Claycord – Talk About Whatever

May 2, 2014 · 191 comments

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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 KAD May 2, 2014 at 8:01 PM

First.

2 TRUBLOOD CAMPAIGN KICKOFF May 2, 2014 at 8:24 PM

First time Concord Council candidate BRENT TRUBLOOD is starting a campaign kickoff fund raiser Sunday afternoon.

3 Still anon May 2, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Third

4 Shasta Daisy May 2, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Not last, or first.
But I’m in.

Share your beautiful smile with someone.
Smiles are contagious. A good thing to spread.

5 paranoid pablito May 2, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Little boy came to school with a cute little springtime pastel t-shirt covered with little yellow peeps. Big writing: The Chicks Are All Over Me
Funny? (Oh yes, I say). Anyone care to admit they’re offended for any reason?

6 Cowellian May 2, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Cowellian’s first!

Well played, KAD.

7 EdiBirsan May 2, 2014 at 9:04 PM

There is the Diversity Festival at Todos Santos, I look forward to seeing everyone there between 11 and 3. There will be youngsters from China as well Americans of all different ethnics featured.

Let’s show the concordance in Concord.

8 Lorelei May 2, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Does anyone know how the new parking meter fees/no parking garage at Broadway Plaza combination is affecting downtown business in Walnut Creek? Personally, there is NOTHING down there that I want enough to put up with the parking situation!

9 Antler May 2, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Know what? It really IS silly giggle fun to be last! :-)

Make it a super weekend, everyone!

10 Still anon May 2, 2014 at 9:15 PM

#5 I like it! Cute

11 Anonandonandon May 2, 2014 at 9:19 PM

@Lorelei
I just put my handicapped placard in the window and don’t worry about any money in the meter. ;)

12 Killjoy May 2, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Clayton is having their Art and Wine festival this weekend.
10-7 Saturday and 10-5 Sunday.

13 The Realist May 2, 2014 at 9:33 PM

I am waiting patiently for the robberys, sirens, shottings and helicopters that will eventually keep me awake EVERY weekend. Before i go to bed.
Thanks Concord City council.

14 The Realist May 2, 2014 at 9:33 PM

opps, Left off car chases.

15 Miranda May 2, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Second! Enjoy your weekend, the weather will be lovely.
:-)

16 Cuzzzzzzz...... May 2, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Lorelei – I still park in the boonies by the auto repair place (Good Year?? Firestone??) behind Macy’s with no problem. Don’t mind walking….walk over to Ross, the Container Store, Cost Plus, William Sonoma, around the plaza etc…..Anyway give that area a try

17 Jojo potato May 2, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Re: walnut creek business. My local contact who’s products sell in Macy’s and other women’s departments tells me that business is lousy. She thinks the construction noise and dust is as much to blame as the 900 missing parking places. Myself, I can just walk downtown from home although there is little reason to even bother. Nothing there really that I’d want to buy.

18 KAD May 2, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Bishop Estates is having it’s annual garage sale tomorrow. Come on bye and see what you can buy.

# 5. That is adorable.

19 KAD May 2, 2014 at 9:54 PM

By not bye.

Shasta Daisy – You are so right with the smile thing. I have been using it a lot lately and it does matter. I am hoping the pharmacy that I hate will treat me better until I can find another that I really like. I do hope that is possible.

20 Jojo potato May 2, 2014 at 9:58 PM

On another note, the WC downtown library has removed Internet Explorer from their PC’s and replaced it with Chrome. This is due to the recent security problem reported in IE. I’ve got nothing against Chrome but there are some sites where it just doesn’t work. I sent them a complaint and was told they can’t apply the fix because the PCs are running windows XP and would need upgrading. I replied that there is a fix for XP systems and they should apply it and get IE restored. We shall see. I have to wonder why the windows upgrade was not done long ago. Can anyone report on the IE availability at other branches? Thanks. I’m afraid that big beautiful WC library is just a waste until this gets straightened out.

21 @Anonandonandon May 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Thanks for the heads up- Your local Police Department

22 Scoop May 2, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Broadway Plaza is a mess. It was perfectly fine the way it was and even better when it was The Broadway and Emporium. Now it is a danger to shop there and the Security is lacking and unhelpful. The stores are uninteresting and too high priced for useless items.
I wish they had brought in a Bloomingdales instead of stodgy Neimans, that is always empty with bored sales people dozing off.
Nordstrom’s staff is obnoxious and kind of a joke to watch in action. Not sure who does the hiring there, but they need help. We are not amused.
Expect more muggings in the news with the desolate Parking situation and lazy security/

23 @Jojo May 2, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Jpjo, they we working on the patch today. It was supposed to be out this afternoon if not, more than likely tomorrow.

24 Anon May 2, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Jay walkers want to be hurt, don’t help them.

25 @ The Realist May 2, 2014 at 10:22 PM

It’s probably best that you’re awake before you go to bed

26 anon May 2, 2014 at 11:22 PM

Ask them to install ie-tab or similar, it’s a free extension to chrome. Even with the patch, it doesn’t make sense to re-enable ie. support is dead it this will happen again.
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ie-tab/

27 ChampagneKitty May 2, 2014 at 11:47 PM

to #21–People with handicapped placards are not required to pay parking meters. That information is per the DMV and comes with the placard.

Does anyone know whether street parking in downtown W.C has gotten any better since the change? That area is really designed for walkers. Which is good if you don’t mind walking. Park your car in a garage and then walk from place to place. But that is a real problem for folks who are disabled and can’t walk very well. I need to be able to park near the business I want to patronize. I just don’t go down there.

28 pam May 3, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Whatd happening on willow pass rd right now?? Cops and rd down to one lane.

