There are always small gripes that we have that bug us but are not worth calling 911 about. Should these complaints send us over the edge, its likely time for 12 step counseling or a vacation. Perhaps the Labor Day weekend will help. Here are my minor complaints not worth calling 911 over.
1. Three 7-11 franchises within about a mile and one half of one another on Monument Blvd with another one under construction at the corner of Oak Grove. Is the demand for Slurpees, stale coffee, and lottery tickets so high that an additional facility is necessary? Or should we take the more enlightened “Build it and they will come” approach to this phenomenon?
2.Pizza places selling product they say has old world quality but the stuff tastes like cardboard. It makes one think that things weren’t so great where we immigrated from, or Papa Murphy and Papa John just weren’t around in the good old days.
3. Going out of business sales that never end and Grand Opening signs that stay up for over a year.
4. Fresh & Easy not opening up as planned at the shopping center on Pt, Chicago and Olivera. What bothers me is that I love the store in Clayton and would look forward to having a branch close to home. On a somber note, the whole chain is rumored to be closing, which would be a real bummer.
5. While we are the subject why are there still no decent sized grocery stores in North Concord? This has resulted in residents in the area having to patronize the over-shopped Safeway on Willow Pass. It seems to me that Eco Freaks who are so worried about green house gasses and global warming, should be more concerned about additional automobiles trips that could be saved with neighborhood stores near Hwy 4.
6. In general, the poor quality of Chinese food in Concord. Virtually every other type of ethnic food has improved in recent years with the exception of Chinese. It must be that there is more money to be made in high-tech than in the oyster beef business.
7 The psychotic monotonous cardio-disco-rap music at the gym I go to three times a week to work out. Several patrons including myself have complained to the front desk only to be told music selection is “determined by corporate policy.” One would think Beethoven, Elton John, or even the Iron Butterfly would want to change the dial once in a while.
8. Banning cup cake sales in public schools in the name of saving children from diabetes. Again the disease of government overreach is growing at an alarming pace with no end in sight. N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg’s soda tax proposal may soon become the law of the land. It would appear Big Brother is looming over all of our lives more and more with each passing year.
9. Activists from Berkeley, San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area coming to Concord and telling us to build more low-income housing near BART Stations and how such construction is going to enrich our lives. Why can’t these people go back to their apartments and leave us alone.
10. No authentic Greek restaurants in Concord. I love this type of food but apparently not enough people do except for the once a year Greek Festival at the Orthodox Church near Concord Pavilion.
11. The annual Carnival at Concord High School. This fundraiser has been a good source of income for the schools but is a total rip-off for those who attend this event. Most families can’t afford it anymore. It’s a bad sign when Pixie Land and Water World are a better value than riding on the not so giant roller coaster.
12. The traffic on Treat Blvd and Clayton Road in the morning. Not much we can do about this congestion except commute later or join the Bicycle Coalition before becoming too old to ride around on a two-wheeler.
13. In general the abundance of political correctness that seems to overwhelm us. From rotten children telling their parents that spankings are child abuse to indignation for telling jokes that aren’t even off-color; give me a break!
14 Politicians who want to write a new Nanny Law every time there is an accident or mishap. This mentality has contributed to a state of over regulation that ends up costing billions of dollars each year for businesses and is a job killer of the highest order.
15. Why are we celebrating the opening of the new span on the Bay Bridge? Due to bickering, delays, design changes, and outrageous project labor costs, the project took over 20 years to complete at a cost of 6.3 billion not counting the dismantling of the old span. Many others including myself have concluded retro-fitting the old bridge would have proven to be a much more economical solution.
16. Those who say they are too busy to help as they rush home to view the latest episode of the Kardashian’s. When I say the same thing only substituting the program to Pro Bowlers Tour, it’s a bad sign when people understand.
17.Trying and failing to find parking spaces anywhere. I guess we are spoiled living in Concord provided we don’t venture very often to downtown Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek or Lafayette in search of food and shopping.
18 Pleas from local Assemblywomen Susan Bonilla as she constantly raises funds for future political campaigns. As she has run unopposed for several years, can Bonilla at least wait until a credible opponent surfaces to ask supporters for their contributions? Her latest gig is the “Endless Summer Barbecue” Sept 26th. I wonder what one receives for being a “Snorkel Master” ($ 4,100.00) or (Surfer) ($ 2,500.00) at this Endless Fundraiser event.
19 Organic food that does not taste better than the regular stuff we find at “Ranchers Reserve.” I guess eating organic, (if one can afford the higher prices) will result in living a few weeks longer than the rest of us. With this in mind, is my unsprayed vegetable garden organic if I use Miracle Grow?
20. Smart phones that seem to be a lot smarter than me because most of the time I can’t figure out how to use them. They remind me of the “fool-proof mouse traps” several years ago that stumped me when some assembly was required.