Claycord – Talk About Whatever

October 13, 2017 21:42 pm · 74 comments


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

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WC resident October 13, 2017 at 9:42 PM


Lambie October 13, 2017 at 9:49 PM


Lambie October 13, 2017 at 9:52 PM

Are you wearing an N95 mask 😷 hen you go outside?

anon October 13, 2017 at 9:55 PM

A female was shot at Ellis Lake Park. A white 4 door Nissan was seen leaving the scene.CPD is on scene.

Silva October 13, 2017 at 9:57 PM


Atticus Thraxx October 13, 2017 at 10:01 PM
Mary Fouts October 13, 2017 at 10:08 PM

@WC resident re: Tri Tip – dinner at 7 PM, so too late to take anything back. Instead made grilled turkey/cheese sandwiches with my homemade sourdough bread, small salad plus chips on the side. Chalking up for a lesson learned.

I’ve learned to always have an out in life. Including for dinner. Baking bread (my choice is sourdough) helps. If you have homemade bread and a few fixing, you can always make a meal. 🙂

WC resident October 13, 2017 at 10:11 PM

@Lambie #3 – no mask. I’ve inhaled so much stuff over the years that I’m not concerned about this week’s smoke.

On Friday’s bike ride I saw fewer people than normal on the trails. Only one of them had a mask.

I wondered if I saw a burglary in progress. It was a white male adult, early 20s, riding an orange BMX style bicycle westbound on the canal trail behind Ygnacio Valley High. He was towing a cart that had a large wooden African style drum on it. I’d say the drum was about two feet high and the head was 18 inches in diameter.

TexAg93 October 13, 2017 at 10:33 PM

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

KAD October 13, 2017 at 10:33 PM

Mary Fouts – regarding Kinder’s marinated Tri Tip. It has always been too salty for me. I can’t stand it. It is never edible even when cooked within hours of picking up.

biggus thinkus October 13, 2017 at 10:40 PM

how come nobody shows up for job interviews?
ESPECIALLY in the restaurant biz.
sheesh. i’ll pay you well and take it’s an overall mellow place.
anyhow. anyone looking for a guy that’s great with logistics and planning?

Dorothy October 13, 2017 at 11:08 PM

Two book finished. Peony by Pearl S. Buck, 1948 was one of my mother’s books. A Jewish family in China and facing the loss of their Jewish faith and culture by absorption into into the Chinese culture. It never gives a date but I got the impression it would have been in the 1700s. Sorry, but it was a bit dull.

Exodus by Leon Uris, 1958 makes the story of Israel becoming a new and returning nation. Uris brings his story backwards and forwards in time by going into the background of his main characters. He keeps it interesting.

fools October 14, 2017 at 12:57 AM

Everybody needs to stop running red lights!! I witnessed a horrible accident at Ygnacio and Alberta today. A stupid fool ran a red light long after the light had changed. Are you in such a damn hurry that it is worth a life? Fortunately everyone survived, but what about the next time?

books October 14, 2017 at 1:01 AM

Dorothy, thank you for the book reviews, I always appreciate your opinions. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck is one of my all time favorite books, it is so well written, I have read it several times.

Silva October 14, 2017 at 6:00 AM

I thought The Silence of the Lambs was such a great movie, I once read the book after seeing it. You know how the books movies are made from are always so much more in depth, and unabridged? The many details that flesh out the story and the characters, the plot twists and turns that have to be left out of movies as there isn’t time for it all, not even for half? Well to my disappointment, the book was exactly like the movie, minus the rich visual texture and great acting. One of few times I remember when the movie was better than the book, especially since I’d seen it several times by then.

Cowellian October 14, 2017 at 6:06 AM

Cowellian’s First

Cellophane October 14, 2017 at 8:06 AM

Are there any N95’s in stock anywhere? I have searched and no one has them in stock. I’ve ordered from two different sources and delivery has been delayed.

Concordejet October 14, 2017 at 10:10 AM

The Amazon delivery is a joke I been waiting for my item to arrive by Amazon delivery service and it has been delayed for five days. I get a notification that they are late. it show it on it way but may be delay. I wonder if this cause the fire or just a lousy service?????? Next time I am going to have Amazon just ship it on UPS or USPS. Amazon Delivery is just a crap

Lambie October 14, 2017 at 10:33 AM

@biggus thinkus
Are you trying to hire someone or are you trying to find a job? Your post was kind of confusing.

