Claycord – Talk About Whatever

July 18, 2014 20:05 pm · 233 comments


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

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

1 Shelly July 18, 2014 at 8:10 PM


2 Anon-E-Cat July 18, 2014 at 8:11 PM

My very first first?

3 Killjoy July 18, 2014 at 8:11 PM


4 instagramma July 18, 2014 at 8:13 PM

what…no way

5 Marissa July 18, 2014 at 8:16 PM

First! :-)

6 A July 18, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Let’s go Oakland!!!!!
A’s all the way! Yeah buddy!

7 Enfield303 July 18, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Oh man ! You snuck it in on me Mayor. I’ll take an honorable mention.

8 yep July 18, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Sorry…you all sound like a bunch of kindergarteners arguing over who gets to be first. Does your self-esteem REALLY depend on who’s first?

9 Mika July 18, 2014 at 8:59 PM

to Yep–I hear you. Have to wait for thirty posts before people start talking about something than “being first”!

10 Shasta Daisy July 18, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Be happy.

11 Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 18, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Mr Mayor, have you ever had IP addresses of the commenters on this site subpoenaed? Im curious…

12 Newbie July 18, 2014 at 9:02 PM

I am new to Clayton.

Where can I get pool supplies?

13 Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 18, 2014 at 9:03 PM

@yep,#8: some of us fall into a week long debilitating depression of we fail to achieve the first message spot. It is only the prospect of next weeks opportunity to be the first poster that keeps us going. I hope you can empathize.

14 Shelly July 18, 2014 at 9:08 PM

YIPPEEE!!!! I won! I won! I can’t believe it.

15 marinemom July 18, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Not Last!

16 Killjoy July 18, 2014 at 9:12 PM

@yep #8
I guess you’ve forgotten how to have some good natured fun. It must suck to have gotten that old.

17 Cowellian July 18, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Cowellian’s first!
I’m in it because it’s fun.

18 slagheap July 18, 2014 at 9:22 PM

in this era of drought…

19 Still anon July 18, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Ok, I will play too! @yep: I’m in the top 20!

20 Lorelei July 18, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Question: How difficult is it, really, to use your turn signal? PLEASE signal all of your turns. Thank you.

21 Silva July 18, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Hi Shasta Daisy, I wish that for you too, thanks.

22 Still anon July 18, 2014 at 9:26 PM

@newbie, welcome ! There is a pool supply store on Clayton Road in the Vineyard shopping center. I think it is called Leslie’s Pool supply. I am not endorsing them. I have just noticed the store.

23 Antler July 18, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Newbie at #12 …… Welcome! Click on Columns in the top work bar of the Claycord home page. Then select “Garden Girl” and look at the bottom of her column for the address of her business, which is a pool & patio supply store as well as a nursery. Of course there’s always Lowes, Home Depot, Orchard Supply, or Ace Hardware, Tell us in what Claycord city you live, and you’ll get better help. Splish Splash!

24 Concord1963 July 18, 2014 at 9:31 PM

It’s also a challenge. :)

25 slagheap July 18, 2014 at 9:34 PM
26 94598 July 18, 2014 at 9:36 PM

This is liberal career politician run CA- doesn’t matter who’s first- everybody gets a ribbon, plaque, trophy etc…..

27 Silva July 18, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Newbie #12, Glad you could join us. There’s a pool supply store next to K Mart on Clayton Road & Ayers Road. There’s something closer to you also, but I wouldn’t know the exact location or the name. It’s our Garden Girl’s place of business, I think.

28 funny man July 18, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Mayor if you can neither confirm nort deny being contacted by law enforcement for IP addresses, don’t not reply to these posts. :-)
SOP is a gag order on stuff like that or being ordered to lie and deny everything. Just look at all the internet companies that swore up and down that they weren’t complicict with the NSA then that Edward guy released all those leaked documents that proved otherwise.

29 Mama Cowell July 18, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Dear newbie you must go to r &m pool and garden supply in Clayton they are the best there !!!

30 MeCrazyWoman July 18, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Any fun fairs or fests this weekend?

31 Enfield303 July 18, 2014 at 10:07 PM

@yep and Mika

Instead of whining about the first game, feel free to start any topic you want. It is the “Whatever” thread. We’ll join in if it’s interesting enough.

32 KenInConcord July 18, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Scanner link is down??? What’s a boy to do?

33 Noj July 18, 2014 at 10:28 PM

There was a runaway shopping cart at Ayers Road and Olive Drive yesterday, right next to the bus stop sign, which was defaced with some lame graffiti tag. One phone call to the graffiti hotline (925.671.3080) and a call to report the abandoned shopping cart (800.252.4613) solved the problem. Thank you for this service.

34 Dog Gone It July 18, 2014 at 10:36 PM

When can I take my dog back to Lazy Dog Restaurant?

35 ChampagneKitty July 18, 2014 at 11:03 PM

to 94598 #26–Please stop. Leave politics out of it. Our little first-and-last game has nothing to do with politics. It’s just a fun little game we play.

36 ChampagneKitty July 18, 2014 at 11:07 PM

to SD&G and funny man–It would be better to direct your questions for the Mayor via email. He doesn’t always see the comments that we leave here. And sometimes you have to send your email 2-3 times before he’ll respond. It depends on what he’s doing and how much attention he’s paying us.

37 shocked driver July 18, 2014 at 11:15 PM

I would like to thank the male driver on Oak Grove and Ygnacio Valley Rd (about 5:30pm ton July 18th.who was very alert !
A woman had her tiny dog next to her on the sidewalk, not paying attention while she texted on her phone. Another woman who actually did have her dog on a leash, let her dog lunge forward, scaring the tiny dog, who ran into the street and was almost hit by an SUV. If that driver had been texting like the owner of the dog, and did not abruptly stop, the dog would have been killed. God Bless the driver

38 Antler July 18, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Duh on me….Newbie already wrote that he/she is in Clayton. But what? No neighbors to ask? No casseroles being brought to you? Heck fire, what’s this world coming to!

39 KAD July 18, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Antler # 38 – You made me laugh. Thank you.
Whatever happened to the Welcome Wagon>? That was a great new home buyer experience back in the day. Does anyone else remember this? Let’s talk.

40 EdiBirsan July 18, 2014 at 11:51 PM

I will be at Berkshire Books tomorrow morning SATurday around 9:30 for the weekly Concord curmudgeon concerned citizens’ committee

41 Bwaaahahahaha July 18, 2014 at 11:51 PM

@ yep and Mika #’s 8 and 9,

Ha Ha.. you weren’t in the top 5. Nyuck, nyuck!!

42 Steve July 19, 2014 at 12:15 AM

#34 NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

43 Underwood July 19, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Anyone else hear the “explosion” near Concord BART area about half an hour ago?

44 Silva July 19, 2014 at 6:11 AM

Good morning KAD! That brought back a warm memory. My mom had to find a place large enough to fit my father’s furniture and other collections when he passed. We lived in a small apartment in El Cerrito till then. We looked at houses all over the place to rent, and found a nice comfy one she could afford in Lafayette (those were the days). No sooner had we got settled in when the doorbell rang and there was the nice lady from the Welcome Wagon with a basket of lovely and useful food and other items. How did they know? It also contained a flyer listing local businesses who’d contributed towards the cost of the gift, most of which we happily patronized. Thanks for that.

45 Anon July 19, 2014 at 6:27 AM

The Concord Main post office is wasting water.

46 JRConcord July 19, 2014 at 6:42 AM

Ummm your supposed to find a neighbor that has a pool. Befriend them . Then steal their supplies….. JK …. leslies has all your pool supplies. That is where I go. A bit pricey but they tend to have everything in one store.
Good luck

47 PhilthyPHRESH July 19, 2014 at 6:52 AM

All you liberals quick to talk that save the children talk, but none of you want to pay for any one of those kids out of pocket…secure the borders.

48 annon July 19, 2014 at 9:31 AM

police scanner is offline again…why?

49 anon July 19, 2014 at 9:48 AM

@47 What Borders? The U.S. welcomes all so we can tax them.

50 CONCORD SANDY July 19, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Any place in Concord to purchase farm fresh eggs…other than the Farmer’s Market ?

