Claycord – Talk About Whatever

June 20, 2014 · 199 comments

whatever

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 Cowellian June 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Cowellian’s first!

2 2BITS June 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Cheater.

3 MadMom June 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Wow! Cowellian really was first! Happy weekend and summer solstice Claycord!

4 Still anon June 20, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Cowellian’s always first, even when he isn’t.

5 Killjoy June 20, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Everyone have a great weekend!

6 Cowellian June 20, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Wow! I really was first!
:)

7 Enfield303 June 20, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Last. Too soon?

Ok seriously,what’s the secret to picking a good watermelon? I can thump on them all day long and they all sound the same. They say it should be heavier and have a nice yellow spot. I picked through the whole bin and ended up with one that tasted like a cucumber. Anyone?

8 Left Turn To No Where June 20, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Traffic signal at Coventry and Cowell Road. Cowell is two lane with a center turning lane. There is a signal for left turn on Westbound Cowell Road.
Problem is if you turn left, you end up in the front yard of a house,
there is NO road.

And yes the signal works, I stopped in the left turn lane and waited, the left turn green arrow came on.

9 Random Task June 20, 2014 at 10:22 PM

yes that light was installed for the home owner who could not turn into driveway because of the conga line of drivers who refuse to go at least the speed limit. So yes all the illegals who drive on Cowell Rd. 5 miles under the speed limit so they don’t get pulled over caused the city to have to install a turn signal for 1 house at tax payer cost ……sound familiar illegals costing tax payers money …….enjoy

10 Yolanda June 20, 2014 at 10:32 PM

@Enfield303

This link has some pretty good advice for picking a good watermelon:

http://www.fifteenspatulas.com/how-to-pick-a-superstar-watermelon/

11 Dr. Jellyfinger® June 20, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Enfield.303 – Ask the produce clerk to find you a ripe one, or………

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssUKCbCI-h0

12 anon June 20, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Why doesn’t Dryers ice cream have a safety seal?

13 Dorothy June 20, 2014 at 10:59 PM

@Enfield303 – I try to thump for a hollow sound.

Mr. Mayor, I miss the little messages across the top. Did someone complain about being asked to smile at someone or something?

14 Dr. Jellyfinger® June 20, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Oh, and if you get a melon that’s a stinker anyway, just cut a hole in the top, pour in 1/2 cup of simple syrup & a pint of Vodka. Problem solved.

15 KAD June 20, 2014 at 11:01 PM

anon – Why are you eating Dryers ice cream? It has fillers in it. Breyer’s is all natural and is wonderful. Good eating. I wish I could have some.

16 GoGo Gomez June 20, 2014 at 11:25 PM

TGIF!

17 Antler June 20, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Trader Joe’s French Vanilla…..hands down! :-)

18 KAD June 20, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Question – What company would you use to replace your gutters? Thanks.

19 Anon June 20, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Jaywalkers suck!

20 Michelle June 21, 2014 at 1:23 AM

I hope y’all had a real goooooood night! :-)

21 Michelle June 21, 2014 at 1:23 AM

Carriers on!

22 anon June 21, 2014 at 5:01 AM

Bike riders who run stop signs and stop lights suck more.

23 Lazy K June 21, 2014 at 5:04 AM

ConFire graduated 20 new firefighters.
This will cut down on ot and just it time for wildland season.

24 @18 June 21, 2014 at 5:35 AM

Call a good roofing company and ask them.

25 Killjoy June 21, 2014 at 5:53 AM

GoGo. Do you put that on your shoes to remind yourself that “Toes Go In First”? LOL

26 Killjoy June 21, 2014 at 5:54 AM

Enfield303. When you figure it out, please share that information. Thanks

27 Silva June 21, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Antler, I heartily agree! Trader Joe’s French Vanilla. I can’t have it around. I can not resist the call.

28 JRConcord June 21, 2014 at 6:26 AM

I am the man. I rock my world. I kick ass. ;-)

29 Always Right June 21, 2014 at 6:30 AM

@KAD – I don’t have an installer recommendation, but I would encourage you to consider using an installer who fabricates aluminum gutters on site. They.have a large role of painted aluminum on their trucks and they fabricate the gutters to the exact length of the roof. That way there are no ugly, leaky seams. The aluminum gutters will last a long time and you can either leave the primer color choice as-is or paint it yourself. It accepts paint very well. Our aluminum gutters are performing great after almost 25 years!!!

30 EdiBirsan June 21, 2014 at 7:29 AM

I will be at
BERKSHIRE BOOKS= 3480 Clayton Road across from the Eucalyptus Tree

9:30-11AM this Saturday morning if anyone wants to talk or
join in with the Concord Concerned Curmudgeon Committee

31 City Girl June 21, 2014 at 7:37 AM

KAD #18 – Mortensen Roofing has a great reputation. I used SOS Roofing 2 or 3 years ago, and they were fine.

Mortensen Roofing & Gutters
http://www.mortensenroofing.com
1 Google review · Google+ page

32 Tony Canolli June 21, 2014 at 7:57 AM

KAD .. I’d use Gambino Concrete Co.

33 Antler June 21, 2014 at 8:59 AM

KAD….. I agree with City Girl’s recommendation of Mortensen’s Roofing to direct you to the best company fabricating seamless guttering on site (as Always Right suggested). Had to chuckle at a fellow Back Eastener getting ready for a summertime gulley washer! ;-)

34 Antler June 21, 2014 at 9:13 AM

ChampagneKitty last week at #234…
You silly…… I’m not putting away my gun….EVER ! You just never know!

Actually, your teasing me did bring to mind the first words of the Rifleman’s Creed, “This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.”

(Claycordians, please run a search using “Rifleman’s Creed” so that you can appreciate the entire text. I have always believed that the same strong principles should hold if one substitutes “These are my WORDS….” throughout. Could one also substitute “This is my HUSBAND…” or “This is my MARRIAGE….” or ….?)

Good to know you’re recharged and talking with us again, ChampagneKitty! Smooches right back!

35 Enfield303 June 21, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Thanks guys, but I’ve tried all those tips and still don’t get it. The advice to let the produce clerk pick it out sounds like the best way to go. I’m thinking a farmers market or produce store would be the best bet since they are usually grown locally.

@Dr. Jellyfinger

Putting vodka in would certainly liven up the bbq. I tried that once at a day on the green concert and it was a disaster. We sat in the sun a sticky mess all day but we did get hammered and enjoyed watching Led Zepplin, when they finally came out.

36 frank June 21, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Anybody else notice how bad the air stank early this morning. Smelled like I was in a steel mill, or is that the oil refinery smell?

37 Aspirin June 21, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Roughly half of the world’s human population lives in misery, or worse, so how do Christians arrive at the conclusion that their god is a “loving God”? If a god is “all-powerful” why does such misery persist? Additionally, why are humans believed by some to be “created in God’s image” when humans are the single most destructive force on Earth, so much so that god had to destroy them in a great Flood?

I asked these questions when I was a kid in Sunday school and 60 years later have not found an acceptable answer.

38 Antler June 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Again referring to last week’s Whatever thread (week of June 13th):

Anon at #196….. Please do choose a nickname for yourself so that we may speak directly to you.

Your post leaves me with so many questions! I am sorry for your health circumstance, though really you did not tell us whether you have exhausted all chemo and radiation options so that now your physicians have told you that indeed you will transition away from life on Earth very soon.

I sense that it is the disruptive squabbling which bothers you more than saying goodbye now to the actual belongings? True?

None of us knows why so many people seem to have access to your belongings! Do you already have a Representative Payee… a person legally designated by Social Security to BE you in all matters? Regardless…..and if it’s not to late to help you keep control over disbursement of your belongings…. either you or that person needs to get all the locks in your house changed immediately. Be very careful to whom you give copies of the key!

Following that, here is one way to proceed:
If a person has given you certain things, contact them one at a time….the favorite ones or the nearby ones first…, tell that person the problems you are having, and give her a deadline as to the date by which she needs to consult with you about said items and to remove them from your home. (Do NOT accept them saying they want to do that after you are gone!) When they arrive, give them any additional items you think they (and your grandchildren by them) might like as a love gift from you. This gives each person a chance to thank you for the gifts and privately for all the other blessings you have meant to them.