Just me October 14, 2017 at 10:42 AM

Isn’t every job about the denaro? Don’t you go to work for the dollar, or do you work?

FAA October 14, 2017 at 11:24 AM

California sucks more than ever. Get out while you can!!!

Silva October 14, 2017 at 11:44 AM

Itdontmatter #16, That Is very sad. I know of a war vet dying of Pancreatic cancer. He’s a successful productive artist who is moderately uncomfortable and unwell, but he ventured out in the worst of the pollution recently and walked 20 blocks to buy a pack of smokes because he was out, and none of his friends(?) were able to bring him any. The woman you saw, while it sounds very stupid to a non-smoker, probably knows full well the harm she is doing to herself, and maybe to her way of thinking, since she can’t control her addiction it made sense to her not to pile on any more dangerous substances if she could do something about it. It was very rude and inconsiderate of you a stranger on the street, to call her stupid to her face though.

biggus thinkus #11, I don’t know why some folks are so rude and inconsiderate sometimes, like when they don’t show up for appointments, and don’t even call. Just leave you waiting.

Cellophane #20, It was time for me to replace my facemasks from the 1980s anyway since they don’t make the filter cartridges anymore, so I ordered this one here; I don’t know if I like it, It hasn’t arrived. The small size is almost gone, It’s very hard to guess what size to order though. One reviewer couldn’t tell the difference between the small and the medium.

Silva October 14, 2017 at 11:49 AM

My boy’s work crew went firefighting. Yikes. I love firefighters, but he’s my baby!😮

Dorothy October 14, 2017 at 12:05 PM

@books – she did an excellent job on The Good Earth.

@Silva – yes, sometimes the movie will give more than the book. It’s rare that movie is as good as the book, even more rare the movie better than book.

A good example of the movie sticking to the heart of a book but removing some of the extra stuff is Gone With the Wind. An example of a movie sticking so close to the book it ruined itself as a movie is Dune.

Dr. Jellyfinger October 14, 2017 at 12:32 PM

@ Mary Fouts ~ I miss Fritz’s Butcher Shop. Their tri tips were always good (aged, tender beef) I used to buy their BBQ spice too, it was great stuff.

TIFOKCIS October 14, 2017 at 12:34 PM

Last 6 days:

Witnessed a bicyclist ride in to traffic at Systron & Monument causing a collision. Waited one hour CPD didn’t show. Made a statement to the cabbies insurance co.

Witnessed a drug deal on Willow Pass Rd. White female scumbag giving a hand full of cash to a black male scumbag. By the time I was parked to use my phone and call CPD they were gone.

Countless red light runners, one lit cigarette flicker and the twit speeding on Manzanita, barreled out onto Landana like she was the only car ever and then ran the stop at Village and tailgated the car in front of her to Willow Pass. Black box clown car driving puke lives on Manzanita.

Bums everywhere downtown. Myself on one other neighbor are the only ones who pick up the fast food trash on the street almost daily.

Horrible smoke, fires, death and folks losing everything from life to pets and generations of memories and morons are crying about a f-ing leaf blower.

Giddyup October 14, 2017 at 12:48 PM

@26 Itdontmatter
It’s a struggle between good and evil. Perhaps it was the Devil that is responsible for the fires, and we must pray to God to overcome his evil. This may not be apparent to someone not schooled in religion, but good and evil struggle around us daily.

Itdontmatter October 14, 2017 at 12:59 PM

I don’t see what people see in Tri Tip cuts of meat. Try Tip and Ball Tip are muscle meat the worst meet you can cut into. People that eat it probably have never eaten good BBQ meat. It’s dirt cheap is the only reason I can see eating it, you throw enough marinade on it you won’t taste the meat itself.

Ancient Mariner October 14, 2017 at 1:15 PM

@ Dorothy No. 25:
‘Dune’ was originally at least an hour longer, but the producers had it cut down very severely. This left it not being a proper movie any longer but, instead, it became merely a series of vignettes from the book that you’d better have already read if you wanted to understand what was going on. Also, I noticed that the incidental music never stopped (at least, as I recall it) – there are times in a movie when silence is appropriate, apart from the dialogue, but this never happened in ‘Dune’.
As a Frank Herbert reader, I was very disappointed – what should have been a great movie was reduced to a movie that just shouldn’t have been made.
Ever read his ‘The Santaroga Barrier’? Now, that would make for an interesting movie!

Joatmeal October 14, 2017 at 4:21 PM


Or maybe it was a spark from a downed wire that is responsible for the fire.

