Claycord – Talk About Whatever

July 3, 2020 19:04 pm · 78 comments


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

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Cowellian July 3, 2020 at 7:04 PM

Cowellian’s Lucky Thirteenth!

On this date in 2007, we were visiting my Dad in Nashville, and I wanted to see if there was anything new about the Smokestack. I went to Halfway to Concord and found a story there that included a link to Claycord. Once I got to Claycord, I knew I was in the right place, and I’ve been here ever since.

Silva July 3, 2020 at 7:47 PM


S July 3, 2020 at 7:05 PM

Pick One: (in your tater salad)

A) Dill Pickle
B) Sweet Pickle
C) Yuck

Silva July 3, 2020 at 7:49 PM

Mmm, A) Dill Pickle!! B) Sweet Pickle=Nope!!

amigo July 3, 2020 at 8:36 PM

Dill Pickle

Roz July 3, 2020 at 8:44 PM

A) Dill Pickles!
Plus I’ve made 20+ jars of Dill Pickles in the last month with cucumbers from my Garden.

Janus July 3, 2020 at 9:03 PM


Mary Fouts July 3, 2020 at 9:08 PM

For ‘traditional” potato salad, I’ll vote for b) sweet pickle. But only those I’ve canned myself.

@S – Don’t forget German Potato Salad. One of the most heated discussions I’ve had re: salads was “regular” potato salad versus German. And that included debates on Mayo vs. Miracle Whip Salad Dressing in the “regular” potato salad.

Dawg July 3, 2020 at 9:54 PM

A) Dill.

Antler July 3, 2020 at 11:10 PM

Dill, please…. and some chopped up egg, and onion, and celery, and…… what did I forget? Well, besides the potatoes and Duke’s mayonnaise?

It's A Me July 3, 2020 at 11:41 PM

Dill and only dill! 😀

Gittyup July 4, 2020 at 2:34 AM

B) Sweet Gerkins

Justifiable languor July 4, 2020 at 6:22 AM

Dill pickles. Our Nana made bread and butter pickles which were slightly sweet. The women of that generation were very knowledgeable.

Simonpure July 4, 2020 at 12:26 PM

Hi Roz…happy days. My son had a pickling business called Pickle Freak Foods. He did all kinds of things from peppers to garlic pickles. He has let most of that laps as the children keep him too busy. He does it for friends and family but I bet he will bring back the business once the kids are grown. Happy 4th to you and yours.

Roz July 4, 2020 at 12:42 PM

Hey Simonpure~
Really!,….so cool to learn/hear about your Son’s business, and sounds very tasty!
Have a Great 4th, You & the Mrs. (Missy?) and the down time with the kids gone.
Oh yeah,..and some of our other posts DID get Delete #@*^%!,..LOL!

S July 5, 2020 at 10:26 AM

Arghhhh, I thought I answered this. Musta’ forgot to hit submit.

Looks like Dill wins out here; for me????
“B”, Sweet… Oh, and Mary, Miracle Whip always… Actually, my question about MW back in March kinda started me on the Pick One roll.

Don’t get me wrong, I like most potato salads, just prefer sweet…..

Concordjete July 3, 2020 at 7:10 PM


Officer: “I’m arresting you for downloading all of Wikipedia.”
Man: “No wait! I can explain everything!” 😀

The Masked (and gloved) Poster July 3, 2020 at 8:42 PM

I entered my Chihuahua in an ‘ugliest dog’ contest and I won first place!

My dog came in third.

Antler July 3, 2020 at 11:12 PM

Thanks for the chuckle, Concordjete!

Barbosa July 4, 2020 at 12:16 AM

From Craigslist….

FOR SALE: Complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica. Recent edition in like new condition.
Got married last month and no longer needed. Apparently wife knows everything.

Doh July 3, 2020 at 7:17 PM


Silva July 3, 2020 at 7:51 PM

It must be Friday!😆 I forgot to check.

Anne July 3, 2020 at 8:14 PM

My mom never put pickles in her potato salad. But I’m thinking if I did, it would be sweet to offset the onions. (She used green onions)

SF oh July 3, 2020 at 9:19 PM

I’ve always put pickles in macaroni salad. Putting them in potato salad sounds good too!

