Claycord – Talk About Whatever

July 31, 2020 19:05 pm · 89 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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S July 31, 2020 at 7:07 PM

Pick One:

A) Rutabaga
B) Turnip
C) Yuck

Antler July 31, 2020 at 8:21 PM

Turnips….. all colors!

ZZ July 31, 2020 at 8:27 PM

C) yuuuuuuck!

Silva July 31, 2020 at 8:36 PM

A) Rutabaga! Rutabaga oven fries!! No carbs!!! They’re yummy!!!!

The Fearless Spectator July 31, 2020 at 10:01 PM

Rutabaga- From the song “call any vegetable”

Justifiable languor August 1, 2020 at 7:19 AM

B. Turnip. Has to be roasted.

Lambie August 1, 2020 at 12:06 PM

I like both, puréed.
D) parsnip, roasted are to yummy 😋

Mary Fouts August 1, 2020 at 1:25 PM

@Lambie- I second your choice of D) Parsnips. One of the most overlooked vegetables in my opinion. Love them roasted and also in soups and stews.

S August 2, 2020 at 12:21 AM

when a kid, my mother would sneak them into anything she could… I’d pick them out… can’t remember the last time I ate either…

Ron Y. August 3, 2020 at 12:44 PM

Will definitely try rutabaga fries. Thanks for the tip!

BOOYAH! July 31, 2020 at 7:21 PM


Dorothy July 31, 2020 at 8:00 PM

Book report: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Mark Twain. A satire that tosses Ye Old England to the wolves. The Yankee comes from time just after the Civil War and ends up in England during King Arthur’s time. He puts Merlin to shame and becomes The Boss under the King. But because he doesn’t have certified ancestry going back 3 or 4 generations, he can’t be a knight or any kind of lord or royalty. But since his “magic” is better than Merlin’s, he can still work on trying to get rid of all things that offend a proper Connecticut Yankee.

I’m beginning to think I prefer Mark Twain in smaller doses than book length. I have several more of his stories to read but not soon. I still have one fat book I’m working through and just started as Sci Fi that will take a while to finish.

Mary Fouts August 2, 2020 at 3:10 PM

@Dorothy – I’ve never been a Mark Twain fan. Always found the storyline in his books to be too drawn out, and generally not of interest to me.

Cowellian July 31, 2020 at 8:01 PM

Cowellian’s First!

And, S, the answer is C) Yuck!

Martinezmike July 31, 2020 at 8:59 PM

Wrong! If it’s talk about whatever, Cowellian’s sure to Turnip. 😉

Cowellian August 1, 2020 at 7:34 AM


Hanne Jeppesen August 3, 2020 at 9:33 PM

@Mary Fout, Try some his short stories, the funniest one I remember is called “The awful German language” unlike most Dane I didn’t learn German in school. However, when I took some classes at college of Marin I decided to take German, the pronunciation easy, the grammar a nightmare, and Twain nails it.

KAD July 31, 2020 at 8:26 PM

Turnip. Love them.

Ancient Mariner July 31, 2020 at 8:49 PM

Turnips are good – especially as 1-inch cubes inside a beef Cornish pasty.

Silva August 1, 2020 at 1:50 PM

Mmm, I bet they would be good in a nice beef Cornish pasty!😋 That does sound good. And I it sparked an idea to make with my grandson. Nice and easy, too. Of course I would cheat and use pre-made frozen pie crust from Trader Joe’s. I discovered pasties on my way up to the lake one time when they carried them at Ikeda’s food stand on hwy 80 for a while, they were made by the descendant of a miner at the Empire Mine from Cornwall. The man who supplied them had a pasty shop in Nevada City if I recall correctly, and made them from his family recipe. We visited him once just to eat the pasties, and bought them every time we passed Ikeda’s for a few short years. Yummy! Do you and/or First Mate ever make your own Cornish pasties, Ancient Mariner?

