Claycord – Talk About Whatever

July 31, 2015 20:30 pm · 193 comments


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

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

101 anon August 2, 2015 at 5:51 PM

@Yummy in my Tummy,
A person was struck by a vehicle in front of Food Max on Clayton Rd. The pedestrian suffered a leg injury.

102 Silva August 2, 2015 at 5:54 PM

I had a dog that killed Norway rats. He’d kill anything he could catch, including birds. I could never take him anywhere. Besides that, and nobody except me could get too close to his food bowl, he was a great dog.

103 Diz August 2, 2015 at 5:57 PM

We were at todos los santos downtown this afternoon for taste of concord, which was great btw and noted that Mi Pi Pizza place was closed, is it closed for good?

104 Ancient Mariner August 2, 2015 at 7:24 PM

My last cat once left us a bat on the front doorstep to show how good a hunter he was (and to thank us for letting him live here).
It had the softest fur I have ever felt.
I have no idea how a cat could even catch a bat.
My current cat just bites my hand when I play with her.

105 Roger the Shrubber August 2, 2015 at 9:08 PM

Lots of sirens, what’s going on?

106 Roger the Shrubber August 2, 2015 at 9:13 PM

“The attic guys’ definitely. Our neighborhood has a problem because weve got tile roofs or rooves what is it. anyhoo lots of us use the attic guys. The 99$ flyers you get…don’t trust them, you pay for what you get and pay and pay. Angie was the scheduler and your go to person if you have any trouble. They started in so cal and had just started an office up here when i first used them. They are thorough and will come back to block any entries the rats may have found. And you want to be sure that when they fill them they press steel wool into the caulking.

107 Lorelei August 2, 2015 at 9:14 PM

@Sweet WWT (#20) I think there used to be an Olive Garden there….

108 Shiloh August 2, 2015 at 10:03 PM

Mr Mayor — any news on the fire on Olive Dr?

109 KAD August 2, 2015 at 10:47 PM

I had wanted 3 dogs but now I know I can’t have more than the one we have now. We are dog sitting this week and our dog will not let the guest dog into the bedroom. She sounds fierce like she would tear the throat out if she got a chance. She will share her food and her toys but not the bedroom.

110 Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Launcelot August 2, 2015 at 11:49 PM

I have to set catch ‘em alive traps to get the rats because I don’t want to accidentally kill any squirrels. Then once I’ve caught a rat I snuff him with an air rifle.

The live catch traps work best with plain roasted peanuts for bait. Tie them on with a thin wire. Traps need to be fine tuned to have a hair trigger or the rats will just eat the bait & leave

111 Antler August 3, 2015 at 4:12 AM

KAD, you didn’t give us all the details about dominance factors between your own dog and the guest dog, but might your own dog eventually tolerate a younger dog of the opposite sex if you just let the new dog pick a nighttime sleeping spot elsewhere, at least at first? New dogs just have to learn the behavior parameters, and it’s an excellent sign that your first dog will share toys and especially FOOD! That is a HUGE concession to the newcomer!

Somehow our good ol’ Vizsla (“Chief”) taught the Brittany puppies from the first litter we bred that the foot of our bed was his very own “spot”. But he was fine with their sleeping anywhere ELSE on the bed, even under the covers!

It’s an adventure, that’s for sure! :-)

112 anon August 3, 2015 at 1:05 PM

CPD is looking for a female senior citizen with dementia in the area of Chestnut and West St. She is wearing pink and has a cane. She has been missing for over an hour.

113 Mary Fouts August 3, 2015 at 1:09 PM

@KAD – We adopted our 2 current dogs from local shelters a month apart. Within 5 days they bonded as if they were littermates, with just 2 exceptions when Sid became aggressive towards Lexi over a specific toy. Put toy out of sight problem solved.

As Antler sates, that your dog shares food and toys so quickly is outstanding. I also agree that with time for introduction and letting the dogs establish their “pack rules”, your dog could likely learn to share at least some of the bedroom area, particularly if the new dog exhibits neutral to submissive temperament. Keep us posted!

