Claycord – Talk About Whatever

March 27, 2020 19:07 pm · 93 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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mohairs March 27, 2020 at 7:08 PM


Cowellian March 27, 2020 at 7:14 PM

Cowellian’s First!

Original G March 27, 2020 at 7:25 PM

On the toilet paper panic buying and empty shelves we’ve seen. There could be a solution for the problem. Haven’t tried it to see it it actually works.

Wait a minute March 27, 2020 at 9:03 PM

I love it! That’s cute!

lovelace March 28, 2020 at 5:41 PM

Updated version of a victory garden!

Original G March 28, 2020 at 6:29 PM

lovelace, …. An great idea.

During WW2 we had them here and they had them in England. Remember my parents telling me about their Victory Garden they had at their first house up in Pittsburg and how troops would march from railroad siding next to the house to Camp Stoneman.

qwerty March 27, 2020 at 7:28 PM

Here you go Claycordians, the Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University web link. This displays much of the info you’ve been wondering about, including the number of cases per country and the number recovered. Enjoy!

Jojo Potato March 27, 2020 at 9:50 PM

That’s a good site but kind of busy. That company is the world leader in GIS (Geographical Information) systems. Brought to you by Earth Science Research Institute (ESRI) of Redlands California. In 1974 (or so) I was in the mapping business for a local oil company and we went down there to see their stuff. Amazing things they were doing given the primitive hardware of the time. They are still going strong. You will notice their logo on maps all over, like the Contra Costa county maps

For some graphs, I like this place. If you want to understand what exponential really means look at one of the graphs and change the vertical axis from linear to exponential.


qwerty March 27, 2020 at 11:04 PM

Nice try at obversing the alternative. For God’s sake you are part of the problem.

To Do List March 28, 2020 at 8:48 AM

Jojo: Thank you very much for that information. I had no idea the ArcGIS people was ESRI. I may be the only one here who appreciates that information, but I definitely did. Thanks.

1791 March 28, 2020 at 8:55 AM

Thanks qwerty, great link.

Jojo Potato March 28, 2020 at 9:57 AM

What problem am I a part of? Are you afraid of getting more information?

Donut maple bar March 27, 2020 at 7:34 PM

ive had to resort to ebay for flushable wipes. good luck finding these in stores.
thank you hoarders. making life worse for the rest of us.

Jojo Potato March 27, 2020 at 9:53 PM

Hope you are are not actually flushing them, city’s are complaining that they plug up the sewers.

Silva March 27, 2020 at 11:36 PM

They’ll sure fill up a septic tank in a hurry too. They behave very differently from TP. I don’t know how they get away with calling them “flushable”.

KAD March 28, 2020 at 12:01 AM

Do. Not. Flush. Them. They are clogging up the sewer systems.

Anon March 28, 2020 at 7:58 AM

BEWARE of skin sensitivity issues with these wipes.
I’ve never had skin allergic reactions, but there is something in these wipes……..I would have been better off using lacquer thinner. Test the wipe on a small area down there before ending up with a huge skin burn.

Brandi March 28, 2020 at 9:35 AM

Anon, sounds like you might be using “Clorox” wipes.

Anon March 29, 2020 at 11:28 AM

Actually, Cottonelle flushable wipes.
Something about an ingredient that is used instead of alcohol is causing sensitivity issues.

Alarm CCTV Edge March 27, 2020 at 7:40 PM

If you think you are safe, pretend that you are not, and take appropriate measures to protect your loved ones and property. We have witnessed an increase in crime like never before. This is not to instill fear, it’s to give all of Claycord readers a call to action. Pretend you’re a thief, and see what is easily accessed on your property. Garage remote on your visor? Side gates unlocked? Items visible in your vehicle? Gas cap side pointed to the street and easily siphoned? (locking caps are just a one second challenge to a thief)

Remember, cameras are NOT a protection device. All you are left with is a video souvenir to share with friends, of all your things leaving. Spend this weekend locking down anything that you care about. It’s going to get very bad the next few weeks. Me, I’m spending the weekend installing alarms at businesses that have been robbed this week 🙁

