Claycord – Talk About Whatever

September 22, 2017 19:20 pm · 74 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 a shooting, earthquake, etc.), or you hear about something newsworthy, feel free to post it here.

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Lambie September 22, 2017 at 7:23 PM

~Happy Fall Y’all~

Cowellian September 22, 2017 at 7:24 PM

Cowellian’s First!

Mom-in-Concord September 22, 2017 at 7:59 PM

Always wanted to be first. Am I?

Dorothy September 22, 2017 at 8:26 PM

Another book report. Janissa by Robert Thomas Newcomb, 1943. Suppose to be about Egypt and Palestine set about 40 years after Christ. Don’t bother with it. After slogging though, I got nothing out of but a lot of useless running around by main character. Didn’t even have a decent ending, just sort of hung there. It goes into the donation pile.

Dorothy September 22, 2017 at 8:31 PM

On a happier note: The Walnut Creek/East Bay chapter of the American Sewing Guild is having another Stash Sale as a fundraiser on October 7th at the Odd Fellows Hall on Cowell in Concord. It will be 10 AM to 1 PM. Exact address next time around. This is just a notice for sewers, quilters, and craters to put on their calendar.

Edi Birsan September 22, 2017 at 8:59 PM

Please take the short survey at

and let me know what topics you would like for the Fall survey to:

WC resident September 22, 2017 at 9:13 PM

Why is the shopping center called Park N Shop when the sign had “Park” “Shop” on the spokes and a “C” at the top? Was the place ever called “Park See Shop?”

Did the advertising in the early years ever use one of these?
Park N Shop
Park ‘N Shop
Park ‘N’ Shop

My memory of the print advertising was that it used a picture of the Park / C / Shop sign.

Mary Fouts September 22, 2017 at 9:49 PM

@Dorothy #3 – by chance, do you or any of your crafting friends spin yarn? I have a pile (!) of dog hair from my Husky-Malamute mix Sid that I would like spun into yarn for knitting, mixed with some wool or other natural fiber as necessary. I have a few online sources to do this, nothing local. Would appreciate it if you or others could recommend a local yarn spinner. Thank you.

King Archie the Invincible September 22, 2017 at 9:51 PM

Drove to the Lindsey Museum last week to drop off some fish for the bobcat recuperating from a busted pelvis (Ouch!) Came upon a flashing yellow LEFT TURN LIGHT! (All caps because I was shocked.) You never see these sensible traffic situations in Concord, where the Public Works Department eels EVERY intersection has to be totally controlled, regardless of the line-of-sight distance a turning vehicle has. Left turn from Cowell onto Coventry; left turn from Willow Pass or Concord Blvd, onto North 6th or Parkside; the list goes on and on. Left turns where you can see for over a quarter of a mile, yet you have to sit and wait for a light cycle to make your turn. I’ve seen flashing red arrows in Colorado, another sensible approach. Making left turns is part of the DMV test, guys; all that stuff is in the manual; there’s no sound reason for waiting at many of our lights, yet the bozos in charge (who can’t even time the lights so you can drive from one end of town to the other without undue stops) feel it’s essential to bring transportation to a complete stop every chance they get.

Silva September 22, 2017 at 10:07 PM

Mom-in-Concord, You were sure close!

Thank you Dorothy.

I hope everyone enjoys a safe and happy weekend.

ConcordKate September 22, 2017 at 10:24 PM

Love your family & friends. A good friend of mine entered the realm of hospice care today. You never know what tomrorrow will bring.

Dorothy September 22, 2017 at 10:54 PM

Mary #8 – We do have a spinner in the group. As far as I know she has only talked about spinning wool. I can ask her about her spinning group that she belongs to. It is local but I don’t know its name. (She knits too.)

WC resident September 23, 2017 at 12:11 AM

@Invincible King #9 – Thank you for the fish!

The flashing yellow takes some getting used to. If you are not paying attention it’s easy to think they have the right of way. People turn left directly in front of oncoming traffic.

Here’s a note for those not familiar with it. The intersection of Geary Rd. and Beuna Vista / Putnam has left turn lanes for all four directions. Usually at an intersection like this you would see either a solid round green light or a green arrow. Drivers know that solid green means the oncoming traffic also has green and also has the right of way and may be proceeding through the intersection. Your left turn is not a protected turn. Drivers also know that a solid green arrow means the oncoming traffic has a red and that it’s a protected turn.

