FRIENDS LIKE THIS PLAYFUL CITY: Not only is Brentwood a city that values play and recreation, its residents also dominate social media networking. After being deemed a 2013 Playful City USA community for the sixth straight year, Brentwood also won a social media contest that accompanied the award from KaBOOM, a national nonprofit organization.
Brentwood was among 217 cities and towns honored with the award nationally, and it was the city with the most "likes" on Facebook out of all of those playful communities.
RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD: Forget Firestone or Big O, it appears to The Eye that some local driver may have purchased a pair of tires and rims from the side of the road.
Last week, The Eye spotted two tires with shiny rims tethered to a PG&E electrical tower on the side of Antioch's East Tregallas Road near Cavallo Road. The tires had a "for sale" sign attached to them with a contact number.
When The Eye drove by again later in the week to get a closer look, the tires were no longer there.
SCANNER CHATTER: Heard on the Antioch police scanner: Dispatchers called for an ambulance and paramedics to go to Antioch's Black Diamond Middle School the morning of May 10. The reason: A girl had passed out while dissecting a frog in biology class.
HEARTWARMING TALE: A reader from Alamo called The Eye last week with a story of a young man who was jogging down the street and found a baggie with $17 in it. He knocked on the reader's door and asked whether the money belonged to him.
It didn't, but the neighbor was so touched that the young man would stop his run and try to find the owner that he gave the jogger a military coin that he considered a "good luck" medallion from his days as a soldier.
BOBBLEHEAD MANIA: The Eye was among thousands of Oakland A's fans who trekked to the O.co Coliseum last month in search of a Reggie Jackson bobblehead that was given away to the first 10,000 fans as part of the team's 1973 World Series reunion. Unfortunately, The Eye was among thousands who entered the stadium disappointed, as the bobbleheads were long gone more than an hour before the first pitch.
Undeterred, The Eye continued his quest for a Reggie bobblehead from the Coliseum stands to an El Sobrante barbershop several days later.
Recalling his grudging decision a year earlier to give away a 1972 Rollie Fingers bobblehead to a forlorn child who had similarly missed out on the giveaway, The Eye crisscrossed the Coliseum in hopes of finding someone willing to pay it forward. The Eye remembered well the fan who had graciously parted with a polyester Joe Rudi replica jersey in the parking lot a few years earlier.
But no one The Eye encountered was willing to part with a spare bobblehead, not for less than 50 bucks anyway. Finally, The Eye came across a fan willing to trade a Reggie Jackson for a Rickey Henderson.
The Eye wrestled with the decision for days before deciding to give up his only unblemished Rickey -- his other had undergone superglue surgery after an unfortunate tumble from a dresser -- completing the transaction at the busy barbershop amid curious onlookers.
With Coco Crisp Bobblehead Day only weeks away, The Eye wonders whether it's too early to start camping out. In the meantime, a plea to A's ownership: If you can't give us a new stadium, please at least give away more bobbleheads.
Staff writers Paula King, Paul Burgarino and Craig Lazzeretti contributed to this column.