29 Evan May 3, 2014 at 1:51 AM

Anyone see the crazy action in the sky tonight? Looked like a scifi movie. How do some of the aircraft turn on a dime like that?? Some we’re zigzagging around others. Also I could have sworn i saw giant nearly invisible black airships that raced through the sky; the shape of whom implied by extremely faint lights “stars” on the outside of the ship.

That and the nonstop sirens and this weird humming noise all day has my imagination working

30 NoBody May 3, 2014 at 3:21 AM

What is the reverse ring number for Concord? I need to test a fax machine.

31 who? May 3, 2014 at 3:30 AM

WOW! CLAYCORD MAYOR, WUSSUP WITH THE ARCH’S DOWNTOWN THAT WE RE CALLED TO BE CONSTRUCTED IN MARCH 2014?????!!!!!!!????

32 Killjoy May 3, 2014 at 5:46 AM

Is there some new news about IE and XP? Last I heard was that Microsoft said they were NOT going to make a patch for that combo.
Don’t get me wrong, I have two of my three machines running XP and they have for years. So I’m not against it, but it’s just a ploy by Microsoft to force people to upgrade.
To be honest, I haven’t had any issues with Windows 8 (well, not yet anyway).

33 Killjoy May 3, 2014 at 5:48 AM

Happy Anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. GoGo! :)

34 Atticus Thraxx May 3, 2014 at 7:32 AM

Concordance….nice Edi. I’ll be there.
Hey if you guys aren’t watching “Inside Amy Shumer” your missing out. Some funny skits and she’s a terrific standup.

35 Concord Mike May 3, 2014 at 7:46 AM

The city of Concord should start a marketing campaign to remind the shoppers in Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, and Martinez that we have free parking in Concord! No meters, no toll takers.

Lucky us!!!

36 Marianne May 3, 2014 at 7:55 AM

Is it too late for first, no, well first! And have a good weekend!

37 Shasta Daisy May 3, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Evan #29…You might have been seeing some early Eta Aquarids meteors.
Can’t explain the black airship you saw but I do believe you.

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-eta-aquarid-meteor-shower

I saw a couple of satellites last nite.

38 Antler May 3, 2014 at 8:50 AM

The moon Europa (shooting plumes of suspected water 125 miles up from its surface) will appear to be located just above our own Moon tonight.

39 Jojo potato May 3, 2014 at 9:55 AM

@killjoy : MS did release a patch for IE on XP

40 Parsnip May 3, 2014 at 9:57 AM

FYI to anyone who thinks a retailer screwed them of their lotto winnings:

>>Write down the 18 digit number below the validation date.
>>Write down the retailer’s number from whom you purchased the ticket (the numbers to the left of the 18 digit number).
>>Sign the ticket.
>>Scan the ticket yourself through the machine accessible to customers.
>>Present the ticket to the cashier. The cashier should give you a value receipt indicating the amount won AND the amount won.

But some don’t … They lie. They don’t give you the cash value receipt, and, instead, give you a much smaller amount.

Yesterday the clerk told me that I won the Mega amount of $1.00. I asked the clerk for ticket back. I told him (after finding it through all the other tickets in his basket) that it was a $10.00 winner. He suggested that I contact the owner that afternoon and that he could replay the video.

Instead, I called California Lottery Security and Law Enforcement:

http://www.calottery.com/sled

The SLED immediately played the video; they searched the ticket number; they contacted the store clerk to inform him that I won. It took all of 15 minutes to correct the situation.

This is a practice far more common than people think:

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/30550956/ns/dateline_nbc-the_hansen_files_with_chris_hansen/t/how-lucky-can-you-get/#.U2UaRYFdWU4

And, it’s taking place in Contra Costa.

Be careful.

41 Enfield303 May 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM

@Atticus

I love Amy Shumer and have for years. I imagine a lot of Claycordians would find her crude and sophomoric, which I like. To each their own.

42 @ Evan May 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM

What were you smoking at the time?

43 anon May 3, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Does anyone know where and why I hear marching band drumlines near downtown concord?

44 ChampagneKitty May 3, 2014 at 12:50 PM

BOOK THOUGHTS

Clayden, have you been reading Stephen Baxter’s “Voyage”? I’m curious as to what you think of it.

Ancient Mariner, I now have the book you recommended! “How the Irish Invented Slang” by Daniel Cassidy. I’ve only just peeked at it so far. There’s 70 pages of commentary talking about the history of language and the rest of it is a dictionary of Irish-American vernacular. It explains the Irish origins of a lot of English words.

My “boyfriend” Rick Springfield is about to come out with a new book, on May 9th, called “Magnificent Vibration”. It’s his first novel of fiction. I’m curious as to what the reviews will be like. If you call, I recently read his autobiography, “Late, Late at Night”. I hope his new book will be purged of the “I’m a frickin’ rock star” tone that was in the earlier part of his first book.

From the New York Times: Get a double dose of American History! Here are reviews for two new books–“John Quincy Adams: American Visionary” by Fred Kaplan–a biography of our sixth president. Also, “Louisa Catherine: The Other Mrs. Adams” by Margery M. Heffron–this is about the wife of John Quincy Adams.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/04/books/review/john-quincy-adams-by-fred-kaplan.html?ref=books

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/04/books/review/louisa-catherine-by-margery-m-heffron.html?ref=books

45 @anon 40 May 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM

I believe you hear the Blue Devils C Corps rehearsing in Baldein Park. The C Corps is the youngest Blue Devil group. The oldest members are in middle school. The Blue Devils are a wonderful family oriented organization. They sponsor competitive drum and bugle corps and color guard.

http://bluedevils.org

46 nytemuvr May 3, 2014 at 1:06 PM

@ Evan #39
Whatever it was he was smoking I’ll gladly pass on it…..or pass it on.

