The Water Cooler – The Best of Claycord

January 2, 2014 12:00 pm · 41 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

Early next week, you’ll get a chance to vote for the “Best of Claycord”.

What categories would you like to see shown on this year’s list? (example: Best Bakery, Best Shopping Center, etc.)

Talk about it….


1 SM January 2, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Best Handyman
Best Plummer
Best Electrician
Best place for an oil change

2 TOB January 2, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Clarify Coffee Shop as in dining from Coffee Shop as in Starbucks. Many dive Coffee Shops the kind you grew up with going out as family for breakfast and dinner. Could care less about real coffee chains maybe use. Dislike how words from past are hijacked to take new meaning. Mayor you can understand.. Best example Thongs from feet to arse. I read coffee shop I think of things like Squirrel Cafe in Lafayette, or one of the many shops in Brentwood. :)

3 pet friendly January 2, 2014 at 12:27 PM

- I have a new dog so personally i’m interested in
Walking / hiking trails
pet friendly businesses
pet boarding
vet etc.

4 Killjoy January 2, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Best photography locations!
Family portrait locations, landscape spots, etc.

5 wbadgergirl January 2, 2014 at 12:55 PM

I agree with SM in post #2 and would add:

Best House Cleaning Service
Best Lawn Maintenance Company

6 Me January 2, 2014 at 1:03 PM

How about the best local band?

7 EdiBirsan January 2, 2014 at 1:06 PM

That’s not a Bob cat that is a Babs cat.

8 #1 NRA fan and member January 2, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Best conspiracy theory involving the BAAQMD

Best threat to leave California

Best copy and paste comment

9 Silva January 2, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Funniest jokes posted on

10 2014 January 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Best place for a massage!!!

11 Dorothy January 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM

All of the above and all that come after this.

Can anyone find rain dancers that actually bring rain?

12 jussayin January 2, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Best park
Best place to go for breakfast
Best place to go for a walk
Best place to people watch

13 Noj January 2, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Best Flooring Contractors
Best Florist
Best Meat Market
Best Sushi
Best Diner
Best Concord PD Officer
Best City Employee
Best Gun Store
Best Sports Store
etc etc

14 Spencer January 2, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Re: #2: What exactly is a “plummer”? Is there such a verb, “to plum”?

In any event, good categories might include: Best (insert ethnicity) Food; Best Auto Repair Shop/Mechanic; Best Coffeehouse; Best Customer Service (any retail store); and of course, Best English Language Tutor for would-be on-line posters.

15 anonmtz January 2, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Who is going to challenge George Miller?

This blog has many champions of the loyal opposition.

Which of you would you want to mount or finance a campaign to unseat our veteran Congressman?

Vote for your Best congressional nominee!

Step on up.

16 TMB January 2, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Best Restaurant (overall)
Best Italian Restaurant
Best Pizza
Best Mexican Restaurant
Best Pancakes
Best Grocery Store
Best Grade School
Best Jr. High School
Best High School

17 Cowellian January 2, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Plumming is like pruning, but not as dried out.

18 B January 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Best Asian Massage Parlor

19 Kirkwood January 2, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Glad to see the survey will be up again, I missed it last year. As I remember it is pretty complete. Consider:
Best coffee – chain
Best coffee – non chain
Political Party
ZIP code
It will be interesting to see who the favorite poster is this time around.

20 et-at January 2, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Most annoying arrogant self-serving liar who posts the most cut & paste BS comments and listens to absolutely no opposing points of view.
There can be only one……Yhe Phantom, no question!

21 @22 January 2, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Totally agree. And as a former democrat, I will vote that way many times.

22 bored@work January 2, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Best takeout
Best delivery
Best late night dining

23 anon.. January 2, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Best Claycord place for folks over 40 to go Dancing!

Proof of minimum age at door required.

24 Atticus Thraxx January 2, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Biggest story covered on Claycord this year.
Best place to get an enema.
Best city council person.
Best street to commit a residential burglary.
Best cat vet.
Best place to go to siphon gas.
Best neighborhood to burn on Spare The Air days.
Best routes across town not involving Clayton rd or Concord Blvd.
Best local bum. I mean even grading on a scale there’s gotta be one.

25 mutts January 2, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Best/honest auto repair place.

26 ptpauly January 2, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Way to go Atticus,
But I think the best place for an enema is kinda self explanatory, isn’t it?

27 Cellular Store January 2, 2014 at 6:28 PM

How about the best “Independent” Cellular store, not a corporate AT&T or Verizon corporate store.

Maybe another category for best overall Mom & Pop business that relates to our local community.

As a whole, I’d rather everything that is rated be NON-Corporate or chain store related. We should be supporting our local family owned businesses.

28 Connie Dobbs January 2, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Best public restroom
Best parking structure
Best residential landscaping — individually and as a block
Best museum

29 Atticus Thraxx January 2, 2014 at 8:08 PM

You’d think so ptpauly, but on matters such as these, I say err on the side of caution. We’ll see if the Mayor agrees ;)

30 Rick January 2, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Wouldn’t mind seeing some good plans on eliminating tea party-ers and republicans from decent society.

31 mamatosix January 2, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Best local Medium
Best local Healer

32 Laura Zah January 2, 2014 at 10:43 PM

@Rick Maybe some re-education camps or just a mass grave & machine guns? No room for an opposition party in your America? Right?

33 Contonian January 2, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Best optometrist
Best/friendliest police officer
Best post office
Best place for lunch
Best retail storefront display
Best youth sport coach

34 Rick II January 2, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Love to eliminate progressive politicians like George Miller who have done nothing with their lives except spend other people’s money and meddle in things i.e education, health care for which they have no formal training or experience. Miller is the perfect example of the politictian and ideology that should have disappeared with the dodo bird

35 Just me January 3, 2014 at 12:08 AM

I got a bicycle for Christmas so would love to know of a great, local place –that’s not too hilly– to ride (other than the canal trail paths).

36 Connie Dobbs January 3, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Be patient, Rick. It’s taking longer for your wars to kill off their child-rearing generation than originally thought — at least, without making it look like genocide.

37 Pro-choice....... Gun owmer January 3, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Best corn snake sanctuary.

38 @Rick January 3, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Leaving only the Party of Tolerance?

39 jtkatec January 3, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Oh, Cantonian, I like the idea of Best/friendliest police officer. There should be contest. Might be some good PR for that department.

Brimfield Police Dept move over.

40 Bob January 3, 2014 at 1:03 PM


Thank you!

41 Silva January 3, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Best quality & most affordable tree trimmers
Best quality & most affordble children’s entertainment
Best independant local business

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