Claycord – Talk About Whatever

December 8, 2017 19:20 pm · 68 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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Wave December 8, 2017 at 7:21 PM

Wave first AGAIN !!

Atticus Thraxx December 8, 2017 at 8:10 PM

He had to know what was gonna happen. Just didn’t know when apparently:

Old but worth a re-watch, cat saves puppy:

Name it:

Mind blown:

Lands on his feet:

Good girl!:

Nailed it:

A series of close shaves:

Nothing wrong with a little child labor:

Stones of steel:

Made me laugh (Warning–political content, and a little statutory rape):

She’s kinda jumpy if you ask me:

It’s 2017 people, not 1517:

Dem feets!:

People are not smart:

Remember what I said about people?:

Cats are such a…:

She won’t be missed, trust me:

Whatever it is, it ain’t good news:

How do you even find out you can do that?:

The Middle-Aged Olympics:

Wanna see something cool?:


joatmeal December 10, 2017 at 6:13 PM

Love these! Thanks for posting them every week.

Antler December 13, 2017 at 9:18 PM

One reason I enjoy watching the cat rescuing the puppy if that the cat is in such beautiful shape. That last leap up the bank is no joke!
And the hatch of red crabs is beautiful! I’ve never seen this in nature, but as a child I did used to play gently at waves’ edge with sand fiddlers and their hatchlings.
Thank you for taking time to treat the rest of us to such a lovely “diversity selection” each Friday!

KAD December 14, 2017 at 4:10 PM

Thanks Atticus. I got to them a little late this week.

Atticus Thraxx December 14, 2017 at 7:42 PM


Atticus Thraxx December 8, 2017 at 8:13 PM
Dorothy December 8, 2017 at 8:32 PM

Finally finished Wanderer of the Wasteland by Zane Grey, first published in 1923. If you are interested in reading a near detailed descriptive word song about the southwest desert and Death Valley, this is for you. Over 400 pages mostly about the desert and some very thin story line. Talk about excessive and repetitious descriptions! Thought this might be an interesting western but it’s not.

Jojo Potato December 8, 2017 at 9:37 PM

That actually sounds interesting. I’ll put it on my list. One of my all time favorite books is Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey a story about spending a summer in Arches National Park in Utah before it became the popular tourist location it is today. Simpler times. Now days the National Park service publishes tips on traffic and parking, back then it was a surpise when a single car arrived to disturb Mr. Abbey’s solitude. If you can stomach it, take a glance at this from the NPS:

Ancient Mariner December 8, 2017 at 11:27 PM

Hi Dorothy.
Thanks for the review!
When I was seven I was introduced to the concept of marijuana, without realising it.
I was reading a Zane Grey novel (not sure which – it may have been “Riders of the Purple Sage”).
I came across the line (I paraphrase) “Zeke, you’re acting plumb crazy! Have you been smoking loco-weed?” Loco-weed … the fascinated seven-year-old me guessed it was a plant that the cows would eat and which would then cause them to act strangely, something like the cow-version of catnip. Ah, the innocence of youth!

Jojo Potato December 9, 2017 at 7:56 AM

Which immediately brings to mind the New Riders of the Purple Sage. Certainly associated in my memory with loco weed. “Hello Mary Lou, goodbye heart…”. Etc.

Silva December 10, 2017 at 12:32 PM

Dorothy, Thanks for that. As a lover of the desert southwest, the California deserts, and Death Valley, I think that sounds VERY interesting.

Cowellian December 8, 2017 at 8:53 PM

Cowellian’s first!

Sinn Feiner December 8, 2017 at 9:53 PM

Greetings from Switzerland 🇨🇭. Nice and cold up here in the Swiss Alps.

KAD December 8, 2017 at 11:18 PM

Sinn Feiner – Enjoy your time away from the U.S.

chuckie the troll December 9, 2017 at 9:09 AM

We were there in October and had awesome weather. Interlaken?

Sinn Feiner December 10, 2017 at 5:49 AM

Thanks KAD! Yes we stayed in Interlaken Saturday night and we are now in Grindelwald. What an awesome place! They upgraded us to a larger room with an awesome view of the mountains which we weren’t expecting. Tomorrow we are heading to Zermatt which is a few hours away and will be the highlight of our trip. Staying there for a few nights. I wish there were someway to post pictures here but not sure how but it’s been snowing all day.

Elvis December 15, 2017 at 12:49 AM

That should read: “You all were all warned about charter schools.”