51 Dana Mom July 19, 2014 at 10:12 AM

@KAD #39 Moved to Dana Estates in ’84 and was greeted by the “Welcoming Wagon”. Not sure if that was their official name at the time but concept the same. Woman stopped by with a bunch of information about Concord and what not (cant remember anything specific) lol. But brings back memories of times past when a stranger came to the door and I actually thought nothing of letting them in! Yes she came in and we sat at kitchen table going over the handouts she brought! And to think I don’t even open my door these days.

52 HOLLYHOCK SEEDS - Free July 19, 2014 at 10:14 AM

I’m taking down my hollyhocks and have scads of seeds. You want some, email me at

53 Antler July 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM

KAD at #39 ….. Your mentioning Welcome Wagon does bring back many bittersweet memories. In the sweltering May of 1960, when I was unpacking boxes of kitchen gear in our newly-built house in Clayton Valley Highlands (now the infamous “State Streets”), there was a polite knock on the screen door frame. There stood a vision in pillbox hat, suit, white gloves, and heels. She was representing CONCORD GREETERS, which I believe was a joint outreach by City of Concord and the Chamber of Commerce. She not only had a large shopping bag full of free products, she had a warm smile, and an offer to help with unpacking (which I declined en lieu of sitting at the table and having Cokes), and a large pocket file folder full of information about clubs, courses, and other services available to Concord residents.

Her name was Dorie Opelt, and I wrote about her several years ago on Claycord. Ours was an instant and abiding friendship. She discovered that one of my majors had been theatre arts, told me that she was a charter member of Concord Little Theater, and asked me please to join the group. What times all of us had together! I have already written about some of those memories; but let’s just say that back then Concord city fathers were far more interested in cultural arts than they are now. Our theater members worked hard and succeeded to the point that City of Concord authorized Willows Theater and built a small theater in Willows Shopping Center. We gave our small assets to that group, and many original CLT members continued participating

At 20 years old when I joined, I was the youngest member. So very few of the others are still living. But let me write down some of these dear names, as some of you will recognize them:

Dorie and Bob Opelt (Dorie was the one who was also with Concord Greeters)

Lind and Neal Higgins (who also were charter developers of John Kennedy University)

Yvonne and Stan Mansfield

Phyllis and Dick Attinello

Bette and Roy Beede (yes…owners of the variety store…he a gifted organist, she an outstanding artist and set designer)

Carolee and Art Baker

Dee and Herb Cooper

June and John Gailey

And some City personalities and officials helped us enormously back when we remodeled the school house in Cowell (remember it, Cowellian?) into a theater.

Norm Kestner and Dick Holmes (both of whom acted in a few productions)

Tom Wentling

Jane Bryant (liaison between us and the Concord City Council)

Dan Helix

Cole’s Interiors (during the years it was in Park and Shop and also when it was where Gesinee’s Bridal is today at Concord Boulevard and
East Street.

Dorie Friedrich of the Concord Transcript

The Azevedo family

Ruth Galindo

Dr. Gilbert Byers

Various small restaurants which donated and delivered food to cast and crew during dress-rehearsal week ……. Chick’s, Sugar Plum, Parma Deli, Pioneer Inn, others.

In 1960, the population of Concord was about 28,000. We had decided to move here because we wanted to raise our family in a small town. ;-)

Thanks for pushing my ol’-timer button, KAD!

54 Enfield303 July 19, 2014 at 10:32 AM

@Concord Sandy

There is a house at the corner of Hilltop Dr. and Solano Way that advertises fresh eggs

55 PhilthyPHRESH July 19, 2014 at 11:17 AM

@49 so if they’re illegal, do not speak English, cannot get a job or provide verification for employment eligibility in this country, the government is going to tax who? Under the table employers and employees pay taxes? So that leaves taxpaying legal Americans to pay taxes towards these illegals educations, medical benefits, etc.

56 Sam July 19, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Does anyone know when/if Gator Bobs will be back by chance? :)

57 Silva July 19, 2014 at 11:34 AM

My Lafayette story happened in 1961. I sure don’t remember a Welcome Wagon when we moved to Concord in 1971, but I could be wrong.

Antler, WOW! BTW, I stopped by Harvest House this morning and spoke with Jean who seems very knowlegeable about many things and picked up some tinnitis drops to try out, thanks for that tip!

58 ClaytonGal July 19, 2014 at 11:41 AM


R & M pool and Patio have farm fresh eggs.They are on Marsh Creek Road right next to Dana Hills.
They are from there son David’s Chickens. He brings in eggs twice a week.

59 @CONCORD SANDY #50 July 19, 2014 at 12:00 PM

I know several sources for farm fresh eggs. Mini-farms and chicken owners live all around here. Happy to share if you are interested. Email me: Cheers, Anna

60 dilligafman July 19, 2014 at 12:57 PM

The I.R.S sucks!! My dad passed away last july(at 92 &10 days). So I had to file his final tax return,no problem-Filed it March 4th. Refund was ‘sposed to be in
estates account by March 21st. I’m still waiting for it 4 months later!! It is “under
investigation”. He worked & paid his taxes for almost 70 years and this is how he is treated!! If he had owed them they sure as f#@! wouldn’t wait 4 months for THEIR money!!! As far as I’m conserned the can kiss my lily white,hairy,pimpled

61 Kirkwood July 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Antler #53
Some nostalgic names mentioned there. My folks knew the Opelts (Bob & Doris) but I don’t remember from where, perhaps neighbors or members of the Mt. Diablo Dog Training Club. Norman Kestner was my English and Drivers Ed teacher and Ruth Galindo was my Spanish teacher. There’s familiarity with most of the other names but no direct contact.

62 ChampagneKitty July 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

PhilthyPHRESH, please take your issues to the Talk About Politics thread.

63 Silva July 19, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Is this column really going to get sloppy seconds from Talk About Politics again?

64 Silva July 19, 2014 at 1:44 PM

#60, I didn’t necessarily mean you, and I’m sorry about your dad.

65 crazy mom July 19, 2014 at 1:58 PM

My mother-in-law passed away over two years ago and we are still dealing with the IRS about the refund on the final return we filed 4/12.
Make sure you put a change of address to your current address because if it goes to his former address the post office will not forward it. Also there are two forms you must file with the returns showing that you are authorized to handle your fathers estate. If the estate is going thru probate you will need to send a copy of the will, if it is a trust they will need a copy of that as well.
good luck.

66 Killjoy July 19, 2014 at 2:56 PM

When we moved to Concord in ’77 we were renting a house. Pretty sure the Welcome Wagon monitors something through the real estate listings. We never saw anyone. Then a year later when my parents bought a house in Concord, lo and behold, the Welcome Wagon showed up.
We got lots of information about the area (much of which we already knew having been here for a year) but also all kinds of coupons etc.

Fast forward a couple of decades…. When I bought my first house in ’96 I never saw any kind of Welcome Wagon.

67 Antler July 19, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Silva at #57 …… Thanks for letting me know about your foray to Harvest house. Please let us know if the drops help you….guess it’s the type of thing which can give a gradual help? Or did Jean say it would be immediate? I remember others writing about there tinnitus difficulties.

Kirkwood at #61 …… Dorie and Bob didn’t have dogs, but they were active in many community improvement capacities, so your parents and they could have met in any number of ways….well, and they had four wonderful children, most living in Texas now.

I never knew Norm was a teacher!!! Am I correct that he served as City Councilman, too, did he not? Mrs. Galindo (which is all I ever called her because of our age difference) was our Concord Little Theatre fail-safe monetary donor, and she sometimes came to board meetings just to observe/access. The Beede’s usually drove her.

I should have mentioned that Lind Higgins was and is now a hard worker in the Concord Historical Society.

Also, let’s include Evelyn and Roy Fisher on that list of the earliest members.

I remember the ice and feed store beside the railroad track on Market Street would donate chopped straw for us to put on the pathway from the schoolhouse theater door leading up the slope toward where the outhouse was (near Ygnacio Valley Road). Then one winter night, a member of the audience came up to me afterward and said his company would donate top-dressing gravel for the path “because when it rains, that straw is going to make someone slip”. His company turned out to be the quarry miners, and they also gave us gravel for the parking lot. Some fellows from the Mt. Diablo High football team volunteered to help spread the gravel.

Do you remember the schoolhouse on Cowell Road, Kirkwood? It was on the south rise not very far from the intersection with Ygnacio Valley Road. And the Odd Fellows Hall was (is still?) across the road a bit farther west.

