Claycord – Talk About Whatever

March 21, 2014 21:34 pm · 139 comments


Happy Friday to all the wonderful citizens in the City of Claycord.

This is a post with no subject, you can talk about whatever you want. If breaking news happens (such as an earthquake), or you hear about something newsworthy, feel free to post it here.

1 anon March 21, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Claycord, no better place to be on a Friday night.

2 Dorothy March 21, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Weather people are saying we might get a bit more rain by mid-week. Bring it on!

3 Marissa March 21, 2014 at 9:42 PM

First! Happy Friday! =)

4 Killjoy March 21, 2014 at 9:42 PM

In the top ten?

5 anon March 21, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Happy, happy, happy

6 Sam Y March 21, 2014 at 10:28 PM

I drive a school bus every day, and I have to say 8 out of 10 drivers are texting or looking at their “smart phones” while driving. Come on people, you are not going to miss a FB posting or a tweet in the hour you have to commute to work in the morning. Pay attention and drive! Put down your phones!!!!!!

7 AnotherAnon-----Mayor, what happened to the "reply" feature March 21, 2014 at 10:34 PM

I’d also like to see a “preview” feature, to help avoid those typing errors. Either that, or maybe allow us to undo our posts.

8 @ Sam Y March 21, 2014 at 10:43 PM

everyone is lonely and depressed. Little do they realize this all makes them lonelier. Go home pick up the phone, write a letter and see somebody in person TODAY! Texts mean absolutely nothing!

9 mad mom March 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Just ordered a new computer. My faithful desk top started to fail. Thankfully I have a wonderful friend who keeps me up and running. I have a friend who’s great with computers too!
Have a great weekend Claycord! Thank you Mayor for all the news this week. And oh what a week it was!

10 Noflow March 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

On the drive back from the salt mine in SF this afternoon, I was wondering; will Putin be as supportive for a referendum for the Chechens like he was the Crimeans?

Somehow I doubt it.

11 I'm The Urban Spaceman March 21, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Innuendo, The Italian Suppository is coming to the USA.

12 Antler March 21, 2014 at 11:03 PM

And under Old Business back during the “Reply” experiment:
I forgot my childhood wish…. Wonder Woman boots!

13 Alanona March 21, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Why can the police talk on their cel while driving and we cannot?
Isn’t it a safety issue?
Can’t they use a hands-free device?
Or can’t they pull over?

14 What happened to the threaded reply system?... March 21, 2014 at 11:52 PM

…Claycord had this great reply system for a few days where conversations could remain threaded. No more having to name yourself “@54 or Re:Whoever” in order to respond to a comment. Why did Claycord revert back to the old system?

15 Uh huh March 22, 2014 at 12:03 AM

To that Asian guy with the glasses that drives the white Toyota Camry that drives Down olivera rd. at the same time (aprox. 6:40 am.) Monday thru Friday ,For Gods sake, will you please turn off your frigin brights. I am blinded by your brights every morning. Do you not understand what it means when cars flash their brights at you? TURN OFF YOUR BRIGHTS!!!
One of these days I am going to turn around and follow your ass and flash a bright frigin light in your eyes and see how you like it.

16 About that threaded reply system... March 22, 2014 at 4:55 AM

#15, it turned into a total disaster! I guess you missed that part.

17 Killjoy March 22, 2014 at 5:17 AM

To the folks asking what happened to the “Reply” feature.
A lot of folks found it difficult to follow simply because you had to start at the top of a thread and start reading the comments from the top down every time simply to see if there was a reply.
Also, when the Mayor had to delete a comment for whatever reason (nasty comment, etc) any replies to that got disassociated from that group of replies and were thus thrown to the end of the general thread making it impossible to see which other comments they were replies to.
It really was a jumble of comments, and believe it or not, this format is easier to follow.

18 Killjoy March 22, 2014 at 5:20 AM

@Sam Y, I ignore texts while on my commute. As for calls, I do use a hands free system. After all, when my wife calls and asks me to pick up a loaf of bread, or some garlic, or even cat food on the way home, it’s a lot easier than going back out.
Oh, and my commute is about 8 miles. :)

19 Killjoy March 22, 2014 at 5:32 AM

I was looking at a new Toyota Tacoma pickup truck a few weeks ago.
I noticed something odd when I looked under the hood. Even though the truck had a manual transmission with a hydraulic clutch, Toyota did away with the clutch master cylinder.
It had a tube that pulled fluid from the master brake cylinder.
Value engineering at its best? I for one would like to know that if my brakes were to fail, I’d have enough pressure in the clutch system to downshift and slow down.
Also, it seems that in some of their vehicles, they are no longer allowing users to be able to check the automatic transmission fluid.
Yes, there is no more transmission dip stick.