Justifiable languor July 4, 2020 at 6:27 AM

Absolutely green onions!

Dorothy July 4, 2020 at 11:14 AM

Sweet pickles and red onions, well minced. A couple of diced eggs and mayo. Then layer pimento and 1/2 eggs on top.

SF oh July 3, 2020 at 8:56 PM

Really sick of idiots putting flyers for their causes all over Newhall Park. BLM posters, or whatever else these mindless robots have been programmed to believe. There was a guy there the other day “slyly” taping posters to light posts etc. He looked so suspicious you could spot him from a mile away. By the time we got around the park most of the flyers he had put up had already been torn down. One was ripped into tiny pieces and left on the ground. I really don’t like it when they use a staple gun to post them up on the trees. I realize nothing is illegal now, so no point in pursuing that avenue. But I’d assume, that these are prob the same whiners who were protesting about climate change last year. Shouldn’t preserving the health of the trees matter too? Anything Parks & Rec can do about this?

Mary Fouts July 3, 2020 at 9:02 PM

Smoke along hills to the west: When opening up the house this eve at 8:45 PM, from the 2nd floor I noticed a significant smoke layer along the hills to the west, that run from approx Moraga to the north through Briones. Didn’t notice it earlier today. It’s smoke, not fog.

Anyone know where it might be coming from? I was concerned of active local (wild) fires, but can’t find an evidence of such. Thanks!

Stoptheinsanity July 4, 2020 at 6:52 AM

I was in Lafayette on the 3rd and yes quite a bit of smoke. I asked around but nobody knew anything about a fire. Maybe a quick call to the local fire dept would help.

Mary Fouts July 3, 2020 at 9:37 PM

Walgreens Pharmacy Hours Reduced – If you use Walgreens for pharmacy, check your local store for any pharmacy changes. Today I went to the Lafayette Walgreens to pick up a prescription and do some shopping. Their pharmacy, previously opened 7 days a week, has reduced hours on Mon – Sat, and is now closed on Sun. It is also now closed Mon – Sat from 1:30 PM – 2 PM for a lunch break. In the past, that was only on Sat and Sun.

I have found the Lafayette Walgreens to be the best around, and the pharmacy staff top notch. I so truly hope that store does not close.

Dawg July 3, 2020 at 10:23 PM

I went to Safeway today, the one at Clayton Rd. and Kirker Pass. There was an employee wiping the handles on the shopping carts. I thought to myself, I wonder how good of a job is he doing? Is he really disinfecting the cart handles?
I made it a point to touch only the handle and no other part of the cart. I also touched only the items I purchased. When I got home the first thing I did was wash my hands, and lo and behold, I could see the soap turning black. I know it didn’t come from my steering wheel because I always wash my hands when I get home from where ever I’ve been and the soap usually doesn’t turn black.

Justifiable languor July 4, 2020 at 6:48 AM

There have been a lot of fires this last three weeks. However, the H had the same experience at Costco. We always wash hands upon entering the house. For decades. Probably why when we get sick (onlytwice) it is a doosey.

Kirkwood July 4, 2020 at 9:54 AM

More stores are putting out the materials and allowing customers prepare their own carts. I cleaned my carts at Winco and Pet Smart.

Mary Fouts July 4, 2020 at 3:53 PM

We have recycled greywater for outside watering for several years. I have always maintained a hand washing protocol as soon as I get home from anywhere or any outside activity. When we started recycling greywater, I was shocked at how dirty the water from my hands was after one errand trip. Same goes with wiping groceries down, soapy water quickly turns dirty. Just think of everything you touch from leaving home, to shopping, to getting home.

And if you recycle greywater from your washing machine, you will be amazed at how dirty your laundry is. All of my laundry now gets a double rinse in the wash cycle.

Martinezmike July 3, 2020 at 10:52 PM

Sounds like you may have the black plaque! 😱

Stoptheinsanity July 4, 2020 at 6:48 AM

I wish I had seen that truck driver. I’d have given a toot of my horn and a cordial thumbs up.