114 Shasta Daisy August 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Accident on Civic in Walnut Creek.
One person laying in the street.

I pray he is okay.

115 Original G August 3, 2015 at 5:14 PM

Those of us who have older homes, have you ever considered putting in a fire sprinkler system in your garage?

116 Shasta Daisy August 3, 2015 at 6:39 PM

Why can’t I find anything online about the accident on Civic?
I can’t get that image out of my head.

I keep praying.

117 Antler August 4, 2015 at 8:43 AM

Oh ARGH……. I’m pretty sure that decades ago when we had the asbestos insulation material taken out of our attics, we had the wood/cellulose product blown up there. Thanks for the warning, folks. Time for an inspection.

(If it’s not one thing, it’s another, right? mutter-mutter-mutter)

118 Silva August 4, 2015 at 9:20 AM

Antler, I’ll be keeping mine. It’s probably the second best investment we ever made, after the house. An inspection never hurt anyone though,… right? I’m glad you got the asbestos out!

119 Mary Fouts August 4, 2015 at 12:21 PM

Looks like it is going to rain outside, but I’m guessing what looks like rain clouds is actually smoke from the wildfires.

Thanks to all fire fighters and support personnel who are battling the wild fires.

120 Silva August 4, 2015 at 12:58 PM

Kirkwood, A big thank you for the “Petromalt” tip for hairballs. Once I worked out how to get it on the inside of the kitty who really needed it, I can say it seems to be making a real difference.

121 RunDogRun August 4, 2015 at 2:13 PM

You can smear Petromalt on their front paw
and they will lick it off, but you need to really
smear it so that if they flick their paw, it won’t
end up on the wall or in the carpet.

122 Silva August 4, 2015 at 3:57 PM

RunDogRun, The cat I need the Petromalt for will not be held or even approached with two hands. It makes it a bit tricky.

She wasn’t interested in trying it from my finger, or on top, under, or mixed into the one and only soft food flavor she’ll even touch, or her kibble. I had to put the tiniest bit of it in the middle of her soft food and increase it a small amount each time. I’m sure she knows what I’m doing as I’m preparing her dish, also.

She had my mom even better trained than me. She would only eat/drink the JUICE from the one and only soft food flavor she’ll even touch.

I’m working with her toward being able to pick her up, but it seems iffy. She’s old but very spry, and she may need to go to the vet sometime. The only time I know about her going to the vet she was just too sick to resist. She’s had two other households that I know about, and has lived in three states.

123 J. August 4, 2015 at 3:59 PM

Felt like rain today in Walnut Creek and sure enough within the hour there were detectable sprinkles on my windshield.

Saw a lose Chihuahua on Monument yesterday by Taco Bell. Saw the same Chihuahua loose same place last week.

For those hauling reclaimed sewer water for non-potable uses there are caged plastic pickup truck sized containers at Bill’s Ace Hardware in Pleasant Hill and Martinez for $179 each.

124 Graffiti Night Clayton? Car Show? August 4, 2015 at 4:02 PM

Does anyone know what happened to the Wednesday Graffiti Night Car Show in Clayton?

125 Mary Fouts August 4, 2015 at 4:17 PM

As a follow-up to @123 – the recycled water station at CCCSD in Martinez is now open 7 days a week: 8 AM – 6 PM Mon – Fri, and 8 AM – 4 PM Sat and Sun. Yesterday we did 2 300 gallon pickup runs to replenish our 275-ish gallon front yard (used purchased from Bill’s Ace Hardware) and 500 gallon back yard water storage tanks. There was no wait in the morning, but some wait (about 15 vehicles in line) in the afternoon. So please allow time, the line moves along and the recycled water attendants are very helpful.

For those of you who do a lot of water hauling with a pickup, our low profile water hauling tank that fits between the bed’s rear wheels is a blessing. More stable for hauling than the cube given the low profile, easier to fill at station as you do not need to get into bed of truck, and does not obscure rear view window visibility. But not available locally, will need to order online. Ours has 325 gallon capacity, we fill with 300 gallons of recycled water.

