It’s understandable that concertgoers wouldn’t want to spend interminable hours waiting for Alice Cooper and Mötley Crüe to take the stage — especially if fans had to be up early the next day. But to wait until after the show to demand a refund because the bands were delayed is a bit like going to a restaurant, finishing a meal and then asking for your money back because your table wasn’t ready for you when you arrived and, oh, by the way, the food wasn’t very good and the servings were skimpy. That’s boorish behavior — and deserving of a healthy serving of brickbats.
Stuff happens, and in the Cooper/Crüe case, the charter plane carrying the bands had a baseball-sized hole in the door. They had to switch to another plane and, long story short, the show that was supposed to start at 7:30 p.m. Saturday didn’t start until 10:35 p.m.
Some fans asked for a refund Saturday night, after the delay was first announced, and the fair obliged — as it should have. But others didn’t request their money back until after the show, and the fair declined to issue them refunds. Sounds fair to us.
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We’re pitching San Luis Obispo-grown bouquets to the many community organizations and individuals who joined in hosting a Special Olympics team from the United Arab Emirates last week.
Some background: Los Angeles is hosting the Special Olympics World Games this year, and as part of that event, several California communities offered to host athletes in the days leading up to the games. Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo were among those who welcomed international Olympians. A group of 85 athletes and coaches played bocce ball in Morro Bay, toured Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero, feasted on barbecue prepared by the Atascadero Elks Lodge and attended a farewell dinner at Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo, among other activities. We wish all the Olympians the best of luck. And to our own local participants — athletes Matthew Swanson and Rusty Davis and Kristen Arias, who is representing the United States as a Special Olympics Global Messenger — we offer gold-medal bouquets.
Quitting race early helps all later on
What to make of Pismo Beach Mayor Shelly Higginbotham’s short-lived campaign for District 3 county supervisor?
On the one hand, we commend her for bowing out at this early stage, before supporters invested lots of time and money into her campaign. It also may help others who are contemplating a run for the office to know that Higginbotham will not be in the race. For that, we offer the mayor an early-bird bouquet.
On the other hand, Higginbotham’s reasons for withdrawing — she wants to focus on her family, on the city of Pismo Beach and on her volunteer activities — are rather vague, and they have left some wondering whether there’s more to the story.
Surely, Higginbotham weighed all these factors before deciding to announce her candidacy?
Succulent plants help in dry times
We toss a bouquet of dusty roses to the California Mid-State Fair for its water conservation efforts. Decomposed granite has replaced turf in some areas, and in others, the fair has stopped watering. Plus, Junior Livestock participants have been asked to conserve water as much as possible when rinsing livestock, and to only use hoses with shut-off nozzles.
The new water conservation mindset also has affected fair entries: There are still flower and produce entries, but there’s been a boom in the number of succulents on display. If you’re still on the fence about drought-tolerant gardens, here’s an opportunity to check out the wonderful world of succulents.