20 Truth Teller March 22, 2014 at 5:56 AM

@Uh huh. Is that the newspaper delivery guy?

21 Cowellian March 22, 2014 at 7:39 AM

Cowellian’s First!

I’ve been enjoying Spring by getting a lot of yard work taken care of. Of course, all the new plants will have to come inside during next week’s freeze, but that’s an adventure for a different day.

22 Antler March 22, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Cowellian, “playing in the dirt” gives one so much joy….at the time and again when the blooms begin. Do you plant vegetables as well as flowers?

23 the other jj March 22, 2014 at 8:53 AM


24 Connie Dobbs March 22, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Seriously. What happened?

25 ClayDen March 22, 2014 at 9:29 AM

@ Killjoy

I feel the same regarding the Toyota VE process and would have the same concerns. At least they still offer a manual transmission. I wish I could have gotten a manual in my Honda Odyssey (I tried). Even Lamborghini is dropping the manual in their Gallardo replacement (the Huracan), as only 13 people bought their Gallardo with a manual last year out of about 1,400 sold. And you cannot buy a Ferrari with a manual transmission any longer.

BTW, 8 mile commute? Does not register. The shortest commute I’ve ever had was 17 miles, but I had to commute almost 500 miles from my house to my apartment there so I could do the 17 mile commute. My commutes have been 30-60 miles one way, and even my current part time job commute is 57 miles each way. I’ve been commuting for 40 years, so I’m used to it.

26 Silva March 22, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Killjoy, (#19), wow, that sounds really different. Just curious; still tinking of buying one?

27 Walnut Creek Resident March 22, 2014 at 9:31 AM

What has happened to Talk About Politics thread?

28 Cowellian March 22, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Antler, plants in the ground here belong to the critters. I have tomatoes in pots on my deck. We also have a box on the deck railing for herbs.

The other jj, we’ve all seen the Majicjack ads on late-night TV. Exactly, what is the scam?

29 Eric Thom March 22, 2014 at 9:50 AM

We are in a very serious drought and water supplies are dwindling rapidly, and you guys have the gall to advertise a high school car wash? Unlike commercial car washes, High School students are anything if prudent about their usage of water, spraying each other as much as they spray the cars, and they have no recycling system that reuses the waste water, throwing it all down the drain. Their goal of raising money for the school music program is laudable, but not at the cost of wasting water. Someone needs to teach our children better than this, and the high school that they attend should be ashamed.

30 anon March 22, 2014 at 9:50 AM

@:21 What freeze?

31 Brian March 22, 2014 at 9:56 AM

@killjoy, tons of new cars have dropped the ATF dipsticks. And a lot of companies are calling their ATF lifetime fluid, which is total bunk.

32 The "REPLY" feature was cumbersome.... March 22, 2014 at 10:09 AM

and I really don’t miss it. However the “PREVIEW” feature, which has been one for a long time, was quite helpful. No matter how many times I proofread a comment before posting, there always seemed to be a typo of some sort which sneaked (or snuck ?) through. Invariably, some astute reader would take it upon themselves to crucify me for my stupidity, thus eroding my self esteem even further (farther ?)

33 ChampagneKitty March 22, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I am relieved that the Mayor stopped the “reply” feature and I know I’m not the only one. People were complaining, myself included and there was at least one comment from someone who was about to quit reading Claycord because the Whatever thread had become unreadable. It initially seemed like a good idea, but it ended up messing up all the comments.

34 Silva March 22, 2014 at 11:13 AM

I remember in ’04 when my mom went to get a new car and really got lucky, as the only standard transmission on the lot just happened to be a color she liked which also matched her house. My car’s a manual which I much prefer over an automatic. Can’t begin to imagine why anyone would want an automatic on a Lamborghini.

I never noticed the preview feature. I probably should have used it! Oh my gosh, the garden’s calling. much to do, and it’s another magnificent day!

Hope you all can enjoy it!

35 Cowellian March 22, 2014 at 11:15 AM

When I had an active Blog, there were a number of features that I would have liked to have included, but could never figured out how to implement.