126 RunDogRun August 4, 2015 at 5:54 PM

@122 Silva

Hmmm. A difficult one then. I admire
your patience. I’ve only had one cat that
actually liked Petromalt and took it willingly,
especially not one who would even come
close to their food if Petromalt was anywhere
nearby … it’s got a distinctive smell.

127 anon August 4, 2015 at 11:07 PM

CPD was chasing a vehicle on Arnold Industrial until the suspect vehicle crashed. Earlier tonight the vehicle was in the area of possible shots fired around Grant St.

128 Sick Of It August 5, 2015 at 7:59 AM


Have you ever thought the problem is the police chasing people?

…… neither.

129 Silva. August 5, 2015 at 8:06 AM

Patience is underrated. It’s one of my few my few virtues. It comes in very handy. Often.

130 Silva. August 5, 2015 at 9:18 AM

Proof reading, not so much

131 anon August 5, 2015 at 10:51 AM

Can anyone recommend a good carpet cleaner?

132 thx4youropinion August 5, 2015 at 11:36 AM

@Silva #122 — Have you tried just giving her some Vaseline? (Not the stuff with fragrance.).

My cats generally prefer/preferred Vaseline; those that didn’t would get a smudge (or two) of it alongside their mouth and have to wash it off anyway.

133 Mary Fouts August 5, 2015 at 12:24 PM

@anon #131 – I don’t have a carpet cleaning company to recommend. However, if you are considering doing it yourself, I highly recommend Hoover’s Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner. Does a great job cleaning carpet and upholstered furniture, dries quick, and easy to use. Their PetPlus spray bottle carpet & upholstery cleaner is great for pre-treatment of tougher stains as well as an in-between spot cleaner for tracked in mud, food spills, etc.

It’s on sale now on for $149.99, same price we paid 2 years ago. Free standard shipping.

134 Original G August 5, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Silva, Had some luck with “cat grass”. Got seed packet at Navelet’s on Ygnacio. Learned hard way to break leaves up then give it to my cat. If I set the pot down in minutes she rips them all out of the soil an makes a huge mess.

Got cat I have now from work, she hid in attic above my shop and roamed a locked parts area behind it an roamed area outside. Over a period of a month or so put food and water on top of lockers (high ground where she felt safe) and made a high pitched whistle each time she began to eat.

Eventually she came down to get single pieces of dry food I’d toss.
After another month ended up sitting on my lap and eat from my hand during Safety meetings. During the day would come an go from my shop. Eventually I’d whistle as I got out of my car in the morning and she’d come running.

Now days, years later, her plate and water is on a towel on coffee table next to my recliner. She gets small portions and she’s trained me to ask “you wanna eat” or “you hungry”? She meows or head butts my nose, I say “OK” an she turns around an sits next to her plate. Also understands “I gotta get up”, if I’m the warm place she’s sleeping, like right now.. An “PLAY” means she gets to chase red dot of a laser pointer, she runs to the kitchen and waits for me.

If your cat always has food available at a distance from people there’s no incentive for her to interact. May want to try moving her feeding dish closer to people and reduce portions to encourage multiple feedings an when she’s hungry and plate is empty toss individual pieces of kibble to encourage repeated contact. As time passes reduce distance of the toss so she has to get closer to eat.

135 Antler August 5, 2015 at 1:24 PM

Yesterday I tried the fish and chips at Black Bear Diner in Countrywood Shopping Center, Walnut Creek. Don’t. Just DON’T EVER.

136 Silva. August 5, 2015 at 1:37 PM

thx4youropinion (#132), The thought hadn’t crossed my mind. I did notice that some of the pet store tubes contain petrolatum, which I think is a close relative.
Thank you, I’ll definately look into it. I love to save a buck or two. Or six. :)

origional G, Your brilliance is showing again. Funny about the grass. I grow some sometimes or even pick up wheatgrass at the store for my cat who came to us from the street. She’s the one who we always take care not to let outside, and she watches for every opportunity. When she successfully makes a break for it, it’s east to capture her again, as she goes to the nearest clump of grass and munches madly. She’s not enthused with grass indoors, she gives it barely a nibble. She’s bulimic. I’ve not dealt with that issue as the other cats have no weight problem, and have always had easy access to the kibble. That’s definately something to think about. Thank you.