Jeff March 28, 2020 at 9:32 AM

Do you need 108RS to go 10-8

Wait a minute March 27, 2020 at 9:11 PM

Is it just me, or did it seem to anyone else like there were a lot more people out and about today than there had been earlier in the week? It felt oddly normal, not at all like we were Sheltering in Place. I wonder if people are giving up the idea, thinking they’d tried for a week and that was enough of that. Just curious. Anyone know anyone living in Concord who has gotten the virus yet? I don’t.

qwerty March 27, 2020 at 11:14 PM

I noticed the same, typical traffic. This will drive the demented insane,

Turn n Burn March 28, 2020 at 6:47 AM

Yes was just thinking the same thing. Concord Blvd. is way busy.

Dorothy March 27, 2020 at 9:31 PM

A no virus book report: Thankful’s Inheritance, Joseph C. Lincoln, 1915. I’m going to call this one a romance. Lincoln sets most of his stories in old New England and his characters in this one really are characters. Thankful is the name of one. Fun and funny, it has 2 real romances of sorts going on and 2 not quite even real romances. Oh, and an almost almost ghost. A fun read for trying times if you can find it.

Remember I told you Lincoln was one of my mom’s favorite authors? She dated reading this one 3 times also.

Mutts March 27, 2020 at 9:42 PM

Why haven’t I seen a report on all the police activity today on Willow Psss road? Traffic interrupted, the whole shabang.

double dzzz March 28, 2020 at 1:53 AM

Simon Bar Sinisters plan is going accordingly. But first I must save Sweet Polly Purebred.

Original G March 28, 2020 at 9:08 AM

After all the panic buying and attempted profiteering by a few who bought large quantities, finally there is some justice being handed out.

BOOYAH! March 28, 2020 at 9:35 AM

What is up with the incessant PG&E commercials? They must be spending as much money as Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg combined on these ads! Downed lines? Smell gas? Really? I think we have bigger problems right now! Why don’t you save your money for the victims you screwed instead?

S March 28, 2020 at 9:52 AM

Ok…. It is serious now. SEES’ Candies is stopping production!

Ancient Mariner March 28, 2020 at 2:30 PM

See’s (Contra Costa Blvd.) is closed, but everyone knows that chocolate is essential!

S March 28, 2020 at 10:13 AM

I just preformed a harmonica concert from my deck for all the neighbors. They appreciated it very much. I now have a nice variety of vegetables and a few dozen eggs. But… The eggs are pre-scrambled and the potatoes kinda’ hurt a bit…….

Silva March 28, 2020 at 4:09 PM


John P March 28, 2020 at 11:21 AM

Salmon hatcheries jam thousands of juvenile fish into troughs and raceways in order to maximize production before releasing the fish to the river. If a viral disease breaks out, it spreads like wildfire, possibly killing off the year’s entire release, IF they haven’t been vaccinated. Wild populations do not suffer such catastrophic losses, given their more isolated life cycle.

People are jammed into crowded cities, buses, trains, and planes in our society. Some believe vaccination is a hoax and a danger, and refuse to take part in any programs for themselves or their children. Is it any wonder we’re experiencing a viral health care crisis now? Perhaps our leaders should reevaluate what’s important for human existence: never-ending population growth, an ever-increasing demand for products (and the constant assault on the environment it requires), and a perpetual me-first attitude shown so often by so many.

And yes, we’ve done what we can: one child; constant reuse and repair of many household items; limited driving; use of public transit; a home garden; and whatever else we can to live a greener lifestyle. There is a correlation between crowding, environmental degradation, and the spread of disease. More people need to become concerned and push for change.

Original G March 28, 2020 at 12:13 PM

Can not disagree, perhaps those in power who have read and watched way to much fictional Science Fiction will wake up and realize their Utopian fantasy, of high density centralization is folly.

Jojo Potato March 28, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Gee John you’re so rational. I’ve always wondered about the metric “economic growth” as being a desirable thing. I think we’ve already got plenty of most everything. Like: people, cars, highways, airplanes, pollution, noise, TV shows, anyway you get the idea. How about we measure the economy on happiness like Bhutan does?
Or education or hiking or anything else besides greed. Thanks.