47 Small Quake nearby May 3, 2014 at 1:17 PM

M 2.3 – 8km SE of Livermore, California

Time
2014-05-03 11:42:31 UTC-07:00
Location
37.636°N 121.693°W
Depth
3.3km

48 anon May 3, 2014 at 1:55 PM

I think Blue Devil’s is practicing at Baldwin Park.

49 anon May 3, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Food Trucks; where Can I get info. on the food trucks location and time and which trucks?

50 Walnut Creek Resident May 3, 2014 at 8:36 PM

#8: I will not go there except for Tuesday Morning, WC Kaiser, and Ross. The other places are not easy to get to due to the lack of parking from all the new construction. I went to Macy’s and had to walk way around dangerous
new construction and two parking lots. Not worth it, Go to Sunvalley.

51 anon May 3, 2014 at 9:38 PM

@Anon,
I think there are food truck at the Willows on Saturday’s.

52 Ancient Mariner May 3, 2014 at 9:43 PM

@ Champagne Kitty No. 44:

Good! I didn’t expect you to buy the book – maybe just skim a few pages on the Amazon website.
I hope you like it!

53 @Walnut Creek Resident #50 May 3, 2014 at 10:20 PM

You don’t have to go to downtown WC for Ross and Tuesday Morning. Both are in the shopping center at the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd and Clayton Rd in Concord.

54 Dr. Jellyfinger® May 3, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Hypothetical question…….. If somebody’s drunken friends stopped by and pounded on the front door shouting “POLICE!!!! Open the F%&$ing door!” really loud and serious like, but just screwing around, trying to scare the crap outa somebody, but someone overeacted and flushed something kinda valuable down the toilet…. would there be any way to get it back? Any plumbers that are like… don’t ask, don’t tell…. any advice? This is just for a friend of mine….

55 Cuzzzzzzz...... May 4, 2014 at 12:16 AM

Concord Mike #35 – Concord may have free parking but they have lousy shopping………………..I went to Sun Valley the other day for the first time in a couple of years and it is gross. The Macy’s is messy and the mall in general is not exactly “upscale”. Todos Santos “Square” has nothing….Park N Shop has nothing, The Willows has nothing. Concord shopping scene” needs help

56 Marianne May 4, 2014 at 1:05 AM

Dr. Jellyfinger, it would be best to contact the water treatment facility by this time.

http://www.centralsan.org/

57 GoGo Gomez May 4, 2014 at 1:19 AM

Thank you Killjoy!
12 years still love her like no other.

58 Angelface May 4, 2014 at 3:17 AM

Oh Dr. Jellyfinger, your friend needs to get over it. If the “something” didn’t desolve, it’s likely impregnated with.. wait a minute. What kind of doctor did you say you were again?

59 Killjoy May 4, 2014 at 6:28 AM

@ Dr. Jellyfinger
If whatever was flushed wasn’t heavy enough to still be stuck on the bottom of the toilet, then it’s well on it’s way to the water treatment plant.

60 Cowellian May 4, 2014 at 7:52 AM

May the 4th be with you!

61 City Girl May 4, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Perhaps I am a little “behind.” What is going on with the parking situation in WC that some are writing about? I understand the new meters, but someone mentioned 900 fewer parking spaces. What is that about?

62 EdiBirsan May 4, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Cowellian gets the Gold Star Pun Award for the Day… love it.

63 @City Girl 61 May 4, 2014 at 9:23 AM

The developer is “improving” Broadway Plaza. They’re tearing down everything inbetween Macy’s and Nordstrom, including the parking garage, and rebuilding it.

64 Antler May 4, 2014 at 9:38 AM

City Girl at #61 …… It is temporary (though the “temporary” will of necessity last a longish time). The owner of Broadway Plaza is razing the one-floor buildings and adding however more stories to the replacement structures. A free valet service is being offered, and I think that is accessed near PF Changs’s. I’m sure others will add details to the above.

Recently, the City of Walnut Creek raised all street-parking meter rates to $2 per hour. That alone has brought the endemic Claycord “Haters Brigade” out of the woodwork, and ….. as is their usual envious behavior…..they continue to bash everything about City of Walnut Creek.

65 Shasta Daisy May 4, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Cowellian….Good one!

66 KXM May 4, 2014 at 10:31 AM

New cd day. KXM is “supergroup” trio made up of Dug Pinnick from King’s X, George Lynch from Dokken and Ray Luzier from Korn. If you like these bands, this cd is sure fire. I guess it would be called modern classic rock. All the King’s X harmonies and bass thunder are present, George Lynch’s slippery souped up blues playing is present and Ray Luzier’s drum style is present. Most supergroups only work on paper, this cd is very enjoyable. I particularly enjoy “Gun Fight”, about gun rights and the draconian government. Go figure, Dug is a Texan.

If you are a rock listener and have not heard King’s X, please do so. They are criminally unknown to the mass media. But when rock legends are interviewed, guess who they admire the most? It is also an interesting story, as they have Christian rock roots, but not churchy or preachy but are able to discern the intent of the songs. Dogman came out long ago and will always remain on top deck in my stereo.

OUT!

67 WC parking May 4, 2014 at 10:40 AM

interesting how they raised parking fees just in time for construction on Broadway Plaza….

68 Atticus Thraxx May 4, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Dr. Jelly, I know bearer bonds, treasury notes and unopened bags of mid-grade smack are ruined by now and not likely worth the effort to retrieve. It’ll just break your heart.
If you play Cheap Trick’s “Dream Police” in your head but substitute BART police, it works.
If anyone else is watching “Vikings” how’d you like the season finale? You’d think people would have learned their lesson about “F” ing with Ragnor’s family when he bloody eagle-winged whats-his-face. Sucks season three doesn’t come until 2015.

