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It's only Thursday but blankets are ready

Original post made on Jul 10, 2008

It's only Thursday afternoon and already Candy Sheldon and others are claiming blanket space at Lions Wayside Park for the always-popular Tommy and the 4-Speeds band at Friday's Concert in the Park.

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Posted by frank
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 10, 2008 at 9:40 pm

Ohhhhh nnooooooooo... here we go again. Blankets and chairs take presidence over live people who arrive to listen to music. You must take a position across the street while a blanket awaits its just-in-time owner to arrive.

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Posted by Juan
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 10, 2008 at 9:50 pm

Have to agree with you on this one Frank. Just a sign of a total sense of entitlement. Don't let blankets have power over people. Move the blanket, sit down, and get ready for the show.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 10, 2008 at 9:54 pm

Let's start leaving blankets out on Wednesday evening! Or how about Tuesday evening?! We must not allow a blanket gap!

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Posted by Linus
a resident of Foothill Place
on Jul 10, 2008 at 10:16 pm

We used to live near Lions Wayside Park in the mid 1990s. The crazy ritual of setting up blankets early on Fridays ran counter to the spirit of these events. At that time. I felt it would be appropriate for the city to run the sprinklers for about an hour at noon on Fridays. Now the entitled set their quilts and blankets on Thursday. The Salvation Army or another worthy charity ought to make a sweep around 1pm on Fridays - that might take care of this blight.

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Posted by Ptown Mom
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2008 at 10:52 pm

Each year this gets worse and worse.

The seating at the Friday concerts, as well as the Shakespeare in the Park, should be first come, first serve. If you want to have a secured spot, do it the old-fashion way and send a kid up a couple of hours ahead of time to save your family's spots.

The DT Association should make a sweep of the park at 5:00 and put all unattended items over to the side to be claimed later by their owners.

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Posted by Linus
a resident of Foothill Place
on Jul 10, 2008 at 11:02 pm

Ptown Mom. Nicely put. We are in the "I'm Entitled" era. People want whatever they want, whenever they want it without a care for the impact on anyone else. I love America but we sure can be ugly!

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Posted by john
a resident of Valley Trails
on Jul 11, 2008 at 7:07 am

personally i don't give a sheet but the trash left behind is annoying

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Posted by birdman
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 11, 2008 at 10:00 am

Free lawn chairs and blankets for the needy and homeless.

Please proceed to Lions Wayside Park , Pleasanton CA for immediate collection.

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jul 11, 2008 at 11:02 am

The second time Tommy & the 4 Speeds has threatened retirement. The first time was temporary with demand from the early Friday night crowd that drew them back. Let's hope they don't stay away too long this time.

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Posted by Juan
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jul 11, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Just drove by the Park - ridiculous. There is not any space without an empty blanket or chair. The City needs to stop looking away from this and put a stop to such a poor display of sense of community.

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Posted by Max D.
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm

I had been thinking it would be a nice evening to go to the concert now that it isn't so hot. But it sounds like we shouldn't even bother going if the entire place was staked out many hours ago! I agree that the city should put a stop to this and the Bay Area Shelters should come make a sweep on Friday afternoons and they will have a good supply of blankets for the winter months. A token place holder should not be recognized.

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Posted by Brigitt
a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Jul 11, 2008 at 7:35 pm

Good God, people. Get a life. Blankets down on Thursday for a Friday concert? The person in the picture should be ashamed of herself. Are you also one of those overzealous parents who stick their kids in year-long sports clinics in hopes they'll make the big show one day too? Sheesh. This is so pathetic.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 12, 2008 at 7:26 pm

Shut-up Brigitt! The fun of it all is to complain!

Spreading jam on a few blankets to invite the ants seems like a cool idea to me...way cool!

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Posted by Leslie
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 14, 2008 at 7:28 am

These people really do need to get a life!

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