One board that I participate in has a reply feature that I really like. When you hit the reply button, your post goes to the end of the thread, but it includes a link back to the original post. It also has a quote button that works the same way, but also includes the original post as a quotation.

36 DELETE March 22, 2014 at 11:24 AM

I’m enjoying the THIS COMMENT HAS BEEN DELETED feature. For example: still showing the names of Spartan Dad and batman after having deleted their very rude comments in the story of the young Martinez man’s Make-A-Wish/San Jose Sharks experience.
Good for you, Mayor!

37 M Gorman March 22, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Hey to all Nor Cal’s.

Let it rain.

38 Jojo Potato March 22, 2014 at 11:58 AM

You bunch of rookies! Back in the beginning of the net, there was a thing called USENET. Each group had multiple threads running at any one time. So if you looked at the top level you would see each topic, like “dogs” or “pizza” or whatever. Then navigate down the thread as you like. My posts there used to be accessible back to 1985 but Google bought Dejanews that had these archives and then shut them down. I guess you can’t make money on old news. Now if you aren’t making enough chatter to interest some of these companies so they can sell your information it’s not going to last. I do appreciate this site as sort of a last reminant of what the net was and should have been. Let’s keep it happy as long as we can.

39 Cat Wrangler March 22, 2014 at 12:15 PM

ClayDen and Killjoy,

Are either of you the Stig?

40 MrDuckyWucky March 22, 2014 at 12:54 PM


41 Kirkwood March 22, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Jojo P- Even further back when there was only DOS and dial-up there were many forums/blogs that operated in similar fashion as today and were called bulletin board systems. These BBS’s were analogous to the large cork boards in supermarkets where people posted 3X5 cards for babysitting, rototilling, kittens, etc. The only difference was that the posts and posters on these BBS’s were of higher quality than much of we see today, although modern forums are tightly moderated when necessary.

42 anon March 22, 2014 at 1:40 PM

@Eric Thom,
If you go to any school in MDUSD, you will see water leaking and being wasted somewhere.

43 Puddintain March 22, 2014 at 2:06 PM

@MrDuckyWucky, you have a problem. Get kicked out of the “Talk Abput Politics” blog?

44 Connie Dobbs March 22, 2014 at 2:50 PM
45 ChampagneKitty March 22, 2014 at 5:53 PM

I know I’m due for a reading update and I do have things to share. I’m dealing with a little medical situation right now. I’m not in any danger; I just don’t feel too good and it’s hard to concentrate and as you know my reading updates take a little work to write. My situation should resolve itself in a couple days or so.

46 lizzie March 22, 2014 at 7:13 PM

So, last night my neighbors had a party. Around 11 PM, it started to break up and quiet down or so I thought. Apparently they had just gone to the store to replenish their booz. At midnight it was back in full swing. They were in the back yard, which borders mine, and, between the loud music and yelling, even with all doors and windows closed, it was like we were in the same room. I asked them (the owners) to please quiet down, take the party inside and turn down the music. They tried to control the guest’s to no avail. I did not want to call law enforcement, they are dealing with enough. At 1:30 AM I had enough and turned on my sprinkler, full force in their direction. After numerous WTF outbursts, all was quiet in about 5 minutes and I was finally able to sleep. What would you all do? Just curious.

47 J. March 22, 2014 at 7:50 PM


The sprinkler thing was over the top.

48 Killjoy March 22, 2014 at 8:02 PM

@ClayDen, I feel your pain. I did a 54 mile commute from here to Intel in Santa Clara for 15 years. That’s part of the reason it took me 13 months to find a job when I got laid off. I just didn’t want to make that drive anymore. Lucky for me I found a local company that was hiring, and was doing PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) as well as CVD (Chemical Vapor Deposition) right here close to home. The same things I was doing for Intel for over a decade. The drive is nice. But there are still nuts on the road.

No, I have given up on the Tacoma. Realistically, it only got 1-2 miles to the gallon better than my full size 4WD Super Crew pickup with a V-8. I couldn’t see spending 30 grand on 2MPG. So we bought something a little more economical. Something that gets upper 20’s in town and upper 30’s on the highway. And no, it’s not a hybrid.

@Brian. I agree. It’s bunk. But realistically, in our old cars we never changed the transmission fluid unless there was a problem.

@Cat Wrangler.
No, I am not The Stig. I am however, Keyser Soze.

49 Rose Garden March 22, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Lizzie, I would let the neighbors party. Getting along with the neighbors is more important than an extra hours sleep.

