Claycord – Talk About Whatever

August 8, 2014 20:08 pm · 258 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 The Closer August 8, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Last first

2 ChampagneKitty August 8, 2014 at 8:22 PM

dang, I missed first but top five!

3 Silva August 8, 2014 at 8:22 PM


4 Still anon August 8, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Not 1 but almost!

5 Marissa August 8, 2014 at 8:34 PM

haHaHA! First Last!

6 EdiBirsan August 8, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Always appreciate some good topics (other than politics) for the next survey on and of course your responses are welcome and needed.

7 Pat Pomeroy August 8, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Has anyone noticed the protests in front of Staples? Not sure if this topic has appeared before on Claycord before. Something to do with Staples having a post office inside their stores. The protestors are supposedly postal employees who believe this is the beginning of privatization of the United States Postal Service.

8 MadMom August 8, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Have a great weekend Claycord.

9 Atticus Thraxx August 8, 2014 at 8:41 PM
10 Barack Obama August 8, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Hamas broke the cease fire.

11 Killjoy August 8, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Don’t forget there’s another Super Moon this weekend.
With that bright of a moon, I guess it will overpower the Perseid meteor showers.

12 concord eagle August 8, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Does anyone know what is going on, at Monument and Cowel?

13 The Inquisitor August 8, 2014 at 9:38 PM

What’s up with the PD blockade at Galindo and Cowell?

14 @Edi E. Birsan August 8, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Why does the city counsel pass muni codes and then code enforcement doesn’t enforce the muni codes? Is it selective enforcement?

15 Smart,Goodlooking&Debonair August 8, 2014 at 10:12 PM

This is a funny video, political satire at its best (rewind it to the beginning):

16 @10 August 8, 2014 at 10:24 PM

What cease fire. The just take time outs to reload.

17 biggus thinkus August 8, 2014 at 10:26 PM

@Atticus Thraxx – Elvis?

for my $0.02: dont you love it when you go from a job where you’re unappreciated and your boss is a douchebag (or baguette(female variety)), to a great team, and your boss plays a positive role (and nice guy) and you’re treated with respect!

18 Half full August 8, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Elvis of course

19 Antler August 8, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Killjoy at #11 …. Thanks for the link.
Also, the best viewing of the meteor showers will be in the early morning hours, when the moonlight is not so strong. Try looking away from Moon toward the northern sky sector, preferably over what is still the lovely, open space Concord Naval Weapons Station. (There is much less city light pollution in that direction.)

20 Ancient Mariner August 8, 2014 at 10:35 PM

OK, I’ll take a crack at it – it’s a young Mikhail Gorbachev, with hair covering the birthmark. No?

21 EdiBirsan August 8, 2014 at 11:02 PM

@14 many provisions of the enforcement of codes are rated as ‘complaint driven’ or something along those lines. If you have specific situations of concern contact code enforcement 671 3282

22 Jesse August 8, 2014 at 11:13 PM

I wish I hadn’t read the other guesses before I looked at the picture. I’m not sure I would have gotten it on my own. Now all I can see is Elvis in the photo. I do like a good Elvis song. Anything but “In the Ghetto”.

23 WOWP August 8, 2014 at 11:17 PM

DOES anyone know anything about the black guy getting arrested on N 5th street a little while ago? Thanks

24 Dr. Jellyfinger® August 8, 2014 at 11:39 PM

@ Atticus – it looks like Butters. I thought Elvis had black hair?

25 ChampagneKitty August 8, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Concord’s Code Enforcement division is staffed by only 4 employees. There’s only so much they can do. I would like to see that tripled, at least.

26 Dr. Jellyfinger® August 8, 2014 at 11:44 PM

@ WOWP # 23-

As the snow flies
On a cold and gray Chicago mornin’
A poor little baby child is born
In the ghetto
And his mama cries
’cause if there’s one thing that she don’t need
it’s another hungry mouth to feed
In the ghetto

People, don’t you understand
the child needs a helping hand
or he’ll grow to be an angry young man some day
Take a look at you and me,
are we too blind to see,
do we simply turn our heads
and look the other way

Well the world turns
and a hungry little boy with a runny nose
plays in the street as the cold wind blows
In the ghetto

And his hunger burns
so he starts to roam the streets at night
and he learns how to steal
and he learns how to fight
In the ghetto

Then one night in desperation
a young man breaks away
He buys a gun, steals a car,
tries to run, but he don’t get far
And his mama cries

As a crowd gathers ’round an angry young man
face down on the street with a gun in his hand
In the ghetto

As her young man dies,
on a cold and gray Chicago mornin’,
another little baby child is born
In the ghetto….

27 @Pat #7 August 9, 2014 at 1:14 AM

If you google “USPS union protests Staples.” you’ll get a lot of info on what’s going on.

Basically, when a Staples location sets up a mini post office inside the store, they’re taking hours/jobs away from trained, union postal workers.

For example, our Casa Correo post office (Treat & Clayton Rd) is now closed down all weekend. They used to be open at least a few hours on Saturdays. Now Staples next door has opened a mini post office, open all day on Saturday, replacing what the Casa Correo employees used to do. You can still drop off mail @Casa Correo for 5pm pickup on Saturdays, but there’s no counter service.

The union gal I talked to said the trained postal workers get living wages and are being replaced by untrained Staples clerks who get minimum wage. That’s someone’s hairbrained idea to save money on labor costs and operating costs (have Staples pay for the cost of running the mini post office with the tradeoff of drawing in more foot traffic).

Although I side with the postal workers (and we should all support the idea of our community members making living wages), I hate the bully tactics they’re using in front of Staples. We had to drive off when we went there the other day and the yelling/bullhorns scared my 90-year-old mother in law. The Staples employees said they also scared a lot of little kids and harassed customers going in and out, blocking them and demanding to know why they were patronizing Staples. That’s got to be illegal or at least unethical. They’re hurting their own cause when they do that.

28 Cowellian August 9, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Cowellian’s First!

Y’all have a great weekend.

29 Shasta Daisy August 9, 2014 at 7:21 AM

Killjoy #11, You’re correct about the supermoon this weekend. Hopefully, we will still see some Perseid’s. I never give up hope.

Busy sky last nite. I saw 5 satellites.

Wishing everyone a happy weekend.

30 Silva August 9, 2014 at 7:32 AM

Sure does look like Elvis. The black hair was from a bottle. It was brown after childhood after apparently being blond.

Hope everyone has a fine weekend.

31 I like using the postal service August 9, 2014 at 7:39 AM

at Staples.

Less of a line if any at all. Certainly a lot friendlier. Can get other things done at the same time.

Post offices used to be in the local General Store. That we a great idea. Small Post Offices can be places anywhere, and they should be.

32 I wish there was a pill August 9, 2014 at 7:57 AM

The city would not need code enforcement if some people were simply responsible and/or far less narcissistic.

There is one guy near me who has some sort of mental issue. He had ignored all previous code violation citations until a police officer showed up at his door. Within two weeks, cars that had been in the driveway for years had been towed and the weeds had been mowed in the front yard. The house is still trash, but it meets minimal local code.

If there were a pill for the most neighborhood narcissist to take, there would be no need for the cost of code enforcement to be spent by the city.

On a personal note, I have always thought a shotgun barrel up the nose of a few people does a lot of good for the neighborhood and I still do. To bad its illegal, if caught.

33 Anna August 9, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Did the post office stop Saturday counter service before Staples opened their mini store? Perhaps if the ownership of that shopping center put a little tlc in the center that post office would get more traffic. Just sayin.

34 concord eagle August 9, 2014 at 9:48 AM

I am still looking for info about what was happening at Cowell and Monument last night?

