Claycord – Talk About Whatever

August 22, 2014 18:05 pm · 238 comments

whatever

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

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

1 I'm The Urban Spaceman August 22, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Wooooo-HOOO! It’s the week-end!

2 Small Quake near Claycord August 22, 2014 at 6:14 PM

M 1.6 – 11km SSE of Livermore, California

Time
2014-08-22 17:33:52 UTC-07:00
Location
37.589°N 121.710°W
Depth
2.5km

3 JRConcord August 22, 2014 at 6:17 PM

First… whoot.
looks like they’re going to let dogs back at the lazy dog cafe. too cool. Woof woof.. ;-)

4 Cowellian August 22, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Cowellian’s First!

5 ph res August 22, 2014 at 6:27 PM

School starts Monday for my kids. Again, I wish they had a year-round school with 8 weeks on, and a week off. Just a thought.

6 Mr.Wonderful August 22, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Last

7 Ctown August 22, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Happy Friday!

Thank you to the good neighbor that stopped to help my wife and i remove a large branch that had fallen down on Landana. It is people like you that make me proud to live in this neighborhood. Have a fantastic weekend.

8 Enfield303 August 22, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Oooh Mayor, you slipped in an early one Happy weekend y’all.

9 Marissa August 22, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Early First!

10 Lindsey August 22, 2014 at 6:57 PM

When is the Concord Popeyes opening? Does anybody know?

11 EdiBirsan August 22, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Diplomacy Game event Saturday and Sunday at Salvio Pacheco Plaza (on Salvio Street between Hop Grenade and Raviolis opposite the clock in Todos Santos Park)
Round 1 starts 10-10AM Saturday, Round 2 Starts 3-4-30PM
Round 3 Sunday 10-10:30
New players encouraged, takes 7 minutes to learn to play.

EdiBirsan@astound.net

12 Ancient Mariner August 22, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Sheriff’s helicopter circling the mall: anybody know why? (7:00 p.m.).

13 K August 22, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Anyone know why a helicopter is circling by the mall area?

14 Conmom August 22, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Evening… Since it’s early in the thread, I have a few things on my mind… Let’s talk about it!

– I lost my house and had to surrender my dog and I am feeling so guilty/sad and depressed lately. I want to know if there is any way I can find out if he was adopted and if I could find the new owners just so I could visit, my living situation changed again and I would love to see him again. I feel I can never allow myself to have another animal because of this shame I feel.

– my kid started CV last week and would like to know if anyone has any secret drop off spots- that traffic is killing me. Or where can I buy a bus pass?

-last but not least I can’t find the “best of claycords” dentist list. Gma is looking for a new one. She had one for years and he died, found a new one and he just died, jesh! She is in central Concord so that would be ideal!

-thanks neighbors

15 Jeryl Girton August 22, 2014 at 7:21 PM

what happened at the mall? The sheriff’s helicopter is still circcling 20-25 minuytes later

16 woolbert August 22, 2014 at 7:24 PM

#10…Popeyes opens on Monday Aug 25th..woo freaking hoo

17 Concordejet August 22, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Ctown:

Glad that you got plenty of help with the branch that fell down.

we should find out on Claycord about the helicopter circling around the SVM.

I am glad the giants won tonight!!!!!!!!

I just a movie “Adventure of Babysitting” a classical 80’s comedy, Action and Crime movie. Homeless are saying “Get out of my house” because they were living in the pay phone. lol I also like the part when the gal was waiting for her ride to be picked at the bus station, she was without a glasses and thought it was a kitty but it was a ratt. lol I like Sara the little girl with the horn hat with the roller skate. some guys thought she was in the playboy magazine lol.

18 Wimpy August 22, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Oddly, that new Popeye’s on Clayton has classed up Concord a little. That spot looks a heck of a lot better now than when it was a vacant lot, and a heck of a lot better than the old 7-11 / mini impound yard combo. I won’t be eating there, but ¡ VIVA LA POPEYE’S !

19 Dennis August 22, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown — owner of Sutter, California’s “first dog” and an adorable Welsh corgi to boot — has signed into law a bill making it perfectly legal to bring your dog out to dinner with you. (No word yet on whether the governor and Sutter are planning a night out to celebrate.)

Here’s the fine print: the dog must remain in an outdoor-dining section, be on a leash, behave, and not be in the same area where food is being prepared.

The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, should provide some relief to dog lovers statewide, including owners who’ve been bringing their pets to restaurants for years and patrons who, in the eyes of the law, have been illegally allowing it.

“Hmm,” said David Wiesner, chef/owner of Siena Bistro in Willow Glen, who for years has had a very pro-pooch patio policy on Thursday nights. “The law going into effect in January is the law that I thought was already in effect. This won’t get me into trouble, will it?”

Wiesner has plenty of company among Californians long under the impression that dining in public with Fido was perfectly kosher. Until recently, according to an employee, the pet-crazy Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar in Concord would allow mutts at mealtime until some heartless anti-dog diners complained.

The new law overturns a prohibition on pets at restaurants and allows the practice at the discretion of the business. But it also allows cities and counties to still impose local restrictions on dogs dining out.

http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_26389391/new-law-allows-dogs-dine-restaurant-patios?source=topstoriesrot

20 $$$ August 22, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Ray Allen from walnut creek ask for forgiveness, you need help dude

21 Atticus Thraxx August 22, 2014 at 8:02 PM

I can’t help you with the first two but Dr.Hera Blazer on Concord Blvd is my dentist and she is a badass. And her staff…best in class.
http://www.herablazerdds.com/

22 MonumentMan August 22, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Going this weekend to see De LaSalle High School football movie, ‘When the Game Stands Tall’

23 Mika August 22, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Common–so sorry for your losses, prayers to you and your family. Also, I work with a dog rescue, unfortunately, we do not give contact info of the new owners to family’s turning in their dog. Trust though that he will go to a properly screened and loving family. Hang in there, things will get better. Blessings to you!

24 Killjoy August 22, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Sorry for your situation Conmom.
As for the drop off at CV, if I told you, then it wouldn’t be a secret any more.

25 Union Supporter August 22, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Kaiser nurses are on the verge of striking. Lets all support our local nurses and stand together and fight for higher wages and safer working conditions.

26 no strike August 22, 2014 at 8:58 PM

nurses should not be allowed to strike.
There is nothing more irritating and upsetting, than crossing a darn picket line when you have to go to the hospital, or doctors visit.
Shame on them for putting patients on the spot when you are already down!

27 Still anon August 22, 2014 at 9:00 PM

@ph res: you may be on to something. At our walk through earlier this week every parent was doing the happy dance!!!!!

28 TraumaRx August 22, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Strike! Strike! Strike!

29 anon August 22, 2014 at 9:20 PM

@Conmom drop off and pick up @ Luckys . Sorry to hear about dog and house .

30 pro union August 22, 2014 at 9:20 PM

As a member of Local 1 – Public employee union – I stand with Kaiser nurses. I visit Kaiser twice a month and if I’m inconvenienced by corporate Kaiser not willing to pay fair wages while grossing millions in profits then my healthcare can wait. Everyone deserves a fair wage and benefits.

