Claycord – Talk About Whatever

May 2, 2014 19:59 pm · 190 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.

101 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?

102 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:

103 @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.

104 Atticus Thraxx May 5, 2014 at 7:25 PM
105 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?

106 ChampagneKitty May 5, 2014 at 7:44 PM

I dunno Atticus, but he looks Irish and poor…

107 KAD May 5, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Jojo potato – How do they avoid that?

108 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.

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

I know who it is, Atticus! Charlie Chaplin!

110 VikingPrincess May 6, 2014 at 12:15 AM

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

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

Anyone else have an issue when accessing 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???

112 Angelface May 6, 2014 at 5:45 AM

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

113 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?

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

Damn you guys are good. Yep, Charlie Chaplin.

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

@KAD : We know where to step!

116 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.

117 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!

118 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.

119 Antler May 6, 2014 at 10:21 AM

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… 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.

120 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.

121 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

122 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.

123 Anon2U May 6, 2014 at 11:16 AM

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

124 May 6, 2014 at 11:29 AM

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

125 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!

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

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

127 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.

128 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.

129 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….

130 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.

131 Silva May 6, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Viking Princess, good tips! Thanks.

132 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!

133 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!

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

but I’m not supposed to tell anybody……

135 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.

136 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.

137 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.

138 Angelface May 7, 2014 at 7:40 AM

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

139 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!!!!!!

140 Shelly May 7, 2014 at 9:15 AM

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

141 Silva May 7, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Champagne Kitty, thank you. That sounds very interesting.

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

got that right!

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


144 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.

145 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.

146 Puddintain May 7, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Same old tired troll folks. Ignore it.

147 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.)

148 Puddintain May 7, 2014 at 10:33 AM

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

149 Cowellian May 7, 2014 at 10:36 AM

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

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

between being witty and being out right mean.

151 Pegasus May 7, 2014 at 11:17 AM

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

152 Antler May 7, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Atticus at #147. …….. :-)

153 @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.

154 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.

155 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 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, 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.


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

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

Earth from the ISS……… streaming.

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

Anyone know a plumbing company that gives discounts to seniors?

159 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

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

#162, Yeah, you’re always nice too.

161 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.

162 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.

163 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.

164 Aspirin May 8, 2014 at 10:07 AM

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

165 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.

166 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.

167 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!

168 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.

169 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.

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

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

171 Cowellian May 9, 2014 at 10:21 AM

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

172 Puddintain May 9, 2014 at 10:37 AM


173 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.

174 Cowellian May 9, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Who’s ready to last?

175 KAD May 9, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Me – Last
Free Connie Dobbs

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

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

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

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

178 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.

179 Cowellian May 9, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Connie’s back!

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


It’s Yhe Phantom to you.

Happy to see you Connie Dobbs.

181 Suzanne May 9, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Welcome back Connie! Last! :-)

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

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

183 KAD May 9, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Last. Thank goodness Connie is back.

184 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?

185 Killjoy May 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Hi Connie! :)


186 Marianne May 9, 2014 at 8:06 PM


187 Cowellian May 9, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Too late for last?

Maybe next week, . . .

188 anon May 9, 2014 at 8:45 PM


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

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

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

190 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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