137 nytemuvr August 5, 2015 at 2:12 PM

@Silva. #136
I planted catnip in my backyard a few years ago, once it gets established it returns year after year (think it said annual on the seed pack). My cats love this stuff, besides nibbling on it and “hiding” in it, they’ll roll around in it too. It grows pretty quickly and doesn’t need a lot of water That reminds me to renew my cats “CA medical catnip card”.

138 J. August 5, 2015 at 2:50 PM

Gil, Sr of Gil’s Carpets in Martinez said the only carpet cleaning system that works is Chem-Dry. Gil said steam cleaning is bad because it leaves watered down abrasive soil in the carpet which breaks down the carpet fibers.

139 Antler August 5, 2015 at 3:08 PM

We have used COIT to clean carpets in our home ever since we left those years when we could fling things around and do every bit of the work ourselves.

140 Sid August 5, 2015 at 3:44 PM

For carpet cleaning, we’ve had good luck with Stanley Steamer. Two nice, polite, clean-cut young men did the job last time. You can make an appointment on the Stanley Steamer website.

141 J. August 5, 2015 at 4:21 PM

Be careful with Stanley STEEMER (their correct spelling) as they will quote $200 but after suggesting and applying PURT they will shamelessly hand you a bill for $400 at the end of the job. Their $99 whole house flat rate is a come on too. And of course they’re using a steam process that Gil says is bad for the longevity of your carpet.

142 Silva August 5, 2015 at 4:55 PM

nytemuvr #137, You have VERY happy cats, I guess! It must be much better grown in the sun and real soil. I’ve tried catnip indoors in pots and they only seem slightly interested.

143 @ Antler 135 August 5, 2015 at 4:59 PM

I tried their pot roast dinner a loooooong time ago.. Haven’t been back for dinner, AND WON’T. Oh, and the strawberry-something dessert wasn’t impressive either.
I have, however, had a fantastic veggie omelet for breakfast. The fried potatoes were good, too.

144 Kirkwood August 5, 2015 at 5:05 PM

I had a not so good experience with Coit a couple of years ago. On the day of the job the workman called a few minutes after he was due to arrive, said he was running late and would begin the job about 6:30 pm. I told him that was not acceptable and to reschedule for the next day. He arrived in late afternoon and did the job, leaving carpets so wet they took a day and a half to dry.
I’ve had the Chem Dry process a couple of times and haven’t figured out if more is happening than what appears. Although the carpets look uniformly clean I wonder if the process doesn’t just simply move the dirt around. The mops he changes on the buffer don’t look dirty enough and I wonder if detergent isn’t being left in the carpet. At least with the wet process you can see the dirty water.

145 Atticus Thraxx August 5, 2015 at 5:18 PM

Dangerous precedent, closing comments. Though knowing this crowd you probably had your reasons. Better to moderate. If you need help Mayor, you need only ask. The Thraxx Sword of Righteousness swings swift and true. Nights and weekends anyways :)

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146 Sid August 5, 2015 at 5:22 PM

J., Stanley Steemer does try to upsell, but we stick with the basic cleaning we signed up for and have no problem with them.

147 Silva August 5, 2015 at 5:37 PM

We rent a “steam” machine from Wally’s.

148 Silva August 5, 2015 at 5:38 PM

I like to see the dirty water also.

149 Shasta Daisy August 5, 2015 at 5:38 PM

Cowellian…Too close to home…. Hickory Hollow Cinemas.

Sending prayers.

150 Silva August 5, 2015 at 5:47 PM

Coit left our friend’s curtains in tatters. She’s in a huge three story house with lots of windows, and didn’t notice till after she’d paid and they left. She’s elderly with little eyesight. The kicker was that they would do nothing about it because they said they were old. Not even any money back. They weren’t all torn up when they started, they appeared to be fine. The tech should’ve at least not ruined ALL of them. Probably could happen with any company. Be observant, if you can see.