Roz August 1, 2020 at 4:19 PM

@ Silva~
Yes,….Trader Joe’s pie crust is my go to too when I don’t make my own.. And of course we both like the Trader Joe’s Mayo,….not the organic one,… 🙂

Ancient Mariner August 1, 2020 at 7:07 PM

When I was just a cabin boy, there was this Cornish Pasty shop in Richmond. It would be freezing cold and I would be hungry, plodding along the rain-swept street under the black English clouds (getting a bit Dickensian here, sorry) and I would smell the pasties baking from a couple of streets away. They were shiny and golden and delectable and would warm me up from the inside and I loved them.
The Cornish miners took them all over the world, wherever hard-rock miners were needed. Northern Michigan (iron mines) has lots of pasty shops, I hear.
A mother would make pasties for her husband and sons to take to the mine. She might make a few dozen to last all week, and she’d cut their initials into the crust of each one, because some might be different. Perhaps one would have meat and potatoes at one end and strawberry jam at the other. Perhaps one son didn’t like turnips. The best kind have crusts so hard you can drop them down the mine-shaft and they won’t break!
I began making them a few years ago and they were great!
I was experimenting with them and used Lunardi’s best ground beef and turnip cubes, all sauteed first with spices, etc. Unfortunately, I became gluten intolerant and can’t enjoy pasties, or a lot of other things (sorghum beer is not that awesome).
Good luck with your pasties, Silva, and make the creations your own!

Hanne Jeppesen July 31, 2020 at 9:14 PM

Being a daughter of a Gardner, my dad grew both. I prefer rutabaga, in the fall I cut them up, in chunks and add to my salad, which is different in the fall than in the summer. I also sometime add them to mashed potatoes along with celery root, add a little cream, sour cream and horseradish for flavor, it is a way to cut down on the butter.

Hanne Jeppesen July 31, 2020 at 9:17 PM

This is for mostly for women, but not wanting to be sexist I would like to hear from men as well. Who had the most beautiful blue eyes: Paul Newman, George Peppard (especially in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s) or Steve McQueen.
Who did you prefer as an actor?

Aunt Barbara August 1, 2020 at 1:19 AM

Paul Newman just kept getting better looking with more character in his face. Oh those eyes! What charm. I eat his salad dressings in memory. 🙂

Dawg August 1, 2020 at 1:45 AM

I’ve never paid attention to eye color, but I do pay attention to talent, and of the three, Paul Newman was the better actor and Steve McQueen was the coolest.

Antler August 1, 2020 at 5:25 AM

Paul Newman for the triple play!

Brandi August 1, 2020 at 7:34 AM

Newman… no contest!

Hanne Jeppesen August 1, 2020 at 9:20 AM

My reply to my own question. Hard to choose. I agree with Dawg Steve McQueen, was the king of cool, loved him in The Great Escape and Bullitt. Loved George Peppard in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, his blue eyes when Audrey Hepburn asks him if he would marry her for her money, and he answers “in a minute” gets me evertime.

Paul Newman was such a class act, have seen most of his movies, loved most of them, especially “The long hot summer” and Cat on hot tin roof. On top of that he did so much for charity. He lived in Westport Ct, a town I lived in for 2 years, unfortunately I never saw him, but he had a reputation for frequent many local establishment, and being very low key.

SF oh August 1, 2020 at 9:26 AM

I preferred Steve McQueen. He was beyond cool. I never get tired of the movie, “Bullitt”.

Dorothy August 1, 2020 at 11:10 AM

Peter O’Toole, best of them all!

Strad August 1, 2020 at 11:38 AM

Newman, I don’t know about the other two but Newman was color blind. I can’t imagine what it would feel like to only see in the shades of only black and white.

Silva August 1, 2020 at 1:06 PM

Paul Newman, very cool. He seemed like he a was nice person too.

Justifiable languor August 2, 2020 at 7:02 AM

I couldn’t decide either. I loved them all, Peter O’Toole too.

Original G July 31, 2020 at 9:39 PM

In 1935 Erwin Schrödinger Austrian physicist came up with that annoying cat in the box stuff. Can’t see into the box, so can’t know if it’s alive or not, . . . an if it comes up on a TV show channel gets changed.

An as to if condition of that poor cat, there’s news,

Ancient Mariner August 2, 2020 at 10:43 AM
Anon July 31, 2020 at 9:50 PM

Why are the stories about Amazon driver and the 10 year old boy removed?
Did Amazon threaten Claycord with legal action??

Sam August 1, 2020 at 12:54 PM

Because amazon hangs with the cool kids. Didn’t you see them getting mildly barbecued this week with his buddies. Twitter is so cool, they didn’t even show up.