68 Antler July 19, 2014 at 4:08 PM

* * * “THEIR” tinnitus difficulties!

69 Antler July 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM

….. Blast it…… Mrs. Galindo would ASSESS. My fault for not watching over my autofill friend very carefully.

70 Antler July 19, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Kirkwood, the schoolhouse theater burned down, so then we were allowed to perform at the new De La Salle Auditorium. Do you actually live in Kirkwood Estates?………because that development includes the land where the schoolhouse used to be.

71 Killjoy July 19, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Thank you very much for the seeds. They will go beautifully around the claw foot tub in my back yard.
I saw two bags. I assumed that the second bag was for someone else who wanted seeds as well, so I only took one. I looked to see if there were any names on the bags, but didn’t see any. So I just took the one closer to me.

72 Cowellian July 19, 2014 at 4:26 PM

I don’t remember the schoolhouse, but I’d love to hear the story and see the pictures.

73 Yhe Phantom July 19, 2014 at 5:54 PM

PhilthyPHRESH, anon, 94598 #26

Do you think you can hide from Yhe Phantom over here?

Your answers are over in /Politics and they will inform your opinion for the better.

Immigration?, California budgets, taxation? All subjects covered in our YOUNG DEMOCRAT TRAINING LESSONS.

74 Silva July 19, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Antler, of course I neglected to ask Jean if it was going to take a while, I did assume so for some reason. She also had an under the tongue tablet, and said you could try one or the other or both. Frankly I’ll be surprised if it helps, but I don’t think it’ll hurt. I’ll keep you posted, it is a common complaint. I’m so amazed not to have known about Harvest House before recently. It’s a fantastic store for health products, and I have you to thank for bringing it to my attention.

75 Marissa July 19, 2014 at 6:35 PM

That does sound lovely, Cowelian. I would love to see the pictures too.

76 nytemuvr July 19, 2014 at 6:53 PM

@Silva #74
They used to have giant cashew nuts that were killer back in the 70s/80s…and local fresh squeezed apple juice then too. A regular weekly stop for me for years.

77 @ phantom July 19, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Scum belongs in the septic tank, stay where you belong. There are decent people on this thread. You’re not welcome here.

78 Yhe Phantom July 19, 2014 at 7:40 PM

#77 It’s Yhe Phantom to you…you little sweetheart.

Do you think you can hide from Yhe Phantom over here?

Do ya punk? ~ Dirty Harry!

79 Silva July 19, 2014 at 8:05 PM

nytemuvr, Maybe it was for the best I didn’t know about the giant cashews and fresh apple juice! ;)

80 Dr. Jellyfinger® July 19, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Speaking of septic tanks, how many Poles does it take to clean one?…..

81 @ Silva July 19, 2014 at 8:36 PM

When we moved to Lafayette in 1963 I don;t remember the Welcome Wagon, but then again I was 5. Do remember Mrs Hughes across the street coming to take me over to her house so I could play with her son Rob and hang with her teenage daughters. Loved dressing up in there stuff and Linda & Nisa putting make-up on me an doing my hair

82 secondhandcigsmokers July 19, 2014 at 9:14 PM

mMy downstairs neighbor is a chain smoker. She would have never been able to moved to this side of town 10 years ago because house vaulue were so high. She bought a forclosure….and still has to have a roommate to pay her mortgage. SHE IS A SMOKER. As of MOnday till now I have had second had cig smoke in my house from her smoking outside 34 times. Mind you I am out of the house from 8 am to 7PM Monday through Friday and the 34 times are only when I a have been home.

I want Concord to pass a smoking ban like Walnut Creek.

There is no reason I should have to breathe in hher toxic fumes.

If she smokes in her house with her home with her doors, windoes and vents shut…so be it….but as soon as the smoke leaves her mouth it becomes common area and second hand smoke kills!!!!!

I want Concord to Ban it the same way Walnut Creek has

83 @55 July 19, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Tax and spend, spend and tax. Don’t you know your own party. These people are being used.

84 .... July 19, 2014 at 9:16 PM

“Young democrat training lessons”?

Sounds more like Alinsky’s book or chairman Mao’s little red book.

85 @ #82 July 19, 2014 at 9:34 PM

You have the smoker and I have blasting rap crap on one side and blasting Mexican polka on the other……..welcome to the Ghettohood. Concord’s motto should be “Concord – we are so out of touch”. Other cities have noise ordinances but noooooooooooooo not Concord. To freakin afraid hey might offend someone…………….bunch of pansy wussies running the show here

86 Antler July 19, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Cowellian at #72 ….. I would love to have a picture of the school as well…and of the interior after the second remodel. That is when we bought at auction the seats from a vintage theater being razed in San Francisco, and a committee sewed new slip covers for them. A committee built ramped platforms for the rows of seats and hung new lights, which might have been from the auction as well. They also raised the stage flooring and redid the miniscule dressing rooms. Volunteers from all sorts of organizations, plus our friends and neighbors, came to help and to picnic afterward underneath the lovely trees on the property.

The best source of pictures would be the archives of the Concord Transcript and the Contra Costa Times. Dora (rather than Dorie) Friedrich wrote publicity and reviews for all our productions (and others as well).

Another person who supported Concord Little Theatre as liaison to City….and by helping find props or other things we might need, spearhead fundraisers….. was Brooks Kheul (sp), whose son Lynn now owns BERKSHIRE BOOKS on Clayton Road (across from the huge eucalyptus tree at El Monte shopping center …. and two doors down from HENLEY’S ESTATE SALES). Olga Sousa, a resident of Martinez, was one of our best directors. Sometimes Anita Wilson came in from Lafayette to act. Word spread, and we literally welcomed anyone who would pay the annual membership dues. :-)

It truly did “take a village”! And we had so very much fun just being together and then sharing our particular cultural art forms with others.

87 Newbie July 19, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Thanks everyone. Went to r and m in Clayton today. I didn’t care for the nursery. But I did buy my pool stuff there.

88 Henley's Antiques and Collectibles July 19, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Thanks for the shout out, Antler. I’d like to invite everyone to come by our store. It is SO full with recently added items. We’ve got some great stuff. Stop by after visiting the Concord Antique Fair tomorrow. Hope to see you soon!

89 Antler July 19, 2014 at 11:01 PM

You are most welcome, and you’d think that by NOW I would get the name of your store right….. Henley’s Antiques and Collectibles.

90 @Philthy July 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

FYI, illegal immigrants are not the total resource-sucking parasites that you’d like us to believe they are. They actually add a lot more to the viability of our economy than you think.

And from my observation, most of these “parasitic immigrants” have a h**l of a lot stronger work ethic than a lot of the entitled young white kids I see around this area. When was the last time a kid in your neighborhood knocked on your door asking for odd jobs? It’s been a long time in mine, that’s for sure! I see more kids walking around texting each other or playing video games for the summer than mowing lawns, washing cars or lifting a damn finger.

91 anon July 20, 2014 at 8:55 AM

@90 How do you know the entitled white kids haven’t tried to find work, but can’t because your saintly illegals have taken the jobs they’re qualified for? If one of them is lucky enough to get a fast food or hotel job, they’re bullied by their spanish-speaking co-workers. Someone’s cousin would be a much harder worker than the gringo, because he’s got a family to support, doncha know.

How about you go out of your way to hire a local kid for your household chores. Minimum wage is now $9 per hour, btw. No giving him a shiny quarter and a piece of hard candy after an afternoon’s weed-pulling.

92 @ Killjoy - RE Hollyhock seends July 20, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Thanks for taking the hollyhock seeds off my hands. I really hate to throw plant seeds into the greens bin, as I know someone wants them out there.

Makes me glad to contribute to some else’s garden. You should send a picture of your clawfoot tub in the garden to the garden girl so she can post on her column. Sounds great!

I did receive another email from someone else so that’s why there were two bags. If they don’t come for it, you’re welcome to come back if you want more.

93 Enfield303 July 20, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Lost another great actor today. RIP James Garner. I still watch The Rockford Files every Sunday, and Maverick if I can stay awake.

94 Killjoy July 20, 2014 at 9:29 AM

WooHoo! It’s raining!!!!!!!!!!

