Claycord – Talk About Whatever

February 7, 2020 19:04 pm · 47 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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Cowellian February 7, 2020 at 7:04 PM

Cowellian’s First

wave February 7, 2020 at 7:05 PM

you beat me this week

Cowellian February 7, 2020 at 8:07 PM

That happens sometimes.

wave February 7, 2020 at 7:04 PM

Wave First, again !!!

Cowellian February 7, 2020 at 8:10 PM

We had our first snow of the year last night. It covered the ground with almost an inch, but the streets and walkways stayed clear. That’s my 2nd favorite kind of snow. And it’s pretty much all gone now.

Julie February 7, 2020 at 9:44 PM


KAD February 7, 2020 at 11:48 PM

Julie – Nashville, TN.

Cowellian February 8, 2020 at 7:37 AM

My favorite kind of snow was standing in my yard in Cowell and seeing snow atop Mt. Diablo.

KAD February 7, 2020 at 8:58 PM

I was LAST.

Silva February 7, 2020 at 11:02 PM


Foonman February 8, 2020 at 9:32 AM

I think they are taking in millions so when are they going to start fixing the roads? Is there even a plan? Where’s the money, or has it been diverted to the general fund…?

Gittyup February 8, 2020 at 2:13 PM

The State of California has something like a 22 BILLION dollar surplus. It had to come from somewhere. It would be nice to know just how they created that surplus. A 2017 state ballot measure which passed was supposed to provide money to fix roads locally, and we can see that hasn’t happened. Were those funds diverted to create that surplus. Personally, I think it’s clearly wrong for government entities to have “surplus” taxpayer monies. They should only be collecting what they need to run things, efficiently … and not a dime more. Like they need it more than we do!

Bad Nombre February 8, 2020 at 6:37 PM

Looking for a place to hang out tomorrow morning? Come worship with us at First Lutheran, 4000 Concord Blvd., Concord. Service at 9:30 a.m.

Antler February 9, 2020 at 3:33 AM

Our two daughters took me to the noon showing of “Doolittle” (don’t bother) at Brenden Theater yesterday (Saturday). Afterward, we were using the Concord Avenue crosswalk to go from the theater over to the corner of Salvio Street. Just as we were passing the center point of the multiple lanes, we heard the driver in the northbound “slow” lane angrily shouting out his open window at the mixed-race couple whose vehicle was in the “fast” lane (nearest the center lines). In addition to the extraordinarily volume and nasty tone of his voice, the man’s language was unbelievably vulgar (re race, gender/sex, and religion…. everything).

And then came the miracle….. there was a Concord Police Department squad car stopped immediately behind the shouter‘s car!!! For added drama, the officer (who looked large and strong enough to wrestle alligators) bolted out of his vehicle and walked quickly forward up to the crude driver’s window. Before we even reached the far curb, the police officer’s rich, booming baritone was dressing down the suddenly-silent thug! I’m guessing the officer either was a drill sergeant at one time or else had experienced a severe reprimand from one. It was BEAUTIFUL!!!

By the time we had used the next crosswalk going from one side of Salvio to the other (headed for the parking garage), the squad car was using warning lights to usher the perp’s vehicle to a safer place to pull over.

So you know all those times you have endured my rant on Whatever, Local Politics, and DUI/ Water Cooler threads in favor of keeping squad cars constantly on patrol as a preventative or immediate-remediation against reckless driving, road rage, gang and other crime, etc.? IT WORKS !!!

Silva February 9, 2020 at 9:37 AM

What a wonderful story, Antler. Thanks so much for sharing it. I love that.

Silva February 9, 2020 at 11:19 AM

I knew someone would pipe up about yelling out your window not being illegal. Not going to spend much time on this but I’m pretty sure a Peace Officer would know how to make this unhinged person using our roads learn a little something about the unacceptable behavior he witnessed. There’s this I copied from a site titled “Stop Street Harassment” too, seems to be listed under Hate Crime;

In California, it is illegal for anyone, even a law enforcement officer or other representative of the state, to “willfully injure, intimidate, interfere with, oppress, or threaten” you or to limit your free exercise and enjoyment of the rights guaranteed to you by the State of California or the U.S. government because of your: Gender, Sexual orientation, Race or ethnicity, Nationality, Religion, Disability, Association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics”

WC Resident February 9, 2020 at 11:58 AM

Good work CPD. Situational awareness can work wonders for everyone involved.

It’s windy out there! I’ve had the power flash once though not enough to cause the desktop computer to reset.

Antler February 9, 2020 at 11:34 AM

Juryisout, so I’ll play along with your troll self and retort, “OBVIOUSLY, the officer had observed reckless driving on the aggressively-shouting crude driver’s part. A nasty verbal tirade can always be interpreted as potentially leading up to more overtly-aggressive physical attack…. whether vehicular ramming or using a weapon!

Anon February 9, 2020 at 1:54 PM

LOL, the Police are never wrong.
Too bad about all of the cars with Tinted Windshields that Concord won’t anything about.
And that hands free cell phone enforcement which is non-existent.

Silva February 9, 2020 at 1:56 PM

For many years I went to Aaron Brothers when it was a stand alone frame store to buy bunches of ready made frames in many sizes, but mostly larger sizes (say around 18″ x 24″), especially when they had their GREAT bi-annual 1 cent sales. I’ve been okay with Ross’s selection of smaller frames for a while, but it’s time for me to get some larger acceptable, unpretentious looking picture frames. I have not yet bothered to go look at the Aaron Brothers corner inside the Michael’s store in Pleasant Hill. I generally stay out of “downtown” Pleasant Hill, and though I don’t know this for a fact, I imagine they wouldn’t have lots of ready made selections in larger sizes. I thought I’d put this here first. Does anyone know of a good source of decent but not very expensive larger size picture frames? I’d be looking for mostly with glass in the window, but I have a couple of not that big (15″ x 20″ stretched canvas paintings needing frames too. 🙂

S February 9, 2020 at 3:29 PM

Aaron Brothers??? Wow, I didn’t even know they were still around. Used them many moons ago to custom frame something for me. Did a great job with two color mating and such. Price was real good for the time as well.