As it stands now my employer is spending $400,000 of our rate payers hard earned dollars on a “staffing needs assessment” to find cost saving measures. When the employees asked to do the cost savings analysis in house the response from the new General Manager was “the rate payer wouldn’t believe the results.” Wtf does that mean?

31 Ancient Mariner August 22, 2014 at 9:28 PM

@ Conmom No. 14:

Sorry to hear about your house and dog.

As for a dentist, I recommend Ellinwood Dental Care. It’s in the Outback Steakhouse shopping centre on Ellinwood Drive. The dentist there is new and her name is Rana Naderi. She is excellent! Very thorough and competent. Good luck!

32 Ancient Mariner August 22, 2014 at 9:33 PM

@ Cheese Man No. 22:

I like cheese.
I like Mimolette, but it can’t be imported any more because of the cheese mites. I told them that that’s what makes it so good, but they didn’t listen.
2 years old is best.

33 anon August 22, 2014 at 10:29 PM

cvhs drop,
i would go up balhan i think its called. the gym will be on your left. turn right on that road, i forget what it’s called on that side of alberta, but on the other side its green meadow. drop off somewhere along there and turn right at stop sign, youre outta there!

i took in someone black male cat, he was doing some damage to the house so i had to give him up. i called the lb. and they told me he was adopted.

dentist, dr. becker on wa. blvd was rated very high by checkbook mag. he is so gentle and does great work. for low cost i hear dr, wait what’s her name? she’s over by concord library. it’ll come to me. geffert.

34 anon August 22, 2014 at 10:46 PM

here’s some dentists from checkbook mag. i’m not sure how old this list is so some may be retired. you can check the new ones at clayton library for one. the score is the overall rating.
concord
ochikubo, g. 93%
martin, a 100%
shieh, d 100%
waldman, r 90%

walnut creek
deverman, j 92%
gabor, d. 91%
gwilliam, j 100%
hockel,b. 100%loder, d 92%
louie, t. 95%
moore, d. 92%
schneider, w. 100%
shieh, d 100%
white, k. 93%
walter c. 91%
barmby, c 92%
brown K. 94%

maybe you can adopt that gorgeous german shepard to the left.
for those that lost their house and jobs in this economy the right people to blame are the banksters and the greedy lenders that set people up to fail they did a good job of messing up the economy worldwide, and then after they get bailed out with our money they turn around and stick it to those struggling to keep their homes.

35 anon August 22, 2014 at 10:51 PM

ancient mariner,
does that cheese cause hallucinations?

36 Dr. Jellyfinger® August 22, 2014 at 11:38 PM

It looks like AM/PM & Popeye’s are open…. but I can’t tell for sure, didn’t have time to stop. Could be a “soft opening”…. I’ll try to stop by on Saturday or maybe somebody who doesn’t hafta work can give us a status report.

37 Dr. Jellyfinger® August 22, 2014 at 11:56 PM

How much are the nurses making per hour anyway? Whatever it is I’m sure it’s way too much. I usually just pick out the cutest Candy Stripper… err.. “Striper” and teach her how to flush a bum. They work for free & I give them a “Certificate of Achievement”.

38 Anon August 23, 2014 at 1:04 AM

Jaywalking is out of control these days, especially after that black kid got shot.

39 THEM WINGS THO August 23, 2014 at 1:07 AM

Chicken,gas,and a BJ all in one spot I can’t wait UNTILL Monday just in time for football season

40 Wimpy August 23, 2014 at 6:29 AM

I don’t have a problem with Kaiser nurses, but I can’t support their labor actions. Nor that of unionized teachers, firefighters, or BART workers. The only recent picketers that get a hoot and a holler from me are the maids and janitors. Why? Because they are the only ones that are not already making TWO OR THREE TIMES what I am. So go ahead, Kaiser nurses. You went to school, you’re job is important, and you want some of those millions that your bosses make. But this ain’t “Grapes of Wrath”. It’s the well to do fighting with the filthy rich and expecting sympathy from the poor.

41 green August 23, 2014 at 6:53 AM

http://m.sfgate.com/pets/article/California-dog-lovers-drool-over-dining-law-5706634.php

the ban has been lifted, effectve jan 1, on dogs dining at lazy dog cafe.

42 Bob August 23, 2014 at 7:51 AM

Been having some large water bills–a neighbor said you might have a leak in your toilets–told me to put a few drops food coloring in my toilet tanks and see if it leaked through to the bowl–sure enough both leaked pretty bad–went to the hardware store and bought two new flappers ($2 each) and replaced the old ones–no more leaks!!!–If you try this, take the old flapper with you to the hardware store–they had at least 20 or more different ones that all look very much alike, but are different. (Many thanks to my neighbor)

43 ChampagneKitty August 23, 2014 at 7:54 AM

to anon #35–Ancient Mariner was replying to a comment that got deleted. I think we had some kids in here yesterday…making some very juvenile comments which are now gone.

44 How much does a nurse make? August 23, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Is it true that nurse’s make up to $160,000 per year with overtime.

Close to $100,000 on a 40 hr work week.

45 How much does a registered nurse make? August 23, 2014 at 8:47 AM

It depends on where you live, and what kind of nurse. Assuming you mean an RN, which is a registered nurse, and she has her Bachelorette Degree , here is a list of some states average salaries:

* California: $80,000
* Florida: $70,000
* Texas: $71,000
* Pennsylvania: $70,000
* Georgia: $65,000
* New York: $70,000
* Tennessee: $65,000

nurse anesthestis usually make the most money…here is an estimate for a few states:

* California: $100,000
* Florida: $105,000
* Texas: $112,500
* Pennsylvania: $105,000
* Illinois: $100,000
* Georgia: $108,000
* North Carolina: $110,000

So basically, that’s a lot. Also, we have several sign on bonuses and get bonuses all the time. If you work Sundays for example, you get a bonus. the longer you stay in one place, the more you will make. also, many nurses only work 3, maybe 4 days a week and make that amount.

46 Jojo Potato August 23, 2014 at 8:52 AM

WC council elections declared over. Cindy Silva and her pet Rich Carlston get elected. The other potential challenger, Matthew DeLima had his application for candidacy rejected due to signatures from outside the city limits. So Cindy is in for a third time and will keep things under her tight control. Mr. Carlston is a long time city insider having served as chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and current board member and a member of the board of the library foundation, he will follow orders as required. Taxpayers should be prepared to pony up more cash to pay for downtown projects including more money to be wasted on the world’s most beautiful (empty) library. At least the local homeless will continue to have a nice place to hangout and it will likely be open for more hours too!

47 Anon August 23, 2014 at 9:34 AM

How much are the nurses making per hour anyway?
Enough!

48 Clayton Squirrel August 23, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Kaiser is a not for profit health care corporation. There are no big corporate profits. It’s not a publicly traded corporation.

Most of the folks who work there do so because they agree with the mission to try to bring more and better healthcare to more people. The folks who I know who work for Kaiser (not nurses) put in long hours to keep things running smoothly. There’s a lot of community outreach to schools and such as well.

I’m not sure what the nurses there get paid (I’m sure it’s competitive since they rarely strike) but don’t lump Kaiser in with corporate healthcare for profit companies.

49 Killjoy August 23, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Actually, Kaiser nurses were on strike a few years ago. I went out and took photos. I believe the Mayor posted some of them here.