As annoying as a loud party is, there isn’t a person on earth who hasn’t annoyed a neighbor at one point.

We like and get along with all of our neighbors. We let each other live their own lives.

50 Happy One March 22, 2014 at 8:08 PM

No worries, ChampagneKitty. We’ll wait for you. I hope you’re feeling better soon.

51 Shelly March 22, 2014 at 8:12 PM

@lizzie, That sounds pretty darned effective. Was it a system that you flip a switch to turn on, or did you have to go out and aim it toward them? Sounds like a stroke of genious, really. I like to keep earplugs handy, but with a raucus party going on, I might feel nervous about missing an important cue.

52 May March 22, 2014 at 8:15 PM

What is the concord city ordinance on smoking at condos/townhouses?

I have a neighbor who smokes ALL the time and it is always coming up through my balconmy and into my home. I can never open my doors or windows because there is always smoke. We both own our units and all the HOA will do is send her a notice.

What can I do to get her to smoke in her home with her windows, dooors, and vents shut so I and noone else in this side of the complex has to breathe her toxic fumes

53 Puddintain March 22, 2014 at 9:10 PM

I see the trolls are about, #49.

54 Walnut Creek Resident March 22, 2014 at 9:18 PM

May: I am happy I live here in Walnut Creek because my neighbor used to smoke in his patio. The smoke drifted into my living room. No more. He smokes 25 feet away the building where all of us live. The only problem we had was he was found flicking his butts on the roof of our carports. We told the manager and I am assuming he told him to stop that. Smoking in the unit will not help. I suggest you go to your next city counsel meeting and ask them to get an ordinance going just like ours in Walnut Creek! It is a terrible problem and it was very upsetting to live with a smoker when you really do not live with one. Good luck May.

55 ClayDen March 22, 2014 at 10:25 PM

@Cat Wrangler

I’m not the Stig either, but I sometimes play him in the twisties………….

56 MrDuckyWucky March 22, 2014 at 10:28 PM

I have a question for “Mr Mayor”: why do you always advertise those ugly and dangerous pit bulls on the “adoptable Animals” section on the left rail on this site?
do you even see what animals you are advertising? while dogs in general are the best and truly man’s best friend, these pit bulls and pit bull mixes are horrible animals and not fit for civilized society.

57 Connie Dobbs March 22, 2014 at 10:54 PM

#56 Obvious troll is obvious. 2/10, only because someone will probably bite.

58 ClayDen March 22, 2014 at 11:40 PM

@ChampagneKitty and other readers

I’m back into “The Baby Boom” by P.J. O’Rourke and it’s a great read for us boomers, something to be savored rather than read quickly. I’m also back to reading “Lockheed Blackbird” by Crickmore, a great book for aviation enthusiasts.

I almost bought “For Crew and Country: The Inspirational True Story of Bravery and Sacrifice Aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts” by Wukovits at Costco, but decided to hold off. Has anyone read it? It gets a 4.5/5 at Amazon and looks like it’s worthy of the time to read it. Another book I saw that looks good that has a 4.0 Amazon rating is “Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America” by Jacobsen. Any recommendations?

59 Cat Wrangler March 23, 2014 at 12:07 AM

ClayDen – So that was you being the Stig in the twisties. :)

60 Cat Wrangler March 23, 2014 at 12:11 AM


LOL. Everyone thinks he’s Keyser Soze. He’s supposed to be Turkish. Some say his father was German. Nobody ever believed he was real. Nobody ever knew him or saw anybody that ever worked directly for him. But to hear Kobayashi tell it, anybody could have worked for Soze. You never knew; that was his power. The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.

61 Anonalalon March 23, 2014 at 7:54 AM

MrDucky – ignorant much? All dogs at the shelter are temperament tested and ready to adopt. If you don’t want to adopt one then why comment , you clearly do not know what you’re talking about.

62 Anonalalon March 23, 2014 at 7:56 AM

Meaning all dogs posted are ready for adoption. If a dog doesn’t pass the test, regardless of breed it is either put down or available to rescue groups only. Unfortunately due to the irresponsibility of humans, the shelters are overflowing w certain breeds.

63 Anonalalon March 23, 2014 at 7:58 AM

May, I have an idea.. Have you talked to her?

64 Incognito March 23, 2014 at 8:03 AM

I like your approach.
Yes, by all means, try and get along with your neighbors – however, when they go to the point of being disrespectful, then you do what you gotta do. By asking them politely (at 1:30am) to take their party inside, you were working with them, clearly they were not working with you. And, there is a noise ordinance in Contra Costa County, so you are clearly not being unreasonable.