Mary Fouts August 3, 2020 at 1:53 PM

@Anon – Just speculating, but probably because all of the initial reporting (Internet, TV, newspaper) stated that the Amazon driver collided with the 10yr old riding a bicycle, possibly inferring that the Amazon driver may be at fault. When police released additional information later, the accident actually happened by the 10yr old boy colliding with/crashing into the back of the Amazon truck the boy was behind, as both the truck and bicycle were in motion and heading down a hill.

Concordjete August 1, 2020 at 10:19 AM

I walked down a street where the houses were numbered 64k, 128k, 256k, 512k, and 1MB. That was a trip down memory lane. 😀

Original G August 1, 2020 at 7:54 PM

An there’s no way you could sell them today for price paid when they were new.

Cleared out a locker at work and found ancient Fry’s ad,
hard drive and memory prices were astronomical.
Moore’s Law was proven.

Cowellian August 1, 2020 at 8:24 PM

That is the truth!
I remember when memory fell to $50 per MB, and I ran out and bought 4 sticks for my 386sx.

Then, I found a 1GB hard drive that was cheap enough to warrant a trip to Berkeley. I figured I was never going to need another drive. Later that year, Windows 95 came out, and all of a sudden, I needed a new hard drive.

Gittyup August 3, 2020 at 9:58 PM

It’s a racket. Planned obsolescence worse than the automobile industry.

SF oh August 1, 2020 at 12:50 PM

Anyone know what was going on in Newhall Park this morning? A lot of cops were there.

Mary Fouts August 1, 2020 at 4:23 PM

Cute Story About Exterior House Painting: So, we are getting close to completion of our painting. A day or 2 more. We like bright and cheery colors, not drab grays, mochas, and tans. Picked Kelly Moore Happy Yipee for the handrails on our 2nd floor veranda (covers 3/4 of the upstairs), columns, and exterior doors. It’s an eye popping brilliant, dark/golden yellow.

The head painter likes the color so much, he painted his work shoes with it to show to potential customers for interior colors, and exterior trim/accent colors, for something bold and happy. Now THAT is some unique marketing!

Silva August 4, 2020 at 10:01 PM

Wow! Looks like cadmium yellow medium.

Just Curious! August 1, 2020 at 4:40 PM

I see so many different comments and opinions on Claycord about everything.

How would you describe your perfect world, United States, state, county, city or town?

Thanks in advance…

Stay Safe.

Mary Fouts August 1, 2020 at 5:17 PM

For me, it is my home. The “normal” in my professional and personal lives has always been fluid. And perfection should not be a goal! We all have to take responsibility to make our individual lives content and fulfilling. But perfect, no way!

Justifiable languor August 2, 2020 at 7:53 AM

Love of country (America in our case) first. Love of cultural heritage enjoyed and shared second. Understanding and promoting the peaceful values of religion. Overpopulation and war cancelled. Ignorance cancelled. Work and order enjoyed. History cherished and understood with my proposed Enlightenment.

Amish, Mayberry and Disney meets sci-fi. Those with issues can be studied while playing animated games. Until they tire and can become creative or researchers. This can by spun in every direction.

The problem is, creativity is often born out of strife. Need of some sort. If we could channel excessive aggression into productivity. Or at least sweat it out with labor and nutrition. Pure food is key to calm clear minds.

I like an agricultural/industrial, art and literary environment. Coupled with hi-tech science, sanitation and energy improvements.

Justifiable languor August 7, 2020 at 7:21 AM

As for my home. A large farm kitchen, pantry. A garden out the back door for greens, herbs, beauty. A large crafting room, library. And of course a thriving home business.

Anew August 1, 2020 at 5:01 PM

On July 28, advised people to report any small mysterious packages from China. I just received one today. I left a message with the ccCounty Agriculture Commission as instructed. It’s Saturday, so I haven’t heard back yet.

The package is a small 4″ x 5″ manilla envelope. The mailing label indicates that it contains a necklace valued at $2.00. The return address is interesting. It reads: From: HH, North Side of the west gate of the South China Ave, Longgang Dist., Shenzhen.

Thank you I didn’t open it.

PhillGang August 1, 2020 at 9:10 PM

Does anyone know what happened today in downtown pleasant hill? Lots of cops surrounding somebody

Brandi August 1, 2020 at 9:40 PM

I’m not watching baseball this year but my friends who are say Giant’s games are all so pixelated they are difficult if not impossible to watch!
Is That the case for anyone else?