50 Wondering August 23, 2014 at 10:42 AM

if nurses at DMC in Richmond will follow suit and finally put a nail in that coffin.

51 green August 23, 2014 at 11:49 AM

#45:

LOL. What’s a “bachelorette degree”??????

52 green August 23, 2014 at 11:51 AM

At John Muir Medical Center in WC, the nurses are not unionized.

But at John Muir Medical Center in Concord, the nurses are unionized.

I hate unions.

53 dirty August 23, 2014 at 11:53 AM

I’m planning on opening a cockroach restaurant soon. My concept will be cockroaches. Guest can bring their pet cockroaches with them while they eat. I’m also going to have cockroaches running all over the food in the kitchen.

54 dirty August 23, 2014 at 11:57 AM

They were just debating dogs at restaurants on the radio.

A guest said dogs have peed and pooped on the restaurant patios, and the restaurant staff had to clean it up. Also, many guests have allergies to dogs and will complains. And some dogs shed crazilly. So dog hair will blow all over the food when it’s windy. Plus, do you want to sit next to a pitbull while to eat, or a super large dog??

Soon, businesses will wisen up after customer complaints each day, and will ban all dogs from restaurant patios.

55 Silva August 23, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I’ve been enrolled with Kaiser since my mid 20’s (long time) and I’ve been there for plenty of nurses strikes. I believe in fair and livable wages. It’s been a long while since I’ve made one though. I’m with Wimpy on this one.

Bob, Those are great tips. Thanks.

56 TinFoiler August 23, 2014 at 12:09 PM

#48 ClaytonSquirrel, WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
Did Kaiser change their Business model? It’s as plain as day here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRwrnTBfpFA

LOL, NOT for PROFIT. To the Readers, don’t confuse that with NON-PROFIT. Kaiser is definitely Profiting whenever they blow you off.

57 Tom August 23, 2014 at 12:51 PM

I’m highly in favor of nurses making more money. Nurses and teachers making more money……..LONG OVER DUE!!!!!

58 Silva August 23, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Oh, no. Now I must try some of that Mimolette cheese. Thanks, Ancient Mariner.

59 Killjoy August 23, 2014 at 1:12 PM
60 VikingPrincess August 23, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Killjoy and Tom: I remember that strike. Yes! To teachers and nurses

61 Antler August 23, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Was mentioned that a dentist near the center of Concord would be best because it’s a shorter ride for an elderly person.

My favorite dentist’s office is at the intersection of Willow Pass Rd. and Parkside Avenue. You enter the parking lot of the small medical center on Parkside…. (across Parkside from the big “City of Concord” sign). The dentist is Dr. Matt Liutaud (pronounced lee-OH-toe). His entire excellent staff stayed with him since the previous dentist, Dr. Bonnie Light (another fine dentist with a super-friendly personality) retired to Hawaii some 10 years ago.

62 Antler August 23, 2014 at 2:59 PM

I cannot speak highly enough of the outstanding Registered Nurses at John Muir’s Walnut Creek campus. Their knowledge and their care of me was superior, and I could tell they and the physicians truly respected and relied upon one another’s opinions and follow-through.

Someone here on Whatever thread commented to the effect that the RN’s made too much money for only working several days a week. Be aware that their shifts are 12-hours long on the days they do work! Also be aware that the hospital does NOT pay for the nurses’ uniforms or for their work shoes!

On my own discharge day, the main “case physician” and the main “ward RN” came to see me together to wish me goodbye and to ask what ideas I had to guide them in better care for patients. I had no complaints about medical matters or compassionate care. So I only mentioned that if the different types of nurses/physicians/aides would be dressed in COLOR-coded uniforms/smocks, etc., then patients would know of whom to ask what, and the patient would realize what sort of thing was about to happen the moment someone entered the room ….both things being reassuring to a sedated patient dealing with pain. My physician was nodding head and taking notes. I added that there was one RN on the ward who wore the true nurse’s whites….the nursing school graduate’s specific starched cap, the pristine uniform, the whole bit. I added that I really liked uniforms and felt reassured by them…..plus that a RN deserved the added respect from colleagues. Also because a RN can then be recognized as such from even a distance (you wouldn’t have to squint to read the name embroidered on a blouse or smock). The physician was nodding vigorously. That’s when the RN explained to me that the hospital does not require such a uniform code because if that requirement is in the contract, then the hospital must pay for the uniforms and the uniform upkeep. The physician merely said, “She is correct.” And then small talk and hugs goodbye.

So all that is by way of reassuring you that from ER care …. on through care during admission .. through testing and/or procedures….through care “upstairs in your room”, you are in trained, experience-honed care.

*** Because of terms potentially set by your medical insurance company, please remember to tell the ER physician that you need to be admitted “as a patient”…. not admitted “for observation”. (That done…and ask anyone presenting forms for you to sign to make sure the classification is correct……. then should you need to stay in hospital more than three days, your post-discharge insurance coverage for related short-term or long-term care is assured.)

I do support higher pay and better working conditions for nurses.

63 Jerk August 23, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Sheesh – I should Not have to remember all of that while going to ER in an emergency situation.

*** Because of terms potentially set by your medical insurance company, please remember to tell the ER physician that you need to be admitted “as a patient”…. not admitted “for observation”. (That done…and ask anyone presenting forms for you to sign to make sure the classification is correct……. then should you need to stay in hospital more than three days, your post-discharge insurance coverage for related short-term or long-term care is assured.)

64 Atticus Thraxx August 23, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Nurses, good ones anyway, save more lives and ease more suffering than doctors. I hold them in high regard and generally support efforts to improve their lot Union or not. But I will cross a hospital picket line, because if I’m at a hospital at all it’s serious sh*t for someone I care about or me, and I won’t abide any lack of access.

65 Significant Earth Quake outside Claycord August 23, 2014 at 4:06 PM

M 6.6 – 18km WNW of Hacienda La Calera, Chile

PAGER – YELLOWShakeMap – VIIDYFI? – VII
Time
2014-08-23 15:32:23 UTC-07:00
Location
32.702°S 71.387°W
Depth
32.0km

66 Ancient Mariner August 23, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Careful, Silva No. 58:

There’s a fake Mimolette out there that isn’t from France. It has a smooth surface instead of being rough and pitted. Do not buy this – you will be disappointed.
My personal cheese connection will be coming back from Paris next month bringing me a whole bowling ball of Mimolette. Sorry – not sharing!

Mimolette is best at 2 years old – otherwise it’s just boring old cheese. It was Charles de Gaulle’s favourite cheese. He was the man who said “How can anyone govern a nation that has 246 different kinds of cheese?”

67 Just Sayin' August 23, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Drove over the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge today for the first time and I have to say it is just about the ugliest piece of overpriced junk I have seen in my lifetime.

68 Atticus Thraxx August 23, 2014 at 7:36 PM

# 67, I drove over it the first time and had the exact opposite reaction. Try it at night. Brides are like people, some look alot better at night.

69 Shasta Daisy August 23, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Happy to see other Mimolette fans out there.
Please, if anyone finds a connection for this “to die for” cheese, please let me know. I MISS IT!!!

Love those mites, we co-exist with them everyday.

By the way, last nite I saw the most amazing fireball….leftover Perseids, I’m guessing.

