Claycord – Talk About Whatever

April 4, 2014 16:36 pm · 194 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 Enfield303 April 4, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Woohoo, have a great weekend Claycordians. It is supposed to be a nice one. Enjoy.

2 Man April 4, 2014 at 4:45 PM

I like cheese man

3 Cowellian April 4, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Cowellian’s First!

Y’all make it a great weekend!

4 Cy Nical April 4, 2014 at 4:51 PM

There seems to be one Concord story missing from that was covered at length on KTVU


5 ClayDen April 4, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Enjoyed the rain today. Looks like a nice day at the historics at Sears Point tomorrow. F1 this weekend too.

6 The Closer April 4, 2014 at 5:09 PM


Gouda for you.

7 Killjoy April 4, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Wow! This is an early “Whatever” thread!

Happy Friday, from EJ Phair in Todos Santos! :)

8 the other jj April 4, 2014 at 5:21 PM


9 guest April 4, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Someday this ‘Talk About Whatever’ column will be a Skype chat meetup with Claycordians ‘talking about whatever’ in real time.

10 anon April 4, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Will the Concord Police log ever be updated with criminal activities like Walnut Creek’s PD log?

11 EdiBirsan April 4, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Please take a moment to respond to the survey- advertised on the right column, as well as available directly on the link above.

12 yeah yeah sure sure April 4, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Okay, the other jj, sure. Whatever.

13 Dorothy April 4, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Rain worked on my yards. Hope there will be more April showers but now I have to mow the grass.

14 94519 April 4, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Great weather this weekend guys, enjoy and
be safe, oh yah, GO GIANTS ! ! !

15 GoGo Gomez April 4, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Happy Friday!
I’ve been sick as a dog for few days now, but got to watch the Giants spank the Dodgers today.
Gooo Giants!

16 GoGo Gomez April 4, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Killjoy I love EJ!

17 anonanonagain April 4, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Don’t text and drive. Is your 2 minute conversation about what road you are approaching or if you should pick up fish for dinner really worth getting into a major accident where you injure/kill another innocent family, really worth it?? Be safe and put the damn thing down and drive. If you can’t do that then perhaps you are addicted to your phone/Facebook/emails etc……..

18 94519 April 4, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Have a great weekend everyone. GO A’S!!!

19 @guest #9 April 4, 2014 at 6:19 PM

I hope not. I’d have to put clothes on.

20 Cowellian April 4, 2014 at 6:32 PM

We used to have a Claycard chat on Thursday nights.

21 Cocnord April 4, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Why, no coverage on yet another PATHETIC DAY ON BART. Everywhere, BART does track maintenance, there is a perpetual problem with the tracks forever, and ever, and ever, and ever. SO SICK OF BART WASTE and BAD BART SERVICE.

22 Shelly April 4, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Cowellian, did it evolve into the “Whatever” thread?

23 Anon April 4, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Jay walkers do it, to themselves.

24 Cowellian April 4, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Shelly, no. The chat just seemed to fade away. We also used to have a “Week in review” earlier on Fridays. It served as foreposting before the Whatever thread.

25 Shelly April 4, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Oh. How long have you all been at this?

26 Yoorst Rooly April 4, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Have fun Claycordonites, Go Giants.

27 Aunt Agonist April 4, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Look out for cats wandering around, they need
help also. Oh yes, almost forgot, Go Giants!

28 Clas Ahkt April 4, 2014 at 7:41 PM


29 Shasta Daisy April 4, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Cowellian, I remember the good ole days. Those Thursday nite chats were fun.

30 Atticus Thraxx April 4, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Known as the Hamster Gambit, Nibbles takes B6:

31 ClayDen April 4, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Go Ferrari!

32 JW April 4, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Anyone happen to catch this story? It looks like David Rosen and his folks are being sued.

33 MrDuckyWucky April 4, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Extending warm wishes for a great weekend to my extended Claycord “family” led by none other than our neighbor, friend and overall great guy, The Mayor!

With warmest regards and loving thoughts,
MrDuckyWucky, Esq.

34 Cowellian April 4, 2014 at 9:56 PM

In July, I will have been in Claycord for seven years. Shasta and Apollo were already regulars when I got here.

35 Antler April 4, 2014 at 10:04 PM

What??!!?? Craving white cheddar cheese popcorn means I’m preggers????

Seriously, anyone out there know an obstetrician who accepts Medicare? Like ……. really OLD Medicare? ;-)

36 EdiBirsan April 4, 2014 at 10:05 PM

I will be at Berkshire Books Saturday morning at 9 if anyone is interested in talking…

37 Ancient Mariner April 4, 2014 at 10:08 PM

@ Man No. 2:
We are all glad that you like cheese.
Cheese is good.
Give me a pound of 5-year old Reggiano and I’m happy!

38 Starfish April 4, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Antler, in this universe that was created by angry Gods, all things are possible. ;-)

39 piggies April 4, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Can anyone recommend a good vet in the area for guinea pigs? I have two that need to have some health issues checked. thanks!