Well, that is one way to begin to feel as though you have brought some order and kindness back into this sad farewell process. Please know that many of appreciate your “talking” with us, so please choose a perky nickname and tell us about your youthful adventures, your hobbies, etc..

Gentle hugs.

39 Atticus Thraxx June 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Antler, I know you like lists so I came up today’s substitutes for “This is my rifle” :
1.”This is my iPhone”.
2. “This is my fragile ego”.
3. “This is my Starbucks barrista”.
4. “This is my BMW”.
5. ” This is my Shih Tzu’s yoga instructor”.

40 Michelle June 21, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Why are my comments still pending and not posted?

41 Anon June 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Nice weather!

42 Marianne June 21, 2014 at 10:47 AM

frank, I noticed that. It was from an oil refinery, Tescero.

43 Two local quakes June 21, 2014 at 10:53 AM

M 3.0 – 1km NE of Union City, California

DYFI? – IV
Time
2014-06-21 10:22:08 UTC-07:00
Location
37.605°N 122.010°W
Depth
6.0km

M 1.3 – 2km N of Piedmont, California

Time
2014-06-20 19:31:52 UTC-07:00
Location
37.846°N 122.233°W
Depth
4.3km

44 anon June 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM

@37 Sounds like you’ll find out soon enough.

45 @Enfield303 June 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Aren’t you used to sticky messes by now?

46 @Enfield303 June 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Don’t blame Day on the Green.

47 Blink June 21, 2014 at 11:51 AM

@ Aspirin You have many valid questions and observations

https://www.jw.org/en/free-bible-study/

This may be just the answer you’re looking for, it has changed my understanding.

48 Pegasus June 21, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Aspirin #37.
TROLL!

49 Thye Closer June 21, 2014 at 12:03 PM

@ #46

Enfield isn’t blaming Day on the Green, they said the watermelon made them sticky. Nice reading comprehension there Skippy.

@ Aspirin #37

Way to troll the thread. Why don’t you ask YOUR god of magic what the answer is?

50 ChampagneKitty June 21, 2014 at 12:21 PM

MY TRIP TO THE FURNITURE STORE

During my absence, I did something that I have mixed feelings about. Part of me feels guilty and part of me feels justified. As most of you know, I am disabled and don’t have money to burn. I live in a modest (but spacious) apartment, buy used books, eat at cheap places and only have the basic cable TV channels. However, there is a line that can be crossed that makes the difference between being careful and living in squalor.

So I made the decision to use some of my 401K money to buy some new furniture.

I replaced my sofa+armchair+ottoman set with a new one. The old furniture was about 15-20 years old and was a fabric type that had been shredded to smithereens by my cats. My former cat Mysty worked it over pretty good until she passed away in 2008. Then I adopted Patrick and Abby and they worked it over some more. The furniture was still usable but looked really bad and I was embarrassed for people to see it.

So I went to Clayton Furniture on Clayton Rd. and had a very good experience. I bought a new sofa/armchair/ottoman microfiber set. Leather would have been nice, but I felt that it was too costly. This microfiber is a different kind of fabric than what I had before. I liked the colors available; I chose a rich dark brown. It’s very comfy. The furniture is stationary, meaning it doesn’t move. I didn’t want anything that rocks or reclines because it isn’t safe for kitties. I also bought four scratching posts to sit near the new furniture so the children have plenty of alternative scratching surfaces. A big selling point for me was that they were willing to take away my old furniture and take it to the dump. I was worried about how to get ride of the old set and they took care of that for me.

While I was at it, I also bought two bookcases for my bedroom. One 5-shelf and one 4-shelf, and made of real wood, no assembly required. My books had been stacked and piled all over my dresser and against the wall on the floor. Now I have them on shelves like a civilized person. My books are more accessible and I can see what I have. I can see the surface of my dresser again! And the children love the bookcases, especially little baby Patrick. He has figured out that if he jumps up onto the clothes hamper, he can then jump up onto the top of the 4-shelf bookcase. From there, he can take a flying leap and land on the bed. Instant jungle gym.

Overall, I think it was a good purchase and I did get a good deal at Clayton Furniture. I was happy with how I was treated and the deliverymen did a great job. I feel better about my home now; definitely an improvement. :-)

51 Kirkwood June 21, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Hey Random Task (#9), you forgot to insert the word “dems” somewhere in your post.

52 KAD June 21, 2014 at 12:39 PM

ChampagneKitty – Good for you. Sounds like money well spent.

53 The Closer June 21, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Congratulations ChampagneKitty on your new purchase. There is nothing like that new furniture smell. Good luck keeping the kids from trying it out.

54 Antler June 21, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Atticus Thraxx at #39…….

Wow! A lovely Saturday and an Atticus List, too!

I’d need to change the word “Starbucks” to “Peet’s”, though, and then that oath would be perfect!

We’ve never owned a BMW; but perhaps six years ago, my husband told me to go out and pick a new vehicle if I would like one. At the time, I still loved (and still do) my Lincoln “Navigator” (the beloved Brünhilda, star of all my car tales on Claycord), but also at that time I had a massive crush on the Jaguar 4-door body design. So I set out car-shopping.

Ladies, if you go into a luxury car showroom without a man along, the salespeople usually ignore you after a courteous greeting. It is WONDERFUL! (No, don’t go down the “I’m all insulted by their demeaning attitude” route. Try it, you’ll like it!). I decided on the exact model, the add-on’s, the interior color and upholstery type, tires and spoke design, exterior color, etc…..wrote it all down, and then showed it to the salesperson who had simply asked whether he might bring me wine or coffee while I browsed (!). I told him I was going to ask him once and once only to find out the lowest price, all-inclusive, he could give me …. “Out the door”…. no loan needed….that I needed it signed so I could show my husband, and that each ad-on should have his initials beside it to confirm that he had seen and included it. So he took the obligatory trip to the back room, and came back with what I had asked …..except filled out on the actual sales forms…..and with a very fancy sales brochure…. more like a magazine for me to take home.

And then he held up a set of keys and asked if I would like to test drive the same model parked just outside the sales window. Of course I would! And he didn’t even ask to see my driver’s license!!! Had a good time….took it to a relatively deserted long parking lot and tested how quickly it would stand on its nose if I jammed on the brakes at 25mph, checked for stability during a sharp avoidance maneuver, checked acceleration rate up the interstate onramp, on the way back went through a residential area and noticed jolt/recovery performance on the speed bumps I so hate.

Next over to the BMW lot. Different procedure because she asked me right away if I would like a test drive. She was in the car as a passenger. I realized right away that the vehicle’s suspension was far more stiff than I like. ClayDen, if you are reading, forgive me but I don’t want to “feel the road”; I need more the “float and glide” demeanor. I could sense that the actual engineering was finer than the Jaguar’s, but its physical appearance (its profile, sparse leg room for back seat passengers, color choices) seemed so ugly by comparison. But I still figured out all the features I liked best, put them in writing…same routine, and she was delighted to do as I requested (or else was a very skilled actress?).

Third stop was at Mercedes….cut to the chase….which would have been my second choice (and they had the best colors). But by the time I was half-way home from there, I already knew that Brúnhilda suited me just fine, especially with her low mileage and trouble-free personality. My husband, it turned out, had been hoping I would prefer the BMW. Have you ever owned one?

55 silva June 21, 2014 at 2:16 PM

ChampagneKitty, I’m thinking it may be time to rub a bit of fresh or freshly dessicated catnip all over those scratching posts signaling the green light to scratch THERE instead of elsewhere. I cannot say that it helped preserve my furniture in any way, perhaps it did a bit, maybe not, who knows really, but Abby & Patrick would not fault you one iota if it didn’t. My herd come running when I open the glass jar (transfered from the plastic store container) from the fridge. How do they know? IDK. Might be worth a shot. Congradulations on your purchase, I’m sure it was money well spent. You probably get but one chance at this before you transition. Smooches, Honey. Be happy.

56 Lorelei June 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Question for anyone who is a police officer or who knows the protocol: If I see a driver flicking hot ashes from a cigarette or throwing a lit cigarette out of a vehicle, and I note the license plate and give it to police, does anything happen from that point on? (Besides burning down the whole county!) Thanks.

