Claycord – Talk About Whatever

April 13, 2018 19:12 pm · 69 comments


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

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Cowellian April 13, 2018 at 7:15 PM

Cowellian’s First!

Dorothy April 13, 2018 at 8:13 PM

Book report on another of my mom’s favorite authors. Green Light by Lloyd C Douglas, 1934. A bit of a hokey romance and I know he could do better. He also wrote Magnificent Obsession. This one will get donated.

On a different note, I went to a Lose the Lawn, Get a Garden program put on by the C C Water District. Interesting, informative, and I think it will be doable for me.

Ctown April 13, 2018 at 8:40 PM

Happy Friday!

“You Stay Classy Claycord”

THE ANIMAL April 13, 2018 at 8:49 PM

Wouldn’t want to be in Syria………………………….

Lynn April 13, 2018 at 9:54 PM

Friday the 13th… Was at Chuck E Cheese off Willow Pass and counted four cars with the windows bashed in in the parking lot! Scary to see and know that it was in broad day light. My three kids were scared and didn’t want to park. We shouldn’t have to worry like this! Ugh, this just frustrates me.

Scoob April 14, 2018 at 6:29 AM

Please don’t litter!

Chevelle girl April 14, 2018 at 7:12 AM

Got the news that I am going to be a first time grandma to a baby boy! Super excited!

Dawg April 14, 2018 at 8:22 AM

Congratulations, grandchildren are great.

ClayDen April 14, 2018 at 8:29 PM

Enjoy the little one! We get so much joy from ours. Our youngest (of 10) just turned 2 months old.

Amy April 15, 2018 at 5:47 PM


Chevelle girl April 18, 2018 at 8:43 PM

Thank you everyone!

Bob April 14, 2018 at 8:53 AM

Anybody out there that has experience with tax deductions for a person living in an assisted living facility? These are expenses over and above the basic rent. I think some of the expenses might be deductible, but this is my first time dealing with the matter–any comments would be greatly appreciated–thanks.

ConcordKate April 14, 2018 at 4:17 PM

Bob, I have had experience with this, My mother was in an assisted living facility, then a 6 patient board & care home. Monthly rent in her case was fully deductible on her taxes. To qualify, per the IRS, a person must be considered “Chronically ill” which basically means the person must be unable to perform two or more activities of daily living, such as properly taking their medication, eating, dressing, bathing, etc. without help. Hope this helps you – be sure to consult an accountant to be sure this applies to your situation.

GBC April 14, 2018 at 9:35 AM

Save yourselves and your family, move out of California!!!

Cafe girl April 14, 2018 at 1:16 PM

Just took the dogs for a walk around Concord High. What a disgusting mess guess there’s no pride in that school.

anon April 15, 2018 at 8:25 PM

One word, Union.

TacoBear April 14, 2018 at 4:17 PM

I need to get a patch sewn on my denim vest. Anyone know a place that does such things?

Marie April 14, 2018 at 8:45 PM

Maybe Instant Imprints on Treat could do that for you.

Lambie April 15, 2018 at 12:20 AM

Many dry cleaners have people that do alterations, you could probably go there. I have a friend that could do it too.

Dr Jellyfinger April 15, 2018 at 10:04 PM

Try Fashion Cleaners 5420 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Concord next to Orchard Supply.

They do alterations & are very reasonably priced.

Dr Jellyfinger April 14, 2018 at 5:28 PM

Oh Martha! What a jerk!
“The Seattle Seahawks have reportedly postponed a meeting with Colin Kaepernick after the quarterback refused to stop kneeling during the anthem. ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted Thursday, “After arranging for Colin Kaepernick to work out for the Seahawks this week, Seattle postponed the trip when the quarterback declined to stop kneeling during the national anthem next season”.

Original G April 15, 2018 at 2:20 PM

Some people make career limiting moves, some even learn from their mistakes, then there are some who are just flat stupid.

“Life’s hard, it’s even harder when your stupid.”

Bob April 14, 2018 at 9:04 PM

Hi ConcordKate–thanks so very much–

Lambie April 15, 2018 at 12:22 AM

Yeah, thanks- I might need this info soon.

KAD April 15, 2018 at 1:44 PM

You OK Atticus?

Original G April 15, 2018 at 1:57 PM

‘Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Chopped Romaine Lettuce’ …

“Information collected to date indicates that chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region could be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and could make people sick.

At this time, no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified.”