As far as ear plugs… it will be a cold day in hell when I put in a set of ear plugs in my own home.

65 Steve H. March 23, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Okay, I’ll bite. Have you ever ben inside a dog pound? For the last few decades they have mostly discarded pit bulls as inmates. Your opinion doesn’t matter.

66 Shelly March 23, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Incognito, I have earplugs in my home, car, pockets, & handbag. I use power tools, have had to try to sleep with a loud snorer & noisey nite-owl neighbors on a different time schedule. I need them in movie theaters. I’ve exposed my hearing to unhealthy decibel levels in my younger years at concerts and in clubs. I’m aiming to keep what’s left of my ability to hear the birds & bees.

May, you’re in an awful situation. I really sympathize. I wouldn’t be able to hack it at all. That’s really unhealthy, and many smokers are not sympathetic of other’s needs to breathe. I also wonder if you’ve talked to her, and what her response was?

67 Happy One March 23, 2014 at 9:17 AM

ClayDen, have you read “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resillience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand? It has a 5/5 rating on Amazon with over 7000 reviews. I’ve never seen a book with that many reviews have s full 5 star rating. It got rave reviews from the magazines and newspapers that reviewed it, too.

68 old guy. March 23, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Keyser Soze– the greatest boogeyman ever!

69 If you found the reply system cumbersome... March 23, 2014 at 9:35 AM

…then you must find 99% of the Internet difficult to use. This is one of the only comment sections I bump into on a regular basis that does not utilize a nested thread design. This “laundry list” style of comments is unintuitive and stifles discussion between individuals. If the reply system was yanked because of a minority of loud mouths complaining…well…that’s Concord for you (and why we can’t have nice things around here).

If it was because The Mayor found it to be a pain, hopefully he can find another solution that works for his back end needs and those of us that don’t want to skim 50 comments to figure out who is talking to who.

70 More than cumbersome.. March 23, 2014 at 10:11 AM

…flat out didn’t work! Did you see what happened?

71 Silva March 23, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Unbroken. I read it. Amazing. If it were fiction, it would never have been published, it was so beyond what most people could ever imagine possible for one person to survive. That Laura Hillenbrand’s a survivor and a great writer, too.

72 ClayDen March 23, 2014 at 10:27 AM

@Happy One

I’ve added it to my list; thanks for the tip.

73 Incognito March 23, 2014 at 12:01 PM

@Shelly #66
Clearly, you need ear plugs as a result of life instances, not just because you have partying neighbors at 1:30 in the morning.

74 Silva March 23, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Special good wishes to ChampaignKitty and Shasta Daisy, thanks for all you do for us, feel better.

75 lizzie March 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Rose Garden—
We have been neighbors for 30 years and get along great. They were out of line and knew it. They got the message and I rec’d an apology from them this morning.

76 kira March 23, 2014 at 12:50 PM

The day after a film made in the 80’s could be happening soon!!! So quite bickering and truly love what you have :)

77 Mr. Patience March 23, 2014 at 1:17 PM

I’m trying to get a consensus here: How Long is Too Long in regards to a homeowner “repainting” their house?
It’s been 3 years of looking at Half stucco (gray) and Half old paint. I don’t know what the hold up is here, all of the neighbors say that the owner is a perfectionist – I guess that this homeowners perfectionism doesn’t include looking at a half finished house.

78 Rose Garden March 23, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Lizzie, I’m glad you worked it out with your neighbors. I agree, they were out of line. But I don’t believe in turning the sprinklers on to soak people.

Be thankful your neighbors are mature, and they apologized.

I still in favor of letting others live their lives. When we have parties, we invite the neighbors! There’s a reason for it………

79 Shelly March 23, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Okay, I guess I needed to say “I’ve used earplugs many times because my noisey nite-owl neighbors who often gave loud parties until long after 1:30 am and I needed to sleep so that I could get up and get my child to school and get to work in the morning.” We also got along with them, but we lived at opposite ends of the clock.

80 Jerk March 23, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Accent Energy Natural Gas scam. Beware, they are on the streets of Claycord making their sales pitch. Copied to help you understand the scam:
A salesperson will come to your door, offering to cut your PG&E bill in half. Obviously if they have to sell such a good deal door-to-door it is a scam, but if you, like I, are fascinated by how the scammers scam, here is how it works.