40 Dr. Jellyfinger® April 4, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Ya know, I recall a story about a woman who was pregnant for like 60 years & doctors discovered a calcified fetus in her womb that had been just sitting there…. all that time………… She claimed to have had a craving for Chick-O-Stix since she was 20. Maybe you ought go get an ultra sound!

41 Starfish April 5, 2014 at 12:12 AM

that’s not a bad idea…..

42 Sophia Patrillo April 5, 2014 at 12:18 AM

1780 Ygnacio Valley Rd

Very kind and helpful when our Hamster had health issues
Good luck

43 Gary Bogus April 5, 2014 at 12:49 AM

Sophia, he wasn’t choking on a chess piece was he?

44 Antler April 5, 2014 at 3:01 AM

You GUYS……???
I just went online and placed an order with Popcorn Factory…… so THERE!

45 JRConcord April 5, 2014 at 7:35 AM

@ 2 Man
Cheese ohhh cheeses
Go to the Village market in Oakland on Broadway terrace (take 24 to 13 south exit Broadway terrace go down about a mile) they have the best selection of cheeses that I have found. hands down . They are priced at retail but worth it. The best cheddar ever ” Barber 1832″ its aged 2 years .very tangy(sharp) is my favorite. They have excellent soft cheeses as well, I have not tried them all YET give me time and I shall.

46 JRConcord April 5, 2014 at 7:37 AM

you can Skype with no pants on .I do it regularly. No one has caught me yet. :)

47 Silva April 5, 2014 at 7:50 AM

We once had a hamster, Schroeder, who let himself out of his cage every night and found stuff to play with and then in the wee hours he went back to his nest in his cage and went to sleep. His favorite thing to do was to roll a wooden spool of thread up and down the hardwood floor in the hallway. What a racket! Every day we tried more ways to secure him, and to no avail. Then one morning his hind leg was sticking out at a wrong angle. He’d somehow broken it badly. We took him to the vet who performed surgery using a hypodermic needle to make an intramedullary rod to reinforce the tiny little bone. The little thing healed up like new! He still spent hours upon hours running on his exercise wheel at night. He hung up his escape artist ways though. This was in Lafayette in the ’60s. Our first veterinarian there was a black man. I think he was the only black man in the town (Lafayette was an unincorporated town) then. He retired. The veterinarian who performed the surgery was Navajo. There weren’t many Navajos there either.

48 Silva April 5, 2014 at 7:51 AM

Y’all have a fine weekend!

49 Silva April 5, 2014 at 8:15 AM

I miss my mother. She was just simply absolutely amazing.

50 Steve H. April 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM

I don’t know anything about David Rosen’s family’s circumstances, but it would only be right if his victim’s family who’re surely enduring much hardship and horrible grief should be compensated in some way.

51 Halleluja! April 5, 2014 at 9:20 AM

MrDuckyWucky’s in a better mood.

52 Piggies April 5, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Thank you Sophia for the vet recommendation.

53 A little quake nearby April 5, 2014 at 10:16 AM

M 1.3 – 2km ESE of Vallejo, California

2014-04-05 09:45:36 UTC-07:00
38.099°N 122.234°W

54 Tipsy April 5, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Don’t pay ridiculous prices for milk at Safeway and Lucky! Take a moment’s notice to see it’s noticeably less expensive just about everywhere else. (Target, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart, Smart ‘n Final, etc.)

55 anon April 5, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Has anyone noticed the add to the right regarding Lehmers 4 tire rotattion?

56 time will tell April 5, 2014 at 1:49 PM

what ad anon?

57 bluebird April 5, 2014 at 4:17 PM

# 55: yep anon #54 is right: “rotattion”. You might have to wait a minute for the ad to cycle through from oil change to tire rotattion.

58 bluebird April 5, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Ever watch channel two news in the morning and see the misspellings? I wonder who is responsible, an intern or the producer?

59 ChampagneKitty April 5, 2014 at 4:42 PM


My Rick Springfield Book Review [skip over if you're not interested!]

So I have finished reading “Late, Late at Night” by Rick Springfield. As a longtime fan, I was looking forward to reading it and my view of him as changed more than once. I’m going to give this 4 out of 5 stars, though I don’t feel 100% settled with that rating. First, he deserves kudos because he wrote the book himself, instead of having someone else ghostwrite it, which many musicians and entertainers like him do.

When I read a celebrity’s memoirs, what I want is, “This is who I am underneath the layers, without all the fame and glam (Rick likes to say ‘girls, guitars, and glory’) and this is my story.” That is not how it felt during the beginning of the book. Instead, I got, “I’m a frickin’ rock star! And I wrote this book for all of my fans! And to make me sound cool, I’m using a lot of profanity and lots & lots of metaphors!!!” And as much as I love Rick, I rolled my eyes. I wasn’t impressed. But that tone changed as I got deeper into the book. (Unfortunately, it came back during the afterword, which was written for the paperback version, which is what I have.) Rick became more serious as his story progressed and he has revealed a lot about himself. Not to give it all away, but a couple of really big things is that he suffers from chronic depression, and that does not go away no matter how good you have it in life. Also, and this has very much to do with his depression, he has been struggling for many years with sexual addiction. Ladies, (and maybe a few gentlemen) if you have been entertaining fantasies over the years about getting into bed with Rick Springfield, well there are many many women who have and you really don’t want to be one of those women. Really. Rick talks about this in some detail. His wife Barbara is a saint for not leaving him. He is very very lucky that she hasn’t and he knows it. He talks about the up years and down years and what was going on when the public hadn’t heard from him in a while (fighting depression). He talks about his quest for spiritual fulfillment. He talks about his relationships with his mum, his dad (“my sweet old man”), and his BFF Doug Davidson (known to Young and the Restless fans as Paul Williams). He’s never felt comfortable displaying all of his awards and plaques in his home, so he sends them to his mum in Australia, whose house is covered in them. So in the end, I got what I wanted, which is to get to know Rick better, warts and all. I felt that the book could have been better written, but he did pretty good, considering that it was his first one.

