Claycord – Talk About Whatever

October 6, 2017 21:20 pm · 82 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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Peter October 6, 2017 at 9:21 PM


Mimi (original) October 6, 2017 at 9:22 PM


Curious October 6, 2017 at 9:23 PM

First? Could it be???

Cowellian October 6, 2017 at 9:32 PM

Cowellian’s First!

Wave October 6, 2017 at 9:36 PM


Silva October 6, 2017 at 9:41 PM


Mary Fouts October 6, 2017 at 9:44 PM

@Silva from last week – No, Jim does not know where he got bit by black widow spider. We haven’t seen one in our gardens for over 5 years, so it had to be during a dog walk, or some other time. He didn’t feel a thing, but ER doc said that is not unusual. At first we thought it was a poison ivy/oak reaction.
But the bit area ended up being huge, and could see the fang marks. Crazy! Always learning something.

Glad we went to the ER. Jim experienced some side effects from the bite, including a severely elevated blood pressure. Top number when we got there was over 200.

Greg94528 October 6, 2017 at 9:58 PM

Mary,glad everything is OK!!!!
I’ve seen several black widows this year on our porch! First one was in shoes left outside. Always shake out shoes that you leave outside before you put them on. They often hide in there. Plus they like wood piles and boxes. Anyway glad everything came out okay.

Atticus Thraxx October 6, 2017 at 9:59 PM

They are their own worst enemies:

Probably voids the warranty:

Sounds like something a Frenchman might pull:

Crazy boat ride:

Bet mom and dad are proud:

Doesn’t end like you think it will:

Made me smile:

Dang that was close:

Madonna seems to be aging well:

Saw this today on the Internet

Like how she handles herself:

Colombian IQ test:

Do not be around when it wakes up:

A nightmare:

Onions do the same thing to me:

Made me giggle:

I wanna know what the painting was, what caused all the fuss:

Yeah, it won’t be long now:

Mexico City earthquake footage:

Rock on brother:

TexAg93 October 6, 2017 at 10:32 PM

Gig ’em Aggies!! Beat the hell outta Alabama!!

KAD October 6, 2017 at 10:54 PM

Mary Fouts – WOW – I am shocked that you have not seen a black widow in your garden in over 5 years. Glad your husband is OK. Curious – What did the ER do for him?

KAD October 6, 2017 at 11:14 PM

Atticus – Thanks. I agree. I want to see the painting.

Hugh October 7, 2017 at 2:22 AM

How about an update on the Bobcat? how’s he doing?

Shasta Daisy October 7, 2017 at 6:56 AM

Home, sweet home.
Although, Portugal was tempting.


In The Shadow of the Mountain October 7, 2017 at 7:02 AM

On Sunday, 10/1/17, the Class of 1980 of Mt. Diablo High, lost a true Bay Area legend… Stephanie (Gardner) Ornelas aka DJ Stef. On Saturday, 9/30/17, we had our annual alumni picnic and little did we know that this was our last reunion with her before she went home to the Lord.

http://www.eastbaytimes. com/2017/10/01/bay-area-music-legend-dj-stef-dies/

Silva October 7, 2017 at 8:36 AM

The way the golden one is checking the lady’s face with it’s fingers, I’m guessing it’s a painting of her.

Silva October 7, 2017 at 8:43 AM

Colombian IQ test! Hahahahaha! City slickers. That guy put himself in the very worst possible position to be round a horse.

Great, Saturday morning, eye-opening stuff, Mr. Thraxx. Thanks!

I hope everyone enjoys this splendid weekend.

Welcome home, Shasta Daisy.

THE ANIMAL October 7, 2017 at 8:44 AM

Prayers for victims in Vegas and sorrow for the loss of Tom Petty………….

Concordejet October 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM

hey it Saturday

honda bill October 7, 2017 at 9:04 AM

tom petty is siitin at the top of the world tonight, runnin down a dream, and free fallin, all with an American girl. rip tom. my favorite all time, and one of musics greatest all time. remained relevant for 40 years solid.

KAD October 7, 2017 at 11:49 AM

Silva – Of course. You have to be correct.

apollo idol prudence October 7, 2017 at 5:44 PM

Any follow up on the jackalope who tried to shoplift at the Harley shop and got hiss windshield kicked in?

Lambie October 7, 2017 at 6:47 PM

There’s a bad accident on 24 east at Pleasant Hill Road exit. Only the slow lane is open. Two vehicles involved, two fire trucks blocking lanes.

anon October 7, 2017 at 9:12 PM

JC Pennys at Sun Valley Mall is being evacuated due to a fire inside the store. According to CPD, the fire is out.