Mary Fouts August 2, 2020 at 3:16 PM

@Brandi – I can’t opine as to the pixelated issue, but I gave up watching on TV after the opening game. TV coverage and announcing from a national crew was terrible, even missed the first play of the game. And the Giants’ announcers who were calling the game on radio (which we listened to after turning off the TV), had a terrible time because often the video stayed on the batter, and didn’t follow a batted ball and the play. So effectively, they often had no way to call the game.

Beyond that, I think that MLB should cancel the dang season. With so many COVID-19 positive tests in MLB, the last team standing is going to win the season title. No playoffs needed!

KAD August 2, 2020 at 10:33 AM

Rant – I hate phone apps that do not have a “logout” as a easy to find option. I am uninstalling them now.

The Fearless Spectator August 2, 2020 at 6:15 PM

Now that Elon Musk Is having success with SpaceX, perhaps he is ready to help out with some pro bono work for NorCal: Put him in charge of straightening out BART. My guess is it wouldn’t take more than 30 days of his time. I don’t have his phone number, do you?

KAD August 3, 2020 at 6:56 PM

I went to Diablo Foods in Lafayette today. What a mess. I will not be going back which is too bad because I love that store. Waiting in line was OK because there was a bench to sit on (for elders) while you wait your turn to get into the store.
I took a spot in the only sorta shady spot. The problem is some woman comes and sits right next to me (not six feet apart). She said she could not be in the sun. I replied I can’t either and got up and moved to a sunny spot on the other side of the bench.
Once inside there were too many people where I was trying to shop. It was the prepared food area across from the butcher area. The people at the butcher area left their carts in front of the prepared food area instead of keeping it with them. Their carts blocked the prepared food area. Totally rude people. I made sure to stay away from people but not everyone else did.
I left without visiting the entire store.

Antler August 4, 2020 at 11:44 AM

I’m settling on “C”. because I’m thinking I never watched much of the other two….. (studying? … exhausted from taking care of our young children?…. dunno).

Antler August 4, 2020 at 11:51 AM

Oops, KAD, I meant to reply to S’s quiz down below your comment.

But while I “have you on the line”, I love that store, and so far I’ve never run into as much obnoxious behavior as what you experienced. My only problem with shopping there has been the terrible parking situation in that long strip lot with mostly straight-in parking places.

KAD August 4, 2020 at 2:52 PM

Antler – You have to try their Chile Relleno. Great with no seeds.

Antler August 4, 2020 at 7:23 PM

Ohhhhh, KAD! Now you’ve gone and done it! Chile’s Relleno is my very favorite thing to order at a Mexican restaurant, and “no seeds”….. fantastic! Fresh in the deli? …. or in the frozen food section?

KAD August 4, 2020 at 8:26 PM

Antler –
You can find it in the area of prepared food across from the butcher area. It came with cheese, rice, and beans.

S August 4, 2020 at 7:14 AM

Mid-Week Pick One:

A) The Mike Douglas Show
B) The Merv Griffin Show
C) Never a Fan of Either

Hanne Jeppesen August 4, 2020 at 9:15 AM

Mike Douglas, watched Merv as well both were good. My favorite Johnny Carson, his show with animals hilarious. Also like Dick Cavett a lot, his show was more serious, so I wouldn’t compare it to Johnny Carson.

Silva August 4, 2020 at 9:52 PM

Either. Certain days that was all the little old RCA Victor B&W pulled in.

Justifiable languor August 5, 2020 at 7:58 AM

C. Neither. I liked Dick Cavett and Johnny Carson. I haven’t seen the ones suggested.

S August 6, 2020 at 7:07 AM

“A” Just seemed a better show to me.

And yeah, they were daytime shows, that’s why I listed them as picks compared to Carson and such. Memory want’s me to think Merv was replayed at night, but not late night. (???)

Antler August 4, 2020 at 11:38 AM

I’m settling on “C”. because I’m thinking I never watched much of the other two….. (studying? … exhausted from taking care of our young children?…. dunno).

Kirkwood August 4, 2020 at 2:38 PM

Never saw either. Getting out of bed at 6:00 am to go to work precluded watching TV past 10:00 pm.

Kentucky Derby August 4, 2020 at 4:13 PM

Weren’t they on during the day?

Anon August 4, 2020 at 5:47 PM

Barking Dogs:
Has anyone had any luck with animal services taking action or what have you done to resolve the issue?

