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Lamorinda Christmas Lists: Lafayette's Don Tatzin

We're closing in on the time of year when the jolly fellow grants everyone's wishes and brings toys for the kids. What do YOU want for Christmas this year, boys and girls?

Patch, your go-to resource for local news and other stuff you can't live without, is also starting to get Christmas "wish lists" from its faithful band of followers. While we, uh, may not be able to make all those Holiday dreams come true we can at least get them up on the local radar screen for other local elves to see and -- perhaps -- bring to fruition.

Here's one we received from Lafayette City Councilmember Don Tatzin. It includes some suggestions he'd like to see fellow Lafayette residents take to heart this Christmas. Perhaps you can help.

1. Enjoy the twinkle lights along Mt. Diablo Boulevard
2. Dine at one of Lafayette’s 30 restaurants
3. Place special orders for your holiday parties at Lafayette’s four grocery stores
4. Choose a plant or decoration at Orchard Nursery or Mt. Diablo Nursery
5. Thank the parking enforcement officer who left you a Seasons Greetings tag instead of a parking ticket if you run a little over the meter time
6. Clothe the family at McCaulou’s, Pendleton, Sandy’s and other stores
7. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Powell’s or the Tea Cake Bake Shop
8. Get something for your furry or feathered companion at the Lafayette Pet Shoppe, Nitro Dog, or Pet Food Express
9. Support local merchants now so they’ll be there all year
10. Schedule a weekend getaway in town at the Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa
11. Take in a program at the Library and Learning Center between shopping excursions
12. Select holiday decorations you won’t find anywhere else at Whippersnappers
13. Keep time with something from Clocks, Etc.
14. Take receipts totaling $150 or more from three Lafayette merchants to the Chamber of Commerce for a chance to win cash prizes
15. Go ride a bike from Sharp Bicycles or Hank and Frank
16. Work off those extra pounds at a health club or walk the Reservoir
17. Select that finishing touch for your home at Sugi or Misto Lino
18. Purchase the finishing touch for you at one of Lafayette’s jewelers
19. View the surrounding hills as you walk from store to store
20. Save time shopping… spend more time with family and friends