Ricardoh July 4, 2020 at 11:05 AM

About an hour ago we had a flyby of about twenty private airplanes flying in formation. Saw the same group on memorial day. Anyone know anything about them like which airport they hail from?

S July 4, 2020 at 11:16 AM

Anyone see the vintage planes flying over in formation this morning? I don’t know if it was publicized or not. By time I heard them and grabbed my camera, they were too far gone to make them out.. Anyway… It was a neat sound and sight.


Mary Fouts July 4, 2020 at 3:42 PM

@S – Unfortunately, I didn’t see or hear the planes this morning in south PH. The vintage planes are always so magnificent to both see and hear!

Ricardoh July 4, 2020 at 4:39 PM

There was one biplane the rest were not vintage just privately owned single engine airplanes.

S July 5, 2020 at 8:32 AM

Thanks R! They were a bit off in the distance by the time I saw them, couldn’t make it out. Except for the biplane. Was a nice sight.

By vintage, I didn’t necessarily mean like old war planes and such. Only older planes. They had a healthy old time sound, that you don’t usually hear with small newer Cessna and Pipers, and of the ilk.

ps: I any of the pilots involved visit Claycord…. Thanks for the show.

Mary Fouts July 4, 2020 at 3:38 PM

Gardening and Ginger/Tumeric – A couple(?) years ago I posted here about growing ginger. @Kirkwood replied with a link to instructions. I planted as suggested, in a galvanized metal wash tub with 3 holes drilled for drainage. Potting soil heavily amended with compost. Have had superb success, beautiful ginger flowers and after they die back the actual ginger roots. I’ve found the best sun location is where strawberries flourish.

I love fresh tumeric. (Dried version I highly dislike, too harsh and bitter.) Today I started a wash tub full of tumeric. From research, roots may take longer to develop, but process same as ginger; plants have gorgeous flowers. Can grow outside year round in growing zones 8 – 11. Interesting and fun!

Roz July 5, 2020 at 10:40 AM

Mary Fouts ~ Thank You for Sharing.
Thinking I’ll try it too, and see if it works for myself.

TraumaRx July 4, 2020 at 4:01 PM

The majority of the residents at long term care facilities don’t have a choice. Family members choose to keep them in their when knowing the quality of life is unspeakable. These patients are bedridden and unable to care for basic needs and are hanging on barley. And you wonder why Covid 19 effects them more than any other age group. Selfish family members benefit from this by receiving money for the care they are receiving, but know one wats to admit it. Why else would you keep them in a semi vegetative state.?

Hanne Jeppesen July 4, 2020 at 8:30 PM

How do family members benefit from having a relative in a nursing facility? Selfish family members how much do you about their families, caring for someone that are bedridden is almost impossible for families to do, if it is a wife, and the person is elderly she is probably elderly as well, and don’t have the strength. Children of elderly people are often not able to provide that kind of care, they have work, children of their own, might not even live close by. I use to do staffing for a home care agency and also sold Long Term Care Insurance, you are assuming a lot about these families it seems. Again I don’t see how families are benefitting financial, does not make sense.

Michael1 July 5, 2020 at 8:47 AM

I have found that the people that call family members selfish for putting a loved one in a nursing home,have never taken care of one in their home for a few years.

Gittyup July 5, 2020 at 10:34 PM

These facilities are a uniquely national phenomenon run as businesses to make money. Most other cultures take the elderly parents into their home early on and they become an integral part of the extended family, caring for children, doing cooking and household chores for the family. As a result, the elders have strong bonds with the youth and pass along important cultural lessons which cements the values of a culture that treasures their elders wisdom. As they age, their contributions naturally diminish, but they generally remain in the home until their death. It is unfortunate that in American culture this important resource is being overlooked in favor of shipping the elderly off to assisted living, or worse yet, a nursing home.

Justifiable languor July 6, 2020 at 6:53 AM

I look at other cultures family structure as well. They stay connected. Then I look at what I have experienced and observed. Our mothers felt the had done enough by the time the last child graduated from high school. Many mothers took up work to manage the escalating cost of living. Other parents divorced and began a new life with another family.