Silva February 9, 2020 at 5:36 PM

I can cut my own matting, but it could be time to learn how to make frames. Hope not, I’ve managed to escape it this long. How much of a PITA could it be? 🙁

S February 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM

takes a few custom tools and a lot of work fron scratch, unless it becomes ur hobby. from a kit is easier. so seldom i need a custom frame… I ‘ll leave it to the pros…

Gittyup February 9, 2020 at 10:33 PM

I’ve been happy with Blick and/or ASW Express frames ordered online. If it is something for sale, I tend to believe the purchaser will reframe it to complement their decor anyway, so I don’t really get into a big, expensive framing deal. My dad made his frames, and I dabbled in it, but it is time consuming and takes away from what I prefer which is making art, not frames.

Silva February 10, 2020 at 7:26 AM

Exactly Gittyup, that’s what I need. Kinda figures Blick would have frames, they have every other thing, but I’d probably never have thought of them and I never heard of the other place. Thank you.

Cyndi Pagan February 10, 2020 at 9:11 AM

Try Hobby Lobby in Concord on Willow Pass Road. They have a variety of frames and also do custom framing.

Silva February 10, 2020 at 4:14 PM

Oh good, I’ve not been to Hobby Lobby yet. I thought I didn’t need to know about any other places to spend money on fun stuff. I guess I was wrong. Now I’ll have to go see. Thank you for the suggestion Cyndi.

Janelle February 11, 2020 at 1:22 PM

Hey Silva! I needed a 16″ by 20″ frame last week and Aaron Brothers was going to be over $130 to custom frame it. However, I found a beautiful 16 by 20 frame on Amazon for $26 with prime shipping. I couldn’t use a mat, since it was the same size and I didn’t want to pay the $45 for a larger frame and then have to buy a 10 pack of mats, but I’d suggest taking a look at Amazon!

Silva February 12, 2020 at 3:43 PM

Well that sure is a good idea, Janelle. I can’t even begin to imagine why it hadn’t occur to me, though🤣 Thanks!

Antler February 9, 2020 at 11:12 PM

In Walnut Creek, there used to be a ready-made frame shop diagonally across Locust Street from Lesher Center for the Arts. Nice selection.. is it still there?

Silva February 11, 2020 at 10:06 AM

I don’t know Antler, I’ll have a look see. Thank you.

Silva February 11, 2020 at 10:11 AM

Oh! I looked at the Google Map and I see a “Cheap Pete’s Frame Factory Outlet”!!!😊

Silva February 11, 2020 at 10:13 AM

That’s the NE corner of Locust and Civic, BTW😊

Anon February 10, 2020 at 8:29 PM

What’s up with multi vehicle pileups on Northbound 680 at the 242 split tonight???
One happened around 7pm, and now another at 8:15pm.

Kirkwood February 11, 2020 at 10:04 AM

Drivers not familiar with that split sometimes find themselves in the wrong lane and try to dart over at the last second. Possibly better signage further back might help.

Jojo Potato February 13, 2020 at 8:44 AM

Then again there are the many people who stay to the left as long as possible because they know the area and need to dive in at the last second so they can be first. No signage can help with that. Thanks.

Atticus Thraxx February 11, 2020 at 4:19 PM

Potentially handy life hack:

Antler February 12, 2020 at 5:15 AM

You won’t believe how many minutes of that I watched before it dawned on me that ……

Silva February 13, 2020 at 12:37 PM

Oh my gosh! You can buy zipper by the yard? I never knew that. I remember when I used to make clothes long, long ago buying the right length of quality zipper was expensive, and the available colors often dictated the choices of fabric. I have something to try that very thing on right now if I can find it. I’ve always thought there was something magical about zippers, because they never work for me if I ever do manage to get both parts back into the zipper doohickie again.

Antler, before it dawned on you that ……what? Did you already know all about it?😆

Atticus Thraxx February 13, 2020 at 5:34 PM

At least you guys have an excuse. I watched damn near the whole thing and I’ve never sewn anything but wounds.

Ozzie February 12, 2020 at 12:26 PM

So simple.

SmartSole decided to create a shoe insole with a GPS tracker hidden inside. The insoles can be slipped into the shoes of a loved one who suffers from the diseases and a built-in tracking chip with a cellular signal lets you know exactly where they are.

Kirkwood February 12, 2020 at 3:09 PM

As you top the hill northbound on Port Chicago and look north across the valley to the hill top you will see what looks like a vertical white billboard. It has been there for as long as I can remember. Google Earth doesn’t reveal any surrounding infrastructure. The face seems to be aimed a few degrees west of Mt. Diablo. Does anybody have a guess as to what the purpose of this structure might be? A microwave (radar) reflector of some sort?

chris February 13, 2020 at 6:41 PM

What would you do if your 7 year old walked off a MDUSD campus?

S February 13, 2020 at 7:08 PM

what prompted your question

Kirkwood February 14, 2020 at 9:33 AM

Don’t elementary schools have fences? If a child had a tendency to do something like that wouldn’t both the parent and teacher know it?

Kentucky Derby February 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Even if the school has a fence, a kid can walk out the same way he/she walked in. School yards are fenced. Was this during recess?

I would ask my child why he walked off campus, and talk to the school about keeping an eye on my child.

S February 14, 2020 at 11:23 AM

chris posted last night, so hopefully chris will be back tonight with some details… there is too much to ponder to approach without some details…

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