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Happy Birthday to me!

Uploaded: Oct 13, 2013

Friday, October 11th was my birthday. I didn't plan a special celebration, but by golly Cal High did. I was at my computer reading a Yahoo blog when I heard a lot of cracking and popping noise. I went outside and there were a lot of cars parked along Mangos, but I didn't see anyone outside.

The noise was coming from up the street, so I started walking up to see what it was. That's when the skyrockets went off. Oh my, one of my neighbors must be setting off illegal fireworks again. There were a lot of them coming from that part of Mangos on July 4th after the City Council cancelled San Ramon's annual fireworks display. I thought I should call the cops, but I kept walking closer to where they were coming from.

The displays in the sky grew bigger and brighter and more professional looking as I got closer to the bike bridge over the creek to the back of Cal High. That's where they were coming from.

I wondered why fireworks were being set off from Cal High. I saw a man walking back across the bridge and asked him what the fireworks were for. He didn't know either.

He lived in the neighborhood, I think on Ensenada, and came over to see what they were too. He said there was some event going on at the High School, but he didn't know what it was. I said it might be for my birthday, which is October 11th. He thought that was as good a reason as any; so he wished me happy birthday and got into his car to drive back to his house.

As I walked the half-block back to my house I was surprised that nobody else came out to see what all the ruckus was about. Maybe like the man from Ensenada, they all went over the bridge to Cal High too.

After I got back home I phoned my neighbor Sally to ask if she found the little dog she was looking for earlier in the evening. The dog ran out of a yard behind her house, probably frightened by all the noise. She said the dog came back on its own.

Sally asked if she could bring over a pear and cheese pie she just baked. It was the first time she made it and wanted me to try it. I've never had a pear and cheese pie and I would never think of making one. I figured this would be my only opportunity to try it, so I told her to bring it over.

Sally came over with the pie, which looked wonderful. She put a candle in the center and lit it and sang Happy Birthday. Then I cut a slice and ate it. It was good but not a combination I would want to eat again.

I asked Sally if she knew about the fireworks. She thought it was for Homecoming Week. I've lived down the street from Cal High for 15 years and I don't remember fireworks coming from there before. Now that the 4th of July fireworks have been cancelled, maybe my birthday will be the new tradition for fireworks in San Ramon.
What is it worth to you?


Posted by MLOliver, a resident of San Ramon,
on Oct 13, 2013 at 11:19 am

Happy belated Birthday, Roz.


Posted by MLOliver, a resident of San Ramon,
on Oct 13, 2013 at 11:19 am

Happy belated Birthday, Roz.


Posted by MLOliver, a resident of San Ramon,
on Oct 13, 2013 at 11:19 am

Happy belated Birthday, Roz.


Posted by Roz Rogoff, the San Ramon Observer,
on Oct 13, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Roz Rogoff is a registered user.

Thanks, MLO, but you didn't have to post it 3 times ;-), or this new format still has some bugs in it.


Posted by mloliver, a resident of San Ramon,
on Oct 13, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Um... I think there is a glitch in the new website.


Posted by Dominique Yancey, a resident of San Ramon,
on Oct 14, 2013 at 7:57 am

Happy Birthday Roz!!!!

Posted by Roz Rogoff, the San Ramon Observer,
on Oct 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Roz Rogoff is a registered user.


I guess the fireworks at Cal High have been going on for years. Sandy Barclay told me they hold Homecoming every year at this time. That's probably why most of my neighbors didn't pay much attention to it.

I didn't know because that's usually when I go to Maine. This year I went to Maine a month early, so I was home for the fireworks. I don't know if they also hold a Homecoming with fireworks at Dougherty Valley High. If anyone reading this is from there, let me know.

I was on the Citizens Committee for the 4th of July Celebration last year. One recommendation was to set off fireworks from the two High School football fields. That recommendation flopped and didn't even make it to the final choices offered in the online pole on the City's website.

Now I find that fireworks are being set off every year from Cal High and probably DV High too. So what's the fuss about no fireworks? They are not on the 4th of July but they still here.


Posted by DBEAR, a resident of San Ramon,
on Oct 15, 2013 at 11:44 pm

First let me say "Happy Birthday" to you! In addition, may I "thank you" for your insightful commentary and timely reports on local issues. We are
fortunate to have your voice in our community.

Posted by Roz Rogoff, the San Ramon Observer,
on Oct 16, 2013 at 1:49 am

Roz Rogoff is a registered user.

Thanks so much, DBEAR. I appreciate the support.


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