Jojo Potato October 14, 2017 at 4:32 PM

@WC resident – so you assume everyone on a bicycle is a criminal. Maybe the guy was simply a musician. Just because someone has not bought into the car culture as presented by the media doesn’t make them less of a person. As a cyclist myself when I see all you suckers who have loud cars and lifted trucks and fancy sports cars etc, I laugh at your idiocy. And then you complain about the traffic you are causing.

Guddyup October 14, 2017 at 6:46 PM


I was replying to someone blaming God for the fires who sounds uneducated in religious philosophy. I did not want to confuse them with a realistic scenario, but, yes, it can be simply explained as you suggest.

Giddyup October 14, 2017 at 8:53 PM


I can see you’re not a Rolling Stones fan.

Captain Bebops October 15, 2017 at 9:39 AM

Ancient Mariner, ever read Frank Herbet’s “The Green Brain”? It’s an excellent short novel. Herbert, who was a resident of the Pacific Northwest’s Puget Sound area frequently appeared on a TV show I worker on.

anon October 15, 2017 at 11:19 AM

Sick: There appear to be more homeless than usual in the DWNTWN area. I think they are being given a one way ticket to Concord from other parts of the country. They have a different look too. Not the usual drug addict types that California breeds.

Our city managers have made it clear they are welcome. I wonder how long it will be before we find a new level of crime. Make way for more police hires. Rah!

Giddyup October 15, 2017 at 12:37 PM

Panda Express shrunk their three-entree container by 1/3, so you are now only getting two-thirds of what you used to get for the same price.

Dr. Jellyfinger October 15, 2017 at 1:31 PM

@ 37 ~ Those people are making everything smaller.

Ancient Mariner October 15, 2017 at 1:39 PM

@ Captain Bebops No. 34:
No, never heard of it – I’ll check it out.

Kentucky Derby October 15, 2017 at 3:50 PM

I’ve seen stats on the number of homeless in the surrounding cities. Believe it or not, for the population of Concord, Concord has less homeless than most cities. You just happen to notice because you’re a resident of Concord. Considering there’s a homeless shelter, and Concord is the largest city in CCC, you’d think there would be even more.

The city that has the most (per capita) is Martinez, yet Martinez has the lowest crime rate (except affluent suburbs). It’s been that way for years.

Homeless people are everywhere. Nobody knows how to effectively deal with the homeless. If anyone knew, we wouldn’t have a homeless problem.

Dr. Jellyfinger October 15, 2017 at 4:00 PM

I tossed some corn out for the turkeys the other day….
The next morning there were a dozen waiting outside the door.
About 20 today…. funny how that works.

Giddyup October 15, 2017 at 6:48 PM


Everything? Maybe it has something to do with Halloween coming up. I noticed this time of year the candy bars suddenly get very small.

Giddyup October 15, 2017 at 6:51 PM


Too bad about your total lack of imagination.

TIFOKCIS October 15, 2017 at 7:13 PM

Homeless is such nice term for drunken, drugged out bums.


MayraM October 16, 2017 at 9:16 AM

Does anyone know if clothing donations are being accepted for the Napa Fire victims? We bought diapers, underwear, etc. but don’t know where to take them. Thank you.

Giddyup October 16, 2017 at 9:52 AM

The news reports have stated fire recovery officials do not want “in kind” donations in the fire ravaged areas. They suggest you donate gift cards or money so that those who are effected can buy what they need. One individual coordinating efforts said they were overwhelmed by the generosity of people giving clothing, blankets, etc., but they had no way to manage this type of donation and were not accepting them.

Kentucky Derby October 16, 2017 at 11:32 AM

In disaster situations, they want goods and monetary donations (in the beginning). Once the needs are met, they want monetary donations only.

Kudos to all who find it in their heart to donate to people in need.

RogueOne October 16, 2017 at 11:38 AM

The Concord Chamber of Commerce is accepting donations.

If anyone wants to donate to the firefighters on the front lines, they are requesting chapstick, instant coffee and energy drinks. You can drop off at 603 Main St in Suisun CA.