This intersection has something that’s not yet common which is flashing yellow left turn arrows. It’s like the solid green light in that you need to watch for and yield to oncoming traffic which will have the green.

At certain times of the day and if traffic is waiting in the left turn lane during the red light part of the cycle the light will change to a green arrow to clear out the left turn lane and then go to yellow and then flashing yellow. The oncoming traffic has the green at this point.

The good news is you are never stuck at a red light for the left turn where you can see there’s miles of no oncoming traffic and that it would be safe to make a left turn.

Google for ‘flashing yellow left turn arrow’ shows they are becoming more common. There was a federal study that found that flashing yellow resulted in fewer collisions than solid green and so I suspect we’ll see more of these.

The intersection is a joint city of Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill project.

Well??!!! September 23, 2017 at 1:47 AM

Since we’re talking about driving habits, (and I too like the flashing yellow arrow) why is it that it seems as if driving with your high beams is okay? I know, new car headlights are brighter these days, but cmon, when I see a 90s Civic driving down 680 in my rear view….that idiot has high beams on.

Silva September 23, 2017 at 8:54 AM

Mary Fouts, I have a tub of grey kitty fur for spinning.🙂 I’m pretty sure that in bygone days people spun whatever they could get their hands on. I don’t see a problem with spinning cat or dog wool. I plan on having a lovely grey wooly hat sometime. I woman once showed my how to spin with only a stick! She was using the most gorgeous bright warm golden colored cotton bolls she’d collected somewhere in Central America. She told me that that all cotton was originally that color, and it was then practically extinct. That was in the early 1980s. Husky-Malamute wool sounds very luxurious!

Atticus Thraxx September 23, 2017 at 9:24 AM

As soulful as a white girl can get:

Humanity unleashed:

Good rehearsal, take five, smoke ’em if ya got ’em:

Palm sweat time:

How war works apparently:

I’m impressed, ’bout you?:

As giant spiders go, this is kinda cool:

Give dad some credit now and then is all I’m sayin’:

One for the fellas:

Wasn’t in my top 100 reasons to knock first. Is now:

Looks like a delightfully weird Wes Anderson deal. Can’t wait:

The smell of regret:

Christian Bale:

Name it? :

Well, that says more about you than us doesn’t it? {Caution, possibly blasphemous image} :

Soccer hooligan:

Bet that hurt:

What could go wrong?:

Cat ain’t havin’ it. Just ain’t:


Made me laugh:

Garage hack:

Name it;

How do you tell a guy he’s got one ugly-a$$ kid?:

Visigoths on their way to Rome:

Even a rhino wants none of that:

Big ‘ol balls of bearing:

Shasta Daisy September 23, 2017 at 9:28 AM

Peace, from Saint Malo, France.

Strad September 23, 2017 at 9:37 AM

$16 train has left the station going to the $18-$20 and beyond, there is no turning back, especially in California for sure.

Concordejet September 23, 2017 at 9:56 AM

Happy Saturday

Hugh September 23, 2017 at 11:02 AM

Dorothy #4, so what’s your top 3 lately?

Cafe girl September 23, 2017 at 11:09 AM

This is a whatever blog. That means people can talk about whatever

Cowellian September 23, 2017 at 11:56 AM

Shasta Daisy has expanded the borders of Claycord considerably. Enjoy your travels!

Cowellian September 23, 2017 at 12:50 PM

@Cafe Girl,
Whatever do you mean?

mike favar September 23, 2017 at 1:31 PM

I observed that the Wendy’s on Monument Blvd went out of business yesterday. There are now signs on it saying “Sorry, we are closed.”

Dorothy September 23, 2017 at 2:05 PM

Mary #8 Heard back from the chapter’s spinner. “We are Treadles To Threads. We have a blog, but I don’t remember the exact address, so if she searches for us by name, she will find us.”

Hope this helps.

Dorothy September 23, 2017 at 2:21 PM

Hugh #22 Lately? Been going though all my bookcases and not really getting any new books.
One I enjoyed is Discord’s Apple by Carrie Vaughn, 2010. Interesting combination adult fairy tale of apocalypse, ancient gods, magic, and immortals.
Currently re-reading Exodus by Leon Uris,1958. The movie cannot do more than bare justice to the book.
Another adult fairy tale is Hounded, Hexed, Hammered by Kevin Hearne, 2011. This is more male orientated about the last of Druids. He’s only 2100 years old and is involved with all the various deities of all cultures of the world.
I do prefer science fiction but there isn’t much really new in that and too many are serial books.