Mary Fouts October 7, 2017 at 9:57 PM

@Greg94528 – Thank you!

@KAD – Re: black widow spider bite. When we arrived at ER, Dr. suspected either a brown recluse or a black widow bite They monitored Jim for several hours. Gave him antibiotics and additional medication to bring blood pressure down. Bite looked to be a black widow (no skin breakdown as in a brown recluse). People have various reactions, so I assume treatment would differ, perhaps greatly, depending on symptoms of bite. For Jim, other than severe swelling and redness in the area, the one side effect he had was severely increased bp, got up to 220 over something at one time in the ER.

When released from ER, got antibiotics to take for 10 days. This was Monday night.

The swelling is nearly completely gone as of this evening. Some redness persists, and two scabbed areas where the fangs bit him in neck. So glad it turned out as well as it did.

ST October 7, 2017 at 10:34 PM

Injury accident on Bailey. Closed at the top. Definitely avoid it, you’ll be turned around. Drive safe all.

anon October 7, 2017 at 10:46 PM

Bailey Rd is shut down due to a possible fatal accident.

Silva October 8, 2017 at 8:45 AM

KAD, You are too kind. It would be fun to really know!

Mary Fouts, I’m glad to hear Jim’s spider bite is so much better, and it didn’t take awfully long for him to get back to almost normal. And a very good thing it wasn’t a Brown Recluse. That is high blood pressure! Was it terribly painful?

WC resident October 8, 2017 at 10:53 AM

@Mary Fouts – responding to last week’s question about activity level of the black widow spider.

It’s been very low for us this year. They tend to be most visible on warm nights. A couple of years ago I was killing about 10 every night. This year it’s been about one per week.

Seasonally, they are more visible when it’s warm. Maybe they are bothered by the heat and so move out onto the webs to help stay cooler.

German cockroaches are also way down this year. Back when I was getting 10 black widows per night I was also seeing half a dozen or so cockroaches in the yard each night and killing those too. This year I think I’ve seen one. Both the cockroaches and spiders stay outside. I’ve never seen either in the house.

There’s a new bug that’s now common in this area which is the Mediterranean cockroach. I started seeing them about five years ago and now they are common. They are very small. See where they are using the made up name friendly cockroach. Those seem to be harmless.

It’s good to see that your Jim is on the mend. I had not known they cause the blood pressure to spike.

Shasta Daisy October 8, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Stabbing at Lafayette BART, 3 people injured.
Station is closed.

Mary Fouts October 8, 2017 at 5:31 PM

@WC resident – thank you! I also did not know about the blood pressure spike re: black widows. Learned a lot this past week.

We have a lot of alligator lizards in our yards, both front and back; I see several each day during non-cold days. I think that keeps our spider and other bug population down.

@Silva – Jim had no pain with the very high blood pressure. But apparently that is a “numbing” reaction to the black widow bite. I’ve learned so much with Jim’s black widow bite. The only reaction Jim had was that he felt “loopy” to the medication John Muir ER gave him for the high blood pressure spike.

And once again, all of the staff at WC John Muir ER were incredible. Friendly, and put us at ease. Couldn’t ask for anything better during a stressful time.

Dr. Jellyfinger October 8, 2017 at 8:40 PM

I used to have the same sweater Freddy Cannon is wearing in this video!
Where can I find another one? (total chick magnet!).

Anon-2-U October 8, 2017 at 10:26 PM

Smelling a lot of smoke close to Newhall Parkway, anyone know if/where it may be originating from? October 8, 2017 at 10:41 PM

Just an FYI – there are no fires burning in Contra Costa County.

Anon-2-U October 8, 2017 at 10:44 PM

Well I’m definitely smelling a lot of smoke, it started around 8:45 pm. so, the smoke is coming from somewhere 🙂 October 8, 2017 at 10:54 PM

Several hundred acre fire burning in Napa County right now. Also fires near Clear Lake, Butte County, Yosemite, etc. No fires in Contra Costa County.

Original G October 8, 2017 at 11:10 PM

Current wind pattern is from down Central Valley and down slope off the Sierras. There are quite a few fires burning to the North of us.,-119.257,6

City Girl October 9, 2017 at 4:19 AM

Good God! The smell of smoke has been keeping me awake. It almost smells like an electrical fire. I am praying for the people in Santa Rosa, Napa and Calistoga. My friend owns the petrified Forest, and I am praying for her. I will contact her in a few hours to see if she and the forest are OK.

annie2u October 9, 2017 at 9:40 AM

This NASA based wildfire map super useful for those checking on loved ones

Kirkwood October 9, 2017 at 12:08 PM

Returned from the gold country yesterday, strong north winds blowing down the valley and across the delta. Poor visibility everywhere, down to less than a mile in places.