The Fearless Spectator March 28, 2020 at 1:25 PM

We are learning right now from New York that stacking humans vertically is not adaptive. Such a tragic situation; this will cause a lot of people to re-think how and where they want to live. Employers will have to address this change also.

Simonpure March 28, 2020 at 12:22 PM

Hey my friend Roz…how are you and yours? So far we are all good. Hope your daughter is doing well too. Best wishes your way girl.

Nature Lover March 28, 2020 at 4:02 PM

No telemarketing calls this week……that is a first.

james March 28, 2020 at 4:35 PM

You can tell the low information low IQ compared to the rest by what is being said,the low information will believe long as it’s sensational and/or emotion’s as if these people crave a good fiction/action story that they haven’t been getting for TV.A suggestion that the sky is falling would be met with “I told you so !”

RANDOM TASK March 28, 2020 at 5:33 PM

oh you poor souls

you…actually think politicians actually care about you and your family

awwwww…sooo cute you are

this explains much of why this state is in such a mess and crumbling

thank you for the enlightenment and you acceptance of filth and corruption

my eyes are indeed opened now …there is no hope …ok I get it now ….again thank you for the re education as to our demise and forced taxation

ZZ March 28, 2020 at 8:07 PM

Agenda 21! Green New Deal! Democratic Socialism! It’s all a farce, right? It’s not really happening, right?

Gittyup March 29, 2020 at 7:47 AM

Gavin Nuisance has declared himself “King of California” and we are now nothing but his lowly subjects. He is using the media to spread his propaganda and implement his autocratic rule, and the media is fully cooperating. Why the media have become his “Red Carpet,” we do not know.

Justifiable languor March 29, 2020 at 9:47 AM

“Ballot harvesting” is political jargon for a practice in which organized workers or volunteers collect absentee ballots from certain voters and drop them off at a polling place or election office. Coined by California Republicans, the term carries a negative connotation to suggest improprieties and even election fraud.

KAD March 28, 2020 at 10:03 PM

BTW, I was Last.

Silva March 29, 2020 at 7:32 AM

Indeed you were! 🌹🌹🌹

Original G March 29, 2020 at 11:21 PM

An now just for all the panic buyers with half a garage full of toilet paper, you made the right call and got in on the ground floor of the newest currency.

nytemuvr March 29, 2020 at 11:31 PM

Anyone noticed the Chinese goose up for adoption in the left column? I’ve been wondering a couple of things… Has it been tested for the virus?…. What internal temperature do you cook it to be safe?…. Is it done whenever the juices run clear?… I have many more questions.

Kirkwood March 31, 2020 at 10:17 AM

If you cook your goose, be prepared for greasy meat. I know from experience.

Silva March 31, 2020 at 4:58 PM

My mom once bought a goose to cook for Christmas. We were just the two of us, I don’t remember her ever fixing turkey, too big and we only liked dark meat. Somehow she’d heard of a recipe to cook goose in a brown paper bag from the grocery store. It turned out it was one of the best things she’d ever made, we were both so impressed with it. It had beautiful crispy all over browned skin, and it was so tender and very tasty. It was very simple to prepare, from start to finish.

Gitttyup March 30, 2020 at 10:43 AM

Boris Johnson looks like he cuts his own hair.

Deena March 30, 2020 at 11:59 AM

Please please please do not light sky lanterns! They are extremely dangerous. Sky lanters can travel for miles and start wild fires or burn someone’s house down. This morning I found a burt up one in my yard right next to our brand new truck and camper. Be responsible folks!

anon March 30, 2020 at 1:04 PM

Does anyone know where and when is a good time to buy toilet paper? Every time I go to the store, their out.

KAD March 30, 2020 at 10:22 PM

Has anyone spotted an oriole yet. They were here mid March last year. I have not seen any yet.

Antler March 30, 2020 at 11:53 PM

Two days ago, there was one pair fluttering back and forth sipping sugar water from two of our hummingbird feeders. Their weight tips the feeders so that the food actually drips out into their beaks….. smart little critters!
That flash of yellow is always such a treat!

Justifiable languor March 31, 2020 at 9:44 AM

No Orioles yet but had one finch that looked almost identical to a Peep. Yes, bright yellow with a small black facinator (hat tilted rakeshley) and a short orange beak.