Elvis December 15, 2017 at 12:52 AM

See America, first.

KAD December 9, 2017 at 1:18 AM

I think ChampagneKitty will make a visit here soon. Not sure if there will be a book review though.I hope so. I do enjoy all of the book reviews posted. Thanks Dorothy.

chuckie the troll December 9, 2017 at 9:07 AM

Tis the season to be stealing, fa la la la la, la la la la…

Catch and release isn’t working. Time for Plan B. Send them to Saudi Arabia for punishment. You gotta give them a hand.

WC resident December 9, 2017 at 12:52 PM

No, you need to take a hand, Islamic style.

Elvis December 12, 2017 at 6:50 AM

That is a barbaric and cruel suggestion from another century. It became passe during the Age of Enlightenment. Anyone who steals should be required to make restitution. It is the fair and honorable thing to do.

Captain Bebops December 9, 2017 at 9:40 AM

Congrats to “The Mayor” for adding the much needed “Reply” feature here!

CSS December 9, 2017 at 10:29 AM

California, America’s fireplace!!!

ChampagneKitty December 9, 2017 at 12:38 PM

All right, all right, all right. Good afternoon, fellow Claycordians! Smooches! And an extra special smooches to Cafe Girl, whom I understand has been asking about me. I am sorry to have been such a stranger. I’ve commented on other threads occasionally, but I guess I haven’t done so here on the Whatever thread in a long time.

I am doing OK, relatively speaking. I don’t get out much; I spend most of my time at home with the cats, taking it one day at a time. Dealing with chronic pain and fatigue is what it’s all about these days, thanks to my arthritis and fibromyalgia. Among other things.

One issue that I am dealing with that seems to in some ways to be keeping me at arm’s length from things is what I think is mild cognitive impairment. It may be what is known as “fibro fog”. I often think of it as trying to walk through Jell-O. Whether it’s physical or mental, sometimes things can be elusive. I don’t like it. For example, here on Claycord, sometimes I think of something I want to say, but I can’t quite articulate my thoughts, or I’m simply too tired to get it together.

I’m still reading my books though, when I’m relaxed and focused enough. Ssh, don’t tell anybody, okay…(as I write on a public blog, but you’re my fellow Claycordians, so it’s all right) because I’m supposed to be too old for this…(I’m 47) but I’m secretly reading…ssh…L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz series! I’ve seen the movie a million times, of course, but I don’t believe I’ve ever read the books as a child! So far, I’m on the 2nd book. I’m slipping these books in among my normal reading activities. Apparently, there is A LOT more of the Land of Oz than what we saw in the movie.

One book I’ve just finished is a biography of Hollywood screen legend Ava Gardner, titled “Ava Gardner: Love is Nothing” by Lee Server. [Clap clap clap clap clap clap] It was very interesting, very much enjoyed. Let me tell you though, she was one hot mess. So was husband #3, Frank Sinatra. They both drank like fish and had the most vicious fights.

Having lotsa fun at the dentist lately. Went a couple weeks ago for an exam and cleaning, came back this past week to clean out a cavity and prepare for a crown on same tooth. Going back the week after next week to have the crown installed (to add to my collection) and fill a cavity on another tooth. Ick. But it has to be done.

Okay, now everybody tell me what you’ve been reading. And kudos to Dorothy for keeping up with her reading updates!

Silva December 10, 2017 at 12:36 PM

It’s so very good to hear from you ChampagneKitty.

KAD December 10, 2017 at 2:25 PM

Welcome back. You have been missed. I am on the 3nd in a series about Tracy Crosswhite by Robert Dugoni. I am enjoying them very much. They are detective mystery stories set in the North West around Seattle. I like reading about places I have been. I was there on several business trips and to visit family.

LevelCap December 9, 2017 at 2:19 PM

Safeway on willow pass is closed as of 2’15 pm due to power outage ,someone hit a pole on Port Chicago

KAD December 9, 2017 at 4:24 PM

I thought someone reported that <—- Hank was adopted. He is still showing as Adoptable. I want him but can't have him.

Elvis December 9, 2017 at 8:23 PM

When I clicked on the photo, the fourth line down said he had been adopted. He looks like he might be a pigmy goat. My lawnmower is broken and I briefly considered the alternatives. You would have to have a secure enclosure or keep him on a long lead. Anyway, I reconsidered when I thought about how they can climb trees, fences, etc. Also, probably not allowed in my area. But, he is definitely cute and they are lots of fun.