Stargazer, forever.

70 Silva August 23, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Well, I’ll just bide my time untill I can try a piece of the real deal. The fuss about the mites seems silly. I’ve gone this long without ever hearing about it though. Things to taste before I die. :)

71 Ancient Mariner August 23, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Will do, Shasta Daisy!
Best bet: The Cheeseboard, 1504 Shattuck Avenue.
I’ve asked them if they can still get the real stuff – waiting for a reply.

72 biggus thinkus August 23, 2014 at 9:57 PM

@Conmom & @$$$ & @THEM WINGS THO
-sorry to hear on all parts, godspeed on feeling better
-bus pas is available thru their website, or at the walnut creek bart station
-i’ve used dr brian blatter (oral surgeon) and haven’t felt that relaxed without loopy gas

$$$
hah, callin’ them out. [old school "nice FACE!]

THEM WINGS THO
dude, if you go north of reno about 40min, it’s on the right, can’t miss it, and you can SMOKE while you get it.

73 anon August 23, 2014 at 10:06 PM

A vehicle struck a pedestrian east bound Clayton Rd in front of KFC. The victim has major injuries East bound lanes are blocked off at Thornwood Dr.

74 Atticus Thraxx August 23, 2014 at 10:18 PM
75 Dr. Jellyfinger® August 23, 2014 at 10:19 PM

It’s a Bobcat!

76 Dr. Jellyfinger® August 23, 2014 at 10:21 PM

I mean, Conan O’Brien!

77 Ancient Mariner August 23, 2014 at 10:24 PM

@ Biggus Thinkus No. 72:
I second the recommendation of Dr. Blatter, but he’s more of a special-needs surgeon for complicated stuff. He’s pulled several teeth out of my family members – a good guy – I recommend him highly.
For regular dentistry, I’d still go with Dr. Naderi at Ellinwood Dental Care.

78 Dr. Jellyfinger® August 23, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Sounds like a Urologist.

79 Antler August 23, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Jerk at #63 …… Oh, I agree with you! There are legal challenges in the mill now to make insurance companies stop what really is a blend of harassment and breach-of-coverage guaranteed in policy. Stand by!

Atticus, under the circumstances you describe, I also would cross a hospital picket line. I’m guessing that they would not block access to ER….but would march out front?
*And the shy grin in the photo reminds me of John Wayne, though I don’t know whether “John Wayne” was even his real name, was it? I’m enjoying the guessing game you created!

80 THEM WINGS THO August 23, 2014 at 11:27 PM

LOL

81 ChampagneKitty August 24, 2014 at 12:46 AM

That’s definitely Conan O’Brien.

82 funny man August 24, 2014 at 3:22 AM

Hide YO china! erf-quake!

83 JJ2 August 24, 2014 at 3:23 AM

Earthquake in Clayton at 03:21!

84 City Girl August 24, 2014 at 3:24 AM

FRICKIN’ EARTHQUAKE!!!!!!!! HOLY SMOKE, it was long. It must have lasted 7 seconds and scared the b’jeepers out of me. Jumped to my feet in .5 seconds and stood in the doorway. Back to sleep, hopefully!!!!

85 Shasta Daisy August 24, 2014 at 3:25 AM

WOW..,,earthquake!!!!

86 ??? August 24, 2014 at 3:26 AM

Earthquake woke me up!!

87 Jojo potato August 24, 2014 at 3:27 AM

Are we all awake now? Youza that was a long one!

88 Antler August 24, 2014 at 3:28 AM

3:23a. Rocking/shaking earthquake…approx. 15 seconds….moderate, but the strongest we have felt here near Bailey Road/Concord Blvd sector since Loma Prieta in October, 1989.

Everything fine…no breakage that I heard…dog slept through it, but we have keys, shoes, coat … bedside, in case more’s to come.

Hope all of you are all right.

89 USGS says -- August 24, 2014 at 3:28 AM

USGS website says it was a 6.0, epicenter near American Canyon.

90 apollo idol prudence August 24, 2014 at 3:28 AM

earthquake!!!

91 City Girl August 24, 2014 at 3:29 AM

M 6.1 Earthquake
6km NW of American Canyon, California
5 mins ago – U.S. Geological Survey
An earthquake with magnitude 6.1 occurred near American Canyon, CA at 10:20:44.00 UTC on Aug 24,

92 Dennis August 24, 2014 at 3:29 AM

5.7 quake epicenter 8km NW of American Canyon and S of Napa

93 Silva August 24, 2014 at 3:30 AM

We rode out a pretty good shaking over here in West Oakland around 3:20 am.

94 Tripn August 24, 2014 at 3:31 AM

that was wild!

95 Dr. Jellyfinger® August 24, 2014 at 3:31 AM

First!

96 Enfield303 August 24, 2014 at 3:32 AM

Damn, woke my a@# up. Now I can’t sleep.

97 Earthquake August 24, 2014 at 3:33 AM

6.0 6km NW of American Canyon, California 2014-08-24 03:20:44 UTC-07:00 10.8 km

98 just had August 24, 2014 at 3:33 AM

another one…very small but still felt it.

99 Significant Earth Quake outside Claycord August 24, 2014 at 3:33 AM

M 6.0 – 6km NW of American Canyon, California

ShakeMap – VIIIDYFI? – VTsunami Warning Center
Time
2014-08-24 03:20:44 UTC-07:00
Location
38.214°N 122.319°W
Depth
10.8km

100 Jesse August 24, 2014 at 3:33 AM

6.0 6km NW of American Canyon. Wow! That got my heart racing!

101 mohairs August 24, 2014 at 3:34 AM

WOW! that was long and woke me up! i didn’t even feel the Loma Prieta but felt that! i thought i was having vertigo again… crazy.

102 6.0 in Amerucan Canyon! August 24, 2014 at 3:34 AM

6.0 centered in American Canyon followed by a 4.0 in Lamont Ca a minute later according to USGS website

103 The Closer August 24, 2014 at 3:34 AM

Wow. Hope the new bridge is still standing.

104 anon August 24, 2014 at 3:36 AM

It seemed like a nice gentle rocking until I was awake enough to know what it was.

105 Anon August 24, 2014 at 3:37 AM

CRAZY!!!!!! EQ

106 6.1 in American Canyon August 24, 2014 at 3:37 AM

just reported. Geeeeez that seemed to last a long time…made me feel alittle sick.

107 Cameljoky August 24, 2014 at 3:37 AM

Long earthquake I stopped whatever I was doing heard it was a 5.7

108 Small Quake in Claycord August 24, 2014 at 3:38 AM

M 2.3 – 2km SE of Concord, California

DYFI? – III
Time
2014-08-23 21:54:39 UTC-07:00
Location
37.961°N 122.017°W
Depth
13.1km

Near the end of Liscome Way

109 Dragon August 24, 2014 at 3:38 AM

6.0, centered at American Canyon, is the first estimate by the USGS.

110 Spidercat August 24, 2014 at 3:41 AM

Biggest quake I’ve felt since 1989

111 SK August 24, 2014 at 3:45 AM

6.0 quake, 6 miles outside of American Canyon.

112 The Closer August 24, 2014 at 8:14 AM

I heard the Sonic in American Canyon has “shakes” for half off.