57 Blink June 21, 2014 at 2:41 PM

@ champagne kitty

Good for you ….creating a space where you can feel comfortable and hospitable goes a long way …personal dignity can get eroded by our environment if not clean and kept up…..fancy not important but feeling at home in our home is valuable.

Bet you are smiling more ; )

58 silva June 21, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Y eso no es el mescal añado de 10 años en oak de mi cuñado de la familia famosa Chagoya de Tlacolula, Oaxaca hablando, no. ¡Absolutamente no!

59 silva June 21, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Antler, you are a pro!

60 Atticus Thraxx June 21, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Lorelei, if someone tosses a lit butt maybe CHP if it’s the freeway. I wouldn’t even waste my time if it’s Concord, they’re not going to do anything. If someone is just flicking ashes…..well now your just being silly.

61 Atticus Thraxx June 21, 2014 at 3:45 PM

I have never owned or even driven a BMW though I do have an affinity for German engineering. I tend to agree about the feel of a car. Give me something that floats and rolls like a 1972 Buick Electra and I’m happy. Maybe one of my kids will hit it big and buy pops a Mulliner:
http://www.bentleymotors.com/models/flying_spur_w12/the_flying_spur_w12_mulliner/

62 Killjoy June 21, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Silva, can you get me some to try? After all, it’s family. Right?

63 Killjoy June 21, 2014 at 3:49 PM

ChampagneKitty, I’m glad that you are happy with your new furniture purchase. But let’s be real. Your apartment is by no means “spacious”. :no:
:D

64 Killjoy June 21, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Well, the open house at The Diablo Bowmen was a success. There were well over 200 people who showed up the shoot, eat, and check out the grounds.
I walked over six miles giving tours to people, and climbed 66 flights of stairs over a seven hour period.
Thanks to any and all who came out. :)

65 silva June 21, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Killjoy, I wish I could’ve come! :-(

66 silva June 21, 2014 at 4:35 PM

I can try! The remarriage of my sister in law to my ex brother in law is tonight starting at 8:00 and ending at… ?? if y’all never hear from me again, you’ll know why.

67 Antler June 21, 2014 at 4:51 PM

ChampagneKitty, I hope the furniture makes you feel more welcomed and happy every time you enter the living room!

Killjoy, my GOSH…all those stairs!!! Are you kneeling in a bucket of ice as we speak? Glad the event was a success!

Silva, thank you very much….I think….. But I’m a pro at WHAT? (This could be bad, so I’m bracing myself.

Atticus, NOT TOO SHABBY !!! And to what part of the country will your first road trip be, my kind sir?

68 silva June 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM

They’re just about to confiscate all the cellular phones. a HOO aaa!!!

69 RunDogRun June 21, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Praying forces one to accept
that something exists that is
greater than self. You can
certainly understand why some
people find the idea difficult to
accept.

70 Atticus Thraxx June 21, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Good question Antler. Wherever Scarlett Johansson wants to go I suppose. As long as I’m dreaming, right? Maybe New Hampshire, Vermont thru Maine in September and October. Thanksgiving in Boston, Christmas in New York of course. Fly to Bermuda for New Year’s. But again we’ll have to work around Scarlett’s schedule. :)
No, my wife does not read Claycord comments.

71 GoGo Gomez June 21, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Killjoy roflmaobsatt!

72 TinFoiler June 21, 2014 at 9:53 PM

#69, that’s all fine and good. It’s when little humans attempt to define this Source / Being / Creator that brings in the problems.
We obviously aren’t here by a gambling accident. There’s so much out there that would be considered demonic or voodoo by a still primitive human race. Just think about the magnet and how people reacted to that.
What’s sad is we are lied to on purpose.

73 Ancient Mariner June 21, 2014 at 10:46 PM

@ Antler No. 54:
We had a BMW many years ago, but it was when they were still down-tuned racing cars, not luxury cars. It was a BMW 2002 (model, not year) and the steering was the heaviest I’ve ever experienced on any vehicle I’ve ever driven. It was very nimble in the corners.
I respect German engineering, but I don’t like it – they include the human factor as part of the engineering equation and, outside the Teutonic countries, this is a mistake. Here’s an example: On an old Mercedes I had, the manual said not to overtighten the carburetor assembly screws when rebuilding. Someone had done precisely this and the carburetor body was bent. A British, American, Australian, etc. car would have just stripped out the threads, but the German car allowed overtightening to destroy the entire structure of the carburetor. The excuse? Ze manual said NOT to overtighten ze screws! No allowance is made for the incompetence, laziness or carelessness of the human component. If you are supposed to rotate the tyres every 3,000 miles on an American car and you don’t, the tyres will wear unevenly. But if you don’t rotate the tyres on a German car, the wheels will fall off! OK, that’s a little hyperbole for you, but it illustrates the mindset of the German designer who can’t understand the concept of fail-safe with regard to a less-than-diligent operator.

74 Barbie Dahl June 21, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Dr. Jellyfinger is absolutely disgusting! He was making his little dog Snickers give him a lap dance or something! There was alota wiggling & thrusting going on there…. ewwwwwwwww!

75 Dr. Jellyfinger® June 21, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Dammit Barbie! Snickers was scooting on the carpet & leaving a brown racing stripe across the room! I just picked her up and she was wiggling so much I fell back on the couch! There was no “thrusting” I was just trying to get up…. off the couch! Stop posting & drive back over here!

76 Antler June 22, 2014 at 5:48 AM

Atticus at #70 …. DANGIT! Scarlett just told me that she was having her people get back to your people, and now I’ll have to warn her they should hang up if a female voice answers. Hope this doesn’t get too complicated for you. Keep us posted!

Ancient Mariner at #73 …. You clarify an aspect I never even knew existed! Plus, your explanations remind me to check whether it’s been over 3,000 miles since I had Brúnhilda’s tires rotated! So thank you on two counts there!

Is it true also that the German driver is better trained and tested before licensing than we are?

77 Killjoy June 22, 2014 at 5:55 AM

The grand total of exercise for yesterday was…..
I walked over 18,000 steps, equivalent to 8.85 miles and climbed 115 flights of stairs. All according to my FitBit.
Lemme tell you. My calves feel it.
The first 66 flights of stairs were (as I said) at the archery range due to giving many tours. The rest of them….
Have any of you heard of the Moraga Steps?
http://www.tiledsteps.org/
They are mosaic tiled stairs, that look like they reach up to heaven. When you get to the top, it feels like you just climbed there.
Then there were some more stairs to the top of a park.
After that, we found another set of mosaic tiled stairs. I climbed each one at least once. The hill to the park, twice.
All in the name of photography. :)

78 Ancient Mariner June 22, 2014 at 10:02 AM

@ Antler No. 75:
Another problem with German engineering is that it’s too tight. Everything fits together perfectly and precisely, which is great until a grain of sand gets in there and causes things to jam. British rifles evolved over the years and, after the mud of the First World War, they loosened them up to allow them still to fire after mud got into the action. A little less accurate, but a lot more reliable. I bet Enfield 303 can comment as to this.
I don’t know about German driving tests, but British driving tests are much tougher than here. First, if you take your test in a car with automatic transmission, that’s all your licence will allow you to drive. If you take your test with a manual-transmission car, then your licence allows you to drive either manual or automatic. The test items include starting up a hill without rolling back (slipping the handbrake while you engage the clutch – if you have an American-style floor emergency brake it’s almost impossible to do). If you roll back even an inch, you fail. Backing up around a corner (without swinging out into the middle of the street) is another item, together with all the stuff you do here (emergency stops, 3-point turns, parallel parking, etc.)

79 Killjoy June 22, 2014 at 10:22 AM

I spent the morning getting showered by brass. Brass casings as they were being expelled from a firearm. LOL
Atticus Thraxx, it was good to finally meet you in person. Next time, you can take the shooting bench on the right. ;)

80 anon June 22, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Now that trucks are no longer able to travel on Farm Bureau Road, they are driving down Landana Drive. CPD needs to ticket these folks and maybe they will not use Landana. They need to use the truck routes.

81 Atticus Thraxx June 22, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Did I forget to mention always take the far left shooting station? Must have slipped my mind. It was good to finally meet you Killjoy. We will do that again.