69 Victor Wooten May 4, 2014 at 11:48 AM

I’ve heard Vikings is censored for America. I’d like to see the unedited version…..babes, blood and gore galore!

70 Tipsy May 4, 2014 at 11:50 AM

The Disney Store in Sun Valley Mall will close their doors on or before May 21st. One would be left to think employees had a Mickey Mouse job. ;)

71 Cowellian May 4, 2014 at 11:50 AM

I watched the season finale of Vikings last night, and I loved it. And yeah, his family might be Ragnar’s weakness, but it’s also his strength. And I don’t let knowing that King Horrick outlived Ragnar diminish my enjoyment of the show.

72 ChampagneKitty May 4, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Happy Wedding Anniversary to GoGo Gomez and Mrs. Gomez!!!

73 ATKOH May 4, 2014 at 12:48 PM

KXM!
Thanks will check KXM out! Have been a Kings X fan for years they rock!

74 @ Lorelei May 4, 2014 at 12:54 PM

So far, have not yet gotten a ticket for parking at a meter after 6:00 pm yet without paying; am wondering if WC has not yet staffed up the after 6:00 time.

75 VikingPrincess May 4, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Cowellian
Oh yeah!

76 VikingPrincess May 4, 2014 at 2:04 PM

@Atticus

I was pleasantly suprised to see the historically infamous Viking sword shown. If you note, there is a specific inscription in rune on it indicating authenticity. In addition to introducing axes for battle, this type of sword was much admired and only a certain number were made. Much research has gone into how the quality metal was mixed, as the temperature required to create a blade that strong was Not typical of the times…so humans of our time have tried to solves the mystery. Through reenactment, using known resources. There is one blacksmith that did this and he was the closest of all that have tried. He made a flick on the entire process of making a reproduction.

Despite the fact he was able to demonstrate how they created the amount of heat needed there is still the mystery of the metal alloy etc used. Was not available in the area. But something similar was available in the Middle East. Some believe inception of this sword began there I’m Viking trade and travels.

77 Antler May 4, 2014 at 2:30 PM

BIRDS:

#1 item……KILLJOY !!! My husband bought me a hummingbird book with more pictures, and you were absolutely RIGHT! The petite greenish-gray one with the stubby tail is indeed a “Magnificent” …… the immature male.

#2item ……This afternoon we are raising a toast to our valiant pair of Phoebes! They are spending their time snatching and devouring those #%%€£%# paper wasps (to which I am Epipen and trip-to-ER allergic). Besides that, it is such a dapper looking bird.

78 Killjoy May 4, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Thank you for the confirmation Antler. ;)

But wait, was the immature male comment about the bird? Or was that directed at me? LOL

79 anon May 4, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Help ! Anyone have any tips for removing large weeds quickly and efficiently?
I have a recent shoulder injury so can’t use a weedeater. Pulling by hand would take eons. Any advice?

80 Clayton Squirrel May 4, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Hire someone to pull your weeds by hand.

Weedeating them is good for about 10 days. Just do it right. It’s just going to get harder to pull them as the ground dries out. Pull your weeds before they go to seed and then put down a good bark mulch.

81 Marianne May 4, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Antler, I love birds–but they keep multiplying in nests in the Attic. I love that they eat paper wasps, but the noise is deafening and I found the father bird, dying on the ground. I put him in the Trash bin. I’m going to have to get an exterminator, I hope they’re humane.

82 Killjoy May 4, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Sorry anon 79
We pulled our weeds by hand, and just did small portions every day.
What little rain we got, wreaked havoc with weeds in our yard.
Now that they are all gone again, I am going to spray roundup on the bare areas, and get some ground cover to hopefully block out any returns.
Good luck. (seriously).

83 Dr. Jellyfinger® May 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM

45 million gallons of waste water daily? Really?
All I’ve got is hip boots and a minnow net….

84 VikingPrincess May 4, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Dr Jelly…#54

Asked my brother Erik about your question. He said “Get rid of those friends”..
Hypothetically speaking that is ;)

85 Beautiful May 4, 2014 at 6:01 PM

yep, “surprises” later.

86 Dr. Jellyfinger® May 4, 2014 at 10:12 PM

I guilt tripped my “friends” into hiding me out from the Colombian Usureros Cartell. I gotta keep them (for a while anyway) until the U.S. Marshalls can get me reassigned in the witness protection program… again. Dang it…. I liked being Dr. Jellyfinger.

87 J. May 4, 2014 at 11:06 PM

@Killjoy
RoundUp won’t work in the “bare” areas; it only works on contact.

88 ClayDen May 5, 2014 at 12:36 AM

@ChampagneKitty
I got the book, but have been very busy, so I haven’t started it yet. I doubt I will for at least a couple of weeks. It’s the end of the semester, and I am still working on grading research papers and the last homework and lab assignment. I’ll be grading final exams in a couple of weeks and then putting final grades together. Also, I’ve been away for the weekend.

89 ClayDen May 5, 2014 at 12:45 AM

I just spent a great three days at one of my favorite spots on the planet, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The hills were green and the racing was great. I got to visit with people I see once a year there in our camping area, the Corkscrew View; there is a group of guys who drive their RVs down from Seattle for the race. Saturday was a bit windy, but today was great. As usual, my buddy and I walked all over; my pedometer said about 8 miles a day, so I’m a bit stiff. As I was purchasing something in the gift shop Friday, I spotted Tommy Kendall doing the same thing, and we had a nice chat; he’s one of the really good guys in the sport.

90 ClayDen May 5, 2014 at 12:50 AM

I almost forgot to mention that the lunchtime entertainment at Laguna Seca today was the Blue Devils, though I never heard them mention Concord.