Imrereurrere October 16, 2017 at 5:12 PM

This is to Itdontmatter.what are the best cuts of meat.i like tri tip but am always open to other ideas and suggestions.while im on the subject of meat I had surgery on my foot sept 28 in Martinez spent the night there then on Fri the 29th they drove me to a convelesant hospital real close to my house where i stayed for two weeks.i guess it was for rehabilition and pysical therapy.i came home last Friday and although i have minimal help around here I have been so uncomfortable and not able to sleep.i do have a walker and a wheelchair but trying to be as independant as i was before the surgery sure is hard.Luckily a nurse from in home care service will be out at my house tomorrow and i should be able to get some much needed help.The stitches came out today but my next in 5 weeks in which i will have an xray taken and depending on the xray will determine weather or not i can start using that foot at that time.well guess im done venting had to get that off my all have a wonderful week.thanks for reading

Lizzie October 16, 2017 at 6:42 PM

This is off the above topics but I need some advice here and the local DMV is no help..
I have been storing a car in my garage for almost 2 years. Title and registration has been stolen (from the car, while it was parked in my garage). It needs to get towed away ASAP. The legal owner is giving me nothing but excuses as to why he can’t move it at this point. Any suggestions?

Silva October 16, 2017 at 7:25 PM

Aw, Imrereurrere, I think tri-tip is delicious! I’m sorry about your pain. It’s great to hold on tight to your independence, but help is a wonderful thing. I hope healing all goes well for you.

Bob October 16, 2017 at 7:47 PM

The Concord Senior Center grounds are still a mess!! The maintenance people did a quick clean up around the building a few weeks ago. Thank you for that! However, the rest of the side walks, parking lot and surrounding landscaping has been neglected for so long that now its really disgusting. Weeds in the ivy look like trees! The grounds around the beautiful building should be maintained much better. I think the weeds/leaves are a trip or fire hazard? The tree tall weeds in the ivy can harbor vermin and I have even see homeless parking/sleeping/hiding stuff in the tree tall weeds. Concord grounds crew, please make the maintenance of this beautiful facilit a top priority. I took several pictures to show the mess, but there is no way to post the pictures. A quick drive through will show anyone the lack of care the facility is getting.

Tim October 16, 2017 at 8:29 PM

Didn’t Colin play football, or was it baseball? Doesn’t matter much now if it ever did!

Dr. Jellyfinger October 16, 2017 at 9:38 PM

@ Imrereurrere ~ Tri Tip is good, but I never buy it from a grocery store, they always leave a huge wad of fat underneath it with only the lean meat visible on top. Go to a butcher & buy a nice trimmed cut. It costs more per Lb. but you won’t be paying for fat. If you can find aged beef it is so much better… or you can learn to age it yourself (it is worth the effort).
Straight from the cooler at a Safeway ?…. I’d buy the Chuck Eye Steak. Really nice marbling and tender meat. Top sirloin is good but look for dark red meat, if it looks pink it will not be very flavorful. i don’t know about Cross Rib Steak and London Broil… tough stuff and you are supposed to slice it thin… meh…. maybe somebody else knows what to do with it, but you can make stew from practically anything & if you simmer beef long enough it’s gonna get tender. Chuck & Bottom Round are a good deal if you like to slow cook, pot roast & stew (Nom!) it goes a long way for the price and everyone love comfort food (Stew, mashed potatoes & hot, crusty Sourdough Bread).
Sirloin Strip (Filet Mignon) & Rib Eye are great but cost a fortune, for special occasions only (for me).

KAD October 16, 2017 at 10:21 PM

Imrereurrere – Sorry for your pain and troubles. See if you can get one of those leg scooters. That should help with your being able to get around.

Dr. Jellyfinger October 16, 2017 at 11:24 PM

Time Trippin again,,,,,

Out there it’s summertime
Milk and honey days
Oh, San Francisco girls with
San Francisco ways

Don’t try to stop me girl, you can’t have your way
Don’t try to stop me girl, nothin’ you can say
Live like you wanna live and stay where you wanna stay
I just gotta go and get back to the Bay

So you love me girl, you’re just in my way
Don’t try to stop me girl, I’m movin’ out today
Do what you wanna do and play what you wanna play
I just gotta go and get back to the Bay

Dr. Jellyfinger October 16, 2017 at 11:48 PM
Original G October 17, 2017 at 9:19 AM

Quick quiz, line for Post Office counter help is 25 deep, so you step to a postal scale sitting on another counter with an envelope you want to mail first class and scale calculates you need $3.81 postage. How many forever first class stamps that you brought with you do you put on the envelope?

Original G October 17, 2017 at 9:25 AM

Lizzie … If it could be safely pushed out and parked on the street, lacking current tags Police would have it towed. In Clayton they won’t even knock on the door they just call for a tow and poof … it’s gone.