Silva April 2, 2020 at 1:36 PM

Are the Goldfinches back in town? Is that the dapper dressing peep looking bird you saw, Justifiable languor? Now I need a lounging chair outside so I can get out there a while and look for an oriole.

Antler March 31, 2020 at 12:09 AM

Well, DANG IT!!!!! Our TVs stopped working about a month ago; I was focused on more important things and didn’t “get around to” calling the super-great technician, and NOW with “shelter-in-place”, I’ll just betcha they are not even making house calls.
And to top it all off, now my iPad has decided to update its version (WITHOUT my permission!), and since then the Camera icon is nowhere to be found on the desktop. Why did I not force myself to go take computer science, etc., at DVC???.
Yep, those problems are sooooo minuscule compared to what many people are dealing with right now, but thank you for coming to my self-pity party!!!

Silva March 31, 2020 at 10:43 AM

I’m a little sad about the home improvement jobs I had lined up this Spring, I was ready to make the appointments. I’m really lucky I’d taken care of the new exhaust hood I needed installed about a week before the shelter advisement started. The old one, an early 1970s model was just day or two away from dying. It was screaming horrifically for a minute or two before the fan actually started up, but it was going to die, I’m sure. I hope the work people are all okay for their sake, they really must be getting strapped like everyone else now, but I’m not up for anyone in here. Especially folks who work in lots of other people’s homes. If it was the big TV though, I’d have to give the guy a call to see if he could come, no question That would be an essential requirement as far as my husband is concerned whether or not he’s in lockdown. Maybe he’d be willing to make an exception for you, Antler, and you could take precautions of course.

Silva March 31, 2020 at 11:25 AM

I just hate those upgrades, too.

Kentucky Derby March 31, 2020 at 1:45 PM

We’re all allowed occasional pity parties, as long as they’re kept to a minimum. I limit myself to four a year, like a quarterly bank statement. TVs and iPads are essential Next time I’ll leave a gift on your doorstep like your gracious friends and family. Good luck!

Antler March 31, 2020 at 6:41 PM

Thank you, Silva and Kentucky Derby!
Actually, the whole deal is still under X-finity warranty, and I have the cell phone number of the super tech they previously sent out for setup (and again another time to unscramble some of the contortionist maneuvers I had made re selecting input…. or some such esoteric thing ….at least to me). First thing I always try is calling their help division. It’s amazing that they frequently can talk me through the fix just over the phone while they view exactly what is happening on their monitor.
Uhhhhh, and THIS time I’ve already checked the batteries in the remote!
We got this, team!!! 🥴

Justifiable languor March 31, 2020 at 9:18 AM

I tried the 8:00am opening for seniors this morning. Arrived 7 minutes before opening, and found younger people’s carts lined up around the building (sidewalk lined up on Detroit too). I left immediately.

My question is: Is there a separate and hopefully shorter line for actual seniors at the front door?

Kentucky Derby March 31, 2020 at 1:38 PM

That’s a good question. The stores are doing the right thing by opening early to let seniors shop, but they know they can’t enforce it. It would be age discrimination.

Do you know the store manager(s) where you shop?

Justifiable languor March 31, 2020 at 5:51 PM

No. I’ll have to show up much earlier to observe and approach a door employee. The parking lot was a madhouse.

Justifiable languor March 31, 2020 at 5:53 PM

Oops. It was Costco.

Silva April 1, 2020 at 1:32 PM

We finally did our Costco run on Monday at around 10:00 am. The line didn’t go to the back of the building, maybe halfway, and it moved quickly. It was not a bad experience. I wasn’t able to get my twin gallons of white vinegar, but I did get the last of a single gallon plus some, so that made me happy as I depend on it in my laundry and for cleaning, I can’t hack store bought cleaners and detergents anymore. They didn’t have oxyclean, and we were only allowed one 18 pack of eggs, not instead of the two we always get, so we’ll just get more next time we go to Trader Joe’s. Their Jumbo eggs are very good. I think it’s strange about the limitations on chicken products, chicken meat and eggs. It’s supposedly because of hoarding. That seems a bit odd, but I don’t know what else it would be. We got everything else we needed. A few things were in unexpected locations, so it took a bit more time finding them. We did find almost everything, and it went well. The only real difference was the line to enter and fewer people inside, which was nice really. After seeing your post Justifiable languor, I’m glad we hadn’t headed there for the “special” time.