82 Enfield303 June 22, 2014 at 12:17 PM

@ Ancient Mariner

I believe you are correct about the tolerances of the Enfield rifle. I think most of the military rifles of WWII had to be able to take “dirty rounds”. The AK47 is notorious for this, as this is why it is the preferred weapon around the world. Atticus Thraxx could probably educate you more on those issues.
As for German cars, I agree with you. They tend to over think things a bit. Their front bumpers have all kinds of louvers, lights and brackets where as the Asians go with the one piece front cover. But I love the solidness and quiet ride of German engineering. Wish I could afford one.

83 Anon June 22, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Antler and other lovely Claycordians who posted responses to my broken-hearted post about close family and friends taking advantage of my health and financial situation. I appreciate your kind words and concern which were a balm to my broken heart.

Material things are meaningless in the long run. It is the quality of one’s character and heart toward one another that measure our life’s value. The things don’t matter to me. It was the broken trust with those that were precious to me that hurt and broke my heart.

I have a Trust and legal means to protect what little assets I have. I have made updates in the last days in response to the greed and manipulation that I have seen in those that were dear to me. I pray that they have a chance to take inventory of their own parasitic selfishness, lack of character and decency and choose instead to grow to become those that make a positive difference in the lives of others.

May the Lord bless all of you with all of His love, grace and compassion.

84 Atticus Thraxx June 22, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Actually from the mechanical engineering side Clayden may be more qualified to comment but he’s probably at the race. But take rifle bolt design. Run the bolt on the Mauser and it is as smooth as good quality hunting rifles. But you can cycle the Enfield action faster. Mausers kick more, to me anyway and the triggers are always smooth. No one ever said that about an Enfield. the .303 develops slightly less pressure than the 8mm and with the Enfield being heavier it’s a little less punishing to shoot. With my collection anyways, I’d give a slight edge to the Enfields vs my Mausers in accuracy too. But that’s just my impression. I’m the weak piece here, not the rifles. So to Mariner’s point, if I had to take a bolt action WW2 era rifle to battle and had a choice of all, I’d grab the Enfield No.4 MKII. Practical vs.impressive engineering.

85 Now that Soccer is becoming more "Americanized"..... June 22, 2014 at 5:05 PM

it is only a matter of time before players will be required to wear Helmets…..

86 Killjoy June 22, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Anybody got any experience with Pocket Wizards?
I’m trying to decide if it’s worth it to go for a Plus III or if the Plus X is enough.
Also, I heard the Plus III’s eat up battery power.
Anyone?
Bueller?
Bueller?
Bueller?

87 annon June 22, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Antler@38 Your words of wisdom and compassion are really beautiful, you must be a wonderful person to have as a friend or family. Bless you for caring.

88 bunny June 22, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Bless you Anon you have done the right thing. These folks may have just forgotten their training and will come to their senses in a little while. Hope they know how blessed they are to have you in their lives. Always in my thoughts and prayers.

89 ChampagneKitty June 22, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Thank you folks for your supportive comments about my trip to the furniture store. I think Blink said it best (post #57):

“Good for you ….creating a space where you can feel comfortable and hospitable goes a long way …personal dignity can get eroded by our environment if not clean and kept up…..fancy not important but feeling at home in our home is valuable.”

You guys make me feel like I did the right thing.

90 Antler June 22, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Anon at #83 …. Your insight and writing to us is far more meaningful than what any of us wrote to you. Thank you with love.

91 Antler June 22, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Ancient Mariner, I continue to ponder the problems with sand, mud, false eyelashes, etc., fouling the impeccable German engineering specs.

But thinking now of vehicles……and in all fairness:
Do the customers in Germany really need to worry about swamps, deserts, and movie stars the way we do here? They don’t have those things, do they? And regardless, is not it the customer’s responsibility to consider how he/she plans to use said vehicles?

Actually, the same question pertains to an individual’s or a government’s choice of firearms and heavy-rolling machinery, no?

92 Ancient Mariner June 22, 2014 at 11:31 PM

@ Antler No. 91.
The Germans are disciplined people who will read their manuals diligently and take their cars in for regular service. The slobs in the rest of the world will be less so.
That being said, Mercedes is the car of choice for many wealthy people in the middle east, so it must have some ability to withstand sand and less-than-perfect maintenance scheduling. Mercedes heavy vehicles are also popular there.
Yes, the customer must decide whether to buy a product that they will have to baby at all times. Sometimes, even governments make mistakes: the British introduced a new (German-designed!) rifle in 1985, the SA-80. It jammed when the components expanded unevenly in the desert heat.
As for movie stars with cool eyelashes, I’ve always enjoyed Marlene Dietrich, especially singing “Lili Marlene”, the less-orchestrated version.

93 Ancient Mariner June 22, 2014 at 11:45 PM

On the other hand, British cars (especially Jaguar) suffered for years with their Lucas ignition systems. When Jaguar finally switched to (German) Bosch electronics, they became very reliable cars, at least as far as the electronics are concerned.
Lots of people drive German cars here with no problems, so I’d say you’re safe.
But don’t ask me – I’ve been driving the same (American) car since 1979!

94 Antler June 23, 2014 at 4:54 AM

Ancient Mariner at #92 ….. Thank you for the additional information, as I always enjoy and appreciate your comments.

95 Aspirin June 23, 2014 at 7:39 AM

Things To Think About Dept.: Look at a map of CC County and you will see many small towns, Martinez, Danville, etc. Each town has its own government (mayor, council, police and fire, public works, etc.) and do we ever wonder why all of these small governments are needed? The City of Los Angeles, for example, has a population of millions and covers a huge area yet it has one mayor, one police dept.(you get the idea). We waste millions of dollars on duplicate governments because each town wants its status or its identity when actually all the towns border one another so that you need a sign to tell you when you have crossed from one town to the other. There is no real difference other than a name on a map. Perhaps there is a better way, like the use of districts for example. Let’s say we create a City called “Contra Costa” which has a government that serves all the districts – one mayor, one police dept, one fire dept, one building dept., one maintenance dept. thereby saving mucho dinero and streamlining processes to boot. Each town becomes a distinct district, keeping its unique identity but saving millions with a more efficient, streamlined government. I realize the pride in having an identity but if you pay attention to what each town does to identify itself you will see little difference. Take museums for example. Each town seems to have a need for an historical society and a little museum that will contain dusty artifacts, photos, and memorabilia that is supposedly unique to that town but all of these little museums are exactly alike. Take away the town name and you can’t tell one from another. The City and County of San Francisco has one government and many unique districts. Each district does not have its own government. The City of Fresno has one government but it has established Neighborhood Councils to address the unique needs of each. So what is the point? Is it the community history and the ability to tell someone that “This town began in XXXX because a railroad wanted a place to change train crews” or something like that? In reality all towns are created for one reason and that is because people want a place to live. It doesn’t really matter what the town is called, other than to assist the Post Office in delivering the mail back before ZIP codes were established.

96 Aspirin June 23, 2014 at 7:59 AM

@Thye Closer #49. The “answer” is that there may be no “answer” in religion. Humans are uncomfortable without boundaries. We need borders, walls, rules, limits, property, otherwise we get very confused and have to manufacture our own borders and rules. Therefore religion is the answer for many. However religious belief misses the point entirely when the natural world provides the answers we seek. Religion fogs the mind with bias and prejudice. One needs only to observe nature with an open mind and to try to understand it. The answers are all there, if we care to look. If we must have a god, let be a god of reason and not a god of human manufacture.

97 Horse n around June 23, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Accident on Marsh Creek Rd. yesterday. Possibly a bolder got lose and landed on the top of a car? Does anyone know what happened?

98 Antler June 23, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Horse n around at #97 …..

Hit were one-a-them bolder boulders, that’s fer danged sure! ;-)

(Have a idee you wuz jest plumb bamboozled by one-a-them auto-fill boulders and you jest dint grab aholt a hit in time?)

99 anon June 23, 2014 at 10:02 AM

#95 Right, because Richmond’s needs are exactly the same as Alamo’s, which are exactly the same as Bethel Island’s. Simp.

100 silva June 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Ancient Mariner, oh so THAT’s why I had to adjust EVERYTHING on and in my VWs every day. I always wondered why they needed all of the tweaking.