60 Anon April 5, 2014 at 4:55 PM

So I was driving near the police station and saw two women walking in the cross walk on a red light, when traffic had the green light. So I honk because they are breaking the law, one turns to me and shrugs her shoulders to say “what?”. It’s called jay walking, and it used to be a crime. When she shows up here, in a story about being hit by a car, maybe someone else will learn why we have traffic laws.

61 Anon April 5, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Really Mr. Mayor, standing up for Yhe PhunTurd?

62 anon April 5, 2014 at 6:16 PM

I’ve never been hit by a vehicle. Oh wait, I was brought up during the time where you look both way’s before crossing the street. You didn’t look at the idiot lights that tells you when to walk and most people think will protect you as you cross the street.

63 ChampagneKitty April 5, 2014 at 6:49 PM

From the New York Times:

Author Peter Matthiessen passed away today at his home in Sagaponack, NY from complications of leukemia. He was 86 years old. Here is the obituary–

64 Atticus Thraxx April 5, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Add earthquakes to the long list of things that scares the hell outta cats:

65 Dr. Worm April 6, 2014 at 12:20 AM

@61 Dude’s a click magnet. What are you gonna do.

66 Connie Dobbs April 6, 2014 at 8:33 AM

When someone gets rescued at a National Park or something they have to pay for the service. I wonder if these people will see a bill:

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. Navy warship reached a crippled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast and was preparing Sunday to complete the rescue of a sick 1-year-old girl.
The girl’s family – parents and a 3-year-old sister – were about 900 miles off Mexico on a cruise around the world when they sent a satellite ping for help to the U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday about her illness.
A family member said the Rebel Heart is owned by a San Diego couple, Charlotte and Eric Kaufman, whose daughter, Lyra, had developed a fever and a rash covering most of her body and who wasn’t responding to medications.
The California Air National Guard dispatched four rescuers, who parachuted into the water and reached the disabled vessel. The team was able to stabilize the girl and pointed the sailboat, which does not have steering or communication abilities, toward Mexico, the 129th Rescue Wing said in a statement.”

67 Gale Force April 6, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Same old … very old … and stale …
and dull.

68 Run Dog Run April 6, 2014 at 9:19 AM

The City if Antioch has voted to
make feeding feral cats against
the law, making it impossible for
organization that trap, neuter, and
release to do the work that reduces the
feral cat population in the city. Such
governmental ignorance is stunning
and the only way to counter this
hateful, inhumane policy is to refuse
to shop in Antioch — refuse to spend any
money there — for gas, for food, for
anything sold in the City of Antioch. I,
for one, will not be shopping in Antioch
until this ignorant policy is rescinded.

69 Shelly April 6, 2014 at 10:31 AM

@Run Dog Run, I second that. I will be shopping & doing business elsewhere.

If anyone’s wondering why spay and neuter, the “accidental” kittens fending for themselves out there, which as a domestic species they are completely unequipped to do, meanwhile their offspring face a miserable and short existence while wreaking havoc upon struggling native animals and birds, and well, you probably can’t think that far ahead. Nevermind.

70 Shelly April 6, 2014 at 10:32 AM

I will go many miles in another direction to avoid doing business in Antioch.

71 Shelly April 6, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Sounds like a case of roseola.

72 Happy One April 6, 2014 at 11:51 AM

My reading update:

I finished reading “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” by Maria Semple. It’s a fun, quirky novel written in the voice of a 15 year old girl whose mother has gone missing. It’s not written in a strict traditional style. It includes lots of E-mails, doctor’s notes, letters, school notes to parents, etc. It pokes fun at Seattle, Microsoft, helicopter parent, modern architecture, and private schools, among other things. The author was a writer for “Arrested Development”. I enjoyed it.

73 Gary Bogus April 6, 2014 at 11:52 AM

@68 Trapping & feeding are two different things. Are you really afraid you will be caught and fined for putting bait in the trap? You sound like one of those people who gets 3/4 of the way across the street and when the sign flashes “Don’t Walk” you turn around & run back.
Relax, Antioch Police have lots better things to do then chase down kitty food violators.

74 Dr. Jellyfinger April 6, 2014 at 11:57 AM

I just saw a Granny sitting on a park bench, eating cheesy popcorn & knitting some little blue booties. Sound like anyone we know?