91 Antler May 5, 2014 at 2:45 AM

KILLJOY!!! RED LIGHT, STOP!!! If you spray Roundup, you will kill your lawn (and whatever else the spray contacts)!!!

What you want now is a product which has the words “pre-emergent broad-leaf weed killer ” somewhere on the label. ( Ortho is one company which makes a good one.)

If the broad-leafed weeds are already UP in a grassy area, then you need their spray without the word “pre-emergent” on it. Conversely, there are sprays which kill certain grasses which might be grossly clogging a beautiful flower bed.

I think you really knew all that, but then your brain pulled an autofill number on you when you were typing fast?

92 Antler May 5, 2014 at 3:18 AM

Re the subject of sprays: Meant to put in my previous post that J. at #87 is correct.

anon at #79 ….. Just my opinion (albeit it’s being based on a WHOLE lot of back-breaking personal experience)…… It’s best to pull out the entire root of each weed, but you will need to soak the soil deeply with water first to get those wicked tap roots. If a weed has a lot of seeds ready to float or fall, then put an old white plastic grocery bag over the top of it and secure the bottom with a twister while you are wrestling to pull it out. Then once you are holding the pulled weed deep into a huge black “trash and lawn clean-up” plastic bag, then you can take off the small white bag and re-use it.

Next you can use a pre-emergent broadleaf spray on the area. Using a weedeater will scatter those weed seeds everywhere, so I would try not go that route.

93 Killjoy May 5, 2014 at 5:26 AM

Thanks for the tip J.

94 Silva May 5, 2014 at 7:51 AM

Anon (#79), It really is most effective to pull the blasted things out by the roots. Gather the whole thing up in your hand at the base first, then tug tug tug them on out, and DON’T put them in your compost. You probably won’t get it done in a day, a section at a time works best for me. It’s so gratifying to see your results as you go. I find that weeding is just another one of those things I can’t escape. If you pay someone else they’ll do a half a$$ job unless you have a LOT of money. Have fun! Pretend it’s your awful boss or something really annoying you’re purging from your life or your thoughts.
On that note, a good big patch seems to be calling out to me now!

95 Dr. Jellyfinger® May 5, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Killjoy, Antler left out irradiating the entire area & salting the earth….. then there’s all the risk of allergies, bee stings, fox tails in your socks…. look out for rattlesnakes! I’d just forget the whole project or buy a goat.

96 Silva May 5, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Well there! I went all preachy on you all and Antler said it all much better in the first place!

97 Antler May 5, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Some local words of profanity suitable for screaming in your worst enemies’ faces:

Star thistle!
Milkweed!
Burr clover!
Spurge!
Scotch Mallow!
Bindweed!

Did I forget any?

98 Antler May 5, 2014 at 4:04 PM

I just thought of several more…will see who guesses them.

(Loved your post, Dr.Jellyfinger!)

Silva, Sending thoughts of Capsacine H/P Roll-on your way if you are outside doing battle this afternoon! :-)

99 Silva May 5, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Antler, many thanks, that’s so needed!

100 Atticus Thraxx May 5, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Where is Connie Dobbs?

101 Jojo potato May 5, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Don’t cha know? Native Californians don’t get fox tails in their socks.

102 ChampagneKitty May 5, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Oh yeah…where is Connie Dobbs? Did she get kidnapped again? Are we gonna hafta launch another campaign to free her?

103 Atticus Thraxx May 5, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Horse stuck in mud, this women held it’s head up for several hours so it wouldn’t drown until help arrived. Her compassion humbles me: http://i.imgur.com/nDRgWsa.jpg

104 @Atticus May 5, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Do you have a link to the story, or more details? I love reading about stuff like this.

105 Atticus Thraxx May 5, 2014 at 7:25 PM
106 Atticus Thraxx May 5, 2014 at 7:30 PM

You guys got Richard Nixon, but this one is a little harder. Can you guess who this is?
http://i.imgur.com/1PyZvQI.jpg

107 ChampagneKitty May 5, 2014 at 7:44 PM

I dunno Atticus, but he looks Irish and poor…

108 KAD May 5, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Jojo potato – How do they avoid that?

109 KAD May 5, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Does anyone know if the Farmer’s market is coming back to Concord High? I hope so but I am afraid they will not return.

110 Happy One May 5, 2014 at 9:31 PM

I know who it is, Atticus! Charlie Chaplin!

111 VikingPrincess May 6, 2014 at 12:15 AM

Dr Jelly #86
Well, then you can always use your Dr Greenjeans name. ;).

112 Website issues May 6, 2014 at 4:11 AM

Anyone else have an issue when accessing Claycord.com from their iPhone? I keep getting redirected to the iTunes webstore on an App called “Jelly Splash”. Happens when I first go to claycord site or when I click on any link or post once in the claycord site. Does not happen on any other website I go to on my phone.

@ Dr Jelly, are you behind this???

113 Angelface May 6, 2014 at 5:45 AM

Didn’t Charlie Chaplin look dishy under the silly makeup!

114 Silva May 6, 2014 at 6:14 AM

Yes, I too am concerned that Connie Dobbs has gone too quiet.

Antler, how did you know I have trouble with my hands? At times when preparing hot chilies or making salsa I find myself rubbing a piece or two all over them, then being mindful of not touching any sensitive areas, (eyes, nose, other mucosae). Is that product helpful?

115 Atticus Thraxx May 6, 2014 at 6:26 AM

Damn you guys are good. Yep, Charlie Chaplin.

116 Jojo potato May 6, 2014 at 7:37 AM

@KAD : We know where to step!

117 Cowellian May 6, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Connie hasn’t been heard from lately. I hope she didn’t get into some bad clams, or something.