Amanda December 09, 2011 at 05:17 PM
A cure for Parkinson's.
Sue Haas December 09, 2011 at 05:24 PM
... and cancer
Nicholas December 09, 2011 at 06:04 PM
.... a cool young lady who doesn't want to be "just friends." AND a cure for cancer
Chris Nicholson December 09, 2011 at 06:49 PM
A country with more emphasis and respect for hard work and value creation, and less emphasis and respect for petitioning St. Nick, Uncle Sam, St. Obama or other "Santas" for wishlist fulfillment. Oh, and I would also like a new four tuner Tivo.
X December 09, 2011 at 06:53 PM
No rain on the January night I have to stand in line at 3 a.m. to register my kids for kindergarten.
Lafayette Curmudgeon December 09, 2011 at 07:09 PM
@Chris - I think what you really need is an original recording of the 1951 radio drama, Ayn Rand's "A Selfish Christmas" (http://whatever.scalzi.com/2004/12/01/the-10-least-successful-holiday-specials-of-all-time/) (second item).
X December 09, 2011 at 07:10 PM
And, I'd like the old KGO radio back. Dump the all news format and bring back Len Tillem, Gil Gross, Gene Burns, and John Rothman! This new format is dreadful.
Robin Goodman December 09, 2011 at 07:16 PM
Breakfast.... at Tiffany's, of course.
X December 09, 2011 at 07:28 PM
As Ms. Golightly so eloquently put it, "You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you. I must say, the mind reels."
Robin Goodman December 09, 2011 at 07:44 PM
Ah! You get me! Hoorah! Hopefully you'll get one of those grand little blue boxes this Christmas!
Chris Nicholson December 09, 2011 at 08:48 PM
@LC: I love it. I will offer a $10 bounty to whoever first points me to a downloadable recording.
X December 09, 2011 at 09:04 PM
I attended Episcopal schools as a child. As a result I can quote from two sources, the Bible & Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Scott Bowhay December 09, 2011 at 10:34 PM
Sorry, Mr. Tatzin, this Moragan is Boycotting Lafayette! I never cared for your Traffic Calming, your parking meters and the hassle that brings, and, I'm not interested in engaging one of your Motorcycle cops (or being startled as they roar by "taking down" a violator). I "retail" elsewhere now...
Scott Bowhay December 09, 2011 at 10:38 PM
I'm with you on that, DivDad! Let's hope they all land somewhere nearby, so we can find them. Bill Wattenburg, too!
Bruce R. Peterson December 10, 2011 at 03:16 PM
That's funny Scott. Best comment yet.
Kitty December 10, 2011 at 06:03 PM
DD, why in the world do you have to get in line at 3AM for kindy reg?
X December 11, 2011 at 01:05 AM
Ugh! I'm zoned for the ONLY elementary school in Lafayette where the parents do this. I'm guessing one year - who knows, probably 50 years ago - a few kids got slotted at one of the other Lafayette schools when there were more kindergarteners than available slots. So, ever since, parents line up at some unreasonable hour so that they can be assured their child will attend Happy Valley rather than one of the other, just as equally good, Lafayette schools. (Now, I should add that it can take nearly 20 - 25 minutes to reach one of the elementary schools on the other side of Lafayette - which would be a daily commuting nightmare.) Maybe an old-timer can provide the backstory as to why and how this practice got started??
Lafayette Curmudgeon December 11, 2011 at 01:09 AM
Ken - You may not be aware that Bentley School used to be a fifth Lafayette Elementary school that cover Baja Happy Valley and Hidden Valley and St Charles-ish and that closed in the early (mid?) 1980s. So since then the geography has been a bit skewed between who goes to Lafayette Elementary and who goes to Happy Valley.
X December 11, 2011 at 01:16 AM
LC - I just can't for the life of me figure out why the parents do this early morning line up. Have there really been that many instances of kids sent to other Lafayette schools? Burton Valley Elementary would be a nightmare for me as it takes about 20 - 25 minutes to get there during commute traffic so I wouldn't want to risk being assigned to one that far away. Hence, I'll be there in the middle of the night to get in line for registration. (Plus, it would be nice to attend the same elementary school for kindergarten and then subsequently first grade.)
Lafayette Curmudgeon December 11, 2011 at 01:21 AM
Yeah, I can't speak to it. We're pretty deep in Burton Valley (a stone's throw from St Anselm's) so there was never any question about where the Lil' Curmudgeon would be going, but even the folks down on Olympic have quite a crawl to get to BV in the morning. I'd hate to do it from your neck of the woods. So invest in an alarm clock, a snuggee and box of Depends and wait out all those wimpy guys who show up at 5 am!
David Smith December 11, 2011 at 04:32 AM
World peace and whatever Don Tatzin's drinking.
Tony Rodriguez December 12, 2011 at 03:33 AM
Egg Nog shakes are tasty.
Claire December 12, 2011 at 03:38 AM
It's been 10 years since we registered our oldest at HV, but I got there an hour or two early and that was it. It was my understanding that this was only an issue if you tried to register after the official registration date and the school was full. If not, what a nightmare, and good luck...you definitely do not want to have to cross town for the school commute if you can help it!
whoride December 12, 2011 at 05:34 AM
LC: sorry, but if you're a stones throw or a a long drive, 3 iron, and a pitch to St. Anselm you're not in Burton Valley. Not even close.
X December 12, 2011 at 04:05 PM
Traveling tip - The cleanest restrooms are found in a hotel lobby. Seriously. Most hotels (think Holiday Inn), but not motels, have a restroom in the lobby. These restrooms are rarely used - since guests tend to use the one in their room - and usually very clean. Yeah. These are the tips you learn when you're germ-phobic.
J.D. O'Connor (Editor) December 12, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Greetings, Frequent Patch Fliers! A word of warning from your newly rejuvenated and rested Patch Sky Marshal: "Starting today at O-Dark-Thirty all Thread Hijackers will be summarily thrown from the aircraft at 30,000 feet. No peanuts for you. C'mon, this was a Christmas thread. The Marshal
Zoe Claire December 12, 2011 at 08:06 PM
I want a no-stress Christmas breakfast with the family. I'll make the Strawberry Waffles. Aunt Alyce can help but she has to be good this year... It would be nice to seal the deal with He Who Has Been Selected. Nothing crazy... a quiet wedding in Big Sur would do nicely. I would like everyone who is far from their families returned home for Christmas... especially if they're wearing a uniform. I would like America to get together again and be the country we all know we could be. I would like Congress to recess.... with all the other kindergartners. I would like a hot meal for all those families with no hope of having one this year. I would like my Mom's Special Egg Nog on Christmas Day and a kiss at midnight. Is that asking too much??
X December 12, 2011 at 08:30 PM
Visited Japantown this past weekend. I'll be asking Santa for a box of strawberry mochi. My kids & I devoured the box we bought!
Eileen December 12, 2011 at 10:53 PM
Santa can find mochi in the following flavors at Trader Joe's: chocolate, mango, vanilla and strawberry (and possibly also green tea, if memory serves).
James Coleridge December 14, 2011 at 06:37 PM
Bring the troops home.

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