95 Silva July 20, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Oo NEWSFLASH; A couple of raindrops just fell from the sky!

96 jtkatec@Henley July 20, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Do you have a fainting couch? I think I should have one as I get older

97 Silva July 20, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Newbie, I don”t normally venture that far into Clayton, but for nursery stuff there’s also Navlet”s on Kirker Pass, located conveniently across from the Presbyterian Church which is pretty good, OSH also, in the big center on Ygnacio and Clayton (ROSS is also there) sometimes has great plants, in case you haven’t already sniffed them out. Have fun!

98 Atticus Thraxx July 20, 2014 at 10:16 AM

“Do you have a fainting couch?” Made me laugh and spit my tea. :)

99 Marianne July 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Oh no. Maverick! RIP James Garner.

100 macawlady July 20, 2014 at 10:34 AM

No raindrops in Pacheco yet. Would love to see some.
Someone mentioned Gator Bob’s awhile back; I’d love to see them return, but my hopes aren’t high. They probably can’t find a building with affordable rent. They were like an indoor flea market – fun!

101 Kirkwood July 20, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I perceive Kirkwood as South of K. Pass, Kirkwood Dr. to the East, Camino Estrada to the South and Con. Blvd. to the West. I live on the Con. Blvd. side of the hill. I moved here in 1980. I initially chose Kirkwood as a screen name because I thought at the time that Claycord was a community bulletin board that discussed neighborhood issues.
I remember no schoolhouse on Cowell Rd, we didn’t ride our bikes to that area until the mid 50’s. That portion of Ygnacio didn’t exist then. When we moved to Concord in 1951 my younger brother and sister went to a 2 room schoolhouse on Oak Grove near the end of Ygnacio.

102 Kirkwood July 20, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Above reply was to “Antler”

103 Killjoy July 20, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Yeah, the rain stopped. So I went for a four mile walk. :D

104 Henley's Antiques and Collectibles July 20, 2014 at 11:56 AM

You’re not going crazy, Antler. We’ve tweeked the name a little bit since we opened. Now that we have mostly antiques we can call ourselves an Antique Store instead of estate sales, and we dropped the thrift.

jtkatec: we don’t have a fainting couch at the moment but I’ll let you know if we get one in.

Anyone know what happened to the Concord Antique Faire this morning?

105 Significant Earth Quake outside Claycord July 20, 2014 at 12:00 PM

M 6.6 – 94km SE of Kuril’sk, Russia

2014-07-20 11:32:47 UTC-07:00
44.626°N 148.728°E

106 jtkatec July 20, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Oh, no, the keyboard!!!

107 City Girl Would Like Help With Research July 20, 2014 at 1:45 PM

My mom and her five siblings lived in a Catholic orphanage–in Boulder, CO–for 8 years in the 30s. It was a horrible nightmare of abuse by the nuns who ran the place. I would love to do some research on my mom’s history while she is still here. Does anyone have any ideas/thoughts/suggestions as to where I can start my research? I would really appreciate any help I can get. The abuse my mom and her siblings endured affected them their entire lives, and it was NOT a pretty picture.

Lastly, if anyone can help me out with researching San Quentin inmate records from the 40s, I would be quadruply appreciative.

Thank you!!

108 Marianne July 20, 2014 at 2:19 PM

What was that!

109 Silva July 20, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Jtkatec, Thanks for the seeds! I brought a bag and took some out of each of the two bags, and said hi to the dogs. That’s a really nice thing you letting us have your seeds. I’ll be trying me luck with hollyhocks now!

110 VECTOR CONTROL July 20, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Do you ever write about Mosquito Fogging? I would not want my children or pregnant friends exposed to this pesticide garbage. Schedule for Discovery Bay on July 21, 2014

Here’s an article about the South Bay. Notice the Statistics that Alameda County hasn’t been sprayed for 15 years and the LEAST incidence of West Nile Virus. What is Alameda County doing better than ALL other counties?

111 July 20, 2014 at 3:30 PM

@Vector Control, yes, there have been two stories on Claycord about it in the last two weeks. Parts of Martinez were fogged.

112 ChampagneKitty July 20, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Well, I don’t need a fainting couch. I just pass out on my bed.

113 RunDogRun July 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM

RunDogRun first, last, and always.
Natural is best.

114 Silva July 20, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Funny, I actually hunted for a fainting couch for years. I needed it to go in front of a built in bookcase to the right of my fireplace. It would have been the right hand corner of the living room, and it was THE perfect place for a fainting couch. It would still be easy to see and reach the books, and would be small enough to fit the spot, not extending too far in front of the fireplace. I had to find one that had the higher side of the back on the right hand side, as that was how it was going to work. I did actively look for years, and every single one I saw had the higher end of the back on the left hand side with ONE exception. In the large Salvation Army store in Oakland one day I noticed exactly the one I’d been looking for. It was hanging high up on the wall in a smart display of some furniture pieces. It would have needed to be reupholstered in order to work, but that wasn’t an issue. To my great dismay there was also a sign up saying that they would not sell any of the pieces in the display, so please don’t even ask! Well I didn’t, and I’ve never again seen one like it. I eventually just got a bench.

115 Frustrated July 20, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Any idea why there were so many sirens going up Treat in the last half hour or so?

116 Silva July 20, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Just an observation.

117 Veronica July 20, 2014 at 7:02 PM

ChampagneKitty, that sounds wonderful. A fainting couch, but remember not to leave the door open because someone may want to take pictures of your lovely couch as they are walking by.

118 Killjoy July 20, 2014 at 7:11 PM
119 Antler July 20, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Kirkwood at #101 …… Thank you for giving the parameters of what you think of as the “Kirkwood sector”. Your home is very far away from Cowell Road, where there is an actual lovely housing development called Kirkwood Estates.

The school house on Cowell Road was hidden on a hill behind beautiful oak trees on the uphill side of Cowell….directly across Cowell Road from where the company village of Cowell (with its iconic smokestack) used to be. Did you ever ride your bicycle down there into the village? It might have been considered too rough and off-limits. I wish I knew more about the history of the schoolhouse, which perhaps was built by the company only for its own townspeople?

Thank you for having sent your nice reply.

120 Antler July 20, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Henley’s at #104….. Well, I really DO deserve a pay-back phase from you , since I have referred to you all this time as “Henley’s Antiques” back when it wasn’t!

121 ChampagneKitty July 20, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Uh…I don’t understand Veronica’s comment…???

122 Anon July 20, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Good News!

For anyone who loves Green/Red Bell Peppers, Safeway is selling them grown in the US of A! No more cr@p (literally) from Mexico. et’s just hope it is true. After all they also sell Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries from Mexico and the USA in the same packaging right next to each other. Makes you wonder if they just use whatever containers they have on hand that day.

123 Silva July 20, 2014 at 8:46 PM

ChampagneKitty, I doubt anyone does.

124 Yhe Phantom July 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM

PhilthyPHRESH, 94598 #26, @ phantom, Anon and anon

– Bigoted speech is considered political these days…come on by Politics…no need to hide over here unless you are afraid.

Are you afraid my sweet little kittens?

Such sweet little kittens…so funny

125 Connie Dobbs July 21, 2014 at 7:47 AM

City Girl, try the Boulder and Colorado State historical societies. They can put you in touch with local genealogists and paid researchers. It’s not “car-repair” expensive, but a little money to rent a local’s brain will net huge rewards. Also ask the Boulder and Denver Public Libraries, and the Denver Post newspaper. But before you do that….

Practice at the SF Library, so you can get a better idea of how to direct your hired help. Budget a full day. The gyro shop across the street is really good for lunch, btw. Their tabouli….. what was I talking about? Oh, yeah. SF library has phone books, city directories and newspapers definitely back to 1906, and a little from before. Phone books list everyone who had a phone; city directories list every person at a particular address. If you’re looking for an inmate, check the ‘police blotter’ section of the paper for when, where, and sometimes why dude was arrested. You may also see coverage of the trial and what the sentence was. Alameda County has the same facilities at their public library with the added bonus of having more complete SF records from the period before the quake.

You’ll notice I didn’t say to approach Catholic Charities or San Quentin directly. They may be less than forthcoming with the information you seek, and they’ll want to know an awful lot about you. You should only contact them as a last resort. Good luck, have fun, and prepare to have your mind blown. They used to put some crazy stuff in the newspaper.