151 Silva August 5, 2015 at 5:58 PM

Yeah, stories with comments closed. How’s the world going to know we’re a bunch of low-brow yokels around here?

152 J. August 5, 2015 at 6:21 PM

Before I got the advice from Gil a steam cleaning company was having a half off sale plus the largest room was free. The tech looked around the house and announced that I did not have a largest room. Then a room that he measured at say 12×12 he put down as 6×6 to make it half off but I felt sorry for him so I pointed out that would be closer to 75% off. I showed him for 12×12 you make it 12×6 to do the math. I asked him about his hobbies and he said he was a Bronco Rider. Probably took one too many blows to the head.

153 Cowellian August 5, 2015 at 6:29 PM

Thanks for the thoughts and prayers, Shasta. I’ve been following this. I’m glad that the terrorist is the only casualty, although one guy was injured by the hatchet, and several people were overcome by his pepperspray.

154 J. August 5, 2015 at 6:48 PM

But it had to be in Antioch!

Fortunately he only had access to a dull hand Maddox, an Airsoft pistol, and a lipstick sized Pepper Spray.

155 Bob August 5, 2015 at 6:58 PM

Well today just before noon I went to get my daughter’s car parked near the roof of the Concord BART station that is actually mine but well if you got kids you usually help get them a car and I needed to borrow because I locked myself out of my car but had extra keys for her car. Anyways I went up the stairs from the far end closest to Clayton Road because that’s where I was closest to. As I got to the second floor I saw this expensive looking sports car right on the 2nd floor by the stairs facing out and a man sitting down against the wall on the back and I believe there was another man under the car. Some misc. things scattered around the area. I was in a hurry and just greeted them like I did not know what was going on but I felt they were either going to try and steal the car or break in. As I got to a higher floor looking for my daughter’s car I called BART Police and a dispatcher asked me a million questions. Hey I told her where it was, what floor, type of car but she kept calmly going on and on. I finally found my car all in all probably a little under 10 minutes and I never saw or heard a BART cop. I did call her back later to give more details. Called after 4:30 and they said they responded in 25 minutes because the cop was in Walnut Creek and handles multiple stations. Unacceptable. They asked me how long it should take and I said 5 minutes. Also told me the car was in fact broken into. I grew up in S.F. and watched BART being build the end of my street and rode it for years downtown S.F. was a wonderful system. Now after years of neglect it is breaking down and could kill innocent riders with the constant breakdowns, fires, derailments, etc. and the union has gotten great raises while they increased fares, gave more parking tickets recently and has screwed the poor working middle class who has to ride this trashy system and now put more at risk for crime because BART lacks sufficient law enforcement help. It’s not the cops fault. It’s a greedy cash cow system that just takes and takes and could give a damn about the public they are supposed to serve. What your family and friends and look out for others on BART because the understaffed police are not going to be able to help you much if a crime issue comes up people. The one thing I could not help thinking is why someone would park their real expensive car the last spot in the garage. Someone saw it as an opportunity. The guy I did see had a white t-shirt, dark pants about 170 pounds normal curly hair (not short or long) appeared Hispanic, guessing 5’8″. My wife is Hispanic so this is not a race issue. Learn to help others because the system does not.

156 Bob August 5, 2015 at 7:02 PM

I forgot the age. I would say 25-35 adult.

157 RunDogRun August 5, 2015 at 7:44 PM

@155 Bob

I’d say you’re very lucky they didn’t
jump you and it raises the prospect
of that happening eventually if the
current conditions are allowed to
continue. I would say, at this point,
it’s risky for women to park in that lot.

158 J. August 5, 2015 at 7:58 PM

Da’Mayor has re-opened comments for the stolen Ninja motorcycle story.

