am

SteveP is a registered user.

Additional likes:
Being in a country where you can critique and challenge your elected officials regardless of who you voted for.

Baseball at the Sportspark, especially the little league kids who are in it for the fun of the game (not to mention all of the devoted, unselfish folks who volunteer their time to mentor these kids).

That summer is finally here.

School is out.

Dislikes:
People who whine and complain when presented with information and comments that don't match their viewpoint.

Joggers and walkers who insist in inserting themselves into traffic lanes around the Sportspark when they could exercise unimpeded on the paths in the park.

Inefficiency in all levels of government, wasting our hard earned tax dollars.

Soccer and the transients who watch it, leaving their garbage strewn throughout the areas around the fieds they play on.


Posted by 2ME4U, a resident of Birdland
on Jun 19, 2009 at 10:53 am

I hear you Steve P. What's up with that new trend of people walking three wide in the streets taking up a lane of traffic in residential neborhoods? I know they are women wanting to gab and the sidewalks are basically two wide but often they have strollers with them. Dangerous.
As far as the soccer, I don't know about transients watching but you are right that it gets littered. Garbage cans next to both dugouts at baseball games but few even near soccer fields.
"People who whine and complain when presented with information and comments that don't match their viewpoint", that's why 'people using their anonymity to say what they won't tell anyone face to face' is on both lists (referring to the PW forum). It bothers me often to hear the hate, but good to hear what people really think when nobody knows who's saying it.
Keep it coming people, I especially enjoy the 'what people like part'.
I also like…
Friendly and nervous little kids selling their cookies and such door to door with their parents smiling and watching from the sidewalk (I'm a sucker and always buy something)
People who go all out on Christmas and Halloween with decorations

Dislikes…
People never taking their Christmas lights down (I can find about 5 houses within a mile or two of mine that have them still hanging).
Everything closing so early at night.


Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2009 at 11:21 am

Julie is a registered user.

I wanna play! In random order:

I like (o.k., LOVE) the weather (I grew up with foggy summers).
I like the relative safety I feel living here.
I like the multitude of trees/foliage around.
I generally like the quality and safety of the schools my kids attend.
I like the many nice people I've met living here the past 9 years.
I like the downtown area and the fact that we only have one big mall that's on the opposite side of town from my house.
I like having more space (my house was half the size where I used to live).
I like that we have a BART station nearby.
I like the sports and other opportunities I've been able to offer my kids.


Posted by downtown diner, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jun 19, 2009 at 1:21 pm

I like just about everything about this town, including the ability to post positive and negative things on this forum. As a person who is severely allergic to most animals I do NOT like those who insist that their precious little Muffy needs to be EVERYWHERE. Go ahead and take the critters into the doggie store but please, not the restaurants. Besides being rude it is against the health code! Call the county if you do not believe that, they will be happy to cite any restaurant that is proven to allow other than licensed service animals on the premises and that includes sidewalk dining. "Proof" for the health dept is nothing more than a photo taken from a cell phone . . . . .


Posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of Downtown
on Jun 19, 2009 at 3:36 pm


I'd like to thank the Academy....

unclehomerr..


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jun 19, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Claudie on the rise! Web Link

hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha...


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jun 19, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Pleasanton has convicted pedophiles, prostitutes, illegal drugs for sale, alcohol for teens, dirty air, noise pollution, a problem with petty theft, drunk teen driving accidents, fires, parents who have been murdered by their own offspring, a good police & fire department and soon to be average schools.

I don't like, chris, ann, aaron, querty,beth, claudy and a few other right wing sickies. Lemme see, i don't like claudie trying to shove bad art and trinkets down peoples throats. For now, that about all.

I like the sunshine and watching the lady wrap the pork chops & the raisins!


Posted by Joe, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Add soccer moms in giant SUVs to the dislike list

and

hot chicks in hybrids to the like list.


Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Julie is a registered user.

Just curious, where does all the dislike for soccer/soccer moms come from? Both my girls have played rec soccer for years. It's a great sport. I don't mind if someone dislikes me, but it seems odd they'd dislike me for being a "soccer mom" (not that I really consider myself as such since they only play maybe 3 months out of the year...then I guess I become "Softball Mom" and "Lacrosse Mom"). Personally, I'd rather just be known as "Julie". I also occasionally drive an SUV. Uh-oh, strike two!


Posted by frank, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jun 19, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Julie, I would hazard to guess that it is the SUVs, not soccer that is the irk of people. The huge, gas-guzzling, resource-wasting SUVs that are ubiquitous in Pleasanton, that threaten to crush people in smaller vehicles (called cars) while usually driven by a woman preoccupied talking on a cell phone with kids in back in car seats, are an undeniable part of Pleasanton and its streets. The "soccer mom" label is simply the euphemism for this phenomenon.


Posted by Eleanor, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2009 at 8:31 pm

They also ride their bikes in the street, three women side by side taking up the whole lane. It's called Narcissism, Pleasanton-Style.