113 Kirkwood August 24, 2014 at 1:07 PM

For those who are missing the Little League World Series that is pre-empted from Channel 7, you can watch the game on Astound Channel 92.011 (digital).

114 Kirkwood August 24, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Oops! I just found the LLWS on Astound channel 906 (HD).

115 Anon August 24, 2014 at 3:22 PM

There is a very inconsiderate group of individuals at the Nancy Boyd Park in Martinez using remote control cars on the infield of the youth softball field. The field is clearly marked signs which state that the field is limited to use only for softball and youth 12 years and younger. The amount of dust and debris that is being stirred up and carried away by the breeze is destroying the infield and causing a large breathing hazard. Please be considerate at our community parks! This little field was lovingly made by the little church and community to help children not amuse bored adults and their toys.

116 Tom August 24, 2014 at 3:55 PM

I’m enjoying the Little League World Series. Had a few no hitters myself, and our team made it pretty far one year.

Every 12 year old kids dream……….Williamsport.

117 Significant Earth Quake August 24, 2014 at 4:31 PM

M 6.8 – 26km W of Coracora, Peru

Time
2014-08-24 16:21:41 UTC-07:00
Location
15.036°S 74.029°W
Depth
14.8km

118 Significant Earth Quake August 24, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Revised to M7.0

119 Anon August 24, 2014 at 4:47 PM

There is a group at the Clayton Community Park riding their mini motorcycle right over the infield and stirring up dust to be carried away by the wind. This is destructive to the youth fields that were lovingly made by the community. Why is it OK to selfishly destroy them just because you and your group want to play with toys? Play with them on the paved areas – don’t destroy the ballfields!

120 Clayton Chick August 24, 2014 at 5:19 PM

What’s up with the helicopter flying over head?

121 Silva August 24, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Antler, You’re right. John Wayne’s real name was Marion Morrison. I think it sounds pretty catchy, but they didn’t ask me.

122 Killjoy August 24, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Actually, John Wayne didn’t even like being called John. He preferred “Duke”.

123 anon August 24, 2014 at 9:34 PM

in my neighborhood when your kid has a screaming temper tantrum they put him outside to annoy the whole neighborhood.

124 Killjoy August 25, 2014 at 6:33 AM

I take it most people were able to sleep through the night last night?
I wasn’t able to. Insomnia sucks. But at least I keep a night watch on the neighborhood. LOL

125 Silva August 25, 2014 at 2:19 PM

I see smoke.

126 Kad August 25, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Anyone see the article in the CCT regarding Leone and Grayson? If so, what did you think?

127 frank August 25, 2014 at 3:36 PM

@Kad
When there’s a big lunch at the Concord Senior Center, generally Bingo days or the monthly birthday lunch, Leone shows up. He glad hands like there’s no tomorrow. It’s really disturbing to watch.
But, he’s got the senior vote locked up.

128 Cat Wrangler August 25, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Re: The Best Dentist -Isn’t Dr. Burke on Concord Blvd always voted as best dentist in all of the East Bay?

129 Silva August 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Kad, could you post a link please?

130 Kad August 25, 2014 at 5:39 PM
131 Cowellian August 25, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Dr. Tina Mason, in Clayton Station was our family dentist since we first moved to Concord, and we all loved her.

132 Silva August 25, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Thanks Kad. I think it’s really sleazy.

133 @KAD August 25, 2014 at 9:04 PM

thanks for posting. So important for people to go this Tuesday to council meeting. Fisrt off it waa sneaky thing to do, last mtg they announced no meetings until Sept. Now this one, where they will vote on future benefits for council members. People need to remember if Grayson and Ron will they will get their medical for a lifetime.

134 Kad August 25, 2014 at 10:45 PM

OMG – I had not idea there is a meeting tomorrow. Thanks for letting me know.

Silva, Since you have 2 homes, where do you vote? Ron needs to go.

135 Cuzzzzzzz...... August 25, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Thank you KAD for posting the link. City Council members are part time “employees” and as such should not be eligible for benefits. In reality they are not employees at all………..they are not like the clerk at building permits who is an employee. They are elected officials.
This is very underhanded and shows how slimy and dishonest Ron, Tim and Laura are. I hope all of Concord remembers this come November.

136 Aftershock! August 26, 2014 at 5:37 AM

That was a good shake just now! First noticeable after shock I’ve felt! A 5 second rocking that rattled windows….

137 Aftershock! August 26, 2014 at 5:39 AM

Channel 7 just reported a 3.9 aftershock centered in American canyon a few minutes ago

138 Killjoy August 26, 2014 at 8:12 AM

The coach had put together the perfect team for the Chicago Bears. The only thing that was missing was a good quarterback. He had scouted all the colleges and even the Canadian and European Leagues, but he couldn’t find a ringer who could ensure a Super Bowl win.
Then one night while watching CNN he saw a war-zone scene in the West Bank. In one corner of the background, he spotted a young Israeli soldier with a truly incredible arm. He threw a hand-grenade straight into a 5th story window 100 yards away.
KABOOM!
He threw another hand-grenade 75 yards away, right into a chimney.
KA-BLOOEY!
Then he threw another at a passing car going 90 mph.
BULLS-EYE!
“I’ve got to get this guy!” the Coach said to himself. “He has the perfect arm!”
So, he brings him to the States and teaches him the great game of football. And the Bears go on to win the Super Bowl.
The young man is hailed as the great hero of football, and when the coach asks him what he wants, all the young man wants is to call his mother.
“Mom,” he says into the phone, “I just won the Super Bowl!”
“I don’t want to talk to you,” the old woman says. “You are not my son!”
“I don’t think you understand, Mother,” the young man pleads. “I’ve won the greatest sporting event in the world. I’m here among thousands of my adoring fans.”
“No! Let me tell you!” his mother retorts. “At this very moment, there are gunshots all around us. The neighborhood is a pile of rubble. Your two brothers were beaten within an inch of their lives last week and I have to keep your sister in the house so she doesn’t get raped!”
The old lady pauses, and then tearfully says, “I will never forgive you for making us move to Chicago!”

139 Silva August 26, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Kad, It seems that I must change my registration. He does need to go.

140 Cuzzzzzzzzzzz.............. August 26, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Killjoy #138 – old joke………heard it before but the Oakland Raiders and city of Oakland were used.

141 Silva August 26, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Anyone know particulars on the meeting today? Is it closed? maybe it would be a good idea to post some details here. I haven’t ever been (yet), and I’ll be too busy to look it up for a while. Thanks for the heads up. All hands on deck!

142 Silva August 26, 2014 at 9:36 AM

I’ve seen some REALLY sleazy local $hit, but not for awhile.

143 Clayton Rd Warning August 26, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Careful if you are traveling westbound on Clayton Rd. A gravel truck has been leaking his load. He’s currently stopped in the right lane just past El Pollo Loco, near the Starbucks. Two police cars with flashing lights are parked behind him. Lots of scattered gravel in the road. Lots of potential for chipped windshields.

144 Cat Wrangler August 26, 2014 at 10:03 AM

It seems dishonest to hold a clandestine meeting to determine benefits and other income-like goodies. What a shame there aren’t statesmen anymore instead of self-serving slime. Shouldn’t income and benefits be determined by City Manager and presented at a well-publicized hearing?