75 JJ2 April 6, 2014 at 12:01 PM

I used to think that the trap, spay/neuter, release was a good idea. Feral cats are spreading feline diseases and devistating the small animal and bird populations. I think we need to reevaluate the entire situation.
Bring your cats inside, they will be happier and live longer, healthier lives. Spay and neuter to prevent unwanted litters.
Adopt when you can.

76 JJ2 April 6, 2014 at 12:02 PM

I’m going over the hill just to shop in Antioch this afternoon.

77 Jerk April 6, 2014 at 12:37 PM

#76, Lock and Load!

78 Jerk April 6, 2014 at 12:46 PM

#60, The Horn is called GTFOOTW (Get The F Out Of The Way). More people need to honk and remind these self entitled MORONS that the world does not revolve around them.

#61, aka Yhe MORON! If there is any example of the stereotypical “mothers basement dweller”, Yhe Phantom would be that. I have a job, so I can’t devote 24/7 to posting OPINION on Claycord, as Yhe obviously believes in winning an internet argument by having the last word.
Phantom is an IGNORANT PHUCK that gets their information from Mainstream Media.

79 Manta Ray April 6, 2014 at 1:41 PM

@#’s 61 & 78, just a friendly reminder; This is the “Talk About Whatever” blog. You can talk about anything besides POLITICS here. You should probably also take your whining and sniping about each other’s competing beliefs to the “Talk About Politics” blog, where maybe someone cares.

80 Judgie Wudgie April 6, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Manta Ray, neither 61 nor 78 said anything about politics. They just complained about yhe old phart that posts his BS on many different columns here (but primarily lives in the Politics Column). That isn’t really talking about politics. Case dismissed! Bam!

81 tami currier April 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM

U know I think it’s pretty bad that once again cpd has done it again boy we must have some pretty weak cops over there when the feel threaten by someone fleeing they shoot him in the head

82 ChampagneKitty April 6, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Hi Happy One! Thanks for your reading update.. Your description reminds me of “On Agate Hill” by Lee Smith…written in an untraditional manner instead of standard narrative chapters…

Last night, I just finished “I’m Proud of You: My Friendship with Fred Rogers” by Tim Madigan. It’s a short non-fiction book, about 200 pages. The author lives in Texas and is a journalist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and has also written several other books. This is a very special book that I am rating 5 stars and strongly recommend it to everyone, most especially to certain posters here who are quick to judge others with indignant knee-jerk reactions. I will not be donating this book, this is a keeper! Unless Antler wants to read it because I know she’d love it. I am in awe of the author who was so fortunate to get to be friends with Mister Rogers. I’m also pleased that Mr. Madigan and I are now following each other on Twitter! Copies of this book are available in the Contra Costa Library system.

83 Shasta Daisy April 6, 2014 at 4:56 PM

A total lunar eclipse coming up soon…..April 14-15.
Mark your calendars.

84 Silva April 6, 2014 at 5:19 PM

ChampaigneKitty, hello there! That’s really is cool.

85 Silva April 6, 2014 at 5:42 PM

I just baked an Almond Torte in my almost new springform pans from the Hospice store on Clayton Road. I find it a challenge to drive past the place without stopping in. I’ve often thought I should have springform pans, and there they were, smiling at me! The torte looks very nice, but I can’t have any, it’s for my DH. I’ll eat it vicariously.

86 Cowellian April 6, 2014 at 7:49 PM

tami currier@81,
Give the rest of us a hint of what you’re talking about. And please use real words and real sentences.

87 ChampagneKitty April 6, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Entertainer Mickey Rooney has passed away. He was 93 years old. Read more here:

88 Beacon April 6, 2014 at 9:06 PM

I heard Manziel is visiting the Raiders. Am I the only one who thinks Manziel reminds me of Tebow. Same style of elusive play. It worked in college, it won’t work in the NFL.

89 Antler April 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Champagne Kitty, you do such a fine job clueing us in on some more of the fascinating stories there are “out there”, and yes I really would appreciate your saving the book for me. Thanks in advance!

90 Dr. Jellyfinger® April 6, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Mickey Rooney died? How sad, such a short life.

91 I hate spam April 7, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Ok, the popup spam that keeps dumping me in the Google store is starting to piss me off. It ONLY happens on this site, so it isn’t my phone.

Has any progress been made in eliminating it? Thanks!

92 Getting warm again, time to remind April 7, 2014 at 10:42 AM

people not to leave their children or pets in the car. The little ones die when the car gets hot and it can get real hot in just a few minutes.

If I see a child or a pet in a locked care, I will break the window and get them out. Then I’ll call the police. Lives come first.

Protect the lives of your loved ones first.

93 JRConcord April 7, 2014 at 10:55 AM

I am getting that stupid pop up too. only on my phone when reading :-(

94 Sven, a furniture dealer from Wisconsin April 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM

, decided to expand the line of furniture in his store, so he decided to go to Paris to see what he could find. After arriving in Paris , he visited with some manufacturers and selected a line that he thought would sell well back home. To celebrate the new acquisition, he decided to visit a small bistro and have a glass of wine.