35 KaL August 9, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Suggestion for future open comments topic.
How do you deal with calls from people claiming to be with Microsoft technical support or some other group wanting to help you fix issues on your PC?
Over the last two weeks I’ve gotten about 20 calls of this nature. Depending on what I’m doing I do one of the following.
Have them hold on while I get the PC turned on, Currently longest time they would hold has been about 20 minutes before they hung up.
Play along and pretend I’m glad for their help without giving them any useful information. I usually end these calls after 10 minutes with a comment about thanks for holding on long enough for us to be able to trace the call and hang up.
Provide a brief description to them of the true intent of their call and hang up or just hang up as soon as that intent is clear.

Don’t get fooled…

36 Enfield303 August 9, 2014 at 10:21 AM

@Dr. Jellyfinger

Thanks a lot. Now I can’t get Elvis out of my head.

37 Killjoy August 9, 2014 at 11:04 AM

A man from Texas, driving a Volkswagen Beetle, pulls up next to a guy in a Rolls-Royce at a stop sign. Their windows are open and he yells at the guy in the Rolls, “Hey, you got a telephone in that Rolls?”

The guy in the Rolls says, “Yes, of course I do.”

“I got one too… see?” the Texan says.

“Uh, huh, yes, that’s very nice.”

“You got a fax machine?” asks the Texan.

“Why, actually, yes, I do.”

“I do too! See? Its right here!” brags the Texan.

The light is just about to turn green and the guy in the Volkswagen says, “So, do you have a double bed in back there?”

The guy in the Rolls replies, “NO! Do you?”

“Yep, got my double bed right in back here,” the Texan replies.

The light turns and the man in the Volkswagen takes off. The Rolls owner is not about to be one-upped, so he immediately goes to a customizing shop and orders them to put a double bed in back of his car.

About two weeks later, the job is finally done. He picks up his car and drives all over town looking for the Volkswagen beetle with the Texas plates. Finally, he finds it parked alongside the road, so he pulls his Rolls up next to it. The windows on the Volkswagen are all fogged up and he feels somewhat awkward about it, but he gets out of his newly modified Rolls and taps on the foggy window of the Volkswagen.

The man in the Volkswagen finally opens the window a crack and peeks out. The guy with the Rolls says, “Hey, remember me?”

“Yeah, yeah, I remember you,” replies the Texan, “What’s up?”

“Check this out. I got a double bed installed in my Rolls.”


38 Killjoy August 9, 2014 at 11:10 AM
39 Captain Bebops August 9, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Contract post offices have been around for some time. I think I even used them in the 1980s. They were at stores and shopping centers. The USPS site has a link that explains them. They were a blessing if the regular PO had long lines.

They were not created as a way to privatize the PO. The Republicans have attempted that by making the USPS fund pensions by employee not even born yet. We need Congress to rescind that. Let’s keep our USPS, highways and water in the commons and out of the hands of the greedy.

40 Smart,Goodlooking&Debonair August 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

@Killjoy,#38: I dont care much for cats, but thanks anyway.

41 Dr. Jellyfinger® August 9, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Enfield 303…. Yeah I know, me too! Sometimes being a smart ass backfires.

42 Aspirin August 9, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Wasting water in Clayton. Someone watering a front lawn, sprinklers going full blast. Water running into the gutter. Maybe I should file a complaint.

43 Killjoy August 9, 2014 at 2:05 PM

There were no picketers at the Staples on Treat at Clayton Rd today.
We had to go pick up some school supplies.
When we asked if they had book covers, they pointed us to an isle that had some horrible stretch covers that didn’t even look like they’d fit a text book.
Ended up coming home and using some seamless backdrop paper I have, to make book covers for all the books. :)

44 Killjoy August 9, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Oh, and SG&D at #40. My cats can jump.

45 Connie Dobbs August 9, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Oh, Aspirin. Did you remember to take a (vertical) close-up of the gutter to post to Instagram? Just key their cars and move on with your life.

46 Tom August 9, 2014 at 4:32 PM

I’m with Connie on this one, minus keying theirs cars. Learn to focus on things you can control (your own life), and quit worrying about the neighbors.

You’ll be happier…….

47 Tom August 9, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Cats that can’t jump was kind of cool. Our cats are Olympic material, especially when our dogs are in the house.

48 ChampagneKitty August 9, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Awwwww, all of those poor kitties who fell down and went boom…I hope they all got some TLC afterwards…it WAS entertaining, however…

49 Connie Dobbs August 9, 2014 at 6:03 PM
50 Enfield303 August 9, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Ahhh, another great time at the Japanese Festival. Might have to go tomorrow too.

51 Michelle August 9, 2014 at 9:36 PM

The Clayton Club Rib Cook-Off was fantastic. A friend of mine was a judge, she said the ribs were tasty and I have to agree.

52 Dennis August 9, 2014 at 9:56 PM

I remember a post office in the tiny general store in El Monte next to where the Mt. Mike’s is now. So what?

I had a conversation with a Postal Employee a few years back. It went like this:

her: “USPS loses money on every bit of junk mail it delivers. They have to keep boosting the rate on first class, to balance the loss on the junk mail.”

me: “why not raise the rates on the advertising/junk mail instead?”

she: “what??? And lose all that business??? Junk mail is 3/4 of our work. If we didn’t have it, we would only need 1/4 of the trucks, 1/4 of the employees, 1/4 of the … well, you get the picture.”

me: “well, you could sell more stamps-for-collecting-only. Every stamp purchased, but not used, is pure profit for USPS.”

she: “but junk mail doesn’t buy stamps. How would that solve any problems?”

me: “you aren’t gonna go postal on me now, are you?”

53 Dennis August 9, 2014 at 9:58 PM

on another note about then was then, now is now: Does anyone know of a place that still sells dry ice? I was planning a picnic, and the local Safeway guy gave me a funny look and said “dude, we haven’t sold dry ice in … decades!”

54 Always Right August 9, 2014 at 9:58 PM

I agree 100% with ChampagneKitty when she says we need at least 12 code enforcement officers in Concord. Just about every street has at least one run-down house.

Not just talking about dead lawns and knee-high weeds. I’m talking about junk pulled up, fences falling down, serious structural deterioration.

Edi B. – Saying our system is “complaint driven” sounds like a General Motors excuse. We shouldn’t wait for neighbors to be so frustrated with problems they have to complain to city hall. We need proactive enforcement from both the police officers and code enforcement.

55 Killjoy August 9, 2014 at 10:15 PM

@Dennis, I believe the Lucky’s in the Vineyard Shopping Center still sells dry ice.

56 Killjoy August 9, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Well Boys and Girls, Atticus Thraxx and I just got back from the “Things that go Bump in the Night” on Mt. Diablo. We hiked a bit over 4 miles and saw two Tarantulas and a whole bunch of Scorpions. Much to my surprise, they are fluorescent.
I still need to download the photos and see how they turned out.

57 Jesse August 9, 2014 at 11:04 PM

KaL #35,

I’ve starting getting those calls from “tech support”, too. They claim my computer has been sending them error messages. I just laugh and hang up, but I like your approach of stringing them along for a while. I hate to think there are people out there falling for this scam.

58 ChampagneKitty August 9, 2014 at 11:39 PM

frozen waffles, toasted and drizzled with…HONEY!!!

mwahahaha Yum!

59 JRConcord August 10, 2014 at 7:34 AM

Foodmax on Monument sells dry ice.
I am making pancakes and sausage for breakfast!
I am going to wash the Beemer (maybe It will rain)
Change the oil
Watch the As win

60 Cracky McGee August 10, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Have there been any updates from WCPD regarding the shooting that took place near the intersection of Oak Grove and Ygnacio a few months back???

61 Hardwood Floors August 10, 2014 at 8:22 AM

I’m sick. I hoped I would wake up and like the color of the hardwood floor I had installed yesterday. False hopes. I’m pretty close to HATING it. I guess I can only say that I am glad the polyurethane is not on yet so the sanding will be less of a chore. It will probably cost me at least $700 to have them re-sand.

