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Where has the fun gone?

Original post made by Jeff Durban, Del Prado, on Aug 1, 2013

The news this morning reported the venerable and historic Malibu Grand Prix in Redwood City was closing its track, put-put course, and arcade forever this week. Gone will be the place where many of us drove a “real” car for the first time other than that time when we were playing in Grandpa’s 53 Edsel and accidently (honest!) kicked the parking brake off and we rolled out of the garage, through Grandma’s petunias, across Big Jim the neighbor’s prize winning hybrid fescue-sensimilla lawnscape, over Aunt Edna’s mailbox, through three hedges, to land unceremoniously in Fred the Barber’s Koi pond. Gone will be the put-put course where golf greats such as Al Czervik , Shooter McGavin, David Simms, Ty Cobb, Roy McAvoy, and Danny Noonan all got their starts. A young Steve Jobs, Tony Stark, and Bill Gates battled each other in the arcade playing cutting edge games like Pong, Pac-Man, Asteroids, and Frogger. We spent hours enjoying the fine cuisine of neon orange nachos, steamed to perfection hot dogs, and fountain sodas by the gallon. All these activities and memories will be swept away this week to be replaced by who knows what; probably more empty office space, another retail strip mall with the 623, 975th Starbucks next to an ATT Wireless store and a Chase bank branch or an empty lot with weeds sprouting up from the cracked pavement of the once great race track. Are our memories and pursuit of fun worth trading in for more coffee, smartphones, and banking options?

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 1, 2013 at 5:08 pm

What's so bad about eating Costco ice-cream?

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Posted by stinky
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 1, 2013 at 6:08 pm

The realities of running a business today must be daunting as you watch the Democrats take a super majority in the CA state house and put a stranglehold on every business in the state. Increasing taxes and regulation on all businesses make the MGP move, getting out during a temporary upswing in property values, the only viable option. We could go through a list of tax and regualtory changes a business like this must have experienced during it's existence, but you can start to imagine, noise and pollution spewing go karts, the Sierra club folks must hate these guys more than golf course owners.

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Posted by Smiley Face
a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 1, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Pasttime = obsolete and in the past they shall remain.

It's time for that place to make way for some new startup, which translate into more jobs!!!

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 1, 2013 at 11:30 pm


I agree that people need to get out and move around more. Unfortunately, however, the activities you mention offer little in the way of exercise and much in the way of enabling overeating. I remember a time when Farrell's Pig Trough fed the entire party with plenty left over; but now, it's treated as an individual order by obese manuproximiovores looking for an after-dinner snack on their way home from the local Smorgasbord. In addition, people can't socialize when their main activity while they are together is hyperalimentation. Heck, they can hardly fit withing shouting distance.

Let's encourage folks to eat less and move more, walk or take a ride down Foothill road, swim at Del Valle or your neighborhood Cabana Club, or jog to the grocery store a couple of times a week (of course if the weather's fine!) instead of taking the car.