From some searching it appears Romaine lettuce is mainly still picked by hand. Even though there are machines in use here in CA.
Same principal as a pressure washer.

Inventor of the picking machine is asked,
“why did you invent this? ”
“Lack of labor.”

Now consider this,

When was last time you saw a young kid building something using the 1950s style bolt together Erector Set ?
The Mechanical Universe Caltec

How many High School or Junior College kids these days understand mechanical concepts, are able to problem solve and have the patience to invent a machine like one in video ? ? ?

IF you know someone contemplating college who has the above skill set
PLEASE do them a favor.
Los Medanos College Pittsburg, CA
Have the privilege each summer of teaching a few kids who intern from LMC at my work.

Got a new boss last year, an Electrical Engineer … fresh outta college with a Mountain of student loan debt. Funny thing is he is making just under what an entry level on rotating shift electrician makes where I work.

In FOUR semesters at LMC Electrical & Instrumentation Technology program a person who completes the program has employers actively competing to hire them. Demand is high for crafts persons with troubleshooting abilities.

After a few years on job experience working a bit of overtime can be making $80,000 – 100,000. The skills learned plus on the job experience will give person an in demand skill set with which they will always be able to find a good paying job.

Jojo Potato April 15, 2018 at 2:56 PM

My grandson and I had built an erector set project last week. I’ve got a pretty big set including the motor that I’ve collected over the years. Regards.

Silva April 15, 2018 at 6:03 PM

What do you mean by crafts persons… very interesting!

Justifiable Languor April 15, 2018 at 7:18 PM

Craft persons are more than good with their hands (motor skills). They also Enjoy working with their hands, creating more efficient methods and improvements as a matter of temperament.

Some people cannot sit still with a problem and consider exactitude an exercise in tedium. For instance: Watch making, embroidery, custom cars, prosthetics, In this case it would be trouble shooting odd circumstances in electronics. Fun!

Original G April 15, 2018 at 8:02 PM

Silva … Crafts person to me is one who has knowledge of electrical or mechanical or hydraluic or instrumentation / measurement systems, etc. who is able to pass employer entry level testing for craft position they are applying for. An one who can perform troubleshooting and repairs.

My employer expects us to be able to perform tasks on the electrical side which other companies break into 3 – 5 separate jobs.

As part of troubleshooting have to read and understand prints for electrical, mechanical and hydraluic systems, plus understand and be able use to trouble shoot the software programs that run it all.

Gives one a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment to get a production line, that has a downtime cost of $100.00 a minute, back up and running.

Jojo Potato April 15, 2018 at 9:28 PM

I watched that Caltech video and it was a treat. I thought some of the animations looked familiar and when I saw the credits I knew why. James (Jim) Blinn had done them. He graduated from the University of Utah (phd) in 1978 just when their computer graphics program was at it’s peak. Not many remember Utah as being so prominent. Two of his professors Evans and Sutherland later founded a pioneering graphics company. Blinn’s animations starting with the Voyager missions (1977-present) made breathtaking viewing. They are certainly etched in my memory. In 1985 I was lucky enough to attend the Siggraph conference in S.F. and remember wandering the aisles overwhelmed by the images being produced. Including brand new scenes from a struggling company named Pixar. Heady times.

Silva April 15, 2018 at 10:02 PM

Oh, I see…

Original G April 15, 2018 at 10:20 PM

Jojo Potato … You might enjoy a video of Professor Randy Pausch
Carnegie Mellon University. Video is titled The Last Lecture.

” “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.”

Give the URL to all new hires coming into my shop, new managers hired and parents with young kids.

Pausch worked with Disney developing their Aladdin ride, first VR headset ride.

“The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”
Transcript of The Last Lecture

ClayDen April 16, 2018 at 12:04 AM

I just started the first CalTech video; looks interesting and I’ll watch them when I have time. One of my favorite toys growing up was my Erector Set. I ran across my old Erector Set and it was “The Engineer’s Set.” I decided to become an aero engineer in the 5th grade. I now teach engineering part time after a 35 year career as an aerospace engineer and engineering manager. I am also a licensed aircraft mechanic (A&P), though I’ve never worked as one.

Kirkwood April 16, 2018 at 10:38 AM

I loved my erector set as a kid and drooled over the very expensive Gilbert Erector sets. I worked in R&D early in my career and built interesting stuff.

Cafe girl April 15, 2018 at 2:42 PM

Champagne kitty are you ok are you still reading

ChampagneKitty April 16, 2018 at 8:34 AM

To Cafe girl: Hi! I am doing OK, though I’ve been having some trouble with my back. Yes, I’m still reading, my usual 3 books at a time.