62 anon August 10, 2014 at 8:40 AM

@Always Right,
I don’t think we need more code enforcement officers, we need them to be more efficient. I complained about the trash and over flowing garbage cans at my neighbors house months ago. Code enforcement has driven by at least 8 times and the garbage cans are still by their front door.

63 The greatest burden for Code August 10, 2014 at 10:34 AM

enforcement officers are the incredibly weak codes they are tasked to enforce.

The code enforcement laws are weak and allow degenerates and just plain crappy people more rights than responsible people.

Want better code enforcement, get better representatives who are not blatant bleeding hearts and so easily bought off by anyone with a warm taco.

64 Atticus Thraxx August 10, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Name him, this one is right down the pipe:

65 Morning funny August 10, 2014 at 10:44 AM

A man is at work one day, when he notices that his colleague, an accountant, is wearing an earring.

The guy knows that his colleague is normally a conservative chap, and is curious about his sudden change in “fashion sense.”

So he walks up to him and says, “I didn’t know that you were into earrings.”

“Don’t make such a big deal, it’s only an earring,” he replies sheepishly.

The man falls silent for a few minutes, but then his curiosity prods him to ask, “So, how long have you been wearing an earring?”

“Ever since my wife found it in my car.”

66 Kirkwood August 10, 2014 at 11:05 AM

There is a large ice supplier on Cloverdale Ave, near Costco. I used to get dry ice there for fitting bearings.

67 Silva August 10, 2014 at 11:14 AM

I’ve discovered 2 things to be true; everyone’s an artist, and almost everyone’s a comedian.

68 Silva August 10, 2014 at 11:41 AM

#61, So you loved the sample color enough to invest $$$$’s for the product and watch as it was installed, but now you hate it? Could be due to shock. I’d recommend an adjustment period, longer than overnight. What could be wrong with any hardwood floor color I can’t imagine, unless it’s baby poop yellow (dijon/yellow ochre)? They are generally a range of light to dark, warm to cool neutrals. Maybe you have competing wall and ceiling tones that could use a little tweeking? I’ve almost never met a bad color, maybe bad combinations though.

69 ChampagneKitty August 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Atticus: Either Truman Capote or Andy Warhol

70 Enfield303 August 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Truman Capote?

71 Significant quake near California August 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM

M 5.0 – 74km ENE of Santa Rosalia, Mexico

2014-08-10 11:46:17 UTC-07:00
27.648°N 111.622°W

72 LITTLE RED August 10, 2014 at 12:23 PM

DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE TO LOOK FOR SALE PRIVATE USED CARS IN CONCORD AREA? There always were used cars for sale in parking lots around town, now I can’t find any.

73 Silva August 10, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Truman Capote.

74 Significant quake in Alaska August 10, 2014 at 12:27 PM

M 5.0 – 118km SE of Atka, Alaska

2014-08-10 11:27:41 UTC-07:00
51.521°N 172.862°W

75 Silva August 10, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Atticus Thraxx, The last one.. the little boy with the Elvis face.. who was he?

76 anon August 10, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Glazier Ice should have dry ice, 2790 Cloverdale Ave, Concord.

77 Enfield303 August 10, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Sure seems to be a lot of earthquakes as of late. I guess it’s time to get serious about stocking up. especially water.

78 Silva August 10, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Killjoy, We knew when one of my son’s pet scorpion had died when we turned off all of the lights indoors one night and looked into their habitat and there was only one of them glowing in the dark.

79 Antler August 10, 2014 at 1:35 PM

At about 3 this morning, I took my own advice about trying to see some of the “falling stars”, the current meteor showers. Having spritzed myself with Cutter’s insect repellant to deter mosquitoes, I sat out on the Raccoon Deck and looked north over the CNWS open space. However, that dear Moon of ours is just SO bright that I could barely make out some stars.

I hope some of you have better luck than I.

80 Lost keys August 10, 2014 at 2:35 PM

The Lost Keys

After a meeting several days ago, I couldn’t find my keys. I quickly gave myself a personal “TSA Pat Down.”

They weren’t in my pockets. Suddenly I realized I must have left them in the car. Frantically
I headed for the parking lot. My husband has scolded me many times for leaving my keys in the car’s ignition.

He’s afraid that the car could be stolen. As I looked around the parking lot, I realized he was right.

The parking lot was empty. I immediately called the police. I gave them my location, confessed that I had left my keys in the car, and that it had been stolen.

Then I made the most difficult call of all to my husband:
“I left my keys in the car and it’s been stolen.”

There was a moment of silence. I thought the call had been disconnected, but then I heard his voice.
“Are you kidding me?” he barked, “I dropped you off!”

Now it was my turn to be silent.
Embarrassed, I said, “Well, come and get me.”

He retorted, “I will, as soon as I convince this cop that I didn’t steal your car!”

Welcome to the golden years…………..

81 Dry Ice August 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Safeway employee told me they don’t sell dry ice any more b/c its used to make Meth. Seems like a good reason to stop selling it, if that’s true.

82 smc626 August 10, 2014 at 3:15 PM

#64 it’s N.P.H. !!!

83 Atticus Thraxx August 10, 2014 at 3:57 PM

The little blond kid was Elvis. This was Truman Capote.Well done citizen.

84 aannoonn August 10, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Hey…know it’s a little after-the-fact, but does anyone know what all the popping sounds (maybe firecrckers) were on Thurs morning? I was in the West/Chestnut st area, and it sounded like it was coming from over by North Concord or downtown Concord. It wasn’t the band day at CHS.
No big deal, just curious.

85 Hardwood Floors August 10, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Silva #68 – Come on over, and I’ll show ya…..the color is MUCH darker and browner on the entire floor vs. a 2′ x 18″ sample. They assured me that by today the color would tone down…..not. AND the room is now very dark. Even if it toned down a shade, it would still be too dark. Another reason I don’t like it is that the stain is patchy with dark spots all over it. They are either from the spackle-type stuff they used on it then stained or the stain was not rubbed in properly. DOUBLE UGHHHHH!!!!!!!

86 Concords 10 Most Wanted August 10, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Hey what ever happened to that website that had Concords 10 Most Wanted?

87 Marissa August 10, 2014 at 6:42 PM

@Concords 10 Most Wanted, they were captured.

88 Silva August 10, 2014 at 7:15 PM

#85, Oh I see. I really don’t know much about it, but hopefully it’ll soak in or calm down a good bit. I don’t know why there would be noticable areas of spackle (wood filler?) stuff. That should just be little spots covering nail holes if any in a hardwood floor. I hope you end up happy with it in the end.

89 Shasta Daisy August 10, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Don’t forget the supermoon and hopefully, see a few Perseid meteors.
Makes me happy tonite.

90 Michelle August 10, 2014 at 8:58 PM

The supermoon is in full standing again, I see. The meteor showers are intermittent.

91 JKB August 10, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Where’s the fire? There’s a strong smoke smell in the CV Highlands area tonight.

92 Mr.Wonderful August 10, 2014 at 9:48 PM


Are you planning to make a dry ice bomb?

93 Killjoy August 11, 2014 at 5:56 AM

Happy Birthday Antler! :)

94 Killjoy August 11, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Does anyone know if the Safeway gas station has reopened yet?

95 Killjoy August 11, 2014 at 6:20 AM

Doug Smith is on his deathbed and knows the end is near. His nurse, his wife, his daughter and 2 sons are with him.

He asks for 2 witnesses to be present and a camcorder be in place to record his last wishes, and when all is ready he begins to speak:

“My son, Bernie, I want you to take the Mayfair house.”

“My daughter Sybil, you take the apartments over in the east end.”

“My son, Jamie, I want you to take the offices over in the City Centre.”

“Sarah, my dear wife, please take all the residential buildings on the banks of the river.”