101 Marilyn Carscadden June 23, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Do some one think they are high life? Anon I sure need someone to help me caught and find homes for my feal cats. I live close to you on Sunny Place .

102 Mimi (original) June 23, 2014 at 12:24 PM

@ChampagneKitty – the other thing you might want to try is some of the sticky sheets that are made to affix to your furniture to help dissuade kitty “decorating”. You only have to leave it on for a few weeks and they seem to get the message.

103 Significant Earth Quake June 23, 2014 at 12:49 PM

M 7.2 – 73km SSE of Raoul Island, New Zealand

ShakeMap – VDYFI? – ITsunami Warning Center
Time
2014-06-23 12:19:18 UTC-07:00
Location
29.897°S 177.676°W
Depth
30.3km

No ITsunami warning in affect at this time.

104 VikingPrincess June 23, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Aspirin #95
Your intentions seem too be helpful with your suggestions. Unless I am reading your post incorrectly (possible I need glasses ;)
I do not agree with the ideas or model mentioned. Quality and value go down.
You like Los Angeles? No thank you.

Your comparative model of Los Angeles reminds me of how Kaiser NorCal is organized. One specialist per service area. No thanks.
I don’t live in Los Angeles for a reason. If people like that…move to LA and enjoy.

105 Significant Earth Quake/Tsunami Warning for Alaska June 23, 2014 at 2:04 PM

M 7.1 – 21km ESE of Little Sitkin Island, Alaska

Tsunami Warning Center
Time
2014-06-23 13:53:07 UTC-07:00
Location
51.900°N 178.800°E
Depth
93.0km

000
WEPA41 PAAQ 232057
TSUWCA

BULLETIN
TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 1
NWS NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER PALMER AK
1257 PM AKDT MON JUN 23 2014

AKZ187-195-191-232157-
/O.NEW.PAAQ.TS.W.0012.140623T2057Z-000000T0000Z/
COASTAL AREAS BETWEEN AND INCLUDING NIKOLSKI ALASKA TO ATTU
ALASKA
1257 PM AKDT MON JUN 23 2014

…A TSUNAMI WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT WHICH INCLUDES THE
COASTAL AREAS OF ALASKA FROM NIKOLSKI ALASKA TO ATTU
ALASKA…

IF YOU ARE LOCATED IN THIS COASTAL AREA… MOVE INLAND
TO HIGHER GROUND.

TSUNAMI WARNINGS MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI WITH SIGNIFICANT
INUNDATION IS POSSIBLE OR IS ALREADY OCCURRING. TSUNAMIS ARE
A SERIES OF WAVES DANGEROUS MANY HOURS AFTER INITIAL ARRIVAL
TIME. THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST.

AT 1253 PM ALASKA DAYLIGHT TIME ON JUNE 23 AN EARTHQUAKE WITH
PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE 7.1 OCCURRED 30 MILES NORTHWEST OF
AMCHITKA ALASKA.

ESTIMATED TSUNAMI START TIMES FOR SELECTED SITES ARE…

SHEMYA ALASKA 136 PM AKDT JUNE 23
ADAK ALASKA 149 PM AKDT JUNE 23
SAINT PAUL ALASKA 317 PM AKDT JUNE 23

THE TSUNAMI WARNING WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
REFER TO THE INTERNET SITE NTWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION.

106 Significant Earth Quake/Tsunami Warning for Alaska June 23, 2014 at 2:14 PM

M 8.0 – 24km SE of Little Sitkin Island, Alaska

ShakeMap – VIITsunami Warning Center
Time
2014-06-23 13:53:10 UTC-07:00
Location
51.797°N 178.759°E
Depth
114.4km

WEPA41 PAAQ 232057
TSUWCA

BULLETIN
TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 1
NWS NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER PALMER AK
1257 PM AKDT MON JUN 23 2014

AKZ187-195-191-232157-
/O.NEW.PAAQ.TS.W.0012.140623T2057Z-000000T0000Z/
COASTAL AREAS BETWEEN AND INCLUDING NIKOLSKI ALASKA TO ATTU
ALASKA
1257 PM AKDT MON JUN 23 2014

…A TSUNAMI WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT WHICH INCLUDES THE
COASTAL AREAS OF ALASKA FROM NIKOLSKI ALASKA TO ATTU
ALASKA…

IF YOU ARE LOCATED IN THIS COASTAL AREA… MOVE INLAND
TO HIGHER GROUND.

TSUNAMI WARNINGS MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI WITH SIGNIFICANT
INUNDATION IS POSSIBLE OR IS ALREADY OCCURRING. TSUNAMIS ARE
A SERIES OF WAVES DANGEROUS MANY HOURS AFTER INITIAL ARRIVAL
TIME. THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST.

AT 1253 PM ALASKA DAYLIGHT TIME ON JUNE 23 AN EARTHQUAKE WITH
PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE 7.1 OCCURRED 30 MILES NORTHWEST OF
AMCHITKA ALASKA.

ESTIMATED TSUNAMI START TIMES FOR SELECTED SITES ARE…

SHEMYA ALASKA 136 PM AKDT JUNE 23
ADAK ALASKA 149 PM AKDT JUNE 23
SAINT PAUL ALASKA 317 PM AKDT JUNE 23

THE TSUNAMI WARNING WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
REFER TO THE INTERNET SITE NTWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION.

107 Updated Tsunami Warning for Alaska June 23, 2014 at 2:21 PM

000
WEPA41 PAAQ 232113
TSUWCA

BULLETIN
TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 2
NWS NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER PALMER AK
113 PM AKDT MON JUN 23 2014

AKZ187-195-191-232213-
/O.CON.PAAQ.TS.W.0012.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
COASTAL AREAS BETWEEN AND INCLUDING NIKOLSKI ALASKA TO ATTU
ALASKA
113 PM AKDT MON JUN 23 2014

…THE TSUNAMI WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL
AREAS OF ALASKA FROM NIKOLSKI ALASKA TO ATTU ALASKA…

IF YOU ARE LOCATED IN THIS COASTAL AREA… MOVE INLAND
TO HIGHER GROUND.

TSUNAMI WARNINGS MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI WITH SIGNIFICANT
INUNDATION IS POSSIBLE OR IS ALREADY OCCURRING. TSUNAMIS ARE
A SERIES OF WAVES DANGEROUS MANY HOURS AFTER INITIAL ARRIVAL
TIME. THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST.

AT 1253 PM ALASKA DAYLIGHT TIME ON JUNE 23 AN EARTHQUAKE WITH
PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE 8.0 OCCURRED 25 MILES NORTHWEST OF
AMCHITKA ALASKA.

ESTIMATED TSUNAMI START TIMES FOR SELECTED SITES ARE…

SHEMYA ALASKA 124 PM AKDT JUNE 23
ADAK ALASKA 134 PM AKDT JUNE 23
SAINT PAUL ALASKA 304 PM AKDT JUNE 23

THE TSUNAMI WARNING WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
REFER TO THE INTERNET SITE NTWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION.

$$

AKZ185-232213-
/O.NEW.PAAQ.TS.Y.0012.140623T2113Z-000000T0000Z/
COASTAL AREAS BETWEEN AND INCLUDING UNIMAK PASS ALASKA
/WHICH IS LOCATED 80 MILES NE OF UNALASKA/ TO NIKOLSKI
ALASKA
113 PM AKDT MON JUN 23 2014

…A TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT WHICH INCLUDES THE
COASTAL AREAS OF ALASKA FROM UNIMAK PASS ALASKA /WHICH IS
LOCATED 80 MILES NE OF UNALASKA/ TO NIKOLSKI ALASKA…

IF YOU ARE LOCATED IN THIS COASTAL AREA… MOVE OFF THE
BEACH AND OUT OF HARBORS AND MARINAS.

TSUNAMI ADVISORIES MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI CAPABLE OF PRODUCING
STRONG CURRENTS OR WAVES DANGEROUS TO PERSONS IN OR VERY NEAR
THE WATER IS EXPECTED OR IS ALREADY OCCURRING. AREAS IN THE
ADVISORY SHOULD NOT EXPECT WIDESPREAD INUNDATION. TSUNAMIS
ARE A SERIES OF WAVES DANGEROUS MANY HOURS AFTER INITIAL
ARRIVAL TIME. THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST.