As he sat enjoying his wine, he noticed that the small place was quite crowded, and that the other chair at his table was the only vacant seat in the house.

Before long, a very beautiful young Parisian girl came to his table, asked him something in French (which Sven could not understand), so he motioned to the vacant chair and invited her to sit down.

He tried to speak to her in English, but she did not speak his language. After a couple of minutes of trying to communicate with her, he took a napkin and drew a picture of a wine glass and showed it to her. She nodded, so he ordered a glass of wine for her.

After sitting together at the table for a while, he took another napkin, and drew a picture of a plate with food on it, and she nodded. They left the bistro and found a quiet cafe that featured a small group playing romantic music.

They ordered dinner, after which he took another napkin and drew a picture of a couple dancing. She nodded, and they got up to dance. They danced until the cafe was about to close and the band was packing up.

Back at their table, the young lady took a napkin and drew a picture of a four-poster bed. To this day, Sven has no idea how she figured out he was in the furniture business.

95 A-PARENT April 7, 2014 at 12:21 PM

The article regarding Northgate High School, trying to exclude the Claycord community and re-zone school boundaries, as to keep what they called the, “Riff-Raff, out of their schools, really gave me a clearer perception of how a handful of parents who are in a leadership position, can be against 95% of the Walnut Creek, Claycord community that it is supposed to represent.
It really is our responsibility to keep an active eye on what is going on within our communities, even after we elect these parent volunteers.

96 Cat Wrangler April 7, 2014 at 1:26 PM

If you or your family has not died of Bubonic Plague then thank and hug a cat – especially a feral cat! Cats are the number one vector control of the number one carrier of said disease -and public health danger rats and their fleas.

Cats are feral because an irresponsible human abandoned a pet that it did not care for and left it to fend for itself. Having been very involved in many feral cat and kitten rescues I have observed that the humans who do this also tend to, sadly, treat their human children the same way.

Any feral cat and kitten rescue that I have participated in always health screens, spays/neuters and vaccinates for all feline and public health issues including, but not limited to, Rabies and Feline Leukemia. All of the kittens have been adopted successfully.

Our family has enjoyed the 3 adult feral cats that we have adopted – all of which became so tame we could carry them around like babies. We kept them safely inside where they are loved, played with and do not cause harm to wildlife.,

Feral cats will always be around until the day that humans stop abandoning pets and start spaying/neutering. Starving them or trying to trap and euthanize them is proof that the humans making such decisions are not creative and compassionate enough to develop a more effective strategy.

A strategy that has worked for us is to trap, health screen and spay/neuter the ferals and mark them as such. Return adults to the wild and socialize the kittens for adoption.

>^o.o^< =^o.o^=

97 Shelly April 7, 2014 at 2:55 PM

#96, Cat Wrangler, that was so very well said.

98 Connie Dobbs April 7, 2014 at 3:15 PM

“If you or your family has not died of Bubonic Plague then thank and hug a cat – especially a feral cat!”

… but wear long sleeves, and some gloves. Also a mask; Moggy might give you TB:

99 VikingPrincess April 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Story style reminds me of the J.Peterman Company product descriptions.

100 Atticus Thraxx April 7, 2014 at 5:39 PM

I really dig your reviews Kitty, keep ‘em coming. Don’t be afraid of getting some Sci-Fi in there. Not the orcs and fairys kind, the LASERs and hyper-velocity missiles kind. Reader request :)
I have not watched it yet but intend to:
Dude was more of a man than I’ll ever be. As gentle a soul as has ever existed.

101 Atticus Thraxx April 7, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Fun fact:
An average cat has 1-8 kittens per litter and 2-3 litters per year. During her productive life, one female cat could have more than 100 kittens. A single pair of cats and their kittens can produce as many as 420,000 kittens in just 7 years.
So I guess cats are Catholic.

102 JJ2 April 7, 2014 at 5:58 PM

#96, Cat Wrangler, thank you for you humanitarian efforts.
I disagree with returning the feral cats to the outdoors.
I am not advocating euthanasia.
We need another solution.

103 Cowellian April 7, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Atticus, did you ever try to baptize one?

104 Atticus Thraxx April 7, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Nope. But I’ve been known to take confession. But I draw the line at Eucharistic miracles. The Bleeding Host would be too much for my little tabby sinner.She’d have nightmares.

105 Say It Ain't So April 7, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Is our Atticus becoming one-o-them girlymen? UGH!

106 ChampagneKitty April 7, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Hi Antler! Yes, I will save “I’m Proud of You” for you to read.

Hi Atticus! I appreciate the compliment, especially coming from you. So, no orcs and fairies, huh? How about wizards and angels? No? Elves and mermaids? No? Just kidding, I know what you mean. Sounds like you don’t care much for fantasy fiction, especially the middle earth type, but you like hard science fiction. I do too and I have a few of those in my to-be-read stacks. I’ll hafta read one soon just for you.

107 Antler April 7, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Do all humane societies and animal control centers here in Claycord also test the captured feral cats for feline HIV and euthanize those found to be positive?

Is it possible that City of Antioch has an underlying rodent infestation? I am asking because it seems a stretch to think so MANY feral cats are feeding on food provided by humans.