The nurse and witnesses are blown away as they did not realize his extensive holdings, and as Doug slips away, the nurse says, “Mrs. Smith, your husband must have been such a hard-working man to have accumulated all this property”.

Sarah replies, “Property ? …. The old man had a paper route!”

96 Antler August 11, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Killjoy, thank you!!!

And please keep those wonderful jokes coming, too!

97 Silva August 11, 2014 at 12:43 PM

I too wish you a fine happy birthday, Antler!!

98 Starfish August 11, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Antler! Happy Birthday!

99 anonmtz August 11, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Happy Birthday Antler!…….all the best.

100 just a concordian August 11, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Happy Bday! I think bdays are a very fun occasion.
There are those parts of the world where the bday boy/girl is wished “100 years”
And there’s the joke about the 99 yr old man who was wished the 100 years and he scolded the wish-er saying he doesn’t just want to live one more year.

But, something fun happened this weekend. It is customary every year I plant zucchinis that towards the end of the summer I will suddenly discover 1 or 2 fruits that defy belief. They are absolutely GIGANTIC! To give you a visual… imagine a 1 liter bottle of soda in thickness and nearly twice as long as said bottle.
But the real kicker is that I discover them, somehow… and it always boggles my mind, where the name of Jolly Green Giant’s bald melon where those things hiding???? A thing that big… Or do they spontaneously grow overnight?
Anyway, they’re in my fridge. Gonna eat eat eat them!!!

101 ccat August 11, 2014 at 3:16 PM

A great big thanks to “lost keys”(80). Your story reminds me of me. I wonder if there is an app for “lost” cars. There should be.

102 Original G August 11, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Grocery Store Employee Caught Doing Humble Act for an Elderly Shopper Gets the Gratitude He Deserves

103 Antler August 11, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Many thanks to anonmtz, Silva, Starfish, and just a concordian! Friends (including those of you whom I have never met in person here in Magic Claycord Kingdom) have blessed my life and my day with cards, emails, FB messages to timeline, flowers, and presents….and a handsome prince will escort me to dinner tonight, too! The West Coast members of immediate family were here Saturday night, making ten at table……jolly good crew.

This entire week of “turning 75″ has been a happy memory to hold close!

104 Small quake in Claycord August 11, 2014 at 3:48 PM

M 1.9 – 0km WNW of Concord, California

2014-08-11 09:59:51 UTC-07:00
37.980°N 122.037°W

Near the corner of Mt. Diablo and Almond.

105 NEWS ITEM August 11, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Robin Williams has been found dead in his home in Tiburon

106 NEWS ITEM August 11, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Robin Williams died of an apparent suicide according to the Marin County Sheriff.

107 The world is a little sadder August 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM

now that a great comedian, a fan of millions, has passed away.

Rest in Peace Robin, your family is in my prayers.

A long and loyal fan,

nano nano

108 Marissa August 11, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Happy Happy Happy Birthday Antler! :-) and yes i had to say it three times…

109 Marissa August 11, 2014 at 4:07 PM

What!!!!! Robin Williams!!!?

110 . August 11, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Robin Williams dead at 63

111 Killjoy August 11, 2014 at 4:14 PM
112 Enfield303 August 11, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Sad news indeed. A great loss to the comedy and acting worlds.RIP.

113 Dr. Jellyfinger® August 11, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Funniest routines Robin ever did…. there is just a little strong language:

Golf –

and Viagra –

114 Cowellian August 11, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Goodbye, Mork!

115 Atticus Thraxx August 11, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Happy Birthday Antler, one of my favorite posters, thank you for all that you contribute on Claycord. I read every one of your posts unless it’s in Politics thread. ;)

116 Atticus Thraxx August 11, 2014 at 5:28 PM

That sucks about Robin Williams. Hope it isn’t the same kind of asphyxiation that killed that INXS guy.

117 Silva August 11, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Well that’s horrible, Depression’s a real bear. He helped us so much by making us laugh bigtime. Should’ve had the best health care possible, and still wasn’t able to ride out a major downturn. So sad.

#100, Do you have any wonderful recipes you could share with us for gigantic zucchini? I’ve found myself with a few of them too from time to time.

118 ClayDen August 11, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Sad day to lose one of the most brilliant comedians of all time.

RIP Robin.

119 Silva August 11, 2014 at 5:43 PM

#102, You just made my day! :)

120 Shasta Daisy August 11, 2014 at 5:45 PM

My heart and prayers goes out to the family and friends of Robin Williams.

Sadly, I can relate to the heartache of suicide.

121 Silva August 11, 2014 at 5:46 PM

I hope my dear old camp Seabow is spared by the Laytonville Fire.

122 CoCoOld August 11, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Good night, Vietnam :(

123 Marissa August 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Yes, Good night Vietnam, that was memorable lol. No bowing, but RIP Robin Williams.

124 Black is back August 11, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Mr. Mayor,
Please add Suicide Hotline info to your side banner ads.
People all of over this community are suffering in silence and being paralyzed by depression ( some of whom have considered suicide based on comments made about them from this very blogspot).
If it’s about money, send me a quote and I’ll get you a payment.
Thank you in advance.

125 Goodbye, August 11, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Robin Williams. I GOT your humor, and am saddened that there will be no more ! You brought a lot of laughs to many of us, and I want to say Thank You ! Sad for us, but Heaven must have needed some new laughs! You will be missed dearly! RIP now!

126 Tom August 11, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Robin Williams did indeed make a lot of us laugh. My condolences to his family and friends.

Very sad……

127 Atticus Thraxx August 11, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Name the two front pallbearers:
And for bonus Thraxx points…who is in the casket?
No cheating.

128 Shasta Daisy August 11, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Mayor, I agree with Black is back.
Please add the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to you side bar.

My 19 year old nephew committed suicide in May.
Our family will never be the same.
This kind of pain never goes away.

Be at peace, Robin WIlliams.

129 @ Silvia # 116 August 11, 2014 at 7:54 PM

That post is crass.

130 Michelle(original) August 11, 2014 at 8:13 PM

The passing of Robin Williams is such sad news for the bay area. an icon who got his start in san francisco. I went to see the premier of Good Morning Vietnam with Forest Whitaker and a cousin of mine some years ago in LA. RIP Robin Williams

131 ChampagneKitty August 11, 2014 at 8:21 PM

I don’t know if it’s the same thing as the suicide hotline, but I called the county crisis hotline once. It was in 2006. My grandmother and aunt died 9 days apart that May. Then, when I thought I was getting a handle on my grief, just 3 months later someone whom I worked with for years committed suicide. She drove out to the beautiful, majestic Grand Canyon and jumped. I had a medical appointment the morning the office was being told, so I came to work late, and walked right into the gathering. The grief became overwhelming after that. I wasn’t contemplating suicide, but I was having a real hard time dealing with my grief; I didn’t know what to do with myself. So I called the crisis hotline. They wanted to give me a referral to talk to someone in person, but I was also able to talk to someone on the phone, which is what I really needed at that moment. Even though the Grand Canyon is awesome and breathtaking, whenever I see photos of it, I feel a stab of pain.

132 Michelle August 11, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Such sad news today.

133 Killjoy August 11, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Atticus, James Coburn and Steve McQueen?

134 Enfield303 August 11, 2014 at 9:31 PM


The one on the left is Steve McQueen. Looks like James Coburn on the right. No idea who’s in the casket.

135 Enfield303 August 11, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Oops. Reverse that.

136 Killjoy August 11, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Oh, for the bonus points, was that Bruce Lee?

137 Silva August 11, 2014 at 9:54 PM

is Elvis inside the box?

138 Jesse August 11, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Happy Birthday, Antler. It sounds like you are being properly feted for your 75th. Congrats and best wishes for many more.

139 Silva August 11, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Shasta Daisey, I’m really sorry for the loss of your nephew. I remember reading one of your posts that sounded so very sad.