Silva December 10, 2017 at 12:42 PM

I always wanted a goat. Hank was very cute and tempting. I bet my neighbors wouldn’t be too happy. No milking, either. I adore goat milk and cheese. I’m also happy to hear he was adopted.

Concord Guy December 9, 2017 at 8:47 PM

Last Monday, December 4. 8:05 AM. At Cal State East Bay Concord Campus I’m at the stop light waiting to turn left. The green arrow appears, and I proceed with my turn when suddenly a speeding white Mercedes Wagon blasts through his red light, going at least 60 MPH. I ended up being right behind the car in the traffic backup at Cowell. The Mercedes Wagon turns right, as did I. A few blocks later, much to my astonishment, the Mercedes turns right into the academy and preschool. I looked at the driver, who was a man. I can only assume that he was dropping a child off at the academy/preschool.

Shame on you, sir. Not only do you endanger motorists on the road with you crazy driving, you endanger the life of your own child. Shame on you.

Herbie December 9, 2017 at 9:32 PM

Structure fire on Deardorf Lane off of The Alameda.

KAD December 9, 2017 at 10:35 PM

Apollo – Did you find a house cleaner?

Fritzhugh Ludlow December 9, 2017 at 10:54 PM

@Elvis…I saw Goats on the old abandoned Golf Course in Martinez last Thursday.

Elvis December 13, 2017 at 11:31 PM

What were they doing?

Anon December 10, 2017 at 12:07 AM

Lots of fire vehicles and flashing red lights, but I didn’t hear any sirens.

Shasta Daisy December 10, 2017 at 6:49 PM

Quiet Sunday on Whatever.


KAD December 10, 2017 at 7:20 PM

There is a helicopter over my house in Bishop Estates. What happened? Anyone know?

Antler December 10, 2017 at 9:57 PM

We heard it move slowly above our back yard as it headed in your direction…. not “too” low and no searchlights, at least not down into our yard. But it didn’t hover here, and I haven’t heard sirens, either. Was the copter actually circling for awhile over there?

Cowellian December 11, 2017 at 8:38 AM

It appears that we can only reply to an original post, and not to a reply. To keep a conversation going, everyone can reply to your first comment.

KAD December 10, 2017 at 11:50 PM

Antler – Seems to be another change on Claycord, I can’t reply to your comment. I did not see searchlights in the yard either but I did not get up and look outside to see if lights were shining on the CNWS property. I certainly heard it loud and clear. It did not seem to circle much but if they were not looking for someone I don’t understand why there were even here.

Original G December 11, 2017 at 2:39 PM

Spare the air today and Tuesday.
No Westerly winds in forecast for Concord until Wednesday the 20th.

Shasta Daisy December 12, 2017 at 1:11 PM

Heads up….
Geminid meteors peak tonite and tomorrow nite.


KAD December 12, 2017 at 4:16 PM

Cowellian – Thanks, of course. I think a reply to a reply messed up the reply button the last time the Mayor tried this feature.

Has anyone tried the prime rib from the Honey Baked store before? Was it good or bad? Thanks for your input.

Jojo Potato December 13, 2017 at 11:28 AM

I was very happy today to discover that the Arcata police log has not really disappeared. I had been a devoted fan. Seems the Arcata Eye newspaper merged with another paper to become the Mad River Union. After a hiatus the log is back under a new author and as good as ever. Find it here: As an example of a recent item.

Monday, November 27 11:10 a.m. Homemade speed signs fashioned by Buttermilk Lane residents were placed in the new Margaret Lane roundabout, posing a possible distraction to the speeders.

And yes, the guys with the two Yaks are still regulars.


KAD December 14, 2017 at 12:08 AM

Thank you for posting this. Love it.

KAD December 14, 2017 at 11:53 PM

This reminds me of Connie Dobbs. Still miss her. She moved to the Arcata area, apparently to never return. She posted funny obituaries.

Silva December 15, 2017 at 9:19 AM

That’s GREAT! Good work finding that, Jojo Potato

Original G December 13, 2017 at 7:36 PM

Ya know it’s not often when you find a combination of story telling with just the right bravado and humility. Was impressed by this and thought it worth sharing.