JJ2 at #102…….. Well said. I also have reached that sad, difficult conclusion.

108 Atticus Thraxx April 7, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Ummmmmm,,,,grunt….wanna watch me squat something?
If this wan’t the internets, I’d smack you with my purse.

109 Blushing April 7, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Now, THAT’S disturbing.

110 Happy One April 7, 2014 at 11:22 PM

Atticus, I don’t read much science fiction, but I did recently buy a sci-fic novel. Maybe I’ll have to move it closer to the top of my To-be-read pile.

111 fyi feral cat April 7, 2014 at 11:59 PM

was once almost killed by one, not kidding. Picked it up and it got it’s nails in my neck. P.Oak got in my blood stream, was in the hospital for days. My whole body broke out and cracked and my neck was swollen out to my chin. It was awful.

112 shelly April 8, 2014 at 6:48 AM

@#111, good illustration of why we shouldn’t try to touch or pick up an animal we aren’t familiar with, and why rescuers must use traps and bait. I’m glad you made it through.

113 Killjoy April 8, 2014 at 7:49 AM

Our two cats are feral rescues. We took them in at 7 weeks. They are indoor cats (for the most part, as one of them got out a couple of years ago).

114 Cowellian April 8, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Last year, they trapped a bunch of the feral cats and had them all spayed/neutered and returned them. And we’re still finding dead birds all over the place.

115 anon April 8, 2014 at 9:06 AM

David Rosen enthusiasts, is that the corrects name of the kid that killed them family on their bikes on the sidewalk over a year or so ago?
on the radio a couple of days ago they were talking about a trial against the parents and holding them responsible. check around for the info.

116 imrereurrere April 8, 2014 at 9:07 AM

I think the city council who say you cant feed the feral cats,inhumane,incompetent,and uneducated.Tha so called Animal control services in Antioch are a joke.They are the laziest of the lazy.

117 jtkatec April 8, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Oh, David Rosen, I wonder how he’s fairing in juvenile detention. If anyone knows, I would be most interested in an update.

118 ChampagneKitty April 8, 2014 at 12:53 PM

to anon #115–It was in the news; the Rosen family is being sued in civil court by the victims’ family.

119 KAD April 8, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Does anyone have a pharmacy that they really like? if so, please share the name. I need to change from the one on Treat in the strip mall with the post office. Besides that store stinks.

120 J. April 8, 2014 at 3:48 PM

For a private pharmacy try The Medicine Shoppe:
Don Fox
2100 Monument Blvd
Pleasant Hill, CA
(925) 685-0147

121 @KAD April 8, 2014 at 4:33 PM

I use Costco and Kaiser. Over counter drugs are way cheaper. And you don’t have to be a member of Kaiser to buy over counter stuff. And you don’t have to be a member of Costco for any drugs.

122 lizzie April 8, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Anyone know why traffic on 680 North this morning was so backed up? Seen fire and ambulance but that is about it.

123 Silva April 8, 2014 at 4:53 PM

KAD, I don’t go to CVS for anything. I’ve never gotten over losing Long’s. I’m a Kaiser member and have used their mail order service a long time. Some meds Kaiser won’t cover, and for those I use Costco to save about 300% of the cost.

124 Looky Loo Peeky Skeevy April 8, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Hate it, my neighbor is a peeping tom. No Peeky, peeky nalgador! How would you handle a peeping Tom / lookie Lou type? I would like to discourage him politely, at first.

125 Silva April 8, 2014 at 6:39 PM

I did take my scrip into CVS once to check the price and got treated like a suspected addict, and I’m pretty respectable looking, and OLD!

126 Atticus Thraxx April 8, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Unusually small people or great big ‘ol horse?

127 Antler April 8, 2014 at 8:21 PM

KAD at #119. …… We’ve been pleased with the pharmacy at “our” Safeway (Denkinger and Clayton Road for the rest of you).

Atticus, Googlesearch using ” pictures of Friesian horses! They really ARE that massive…plus gentle and dependable! It is worth a trip to a breeding ranch to experience the sight of these beautiful creatures.

128 anon April 8, 2014 at 10:09 PM

i’m surprised you didnt put an article up about the lawsuit against David Rosen’s parents. It’s very interesting what is being said about the great possibility the widow has of winning the case because of the parents irresponsibility. I dont know how common this is but it was sounding like this is pretty big.

129 Connie Dobbs April 8, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Get a nice set of sheer drapes, and remember to close the curtains before you put the lights on.

130 funny man April 8, 2014 at 11:40 PM

he didnt want to crash his servers again. :D
good. they should be broke for raising a crappy kid and his wages withheld till he is a senior citizen. i think the civil case is part of the resaon for trying him as a minor.

131 funny man April 8, 2014 at 11:41 PM

whats all the hub-bub with the sirens? they catch up with the armed robber?

132 VikingPrincess April 8, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Hearing many sirens from location towards Martinez backroads…Alhambra, Taylor or Pleasant Hill blvd near Virginia hills or pleasant hill Blvd. Please keep abridged if you know something.