140 Jesse August 11, 2014 at 10:01 PM

I think it’s Steve McQueen on the right. The guy on the left looks familiar, but I can’t come up with his name.

141 Atticus Thraxx August 11, 2014 at 10:10 PM

You meant me @ 116. Silva is never crass. I revel in it. Yep McQueen and Coburn ay Bruce Lee’s funeral. You guys are good ay this.

142 wibbly August 11, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Happy Birthday, Antler. I wish you many more to come. :-)

143 Antler August 12, 2014 at 3:21 AM

The Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps has taken the top prize at the Drum Corps International World Championship event!

I have only seen partial footage of the award-presentation ceremony, but perhaps others of you will be able to find performance footage.

CONGRATULATIONS, (Concord) Blue Devils!!!

144 Antler August 12, 2014 at 3:41 AM

Marissa, Atticus, Jesse, Wibbly……
I am really very touched that you would extend such kind good wishes to me on my birthday yesterday. Please accept my most sincere thanks!

But c’mon, Atticus…..if you’re both brave enough and tender enough to defend letting rattlesnakes live in populated areas and to pick up black widow spiders on a piece of paper and release them outside….. why then, it won’t permanently fry your brain to read just a FEW of my posts on Politics thread, will it? ;-)


145 Silva August 12, 2014 at 6:46 AM

Thanks Atticus Thraxx, that was nice. I thought it was mine. Moving directly from sorrow to recipes, that is. I can seem cavalier about it.

I also know personally about the pain of suicide. My father checked out when I was very small. He seemingly had everything going for him.. I’m doing well on serotonin boosters. Have been for quite some time. They correct a chemical imbalance’s all. Helpful. Not a panacea, but very helpful.

Let’s not forget David Carradine!

146 Howard K. Mullins III August 12, 2014 at 7:44 AM

When you’re from the country, your perception is a little bit different.

A farmer drove to a neighbour’s farmhouse and knocked at the door.

A boy, about 9, opened the door.

“Is your dad or mom home?” said the farmer.

“No, they went to town” said the boy.

“How about your brother, Howard? Is he here?” asked the farmer.

“No, he went with Mom and Dad” the boy answered.

The farmer stood there for a few minutes, shifting from one foot to the other, and mumbling to himself.

“I know where all the tools are, if you want to borrow one, or I can give Dad a message” said the boy.

“Well,” said the farmer uncomfortably, “I really wanted to talk to your Dad. It’s about your brother Howard getting my daughter Suzy pregnant”.

The boy thought for a moment…
“You would have to talk to Dad about that. I know he charges $500 for the bull and $50 for the pig, but I don’t know how much he charges for Howard.”

147 Howard K. Mullins III August 12, 2014 at 7:49 AM

It’s hard to beat Israeli technology!
TEL AVIV, Israel – The Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners. It’s an armored booth you step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on your person.

Israel sees this as a win-win situation for everyone, with no worries about racial profiling. It will also eliminate the costs of long and expensive trials.

So, you’re in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter, an announcement:

“Attention to all standby passengers, El Al is pleased to announce a seat available on flight 670 to London. Shalom!”

148 Dr. Jellyfinger® August 12, 2014 at 8:44 AM

So what happened to the lightning we were supposed to have? It’s meteorological malpractice! This is like that time a few years back when we were promised snow, “right down to sea level” …. Yeah right….. that never happened either.

Seems funny to me that these guys that can’t accurately predict the weather from one day to the next, can say absolutely, it’s a stone cold fact, no doubt or guesswork, that “Global Warming” oh wait! scratch that… now it’s “Climate Change” will sharknado the world in 20 years & be the death of us all! What a pile of horse crap. They can’t call it out from one day to the next, but 20 years from now? Oh yeah, they’ll be right on the money.

149 Marilyn Carscadden August 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM

I was driving up one of the hills in San Francisco a fews years back. I came to top and my left was Robin Willams on his bike. He nodded his head to let me go and with a half smile . I knew those eyes , I will never forgot.and to this day I don’t know who went first.
Marilyn Carscadden

150 Just an Ordinary Monday August 12, 2014 at 10:58 AM

I want to take a moment to express my distaste and to warn other women and young girls – actually, all genders: It seems as though “cat-calling” is an unfortunate everyday occurrence and it’s offenders can be anyone and anyone could be a victim.
Now, let’s back up – It’s an ordinary Monday afternoon (August, 11, 2014) and I had just got to my apartment from taking my boyfriend to lunch. I get out of my car and head for the stairs (approx. 100ft away) I drop my things off because I had seen the mailman pull out of the complex and knew I had mail. I grab my keys and head to the mailbox. Usually, I would take the long way around through the complex, but today I thought I’d shorten the stroll because it was 82 degrees out. While passing the carports, I hear cooing from the construction/electrical upgrades from Alberta Way. I mind my own and not given any attention, ducked my head and walked a little bit faster. The cooing continues and I finally make it to the mailbox. I am no stranger to cat-calling and it has happened before, so I didn’t think anything of it and walked back to my apartment the way I came. Hearing the men disregard my fast-paced walk and my avoidance, they continued and the words spoken out of their mouths got more and more harassing as if it was a challenge. As I finally get into my apartment, I realize that I spilled black make-up on the carpet and I did not have any paper towels to clean up. I pass the mirror and see that I am wearing black leggings, a t-shirt with lace pattern in the back and a pair of tennis. Knowing that I must cross paths with these men to go to the store to buy paper towels, I decide to change my shirt because you can see my bra straps through the t-shirt and I figured it may help these men keep to themselves. I change into an over-sized, pink shirt and set out with my wallet and keys. Immediately, I can hear little chatter amongst the men. I decide to take the furthest path away from the construction workers – the long way around the round-a-bout and the furthest sidewalk corner to cross the street. As I look both ways to cross, I see a heavier set man with the STOP/SLOW sign and he is staring at me and the other men are facing my direction and talking to each other (about 150feet further down, closer to the side entrance of Lucky’s.) Head down again, I make it across the street and head for the other side of wall that boarders the sidewalk. Heart racing and hoping that I could hide from the unwanted attention, I make it to about the mid-point of said wall and I am no longer out of sight. The cooing and calling get louder and more men chime in and then it stops. I don’t know why, but I looked up at the cherry-picker and saw two men up at the electrical lines and he waves at me in a slow manner, one finger at a time. Then the chiming continued when I looked back down, spread my keys between my fingers and bolted for the entrance. I am shaking, gut dropping and my heart is racing, a feeling that I have only experienced a few select moments in my life. Feeling urgent to get home behind my closed door, I grab the paper towels and purchase. I asked if a courtesy clerk would escort me across the street, but then found an older gentleman who was willing to reroute his grocery shopping to get me across safely. We took the short distance across the street while passing the front of the construction vehicle, the men said nothing.
As a new move-in to my apartment complex, one of the reasons I chose this particular location was because it has close proximity to everything I could ever need by foot (grocery store, gym, shopping etc…) Clayton/Concord has beautiful weather and it’s wonderful to walk in, but I am a lot more worrisome that I can’t even go to the grocery store in broad daylight. No one should feel this way. No one should fear who is outside. No one should feel that it is okay to “cat-call” lone women/men. It is frightening and unwanted. I praise kudos to those who can stand up to them and call them out, my only fear is that if they feel that they can speak those words, than their actions may be worse if provoked. I shouldn’t feel the need to change my clothing to walk across the side street from my apartment complex to the grocery store at 3:30 in the afternoon. I shouldn’t feel that I cannot be left alone by men who are working construction on public streets, or ANY streets. I understand that I was not threatened physically, but knowing I made changes to my clothes, route, and demeanor, the calling continued confirming the disregard to my reactions. No matter the time of day or where, this behavior is unwanted and needs to be addressed and stopped.
Please be mindful of your surroundings. Get as many details as you can remember. I, unfortunately, did not get the company name of the construction workers or a license plate, but for the next occurrence I will be filing a formal report.