American families were trashed. Marriage was considered “just a piece of paper”… Women no longer demanded or even expected marriage. Inch by inch every tradition was abandoned with nothing of value to replace it.

Kirkwood July 6, 2020 at 10:13 AM

When our mother lived in senior homes and skilled nursing facilities I noticed that most residents were completely abandoned by their families. No special days or visits by anybody.

Silva July 6, 2020 at 12:01 PM

If you can’t properly care for your elderly and infirm relative at home, and many of us are not equipped and trained to do so, please visit with them as often as you possibly can.

Frustrated July 4, 2020 at 9:48 PM

Hearing lots of sirens on Treat

Captain Bebops July 5, 2020 at 12:18 PM

I wonder if The Mayor knows you can get an SSL certificate for this site for free? Only problem is you have to renew it every three months but that takes about 5 minutes to do.

S July 5, 2020 at 6:54 PM

I sure hope people are out of fireworks… I’m tired… ready for an early bedtime.

Mary Fouts July 5, 2020 at 9:08 PM

@S – I so agree! My go to sleep early, get up early routine has been way shifted lately. Mary

Mary Fouts July 5, 2020 at 9:33 PM

Coyotes in South PH- tonight about 8:45 PM dogs went into guardian dog mode. Checked the front. A coyote sniffing around the trash cans. People, I suggest that you keep your small dogs and cats inside .

Kirkwood July 6, 2020 at 10:34 AM

Seen on the news (CH 11) last night, a fire truck responding to a call blocked by protestors who climbed onto the vehicle and delayed it for 14 minutes (travel time for this call would have been 2 minutes). I believed it happened in Oakland but I couldn’t find the story on the Internet this morning.

Original G July 6, 2020 at 5:02 PM

Was near Lake Merritt, OFD engine #10, July 4th at Lakeshore Ave and Brooklyn Ave well after sunset.

Silva July 6, 2020 at 11:53 AM

Oakland Zoo is in dire financial need right now, and they would greatly appreciate donations of extra fruit if your fruit trees have any extra or if you have produce to spare to feed to the animals, large and small. Some bakery goods are also happily accepted, the bison herd loves baguettes. Please call them at 510 632-9525 for more information and to arrange a donation. Thank you!!

Silva July 7, 2020 at 12:08 PM

A bit of interesting info here too;

Mary Fouts July 6, 2020 at 10:45 PM

Wildfire Season/Emergency Preparations – Last month I re-prepped our emergency evacuation supplies for wildfire season, and also to use for earthquake and power outage preparation. Purchased an 84 Serving Bucket of Freeze Dried Food from Wise Company. Very pleased with quality, and we got it in a week, not approx the month suggested on shipping from amazon ( I added evaporated milk to our emergency supplies to use with the breakfast items. Also purchased a 6 pack of 30-qt Rubbermaid Storage Containers for keeping other emergency supplies packed in. Everything placed/stacked in guest room at front of house, so we can grab and go, throw in back of pickup and in car trunk. Have a list of other things to grab if time (jewelry, laptops,etc.), list drawn vividly with a Sharpy, taped on containers.

Wildfires already burning in area. Morgan Hill, Gilroy with evacuations. Also fire started (supposedly at homeless encampment) at Benicia Bridge today.

What a heck of a year 2020 is going to be.

S July 7, 2020 at 10:54 AM

Mid Week Pick One:

A) Hasbro
B) Mattel
C) Neither

S July 9, 2020 at 2:36 PM


Justifiable languor July 10, 2020 at 7:07 AM

C. I guess. I had paper, pencils, bikes, trees and such.

Silva July 10, 2020 at 9:37 AM

Makes sense, S. I didn’t have much of that stuff either, so C) Neither.