Currently: “Beaten, Seared, and Sauced: On Becoming a Chef at the Culinary Institute of America” by Jonathan Dixon “The Winter Lodge” by Susan Wiggs [fluffy bubblehead book]; and “I, Robot” by Isaac Asimov

to Campaign Twitty: Politics are not allowed on this thread. Go to the Talk About Politics thread if you want to discuss that.

Mika April 15, 2018 at 6:48 PM

anyone know when El Pollo Loco on Monument will open?

Original G April 15, 2018 at 8:21 PM

“Ronald Lee Ermey (March 24, 1944 – April 15, 2018) … was an American actor and voice actor known for playing Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He was a former United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and an honorary gunnery sergeant; during his tenure in the U.S. Marine Corps he served as a drill instructor.”

Dr Jellyfinger April 15, 2018 at 9:53 PM

Awwww…. so sorry to hear that. He will be missed.

Kirkwood April 16, 2018 at 10:20 AM

“Gunny’s” TV persona was kind of fun in his older shows. The current gun climate probably put an end to his recent firearms oriented TV shows. I’ll miss him.

Rollo Tomasi April 16, 2018 at 10:28 AM

Thats sad. Quite a character.

Jojo Potato April 17, 2018 at 12:34 PM

I enjoyed his “Mail Call” show. Not because I’m a gun nut by any means but because it was just him being, well, himself. Sorry to see him go.

Dr Jellyfinger April 16, 2018 at 11:09 AM
Silva April 19, 2018 at 8:35 PM

Thank you!

Silva April 16, 2018 at 12:14 PM

I may not be able to put off laptop repairs any longer. I WANT the sound and ethernet cable jacks repaired, and I MUST HAVE the mouse replaced. Does anyone know a crackerjack place for these kind of repairs

Thank you.

Kirkwood April 16, 2018 at 3:13 PM

Silva – I use R-Computer located on Pike Ln off Arnold Industrial Wy, essentially next door to the County Connection bus yard. I’ve dealt with them for nearly 20 years. They primarily serve businesses but if you walk up to the counter with your box, they’ll drop what they are doing, plug it in and check out your problem.

Silva April 17, 2018 at 12:24 AM

Thanks for the tip Kirkwood, they sound perfect.

Dorothy April 16, 2018 at 1:31 PM

Just got a splash of hail over here about a 1/2 hour ago.

Cellophane April 16, 2018 at 1:48 PM

We had hail too. I haven’t seen hail here in some years now.

Heavy rain too.

Now the sun is shining.

Ah, spring…

Original G April 16, 2018 at 3:40 PM

Radar earlier this morning was showing snow on peaks of Mt. Diablo, probably all melted by now.

Forecast shows night temps 50 or above after Friday so Squash plants getting transplanted out as well as pole beans stems surrounded with plastic containers with bottoms cut out to keep little chewing bugs away. Tomatoes already out in garden survived hail and cold snap we had.

Justifiable Languor … You are so right about crafts person’s unique talents.
One of reasons not to retire, am having way too much fun. Doing only projects and problem solving these days. Just starting another generation of PLC upgrades, this makes third time. This time we’re going with Siemens because GE blew it, dragging their feet on replacement I/O (input output) modules. Been training my coworker replacement for almost 2 years to take over projects.

Best maintenance work order would be, “go fix or improve something, don’t shut down the line and when you’re done, tell me what you did.”

An best years of working maintenance were when a mechanical craftsperson was assigned with me to a dept. Electrician and mechanic solving problems, fixing stuff or improving equipment. Most of the time bosses had no idea what we were doing.

Besides, work furnishes bosses and engineers for our entertainment and you can’t find that level of entertainment on day time TV

Have to reeducate some of them. They need to learn, there are no bad ideas, we don’t keep score, we talk to each other about failure mode and about a job to anticipate each craft’s needs.

Justifiable Languor April 19, 2018 at 7:35 AM

Yes, being a tradesman also feeds the need to be alone with improving stuff.

Mechanical drawing used to be offered in High Schools. Along with Industrial Arts and Auto Class. This was a good introductory for those that weren’t interested in Liberal Arts or a Political “Science” (Journalism aHEM!) degree. I was shocked to find these classes off the curriculum in the great and innovative Bay Area.