133 April 8, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Just posted a story about it. Fire on Paso Nogel Rd. in Pleasant Hill.

134 VikingPrincess April 9, 2014 at 12:02 AM


135 VikingPrincess April 9, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Looks like funny man and I posted concurrently. Get the feeling if I yelled loud enough from my backyard funny man might even be able to hear me …LOL. You hearing those owls at night funnyman? They screech all nite (more so with sirens) and fly in couplets and triplets overhead.

136 Silva April 9, 2014 at 6:38 AM

VikingPrincess, that sounds ADORABLE!! Are they screech owls?

137 Atticus Thraxx April 9, 2014 at 11:52 AM
138 VikingPrincess April 9, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Yes the ones screeching are. But, unless they make a rhythmic squeaking sound when they fly (similar to one squeaky wheel on a shopping cart or the sound mass media uses for bats), there is another type of owl nearby. At first I thought there was a giant Ripley’s believe it or Not bat nearby, until they flew over head. Clearly a raptor type, the wing spread is huge. This owl has one or two smaller large birds flying with it at times too (guessing also owls, perhaps screech? Or are the making that sound?). When the squeaky sonar sound stops the screaching starts. Makes no sense, as I thought owls are known for stealth flight?
Either way, hard to tell in dark but an owl is involved for sure ;)

139 Anon-E-Cat April 9, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Anyone know where I can turn in foreign currency for U.S. Dollars?

140 Michelle April 9, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Any bank will exchange any foreign currency–espeically Bank of America.

141 Anon-E-Cat April 9, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Thanks, just re-found an old box of inherited items, also found a “last piece of the Trans-Bay Tube” coin, need to photo and send to the Mayor.

142 Silva April 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

VikingPrincess, that’s VERY cool. One time an owl flew right past me as I was standing on a 2nd floor deck in my West Oakland house around dusk. I had my back to it as it approached, and just saw it when it went by within about 6 feet of my head looking like a large cigar with wings and in complete silence. I’m happy to hear there are still owls in Claycord!

Atticus Thraxx, I don’t know how you come up with all this great stuff, but I’m glad you do.

Now I must clean my oven, having made the biggest mess in it.

143 Shasta Daisy April 9, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Birthdays are a blessing.

144 Antler April 10, 2014 at 5:05 AM

Hello, Shasta Daisy! Was yesterday your birthday and we missed it? Yes, each birthday truly is a blessing; and I hope yours was filled with flowers in your garden, greetings from family and friends, and happiness in last night’s glow of lovely moonlight!

145 Antler April 10, 2014 at 5:09 AM

Help yelp:
What was the name of the marvelous toothpaste which was packaged in a hard plastic dispenser-pump container and sat nicely on the bathroom shelf? It was taken off the market maybe 6 years ago?

146 Antler April 10, 2014 at 5:22 AM

Everyday time-management problem:
(This is not a “trick answer” problem.)

You have been given two prescription medications:
One pill must be taken three times a day.
One pill must be taken four times a day.
Devise a dispense chart which at one point will allow you a six-hour period during which no pills must be taken (I.e. during which you theoretically will have six hours of uninterrupted sleep).

147 Silva April 10, 2014 at 6:17 AM

Connie Dobbs, it’s a pulmonary condition from exposure to silica dust in an industrial setting, I swear!

148 Silva April 10, 2014 at 6:28 AM

Woops! Nevermind.

149 Cowellian April 10, 2014 at 9:09 AM

If it was your birthday, I hope it was a very happy one.

Studies have shown that people who have more birthdays tend to live longer than others.

150 A small quake nearby April 10, 2014 at 9:10 AM

M 1.7 – 3km SE of Clayton, California

2014-04-10 07:28:57 UTC-07:00
37.914°N 121.910°W

151 Michelle April 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Cowellian, I have to say–that was very astute. Happy Birthday, Shasta Daisy.

152 Shelly April 10, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Eew. Kirked Pass should get a different name. I just found out who James Kirked was. Damn internet!

153 Shelly April 10, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Shasta Daisy, I hope you had a great birthday. You’ve brightened my days on many occasions.

154 Enfield303 April 10, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Happy National Siblings Day. Woohoo

155 Shelly April 10, 2014 at 11:28 AM


156 Anon-E-Cat April 10, 2014 at 11:39 AM

FAO: Antler – wasn’t it called Mentadent ?

157 Shirley Sprague April 10, 2014 at 1:08 PM

While most cities are restricting smoking, Concord is encouraging it ( two hooka bars).

158 Swivel April 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM

They could be and it is a good day. :-)

159 Antler April 10, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Anon-E-Cat at #156. …… YES! Oh, thank you sooooooo much!

160 Jess April 10, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Antler @146,

Here’s a solution for your medication problem:

Pill A has to be taken every six hours.
Pill B has to be taken every eight hours.

To get a six hour stretch of uninterrupted sleep at night, take Pill A at 11 pm, 5am, 11 am, 5 pm. Take Pill B at 11 pm, 7 am, 3 pm. That should give you an uninterrupted period of sleep from 11 pm to 5 am.

The trick is to start your dispensing chart with the time you go to bed. Take both pills at that time. You get six hours from that point until you have to take another pill.