126 Small Quake near Claycord July 21, 2014 at 8:11 AM

M 2.5 – 10km E of Blackhawk, California

2014-07-20 15:27:11 UTC-07:00
37.835°N 121.785°W

127 Significant Earth Quake July 21, 2014 at 8:12 AM

M 6.8 – 113km NNE of Ndoi Island, Fiji

Tsunami Warning Center
2014-07-21 07:54:40 UTC-07:00
19.700°S 178.300°W

128 Small Quake near (sorta) Claycord July 21, 2014 at 8:13 AM

M 3.0 – 6km NW of Shasta, California

2014-07-21 08:05:34 UTC-07:00
40.638°N 122.543°W

129 Jtkatec July 21, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Silva, I’m glad you took some.

I actually picked the bags up off the porch this morning thought to myself when I looked in the bags, ummmm, I thought I put a lot more seed pods in each of these bags….. must be getting stingy. But you have solved the mystery.

130 Silva July 21, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Thanks Killjoy. Wish that there would have been everything in the whole world available at our fingertips then. :)

Jtkatec, Glad I could clear that up!

131 Shoiley July 21, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Clayton has bocce, Concord has hookah. In the future both will have weed.

132 Anyone Else ? July 21, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Had problem with absentee ballot, ended up going to poll and casting ballot there. Find it rather odd a jury summons now just happens to show up.
Pay back from county workers?

Anyone else have this happen to them after voting a provisional ballot?

133 nytemuvr July 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

@City Girl Would Like Help With Research #107
This link might be able to help your research. There’s a link on this page for older records on the National Archive website….

134 Silva July 21, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Oh My Gosh.. Poor Buster the cat, He’s so cute. I wish I could have him! I think he qualifies for the website “Cats Who Look Like Hitler” though.

135 Rose July 21, 2014 at 11:18 AM

I have had a problem with absentee ballots; I usually cast my ballot at the polls to make sure nothing is marked derogatorily to what I am voting for.

136 Silva July 21, 2014 at 11:37 AM
137 Miranda July 21, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Short, dark hair, beady dark eyes, slender, with endless capabilities… :-)

138 VikingPrincess July 21, 2014 at 11:56 AM

EeeeK… If this weather keeps up I’ll be wearing a scuba suit to get through the humidity.
Thor’s hammer! Rain already!

139 buster July 21, 2014 at 12:26 PM

I don’t understand why there can’t be a permanent excuse for jury duty in Contra Costa County. I have a family member who has a mental illness. Every few years he gets called, then we have to make a trip to Richmond where his doctor is located to fill out a bunch of forms to get him excused. I think it’s ridiculous. I love this person, but there is absolutely no way he should serve on a jury! Why can’t a permanent medical excuse be granted? This needs to change.

140 RunDogRun July 21, 2014 at 12:43 PM

@132 Anyone Else ?

I have had problems with
election campaign
flyers in Clayton arriving long
after the election. I’m sure they
weren’t mailed so late that they
wouldn’t arrive after the election.
Looked to me like they were
intentionally late because of
comments I made on Claycord
regarding the upcoming election.
They were that specifically
targeted. I don’t know if that
occurred at the post office, or
if they were removed from my
mailbox before I could retrieve
them, but I reported it as an election
irregularity. I believe that is a serious
breach of our rights as voters.

141 Marissa July 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

RDR, you’re right it is!

142 Silva July 21, 2014 at 1:50 PM

ow! I’ll have to make sure I’m getting all of my campaigne fliers which I can”t even imagine knowing who/what I’d vote for without, they;re always so informative! And NEVER underestimate the omnipotent

143 On your knees July 21, 2014 at 2:11 PM

I always go straight to the polls to vote.

144 Silva July 21, 2014 at 3:31 PM

ow. My toungue poked right through my cheek.

145 On your knees and face forward July 21, 2014 at 4:08 PM


146 Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 21, 2014 at 5:20 PM
147 City Girl Would Like Help With Research July 21, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Nytemuvr #133 – Thanks for the link. Unfortunately, that is a site to locate federal–not state–inmates, and San Quentin is a State Prison.

I am open to any other ideas or suggestions.

Thank you.

148 Puddintain July 21, 2014 at 7:14 PM

City Girl, I hope you noticed Connie Dobbs post at #125, It looks pretty comprehensive.

149 Leo July 21, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Is Joe Medrano out of prison yet? It’s been about 18 months

150 Silva July 21, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Kirkwood (#101), You mentioned that Ygnacio Valley Road didn’t go all the way through in the mid 1950’s. It got me remembering when my mom joined the very rustic Marsh Creek Country Club on Marsh Creek Road in the later 1950’s. I was small and we lived in El Cerrito then. The trip took about forever, I remember the tunnel and passing through Orinda, Lafayette, and Walnut Creek, and what appeared to be a whole lot of nothing after that. Later when we moved to Concord I’d thought that we must have made the trip over YVR to Clayton, but now I’m wondering what route we might have taken. Do you remember when the road went through?

151 ChampagneKitty July 21, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Thinking Deep Thoughts

Uh, not really. I’ve been having a bad pain day and I’m exhausted. As a distraction, I thought I’d talk about a little something that’s been bugging me.

There’s this commercial I keep seeing, both online and on regular TV. It’s for Granite Expo and features professional chef and TV personality Martin Yan (as in Yan Can Cook). There is an audience seated in front of him; it looks like he’s about to teach a class or make a demonstration. All of a sudden, the audience, all wearing matching t-shirts, springs up and rushes him and start doing calisthenics in the aisles (I’m not sure if it’s the store or a studio) while nightclub-type dance music is playing. Martin Yan points at the camera and says, “I LOVE Granite Expo!” Huh? I don’t get it. This commercial doesn’t make sense to me. Is there something I’m missing?

I understand why Martin Yan is in the commercial. Granite Expo can install granite countertops for our kitchens and if professional chef Martin Yan is a fan, then we should be sure to like Granite Expo’s products. I get that. But what’s with the calisthenics? And the dance music? One version of the commercial shows that it was preplanned. Someone is holding their phone with a text message asking if someone else is going to be there on time. Why did they all want to show up at a set time and suddenly start doing calisthenics in the kitchen/store? And the music just seems out of place for the commercial. So does Martin Yan love Granite Expo for their products or because his audience surprised him with calisthenics? I. Don’t. Get. It.

Thinking deep thoughts…is it time for pain medicine yet? I might want another ice pack…

152 VikingPrincess July 21, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Hope you feel better. This weather wreaks havoc on the body and bones. Storm weather without the storm.
On your question? Don’t watch mainstream so luckily not exposed to the crazy commercial… But – have you tried to simply Google that question or a variation and see what comes up? Possible you are not the only one confused. Or try u tube and see if there are comments after the clip.
Just suggesting…

Hope the weather stops acting like a storm about to pop for those effected by Barometric changes.

153 Richard Jordan July 21, 2014 at 11:23 PM

I just recievd a “Big changes in Martinez. All for the BETTER” flier in the Mail. Thick paper and full color. It goes on and on and on about how Shell can ‘Do Better’ at becommimg ‘Green’.
It includes a tear-off ‘business reply mail’ postcard to mail in showing your support.
Why is it our responcibility for Shell to do the right thing? They could put all the money they put into the stupid fliers towards the goals they are proposing.
I could go on and on and on but will stop here.

154 KAD July 21, 2014 at 11:25 PM

ChampagneKitty – I agree with you. There are a lot of crazy commercials these days. My husband and I think that maybe we are just too old to get it. They seem really stupid to us.

155 annon July 22, 2014 at 6:01 AM

1892 lynwood drive…just went to the door to tell the people, that they have a leak or some problem in their backyard, our gutters have been flowing and full for the last 2 days full of water. I do not see a number to call or email…so if someone wants to pass this along. thanks

156 @ Champagne Kitty July 22, 2014 at 8:04 AM

That is suppose to be dancing (of the hip-hop variety) in the Granite Expo commercial…………whatever. Just another cog in the “dumbing down of America” machine

157 Shelly July 22, 2014 at 8:19 AM

It can be disappointing when someone who’s high profile work you’ve respected admired or appreciated does something seemingly beneath them for a paycheck. I haven’t seen the commercial myself. It sounds like it was produced to appeal to an audience somewhat lacking in intelligence, or maybe the producers couldn’t come up with anything better, but expected their celebrity to redeem the attempt somehow. Martin Yan probably needed the work as did all of the rest of them. And really, all they had to accomplish was to people to remember the Granite Expo name whether or not the message was stupid.