S July 10, 2020 at 5:14 PM

Ouch… Sad Face


Original G July 7, 2020 at 11:08 AM

For those who like to putter around with computers and are able to build, this is interesting. A couple built their dog an interface triggered by switches that plays prerecorded words, allows dog to communicate basic desires or wants. Video is worth a look.

an iota of maturity July 7, 2020 at 1:32 PM

I just saw a car parade/protest against eviction drive by. Nice cars, saw a few Lexus, shiny SUVs, and lots of Spanish signs demanding protection from eviction.

I pay my own way and because I do I can’t afford a car, insurance, and gas. Funny that. Maybe folks need to sit down and make some sacrifices and get real instead of making demands, noise, and traffic.

Honestly, I’m so tired of foreign nationals who have no intention of integrating into Americans making demands and driving around in fancy cars. This just isn’t right.

Kentucky Derby July 7, 2020 at 1:43 PM

I hope the Oakland Zoo makes it. I wish it was open like the San Diego Zoo. How else will businesses survive? What a shame.

No Excuses July 7, 2020 at 5:28 PM

BEWARE, NEW PG&E TELEPHONE SCAM….I just got a robo-call that my service would be cut off withing the hour For Non Payment, if I didn’t “press 1 or call 1-800-721-8134” My bill this month is only about $28. and is not even due for 4 more days.

Brandi July 8, 2020 at 8:10 AM

With all the virus concerns I wonder if or when Baseball ever starts again… will the players FINALLY QUIT SPITTING?

It’s friggin disgusting.

Silva July 9, 2020 at 11:18 AM is addictive. Some of us apparently can go on forever at it. English records go easily back into the 14th century as they do in some European countries too. It’s been an eye opener to one who never needed two whole hands to count all of her known relatives her whole life, always wondering about who in the world she came from, to suddenly know the names of thousands of relatives. I’m not sure if many people realize it was just a short time ago all young women could look forward to growing up and getting married, and having around fourteen to twenty-two children. Looking it that image on a family tree really is astonishing. It looks much more like a whole forest than a tree. I now must go watch Patton since I know the subject was my 4th cousin 2x removed😆 His grandfather was one of the two people in my tree I’ve come across so far who fought (and died) on the wrong side of the Civil War. I’m related to the Pattons through the Mercers. General Hugh Mercer was a 5th great grandfather. I think it’s odd I haven’t come across any real scoundrels, I’ve been looking. Everyone is either very pious and/or very illustrious. I’d always been told that, but since no details could ever be provided I just thought it was made up to sound good. One guy was with a young woman who wasn’t his wife when he was killed when he had an accident while driving, but that’s about it so far. Unfortunately, at times I do think my long held suspicions of being the family “black sheep” have been born out. There was a fellow I find very interesting. At age twenty he was the town Sheriff and he met and lived with “as man and wife” the substantially older former mistress of Napoleon’s brother in the home built for her (by Napoleon’s brother) who he supported and helped raise her children as his own, and fathered one more. How tongues must’ve wagged! Oh well. At least I didn’t have seventeen children.

To Do List July 9, 2020 at 8:15 PM

Watch out for coyotes. I child got bit today in Moraga at a park parking lot by a coyote, and it was not even in an isolated area. It was right in the middle of things.

Mary Fouts July 9, 2020 at 10:56 PM

I post here about coyote sightings in my South PH neighborhood. As a warning for those that let cats and small dogs roam about. I’ve never witnessed a coyote behaving in the way you state. I welcome them to take care of rodents. If what you state is true, I hope the child gets a rabies vaccine cycle. No healthy coyote would otherwise come up and bite anyonr,: they are naturally afraid of humans.

To Do List July 10, 2020 at 12:00 AM

I am not a fan of coyotes. A couple of years ago two stalked me and my small dog and they seemed to know exactly how far away to stay, which was the range I could throw a rock. I would prefer owls and hawks get the rodents. I have never even once been stalked by an owl.

KAD July 10, 2020 at 2:49 PM

Got to get a Last in before I forget.

KAD July 10, 2020 at 5:51 PM

No one else wants to play Last today?

Cowellian July 10, 2020 at 6:19 PM

Sure, I’m in for last.

S July 10, 2020 at 6:52 PM

It’s just too much stress. I dunno how y’all do it.

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