Posted by Laura, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2009 at 8:38 pm

SUVs bug me because they do so much more damage to the people (whether those people are in cars or pedestrians) they hit than regular cars do. In addition to that, talking on a cell phone (hands-free) makes the driver 4 times more likely to have an accident than drivers who are not. So when I see a person in an SUV talking on a cell phone, I just think, You're an a**!*!*.


Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Julie is a registered user.

Thank you, Frank.

I'll be honest, I love my Suburban. I don't know of any other vehicle that could comfortably fit my family and I, 2 dog crates, and all of our gear. It comes in handy all of the time. I have often taken 2 or more cars off the road by taking a group of kids somewhere (e.g. sport event, party, etc.). We are fortunate now to have a third "beater" car and so we keep the SUV in the driveway as much as possible. I agree that, driven without care or respect, they are more dangerous than regular cars. I saw a fascinating poster at a child safety training this year: it showed a large SUV with about 60 little kids behind it and proclaimed, "The driver can't see ANY of these children" (or something to that effect).

I hate seeing a driver of ANY car talking on their cell phone! A woman in a van almost hit me as I walked in a parking lot *today* and yes, she was on the phone! My teenager knows that there's no way she will be driving the Sub. It does have a higher degree of difficulty and thus I believe they should be reserved for experienced drivers.

I completely understand why some people are opposed to the use of SUVs. But it isn't fair to assume that we are all narcissistic, preoccupied, dangerous drivers. Those types of people occupy all sorts of vehicles in this and every town.


Posted by Laura, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Dear Julie, You're right, it's not fair to assume all SUV drivers are narcissistic, but it is a fact that SUVs are more dangerous to people in other cars when they crash. There are statistics that show that SUVs do much greater damage in crashes than cars.
When I'm surrounded by them, which I often am, I think about that. If they made their occupants safer, I'd drive one too, but they don't.
When I have two SUVs on either side of me in a parking space, I can't see if a car is coming when I'm backing out. That's dangerous. I have to pull out inch by inch, completely blind.
When I'm looking to see if I can make a right turn and an SUV pulls up on my left, it completely blocks my view and I can no longer try to make my turn until the SUV leaves.


Posted by Another Gatetree Resident, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 20, 2009 at 1:42 pm

What Pleasanton Has...

Is Attitude


Posted by downtown diner, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jun 20, 2009 at 3:21 pm

. . . . . and that attitude is one of entitlement. Reading every single negative comment on this thread I feel that if the entitlement was toned down, the negative action would cease to exist.
I am entitled to drive my SUV recklessly while yapping on my phone
I am entitled to ride/walk/jog three abreast with no thought for anyone else
I am entitled to leave my dog poop on your lawn rather than clean it up
I am entitled to rev my Harley on Main St and disturb everyone around
I am entitled to take my dog into restaurants and the Saturday Market
I am entitled to trash any ideas that are not mine
You get the idea, a bunch of Pleasantonyites need to grow up and get over the entitled me first lifestyle.


Posted by Another Gatetree Resident, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 20, 2009 at 7:17 pm

*clapping for "downtown diner."


Posted by SUV soccer/softball dad, a resident of Valley Trails
on Jun 24, 2009 at 2:58 pm

I am compelled to defend my Ptown SUV sistren/brethren. Sorry, but I can't fit my kids/gear/dog/friends etc. in a compact car or 4 door sedan. When we carpool to school/practice/games we take 1-3 other cars off the road. We are responsible drivers, follow all traffic laws, treat other drivers with courtesy, and use one space in the parking lot. I believe we are the rule rather than the exception.

We gladly drive our Honda Civic when it is more appropriate.

Oh yeah, in a collision between us and a compact, of course SUV wins. So what's the point? SUV would lose in a collision with a van or bus ... should we demonize those vehicles?

Long live my SUV!!


Posted by Woo-hoo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Laura,

"There are statistics that show that SUVs do much greater damage in crashes than cars."

There are? *Gasp!* I didn't know you needed statistics to demonstrate that...I guess that whole estimate concept is overated. (What weighs more...this dixie cup or this brick. Guess which one will survive impact if the two are involved in a collision).

Here's the solution to all YOUR problems...get an SUV! :)

I'm with SUV Dad. Mine is 10 years old and counting and I hope it never dies - although I'll get another when it does! My favorite thing about my ride is starting up the engine next to someone in a rice-rocket. The sound of the V-8 growling to life makes 'em jump! :)


Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Julie is a registered user.

<Whew> Honestly I expected to get bashed by everyone for admitting to loving my Suburban.

I thought about the same thing as "Woo-hoo" - I am nervous commuting from Dublin to Livermore on 580 East on Friday afternoons when I have to attend trainings out that way. All of the huge semis tend to flick rocks, box you in, destroy your visibility, etc. I don't blame them for existing - there are reasons for them - I just drive extra carefully around them.