Irene September 23, 2017 at 4:42 PM

Two years ago today I loss my heart dog to cancer and other medical issues. It is amazing, wonderful and bittersweet how one creature can have such an influence on a person’s life. I miss him so much and cried a little today. Please show your pets how much you love them every day.

Captain Bebops September 23, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Well an economic collapse could create a reset in the cost of living that gone completely off the rails in California. We all have to raise our prices or demand a pay increase or we’ll starve. And that’s why we read people leaving the state in droves. I’m sure though that makes the ultra rich ultra happy as they want the state for themselves.

Ancient Mariner September 23, 2017 at 8:20 PM

Great list as always, Atticus!
Scary blue spider, though.

J. September 23, 2017 at 11:04 PM

@mark favar
Before hastily throwing the good stuff into the back of a gigantic box truck, the Wendy’s franchise owner told me to go away, and apprised me of …

… nothing. The signs also give no clues.

@WC resident
It is Park & Shop, not Park ‘N Shop

Hugh September 24, 2017 at 12:16 AM

Good point Irene. (hey it’s better than c’mon, Irene).

Silva September 24, 2017 at 11:13 AM

GREAT stuff there Atticus Thraxx! That is the most beautiful spider I couldn’t ever have imagined. Now those giant ball bearings, they were so not round wobbling down the chutes before the quench! I wonder if they were round in the short time they got there. I’m left with another of life’s mysteries, which hopefully will be forgotten by the end of today.

WC resident September 24, 2017 at 2:57 PM

Thank you for “Park & Shop” J #31.

I was wondering about the guys standing around watching the giant ball bearings being made. Did they intend to grab a bearing if one of them jumped out of its track?

Best wishes for the Wendy’s franchise owner. Shutting down a business always sucks unless you are a carpet store where “going out if business” is normal.

Mary Fouts September 24, 2017 at 4:59 PM

@ Dorothy, thank you much for the kind and helpful suggestions. I will proceed and follow up later..

On a second thought, I crochet. Don’t knit or spin yarn. But perhaps that needs to change?

@Silva, keep collecting your kitties’ hair. I will find a source.

Bitcoiner September 24, 2017 at 6:49 PM

Hey kneeling and arm locking NFL anthem protestors…

This is accomplishing nothing at all cent showing everyone what crybabies you all are.

City Girl September 24, 2017 at 10:40 PM

I was very disappointed in the Walnut festival today. It should’ve been called a carnival geared towards 10 and under with no vendors selling their crafts. $10 entrance fee to see nothing. However, The tri-tip sandwich I got from Steel Smokin’ was pretty darn good, although one of the employees was quite angry when i sent back my sandwich reminding them that it was ordered without onions. In anger, he, literally, grabbed my sandwich out of an employee’s hand. Otherwise, it was delicious.

This should’ve been called a carnival rather than a festival.

Anon September 25, 2017 at 6:55 AM

It appears that I have been a victim of the credit card skimming scam. On Saturday, I bought gas at the Ultra gas station located on Clayton Road at the corner of Glazier. Not only was I charged the correct price for my gas, but I had an authorized charge on my credit card the same day for $99.68 from a business in Florida called Zubaysh Taj Group Inc. my credit card company confirmed that that business is a gas/oil company. I will let the owners know today of this issue, but in the meantime be very careful or don’t use this gas station.

Dr. Jellyfinger September 25, 2017 at 7:45 AM

It sounds like a declaration of Shenanigans is in order!

Cowellian September 25, 2017 at 8:03 AM

I have been known to Shenaniganize from time-to-time.

Silva September 25, 2017 at 8:29 AM

Anon #38, I’ve had it happen before that a gas station has gotten approval for some random amount before I pumped, and for a few days both the pre-approved charge and the actual gas charge appeared on my bill. The random charge dropped off after a few days. I don’t know if that was what happened to you at the gas station, and do call for an explanation. It pays to be vigilant.

Kentucky Derby September 25, 2017 at 8:49 AM

The easiest way to avoid credit card skimming at the gas station is to pay cash inside. It not only takes less than a minute, you get to know the owner (if you’re a regular). Getting to know the owner is a win-win situation when doing business with any business.

If paying cash isn’t for you, take your credit/debit card inside the station.

Credit card skimming is easily preventable.