151 Killjoy August 12, 2014 at 2:52 PM

@ Just an Ordinary Monday
You should go back, get that information, and not bother with the report to the company. File a harrassment report with the police, and they will contact the company. Believe me. Those guys will certainly hear about their behavior that way. If you file with the company yourself, it may just fall on deaf ears.

152 Silva August 12, 2014 at 5:14 PM

#152, GREAT answer.

153 @ Just an ordinary Monday August 12, 2014 at 5:27 PM

That is really terrible. I work in construction and have never been on site and heard this. Not all of us behave this way. I would do as the poster above suggests and file a police complaint. It is so tough to have a job in this economy, these idiots are willing to risk their livelihood over childish behavior.
Maybe the company is hiring illegals to shirk having to pay a living wage, and this is the type of b.s. that happens. I have seen that…

154 Enfield303 August 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Just heard Lauren Bacall died. Another great one gone. Who”s going to be #3?

155 Atticus Thraxx August 12, 2014 at 5:47 PM

I’ll wait for the cliff notes version.
Just heard Lauren Becall died today too. Damn. She asked no quarter and gave none.

156 Killjoy August 12, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Silva, it was a pleasure to meet you in person today. :)

Thank you.

157 Lauren Becall was August 12, 2014 at 6:05 PM

a class act. From her very beginning to the very end. I don’t think there is a more appropriate compliment for her.

So few people in the public eye, these days, have any idea what a class is, fewer still have the courage to be classy.

She will be missed by many.

This is one sad week.

158 Small Quake in Claycord August 12, 2014 at 6:06 PM

M 1.4 – 0km WSW of Concord, California

2014-08-12 01:48:58 UTC-07:00
37.974°N 122.039°W

near the La Tapatia Mexican Cuisine on Willow Pass.

159 Small Quake near Claycord August 12, 2014 at 6:06 PM

M 2.3 – 4km N of Pittsburg, California

2014-08-12 14:02:44 UTC-07:00
38.064°N 121.876°W

160 ChampagneKitty August 12, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Oh my gosh…another Hollywood legend has died…Lauren Bacall…her death is not shocking, though…she was 89 years old, it was her time…she is reunited with her Bogey at last. A few months ago, I read her memoirs, ‘By Myself And Then Some”…it was very good. May she Rest In Peace.

161 ChampagneKitty August 12, 2014 at 7:11 PM

to Enfield303 #154–Someone else on Facebook reminded us that we already have three. James Garner on 7/19, Robin Williams yesterday, then Lauren Bacall today.

162 Shasta Daisy August 12, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Seems like the media is pulling back on some of the details regarding the death of Robin Williams. Shame on them in the first place.

The media has sensationalized his death because he took his life.

Hmmm, are we hearing all the details of Lauren Becall’s death? No!
Not newsworthy?

USA Today…”Furor over graphic details of Robin WIlliams’ death.”

God bless those that go before us, regardless of their cause of death.
May they rest in peace.

163 Silva August 12, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Killjoy it was very good meeting you. You are most certainly welcome :D

164 Silva August 12, 2014 at 7:34 PM

So sad hearing about the passing of the lovely and ever elegant Lauren Bacall.

165 Silva August 12, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Amen, Shasta Daisey. RW was a genius at entertaining, yet

166 VikingPrincess August 12, 2014 at 7:43 PM

#148 @Dr Jelly
Don’t worry my friend – a change in weather is upon us soonly. Forget the meteorologist! Odin’s bones! I can feel it coming.

167 Silva August 12, 2014 at 7:43 PM

168 Silva August 12, 2014 at 7:44 PM


169 Marissa August 12, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Lauren Bacall was a most beautiful and gracious actor. Rest In Peace.

170 Atticus Thraxx August 12, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Strangely soothing:

171 Enfield303 August 12, 2014 at 8:37 PM

@ CK

I forgot about James Garner. He was one of my favorite actors.

172 just a concordian August 12, 2014 at 8:48 PM


Well, a friend showed me how to make zucchini pancakes. All you need is zucchini, eggs, little flour and a frying pan. Salt and pepper to taste.
Grate the zucchinis, mix with eggs and flour and fry.
Best accompanied with sour cream. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

173 just a concordian August 12, 2014 at 8:53 PM

RIP Mr. Williams

174 Jesse August 12, 2014 at 8:55 PM

A pastor from Daly City who also held services at first Presbyterian Church on Colfax St in Concord has been arrested for sexually abusing a child under 13.

175 Marianne August 12, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Just a Concordian, that sounds very delicious.

176 Smart,Goodlooking&Debonair August 12, 2014 at 9:48 PM

@just a concordian,#172: A cardiovascular nightmare. No thanks.

177 Tom August 12, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Lauren Bacall was a class act. Rest in peace.

178 Dennis August 12, 2014 at 9:50 PM

“it happens in threes”: Lauren Bacall, Robin Williams, James Garner

but actually, we also lost these in 2014: James Shigeta, Johnny Winter, Tommy Ramone, Eli Wallach, Casey Kasem, Jack Brabham, Bob Hoskins, Maria von Trapp, Sid Caesar, Shirley Temple, Philip Seymour Hoffman

And many, many more:

179 Antler August 13, 2014 at 4:21 AM

just a Concordian at #172….. What a nutritious, tasty combination! I was a guest at a home-cooked brunch last January, and the hostess used those same ingredients (grated the zucchini), except first she melted butter and then poured in ALL the mixture of ingredients. Then over very low heat, she let it bake. Seems to me she had the lid on? Any of you cooks know whether that’s right? She called it a “frittata”…. delicious!

180 Silva August 13, 2014 at 7:13 AM

just a concortian #172, I think that sounds really yummy. COMPLETELY healthy too. I’m off of grains so I’d just use coconut flour or almond meal.

181 Dr. Jellyfinger® August 13, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Why is Ygnacio Valley Rd. shut down westbound at Pine Hollow?

182 Silva August 13, 2014 at 9:55 AM

I do something very similar, I copied as closely as I could a delightful thing Genova Delicatessen in Oakland calls a torta. Ingredients; very thin slices of zucchini (I use a mandolin these days), grated Romano cheese, bread crumbs (I now substitute almond meal), tons of minced garlic, @2 beaten eggs.& olive oil, salt & pepper. Mix well, spread out in square pan/pans, bake at 350 degrees. after @ 20 minutes gently press flat with a potato masher and continue baking till evenly browned. It’s amazing sliced in squares served chilled. I make it every chance I get. Made some last evening. It’s going to be all gone soon. Yum.

183 Silva August 13, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Sorry I can’t give measurements, I don’t measure anything, ever. I find it’s more interesting that way.

184 Silva August 13, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Oh’ the Genova Deli in Walnut Creek doesn’t use the same recipe as the Oakland Genova Deli. Actually you have to be careful which one you go to there too. The family seems to have split up eons ago, niether acknowleging the existance of the other, but The Walnut Creek version is sorely lacking IMO.

185 Enfield303 August 13, 2014 at 1:39 PM

@ Silva

Sounds yummy. Did you say you use a mandolin to slice the zucchini?

186 Silva August 13, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Enfield 303, Yes; the kitchen slicer rather than the musical instrument though. Don’t know why they call them that.

187 Enfield303 August 13, 2014 at 3:19 PM


Whew…my brother would die if he knew a mandolin was being used for cutting zucchinis. He’s in Blue Grass band and plays the instrument, Thanks for clearing that up.

188 Just an Ordinary Monday August 13, 2014 at 3:26 PM

@Killjoy and #153

I reported the incident and at first they said it is a common occurrence and said that is “freedom of speech”. When I heard this, I paused. I felt that the woman was telling me that my case is not important. I even directed her to this page to read my post and it’s comments. I offered photos and a full report; none was taken. Only after questioning why this behavior is acceptable in public and why is it allowed to make someone so uncomfortable to even leave their place of residence at any time of day, they deemed it as “disturbing the peace” and transferred me to dispatch.