AT 1253 PM ALASKA DAYLIGHT TIME ON JUNE 23 AN EARTHQUAKE WITH
PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE 8.0 OCCURRED 25 MILES NORTHWEST OF
AMCHITKA ALASKA.

ESTIMATED TSUNAMI START TIMES FOR SELECTED SITES ARE…

UNALASKA ALASKA 243 PM AKDT JUNE 23

THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
REFER TO THE INTERNET SITE NTWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION.

$$

108 Ricardo Shillyshally June 23, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Tonight a pushy, strange man with long hair and tanned complexion knocked on my door stating he wanted me to fill out a questionnaire. This is the second time this guy knocked on my door. He drives a green Nissan Frontier. He’s a creepy, suspicious dude with bad manners. Anybody else have an experience like this?

109 Atticus Thraxx June 23, 2014 at 8:15 PM

How bizarre Ancient Mariner. My dad bought a car in 1979 and kept it until he passed. But I’m guessing yours isn’t a four door Dodge Aspen that leaked paint. Yes, I said leaked paint.

110 Killjoy June 23, 2014 at 10:11 PM

I had the displeasure of driving a BMW 318i. It was the most gutless turd I ever sat behind the wheel of. It didn’t have enough power to get out of its own way.
Fortunately, it wasn’t mine.

111 Killjoy June 24, 2014 at 6:06 AM

@Horse n around,
You had mentioned that you waned to attend the Diablo Bowmen open house that took place last Saturday. Did you make it out there?
Did you take a tour?

112 Horse n around June 24, 2014 at 6:48 AM

@ Antler .Whatever.

113 Antler June 24, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Well, a very long time ago, we had a Porsche 912 ….. until one of our daughters begged to buy it from us She and my husband loved the “hands on control” and responsiveness, and she even raced it somewhere in Pleasanton. But as never the driver and always the passenger, I hated the thing because you do feel every loose pebble on the road and every blasted gear change. I did love the sound of that engine accelerating, though! And a certain mechanic in Lafayette made a LOT of money keeping it in prime condition. Ah, the crazy days of yore!

114 Antler June 24, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Leaked PAINT ???

Don’t you dare leave us hanging, Sir Atticus!

115 Antler June 24, 2014 at 8:28 AM

WORLD. CUP

USA vs Germany
Thursday at 11:30 am Channel 7

116 Antler June 24, 2014 at 10:59 AM

#112 ~ ~ ~ Where did you leave your usual love of silly banter today? I sorry you!

117 Silva June 24, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Atticus Thraxx, You’ve left us hanging way too long! How did the car leak paint?

118 @KAD June 24, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Aluminum gutters can be a good alternative but I am for the old school gutter method. The seams can be broken up to land on arch. points, as you will find on custom homes and commercial projects. If they are lapped,mitred, soldered and sealed properly, they will have no problems. If you have a longer run than 50′, I would recommend you have your contractor install an expansion joint. Otherwise, the thin gauge aluminum gutter will twist and buckle with weather changes. I have been in the HVAC/ARCH. Union Sheet metal trade for two decades.

119 @Enfield June 24, 2014 at 7:15 PM

What- no love for the Mosin Nagant? I prefer the M44 carbine, kicks worse but has the Bayonet I think is cool. The 91/30 is great, affordable and doubles as a pike for the zombie apocalypse. Also affordable, and if a few have sporterized features, no big loss. There’s millions out there…..

120 Puddintain June 24, 2014 at 7:20 PM

#116, The high horse she fell from is probably not of a great height, but she managed to fall off nevertheless. I’m pretty sure I could’ve ridden the dear beast to Georgia & back, which I have done, on a mighty fine stead. A dear sweet and yet ferocious mustang with incomparable heart.

121 Atticus Thraxx June 24, 2014 at 7:23 PM

After 3-4 years the paint on the hood and trunk began to blister, then flake. At speed or headwind the flakes would get all over the windshield. Then the rest of the car started to go. He’d kept it in the driveway and if it sat long enough paint would fall off the car just sitting there. Left a rectangular ring in the driveway. Dodge as had their ups and downs over the decades. The Dodge Aspen was an abomination and an insult to all mankind.

122 Enfield303 June 24, 2014 at 7:54 PM

@ #119

I love my M44. Been wanting to get another one to sporterize and scope but ran out of funds for such toys. They make exellent sniper rifles. Ahhh, some day.

@Atticus

Was the car white? My Dodge Caravan had the same problem.

123 Silva June 24, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Atticus Thraxx, I can’t remember seeing anything like that before. What color paint was it? Very curious indeed.

124 Atticus Thraxx June 24, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Yep. white with blue vinyl top with blue interior. It did have good A.C.
When you say “love” your M44…I have an M39 and it beats the crap outta me. I could not imagine a day shooting the carbine. The only thing I have that’s worse in is a Steyr-Mannlicher M95. I’ve shot that exactly once, cleaned it and frankly I’ll probably just give it to the next person who annoys me. Nice enough little rifle if you like straight bolt handles and Motrin.

125 Connie Dobbs June 24, 2014 at 8:35 PM

I see your Dodge Aspen and raise you a Plymouth Volare.

126 Scoots June 24, 2014 at 9:49 PM

I have a French MAS 36 that’s fun to shoot (7.5 French). Ammo is kind of hard to find but it shoots about a 6″ group with open sights at 50 yds. Specs for that round are close to a .308 The rifle is so heavy that the kick is not bad at all. No safety! I suppose the soldiers were not expected to load a round in the chamber until they engaged the enemy?

127 Enfield303 June 24, 2014 at 10:18 PM

@Scoots

I’ve got one of those too that has never been fired because I could never find shells for it. It just takes up room in the cabinet. Maybe I could get a few bucks for it at the next gun buy back program.

128 Antler June 24, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Oh, no-no-no, Atticus and Connie. Hold off on paying off your bets for a minute!

I was left holding a second-hand 1958 Anglia…..had to thrash it with a riding crop to get it over the Lime Ridge Pass coming home from Walnut Creek to Concord (Clayton Valley Highlands). Cuss-ed thing finally had a SUDDEN brake lock-up on very pregnant me coming home from the ice-and-feed store on Concord’s Market Street at maybe 35mph (limit then was 45). It was before the days of seat belts in back; but thank goodness I did have both children under 4 yrs. back there, trained to stay sitting down facing front…. …and they were not injured, nor was I. It turned me off of #1 used cars and #2 English cars FOREVER!

Oh,….and it was decades before cell phone days, but fortunately it also was decades before that nice woman on the outbound right side of Concord
Boulevard would have refused to let me come inside with the children so I could call the Union 76 station at Clayton Road/Ygnacio Road intersection.

Whew! Thanks….didn’t realize I still have such a strong memory of that day and of all the “what ifs”.

129 Antler June 24, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Sorry for ambiguous wording above. I had been down to Market Street, but the brake lock-up did not happen until I was going home on Concord Boulevard and was somewhere past the Ayers intersection.

My memory needs help…anyone remember the names of the two Union Station owners? One was Paul Galle and the other was Ernie, I think……no, not even sure of his first name. Anyone?

130 Laura Zah June 24, 2014 at 10:37 PM
131 I'm The Urban Spaceman June 24, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Question to ponder for fellow fútbol fans…¿what style wine pairs best with a serving of Italian Chiellini?

mmmmm mmm, thems good bitin’s

132 Laura Zah June 24, 2014 at 11:28 PM
133 Killjoy June 25, 2014 at 5:26 AM

Another link for that French 7.5 ammo
http://www.gunbot.net/ammo/rifle/75french/

134 9 Quakes, Kettlemen, CA June 25, 2014 at 8:24 AM

( Kettlemen City is south of Coalinga along I5. the largest quake is below)

M 3.4 – 22km SSE of Kettleman City, California

DYFI? – I
Time
2014-06-25 07:34:56 UTC-07:00
Location
35.826°N 119.852°W
Depth
8.6km

135 Silva June 25, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Sometimes we have probably all been guilty of using a derogatory term never knowing the origin. I try never to do so, but I may have said I’d been gypped before. It appeared in the autofill choices even as I typed it.