I've asked people (including friends) who disagree with my choice in vehicle to suggest an alternative that will hold the dog crates, kids, sporting gear, etc. and they never have one. I imagine that if my family utilizes two cars that wouldn't be any better, right? When I explain that I try to fully utilize the space and frequently volunteer to carpool and therefore take vehicles off the road that would otherwise be there, they act like that doesn't count.


Posted by Mary, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2009 at 3:38 pm

An SUV would not lose in a collision with a van.


Posted by Gina, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2009 at 3:49 pm

If you drive an SUV and you talk on the phone (does not matter if it's hands-free) you are 4 times more likely to crash (due to the phone) and you are more likely to give the passengers of the car you crash into fatal head injuries (due to the SUV). Obviously, many Pleasanton residents are very comfortable with those risk to others. I'm sure they don't consider them or care about them. I do not respect those residents.


Posted by Gina, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2009 at 3:49 pm

If you drive an SUV and you talk on the phone (does not matter if it's hands-free) you are 4 times more likely to crash (due to the phone) and you are more likely to give the passengers of the car you crash into fatal head injuries (due to the SUV). Obviously, many Pleasanton residents are very comfortable with those risk to others. I'm sure they don't consider them or care about them. I do not respect those residents.


Posted by Gina, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2009 at 3:49 pm

If you drive an SUV and you talk on the phone (does not matter if it's hands-free) you are 4 times more likely to crash (due to the phone) and you are more likely to give the passengers of the car you crash into fatal head injuries (due to the SUV). Obviously, many Pleasanton residents are very comfortable with those risk to others. I'm sure they don't consider them or care about them. I do not respect those residents.


Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Julie is a registered user.

So Gina, So Gina, So Gina...

Your logic is that a person driving an SUV *obviously* doesn't consider or care about others? Wow, even reading it 3 times it doesn't make sense to me.

A person who decides to drive drunk does not consider or care about others.

A pick-up truck would "not lose" in a collision with a Miata. Do we get rid of trucks? Miatas? Personally, I vote for Miatas.


Posted by Just Watch, a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jun 26, 2009 at 12:05 am

Just sit at Tully's and WATCH the SUV moms stop and drop off their kids on Fridays!

They are almost always yapping on the cell phone.

They often stop dead smack in the middle of the road, with no clue that they are hanging up cars behind them.

Sit for an hour and just watch these queens TRY to park these tanks!

Watch their kid and their buddy's run out in front of traffic to get into, or out of these tanks, that they can NOT see around.

Yes, I can see a family of 5 using an over sized SUV. I also saw a whole ton of families AND their DOGS while growing up, getting around in VW bugs!

Ever wonder why were at WAR and the economy has tanked?

Take a guess? In a LOT of the world, people use bikes and motor bikes.

Just think, a family of 15 in China would LIVE in these SUV's and most likely have rooms to RENT out too!!


Posted by Just Watch, a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jun 26, 2009 at 12:08 am

One more observation.

At the "hub" Tully's area, almost NOBODY comes to a complete stop at the four way stop.

I have sat and counted FIFTY cars in a row, do a California stop.

And the SUV kids still run in front of the cars. It's a matter of time and were going to have a dead kid!


Posted by c-ya, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2009 at 9:08 am

The solution is to make everyone drive the same car, have the same number of kids and who all play the same sports and everyone will have just 1 dog. We can all be like the "stepford wives". No one will be different or better than anyone else. There will be no more crime and all those horrible SUV's and soccer moms will be even in Gina's "if" scenario. How about we all just never go out of our homes then there would be no more "ifs".

I don't know about all of you, but I live in the United States of America and as I write this SUV's are legal to drive so I say, "Get over yourselves!"

So as to the topic: What Pleasanton has is a bunch of SNOBS,in all respects.


Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2009 at 10:51 am

Julie is a registered user.

SUVs are hardly to blame for why we are at war and why the economy has tanked! So it's the *bicycles* that keep much of the world out of wars...silly me, I thought it was more complex than that. Another flaw in logic: just because SOME people who drive SUVs are jerks, doesn't mean that ALL people who drive SUVs are jerks. I'm sure Las Po must offer a lower division general education class in critical thinking.

On a daily basis I see plenty of men and women, in all sizes and shapes of cars, making poor driving decisions - whether it is talking on a phone, cutting people off, speeding, etc.

I am trying to picture your "ton" of families and their dogs cramming into VW Bugs. Yeah, me and my friends used to pull stunts like that...before there were seat belt laws! There is NO way my family could fit us and our dogs and gear in a VW Bug - that is just ridiculous. All this anger is being directed at SUVs, but perhaps there is a deeper issue. Is it the fact that we have children that you resent? Dogs? Plenty of people hate children and dogs - should I have forgone those things as well simply to keep people like you happy? Kids and dogs are major sucks on resources too. Kids and dogs can be highly annoying. SOME parents and dog owners are horrible which in the logic I see here would translate into ALL parents and dog owners are horrible.


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