118 Antler May 6, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Silva at #114 ….. Capsacin-HP is a wondrous product for treating muscle pain! I keep both the tubes of cream and the liquid with roll-on applicator to use after times when I’ve been gardening longer than was wise. But I never leave it on my fingers or hands.

For those trying a pepper-derived product for the first time…. You will feel stinging the first time you use it. Unless you actually are ALLERGIC to peppers, then ignore that stinging and keep using the product at intervals according to directions. Very soon the stinging sensation is replaced by the most soothing warmth, and it hits you that there is ONLY warmth….no (or at least comparatively little) pain or stiffness. Garden on, troopers!

119 Silva May 6, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Oh yes Cowellian, she did heave that cryptic post. I thought it was another one of her jokes that went over my head.

120 Antler May 6, 2014 at 10:21 AM

BOOKS:
KAD, I promised to post more information regarding author Anne Tyler. She and I were in the same class at Needham B. Broughton High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. We were blessed to have been taught English Literature by the amazing, Phyllis Peacock, who also mentored Reynolds Price, A. Maupin…..so many others who have done well in the literary field.

Anne was born in Connecticut. She moved to Raleigh because both her parents (think PhD’s) were professors at the university there. Hers was always an introverted, but genuinely sweet and friendly, personality. In a group setting, one had the impression that she was soaking up all aspects of the event, its conversational content, the group dynamics, the individuals in the group……missing nothing!

She and I both were active in dramatic arts; and we were selected to enter the honorary club, “Golden Masquers”, which performed statewide in adjudicated drama festivals. Next we were at Duke University together for two years, at which time I married and transferred to UC Berkeley. Typical of her intellect and internal drive, she graduated from the university in a total of three years….unheard of! We have not maintained our friendship, but I remain in awe of her literary talent.

121 Jojo Potato May 6, 2014 at 10:35 AM

For those of you keeping track. Still no Internet Explorer on Walnut Creek (main) library computers.

122 anon May 6, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Thanks for all the weedy advice. I suppose there really is nothing I can do except pull them out by hand. Pop a few Advil, put on a hat, and get to it! Thanks guys.

The Weekend Weed Warrior

123 ChampagneKitty May 6, 2014 at 10:59 AM

No Capsacin-HP for me. I tried it once and I broke out into a rash and the burning was painful. I guess that means I’m allergic. My favorite topical analgesic is available through prescription, called Voltaren gel. I love that stuff. A good over-the-counter alternative, for me anyway, is Ultra-Strength Bengay. The ultra formula is effective. You can get the name brand or the generic (store brand); just check to make sure the formula is the same. You can’t go out in public after applying it, though. It stinks to high heaven. In the past, I have tried Aspercreme; that didn’t help. Mineral Ice was slightly better, but wasn’t effective enough for me.

124 Anon2U May 6, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Wonder why Life Flight landed at the Vineyard shopping center or nearby.

125 CLAYCORD.com May 6, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Every 15 Minutes program is happening at Clayton Valley High School today. No medical emergency.

126 Silva May 6, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Champagne Kitty, I don’t care what anyone says, I LOVE the wintergreen smell of Ben Gay!

127 Anon-E-Cat May 6, 2014 at 11:42 AM

And one of my cats loves to lick icy hot off of clothing – yuck.

128 Hmmm May 6, 2014 at 12:01 PM

I don’t know this person, but unless someone is on their death bed, I wouldn’t worry about someone who isn’t blogging.

129 Silva May 6, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Thanks, Mr. Mayor!

I tried SALONPAS patches recently, and found them helpful on my tennis elbow and lower back pain. I think they deliver camphor, menthol, and aspirin where you put them, and last up to 8 hours.

Champagne Kitty, I wonder if that gel would work on my hands. How long do you have to wait for it to kick in? The darned things wake me up at night, and I’ve been sleeping with splints for years.

130 VikingPrincess May 6, 2014 at 1:06 PM

@Silva & Champagne Kitty

Another good anti – inflammatory is Arnica Cream or Gel. Almost no scent. Just make sure if you use it after an injury or you have cardio health issues you tell your Doctor. Its so good it lessens or prevents bruising that you might need to know about.
Epsom salt baths or soaks help too. Especially if you need to sleep. Just know it can make people sleepy so careful and it does keep the water hot longer….

131 Antler May 6, 2014 at 2:39 PM

I agree that Ben-Gay is an excellent product (was my favorite until I discovered Capsacin, which is not greasy, is odor-free, and can go out in public without making certain people crinkle noses and flee).

Epsom salts soaks are indeed wonderful, though I personally find that the freedom from stiffness tends not to last long enough. And sometimes the resultant break-through pain happens at a time and place not convenient to a salts soaking.

Arnica products are very effective for certain “ails”, too. Silva, thanks for SALONPAS tip…will add it to my arsenal and give it a try. anon at #122, it’s crazy, but I am allergic to Advil, Motrin,…those…..the same way ChampagneKitty is allergic to Capsacin.

132 Silva May 6, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Viking Princess, good tips! Thanks.

133 ChampagneKitty May 6, 2014 at 8:05 PM

to Silva: The directions that comes with the Voltaren gel says: “Do not shower or bathe for at least 1 hour after applying Voltaren gel. Do not wash your treated hands for at least 1 hour after applying Voltaren gel. Wait 10 minutes before covering the treated skin with gloves or clothing.”

to Anon-E-Cat: You should see the way my cat Abby reacts whenever I use the Ultra-Stinky Bengay. First, she wrinkles up her nose and squints her eyes as if it’s the most revolting smell ever. Then a moment later, she gets an interested look on her face and wants to get closer to smell it. Then she wants to lick the skin I applied it to. Except I don’t want her to because I worry that it may be toxic for her. But it’s so funny watching her go from being disgusted to wanting to taste it. Lol!

to Angelface: I agree! I’ve seen photos of Charlie Chaplin without The Tramp makeup. Dressed in a nice suit, with hair combed…he was very handsome!