158 Dr. Jellyfinger® July 22, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Kitty, get a load of this commercial (my current favorite). Really easy to understand.

159 Darwin Awards 2014 July 22, 2014 at 9:59 AM

The Darwin Awards are here! Anybody can make a mistake but these are choice. Instead of gun control maybe idiot control would be much better!

Darwin Awards 2014

Nominee No. 1: [ San Jose Mercury News]:

An unidentified man, using a shotgun like a club to break a former girlfriends windshield, accidentally shot himself to death when the gun discharged, blowing a hole in his gut.

Nominee No. 2: [Kalamazoo Gazette]

James Burns, 34, (a mechanic) of Alamo, MI, was killed in March as he was trying to repair what police describe as a “farm-type truck.” Burns got a friend to drive the truck on a highway while Burns hung underneath so that he could ascertain the source of a troubling noise. Burns’ clothes caught on something, however, and the other man found Burns “wrapped in the drive shaft.

Nominee No. 3: [Hickory Daily Record]:

Ken Charles Barger, 47, accidentally shot himself to death in December in Newton, NC. Awakening to the sound of a ringing telephone beside his bed, he reached for the phone but grabbed instead a Smith & Wesson 38 Special, which discharged when he drew it to his ear.

Nominee No. 4: [UPI, Toronto ]:

Police said a lawyer demonstrating the safety of windows in a downtown Toronto skyscraper crashed through a pane with his shoulder and plunged 24 floors to his death.? A police spokesman said Garry Hoy, 39, fell into the courtyard of the Toronto Dominion Bank Tower early Friday evening as he was explaining the strength of the buildings windows to visiting law students.

Hoy had previously conducted demonstrations of window strength according to police reports. Peter Lawson, managing partner of the firm Holden Day Wilson, told the Toronto Sun newspaper that Hoy was “one of the best and brightest” members of the 200-man association. A person has to wonder what the dimmer members of this law firm are like.

Nominee No. 5: [The News of the Weird]

Michael Anderson Godwin had spent several years awaiting South Carolina’s electric chair on a murder conviction before having his sentence reduced to life in prison. While sitting on a metal toilet in his cell attempting to fix his small TV set, he bit into a wire and was electrocuted.

Nominee No. 6: [The Indianapolis Star]

A Dunkirk, IN man, using a cigarette lighter to check the barrel of a muzzleloader, was killed Monday night when the weapon discharged in his face, sheriff’s investigators said. Gregory David Pryor, 19, died in his parents’ rural Dunkirk home at about 11:30 PM. Investigators said Pryor was cleaning a 54 caliber muzzle-loader that had not been firing properly. He was using the lighter to look into the barrel when the gunpowder ignited.

Nominee No. 7: [Reuters, Mississauga, Ontario]:

A man cleaning a bird feeder on the balcony of his condominium apartment in this Toronto suburb slipped and fell 23 stories to his death. “Stefan Macko, 55, was standing on a wheelchair when the accident occurred,” said Inspector Darcy Honer of the Peel Regional Police. “It appears that the chair moved, and he went over the balcony,” Honer said.

Finally, THE WINNER!!!: [ Arkansas Democrat Gazette]:

Two local men were injured when their pickup truck left the road and struck a tree near Cotton Patch on State Highway 38 early Monday. Woodruff County deputy Dovey Snyder reported the accident shortly after midnight Monday. Thurston Poole, 33, of Des Arc, and Billy Ray Wallis, 38, of Little Rock, were returning to Des Arc after a frog-catching trip. On an overcast Sunday night, Poole’s pickup truck headlights malfunctioned.

The two men concluded that the headlight fuse on the older-model truck had burned out. As a replacement fuse was not available, Wallis noticed that the..22 caliber bullets from his pistol fit perfectly into the fuse box next to the steering-wheel column. Upon inserting the bullet the headlights again began to operate properly, and the two men proceeded on eastbound toward the White River Bridge.

After traveling approximately 20 miles, and just before crossing the river, the bullet apparently overheated, discharged and struck Poole in the testicles. The vehicle swerved sharply right, exited the pavement, and struck a tree. Poole suffered only minor cuts and abrasions from the accident but will require extensive surgery to repair the damage to his testicles, which will never again operate as intended. Wallis sustained a broken clavicle and was treated and released. “Thank God we weren’t on that bridge when Thurston shot his balls off, or we might be dead,” stated Wallis

“I’ve been a trooper for 10 years in this part of the world, but this is a first for me. I can’t believe that those two would admit how this accident happened,” said Snyder. Upon being notified of the wreck, Lavinia Poole (Poole’s wife) asked how many frogs the boys had caught and did anyone get them from the truck? Though Poole and Wallis did not die as a result of their misadventure as normally required by Darwin Award Official Rules, it can be argued that Poole did in fact effectively remove himself from the gene pool.

160 anon July 22, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Yea, it’s raining.

161 anon July 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM

I’m singing in the rain, just singing in the rain. What a glorious feeling, I’m happy, again! Just singin and dancin in the rain. Doo doo do doo doo doo dooo doo doo. :)

162 Kirkwood July 22, 2014 at 11:41 AM

@SIlva #150
My friend and I hiked Y.V. Rd. while it was under construction when we were in high school (1954-’57).
To get to M.C. Country Club (later renamed M.C. Lodge) you would have taken Mt. Diablo Blvd, left on Main St, right on Ygnacio Valley Rd, left on Oak Grove, right on Treat Lane, right on Clayton Rd. Between W.C. and Concord there was nothing but walnut orchards.
There was a series of private parks along Clayton and Marsh Creek Rds, Mitchel Canyon, Russelman, Curry Creek, Marsh Creek Lodge, etc.
Why can I remember all that when I can’t remember what I had for breakfast?

163 Silva July 22, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Kirkwood, Wonderful! Thanks. We only went for a couple of years, in our old Hudson car, which was usually in the shop, and it really took forever back then. I remember our trips so fondly though. And I know EXACTLY what you mean. ;)

#159, Seriously, I laughed out loud!!

164 Killjoy July 22, 2014 at 1:36 PM

@Darwin Awards
That bit about using the .22 shell as a fuss is a very old joke. Even the bit about having been frog hunting, and shooting himself in the testicles is the same.

165 Killjoy July 22, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Sorry. Not fuss. Fuse.

166 City Girl Went to Soc. Security Office Today!! July 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM

This Morning I went to the Social Security Administration office in WC. Having been there before and walking out when there were 35-40 people in line, I decided to arrive before opening. I arrived at 8:40, and there were 22 people ahead of me. By the time the door was opened there were about 35-40 people total

While I waited in line out front, I observed many people most of whom appeared to be non-citizens. I noticed just about every ethnicity, and I was definitely in the minority. I happened to notice a newer LARGE SUV pull up in the parking lot, and SEVEN people of middle eastern decent exited the vehicle and get in line. With the exception of the elderly lady with whom I chatted, I was practically the only caucasian.

I had called SS on the phone, in the past. Five times in one day to be exact, only to get FIVE different answers. I wanted to know how my SS benefits would be affected since I am eligible to collect retirement from my former spouse’s employer, in which he did not pay into social security, and I will be able to collect my own retirement from my own employment where I DID pay into social security. Would my benefits be reduced by TWO-THIRDS because of the Windfall Elimination or GPO?

I waited for my number to be called, and I was pleasantly surprised when it was called at about 9:15. I went to window number 1 where I was asked my name and the reason for my visit. I was excited because I would be out of there by 9:20!! I stated the reason for my visit, and I was told that my benefits would not be affected. I said I was confused because I had gotten several different answers. The woman was very nice and promptly told me that I was just at the check-in window, and I would have to talk with another employee to get a full explanation. OH SUPER!!!