136 nytemuvr June 25, 2014 at 9:55 AM

@Laura Zah #130
Is that a good online store to buy ammo?……

137 Antler June 25, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Silva at #135 ….. But this guilt trip and overly-sensitive mishmash so popular with insecure activists is being taken to ridiculous extremes.

I recall lining up our bickering children, giving them “The Look”, and advising,
“You three can straighten up and fly right, or I’m going to yank a knot in every one of you!” They didn’t have a clue about the Mason-Dixon Line nor the Southerners’ opinions formed during the Carpetbagger era (I.e. the origin of that verb), but they knew EXACTLY what I meant!

138 Iron Maiden June 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Antler going to the deep south. Bring back some corn bread.

139 @ Enfield June 25, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Glad you like it. I like the m44, love the bayonet. With today’s prices, it is relatively inexpensive ammo-wise to develop marksmanship skills with. I do like the bent bolt, easier to operate the action, and a loop for the safety. I wanted a cheap project to learn to drill and tap a receiver for a scope(rock solid), So a 91/30 might be in the cards.
Has anyone received a FFL03 Curio and Relic collector’s license?
For ammo, Lucky Gunner…..

140 Atticus Thraxx June 25, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Get some dies and some decent bullets and load your own. Buying retail rifle ammo is for suckers.And running surplus ammo can have unpleasant consequences. Get a gauge and check your C.O.A.L. Optimal bullet seating depth for your specific rifle is pretty important. Cheap gauge is less than $20 I think at MidwayUSA. Find some recipes on the internet and go to town. With some experimentation you should be able to come up with a load that eeks the best possible accuracy your mil-surp is capable of. If your bores not too worn and the action locks up tight. Some recipes develop pretty high pressures, don’t ever, ever load a heavier bullet with the same powder charge you used for lighter bullets. If your lucky it’ll just blow the floorplate out.

141 @ Atticus June 25, 2014 at 6:40 PM

I have had good luck with surplus ammo. I put ammonia/water mixture in bore right after firing. Some seem to be dirtier than others, the last batch was really clean. I agree hand loads could be better, but until all the current projects are finished, it will have to wait.

142 Killjoy June 25, 2014 at 6:49 PM

R.I.P. Eli Wallach

143 Small Quake nearby June 25, 2014 at 6:55 PM

M 1.8 – 4km NE of Alamo, California

Time
2014-06-25 17:00:54 UTC-07:00
Location
37.882°N 121.993°W
Depth
10.3km

144 nytemuvr June 25, 2014 at 7:49 PM

@Atticus Thraxx #140
I have a 35 year old RCBS RockCrusher one station press, my hands aren’t that nimble to reload anymore, not worth it for the small amount I shoot now.

145 Atticus Thraxx June 25, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Dang Killjoy! The “Bad” died. First I heard. Figures it’d be on Claycord.
Now your cooking with whale oil # 141! I’ve never used ammonia but I get the water just under boiling. The ammonia is a good idea. See? Again with the Claycord! Learned two things I didn’t know in less than 15 secs.

146 Atticus Thraxx June 25, 2014 at 8:42 PM

I’m sorry ntyemuvr. Saw my dad go through the same thing. If I knew you better I’d drop by some ammo now and then just ’cause your a good egg.
Talk about various people’s engineering. I keep forgetting America built a bad-ass robot, and landed it on another planet 40 million miles away. And it’s been working and sending data for 687 days. Wie uber sie deutschland?

147 Antler June 25, 2014 at 8:55 PM

correction re where to see the USA vs Germany World Cup game:

Channel 7 is still saying Thursday morning at 11:30, except now they are saying it will be on ESPN. See you there!

148 Sid June 25, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Antler,

SFGate says the USA vs Germany match is 9 am on ESPN.

149 Antler June 25, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Oh, yikes, Sid ! Thanks! Maybe I should go to the U-Verse website programming info and find out what the heck is going on? My husband and I really would hate to miss the game.

150 nytemuvr June 25, 2014 at 11:27 PM

@Atticus Thraxx #146
No problem. Was a member of the Sportsmans Club and shot at the Evora range for many years. Like to hear your stories, miss the home town.

151 Antler June 26, 2014 at 12:33 AM

Sid, the plot thickens. I just went to E-SPN and they said it starts at 8a our time. (That might just be when the talking heads begin, but I’m not taking chances.). Thanks again for the heads up!

152 Antler June 26, 2014 at 1:09 AM

lol…. And espn dot go dot com says a 9am start time on this coast.

(Sorry for the multiple posts about start time….one of the times I wished I could delete my own posts.)

153 Silva June 26, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Antler, what I meant to say was that I liked your well considered plan at the luxury car dealers.

154 Killjoy June 26, 2014 at 9:34 AM

I don’t watch soccer.
If I wanted to watch someone struggle for 90 minutes, trying to score, I’d take my buddies to the local bar.

155 Anon-E-Cat June 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

@Killjoy #154 – that’s funny, I don’t care who ya are :)

156 Antler June 26, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Silva at #153 …… OH !!! :-) Having a “plan of action” really taught me a lot and gave me more confidence going in there. Plus, it was a whole lot of fun, and I met some nice salespeople, too! Thanks very much for your compliment.

157 Antler June 26, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Killjoy at #154…. That was hilarious!!!

Falling rain made the field quite a bit slower (a-hem….. we’re back at the soccer game now, Killjoy…. ;-) ).

Though Team USA lost to Germany 0-1, still the point differential between final scores elsewhere at this level of the World Cup competition meant that Team USA advances regardless of having lost this game. So we ARE one of the 16 teams going on to play at the highest level of FICA World Cup.

And the game DID begin at 9am! [Thanks again, Sid !!! Were it not for your comment, I would have missed the whole thing; and watching a game after you already know the final score is just NOT the same!]

158 Pegasus June 26, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Pissed Off Man Confronts Police After They Shot His Dog [VIDEO]

http://news.yahoo.com/pissed-off-man-confronts-police-shot-dog-video-190607346.html

159 Money, MORE Money June 26, 2014 at 5:30 PM

“…the White House urged Congress to approve $500 million to arm and train moderate rebels.” An obama as he will tell you ONLY makes right choices. he’s never been wrong … if anything does go wrong he, …
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmzsWxPLIOo

If memory serves years ago we trained and armed some folks in Afghanistan, that we are today fighting. Almost without exception every time some knee jerk politician tries to pick sides it comes back a decade or so later to bite us.
For low information voters
‘Charlie Wilson’s War': Arming the Mujahedeen
http://www.grailwerk.com/docs/nytimes10.htm
An what party did good ole charlie belong to? democrat.

As with every other problem they encounter democrats want to throw money at it. Guess they’re just so familiar with large sums of money crossing their palms, it’s turned into a reflex action for them.
Money buys their attention and action on legislation friendly to their RICH one percent campaign contributors.

But then after all why should they care? It’s not like it’s their money,
it’s YOURS, your kids and their kids money.
CHum

160 Enfield303 June 26, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Yipes!!! I just found the biggest black widow spider I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s abdomen is about the size of a dime. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to kill it because it seemed to find a good place to make home and eats lots of bugs. Then I saw the egg sac. What’s the best way to get rid of this beast?

161 City Girl June 26, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Pegasus 3158 – Wow!!! That is a heart-wrenching video. What an absolute tragedy that probably did not have to happen. Poor guy.

162 City Girl June 26, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Whoops! That’s for #158.

163 Atticus Thraxx June 26, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Pegasus, the sheepdogs are starting to bite the sheep and I can’t point to when we lost control.But ain’t nothing gonna change until we have a hard reset society-wise. Or nature does it for us. Hope I’m dead before it happens. I don’t have the energy for a proper Apocalypse.

164 Marissa June 26, 2014 at 7:36 PM

@Enfield
RAID!!!!!

165 Atticus Thraxx June 26, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Good one KIilljoy! Though I have to admit I’ve gotten caught up in it a bit. I’m looking for the German team to go deep. Plus there’s been attempt(s) of cannibalism, so it’s got that going for it.
Hey Enfield, I get a pair of leather gloves and get an old olive jar and try and coax them into it with a screwdriver or something after I’ve scooped away as much of their web as possible. That fails I do the flush them gently out with water trick. My hands sweating the whole time. Though I keep thinking about using a can of compressed air, I haven’t tried it yet.