145 Killjoy August 26, 2014 at 10:13 AM

But Cuzzzzzzzzzzz…………..
It’s still funny. :D

You think all the jokes that HKM posts are original? Nyet.

146 Silva August 26, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Killjoy, I laughed. It felt good, too. Thank you. Please keep ‘em coming. :D

147 Silva August 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Oh yeah, the meeting today is closed. Way to do your back door dealings, City Council. I must say I have been impressed by Edi though, at least he’s very accessible. He’s a very active part of the community. I know this isn’t the Politics column, but this is a very critical quality of life issue which will affect Concord’s future big time.

148 Just saw the Google Car August 26, 2014 at 11:34 AM

drive by my home.

Near North Sixth and Esperanza.

149 I found a dog August 26, 2014 at 2:44 PM

A great big German Shepard. Not full but mostly German Shepard. He was running free near the intersection of Holbrook Drive and Ida. A very friendly pup, he’s in my back yard now being fed and watered and getting lots of TLC.

He has a grey collar and it has a 25-30″ steel chain attached, the other end is in shreds.

A neighbor tells me the owner may live on Meadowbrook. Another tells me that the dog may play in Holbrook Park.

Hope to find the owner soon. This pup needs to get home.

150 Terry Kremin August 26, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Concord Historical Society Facebook up! please come visit – and try our Mystery Monday challenge to name a building this week – each Monday we will post a new picture from Concord’s history for you to try and identify!

https://www.facebook.com/ConcordHistoricalSociety/photos/a.1399178233637929.1073741828.1398921873663565/1399178206971265/?type=1&theater

151 Kad August 26, 2014 at 4:01 PM

@I found a dog. Report it to the SPCA so if the owners call there looking for their dog they will know who has it. That has worked for me in the past when I picked up lost dogs.

152 Anon August 26, 2014 at 4:26 PM

@149. Ever consider the owner is a POS? Anyone who chains up a dog isn’t right.

If he isn’t claimed there are 4 German Shepherd rescues in the Bay Area.

153 replies August 26, 2014 at 5:07 PM

@ Kad, thanks, I’ll call right away.

@ Anon, next door neighbors will take him if he is not claimed. Thanks

154 Jojo potato August 26, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Book report: I’m just finishing up “IBM and the Holocaust”, Edwin Black. Not light reading but fascinating. Tracks the relationship between the corporation and the Nazis. Did you ever wonder how the Germans were able to track down all the Jews? One reason is because IBM had provided punched card machines and analysts to set up sophisticated census information. This all started in the early 1930’s and continued throughout most of the war. IBM never sold any machines. They leased them including analysts to set up the required applications. When it came time to round up Jews in a certain city the applications were ready and the cards would spit out the names and addresses of the desired victims.

Very scary stuff, but consider this. In 1940 IBM ran the US census using these same techniques. In 1942 when our government wanted to round up Japanese Americans it was a breeze. The IBM machines were able to spit out names and addresses in a very short time. With the amazing increase in data on citizens since then it really gets scary. I know we all think we have nothing to hide but when the government decides to select out some group they will now be able to do it in milliseconds. Cheers.

155 Silva August 26, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Jojo potato, That’s horrifying. Sounds pretty interesting though. Was it well written? Did it suck you in without having to plod through? Engrossing rather than dry?

156 Jojo Potato August 26, 2014 at 6:58 PM

@Silva : Very well written, especially the details about the Jew selection and railroad scheduling and different types of camps that they were sent to. The point is, this was not a haphazard operation. All organized and operated with IBM machines set up by IBM trained employees. But I guess you have to want to read these sorts of things. Most of this is focused on the mass extermination, sometimes the huge numbers are numbing but you get brought back to the individuals from time to time.

157 I found a dog's home and August 26, 2014 at 7:00 PM

reunited him with his family. Dog is happy, family is happy.

158 Small Quake near Claycord August 26, 2014 at 7:00 PM

M 2.1 – 2km ESE of Berkeley, California

DYFI? – I
Time
2014-08-26 18:19:06 UTC-07:00
Location
37.864°N 122.242°W
Depth
10.6km

I hope people are prepared.

159 leo August 26, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Crazy-long line at the drive-thru at Popeye’s. All the parking spaces were filled

160 Killjoy August 26, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Curious. When I brought up a political topic here, I was accused of pushing an agenda, and also told to take it to the Politics thread.
I guess if it fits “your” agenda it’s cool?

161 Anon August 26, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Watch your inbox, here’s the latest phishing email, at least for me:
*************************
Dear customer,

You have not paid for driving on a toll road. This invoice is sent repeatedly,
please service your debt in the shortest possible time.

The invoice can be downloaded here
********************************************************
the link on the word here says vps-engineering.com which looks like a German website which I assume has been hacked.

162 Atticus Thraxx August 26, 2014 at 9:08 PM
163 Atticus Thraxx August 26, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Nevermind,didn’t see his name was om it.

164 Silva August 26, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Jojo potato, That sounds really interesting. I’m probably going to make sure I don’t read it though. Interesting and horrible.

165 Dr. Chickenfingers® August 26, 2014 at 10:27 PM

The Doctor was “in” Popeye’s today! Quality was there… deelicious! Staff seemed a little stressed, but they managed to put my order together (plus a side of mac n’ cheese that I did not order…. but they didn’t charge me for it so, no harm, no foul). Overall I’d rate it 3 noms (nom,nom,nom) Very busy & so was the Market/Gas Station, but I saw lots of smiling faces.

166 FYI August 27, 2014 at 7:33 AM

clsoed city meetings are to discuss or work on people contracts. The city is an employer and can’t give out employee information. Also closed meetings can cover things like lawsuits against the city.

167 JRConcord August 27, 2014 at 7:39 AM

@Chickenfingers
Please wash your hands before going back to your day job. ;-)

168 Jojo Potato August 27, 2014 at 7:48 AM

Grandboy off this morning for first day of 5th grade! Can you imagine, that short little guy has shot up like a weed. (as we say). Time to start thinking about a science fair project? And what about girls? Oh my!

169 ChampagneKitty August 27, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Lavender and mint liquid hand soap! :-)

170 Conmom comments August 27, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Thanks for your help last week, I have read through the thread. I hope I can come up with a solution other than my child taking the bus but as of now, I am stuck with every other parent in that CV traffic.

Thanks also for your help on the Dentist, I wrote down a few names and will be making some calls.

As for my dog, I can only hope that who ever has him is taking very good care of him, I miss him so much.

171 ChampagneKitty August 27, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Thank you for your book review, Jojo potato!

172 Silva August 27, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Conmom comments, Sorry I don’t have anything useful for you. When I went there I had to walk. There wern’t sidewalks for more than 1/2 of it, and in the rainy season you sloshed through mud. :D

173 Killjoy August 27, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Regarding the traffic at CVCHS.
For some odd reason, last week I didn’t have an issue with traffic. However THIS week is a totally different story. I can’t believe how much it’s backed up. What a pain.
The funny thing (well, not so funny) is the only difference is that the MDUSD is now also back is session.

174 Cuzzzzzzz........ August 27, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Anon #161,
I got the same e-mail but it stated I hadn’t paid a $45 utility bill and if I didn’t pay immediately they would seize my property. It was from “K $ L Gates” and said “Final Notice”. I forwarded the e-mail to Michael Finney’s 7 on your Side as a scam.