Justifiable Languor October 17, 2017 at 10:01 AM

Clear as mud.

New Rate (effective Sunday, January 22, 2017) Postage Rates
First Class Mail Letter (1 oz.) – Retail/Post Office Rate* $0.49
First Class Mail Letter (1 oz.) – Metered Mail/ Rate $0.46
First Class Mail Letter – each additional ounce $0.21
Postcard $0.34

3.81 – .49 = 3.32
3.32 / .21 = 15.81 (.21 cent stamps)er, 16 stamps
…I think you would be safe with 7? Forever stamps that is.

Original G October 17, 2017 at 12:27 PM

What a joy to drive the streets of West Clayton on garbage pickup day.
No wind and emptied totes laying on their sides along with what was in recycle bins littering the street.

Mary Fouts October 19, 2017 at 2:32 PM

Jury Summons for Superior Court in Pittsburg: Have never been there. Summons includes no info about parking, neither does the court website. When I call, all I can reach is a “call after 5 PM for reporting instructions” recording.

Can anyone offer input on juror parking at this location?

Husband Jim has laughingly offered to buy me an old beater of a car to drive there 🙁 .

just a concordian October 19, 2017 at 3:14 PM

And on the lighter side of things:

Uranus… no… the planet… but then again some priceless stuff here!

KAD October 19, 2017 at 11:13 PM

I had to go to Stanford today in Emeryville. Much better than driving to Redwood City.
It was 4 o’clock when I got out. I decided not to go through the tunnel so I drove to Ashby to get over tunnel. Drove through the Elmwood neighborhood. I would love to be able to live there. It is so pretty and the weather is much better than Concord’s weather.

Jojo Potato October 20, 2017 at 7:04 AM

@Mary – these yelp reviews includes “no problems parking”. Although several people complained about their judgements.

While there you will be enjoying a “scenic view of Mt. Diablo” according to the official site.

Sounds like a good time! Enjoy your civic duty.

Silva October 20, 2017 at 11:13 AM

KAD, I so agree. I often take one or another over the hill routes instead of the Caldecott Tunnel. It’s just so beautiful! I miss so much about living in Oakland, starting with the weather(!!!), the practically year long growing and flowering season, the beautiful black loam instead of hard sticky adobe clay in my yard. The tranquility of my little Claycord enclave is nice though, I guess I was finally ready for it. I thought it was awfully dull and boring once upon a time.

Mary, I could be wrong, but it seems like that parking lot has a lot of empty space whenever I drive past. Pittsburg is pretty quaint and not at all bad downtown. I recommend a trip down Railroad Avenue all the way to the marina, it’s nearby, and you may enjoy that part of the day. The New Mecca is a landmark Mexican restaurant (closed Wednesdays), great for eat in and take out.

Mary Fouts October 20, 2017 at 3:54 PM

@Jojo – Thanks. I also saw the reference to the “scenic view of Mt. Diablo”. Had not thought to check yelp.

@Silva – Thanks for the parking lot info and tips.

KAD October 20, 2017 at 4:20 PM

Last for this week. I know I was hoping for cooler weather but now I am cold.

Silva October 20, 2017 at 6:33 PM

Aw, KAD, I know. I’m having fun wearing my new sweaters around home though. Boy are they soft and warm. I bought all three colors. I think they must know they can get me sometimes with the 40% off emails.😉


ChampagneKitty October 20, 2017 at 7:05 PM

to KAD re: #69–Me too. I haven’t turned on the heater yet, but most of my fans are off. I like to have them on for the air circulation, but sometimes it’s just too cold. I have one on the low setting and that’s it. I’m sipping herbal tea right now and I put my faux-fur lined bootie slippers on.

KAD October 20, 2017 at 7:08 PM

Last again.

KAD October 20, 2017 at 7:13 PM

Silva – Good deals are hard to pass up. My nice soft sweater did not keep me warm today. I should have added a scarf but I was too lazy to go and get it. That is really bad.

ChampagneKitty – The heater has been on for a while. The older I get, the colder I get. What are you reading?

KAD October 20, 2017 at 7:15 PM

Silva – Wow what a nice sweater.

Shasta Daisy October 20, 2017 at 7:22 PM

Last, maybe.

Peace ✌🏼

Dr. Jellyfinger October 20, 2017 at 7:54 PM

I’m still looking for that Freddie Cannon sweater…. guess the thrift stores are the only place I’ll be finding one.

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