Original G October 10, 2017 at 12:34 PM

Can track Air Tankers fighting wildfires in Napa County. DC-10 tankers flying out of Sacramento McClellan. Major activity at present is between Fairfield and Napa.,-122.08/9
Scanner audio Northern California Major Incident
Topo of area.,38.293,-122.126,12

Dr. Jellyfinger October 10, 2017 at 6:42 PM

Golly… I just had an epiphany!
Flipping around the TV channels & stopped on “Big Bang Theory” for a minute….. I suddenly realized… it’s a total rip off of “That 70’s Show”
More sophisticated, older characters & a bit more imaginative, maybe… but essentially the same gig.

I wish I could have epiphanies about more important things…. but I guess that’s about top end for me.

Silva October 11, 2017 at 6:52 AM

Whoa. Red sky at morning.

Justyfiable Languor October 11, 2017 at 8:11 AM

Thank you Mary Fouts for sharing your knowledge about black widow bites. I have always lived I proximity of them and wondered. So glad your husband is okay.

Jojo Potato October 11, 2017 at 11:47 AM

Powers out and stop lights around Pleasant Hill BART. Oak Park blvd also. Maybe those PGE guys working along Iron Horse Trail at Walden? Drivers behaving well with some exceptions.

Jojo Potato October 11, 2017 at 12:15 PM

Lights back on Oak Park blvd.

officer Barbrady October 11, 2017 at 4:06 PM

They just evacuated Calistoga .

Atticus Thraxx October 11, 2017 at 7:07 PM

I saw a convoy of Nevada Fire trucks on west bound 80 just east of Vacaville. Flags flying high, beautiful sight to see. Bunch of them too.

anon October 11, 2017 at 8:45 PM

Why did it take 3 days to respond to the fires?

anon October 11, 2017 at 8:51 PM

2 vehicles were broken into at the Sun Valley Mall. Witnesses saw a black male using a hammer to break the windows. The closest Officer was on Meadow Ln. Of course the suspect got away. With all the auto burglaries in that area, you would think an officer could be assigned to stay in that area.

Mary Fouts October 11, 2017 at 10:05 PM

Fire coverage – with the wildfires likely spreading south from Solano county tonight given expected wind change: Does anyone know if Con Fire has a fire boat? I’m not aware that it does. Know that SF and Alameda counties have them. But with the refineries in Martinez and all, just keeping concerned if wildfires get this far south. Thanks.

If anyone can offer input, I would appreciate it.

Jojo Potato October 12, 2017 at 10:58 AM

On their web site they mention a “fire rescue boat” but I couldn’t find any details. See this site:


Jojo Potato October 12, 2017 at 11:02 AM

Just after I posted that I found more info. Google is your friend (sometimes). Using this search string: ‘fire boat :site” I got this link with a picture of the boat.

Not much of a boat, but it does appear to float.

Jojo Potato October 12, 2017 at 11:06 AM

And since I’m on this roll, I think Mary that you live quite near the cccfpd headquarters. Next time you’re out walking the dog why not stop in and ask? They probably will be thrilled to have a visitor.

Dr. Jellyfinger October 12, 2017 at 6:14 PM

What’s with all the police cars heading north on 680 in Pleasant Hill?

Dr. Jellyfinger October 12, 2017 at 6:48 PM

Looks like fires are being blamed on PG&E ……..
power lines slapping together in strong winds & transformers blowing up.

Mary Fouts October 12, 2017 at 8:25 PM

@Jojo Potato #54

Husband Jim and I visit ConFire Station #2 and the adjoining District Fire Services Station on a regular basis during our dogs walks. They are our neighbors, after all, and they very good neighbors.

But my post (#51) was late at night. District fire offices closed, and not inclined to bang on Fire Station #2’s doors at that hour. So thought I would ask here first.

I’ll post back here with any new information I come up with. Been dealing with clients who lost homes and wineries in the fires. Horrific. Thankfully no loss of life for clients … yet.

Always Right October 12, 2017 at 9:54 PM

Yes, PG&E power lines are the likely cause of these fires.

Remember since San Bruno PG&E has spent billions to upgrade their gas lines (at our expense), but their electric lines? Maybe not so much.

Remember when they were cutting every tree down that happened to be growing near their underground pipelines? A complete over-reaction and waste of money. But they don’t care. It is not their money and its not their trees.