Killjoy – Feel blessed I read your joke as I completely ignore the ones posted by HKM

175 Howard K. Mullins III August 27, 2014 at 12:50 PM

A rabbi and a priest that met at the town picnic and
began their usual “kibitzing.”
“This baked ham is just delicious,” the priest teased
the rabbi. “You really should try some. I know it’s
against your religion, but I can’t understand why such
a wonderful thing should be forbidden. You just don’t
know what you’re missing. You haven’t lived until you’ve
tried Mrs. Kennedy’s baked ham. Tell me, when are you
going to break down and try a little ham?”
The rabbi looked at the priest, smiled and said, “At your
wedding.”

176 macawlady August 27, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Don’t have much to say, just wanted to comment that life in general is good. Weather is warm but not too hot. My family is visiting from MO and we are having a great time. I don’t have much family left so I appreciate them. I’m buried under a mountain of paperwork but getting through it a little bit at a time.

Be thankful for what you *do* have! Go outside, enjoy nature and most of all, smile.

177 Silva August 27, 2014 at 1:23 PM

I forgot to mention that when cars passed by as we sloshed through the mud alongside Clayton Road before sidewalks huge bodies of water became airborne and soaked us with muddy water.

178 Silva August 27, 2014 at 1:28 PM

ChampagneKitty, What kind of mint?

179 Tom August 27, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Why do people even open e-mails that are unfamiliar? Especially phishing emails. If it’s from someone you don’t know, DON’T OPEN IT!

Have you ever heard of MALWARE?

If you’re taking your computer into the shop way too often, think about it. What are you doing to create further damage?

We’re all subjected to being attacked online. But there are things you can do to cut down on the problem. Like not opening unwanted emails.

Just a thought……..

180 Atticus Thraxx August 27, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Damn good advice macawlady. Thanks. :)

181 I'll bet the Michael Brown fans will love this....... August 27, 2014 at 4:44 PM
182 Silva August 27, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Claycord.com, I’m wondering if post #181 is serving any necessary purpose here.

183 Atticus Thraxx August 27, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Name ‘em. And if you can’t name at least one of them, you and me is done: http://i.imgur.com/GREnTca.jpg

184 Something GOOD in our community August 27, 2014 at 8:40 PM

DID YOU KNOW?

Concord Community Pool IS open this week for Recreational Public swim until 4pm (based on minimum attendance of 30 swimmers.) I believe if this were better promoted, more people would be out swimming! Temps are in the 90s. For most school children, Wednesdays are an early dismissal. I took three children to the pool today and this photo shows how empty the pool was. An after school trip IS possible. Would have loved to see this promoted on more local news sites. Such a beautiful pool in Concord, CA. Phone Concord Community Pool to confirm open times: (925) 671-3474 for Thursday and Friday. http://www.cityofconcord.org/pdf/recreation/sports/swim_hours_recreational.pdf
Enjoy! I posted this because of “Antler’s” encouragement. Cheers! Anna

185 Shasta Daisy August 27, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Jury Duty tomorrow, Martinez.

Someone has email.

186 Jojo potato August 27, 2014 at 9:18 PM

@shasta : very good wifi in the court buildings. Also library kitty corner. Don’t stress it. It wll be fine.

187 Silva August 27, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Buzz Aldrin

188 Enfield303 August 27, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Atticus

Looks like Dave Grohl on the right. Guy on the left doesn’t ring a bell.

189 Enfield303 August 27, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Good call Silva. Now that you mention it, it totally looks like him.

190 Dr. Jellyfinger® August 27, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Well……… I’ve learned that chicken fat works damn near as well as KY Jelly. Ky is expensive too…. guess I’ll start booking the exams for “After Lunch” appointments only.

191 anon August 28, 2014 at 12:48 AM

macawlady,
what really helped me to have this attitude was realizing that as we mature everything about are life doesnt improve i.e. finances, job, health, family relationships, friends. when younger i used to think these things all got better as we mature. well, mama didn’t tell me…..it was a rude awakening. so the point about attitude that helped me was realizing that at anytime in life there’s always going to be those things we don’t have so don’t miss all the good stuff pining for the other stuff.

192 Marissa August 28, 2014 at 1:39 AM

Dr. Jellyfinger, I don’t think I will ever have popeye’s again……

193 Antler August 28, 2014 at 1:51 AM

Shasta Daisy at #185 ……

May I suggest that during the oral questioning to determine your suitability as a jurist, you might try looking “1960’s vague” and speaking of your concerns about nodding off during testimony because Neptune is getting near the moon and you must be awake all night making certain observations. “Oh, yes, Sir. It IS required or else Karma will cause an earthquake in the Sonoma Valley this month.” If you sense that is not working, inquire nicely whether a jurist is permitted to take quantities of Rx mood elevators in order to stay awake during testimony. ;-)

Believe it or not, I have heard some pretty similar stories from people who, unlike you, were slimy enough to want to shirk civil duty! On a couple of occasions ….one being the professional knife sharpener who begged to be excused because he was facing the busiest time of year when hunting season was getting ready to open and his regular-client hunters needed their knives sharpened. The examining attorney that day was hard-pressed to keep a straight face; he was standing back-to the judge, but his expression made prospective jurists giggled. The judge slammed his gavel, reprimanded us, and VERY unfortunately ordered us to “maintain proper respectful decorum or I will order Bailiff to remove you from this courtroom!!!” (Oooooooo…. honestly, your honor! You should have known better because MOST of them WANTED to be removed!) The young man on my right bit down through his sweater into his forearm and hid his face in his lap. There was nose-laughing (you know, that funny sound that comes out when you try so hard NOT to laugh?) Bailiff, ostensibly so as to be ready to leap at the first offender, also had his back to the judge and had to tuck his chin in tightly and clamp his lips closed. It was one of the most gloriously AWFUL moments I have ever experienced.

All of which is to cheer you up a little bit because serving on a jury really does change your life for awhile. Thank you for stepping up. Everyone should.

194 Killjoy August 28, 2014 at 6:24 AM

Maybe you should change your name to Dr. Chickenfingers?

195 JRConcord August 28, 2014 at 6:37 AM

@DR Jellyfinger
ahhemmm..cough….I see you just redefined “finger lickin good”. :-)

196 Silva August 28, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Love that photo, Atticus Thraxx.

197 Silva August 28, 2014 at 7:40 AM

Oh Atticus Thraxx, It must be my glasses which need replacing, but who was that previous lad? I didn’t see his name anywhere. was it Jerry Lewis?

198 Dr. Jellyfinger® August 28, 2014 at 8:44 AM

No dice! I just found out I can no longer do that. I’m back to KY. Seems the cats & dogs like Popeye’s chicken too & patients have reported aggressive sniffing & licking after exams. They’re asking me what the hell I did to them…… I’m going to be Presidential & claim I don’t know anything about it.

199 Shasta Daisy August 28, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Got here shortly before 8:00 and was lucky enough to find free parking in the lot behind the Bray building. All checked in and sitting here with all my new friends. I am behind in reading my Science News magazine, so I have 3 issues to read today.