Justifiable languor April 2, 2020 at 1:16 PM

Yes. The line actually went down the entire length along Detroit and curved backup past the stoplights. I continued through. Trader Joe’s had eggs, thankfully. Yesterday we drove through the Costco parking lot in the afternoon. It was civilized, but I don’t know condition of the stock. I want a few items in bulk that would be prohibitive in $$ elsewhere.

I’ve been recipe searching and baking, watching the inevitable demise of business and finances. Plotting myriad escape routes. Lots of joking, wry and ridiculous.

I was sorry to hear of your rib. I’ve been told it is excruciating. 🍌:-(

JWB April 2, 2020 at 1:40 PM

@ JL

I went this morning at about 10am the line was not too bad, about halfway through the parking lot. Moved very quickly less than 15 minutes wait to get into the store. Plenty of stock, other than TP and paper towels.

Justifiable Languor April 2, 2020 at 2:02 PM

Good news JWB. Thanks for the input. I will make another attempt soon!

Cellophane March 31, 2020 at 1:51 PM

The County sends out a warning about extending the shelter in place and refers people to the web site which immediately crashes.

Yes, I trust the country to pick up the trash.

Other than that…

Cellophane March 31, 2020 at 2:02 PM

I just read the latest edict from a local county employee.

Real Estate and related businesses are now essential.

Just so happens that taxes on home sales is the largest moneymaker for the county.


Original G March 31, 2020 at 6:42 PM

While school is canceled if you feel your kids are not reading enough and are watching too much TV, turn the volume way down and turn on closed captioning.

Anew April 2, 2020 at 8:24 PM

That is a nice idea. And maybe have them watch movies in a different language with sub-titles.

Original G April 1, 2020 at 12:39 PM

Something to reflect upon . . . this shelter in place thing is similar to 10 or 20 years after retirement. A little less mobility.
How ya likein’ it so far ? ? ? ?

Kentucky Derby April 1, 2020 at 1:10 PM

Well, Original G… this isn’t something I’d recommend to anyone, but thanks for playing…

Kirkwood April 1, 2020 at 1:28 PM

Orig G – Once you retire, you will wonder how you ever found the time to work.

Original G April 1, 2020 at 1:34 PM

Reason, I’m still working 14 years past retirement.
These days teaching second person, how to plan for and upgrade industrial control and large motor drive cabinets. We’re working on some cabinets for third time in my career, something I never thought would happen. Computer and control systems have really advanced in past 12 years.

GE PLC division has grievously dropped the ball on I/O block replacements (ten year product live cycle), so we’re ripping them out and putting in Siemens PLCs.

Basically ended up with a hobby that has a paycheck.
Tell them, am still there for benefits and entertainment, in that order.

Company provides us with bosses and engineers for our entertainment and ya just can’t find that quality entertainment on daytime TV.

Silva April 1, 2020 at 1:45 PM

Being prepared for a broken supply chain at any given time makes a BIG difference if you have room for a lot of extra stuff, and I’m going to start taking productive gardening a little more seriously again. It’s a real PITA having to assume everything, produce included could be contaminated all of the time. A forced extended vacation? A prison sentence with all the comforts of home and off campus privileges? Not bad. I think homebodies have the best of it.😉

Original G April 1, 2020 at 5:57 PM

Only three days left of retirement practice.

Silva, … Will be pulling out 9 tray Excalibur Dehydrator to handle larger garden this year. First off will try pole beans. Already know how well it works on peppers and onions.

What’s so nice about dehydrating is reduction in volume of what you’re drying. Can take a bag of Costco yellow onions and once dried can fit them in a plastic container 8″x6″x6″.

Still using bell peppers out of the freezer, dehydrated two years ago, dehydrated flavor more intense.

For those who like Baroque music, highly recommend.

