Saturday, June 26, 2010

Over-The-Hill Game Turf Rumble - Almost



The video says the concert on June the 26th. Oopps! I made a mistake (what else is new?). It was actually the June the 25th. Instead of redoing everything , it is easier to just tell you about it here. I can live with that mistake for a few days until I forget about it. Forgetting is sort of like forgiving.

At last month’s concert somebody beat Monty to his regular spot, by the Liberty Bell to set up his tarp, chairs, and cooler. This month he and Paul decided to stake out the spot at 2:00pm. At 2pm, or shortly after that they met and laid it all out.

A city park official came by and told them that people cannot claim their spots until 4:00pm. But, he added, they could set up it up 3:30; Which they did.

Paul called and told me they had the old spot by the Liberty Bell claimed and secured.

We showed up about 6:30. At the Monty’s favorite spot by the Liberty Bell was being sit on by some people that weren’t us. Monty’s tarp was folded up with the metal pegs on top, on the ground, on the edge of the sidewalk. A blanket was where the tarp normally is.

We called Paul to tell him the situation and he in turn called Monty.

Not long afterwards, Monty came rushing up with a determined focused look on his face. Who he perceived to be the enemy was a lady sitting in a chair close to the blanket. Monty told her in no uncertain terms that they were sitting wrongfully on the spot he earlier claimed.

The lady politely, but firmly, strongly disagreed with him. She said it was like that when they got here, but someone else, teeny boppers, she said, took up the tarp and laid their blanket down. She said she told the teeny boppers that they couldn’t do that. They said, well, they aren’t here, are they? After that they but down the blanket and folded up the tarp (neatly, I might add) and left to get something to eat and socialize.

Then, across the walk a lady came over and concurred what the lady said. She saw it all. She had on a very low low-cut purple dress and she bent over a lot. Like her, I saw it all too.

What the teeny boppers didn’t realize, they made rules to go by when they said, “But they aren’t here, are they?” At the moment “they were not there were they?”

So, we took their blanket up , and put our chairs down. However, we were nice. We replaced their blanket behind us, so they did not lose a place, they just got related a few feet.

Strangely, when the teeny boppers returned their first words were an apologetic “We’re sorry!”

Whew!

Also, during this conflict it was brought out that tarps are no longer allowed in the park. It kills grass. And it was brought out that one official was telling people they could claim their spots at 3:30 and another official was enforcing the 4:00 rule. The right hand and the left hand needs to communicate so that each will know not to conflict with the other.

Also, I think possibly the parks people were making up rules as they go. I wonder if there is a list of rules and regulations for Glover Park or any city park visitors?

Speaking of tuff claims on concert nights and at the end of the attached video that states that “there is more than meets the eye” one of the things, in the video that didn’t meet the eye is a man I have watched for years at these concerts. He drives a motorized wheelchair, the turn-around or something like that. He likes to wheel his wheels up to his favorite spot and enjoy the concert there. If people are already there, which there usually are, his machine will root them away. Most of the time, because he is handicapped, people will move out of the way of the machine. But some people have stood their grounds and told him it was not marked “handicapped” and he would drive away with a scowl on his face.

One time, I mentioned to him, if he wanted a certain spot, he needed to arrive earlier before anybody else had claimed it and beat them to it. He looked at like me like was a nut. Well, at least he is a good judge of character.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY ROCK, LOOKS LIKE ARNOLD AND IVANELL ARE GETTING TO BE AN ITEM.
GOOD SHOTS OF THE LADY IN THE BLACK DRESS DANCING WITH HER CHILDREN.
PAUL

8:29 AM  
Anonymous G said...

Wish I could have been there to see Paul and Monty defending their turf ... Heh heh

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

G
MONTY WAS THE HERO, NOT ME. HE HAD IT ALL UNDER CONTROL WHEN IVANELL AND I ARRIVED.MONTY CAN GET A LITTLE LOUD WHEN HE GETS RILED, WHICH IS SELDOM.
PAUL

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like there was good weather for the concert. One day I hope we make it back for one of them. I played in that park all the time as a child. My father's office was above Johhny Walker's. Fond memories.

pmr

2:15 PM  

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