They said they were sending an officer to the location as they are there now. I do not believe that talking to the men is going to help (may make it worse as the men know where I live and what my car looks like, but this is me over thinking and being paranoid). Having trust in the police officials and it being 2days after the fact, I hope this does not cause me any more grief.

If anyone is interested, I did get the company information: Intren and Traffic Management Incorporated.

And I’m sorry that I feel so strongly about this, but I know I am not the only one who has experienced this, at any level. This should NOT be a “common occurrence” OR “freedom of speech” – It is degrading and disgusting behavior.

189 Silva August 13, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Enfield303, Oh yes he would! Well that’s very cool, I adore good Blue Grass! Is he local?

190 Barbara Billiter August 13, 2014 at 3:54 PM

I would like to chat with Citizen Watchdog inregards to Ticket Voiding by “Interest of Justice” you seem to have alot of knowledge in the laws and I could use your help if you don’t mind!

191 William Walch August 13, 2014 at 4:30 PM

I think most would be interested in ticket voiding, but I heard this could only be done by the ticketing officer if he decides not to take you to jail for suggesting it.

192 Barbara Billiter August 13, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Anon2 @ I would like to chat with you about “The right to know guide comment #29 about the officer avoiding ticket by “Interest of Justice” and thought you could help me with my ticket problem if you don’t mind!

193 Small Quake of note Upper Lake August 13, 2014 at 4:36 PM

M 3.2 – 19km N of Upper Lake, California

2014-08-13 15:32:06 UTC-07:00
39.340°N 122.891°W

194 Enfield303 August 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM


No, he lives in Washington. He’s the one we went to visit a couple of weeks ago. They are catchy little diddies aren’t they?

195 Silva August 13, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Enfield303, Oh yes of course. I really think bluegrass music’s under rated ’round these parts!

196 ChampagneKitty August 13, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Okay, who wants to explain to the lady about the origin of the “interests of justice” thing? I’d do it, but a little tired right now. Hard to think.

197 Flatscreens for 99 Cents?! August 13, 2014 at 11:11 PM

I got an ad today that the 99 Cents Only Store is selling 40″ Westinghouse flat screens to the first 9 customers who want them, for 99 cents. This is for their Grand Re-Opening on August 15th and they open at 8am. 1701A Willow Pass Rd.

They have other things for 99 cents as well, including George Foreman grills, coffee makers, steam irons, toasters, and large print keyboards.

Think there will be a stampeded there and should one of our esteemed Claycord photographers be on hand to record this event??

198 Killjoy August 14, 2014 at 6:54 AM

@ Flatscreens for 99 Cents?!

Sorry, I’ll be at my day job.

199 Killjoy August 14, 2014 at 6:57 AM

@ Just an ordinary Monday
That’s a crock of sh!t!
I wish I could give you my number. I’m not far from there. I’d be happy to escort you through that line of turds, and I’d give them a piece of my mind of they gave any cat calls.
Although I doubt they’d try it.

200 Connie Dobbs August 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Absynth Quintet:

You’re welcome.

201 Connie Dobbs August 14, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Don’t worry, Monday. One day soon they’ll stop.

202 Silva August 14, 2014 at 9:37 AM

It can be such a blessing being older and a LOT less attractive sometimes.

203 Silva August 14, 2014 at 9:40 AM

You’re a LOT less likeley to go out with your underwear showing, too.

204 Killjoy August 14, 2014 at 11:19 AM


Oh cr@p. It’s only Thursday? Really? Ugh!

205 Silva August 14, 2014 at 11:39 AM

I adore absenthe. Love that band too, yes thank you!

206 Cat Wrangler August 14, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Best comment about trolls found in today’s New York Times:

‘To weed out such messages, Jezebel’s staff waded through the worst posts and manually deleted them — only to find new images from new anonymous posters at every turn. “It’s like playing Whac-a-Mole with a sociopathic Hydra,” the staff wrote.’

207 Antler August 14, 2014 at 7:20 PM

This one I learned the hard way because I made the mistake on a university term paper:

cancel …… canceled (rather than cancel …. cancelled)

….for the same reason that the correct spelling is

whisper ….. whispered (rather than whisper…..whisperred)

Despite the word’s frequently being misspelled as “cancelled” in this country, there really is a spelling rule :
If a word having two syllables and ending with a consonant also has its stress on the FIRST syllable, then the final consonant is NOT doubled when adding “ed”or “ing”.

It gets even more tricky in that the rule is not followed if one is adding “ation”.
(So correct spelling would be “cancellation”.)

Cool, huh?

208 Atticus Thraxx August 14, 2014 at 8:01 PM
209 Enfield303 August 14, 2014 at 8:17 PM


Boom goes the dynamite.

210 Silva August 14, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Antler, No.

211 Silva August 14, 2014 at 8:29 PM

I think my brain exploded.

212 Antler August 14, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Silva… your comment!

My brain just about exploded when I saw the points deducted from my term paper because of my making that particular mistake, too. Since then I had to use the word professionally when dealing with changes to my students’ lesson dates, vacations, recitals, etc.. And every time I wrote it, I would remember that blasted red pen scrawling on my carefully-typed paper ….: “PLEASE, Miss (my last name)!”

Subject was Spencer, whose research and conclusions re evolution preceded Darwin’s. He “cancelled” a certain expedition, I wrote…..arghhhhhh.

213 VikingPrincess August 14, 2014 at 11:42 PM

I likey your sense of humor

Car porn..LMAO

214 Cat Wrangler August 15, 2014 at 12:09 AM

@Antler and Silva
It is “cancelled” in England, along with “grey” and “colour” :)

215 NoMail August 15, 2014 at 5:17 AM

On Saturday there has been no mail service for three years at Casa Coreo Station. Staples is not taking any postal jobs away on the weekend, they are making it more convenient to send packages then and on off hours when the Post Office is closed.

216 Antler August 15, 2014 at 5:38 AM

Cat Wrangler ….. Yes! (and thank you for adding the information about “grey” and “colour” as well). But when I politely and fervently tried to make the point about UK spelling to the professor, his reply was to ask me whether I realized we had won the Revolutionary War. (That was the ONLY red mark on the entire 20+ page paper, and admittedly both of us were on a perfection power-play pinhead…… but still. (sigh)

(That’s supposed to be the noise Snoopy makes.)

It doesn’t matter until it matters!

217 Antler August 15, 2014 at 5:50 AM

The wreck of an ancient Viking ship discovered in Memphis on the banks of the Mississippi River…….. please do tell us some more about it!

218 Cowellian August 15, 2014 at 6:53 AM

In with the first last of the week.

219 Silva August 15, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Antler, I get your frustration. I’ve often wondered if it all must be so perfect anymore? I hear many highly educated people these days using English grammer rather poorly,

Cat Wrangler, Oh YES, English English. It’s a whole ‘nother cup of tea. :) Good grief.

220 Silva August 15, 2014 at 7:15 AM

I unsurprisingly never heard of that Spencer before now.

221 Marissa August 15, 2014 at 7:38 AM

Last of the first lasts.

222 Small Quake near Claycord August 15, 2014 at 7:41 AM

M 1.9 – 6km SW of Antioch, California

2014-08-14 21:25:10 UTC-07:00
37.972°N 121.865°W

223 Howard K. Mullins III August 15, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Mrs. O’Reilly returned home from a vacation to France where she had taken a cooking class. She tells her husband Paddy she is going to prepare him a special meal and he is to go down to Sean’s Market and buy two dozen escargot, which she explains to Paddy are snails. Mrs. O’Reilly admonishes Paddy to come right home, no stops at the pub, because she wants to have escargot for dinner.