I have served on a jury before and I wouldn’t mind be selected again. Sitting here waiting is the most difficult. I am a “mover” not a “sitter.” Especially when the sun is shining!

Forgot my Bluetooth to listen to music, oh well.

Have a good day and share that beautiful smile of yours with someone.

200 Killjoy August 28, 2014 at 12:18 PM

GoGo and I are busy cleaning. Our boss picked up a couple of Vidmars (at my urging). They were refurbished, but the insides need a good cleaning.
Once that’s all done, we can start organizing all the little parts and pieces that have five different locations around here. :D

201 ChampagneKitty August 28, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Today is my birthday. I am 44 years old today.

That is all.

202 Enfield303 August 28, 2014 at 2:23 PM

@ Champagne Kitty

Well Happy Birthday missy. Hope it is the best one EVER.

203 Silva August 28, 2014 at 2:27 PM

I hope you are feeling better ChampagneKitty and you have a jolly good and happy birthday!

204 Happy One August 28, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Happy Birthday, Champagne Kitty! I hope you do something fun to celebrate.

205 blossom August 28, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Happy birthday to our Garden Girl ! Nicole Hackett is enjoying 40 Years. YEAH

206 Tom August 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Happy Birthday Champagne Kitty! Have fun and enjoy your day!!

207 Shasta Daisy August 28, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Birthday blessings to you, Champagne Kitty.
Hope your day was filled with everything that makes you happy.

208 Tom August 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Shasta Daisy, thanks for the parking tip, jury duty style. I have a habit of being “deselected” myself.

So I finally found a way out of jury duty, while still being respectful to the court. ( Not lying). If you “reschedule”, they let your choose the start date, within a certain time frame.

I choose FRIDAY, knowing the chances of a jury trial starting on Friday are slim to none.

It’s worked twice now, including as recently as Aug. 15.

If you serve Shasta Daisy, you’d probably be a good juror.

209 Tom August 28, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Happy Birthday to Garden Girl too! My wife and daughter really enjoy her column……

210 Marissa August 28, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Happy Birthday, Champagne Kitty and Nicole! :-)

211 Shasta Daisy August 28, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Garden Girl…Happy BIrthday!
May your life be full of friends and fun times.

Friends are flowers that never fade.

212 Shasta Daisy August 28, 2014 at 3:55 PM

FYI…Dismissed from jury duty until October.

But the trip to Martinez was not wasted.
Coffee with a friend.

And, tonite…off to a concert at Broadway Plaza.
Perfect nite!

213 J. August 28, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Atticus Thraxx presses his body weight:

http://imgur.com/gallery/5eejThB

214 Enfield33 August 28, 2014 at 4:45 PM

@ J.

Hahaha… That’s funny. That’s exactly how I pictured Atticus to look like.

215 Silva August 28, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Some people I’ve talked to actually like jury duty. I don’t know, I’ve not yet done it.

I took a shower in a bucket today. A really large bucket. There’s a lot of water in it. Wow!

216 Enfield303 August 28, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Of the three times I’ve been called to jury duty, I’ve never made it all the way to trial. Sounds fascinating though.

217 Kad August 28, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Happy Birthday to Champagne Kitty. Hope you are feeling well enough to enjoy it.

218 Atticus Thraxx August 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Sweet Purple Jesus! Dude is jacked. His bicep is damn near as big as my thigh Enfield! I don’t cut an imposing figure. And when I bruise badly I frown. Thanks J.
Happy Birthday Kitty. 44? Just a kid! ;)
Silva it was Conan. These last two are Aldrin and Grohl.
Four day weekend and no matter what, no one can take away this LAST! w00t!

219 ChampagneKitty August 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Happy Birthday, Nicole/Garden Girl!

Thank you for all the birthday wishes! I haven’t done anything special to celebrate. I wanted to go out and have a good meal in one of my favorite spots, but that hasn’t happened. I still have time, but I don’t think I’m going anywhere today. I appreciate all the wishes, though. It is nice to just have it acknowledged.

220 Marissa August 28, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Nicole, I’ve been by your shop in Clayton and was very surprised at the selection of flora you have available. I really hope you have a very Happy Birthday.

221 Atticus Thraxx August 28, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Mid-air collision or homicide? :http://i.imgur.com/hHmwOtS.jpg

222 Marianne August 28, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Definite homicide, but a beautiful picture nonetheless, Atticus.

223 Enfield303 August 28, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Atticus

I ‘m thinking more like manslaughter (or bee slaughter ) . Probably going for the same flower

224 anon August 28, 2014 at 9:08 PM

It looks like a humdinger!

225 Antler August 29, 2014 at 2:50 AM

Blossom at #205…. Hi, I’m late dropping by Whatever today, but please do wish Nicole a most Happy Day after Birthday.

I did make contact with ChampagneKitty.

Hope you are doing well and being your dynamic, friendly self, Blossom!

226 Jojo Potato August 29, 2014 at 7:54 AM

“Defy our expectations in Diablo Valley”. Advertising headline from this months AAA magazine. Two page sppread fillled with breathless ad copy. “Delectable farmers markets, edgy craft brewers and more music than any other valley”. That Concord place really sounds great!

227 Jojo Potato August 29, 2014 at 7:54 AM

Whoops, it should be “Defy your expectations…”

228 Antler August 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Oh, just LOOK at that cute Henesy dog just posted by Animal Services as being up for adoption!

229 Antler August 29, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Atticus, super pic! I’m going for a title something like “Clean Kill”.

I read recently that hummingbirds also eat a great many mosquitoes….very much an omnivorous bird. As I write this, I heard the baby squeekies from a hummingbird nest in the magnolia tree just outside the slider and near the feeder, which the parents defend with a vengeance against other hummers and even against big orioles.

230 Antler August 29, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Shasta at #212 …… Yea! Are you buying Halloween candy early?

231 Kirkwood August 29, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Panhandler alert! The Gypsies are coming! The Gypsies are coming!
Friday, 2 pm, a pregnant woman, 2 small kids, and a man about 30 opposite the doors to Safeway. Man was waving to shoppers exiting the store. I watched from a short distance and was apparently noticed. When I returned from the car with my camera,they had moved out to the lot entrance.

232 Kad August 29, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Last.

233 Killjoy August 29, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Kirkwood, which Safeway? There are so many in the area.

234 Killjoy August 29, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Last

235 10 Quakes south of Holister 3.5 the largest sot far August 29, 2014 at 5:04 PM

M 3.0 – 14km SSE of Ridgemark, California

DYFI? – II
Time
2014-08-29 14:44:16 UTC-07:00
Location
36.689°N 121.321°W
Depth
6.0km

M 3.0 – 14km SSE of Ridgemark, California

DYFI? – II
Time
2014-08-29 14:44:16 UTC-07:00
Location
36.689°N 121.321°W
Depth
6.0km

236 10 Quakes south of Holister 3.5 the largest sot far August 29, 2014 at 5:05 PM

M 3.5 – 14km SSE of Ridgemark, California

ShakeMap – IV
Time
2014-08-29 16:32:05 UTC-07:00
Location
36.688°N 121.320°W
Depth
6.2km
x

237 Marissa August 29, 2014 at 5:13 PM

It is Friday! Last! :-)

238 Shasta Daisy August 29, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Can I play, too?

I don’t mind being last.

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