159 Atticus Thraxx August 5, 2015 at 8:15 PM

J. I moved over here. Seems not right to talk shop when some poor woman is on the wrong end of an a-hole.
You get the Saturday afternoon thuggery over at USI now and then. Chabot, not so much seems to me. Heck who buys ammo? Been rolling my own for years. Cheaper, better and I can make as much as I want. I have this .308 Palma Benchrest that started life as a Remington 700 PSS in .308 Winchester. I won’t bore you with the specs on it but it takes the better part of a day to make 20 cartridges for it. Sizing die cut with same tooling used in receiver. I go so far as to weigh, trim, measure for case wall thickness, throat, shoulder, primer pocket depth,all of it and that’s just the brass. A lot gets rejected.
Not a practical thuggin weapon either. Weighs 20.3 lbs empty with scope and tripod. Sure does toss a .155 gr boat tail though. Wish I was a better marksman, to be worthy of it.

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160 Dr. Jellyfinger August 5, 2015 at 10:38 PM

@ 124 ~ I don’t know what happened to Wed. night car show.
They probably got kicked out of the Church parking lot or something

Wednesday was a lousy night to have it anyway. By the time I was done for the day & driving into Clayton it was always all over & done with …. I mean at like 7 pm ! Nobody wants to do Wednesdays. Skipolini’s could still do it, just park on the city streets….. Sundays would be good. Clayton is too quiet on Sundays. We could cruise Main Street. It would be like “The Wild Ride” all over again.

161 Antler August 5, 2015 at 11:20 PM

“thuggin weapon”
Is thems what ya use when the store sign says
“Limit 2 large Baby Ruth bars per customer”
….. but you just feel like having more than that?

162 nytemuvr August 6, 2015 at 6:56 AM

@Atticus Thraxx #115
Just getting things starting on my new reloading bench, getting the Rock Crusher out, all my equipment has sit too long and ammo has skyrocketed too much, time to start start “rollin’ my own” again too.

163 Atticus Thraxx August 6, 2015 at 7:46 AM

Could you imagine trying to eat two large Baby Ruths today? I’d probably catch Diabetes.
Though with time to stew on it, thugs at USI have never really been a problem. They seem to behave and one thing you can say is the Range Officers at USI, will not abide any sh*t, safety wise. You comply or you leave. And if asked to leave, that’s not a place you want to have a temper tantrum about it.

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164 Atticus Thraxx August 6, 2015 at 8:43 AM

nytemuvr, in my book you are moving from mid-grade deity to a low level god. Rockcrusher is serious gear. If you have an 9mm recipes that work well on a 124 gr RN, please share. Yeah I know, but I got a box of 500 for $23.00. Can’t find a load that works well group wise. Too bad Killjoy isn’t here, he started working up a Lee progressive setup and likes 9mm.

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165 Silva August 6, 2015 at 9:46 AM

I used to know someone who collected his and other’s empty shell casings, and melted lead in an old pot on the kitchen stove in his apartment to refill them. I think there was a mold involved, but I was never around for any of it. We wouldn’t even visit him for a long time afterward.

166 nytemuvr August 6, 2015 at 11:58 AM

@Atticus Thraxx #164
Nothing wrong with the round nosed lead, good for plinking. I have a recipe for my Model 659 (first edition) that worked really well in that pistol. 5.0 grs. of Unique, CCI 500 primers with a light tapered crimp gave me +/- 1000 fps. I think that was out of a Speers book or a Sierra book. It’s what I used to carry while camping. Check your reloading books/ charts as that’s from a few years ago….I’m not responsible for any miss-haps with putting a recipe “out there”, but really liked that cheap load and was fairly accurate out to 50 yds. I have some very accurate 9mm FMJ Sierra bullets, my favorite brand still. Baseball hole size on paper targets @ 25 yds., all day long.

167 nytemuvr August 6, 2015 at 12:01 PM

@Atticus Thraxx #164
Thank you for the compliment…..