Paddy buys the snails and is on his way home but alas, his route takes him right by his favorite pub. Just one he tells himself. Well, perhaps another he says after having the first pint. The company is good, the tales are tall, and Paddy finds himself having three or four.

As Paddy heads home he realizes it has become dark and knows his lovely wife will be waiting and sharpening her tongue for him. As Paddy opens the gate to home the porch light comes on and he hears the door begin to open. Paddy empties the bag of escargot on the ground and says in a loud voice “Come on now lads! You’re almost there.”

224 Small Quake in Claycord August 15, 2014 at 9:18 AM

M 1.8 – 1km WSW of Antioch, California

2014-08-15 08:52:19 UTC-07:00
37.998°N 121.819°W

225 Killjoy August 15, 2014 at 9:58 AM

An attorney arrived home late, after a very tough day trying to get a stay of execution.
His last minute plea for clemency to the governor had failed and he was feeling worn out and depressed.

As soon as he walked through the door at home, his wife started on him about, ‘What time of night to be getting home is this? Where have you been?
Dinner is cold and I’m not reheating it’. And on and on and on.

Too shattered to play his usual role in this familiar ritual, he poured himself a shot of whiskey and headed off for a long hot soak in the bathtub, pursued by the predictable sarcastic remarks as he dragged himself up the stairs.

While he was in the bath, the phone rang. The wife answered and was told that her husband’s client, James Wright, had been granted a stay of execution after all.
Wright would not be hanged tonight.

Finally realizing what a terrible day he must have had, she decided to go up stairs and give him the good news.
As she opened the bathroom door, she was greeted by the sight of her husband, bent over naked, drying his legs and feet.
‘They’re not hanging Wright tonight,’ she said.

He whirled around and screamed, ‘FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WOMAN, DON’T YOU EVER STOP?!’

226 Killjoy August 15, 2014 at 9:58 AM

A young guy from Arkansas moves to Florida and goes to a big “everything under one roof” department store looking for a job.
The Manager says, “Do you have any sales experience?”
The kid says “Yeah. I was a vacuum salesman back in Arkansas.”
Well, the boss was unsure, but he liked the kid and figured he’d give him a shot, so he gave him the job.
“You start tomorrow. I’ll come down after we close and see how you did.”
His first day on the job was rough, but he got through it. After the store was locked up, the boss came down to the sales floor.
“How many customers bought something from you today?” The kid frowns and looks at the floor and mutters, “One”.
The boss says “Just one?!!? Our sales people average sales to 20 to 30 customers a day.
That will have to change, and soon, if you’d like to continue your employment here. We have very strict standards for our sales force here in Florida. One sale a day might have been acceptable in Arkansas, but you’re not on the farm anymore, son.”
The kid took his beating, but continued to look at his shoes, so the boss felt kinda bad for chewing him out on his first day. He asked (semi-sarcastically), “So, how much was your one sale for?”
The kid looks up at his boss and says “$101,237.65″.
The boss, astonished, says $101,237.65?!? What the heck did you sell?”
The kid says, “Well, first, I sold him some new fish hooks. Then I sold him a new fishing rod to go with his new hooks. Then I asked him where he was going fishing and he said down the coast, so I told him he was going to need a boat, so we went down to the boat department and I sold him a twin engine Chris Craft. Then he said he didn’t think his Honda Civic would pull it, so I took him down to the automotive department and sold him that 4×4 Expedition.”
The boss said “A guy came in here to buy a fish hook and you sold him a boat and a TRUCK!?”
The kid said “No, the guy came in here to buy tampons for his wife, and I said, ‘Dude, your weekend’s shot, you should go fishing.’

227 Silva August 15, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Priceless Gems! I really do wish I ould remember jokes. I never could.

Did anyone get to the stick last night?

228 Cowellian August 15, 2014 at 10:40 AM

It’s Friday, and we’re being double-teamed by Mullins and Killjoy.

Yeah, life is good!

229 Killjoy August 15, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Actually, the jokes I’m adding in here, are coming from my uncle. He’s been sending a joke a day for quite a while now.
Most of them are clean enough to repeat on here. Once in a while, they get a tad risque. ;)

230 Killjoy August 15, 2014 at 11:08 AM


Unlike my posting at #204, at least it’s actually Friday. :D

231 CHECK OUT THE NEW WARNING BUTTON August 15, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Because some people just like to whine…

232 Antler August 15, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Silva…..And the differences of pronunciations… Oh my, are they ever fun! My current favorite is the British pronunciation of “controversy”.
(They stress the second syllable.)

233 JET August 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Mayor – any update on the suicide attempt at Oakhurst last night?

234 August 15, 2014 at 12:10 PM

@Jet, unfortunately, the man passed away.

235 JET August 15, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Oh no :( will you be posting any other info about it on the site? Name/etc? So random…. wonder why someone would do that on the golf course of all places?

236 Cowellian August 15, 2014 at 2:04 PM

You made me go looking for that viking ship, but it looks like we were fooled:

237 Shasta Daisy August 15, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Mayor, thanks.
Prayers to his family and friends.
Too much saddness.
Life is so very precious.
Treasure every minute.
Be mindful.

238 Antler August 15, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Concordian, thank you so much for running that new to ground!

I have taken it down from Facebook and notified the person who first posted it to me. I can’t tell that anything about it is parody or satire… humor at all THAT I can discern. And to me, that makes it an outright LIE.

Apologies to all for my having been a part of spreading the mess!

239 Antler August 15, 2014 at 2:57 PM

*** “that news to ground”

240 Antler August 15, 2014 at 2:58 PM

As your reward, you get to be LAST!!!

241 KAD August 15, 2014 at 3:45 PM


242 Silva August 15, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Killjoy, please tell your uncle to keep ‘em coming! :)

You too Howard K. Mullins III! :)


243 Small Quake near Claycord August 15, 2014 at 4:49 PM

M 1.8 – 2km WSW of Antioch, California

2014-08-15 08:52:19 UTC-07:00
37.993°N 121.836°W

244 Killjoy August 15, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Last! :D

245 Cowellian August 15, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Friday evening, at LAST!

246 KAD August 15, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Last again.

247 Killjoy August 15, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Yes, Last.

248 Killjoy August 15, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Last-ing impression.

249 Cowellian August 15, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Yeah, but my last was the most sincere (all of them).

250 anon August 16, 2014 at 3:19 PM

(atticus close your eyes) Steely dan tribute band in clayton park at 6 tonight. or so i’ve been told.

251 anon August 16, 2014 at 3:28 PM

oh good. i zoned out halfway through antler’s speeling rules. i’m not the only one.

252 Just Sayin' August 17, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Still doing 3,000 mile motor oil changes? Wake up! Most auto manufacturers are recommending 5,000 to 6,000 mile changes with conventional oil. Use a synthetic and you can double that. Also, a dirty Mass airflow sensor is the cause of many performance deterioration problems. It is relatively easy to clean (see YouTube) and that can save you big bucks.

253 Meteor? August 17, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Just before dark tonight, I was standing in Clayton, looking toward Mt. Diablo, and saw a bright light streak through the sky, with a tail behind it. Did anyone else see that?

254 Dr. Jellyfinger® August 17, 2014 at 9:49 PM

I saw it too. I had a hot date with Cha Cha but I cut out early & headed home when she started talking about the big “M”.
When I hear that I know it’s time to hit the trail.

255 What Security August 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM

With cop shootings around the Bay Area and across the country.
Thank God our Concord PD handle things professionally

256 Silva August 18, 2014 at 6:26 AM

anon, Thank you.

257 Shasta Daisy August 18, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Spacewalk, live…..NASA TV.

258 Whuzzup August 18, 2014 at 9:17 AM

I don’t know aboutchu #255, but I could use a new 52″ flat screen TV

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