My guess is the state will investigate PG&E because of the fire storm. Lawyers will sue (and win) for poor maintenance. PG&E will go to the CPUC and get another rate increase to pay workers to chop down every tree within 50 feet of a power line, and then the CEO will go on another apology tour.

Silva October 12, 2017 at 10:57 PM
Antler October 13, 2017 at 3:29 AM

This evacuation readiness list was posted on Facebook with the idea that readers should add suggestions, etc., at the end. See what you think.

“Thank you to friend Jamie for forwarding this information!
“I hope you’re all holding our firefighters, EMTs, nurses and doctors and all the many victims of this nightmare close to your heart❤️”
Now-here’s the re-post (with some edits from me):

“If you are waiting for an evacuation order:
These ideas might help a Fire Fighter save your home IF YOU ARE ABLE AND HAVE TIME TO DO SO. Do not risk your life!
If you insist on staying:
Leave your name & your next of kin contact information for easier identification.

Do you have defensible space?
Inside the House:
Shut all windows and doors, leaving them unlocked.
Remove flammable window shades, curtains and close metal shutters.
Remove lightweight curtains.
Move flammable furniture to the center of the room, away from windows and doors.
Shut off gas at the meter; turn off pilot lights.
Leave your lights on so firefighters can see your house under smoky conditions.
Shut off the air conditioning.
Gather up flammable items from the exterior of the house and bring them inside (patio furniture, children’s toys, door mats, trash cans, etc.) or place them in your pool.
Turn off propane tanks.
Move propane BBQ appliances away from structures.
Connect garden hoses to outside water valves or spigots for use by firefighters.
Fill water buckets and place them around the house.
Don’t leave sprinklers on or water running, they can affect critical water pressure.
Leave exterior lights on so your home is visible to firefighters in the smoke or darkness of night.
Put your Emergency Supply Kit in your vehicle.
Back your car into the driveway with vehicle loaded and all doors and windows closed.
Carry your car keys with you.
Have a METAL ladder available and place it at the corner of the house for firefighters to quickly access your roof.
Seal attic and ground vents with pre-cut plywood or commercial seals.
Aluminum foil will work in a pinch.
Patrol your property and monitor the fire situation.
Don’t wait for an evacuation order if you feel threatened.
Check on neighbors and make sure they are preparing to leave.
Locate your pets and keep them nearby.
Prepare farm animals for transport and think about moving them to a safe location early.
In dire straights write your name & phone number on their bodies. Turn them loose on your property. DO NOT TURN THEM LOOSE ON A ROAD WAY! Not only do you put their lives in danger but the lives of Fire Fighters, EMS & other Evacuees.

Some additional thoughts from Antler:
Get your car packed BEFORE you do any of the other things! Be sure you have your prescription medications in the car, along with a printed list of all your doctors’ contact information. *** Do not rely on the fact that these numbers are already in your smart phone. Cell and WIFI service will be interrupted during a major event such as wildfire.
That said, be sure your cell phone is fully charged. Also be sure your vehicle has enough gasoline in it to carry you well out of the fire zones.
Notify at least some of your neighbors, relatives, and friends of your intentions, and ask them to spread the word.
I have terribly mixed feelings about the advice not to release livestock. At LEAST you should leave your gates unlocked so that firefighters can release them or so in case some of the many volunteers with livestock trailers can save a few. Use markers to write your cell phone number on one of their front hooves, if they will let you handle them, that is.

Antler October 13, 2017 at 3:55 AM

Atticus, thanks for telling about the firefighting units coming in from Nevada! A few days ago, I was heading home from Danville on I-680 northbound and saw multiple units marked “Santa Cruz” and “Pleasanton” moving at intervals in the two fastest lanes and headed for fire country. They were not using sirens or lights, but drivers were automatically pulling over into “slow” lanes out of their way.
All right, yes I did go teary-eyed. There is just something about the way firefighters ARE.

Giddyup October 13, 2017 at 8:56 AM

The list of the deceased in the North Bay fires is a stunning testament to what you do to seniors when you revoke their driving privileges.

Antler October 13, 2017 at 10:40 AM

If a senior’s driving privileges are revoked, it is absolutely for good cause!!! Some reasons are medical (history of strokes, senile dementia, series of heart attacks, etc.).
Another valid reason is if they have been the cause of a chain of vehicle accidents, whether they had as yet hurt themselves or others.
In other cases, they simply cannot pass the written and practical driver’s test.

The sad truth is that many seniors either sleep a whole lot or else don’t bother with the news, and so they might have been unaware that was any danger. Also, remember that many seniors adamantly refuse to leave their homes and/or truly think they can singlehandedly put out fires starting in their homes.