On my PG&E bill, tier 1 gas is listed at $0.96/therm, and tier 2 at $1.28/therm. The scammers offer a 3 year contract at $0.699/therm, so sounds like a good deal. The thing is, the PG&E charge has two subcomponents, which PG&E doesn’t make that clear. There is the “procurement” charge for buying the gas, and the “transportation” charge for transporting it. PG&E adds both of these together and puts it on your bill, but if you research on the Internet, transportation is about $0.50/therm, and procurement is actually on your bill at the right, in my case $0.43/therm for tier 1, and $0.52/therm for tier 2.

The scammers take advantage of a Core Transportation Agent (CTA) program which is mandated on PG&E by law. This states that consumers can buy gas (i.e. procure) from another provider, and PG&E must transport it to your home, though they of course charge for that.

So the scammer will say “Look, you are paying $0.96/therm, we will offer a contract for $0.669/therm”, but they are neglecting that $0.669/therm is just the procurement cost. PG&E will still charge roughly $0.50/therm for transportation, which depending on your contract will be billed direct by PG&E or by the scammers Accent Energy. You should compare the scammers $0.669/therm not with the total PG&E bills, but with the PG&E procurement charge of $0.43/therm for tier 1, or $0.52/therm for tier 2. So now you can see the scammers are charging more per therm procurement than PG&E, while PG&E will charge the same transport charge for using their pipes. Not a good deal.

To add insult to injury, even though you are paying more per therm than PG&E, the scammers will also charge you a monthly fee of $3 to purchase their overpriced gas. It is sad that enough people fall for this to keep the scammers in business. At least search the Internet before signing a contract that a shady sales rep brings to your door step.

81 Antler March 23, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Mayor, I am missing this week’s Garden Girl column. Will it be up soon?

82 I saw what happened... March 23, 2014 at 5:17 PM

…and outside of a few bugs, it made things over all a lot better. Conversations were clear and directed. The vast majority of the comment sections and forums on the Internet utilize a nested reply system, so what makes the users here so special that is the one place this system doesn’t work?

Hoping the Mayor finds another way to implement it.

83 Killjoy March 23, 2014 at 6:08 PM

On the photography forums that I am on (as well as the car forums, etc) all have the reply feature. However, what those do is quote the post you are replying to, and add it all to the bottom of the thread. Those posts are also numbered. Much easier to follow.
If you’d care to see what I’m talking about, check out

84 It sucked... March 23, 2014 at 6:41 PM


85 Silva March 23, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Killjoy, I was a vacuum coatings technician long ago. We did aircraft turbine blades. It was sure interesting. I was the token woman.

86 CeeMee March 23, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Lizzie, I could have written your post. I have the exact problem with my neighbors. They are loud, start late and go until late. I hear them like they are in the room with me and my double pane windows are closed. Last night I did not do anything because I knew they were celebrating and it was Saturday. I often end up sleeping on the sofa. I have called the police when they have partied during the week. I try not to do this for several reasons. I also talk with them but it only works for a week or so. They do this often. As for the sprinklers, that is a great idea. I turned them on a dog walker yesterday who came well into my yard with her dog looking for a place to poop. I wouldn’t worry about wetting them, They asked for it.

87 Vart March 23, 2014 at 9:00 PM

@ Lizzie. Good to hear they apologized. I have a nuisance neighbor and our relationship could easily be repaired by a one on one sit down. Not creating a retaliatory clique like he has that exacerbates the problem. If my neighbor had apologized for his behavior like yours, he probably would not have gone to jail. I could have let it been water under the bridge, we all have made a faux pas from time to time.

88 Antler March 24, 2014 at 4:55 AM

What about building an outstanding new Concord City Hall/ art gallery/ parking structure on the “picket fence” property bounded by Clayton Road, Galindo, and Willow Pass Road? There is logical proximity to the Police Station and to the Historical Society’s restored homes. Then creatively renovate the current City Hall so that it becomes an expansion of (and connected to) the current library!

The money will come from anyone who wants to be “IN” on developing and profiting from the CNWS land.

89 Killjoy March 24, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Silva, that’s pretty cool. :D

90 Gangs March 24, 2014 at 6:25 AM

The painters are at it again on Sunshine drive. The usual canal overpass was hit and the front of the school on Detroit. I would appreciate if they could improve the quality of their artwork, this scribble, scribble xxx ^%#}¥£€>_\| jibberish looks like sh&$.