134 Dr. Jellyfinger® May 6, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Score! US Marshall’s want me to change my name to Gelatino Dedos, move to Acapulco, get suntanned as hell & then go to work at the Gringo Super Mercado inside the El Viejo Toadies. It’s a resort retirement community for Americans. I am so there!

135 Dr. Jellyfinger® May 6, 2014 at 8:59 PM

but I’m not supposed to tell anybody……

136 KAD May 6, 2014 at 11:38 PM

1 – Angel face – Dishy? I have not heard that before.

2. Antler – “thank you for the info on Anne Tyler – I am on my second book – The Amateur Marriage” that I picked up from the Concord library on Sunday and regret when I have to put it aside for things like dinner.

3. OK I will be the first – Free Connie Dobbs – my second most favorite blogger. Antler being my first favorite.
.
4- Farmer’s market at Concord High – Is it coming back?????

Thank you.

137 Randi Brammeier May 7, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Does anyone know what was going on on Treat Blvd today around noon by Lime Ridge going towards WC? There was a cop car on side of road w tents set up and they were pulling random cars in from what I could tell. My boyfriend said it was possibly a smog check point, that some cities are doing that now. All I know is they had a few tents set up w computers and pulling cars into the slow lane, which was blocked off.

138 Killjoy May 7, 2014 at 6:23 AM

The several times I went to the farmers market at Concord High, I found it to be very tiny. Little to no selection for anything. In fact, the one block long farmers market in Clayton is bigger (and it’s a very short block).
The farmers market at Todos Santos is the one to go to for lots of selection.
IMHO

139 Angelface May 7, 2014 at 7:40 AM

KAD, “Dishy” is how older anglophiles say “HOT”.

140 Cuzzzzzzzzzzzzz May 7, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Killjoy – you should check out the farmer market they have in Martinez on Sundays………FANTSTIC!!!!!!!!!!! And……….They sell canolis!!!!!!

141 Shelly May 7, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Connie Dobbs cracks me up. She’s missed by many when she goes quiet.

142 Silva May 7, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Champagne Kitty, thank you. That sounds very interesting.

143 @Rebecca K May 7, 2014 at 9:27 AM

got that right!

144 not another one! May 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Angelface=Antler

145 Atticus Thraxx May 7, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Rebecca I want to try something. Let’s see if anyone misses you when your gone. Start now.

146 Pegasus May 7, 2014 at 10:04 AM

@ Rebecca K. –
Unless one has an appreciation for her type of quick dry wit, some comments posted by Connie Dobbs may not suit you. Others simply will not grasp her comments due to their own intellectual inferiority.
My guess is that Connie has a low tolerance for BS and calls out those who post BS.

147 Puddintain May 7, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Same old tired troll folks. Ignore it.

148 Antler May 7, 2014 at 10:22 AM

KAD at #136 …….. Your compliment means a great deal to me. Thank you!

#146 …. No, I do not post using “Angelface”, nor do I understand why you would jump to that conclusion. I’m like KAD in never having heard the term “dishy”. Is it possibly a regional term specific to this area? (KAD and I both grew up in other parts of the country.)

149 Puddintain May 7, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Rebecca K.=Rose Garden, etc., etc..

150 Cowellian May 7, 2014 at 10:36 AM

I don’t need to agree with someone all the time to enjoy conversation with them.

151 There is a difference May 7, 2014 at 10:47 AM

between being witty and being out right mean.

152 Pegasus May 7, 2014 at 11:17 AM

@ There is a difference #150 –
Well then…… you would fall into the second category.

153 Antler May 7, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Atticus at #147. …….. :-)

154 @There is a difference May 7, 2014 at 12:02 PM

There is a difference between “out right” and “outright” that you don’t understand.

155 Angelface May 7, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Antler, you’ve surely heard “he/she’s a real dish!” before. In jolly old England people can simplify to”he/she’s dishy!” Sorry for the confusion. I guess it’s not heard much around these parts.

156 anonmtz May 7, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Chevron Richmond is hiring! Local residents can apply before positions are formally advertised

by Mike Aldax
 1
Chevron Speaks

Beginning Friday, Chevron will begin accepting applications for Refinery Maintenance Trainees positions at the Richmond Refinery. We want to make you aware of this information before it is formally advertised.

Individuals interested in applying should visit http://www.chevron.com/careers to create a profile and apply for the position. To locate the Refinery Maintenance Trainee position, select “jobs in the United States” and search by requisition number 006136495.

Please feel free to share the information about this job opportunity with Richmond residents and others. Note: resumes will be accepted electronically via our website, http://www.chevron.com/careers beginning Friday May 9, 2014 and must be received no later than Friday, May 23, 2014. Those who do not have Internet access at home will need to use community resources, such as the Richmond Public Library to submit an application.

Chevron Richmond supports the economic development of Richmond, helping to build a stronger community. We have committed to increase our local hiring in Richmond by 50% over the next 5 years. We are working with local labor unions and contractors to highlight the benefits of hiring locally. We are also strengthening the training-to-jobs pipeline by working with local nonprofit training organizations to help local residents qualify for jobs, not only at Chevron, but at other local businesses as well.

JOB DETAILS:

The Refinery is committed to hiring top caliber applicants for this position. Applicants must have a High School Diploma or Equivalent and must meet the following criteria:
•Must be at least 18 years of age
•Valid Driver’s License.
•Must obtain a TWIC Card within 6 months of employment

157 Shasta Daisy May 7, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Earth from the ISS………..live streaming.
http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/HDEV/

158 Atticus Thraxx May 7, 2014 at 8:53 PM
159 KAD May 7, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Anyone know a plumbing company that gives discounts to seniors?

