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What did you do to help make the world a better place today?

Original post made by letsgo, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jan 11, 2010

Somebody on the Pet Peeves thread thought a positive thread should be started, so here it is.

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 11, 2010 at 10:58 am

Thanks for starting this thread. The Pet Peeves one was so broad, and open to anything negative....Today, I told friends I loved them and meant it....and that feels good.


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Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2010 at 12:09 pm

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Hold the door open for older people! I've always done this act and older people always have a smile on their face. Plus I tend to think that the small acts of kindness can really change a person's day.


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Posted by Carlos
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2010 at 12:14 pm

The best thing I can do to make this world a better place is try to control my own reactions. Try to practice patience. And try to remember that other peoples actions won't excuse my obnoxious behavior. I strive to lead by example, and always be conscience that I am my mother son.


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Posted by Pat
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jan 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Treat others as you wanted to be treated!
And how hard is it to do it with a smile on your face!


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Posted by Another Gatetree Resident
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I donated several warm coats for those in need and less fortunate.

I signed up to walk in this years San Francisco AIDS Walk.


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Posted by letsgo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2010 at 2:28 pm

I started this thread :-)


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Posted by Another Gatetree Resident
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 11, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Posted by letsgo, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood

I started this thread :-)

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Does patting yourself on the back and calling attention to it cancel out the act? I tend to think humility is called for when doing something to make the world a better place.


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Posted by Ann Elk
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2010 at 2:58 pm

I waited 10 minutes before giving into the temptation to point out the supreme irony in Another Gatetree Resident's second posting, after his first. ;-)


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Posted by notacomplainer
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 11, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Thank you `letsgo' for starting this thread. I love it! I witness random acts of kindness on a daily basis living in this community. I feel priviledged and blessed to be able to live here. I believe that smiles go a long way and I like to give them out frequently. I love hearing about all the positive things going on in our community . . . keep them coming!


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Posted by Ruth
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2010 at 4:47 pm

I contributed all that I could afford to various conservative candidates who will do their best to unseat the marxist democrat incumbents who are destroying America.


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Posted by Mother of a Marine
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 11, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Boxed and mailed a care package for my friends daughter who is currently deployed in Afghanistan.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jan 11, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Donated gifts to several children in identified families (have done this for seven years). New: Donated to an world organization (it's the buy a cow concept). Donated to the warm coats campaign.


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Posted by letsgo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2010 at 10:07 pm

I drove politely to and from work today.

Good job everyone - keep up the big and little things. It surprising sometimes to see people almost shocked that you would wait a few seconds and hold a door for them.

Let's also keep in mind that even though the holidays are over, there are still poor and hungry people, so continue those donations of food to places like the Open Heart Kitchen.


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Posted by Enda Fraud
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2010 at 8:19 am

I kept up my work to expose that Barack Obama is not a natural U. S. citizen so he can be impeached and end one of the biggest frauds ever perpetrated on the citizens of the U. S.


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Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 12, 2010 at 8:37 am

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I coached advanced math for two bright third graders.


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Posted by Captain Trips
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 12, 2010 at 8:54 am

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Posted by V
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 12, 2010 at 9:02 am

I am so glad to see this thread! Reading it today already put a smile on my face. I spend a lot of time reading the other threads regarding our schools, and sometimes it is easy to forget that we are all part of the same community and just trying our best. Every day I make a point of smiling at whomever I cross paths with, even exchanging pleasantries. It's not always returned, but that's ok. Yesterday I did put a few dollars into a box collecting money for homeless people; not much, but maybe every little bit counts?


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Posted by GQuilter
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jan 12, 2010 at 9:13 am

I am carrying a travel coffee mug in my car so that I can use it for my daily coffee (instead of styrofoam cups).

I also am using water bottles to put my water in. I fill the bottles half full and freeze them. Then when I want cold water I just top it with fresh water and I have instant cold water. I was spending way too much on bottled water for my family so we all have the permanent cups now.

This cuts down on additional trash in the landfills. : )


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Posted by Maria
a resident of Dublin
on Jan 12, 2010 at 9:27 am

Thank you for starting this thread!!! how wonderful! On New Years we gave an outrageously huge tip to our waitress, she was a single mom, had worked through the holidays, she was dealing with some very obnoxious customers and we thought it was something that would be fun to do (we wanted to see her reaction - she didn't disappoint!) We got a great big hug from her and a teary thank you...and that she was going to enjoy the rest of her night no matter what!
It was worth every penny!!!!


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Posted by Mcdoris
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 12, 2010 at 10:23 am

Yesterday I sent donations to DAV,Salvation Army, and Navy Vets.


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Posted by Arroyo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2010 at 10:29 am

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Posted by Me
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 12, 2010 at 11:25 am

This is great - I love reading all the ideas!!

We walked to school today and it didn't even rain on us. It was delightful. No need to sit in traffic dropping off.


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Posted by Benjamin
a resident of Gatewood
on Jan 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I told a coworker to keep up the good work. We've had layoffs and everyone has had to step up and do more. We are all gratefull to have jobs, but sometimes it's nice to hear that you are appreciated.


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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Jan 12, 2010 at 2:53 pm

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My thanks as well to letsgo.

I found that sometimes eye contact and simple smile works... well, except for grumps.


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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Jan 12, 2010 at 2:55 pm

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Also, as PToWN94566 mentioned, holding the door for older people. Even my highschooler does it and she notices the smile.


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Posted by Grace
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Told everyone I know to watch the documentary Young@Heart on KQED tonight at 9pm. Music is what you make it, and so is every day of our lives, for as long as we have.


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Posted by The Joshua Neal Experience
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 12, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Helped a friend install, configure, program & calibrate his new home theater system.

Made coffee for my wife this morning @ 6:00 am & will have dinner ready & glass of wine ready for her when she gets home from a long & late work day.

Only made one snide comment about left-wing wackos.

I'm a work in progress...


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Posted by ToJosh
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Jan 12, 2010 at 7:38 pm


Josh-I made a huge fire last night to warm the home for my family.
I started it with a Duraflame log. Burned all evening and they were warm. Only made 120 snide comments about left wing wackos.


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Posted by 99
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Jan 12, 2010 at 10:47 pm

I was going to make fun of ToJosh, but I didn't.


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Posted by Lee
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 13, 2010 at 10:15 am

Yesterday I mailed off a package of two pairs of Gortex warm gloves to my sister and her husband in Montana. The storms have them trapped inside, and the cold is fierce! Today I'm choosing to give my business to a small local car shop instead of the dealer. They do a good job, even though they don't have a loaner car I feel good giving them my business.


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Posted by Happy to Help
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 14, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I have accepted that there are those that just can't live without putting people down, therefore.. I make it a point to be positive about everything


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Posted by Janna
a resident of Dublin
on Jan 14, 2010 at 9:10 pm

I just flew to visit my best friend to help her with first baby. She thinks her daughter could be the next POTUS (even at one month old lol!). I shared my mom-wisdom with her and hopefully gave her the confidence, support, and knowledge she needs to help raise her beautiful girl without the worry so many first time moms go through.


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 19, 2010 at 1:39 pm

I bought groceries for a family in my neighborhood who is struggling. They have several children and dealing with illnesses. The mom has not had a chance to get out and they have had unplanned expenses. She was so thankful for simple things such as cereal and milk.


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Posted by Grace
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 19, 2010 at 10:04 pm

I donated an hour of my time and a pint of blood to the Red Cross here in Pleasanton. Someone, somewhere in California will need it for a planned surgery or an unplanned emergency.


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