91 Silva March 24, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Killjoy, yeah, we were the only game around, in the 1970’s and early 80’s. Then the technology took off, & our company had other fish to fry. It was pretty antiquated, but oh so cool!

Antler, those ideas for the picket fence lot are marvelous! Somehow I imagined there was a wonderful plan in the works, though.

92 Killjoy March 24, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Partial power outage in North Concord. We lost a single phase of our three phase power.
So we are unable to run anything like our vacuum pumps and cryo compressors.
And of course the phase that’s out took out our kitchen area. So it looks like we will be going out to lunch today.

93 Killjoy March 24, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Looks like PG&E is working on the issue. All power is down now.

94 Antler March 24, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Killjoy, do you ever go eat lunch at Englund’s Cafe and Catering? It’s in the industrial offices grouping of buildings near the corner of Port Chicago and Bates Avenue. And YUM!

95 ChampagneKitty March 24, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Huh. The power is fine at my place. (I live very close to Killjoy’s workplace)

96 Killjoy March 24, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Antler, I have not tried them yet. GoGo keeps saying we should check it out on one of our Friday outings. Perhaps later this week?

ChampagneKitty, the power is still out here at work. PG&E is working on the issue. And even the power at the light on the corner is working.
But all of our building (all the other businesses here) and a few next door are out too.

97 Killjoy March 24, 2014 at 12:59 PM

12:58 and power is up!

98 ChampagneKitty March 24, 2014 at 2:18 PM


99 Antler March 24, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Killjoy, might want to call them first to make sure the cafe part is open on Fridays….vaguely recall that they go “catering only” for Friday-Sunday?

100 Killjoy March 24, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Thanks for the tip Antler. I’ll look into it. :)

101 Atticus Thraxx March 24, 2014 at 7:49 PM
102 Doc Epharts March 24, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Englund’s Cafe has a small sign… easy to miss!

103 Mustang Sally March 25, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Oo, Aticus Thraxx, I’d love to see that close up and in slow motion. Nice!

104 Antler March 25, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Atticus at #101. ….. This is sooooooo one of the fantasies I have when I am day dreaming and my imagination has me in control of ANY situation!


105 big fire somewhere? March 25, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Lots of firetrucks just left the downtown Concord station with sirens blaring. Wonder what’s up?

106 TinFoiler March 25, 2014 at 5:19 PM
107 Annon March 26, 2014 at 9:13 AM

I searched the internet for charities accepting toddler clothing, 24mos-3T, almost new crib, and nice womens clothing. I wanted to donate, but not have the people in need pay for items, I ended up calling salvation army, as usual. IS there no formal groups that accept and give out needed items free? If not, we should set something up for families in need of clothing,cribs, furniture.

108 THE FAMILY TREE OF VINCENT VAN GOGH March 26, 2014 at 9:45 AM


His dizzy aunt —————Verti Gogh

His brother who ate prunes
Gotta Gogh

His brother who worked at a convenience store
Stop N Gogh
His grandfather from Yugoslavia U Gogh

His magician uncle ———–Where-diddy Gogh

His Mexican cousin ———–A Mee Gogh

His Mexican cousin’s American half-brother
Gring Gogh

His nephew who drove a stage coach
Wells-far Gogh

His ballroom dancing aunt
Tang Gogh

His bird lover uncle
Flamin Gogh

His fruit loving cousin ——–Man Gogh

His aunt who taught positive thinking

His little bouncy nephew —— Poe Gogh

His sister who loved disco —–Go Gogh

And his niece who travels the country in an RV —
Winnie Bay Gogh

109 Lulu1949 March 26, 2014 at 10:05 AM

@Annon…….there is a women’s shelter in Bay Point that accepts clothing and furniture. I will get their phone # and post it for you. I have donated to them various times and have helped tutor the children in the past. Most of the ladies attend Calvary Temple up on the hill. Great organization.

110 Antler March 26, 2014 at 10:36 AM

#108 …… That was FUN!

111 Antler March 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Doc Ephqrt’s @102 ….. Good observation! I always slow way down and stay in the left land as I see the “Bates” signage up ahead. It’s a left turn into the executive park which just BEFORE you get to the Bqtes intersection. Englund’s has an awning with the name on it….1st building on left. They do a WHOMPING business during the lunch hour….best if you look at their menu online and call in an order for “take out”.

112 Kelley March 26, 2014 at 10:56 AM

I think I knew Verti Gough, didn’t she always looked at the world obtusely.

