F*@# Park & Other Fawnskin Musings

Above: Wagon outside of Fawn Park is missing the cover again.

Did I get your attention on the headline?

Sorry to disappoint you.


When you put a * behind something it in a search it turns up a lot of results…but then I just had to add a few more symbols for fun and get you to rush over here to check things out.

GG is sneaky that way.

Everyone has been worried about what might of happened to the wagon cover after it appeared for a day after I wrote about the damage.

It makes you wonder–just how slow are things when the biggest excitement is speculation over something so innocuous?

But, as small town life tends to go, it IS breaking news after all.

Then I got to thinking, all the other commercial property owners get crap when they encroach over the easement and so just how is it that the park owners have not only the oxen and wagon but also that big obnoxious tire outside of the park without getting hassled or cited?

Go figure.

Now, since I brought up Fawn Park, you might have noticed that there has been a lot of action down there this week since the park owner is in town.

Up to his usual tricks and adding more items in his private playground.

So, the other big news is that there are now three sheep in the park–two black and one white.

The amazing thing is that they move!

They were simply grazing and then it was “reported” that they landed up in a single file down the pathway.

Above: Storm view on the 31st of March

Now in other exciting news there is always the weather.

Why is it that everyone around these parts believes that they are meteorologists?

And, come to think of it, why do people ask each other about the weather when the answers are usually utter nonsense?

Anyway, I have to admit that I wasn’t overly thrilled on Wednesday.

I knew a storm was expected but landed up in the village for my tax appointment.

Since I was there I took to ambling and ogling–and was lucky that I managed to get a lift back to Fawnskin just as the storm hit with good force.

Sadly, my camera batteries were dead and I didn’t catch the heaviest snow.

Here I got about two inches.

Happily I still have wood because it has been c-c-chilly.

In other non-news, are you ready for the annual MS Walk?

Down at the Moose Lodge the MS Walk t-shirts arrived and they are mighty fine looking specimens.

In fact, the lodge is going to order similar shirts and sell them since they are so popular.

Snoop Sister Deb created quite the stir because she has already raised some good funds for the walk and everyone was excited, patting her on the back, holding her up on their shoulders and parading around in celebration.

Okay, okay, so perhaps I exaggerated a bit, but it did create some happy buzz.

Oh dear, I got sidetracked and forgot to mention some of my adventures over in Big Bear Lake.

You know, that resort town of Big Bear Lake?

The one that has so many cinders and rocks on the sidewalks that it is easier to walk in the street…

My day over there made me think of another post I have to do called, Why I don’t buy anything in your store.

This time of year is notoriously slow for merchants but to fail to greet customers or to help them because you are too busy on the computer or on the phone is bad behavior.

It made me wonder about those actions because it is so slow and so doesn’t every warm body that walks into your store represent a potential sale?

I actually went in to purchase items from two stores and decided that I would not because those merchants (or their staff) did not acknowledge me nor were they available to help me.

Bad, bad, bad for them but good for me because I saved some money–and ended spending it with merchants (or their staff) that did pay attention, greet me, and assist me.

All in all, I had a great time visiting some of the stores that I have not been in lately and it was good to have a change of venue from good ol’ downtown Fawnskin.

Despite what many localsĀ  assume, the village in Big Bear is morphing into a nice place to amble, shop, and eat.

Down the main drag I do have to say that I was impressed that two of the worst looking buildings on Big Bear Boulevard have been bulldozed.

Now, if only they would get to those cinders so they can avoid any potential lawsuits when locals or visitors slip and fall–or get hit by a car because they have to walk in the street because it is cleaner and less dangerous than those sidewalks!

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7 Responses to “F*@# Park & Other Fawnskin Musings

  • 1
    Shadow's Mom
    April 2nd, 2010 19:25

    Yes, I think you exaggertated just a bit about the celebration of the funds that I have raised. Just a bit. Cute new sheep in the park!! Pretty soon the park will be so full of stuff that there won’t be any room for people! Not that people are allowed in there anyway!

  • 2
    April 2nd, 2010 21:51

    While cinders are messy, slippery and not pretty, in all fairness, last I heard, the sidewalks in the Big Bear Lake area, are still owned by Cal-Trans. And the City has an agreement to clean them. I am not sure how many times, or how often. I do know it is a project to get them looking nice, and just like planting flowers too soon, it would be a shame to place too much effort on the walks and then have more cinders spread in the event of late storms.

  • 3
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    April 4th, 2010 18:51

    Although I understand what you are saying, I have to disagree. They stay on the road and sidewalks all year long.

    Here in Fawnskin it is county but it is a big hazard. We tend to have teams go out and clean up cinders on the bridge but they are inches deep in places.

    Recently they sweeper came by on the side streets and blew everything onto the private property–it would be better if they could somehow hoover them up.

    Cheryl, a long time resident, broke her ankle and had to have multiple pins due to cinders.

    Over on the Rim of the World my pal’s car slid off the highway because of cinders –and she was fortunate to escape with little injury:

    My main point though is that if BBL is going to be a resort town, outside of the village (and perimeters of the village) it would help if it actually looked like one…being dubbed the “least exclusive” resort in So. Cal. isn’t a great thing even if it is coverage: http://www.fawnskinflyer.com/2008/03/big-bear-makes-the-ny-times/

  • 4
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    April 4th, 2010 18:53

    LOL I just had to do it. Sometimes the telling of the story is the best part–and yes, just how much stuff can he get in that darn park?!

  • 5
    April 5th, 2010 07:05

    In fairness of reporting, like all cities, Big Bear Lake is not exempt from criticism, however, in addition to the businesses that I have seen doing their own sidewalk cleanup, for the last few years at least, the city sends crews out and sweeps the sidewalks by hand, from Starvation Flats to the downton post office. Usually prior to Mothers Day. I hope to see that done this year as well. What the hell, at least the Christmas ornaments in the Village were removed before the 4th of July. Progress is being made

  • 6
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    April 7th, 2010 09:48


    Yes, that is progress since I was just admiring those holiday ornaments not too long ago.

    Nice to know that crews are helping out–just not when I’ve been ambling around noticing the mess.

    Over here we have volunteers who go out and help but since we don’t have the heavy equipment to remove the massive quantities just some around the bridge and triangle seem to get removed.

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