166 Enfield303 June 26, 2014 at 8:31 PM

@Marissa

I’ve tried the raid thing before on some I found in the garage one time and they just kind of did a dance and scampered off. When they are down low I can usually just step on them. This one is up high on a trellis about chest level with a massive web.

Atticus, there’s no way I’m sticking my hand in there. If I piss this thing off it’s liable to go for my jugular. Maybe I can take a torch to it without burning my shed down.

167 Pegasus June 26, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Well stated Atticus. Sad, ain’t it.

168 Marianne June 26, 2014 at 9:06 PM

@Enfield
I would capture it in a jar and examine it. It’s the time of year for spiders and creepy crawlers from mt. diablo to abound in numbers.

169 Killjoy June 26, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Ugh! I’m in for a long day at work tomorrow. It seems that one of our junior scientists turned one of our vacuum process chambers into a fish tank.
Water and vacuum chambers don’t mix.
Guess who gets to tear it apart, find the problem, and fix it?
Yeah. Yours truly.

170 Silva June 26, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Awful about the dog. My MIL has the most beautiful dogs I’ve seen for a bit, father & son weimaraners it one of my favorite colors, taupe. OPD officers shoot backyard dogs in Oakland, too.

171 Marianne June 26, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Enfield, they are beautiful creatures. I took picture of several on my neighbor’s porch. They don’t usually bite unless they are provoked. A torch might work.

172 Enfield303 June 26, 2014 at 10:22 PM

@Marianne

I agree with you about it being a good looking efficient critter, but the egg sac will probably spawn a boat load more. I guess if I hadn’t found it we would of never known the difference, but now it’s living in my head rent free.

173 Dr. Jellyfinger® June 26, 2014 at 10:54 PM

When I’ve had to dispatch enormous black widow spiders in hard to reach places I have used an air rifle loaded up with mustard seeds or poppy seeds. Just pack a little tiny wad of tissue where the pellet/BB goes, and then pour some seeds down the barrel (not too much). It will work like a miniature shotgun & not do much collateral damage. Plus it’s fun.

174 I'm The Urban Spaceman June 26, 2014 at 11:03 PM

>>silva June 21, 2014 at 2:52 PM
Y eso no es el mescal añado de 10 años en oak de mi cuñado de la familia famosa Chagoya de Tlacolula, Oaxaca hablando, no. ¡Absolutamente no!<<

si. Cuando dejé el Mescal hablar, mi lengua bífida siempre causa gran anquish entre los habitantes del planeta.
Tengo que volar bajo el radar.

Descanse en Paz Radar.

175 nytemuvr June 27, 2014 at 12:24 AM

@Enfield303 #160
Aerosol brake cleaner, $2 a can……whatever you do, DON’T rinse them down the sink drain.

176 Killjoy June 27, 2014 at 5:34 AM

There’s a guy who used to post on here as “Captain Safety”. He used to kill Black Widow Spiders by pinching them between his thumb and index finger.
I couldn’t believe it when I saw it.

177 Silva June 27, 2014 at 6:47 AM

My brother in law took me to see the production facility of “Ilegal Mescal” yesterday. It also happens to be the home where he grew up. There was a massive stone pit oven where when heated red hot agave hearts bake for two days, then are crushed by a huge stone wheel pulled by a horse on a circular millstone with gutters for the juice to flow. Then it ferments and is distilled. There are two rustic copper stills, and the product is distilled twice. I don’t know why I wasn’t treated to this tour before now, but then it has been a very long time since I was last here. Most of the rest of my famly here are in the printing business, with the exception of a couple of doctors and lawyers. So much has changed. When I first came in the mid ’80s there wasn’t a supermarket. Just farmers markets. Lots of taxis. Burros carrying feed and supplies. Wringer washers. Trains. Now there’s Sam’s Club, cars galore, no burros, no trains. We shop in the biggest supermarket I’ve ever seen, and it has 50 registers. All the yucky fast food chains are here. Sigh.

178 Antler June 27, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Sorry, but I am not tolerant of the venomous snakes or spiders which have meandered into my home or garden. For black widow and “unknown” spiders with a fiddle pattern, I use the forceful stream (10 to 15 feet) of Wasp and Hornet spray. For rattlesnakes, though we have never had to deal with this problem in our own yard, I would enlist my husband for a little target practice.

179 anon June 27, 2014 at 8:52 AM

@177 They don’t just send money home, Silva, they also send our culture. Ha. Ha. Ha.

180 Enfield303 June 27, 2014 at 9:44 AM

@Antler

That’s what I was thinking would be the best plan of attack. I’m off to buy the wasp spray that shoots a stream and encases them in toxic foam.

Thanks for the input everyone.

181 Silva June 27, 2014 at 10:39 AM

#179, It’s not just our culture moving in, it’s from everywhere. My hubs has a couple of cousins (Sisters) who married a couple of Swiss bankers (brothers) who came to town one day. Chinese goods abound. The rich fabric of Oaxaca culture is eroding as the old folks die off. Last time I checked there were nine major distinct indian languages spoken here, many people who did not know any Spanish. Nowadays I don’t know, you hardly see them out and about now. But I do like that everyone we know has wireless internet.

182 nytemuvr June 27, 2014 at 11:13 AM

@Enfield303 #180
The wasp spray will stain paint and is oily if you get it on something other than the spider. A shop vacuum works good too.

183 Cowellian June 27, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Who’s ready to last?

184 Marissa June 27, 2014 at 2:05 PM

LAST! :-)

185 Silva June 27, 2014 at 2:14 PM

I’m a bit defensive (offensive?) Of my large clan living happy and prosperous lives without giving a thought about slipping across the border to take away anyone’s job, but as I think about it, a brother in law who’s an architect did do just that. He thought he’d try his hand at making enough money to survive and send some home to his wife and three daughters. He’s highly intellegent, personable, and good looking too. It did not work out for him. He found the area way too crowded and devoid of opportunity for the success he’d hoped for, and after three years of misery he happily came home.

186 Enfield303 June 27, 2014 at 2:56 PM

@Nytemuvr

The wasp spray worked just fine. I was able to spray away from everything else so it worked out well. For me anyway.. Took Miss Widow awhile to go though. I should of left the body hanging as a warning to others, but had to sweep out her massive web.

187 Killjoy June 27, 2014 at 4:56 PM

I was right. It was brutal at work today. :sigh:
And it’s not over. I’ll be going in on Sunday to try and fix a couple of other issues with the same chamber.

188 Killjoy June 27, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Last.

189 KAD June 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM

LAST!

190 Small Quake nearby June 27, 2014 at 5:49 PM

M1.6 – 2km SSW of Clayton, California
2014-06-27 19:19:42 UTC
Earthquake location 37.919°N, 121.946°W
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SummaryLocation and Magnitude contributed by: Northern California Seismic System, UC Berkeley and USGS Menlo ParkGeneral

California
37.919°N, 121.946°W
Depth: 2.7km (1.7mi)
Event Time
2014-06-27 19:19:42 UTC
2014-06-27 12:19:42 UTC-07:00 at epicenter
2014-06-27 12:19:42 UTC-07:00 system time
Location
37.919°N 121.946°W depth=2.7km (1.7mi)

Nearby Cities
2km (1mi) SSW of Clayton, California
9km (6mi) SE of Concord, California
10km (6mi) E of Walnut Creek, California
10km (6mi) ESE of Pleasant Hill, California
83km (52mi) SSW of Sacramento, California

191 ChampagneKitty June 27, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Last.

192 Killjoy June 27, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Last

193 Atticus Thraxx June 27, 2014 at 7:52 PM

I don’t want to be last, if I am, I bequeath it to Kitty. Last.

194 KAD June 27, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Last again.

195 Atticus Thraxx June 27, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Sweet Baby Jesus Killjoy! You gotta stop hanging around people you meet on the internet. :)

196 Marianne June 27, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Laaasssssttttt! :-)

197 ChampagneKitty June 27, 2014 at 8:38 PM

That was very sweet of you to think of me, Atticus.

Congratulations to Marianne for being last.

198 Etta J. June 27, 2014 at 10:33 PM

At Laaaaaaaaaaast!

199 ChampagneKitty June 27, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Sorry, Etta J. You’re too late. Marianne was the last one in before the new Whatever thread went up.

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