168 Atticus Thraxx August 6, 2015 at 1:26 PM

nytemuvr… ;)
Silva, Reminds me off a funny story from my youth. Neighbors of ours when I was a young-un where gun folks. They occasionally went with us out to Islip. And I think the old man and he were on a team, I don’t remember. Anyways we hear a banging on the front door and it’s this neighbor. Mom hollers come in and there’s dude standing with a dripping wet S&W K-22 broken open at the cylinder in one hand and I think an old Enfield No2 also dripping wet. Usually not an issue, but his lip is split and his nose is streaming blood down the front of his shirt. Asks for my dad and before mom can answer he goes past us to the backdoor. My hand heard the commotion out back and met him as he was coming towards the door. Dad see the blood and says “What the hell have you got yourself into Alvin ?(just remembered his name)
A good bit of okay calm down and let’s get you wiped up, lay those pistols down and let me see your face kinda stuff. Alvin was upset and pops does not like upset people.
So sniffling now because I think his nose is broken Alvin tells my dad his wife kicked him out of the house. “Whatever for Alvin”, queries Pops
Alvin says” I been trying to get the crud out of these pistols I been shooting awhile and ain’t cleaned. So after the Mrs. goes to bed I put them in our dishwasher and ran it. ‘Cept I feel asleep and forgot, Got up later and went to bed. Well, first thing she does is open her brand new dishwasher in the morning to find Alvin’s pistols, racked up, cylinders out, pretty as you please.
Over the years my dad told me Alvin’s wife woke him up that morning by swinging first one pistol at his sleeping head. That one caught squarely, her second swing with the other pistol was but a glancing blow.(Lip) My dad thought Alvin and all the stuff he got into, really, really, almost cruelly, funny, but somebody was hurt now, so he couldn’t send him home. He slept on our couch and my sister and I found him there asleep and we got a bunch of those little Dixie cups you use for picnics and stacked them all over him. I don’t know what ever happened to old Alvin but that K-22 is in our family to this day. And it was old when I was a kid. Ahhh the old days.

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169 Stinky Plant August 6, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Geez, some of you guys are scary. I’m sorry you don’t have better “old days” to remember.

170 Silva August 6, 2015 at 2:20 PM

Thanks Atticus Thraxx! That was a good belly laugh. Some things you really just can’t make up.

171 Mary Fouts August 6, 2015 at 5:55 PM

@Bob #155 – About 6 years ago our family sedan was parked from about 8 AM – 11:45 AM in a reserved spot at PH BART parking ramp. Upon return the car had been the victim of a hit & run, two points of impact along driver’s side where car tried to park next to our car and hit our car twice in both door areas plus side view mirror. Nearly $7k damage. Called BART Police, completely nonresponsive to taking a report. Their response was “Don’t you have insurance to cover this?” And when I asked to review video coverage of my spot location from the security cameras, I was denied with the explanation that the video would be so “muddy” I would not be able to identify the vehicle that ran into our car.

BART has so many problems, seems a mix of laziness and poor training for BART police, and ill spent money on the BART system all the way around. Since then we never park a vehicle at BART, pick up and drop off each other or take a taxi back and forth.

172 Silva August 7, 2015 at 9:11 AM

You can sort of glimpse the other side of the Moon here;

173 Cowellian August 7, 2015 at 9:39 AM



174 Atticus Thraxx August 7, 2015 at 11:11 AM


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175 nytemuvr August 7, 2015 at 11:33 AM

@Atticus Thraxx #168
Always wanted a S&W .22 revolver, in some form. That’s a great story and a great gun too. I did have a Model 53 (S&W .22 Jet) for a while once about 30 years ago, wish I’d kept it. It drew quite a bit of attention at USI when I shot it, it threw out a 6″/8″ (large) flame and loud report with each round. I used to run the LIE back in the 80s in my younger days with my truck quite a bit. Long Island was/is a beautiful place, except during the winter. Good luck with that 9mm load.

176 nytemuvr August 7, 2015 at 11:38 AM

@Silva #172
Do you mean the “Dark” side of the moon?

177 Rollo Tomasi August 7, 2015 at 11:53 AM

The 49ers just released Aldon Smith. If De La Salle needs a pre-season match up, I think they’re available. Better use De La Salle’s field, though.

178 Antler August 7, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Alas, alas, alas, a last alas.

Have a happy weekend, all!

179 ChampagneKitty August 7, 2015 at 12:19 PM

Happy Friday, Claycordians! Smooches! I’m checking in from the library. Um…some of these people who come here to use the computer…talk to themselves. Yeah. Not me, though. There was a young guy here, late teens or early 20’s, shaved head, mumbling to himself. He kind of sounded like he was on his phone, but I don’t think he was. He has left and a middle-aged woman has arrived and she’s complaining to herself. And cussing. Okay.