I sat back down and waited….and waited…..and waited. FINALLY, at about 10:00 or 10:05 my name was called. I was brought to the back offices where a woman helped me. I told her my question and said that I needed clarification as to whether or not the Windfall Elimination or GPO applies to me and would my benefits be reduced because of WE or GPO. She said that YES both of them apply to me. My stomach sank. I told her that I had gotten different answers and that the lady at Window 1 had just told me differently. She said she would print out the info about WE and GPO. Five minutes went by, and she returned with a DIFFERENT answer. She said that she had asked another employee for the answer to my question and assured me that my benefits would not be reduced or otherwise affected.

I was relieved. The point here is that one should not necessarily trust the answer of one person at SSA. I thought my question was pretty basic, but I guess not……

The lady with whom I chatted while waiting in line was there because since her husband had passed two years ago, SS has been overpaying her spousal benefits. She has been fighting with them for two years to straighten it out b/c she did not want to have to pay back a huge sum later. She was at her wit’s end.

Btw, I left there at 10:25….one hour and 45 minutes later.

167 Silva July 22, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Kirkwood, It really must have been so beautiful here then. It’s nice now, it’s home after all, but not too many here know it as you and even I did. That was a good hike, I bet!

Antler, I wish I could have seen that schoolhouse.

168 Frustrated July 22, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Why aren’t you covering Joe Martin trial?

169 July 22, 2014 at 5:54 PM

We are, just not transcribing the day to day activities.

170 Frustrated July 22, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Ok. Thanks

171 Jojo potato July 22, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Helicopter and police in WC near where Olympic goes under 680. Making announcements about searching for an elderly man. Can’t really hear it that well. But I got that much.

172 Killjoy July 22, 2014 at 6:52 PM

I pretty much just guaranteed it’s going to rain tonight.
I just washed two of my vehicles. Both of the black ones.

173 Killjoy July 22, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Mayor, you got mail. Check your spam folder. :)

174 Anon July 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Why did making a person call become going outside to air ones dirty laundry in public?

175 Atticus Thraxx July 22, 2014 at 7:43 PM

I’m sorry you went through all that City Girl. Maybe there’s an app or something so you could find out when there’s an acceptable ratio of Caucasian versus brown people at a given location and visit accordingly. After all, it’s your right as a benefit collector.

176 anon July 23, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Oh my Claycord this is so funny. Makes me think about when we get lowlife youths on here defending their lowlife friend. I’ll have to type the lyrics for responding to their comments.

177 Silva July 23, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Today I’m making my MIL’s recipe for chile rellenos. There’s @ 12 ingredients, and none of them is cheese. It’s quite the process. In the roughly 27 years I’ve known the recipe I think this will be the 3rd time I’ve made it. The last time I did it I was told by a friend who drops loads of money on fine dining that I could sell them. I gave him some because he couldn’t imagine chile rellenos w/o cheese. Once when my MIL was here she ordered them in a restaurant to see what chile rellenos with cheese would be like, having never heard of such. She pronounced them “good, but not the same.” Which is a good description. She doesn’t make them anymore herself, even though she has very proficient kitchen help. She now buys them from a vendor who comes to the door. They are good, but not the same. So much easier though.

Killjoy, do you think you could wash the cars again soon? ;)

178 Enfield303 July 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM


Mmmm…Chile rellenos. What time do eat?

179 Cowellian July 23, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Until we got to Nashville, I’d never had chili rellenos stuffed with meat or shrimp. I still prefer cheese.

180 Silva July 23, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Oh and I grew the pasilla chiles. Cowellian, mine have 2 meats, 3 fruits (1 sweet, 2 savory), & nuts. Aalso an unexpected spice, nutmeg!

181 Silva July 23, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Tat may be a turn off. I wish it was.

182 I have noticed an increasing number July 23, 2014 at 2:49 PM

of locked cars parked all over Claycord with the engines running and A/C on. I have seen children and pet’s in these cars, unattended by any adult.

I cannot understand how leaving a child locked in an air conditioned car is any worse than locking a child in a car that is not running.

A sharp poke with a $7 window breaking tool, or any number of other objects, would allow anyone to simply break the window and drive off with the car.

What’s wrong with taking care of your child or pet and keeping them from harm?

Because some people are more concerned for themselves and their own agenda than anything else, even the health and wellbeing of their own children.

And that is just sick.

183 just a concordian July 23, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Mr. Mayor, what happened to the thread about the guy in the gas station blocking everyone?

184 Killjoy July 23, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Silva, my wife washed the other one today (really). Will that do? ;)

185 Killjoy July 23, 2014 at 5:50 PM

@I have noticed an increasing number

I did that very thing today. The teenager I left in the car is well aware that if anyone were to break into the vehicle while I was away, they are to grab the keys and run the other direction.
Also, the Tae-Kwon-Do training probably helps with my decision to allow this.
And yes, I was in the store less than 90 seconds.

186 Killjoy July 23, 2014 at 5:51 PM

@ just a concordian
The guy in the Volvo must have been a lawyer, and threatened to sue. LOL

187 Silva July 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Killjoy, I’ll go wash mine then. That’l work! ;D

188 Cowellian July 23, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Silva, I’d like to try those rellenos!

189 Silva July 23, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Cowellian, They’re soooo lovely, I wish you could. The cheese kind really are quite good also. :)

190 Killjoy July 23, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Oh No! It’s a Woot Off!

191 anon July 23, 2014 at 11:22 PM

if someone wanted my car and my teenager were in it, they would have to take both. you know how girls get at that age. just kidding. i did make it through and she did get better around 21 like i was told she would.

Silva, unless you have enough for all of us don’t mention it again. one of my faves.

192 anon July 23, 2014 at 11:42 PM

service at granite expo is extremely lousy. i was in the midst of making a decision on some granite and called and asked what colors were left for a vanity top in a certain size. The girls answered ‘lots’ (actually about 8) Thanks, but I’m looking for a particular color. Girl, ‘i don’t know’. Me, ‘could you walk over to where the vanity tops are and look’?
geesh. I ended up at a place in concord instead.

193 anon July 23, 2014 at 11:45 PM

what is so bad about the 1877kars4kids song? the one with the guy that sounds like Johnny cash. i don’t care about the words, but the tune and the voice work for me.

194 Silva July 24, 2014 at 7:43 AM

#191, Okay.

195 Small quakes in Claycord July 24, 2014 at 9:34 AM

M 2.5 – 1km SW of Concord, California

2014-07-23 19:11:25 UTC-07:00
37.967°N 122.042°W

M 1.7 – 1km WSW of Concord, California

2014-07-23 19:21:56 UTC-07:00
37.972°N 122.044°W

The smaller quake centered near Salvio and 242. The larger quake was past the end of Backfield Drive.

196 just a concordian July 24, 2014 at 10:16 AM


I find your comment condescending towards Swedish cars :)

197 Killjoy July 24, 2014 at 12:26 PM

@just a concordian
Are you referring to my Woot Off comment? LOL
The website has one day sales. One item, one day.
Occasionally they will sell off small quantities of whatever they have left. Once they sell out of that item, they move on to the next. What they call a Woot Off.

198 ChampagneKitty July 24, 2014 at 3:09 PM

to Viking Princess #152: Thank you for the suggestions! After reading your comment, I went to YouTube to look for the Granite Expo commercial. This looks a little bit different from what is shown on TV, but this is what I found:

to #156: You are right, it is supposed to be dancing. But see, they shaved a few seconds off of this for the version that is shown on TV. They don’t show the break-dancing, for example. There is just the jumping up and down in the aisles and waving their arms, and it looks like calisthenics. I still think this and the music is an odd choice for selling granite.

There is another Granite Expo commercial that I’ve seen, with the same…uh…”dancers”. It’s a shorter one featuring the…dancers…holding lime green Granite Expo tote bags in front of them and…dancing:

It just strikes me as very weird.

199 Antler July 24, 2014 at 4:22 PM

The Geanite Expo commercials are a miniature take-off of longer, sometimes intricate, spectacular, and sometimes beautiful events called ” flash mobs” The true genre features what might look like a huge train terminal, mall, outdoor ruins, etc. with large groups of tourists and shoppers seeming to be going about their business. First one person might start singing or playing a musical instrument. Then one or a few at a time, others stop what they are doing and join into playing/singing the music. You’ll see a crowd of spectators gather spellbound or amused (depending on the type of music), taking pictures, sometimes singing along or sort of dancing along (but not going out into the gathering choreography).

For the most famous examples, you might search online using “flash mob videos”.