Mac December 14, 2017 at 12:52 PM

Political indoctrination in Clayton Valley Charter High. My child (name witheld for fear of retribution) shared his recent assignments in ENGLISH class. Topics include why prop 187 is bad. Why Donald Trump is a bad President. Lets watch an anti police video on “victims” like Michael Brown. Why we should be against the current immigration laws.
Whatever happened to classic novels, dangling participles and subject verb agreement? If you are admin at Clayton Valley Charter High School please check in on this class. If we wanted our kid to learn politics from a high school teacher we would have signed up for a poli-sci class.

KAD December 14, 2017 at 11:56 PM

That is horrible.

Another opinion December 15, 2017 at 9:03 AM

The present public school system (and yes Charter Schools are a public school since they receive tax money) has been in the business of indoctrinating our children with a anti United States liberal agenda. More and more parents are choosing to home school their children.

Silva December 15, 2017 at 9:24 AM

That is really bad. I wish they would just stick to teaching proper English. So many younger people don’t seem to be getting that.

Elvis December 15, 2017 at 12:45 AM

You all were about charter schools. They are a haven for liberal thinkers and teach an indoctrinated liberal philosophy. Your children are not taught to question authority or think for themselves, nor are they encouraged to examine issues realistically and sort out perhaps difficult and conflicting opinions to arrive at the truth. Instead, they are taught to merely accept the prevailing and popular thought among members of a certain social sector. Clayton’s “do the right thing” program springs from this same philosophy which is based on distorted thinking grounded in a perverted politically correct miasma largely promoted by a certain religious cult which is slowly taking over Walnut Creek, unfortunately, and is foubded in Islamic thought.

Anon December 15, 2017 at 5:44 AM


Elvis December 15, 2017 at 12:48 AM

That should read: “You all were all warned about charter schools.”

Kentucky Derby December 15, 2017 at 8:28 AM

Most people are grounded in reality. Occasionally, we run into people who aren’t dealing with a full deck. It’s sad.

Shasta Daisy December 15, 2017 at 10:14 AM

Happy Friday, everyone.
Hope you enjoyed the meteor shower this week, it was quite a show!

SpaceX Dragon had a successful lift off this morning….one of the experiments onboard….beer in space.

Peace and cheers.

jtkatec December 15, 2017 at 1:11 PM

Beers or Bears?

Shasta Daisy December 15, 2017 at 6:36 PM

jtkatec…It’s beer.

“The barley seeds slated to fly on Wednesday will stay on the space station for about one month before they are sent home to be analyzed. The goal is to study how they react to the micro-gravity environment in space.
That will give scientists a better understanding of barley’s plant biology — lending some potentially valuable information about growing healthy crops on Earth, Roberts said. It’ll mark the first time barley seeds have been the focus of a space station experiment.”

jtkatec December 15, 2017 at 1:13 PM


Just asking if you still have that recipe for the vegetable torte? It was a wonderful description from a book, about gooey goodness and all the rest……

Elvis December 15, 2017 at 4:17 PM

Sorry for the typing errors. I’m being harrassed and annoyed whenever I post on Claycord. Charter schools go back to the experimental schools founded in Berkeley in the 1970s. They were backed by Pacific Institute in San Francisco, an Islamic organization that is involved in government at all levels. They now have offices in Walnut Creek. Kentucky Derby could very well be the same person who called me “crazy” when I detailed my harassment on facebook when I opposed the charter school at CVHS. Could be the person harassing me when I post here because their methods are to get their way at any cost. Blame the victim, Kentucky Derby. It rationalizes your mistreatment of them. It makes them to blame, not you, the victimizer. Call them “crazy” because you don’t want to admit that what they say may be true. I wasn’t addressing you, anyway, Kentucky Derby. You are a lost cause, and that is what is sad here. An utter waste of time and energy. I was addressing Mac who soecifically details the charter school’s abuse of the curriculum to spoon feed a mindless politically correct agenda at the expense of basic and necessary skills those students will need to be gainfully employed.

KAD December 15, 2017 at 4:34 PM

Last, busy, busy day for me. Tree trimming and removal of my wonderful cedar tree. Sorry to see it go. Then on to Safeway to retrieve the last of my Christmas gifts for the grandson from the Amazon boxes.

Shasta Daisy December 15, 2017 at 6:38 PM

Love the bubbles of champagne…to the very LAST drop.


Cowellian December 15, 2017 at 6:48 PM

I’m Laster!

Silva December 15, 2017 at 7:15 PM

Aw, sorry about your tree KAD.

I’m lastest!

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