Cowellian September 25, 2017 at 9:08 AM

Mr. Mayor,
Do you think that Safeway reads Claycord? Now, all of a sudden, they are willing to allow the police to arrest trespassers at their Willow Pass store.

J. September 25, 2017 at 10:37 AM

Concord Police motor units are aggressively ticketing speeders and knuckleheads on Monument Boulevard today! w00t!!!

Kirkwood September 25, 2017 at 1:46 PM

Another issue of late about TV sports events that has bothered me is the quality of singers of the National Anthem. I’ve never heard so many off key singers, even among so-called professionals. I know the Anthem is difficult because of its broad range. The lowest notes are almost always sung sharp and sometimes even the high notes can be a bit flat although more attention is paid to proper pitch at that end of the scale. My other objection is the singer trying to personalize the song, and making it too “artsey”. It’s disrespectful. Oh yes, also sung too slowly.

KAD September 25, 2017 at 5:01 PM

Why are the networks making the news anchors stand up during the news broadcasts? Just for something different? Just makes me feel sorry for them.

Kirkwood September 25, 2017 at 5:18 PM

Well, tonight is the debut of that young doctor TV show that’s been mercilessly hyped these last couple of months. It better be good, in fact it better be better than good.

Jojo Potato September 26, 2017 at 12:55 PM

For you enjoyment:

Solomon Grundy,
Born on a Monday,
Christened on Tuesday,
Married on Wednesday,
Took ill on Thursday,
Grew worse on Friday,
Died on Saturday,
Buried on Sunday.
That was the end,
Of Solomon Grundy.

Regards, Jojo

Anon-2-U September 26, 2017 at 2:04 PM

@Mary Fouts and others looking for an animal fur/hair spinner – try VIP Fibers. I know there is a waiting period, but I have a friend that used them to spin dog fur. One thing to note about dog fur is that there are “guard hairs” that will have to be removed, not sure if it’s done before final spin, it’s probably removed when you “card” the fiber prior to spinning.

anon September 26, 2017 at 4:18 PM

A homeowner on Kipling Ct called CPD when he saw 3 males with masks and gloves trying to break into his house. CPD responded and caught 2 out of 3 suspects. Good job CPD and homeowner.

Frustrated September 26, 2017 at 5:39 PM

Was there an accident on Treat around 5?

Silva September 26, 2017 at 8:21 PM

Looks like catnip to me!

Dr. Jellyfinger September 26, 2017 at 9:23 PM

@ Silva…. That’s what happens when you repair a sandal with Superglue & kitty gets curious before it sets!

Vicky September 27, 2017 at 7:34 AM

What was that horrible, horrible smell in
North Concord yesterday?

Dr. Jellyfinger September 27, 2017 at 7:41 AM

I’m guessing goats.

Shasta Daisy September 27, 2017 at 9:04 AM

I think I’ll move to Spain.

Smiles from Bilbao.


Silva September 27, 2017 at 10:12 AM

Ooo, Shasta!!!

Cowellian September 27, 2017 at 10:58 AM

Well I’ve never been to Spain
But I kinda like the music

I’m glad you’re enjoying your travels, Shasta! My son toured Europe on a Eurorail pass, and he loved Spain. But all I’ve seen of Spain was Rota, and that was from a Shore Patrol van. I sure didn’t see anything that would make me want to move there. However, I wouldn’t mind going back as a tourist.

Kirkwood September 27, 2017 at 1:06 PM

The Safeway advertising tabloid this week lists “Adult Brownies” in the bakery section. I wonder what makes them “Adult”?

Silva September 27, 2017 at 2:15 PM

Kirkwood, Either with booze or without sugar would be my guess.

Duchess of Martinez September 27, 2017 at 3:46 PM

Surprised no one posted about this – but this afternoon cable TV was interrupted by a bizarre emergency alert system. I personally thought it was some form of recorded alert bc I was watching recorded television.
It was bizarre bc the announcement was muffled and sounded alarming with the information but I could not make out what the heck was said.
A google search will reveal that it did in fact happen and yes the audio announcement was alarming . One such reported on USA Today indicated some heard the following “In the last days extremely violent time will come”
A bit unnerving to say the least
Well – I found a good link I will share on what it really was
Apparently FEMA was attempting to institute a Nationwide Alert system and they tested it (guess we all missed the heads up memo) and some of the broadcasts were intercepted or muffled by other audio (TV, radio, cable ) – hence the bizarre announcements heard by some in California

Here is the link with explanation

I can only say the audio was terrible and muffled and I hope they fix it pronto

Original G September 27, 2017 at 4:15 PM

This picture is an impressive example of field engineering done to a B-17G bomber during WW2.