200 Antler July 24, 2014 at 4:29 PM

….correction: the places don’t just “look like” a train station, etc.. The places are REAL with normal business being done. I remember one elaborate flash mob performed in Grand Central Station….some in airport terminals ( of course with permits, etc., as the music is typically amplified through part of the venue’s audio system). Hope you enjoy.

201 @182 July 24, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Many newer cars have a remote start option. They can be locked and running without the keys in the car. No fear of stealing the car from those!

202 Atticus Thraxx July 24, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Early bird gets the Last worm?

203 RunDogRun July 24, 2014 at 6:36 PM

@ 166 City Girl Went to Soc. Security Office Today!! July 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM

You might want to consult a Social Security
attorney. Six years after they overpaid
me, they changed their minds and now
I owe them $13,000. They threatened to
take all of my Social Security retirement
to repay them and they can do that. But,
they relented and just take a small amount
each month, but I still feel that it was not
my fault that I was overpaid since I
reported the event that caused the
overpayment in a timely manner. They
just didn’t do anything about it at the time.
I must have talked to 20+ people in
the Walnut Creek office both on the
phone and in person before they
made the current decision. Every one
of them told me something different.
They flatly refused to go back six years
in their records to document that I reported
the event that triggered the overpayment
to them well within the time required and
that they just didn’t do anything about it at the
time which lead me to believe it wasn’t a problem.
I’m still trying to get it straightened out eight
years later. An attorney might be able to get you
a solid answer, and I really believe the people
at Social Security make it difficult on individuals
because they would rather deal with an
attorney anyway mainly because the Social
Security law is so complicated they don’t
even understand it themselves. And, yes,
I also noticed the carloads of nonenglish-
speaking foreigners. I’m really curious
how they qualify for any sort of benefit,
but they far outnumbered your average
run-of-the-mill American, English-
speaking working stiff like me.

204 Atticus Thraxx July 24, 2014 at 7:18 PM

It’s only Thursday? I think I just lost my will to live.

205 Killjoy July 24, 2014 at 7:41 PM

So, then I can keep the book? LOL

206 Atticus Thraxx July 24, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Can you guess who this is? :
Get it without cheating and you have reached Expert level.

207 Atticus Thraxx July 24, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Root canal animation:

208 Jess July 24, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Is it Joan Crawford?

209 Dr. Jellyfinger® July 24, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Who? The guy or the chick? I’m guessing Sydney Guilaroff is the hair guy & the gal is …….. was she in a Robert Palmer music video?

210 Silva July 24, 2014 at 11:36 PM

What’s the hair horn thingy do?

211 Killjoy July 25, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Silva, since there is a bellows directly in front of that “hair horn thingy” I imagine they are prepping for a photo shoot, and that’s some sort of light meter so they can expose the image properly.

212 Killjoy July 25, 2014 at 6:55 AM

Atticus, that root canal gif is pretty straight on.
ChampagneKitty was just asking about a post in a root canal. That shows it much better than I explained it!

213 Connie Dobbs July 25, 2014 at 7:37 AM

I think that’s a light gauge, Silva.
I’m going to go with Hedy Lamarr. Did you know she co-invented the basic technology behind wireless communications?

214 Connie Dobbs July 25, 2014 at 8:11 AM

“An Inside Job,” by Aidan Hickey

I saw this at a movie house. It was life-altering. Enjoy your dentistry.

215 Antler July 25, 2014 at 8:49 AM

To the person who posts the nearby earthquake particulars for the rest of us…..
I have been meaning to thank you! It was especially interesting when you gave the actual Concord streets under which the quakes occurred.

May we knight you with the nickname “Tremor”?

216 ChampagneKitty July 25, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Yes, I thought the timing of the root canal demonstration was interesting…I had my first one this past winter…no, it didn’t hurt…I’ve just found out I need another one…

217 Silva July 25, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Bellows… I thought that was a camera! Hedy Lamar! I bet Connie Dobbs got it. I read an autobiography she wrote, as a youngster in summer camp long ago. She said in her breakout role which catapulted her to screen sex siren, they only filmed her face as she was supossed to be enjoying a close encounter with a fella, and underneath her (she was on a cot) the director pricked her backside with a pin. Her face was so expressive the censors gave it an X rating if I remember corectly, so folks flocked to see it, and a star was born. The co inventer of wireless technology? WOW!

218 Silva July 25, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Oh wait.. that’s probably what people who know something about cameras call the part that look like bellows or a concertina. is that right Killjoy?

219 just a concordian July 25, 2014 at 9:38 AM


Oh no… I was referring to your insinuation that all Swedish cars are a-holes by default due to their association with inconsiderate attorneys ;)

On the Woot-Off note… I have tried maaaaaaaany times to get the brown bag. Never made it.

220 just a concordian July 25, 2014 at 9:41 AM

They drugged me. Put me to sleep and then probed me.

Root Canal! WOOHOOO!

221 Silva July 25, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Once a large dog of mine exuberently jumped up to lick my face or I don’t know what, and instead bonked my front tooth with her hard head. it was excruciating for a couple of hours. then maybe a week later (I’d forgotten about it by then) it seemed very sore. I went to the dentist, who told me it was dead, and it was the surrounding tissues that were reacting to the dead nerve, and he started the root canal. Because the nerve was dead it was completely painless, no anesthesia. My husband had one because of something else, and had anesthesia. He’s a total wussy about pain, but it didn’t hurt either. I know, as I had to be there to hold his hand. I got some funny pictures too. I hope you have an easy time of it ChampagneKitty. It’s going to be okay.

222 Cowellian July 25, 2014 at 3:13 PM

That’s Hedley!

223 Cowellian July 25, 2014 at 3:14 PM

It’s been a very long week. I’m ready for last!

224 KAD July 25, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Last on a very hot day.

225 Marissa July 25, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Vibes in the Mountain call me! Last! :-)

226 Aspirin July 25, 2014 at 5:03 PM

I see lots of very green lawns in Clayton. I guess those folks are exempt from water conservation.

227 Atticus Thraxx July 25, 2014 at 5:46 PM

You’ll be fine Kitty if you have a good dentist.Couple of pain pills, a good book, there’s worse ways to spend a day.
Something Last This Way Comes.

228 ChampagneKitty July 25, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Thank you, Silva! When I had my root canal during the winter, I was scared, but it turned about to be fine. It was a good experience, actually. I wasn’t put to sleep, but half of my face was numbed up really really really good and there was no pain. I was told that once it all wore off, there might be some pain, but I turned out not to have any.

Now I’ve got a broken tooth and it will need to be repaired by a root canal and a post, then back to my regular dentist for a porcelain crown. I’m anxious about it because the post is something new, plus I’m just nervous about seeing a new dental professional. My regular dentist (a general dentist) has been my dentist for 30 years, so I’m just not used to going to other people.

229 ChampagneKitty July 25, 2014 at 5:51 PM


230 Cowellian July 25, 2014 at 6:25 PM

The best thing about a root canal is the instant relief from the pain.

The worst thing about a root canal is the smell of burning tooth.

231 Silva July 25, 2014 at 6:32 PM

ChampagneKitty, With my root canal my dentist also put in a post. It’s just like rebar for teeth, made of noble metal, and will give the damaged tooth back some strength, and will show up nice and pretty in future x rays. Mine fit right in where the nerve once was, and cemented in. My root canal was done by my regular dentist, and actually I kept going in once a week for about 2 1/2 months, because he kept opening it up, placing a long paper cone down into the void and taking it back out, saying that the tip was wet, and it wasn’t ready to be permanently sealed. He said the residual root was still decomposing. :( When my husband needed a root canal many years later, his dentist sent him to an oral sergeon for it. when we were at the specialist’s office I asked someone there about my seemingly interminable root canal, and the person said that that’s why they were in business, because they were able to go in and remove all of the tissue at once, and usually didn’t need to go back in a second time.

Connie Dobbs, that is where nightmares come from.


232 VikingPrincess July 25, 2014 at 6:47 PM

@champagnekitty @198
Quite correct and ridiculous
Thought it was a beni hana commercial for a.minute there. Either way…not worth airtime.

233 VikingPrincess July 25, 2014 at 6:49 PM

PS…looks like my dentist is now putting in implants after a root canal and me thinks he does root canals too. Sign of the times

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