Silva April 1, 2020 at 7:18 PM

Wow, that takes me back. I had a 12 tray Excalibur food dehydrator I got at the Berkeley Whole Earth Access store in the early 1980s. My husband convinced me to leave it behind when I sold the Oakland house last September, we just had so much extra stuff. I hadn’t used it in a long time, but it still worked. Yikes, I just googled them. They cost a good bit more these days! I agree, the dried food flavors are nice, but I never figured out how to keep all the food from rehydrating, and after that it didn’t last very long. I thought it was more trouble than ir was worth and went back to freezing stuff. We couldn’t just Google for all of the answers back in the old days.😉

Silva April 1, 2020 at 2:13 PM

Kirkwood, that’s the truth. I sometimes marvel at how I used to get up and ready for business and a kid ready for school and both of us out the door by seven twenty. Who was that woman and how did she do that?.

Antler April 1, 2020 at 2:27 PM

So just in case you are already getting tired of the home scene, the Mr. Pickles on Clayton Rd. is HIRING!

Teamster April 1, 2020 at 4:07 PM

Did you just receive a blank emergency alert?

Kentucky Derby April 2, 2020 at 11:08 AM

The smile on my face doesn’t mean my life is perfect. It means I appreciate what I have and what I’ve been blessed with I choose to be happy.

Silva April 2, 2020 at 1:26 PM

Amen, sister.

Turn n Burn April 2, 2020 at 12:38 PM

Just turned on channel 2 news at 12:30. I can’t follow Our Governor anymore. Who keeps talking and talking and I have a hard time listening to him. Does anyone else? I really want to hear what he says, but I need the short and to the point version.

Kentucky Derby April 2, 2020 at 1:37 PM

Turn n Burn – The short and to the point version would be reading the news online. You can control what you read, which you can’t do on TV except turning the TV off. If it’s overwhelming, there is always the option of not watching or reading the news at all, even though we want to stay informed.

Sorry to read about your son’s graduation and class ring. I hope everything works out well for him!

Gittyup April 2, 2020 at 3:00 PM

Whoever controls the media controls the people, and Newsom is abusing his authority. He’s only the Governor, after all. Everyday I turn on the noon news and get more Gavin Newsom. I can’t believe the media have turned the noon news over to this autocrat. He rambles on with nothing to say, obviously in love with the sound of his own voice, and thinking he’s just the greatest thing going. It sounds like he’s an expert on everything. It seems like in this all-consuming crisis he’d have more pressing things to do. He reminds me of every futuristic movie I’ve ever seem where the people listen blindly to some dictatorial leader raging on, demanding obedience and threatening punishment for disobeying. You are not allowed to think for yourself. It takes one right back to an old black and white Stalin or Mussolini film clip. I had to stop watching when he threatened Marshall Law. I have begun to expect that at any minute he’ll get really wound up and pull a full on fascist display of some kind on us, so typical of the”liberal” nitwit that he is. He’s experiencing a serious ego problem at the moment and the media needs to recognize that. Instead of letting him usurp the airways and deprive us of any other news, just give us the highlights of what he said. It could likely be summed up in two sentences. What else is going on in the Bay Area? How many car break-ins in San Francisco? That was a big problem before all this virus stuff. How many murders? And, other news? Carjacking? Did all the criminals just go straight or something? Same for Oakland, where’s the other news? Or, is this a grand experiment in depriving us of the information to prevent copycat crime? There is other news, isn’t there?

Turn n Burn April 3, 2020 at 6:39 AM

KD. Your right about reading the news. I should turn the tv off more. Thank you about my sons ring. I think I was just having a moment. We will get through it, and then laugh about it later. Again, thank you.

Justifiable languor April 3, 2020 at 8:12 AM

If a politician never gets to the point, s/he is either brainwashing, or lying to you.

mtzman April 3, 2020 at 5:03 PM

One has to be a pretty sick individual not only to wish that on children but to celebrate it, as well However, I have no doubt that the governor and his family will handle it privately and appropriately.

Kentucky Derby April 2, 2020 at 1:40 PM

Silva – Sorry to hear about your broken rib. Hang in there with the pain, and I think not going to the hospital was a wise choice, especially if they’re no longer wrapping ribs. The things we learn online!

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