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City of Pleasanton 1, Frosty the Snowman 0

Scott Lucas | December 2, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

Citing a city-code violation, Pleasanton has forced the owner a Christmas tree lot to take down his thirty-foot tall inflatable Frosty the Snowman, which had been a local landmark for the last twenty-five years. The city said that the new site of the lot—which moved this year—was not zoned for inflatable objects. Though owner Johnny Moore agreed, in the face of escalating fines, to take Frosty down, the whole story kind of reminds us of a song.

Come to think of it, it definitely reminds us of a song. It goes something like this...

Frosty the Snowman was a thirty-foot inflatable soul,
Attracting shoppers to a Christmas tree lot a quarter century old.

Frosty the Snowman is a code violation, they say.
Pleasanton, the people know, forced him down one day.

For there must have been a Grinch handing citations around,
'Cause he said Frosty’s new spot was differently-zoned ground.

Oh, Frosty, the Snowman, should get to stay inflated there;
Says tree lot owner Johnny Moore, “I don’t feel it is quite fair.”

Uppity, up,up. Uppity, up, up
Look at the city's fines grow.

Uppity, up,up. Uppity, up, up
So Moore brought him low.

Frosty the Snowman knew the wind was strong that day,
So he said, "Let's blame that to save some face, before I deflate away."

Down to city hall, tape recorders in their hands,
Journalists come, asking all around, "Are you gonna let this stand?"

They get run around at the city’s press shop, from Frosty’s bottom to the top
But wait a moment they hear a voice, they hear him holler, "Stop!"

Frosty the Snowman says he wouldn’t want break the law,
So he waved goodbye, sayin' "Don't you cry, though it's humbug and bah."

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