Sadly, my laptop is out of commission. Again. This time, it may be permanent. Maybe. A few weeks ago, I found out that I have wireless connectivity after all. An Astound technician told me that there was a problem with that feature in my laptop, but another technician came out to do some stuff and got the wireless working. Now, the problem has to do with the place where the power adaptor cords plugs into. I’ve complained about this before. For a long time, I’ve had to jiggle the cord to get it to recognize that the cord is plugged in, but now it has stopped recognizing it altogether and will only run on battery. Well, my battery is drained. So far, I’ve called one computer repair place and was told they can’t fix it. I know I should try calling some more places, but it has occurred to me that I may have to try to get a new laptop. How long are laptops supposed to last? I’ve had this one since Sept. 2011.

I wish this lady would shut up. Well, I’ve only got a few more minutes of time left anyway and I need to make a couple more stops, so I won’t be here that much longer. I sure don’t like being without the internet at home. If I had a quarter for every time this woman cusses…

Have a good weekend everybody, if you can stand the humidity!

180 ChampagneKitty August 7, 2015 at 12:31 PM

Okay, that’s it, I’m leaving the library for now. I think the first guy, the one with the shaved head, came back. Now there’s another guy here who is staring at me. I’m outta here.

181 Silva August 7, 2015 at 2:31 PM

nytemuvr, Yep! That’s what I meant! Definately. The dark side of the moon. :-D

So good to hear from you ChampagneKitty! I’ve used the library computers before with scruffy babbling people who cursed also. They don’t discriminate as much at the library as other places, and they can still afford the entrance. Boy, I sure hope you’re able to get those issues resolved soon. It’s so hard to be cut off from the web these days, and we’ve missed you here!


182 Anon-2-U August 7, 2015 at 3:07 PM

Just felt an earthquake Clayton Rd. & Newhall – anyone else?

183 blossom August 7, 2015 at 3:23 PM

Looking for a good painter, repair of crown molding, and carpenter to build a quality pantry. Anyone out here that can refer?

184 Anon-2-U August 7, 2015 at 3:30 PM

I had a vanity built for my bathroom from Gregg at Western Woods in Pacheco/Martinez area. Give him a call, he’s a great cabinet maker.

185 @Silva August 7, 2015 at 3:34 PM
186 Mary Fouts August 7, 2015 at 3:58 PM

@blossom #183 – Highly recommend Schryer/Thompson in Concord, they are a licensed general contractor and have done great work at my home numerous times. They recently did some repair/maintenance work for us: painting, sheet rock repair and tape/texture, updated electrical, and new attic fan.

They are at (925) 566-8911. Speak with Darlene to schedule an estimate and tell her Mary Fouts referred you.

187 Cowellian August 7, 2015 at 4:56 PM

This week’s last quote is from Anthony Robbins

Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.

188 Cowellian August 7, 2015 at 5:01 PM

And welcome back, ChampagneKitty. If your laptop really is shot, take a look at a Chromebook. They’re ridiculously inexpensive, fast, and easy to use. Unless you need a real computer to run real programs, a Chromebook does a fantastic job of keeping you connected to the internet.

189 Silva August 7, 2015 at 6:08 PM

#185, That’s VERY cool, thanks!

190 RunDogRun August 7, 2015 at 6:36 PM

Sad that some people do not have
an internal locus of control and
must rely on others to tell them
what to think and feel.

191 J. August 7, 2015 at 7:01 PM

Did you know that Tony Robbins suffers from the same bone disease that Andre the Giant had? Tony chooses not to be treated.

Do you know Andre’s last words?

192 Cowellian August 7, 2015 at 7:19 PM

No, I don’t know Andre’s last words. Here’s your chance to take the last for tonight.

193 Dr. Jellyfinger August 7, 2015 at 8:51 PM

@ Cowellian 187 — Oh man, that one is pure gold! I’m going to use that line on Barbie tonight!

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