Kentucky Derby October 13, 2017 at 11:30 AM

I agree with Antler. If seniors aren’t driving, it’s for a good reason. Middle aged adults need to take care of their elderly parents. If you’re a senior and you don’t have children, hopefully you have younger family and friends that will look after you.

Cowellian October 13, 2017 at 11:46 AM

My Dad lost his driving privileges when he got lost for several hours, on his way home from the neighborhood grocery store. However, my Mother-In-law kept her license until she drove through the front door of the bank.

Original G October 13, 2017 at 12:30 PM

In early 1990s my Father went missing one morning with their car and no money, CHP found him in San Bruno out of gas. He’d decided to fly to Minnesota. ZERO debate car keys were confiscated. Even with CHP report took DMV quite a while to lift his license.

My folks had good neighbors who watched out for them. Made sure they had all my contact numbers home and work. After Dads driving adventure did all their shopping, made sure of medical needs appointments etc. were taken care of and eventually took over their finances keeping very detailed ledger of every transaction and that went on for 16 years.

Also important is posting several no solicitor signs. Folks had let in two salesmen from a nationally know alarm company who pressured them into signing a multi year contract. Caught it just in time but had to FEDEX in the cancellation.

Kids need to realize you may well end up overseeing the operations of two households for years as parents age.

Silva October 13, 2017 at 1:50 PM

I did need to get a new respirator. I’m thinking of trying this one; I wish the filters weren’t pink though. I look terrible in pink. I detest pink. Apart from pink skies, flora and fauna.

Dr. Jellyfinger October 13, 2017 at 2:02 PM

@ 59 ~ Arghhhh! Roasted Peanuts.

Original G October 13, 2017 at 2:36 PM

If you would like to stay inside siting in the recliner an watch and listen to Fire Air Attack being waged on fires in Napa County.,-122.45/9
US Department of Interior plane probably mapping ahead of Atlas Fire, tail number N618.

New record set for retardant at McClellan
Supertankers working fires out of Sacramento McClellan field.
For rough fire lines drag and enlarge. MAP / click terrain box.

KAD October 13, 2017 at 5:26 PM

Last for this week.

Dr. Jellyfinger October 13, 2017 at 6:02 PM

It’s too early for last.

Silva October 13, 2017 at 6:02 PM

Oh, Dr. Jellyfinger…☹


Cowellian October 13, 2017 at 6:19 PM

In for Last!

KAD October 13, 2017 at 7:06 PM

Another Last. Good to see Cowellian playing Last.

Cowellian October 13, 2017 at 7:17 PM

OK, re-last!

Atticus Thraxx October 13, 2017 at 7:31 PM

How to make a last:

1 cup of white flower
1 tbs of brown sugar
2 egg whites
2 Vicodin finely ground

Mix in a bowl, adding water until it’s a thick paste, then throw that crap away and go on Claycord Whatever thread and type in


KAD October 13, 2017 at 8:02 PM

Even Atticus Thraxx is in this week.

Silva October 13, 2017 at 8:12 PM

Hahahahaha!!! LAST!

Mary Fouts October 13, 2017 at 8:19 PM


Mind numbing from a local business. Buried with tax work, had husband pick up a marinated tri tip from Kinders (WC) today. When he picked it up, he was questioned about when the meat would be fixed. Was told people had kept the meat for a couple of days, and people had complained that the marinated meat was too salty after a couple of days.

Memo to Kinders: I fixed your trip tip tonight. Not a couple of days. Your marinade is so salty I had to throw out a 3 pound plus tri tip. Wasted $35.46 of meat. Was supposed to be for dinner tonight, and then soup for a couple of days.

You suk. Your marinade is now so salty as to be inedible for the meat. Dont’ you know that? Don’t blame it on people’ keeping the meat for a couple of days’. I fixed it today, a $35.46 trip tip, and had to throw it out because it was so salty as to be inedible..

Dr. Jellyfinger October 13, 2017 at 8:41 PM

You know if this lasts much longer we’re supposed to call a Doctor for advice..
I mean… I’m not that kind of Doctor… can’t ask me.
I work the other side.

Shasta Daisy October 13, 2017 at 8:46 PM

I’ll play tonite.


WC resident October 13, 2017 at 9:09 PM

Bummer on that tri tip. I’d have taken it back to Kinder’s.

On a positive note – this week the spring in our Melnor garden sprayer broke. Google finds many people with the same issue. I e-mail Melnor to complain and they sent me a new sprayer via 2-day postal which arrived on Thursday.

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