Original G September 27, 2017 at 4:19 PM

Kirkwood … “Adult Brownies” … Well dang that lets me out,
second childhood with a larger allowance and still NO adult supervision.

Kirkwood September 27, 2017 at 4:53 PM

Orig G – Interesting. Our B-52G’s had four 50 cal. guns in the tail, TV and radar controlled by the gunner who rode up forward in the crew compartment. This was in the early 60’s and they were there mostly for crew morale.

Mary Fouts September 27, 2017 at 5:00 PM

@Irene #28 – We nearly share a common date. 3 years ago on Sept 21, we lost our beloved Chow-mix Titus. He was nearly 14 1/2 years old, passed peacefully in Concord Sage’s quiet room. I still think of Titus every day, even though we adopted 2 dogs shortly thereafter: Sid from the county shelter at Pinole 2 days later, and Lexi from the Antioch shelter 1 month later.

And so I am reminded to live in the present as our dogs do, as every day is truly a gift.

Atticus Thraxx September 27, 2017 at 6:28 PM

Kirkwood, I was curious about the quad-50s in a B52 and while reading about the weapon system and stumbled across this interesting article I thought I’d share with you:

Can’t stand Mariachi? Atticus has a cure for what ails ya. Getting heavy play on my iPod this week, fantastic guitars:

Anon September 27, 2017 at 11:27 PM

I’ve been watching the Vietnam War series by Ken Burns. Nine episodes so far. Hard to watch but very thought provoking and emotive. I’m glad there is only one episode left.

Antler September 28, 2017 at 5:07 AM

Atticus, that Mariachi group is SOLID!

At about 5a…. using clothespins to hold up the front hem of my bathrobe just enough so that my wooden-heeled sandals show up in the mirror when I’m dancing! Slate floor makes for quality clanking resonance! 😂

On a serious note: Anyone out there ever try to play a real set of castanets?
I tried them at a music store in San Francisco one time… FAIL.
Another bad experiment was trying to play spoons, though a few of the unplanned lateral shots did hit the fiddle player in his kneecap! (Would be fun to hear some other Claycordians’ tales about experimenting with music instruments.)

anon September 28, 2017 at 5:59 AM

There is a vehicle accident on Kirker Pass and Olive Dr. Outbound traffic towards Pittsburg is closed.

Silva September 28, 2017 at 8:32 AM

Gee that was beautiful, Atticus Thraxx. I think I’ve listened to Los Lobos on the car radio before, but I’m pretty certain it was a different style of music altogether. I may need some Los Lobos in my new replacement CD collection. They are great! I was focused on the instrumentals rather than the words they were singing, I’ll go back and listen again, but “El Cascabel” means “The Rattlesnake”, BTW. Thank you!

Silva September 28, 2017 at 11:06 AM

Whoops! I blew it. In this case it means “small bell”, or “jingle bell” (?)

Silva September 28, 2017 at 11:10 AM

Oh, and the lyrics are just a mite suggestive, double entendre, and all. 😉

Kirkwood September 28, 2017 at 2:11 PM

Atticus – F.Y.I. Your reply prompted me to look around the Internet for a pic of the gunner’s station located in the crew compartment upper level facing aft on the “G” model, but everywhere I searched it showed the tail gunner’s position on older aircraft. Ended up spending the next half hour on You Tube reminiscing my old Air Force days. Nowadays I only remember the good parts. Thanks.

Atticus Thraxx September 28, 2017 at 7:07 PM

I’m delighted you guys enjoyed. Los Lobos as it turns out is an LA Rock band that does alot of Tex-Mex stuff. Not all of it’s for me, but who doesn’t like Rattelsnake Bells. 😉
Kirkwood, I can’t for the life of me imagine climbing into, one of those stations in war. No thank you very much. You can’t even get out and run!
I just read Roberta Gonzales is leaving the news to start her own gig. Radar and I shared a serious crush on Ms. Gonzales, he got to meet her if I remember right down at Todo Santos. Bet he had a big ‘ol smile. Impressive woman.

KAD September 29, 2017 at 6:01 PM

Last for the week. Have a good weekend.

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