160 Cuzzzzzzz...... May 7, 2014 at 10:12 PM

I have to agree with those that view Connie as mean. Connie is just a mean person and I don’t miss her. That said I also don’t read what she writes. She is in the same bucket as Phatom, Fuiran, Dennis etc over in Politics Land….Don’t like them so I skip over them. So Rebecca just skip over Connie…………easy to do

161 Steve H. May 8, 2014 at 4:57 AM

#162, Yeah, you’re always nice too.

162 Cowellian May 8, 2014 at 7:37 AM

Speaking of herons, we have a blue heron that lives behind us. It is a thing of beauty to see him in flight. But when he is standing around, or taking off, or squawking, it is a reminder of how closely related birds are to dinosaurs. I’m pretty sure that Old Blue has pterodactyl genes.

163 Shasta Daisy May 8, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Cowellian, I have a blue heron in my backyard, too. A couple of years ago for my birthday, a special friend gave me a blue heron garden sculpture. Not sure what kind of metal it is made from. It is beautiful!

Lucky you for having the real thing.

By the way, I have western bluebirds nesting in my backyard again this year. Second year that they have used the nesting box. Not sure how many eggs. She is always sitting on the nest when I look inside.

164 Dr. Jellyfinger® May 8, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Stop looking inside. It scares the crap out of the bird & the eggs will get all dirty.

165 Aspirin May 8, 2014 at 10:07 AM

@KAD, No but some may give a discount for cash. Ask.

166 Silva May 8, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Atticus Thraxx, totally cool. My orca’s dancing to 1983 technoboogie and it can’t stop though.

167 Shasta Daisy May 8, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Dr. Jellyfinger….No worries. All is well in the nest. Trust me, I wouldn’t do anything to disturb them.

This morning I saw four eggs.

168 mika May 8, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Did I just bite a bullet? Anyone heard of Dependable Duct Cleaning? They called me on the phone and offered a $39 deal to clean my air ducts. They said they were licensed. When they showed, up, I asked to see the work order to confirm exactly what they were going to do, and they had none! I asked for their contractors license number and they didn’t know. Guy told me I could look in their unmarked truck and see they have the tools! I sent them on their way. Both men were I am assuming Russian /Slavic by their strong accents. Be careful out there!

169 Cowellian May 9, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Our Gang with only one brain is determined to use its “I know I’m younger than most of you” character, because it keeps showing up, over and over again. As soon as the troll gets banished, it comes back with a new name.

170 Puddintain May 9, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Yes Cowellian, it is so completely recognizable, isn’t it? It’s not a very clever troll.

171 @Cowellian May 9, 2014 at 9:37 AM

younger trolls are better than some of the older trolls on here!

172 Cowellian May 9, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Yeah, but there is something really creepy about an old troll pretending to be young.

173 Puddintain May 9, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Hehehehehehe

174 Cat Wrangler May 9, 2014 at 4:14 PM

There are aggressive panhandlers at the Virginia Hills Safeway Shopping Center. Man and woman with baby and large sign with two groups in cars in parking lot and what appears to be manager at table of restaurant taking calls and sending texts. They pressured my elderly mother for donation because, “they were out of work and didn’t have food for baby.” Please beware and take caution with these scam artists.

175 Cowellian May 9, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Who’s ready to last?

176 KAD May 9, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Me – Last
Free Connie Dobbs

177 Connie Dobbs May 9, 2014 at 5:33 PM

#86 You know, Jelly, I’m not surprised you can’t hold your mud.

178 Connie Dobbs May 9, 2014 at 5:36 PM

#113 Girl, you should see him shirtless. Buster Keaton, too. Buster Keaton, moreso. Hi, sailor…

179 Connie Dobbs May 9, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Shucks, you guys. I moved to a new house and didn’t have interwebs for a while.

You know, Becks, maybe she’s being a pill to you so you’ll quit. She might be tired of doing her job and part of yours, too, and your male coworkers aren’t allowed to complain because sexism and they’ll get fired. Just a theory.

180 Cowellian May 9, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Hey,
Connie’s back!

181 Yhe Phantom May 9, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Cuzzzzzzz……

It’s Yhe Phantom to you.

Happy to see you Connie Dobbs.

182 Suzanne May 9, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Welcome back Connie! Last! :-)

183 Atticus Thraxx May 9, 2014 at 7:08 PM

“Last of the Clayhicans” – Hah! Went all literate on ya’ll!

184 KAD May 9, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Last. Thank goodness Connie is back.

185 Atticus Thraxx May 9, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Oh for Chrissake enough with the drama already, we get it, you got your feelings hurt somehow. Who gives a toss? Bet your a joy to work with.Toughen up and quit your damn whining. Is everyone under 30 a complete frickin’ wuss now?

186 Killjoy May 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Hi Connie! :)

Last

187 Marianne May 9, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Lastest!

188 Cowellian May 9, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Too late for last?

Maybe next week, . . .

189 anon May 9, 2014 at 8:45 PM

182…..

“I moved to a new house” somewhere nearer to heaven or Benicia?

190 Connie Dobbs May 9, 2014 at 10:16 PM

I thought Benicia was heaven. That’s what they tell me, anyway.

191 Connie Dobbs May 10, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Oh. You’re her boss. You’re super professional. Chevron is such a tiny company, and hardly anyone around here reads Claycord. What are the odds someone who recognizes your name might read this? You want attention, you just wait until the wrongful termination suit, you’ll get plenty then. They’ll think twice before putting some other yappy female child in a position of limited authority. Way to light the path for your sisters.

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