161 Quake in Nicaragua April 10, 2014 at 5:02 PM

M 6.1 – 18km SE of Larreynaga, Nicaragua

2014-04-10 16:27:46 UTC-07:00
12.539°N 86.470°W

162 Quake in Chile April 10, 2014 at 5:23 PM

M 6.0 – 84km SW of Iquique, Chile

2014-04-10 17:01:44 UTC-07:00
20.748°S 70.724°W

163 Atticus Thraxx April 10, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Pretty much speaks for itself:

164 anon April 10, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Did the matt switzer article get deleted or am i having trouble finding it? i’m so bummed about Figo.

165 April 10, 2014 at 9:11 PM

The article is still up on Claycord.

166 VikingPrincess April 10, 2014 at 9:12 PM

In case no one mentioned.. looks like possible finding of Malaysian Flight black box. Aussies stepped in..
Per CBS news

167 Antler April 10, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Jess at #160 …….. Congratulations! Your dispensing chart would work very well. Wish I had a prize for you!!!

Here’s another suggestion. This one has advantages if the two medications are both pain pills (say one is a narcotic and one a “pain interrupter”).

Pill one (“Take 4 times daily”): 6am…..12Noon……6pm…….12Midnight
Pill two (“Take 3 times daily”): 6am…………. 2pm…………10pm

When the chart is made to converge at 6am, then the pain coverage will be at its strongest strength at the perfect time of day to get patient showered, dressed, and taken to the doctor, or have him walk carefully around the yard, etc.. [Or he could sleep the six hours between 6am and Noon. Note that there is another six-hour stretch for sleeping between Midnight and 6am.]

I wish doctors would give patients such chart suggestions.

168 Cowellian April 11, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Time for Last?

169 Lulu1949 April 11, 2014 at 3:13 PM

will I be last or first ?!?!?!

170 Marissa April 11, 2014 at 3:13 PM


171 imrereurrere April 11, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Will I be last or first

172 ChampagneKitty April 11, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Attn. Readers of Young Adult Fiction

British author Sue Townsend, creator of the Adrian Mole series, passed away yesterday in Leicester, England after suffering a stroke. She was 68 years old. Read more here:|met:0000100|cat:244|order:1&%2F%3Fsource=dailyme

173 Killjoy April 11, 2014 at 5:29 PM


174 Cowellian April 11, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Here’s a feel-good story that’s sure to warm your hearts: Illegally Parked BMW Smashed By Boston Firefighters Was Brand New

175 KAD April 11, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Cowellian, The fines are not enough to deter parking in front of them.

176 Killjoy April 11, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Cowellian, we saw that on the news this morning, and my wife asked me “Why did they do that!” To which I replied “The ass in the BMW probably parked in front of a hydrant, and the fire department needed it. That’s standard procedure. And I think it’s awesome! LOL

Last. ;)

177 Silva April 11, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Cowellian, That’s funny! Who leaves a car parked in front of a fire hydrant?

178 JustLocal April 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM

What ever happened to the sports blog, it’s almost Oakland Raider season.

179 Suzie April 11, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Last of Lasts!

180 Anon April 11, 2014 at 8:08 PM

There are some really incompetent parents here in Clayton. Just saw about 20 kids go by on bikes, skate board and foot by the church on Clayton Rd near State Streets. Do you even care where you kids are? And they door bell ditched my neighbor, fortunately he wasn’t home.

181 Still anon April 11, 2014 at 8:19 PM


182 Antler April 11, 2014 at 9:12 PM

ChampagneKitty, did you see on TV that Dan Ashley was awarded the “Citizen of the Year” award by City of Walnut Creek?

183 SF April 11, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Madison Bumgarner hit a friggin Grand Slam Home Run tonight! Go Giants!

184 Cowellian April 11, 2014 at 9:43 PM

More Last!

185 JL April 11, 2014 at 10:04 PM

@Antler #145..It was Aqua Fresh toothpaste, it used to come in a pump.

186 ChampagneKitty April 11, 2014 at 10:37 PM

to Antler, I did! I sent him a congratulations tweet!

187 Connie Dobbs April 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM


188 Larrabee April 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM


189 Etta James April 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

At Laaaaaaaast

190 KAD April 12, 2014 at 12:36 AM

WOW. We now have Connie in on the Last. Awesome. I guess you figured out that I like Connie Dobbs. I am so glad she was freed.

191 LitlleWing April 12, 2014 at 4:48 AM

BART Hater @ #21:
Here’s a novel idea:
Quit riding BART.
Ridership is still voluntary the last time I checked.

192 LitlleWing April 12, 2014 at 4:49 AM

Aunt Agonist @#27
If you love your cats keep them in where they are safe.

193 LitlleWing April 12, 2014 at 4:50 AM

Looking for a piggie Dr @#39
try 4-corners vet – Dr. Kubika…you wont be dissapointed.

194 LitlleWing April 12, 2014 at 4:53 AM

JJ2 @ #75:
Your solution is great for domesticated cats. You sseem to have intentianally ignored the feral aspect of the equasion. Which is a propblem

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