113 annon March 26, 2014 at 11:06 AM

@109 Thank You

114 Lulu1949 March 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM

@Annon……Here you go. You probably should call first before you go there.

If you can’t take the donations there yourself, contact me. I will.

115 People who should never go near guns March 26, 2014 at 1:27 PM

People who should never be around guns. This is funny and no one is seriously injured.

116 Silva March 26, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Photo op outside if you like dramatic clouds!

117 Connie Dobbs March 26, 2014 at 5:14 PM

I like dramatic clods; fortunately Claycord has a politics thread.

118 Silva March 26, 2014 at 5:58 PM


119 Killjoy March 26, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Sitting here, waiting for my child at an activity they enjoy.
I looked at the dash on my car, and the speedometer goes up to 150 MPH.
Now, I seriously doubt that this car could reach 150 MPH even with a good tail wind. That being said, I certainly wouldn’t try it on the crappy roads we have around here.
So much for my reputation as “The Stig”. Bwahahahaha

120 Death of the Doughboy March 26, 2014 at 10:04 PM

It is with the saddest heart that I must pass on the following news:

Please join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment community. The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and traumatic complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71.

Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies and Captain Crunch. The grave site was piled high with flours. Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded.

Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. Despite being a little flaky at times, he still, as a crusty old man, was considered a roll model for millions.

Doughboy is survived by his wife, Play Dough; three children John Dough Jane Dough and Dill Dough; plus they had one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly father Pop Tart. The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.

121 Charliesangel March 26, 2014 at 11:26 PM


122 @ charliesangel March 27, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Thank you for your comments. They are greatly appreciated–Nick

123 Marissa March 27, 2014 at 12:15 PM

What funny jokes on the “whatever” column. I like the Vincent Gough funny the best.

124 Shelly March 27, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Yeah, all you jokers out there! You’re the BEST !!!

125 Antler March 27, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Need help, please, in identifying one type of hummingbird which is suspect is coming to your own Claycord feeders as well. It is bottle green all over and has a stubby tail. I cannot find a picture of it in my books, nor online … least not yet. (The “Magnificent Hummingbird” is mostly green, but it has many other muted colors in its feathers, so the type we’re seeing must be something different.)

Sweet dreams, all!

126 Killjoy March 27, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Antler, is it a Green Violetear?

127 Antler March 28, 2014 at 3:15 AM

Hi, Killjoy. Thank you for the link, but the type we are seeing has an even shorter tail and no apparent color (other than brilliant bottle green).

128 Killjoy March 28, 2014 at 4:09 PM


129 Cowellian March 28, 2014 at 4:24 PM

More last!

130 Marissa March 28, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Last of all lasts, lasts!

131 ChampagneKitty March 28, 2014 at 5:20 PM

My body hurts. Last.

132 KAD March 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS) Cleanup effort. Someone asked me to place a reminder of the CNWS RAB meeting that will be held the first Wednesday in April.
Here it is – April 2 – Clyde Community Clubhouse, Clyde, CA.
Directions. Take Port Chicago Highway until the end. Take a right turn (THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN GO)

On behalf of the Navy, the location for the April 2, 2014 Former Naval Weapons Station Concord RAB meeting is the:

109 Wellington Avenue
Clyde, CA 94520

We will meet from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Attached are the following files:

• April 2, 2014 RAB Meeting Agenda
• Draft January 15, 2014 RAB Meeting Minutes

2014 RAB Meeting Dates

• Wednesday, July 9, 2014 (one week later to accommodate 4th of July week)
• Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The RAB meetings are open to the public.

Thank you for your continued support of Former Naval Weapons Station Concord cleanup program. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Scott Anderson at the following information:

Last from Claycord. Yes, I am back in town and apparently just soon enough since it snowed again in Nashville. I feel for you Cowellian.

133 Killjoy March 28, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Last again.

134 ChampagneKitty March 28, 2014 at 6:40 PM

[sticking my tongue out at Killjoy]…


Hi KAD! Welcome back home.

135 Cowellian March 28, 2014 at 6:56 PM

I sure hope we’re done with all the snow and freezing weather!

136 Shelly March 28, 2014 at 7:28 PM

I hope you are too, Cowellian. It sounds bloody awful.

137 Sharla March 28, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Ask and ye shall receive. Last!

138 Killjoy March 28, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Put your tongue back in your mouth ChampagneKitty.


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