(Yes, I have made contact with pet owners…….they claim that the dog is “expressing itself”).

Antler August 4, 2020 at 7:15 PM

Your complaint is “disturbance of the peace”.
Call CPD’s non-emergency number, tell them you think you might need to speak with someone in the Code Enforcement Division because….. etc., etc.)
You will get faster investigation from that division if SEVERAL neighbors call and tell them the same thing.

They used to ask whether you would be willing to file a formal complaint against the animal’s owner…. not sure about nowadays…. probably it’s only to see whether you are truly serious and “on the up and up”. You can request to be kept anonymous so far as the pet owner is concerned, so that’s all right.

And if your problem is over toward Crestwood Circle (à la German Shepherd volume and tone of bark), then I SOOOOOOO hope you get help. They don’t even live “that” close to me, but sometimes it’s just on-and-on.

anon August 6, 2020 at 3:22 PM

I wrote an anonymous letter to my neighbor letting him know that when he went to work his dog would bark all day. Nothing changed. I called Animal Control and they sent him a warning letter, nothing changed. I had to fill out a form, have it notarized, and send it to Animal Control. Supposedly the neighbor was fined $100. The dog no longer barks but I got a text message from my neighbor saying he will see me in court. I’m not worried.

Mary Fouts August 5, 2020 at 9:44 PM

So, my brother Joe’s funeral was today in Onawa, Iowa. He was 57 years old, and died from COVID-19. No way I could go back for his funeral, given my and husband JIm’s high risk of COVID-19.

Onawa has probably 2700 people, surrounded by rural towns of 100 plus people. Some of Joe’s friends made a video of the procession to the cemetery for his burial. My police chief brother JIm led the way in a Onawa PD pickup, followed by immediate family, and then at least 48 motorcyclists riding Harleys forming an honor guard. It was then followed by the hearst with Joe, followed by a line of vehicles. Vehicle after vehicle after vehicle.
The procession took more than 5 minutes. This in a small rural town. And after his funeral, all to lay Joe to rest.

I am blessed with these memories of people who took such great care with Joe in his passing, to send him on. As for the many people on Claycord who think COVID-19 is a joke, just hope you never have to bury a loved one, and hope you don’t get it and are morbidly hurt for the rest of your miserable lives, or die. You COVID-19 deniers make not even worth coming to anymore. Putrid you deniers all are.

S August 5, 2020 at 10:15 PM

stay strong, I am sorry for your loss…

Antler August 6, 2020 at 12:32 AM

Mary, how tragic this time is for you and all who knew Joe. I am so sorry.

Hope Johnson August 6, 2020 at 1:02 AM

My condolences to you and your family for the loss of your brother. Thank you for posting your family’s experience so others can see taking precautions is important.

Silva August 7, 2020 at 9:40 AM

No, it’s not a joke, and it’s not the flu. Mary, I’m so very sorry for your pain and loss.

Oniwy August 7, 2020 at 1:41 PM

This is heartbreaking, really one of the worst experiences of a lifetime. Thank you for sharing. Maybe it will become evident to some of the deniers that this isn’t something to take lightly.

KAD August 5, 2020 at 11:09 PM

Mary, So sorry for your loss. I really do not understand why so many are not taking this virus seriously. I know 2 people who have had it. One in her twenties and one in her forties.

Gittyup August 6, 2020 at 11:08 PM

Denial can be self protective. It is a form of positive thinking.

Silva August 7, 2020 at 9:28 AM

Around 6:35 this morning I woke to the sound of eight nearby gunshots. For a moment I thought I was sleeping in West Oakland once again.

Antler August 7, 2020 at 12:19 PM

Twice in the middle of the night, I was reading and heard a series of 6 shots (or else those fireworks bombs) which seemed to be coming from the Dana Estates direction.

About 5 minutes after the first series, there were police sirens moving from downtown toward that area…… always makes me wonder “what’s going down”.

Silva August 7, 2020 at 5:42 PM

KAD August 7, 2020 at 12:45 PM

Hard to believe it is time to Last again.

Silva August 7, 2020 at 5:42 PM

I’m in. Last!

KAD August 7, 2020 at 5:44 PM

One more Last.

Cowellian August 7, 2020 at 6:28 PM

I think it’s much too early, but here’s my last!

S August 7, 2020 at 6:58 PM

Wait for it…… A good one this week.

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