Maybe Tech schools will come back. Maybe the value of a crafts person will become more known with your efforts. 🙂 Folks that fix stuff are awesome!

Taggit April 16, 2018 at 5:18 PM

No wonder nothing gets done, or done right, anymore.

ChampagneKitty April 16, 2018 at 11:30 PM

Another one we lost today is actor Harry Anderson, who played the judge in the TV show “Night Court”. He was 65 years old and died at his home in North Carolina.

Axo April 17, 2018 at 11:48 AM

My German Sheherd has gone missing from Hale Drive/Cowell Rd area since about 9pm last night! He is about 90lbs black & tan with a very white under belly. He is extremely friendly. If anyone has seen a German sheherd running amok in the area, please call me at 9252129065

Thank you!!!!!!

Silva April 17, 2018 at 8:25 PM

My dog got out and ran off once, and I went to the dog pound every day to look at all of the mutts. One day about a week in, there he was. He was in the last cell in the last cell block, going crazy. He knew it was us before we knew it was him. Axo sounds lovely. Get a photo or two and check the Martinez Shelter. I hope to hear he is home very soon.

Original G April 18, 2018 at 3:02 PM

Printed out your post and gave it to two co-workers one lives on Hale other on opposite side of the open space who walks his dog every night.

Axo April 17, 2018 at 12:01 PM

PS. His name is Axo and it is on his tag along with my phone number 925-212-9065. I don’t know why, if anyone has found him, that they are not calling me!! If anyone has seen him please call me! Thank you!!!

Kentucky Derby April 17, 2018 at 12:20 PM

I hope Axo is found safe, and comes home soon. Keep the faith!

Shasta Daisy April 17, 2018 at 8:45 PM

I’ll keep a look out for him.
I know the heart ache of a lost dog.
Mine had happy endings.
I hope the same for you. 🙏🏻

Peace ✌🏼

Dr Jellyfinger April 17, 2018 at 9:18 PM

I hope Axo is found soon…. I will keep an eye out for him too.

Just a Thought. . . April 17, 2018 at 9:44 PM

I am so sad for Axo’s family. Our family had a similar situation a few years ago–pup got out, kids and I were in tears, walked/drove around the neighborhood, put up flyers, offered a reward (which we couldn’t afford), many friends helped with our search. My son and I were especially heartbroken, but my most special friend told us, “Don’t worry, he’ll be back, and boy, will he have some stories to tell you!” That one sentence restored our faith, gave us hope, and made us smile when we thought we couldn’t. It took about a month, but our pup was found, happy and healthy, and returned to us. I wish the same for you.

Original G April 18, 2018 at 2:57 PM

WARNING ! Two motorcycle officers on inbound to Pittsburg side of Kirker Pass Road, possibly before the hill ends. Saw one car stopped before their normal lay in wait parking place.

No more get done with one ticket they park and pull out radar gun for the next one, wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t bother to turn off the motorcycle.

Lizzie April 18, 2018 at 6:22 PM

Off the wall here–but have a question. I own a small business here in Concord and have two employee’s that kick ass when they show up, when they show up. They usually have legit excuses when they call out-no babysitter, child sick or they are sick. At what point do I say enough is enough?

Justifiable Languor April 19, 2018 at 7:50 AM

I’ll offer up a thought.

Talk to both of the ee’s about the dilemma. Keep it cool and non accusatory. Simply state that you will need to hire a part time person to fill in the blanks and mention that this person will need enough confirmed hours in order to fulfill the new persons expectations of a steady salary. Encourage ideas.

Offer to slim down the hours of the ‘full’ timers. Say, six hour days and a four day work week. Do the math for the new person. Maybe these ee’s will enjoy the shorter work week, or think twice about impromptu days off.

Take this with a grain of salt. I will never hire employees because of lawsuits and stuff.

Kentucky Derby April 19, 2018 at 9:07 AM

At what point do you say enough is enough? When you’re tired of dealing with it, and it’s not worth it to keep the employees. Only you know when you’ve reached that point.

Hmm April 19, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Do they get paid for time they are not there, like sick leave? My favorite job gave us 20 paid days off a year, you can be sick or on vacation, it didn’t matter, but sure cut down on impromptu days off, as there was incentive to save them all for a vacation!

Kirkwood April 20, 2018 at 1:31 PM

Today I saw the eBART train running, is it in service now? Does the Antioch station have ticket machines?

KAD April 20, 2018 at 4:11 PM

Last. I know it is early but I may not be able to get back here in time to last.

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