Claycord – Talk About Whatever

September 25, 2020 17:09 pm · 122 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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Dorothy September 25, 2020 at 5:23 PM

Still working through 2 chunky books. Hot and smoking weather is suppose to be coming back for a while so no more yard work until that clears up.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Original G September 25, 2020 at 6:09 PM

Wondering if others have encountered something similar?
Each year there are government mandated classroom sessions for work, latest being radiation Safety refresher training. Required for working around X-ray gauges.

Classes scheduled to include maintenance, production operators and quality people from other departments brought together for the class. Bosses get to sit in their offices for their meetings and have power point presentations.

Given number of CV-19 positive tests and my being late 60s, told ’em am not sitting in a classroom for 90 minutes with people from all over the plant. Ain’t happening !

Those of you working, have you encountered this …
lets all get together for a class non thinking ?

Mary Fouts September 25, 2020 at 9:21 PM

@Original G – Haven’t had to deal with this type of issue for years, same with my husband Jim. We get all continuing ed online. And, as self employed people, we set the rules now re: all meeting are telephone or video conference. Including testimony for expert witness work. If clients don’t want that, we don’t take the job. Period

Jim does have some architect site visits to make, but no one is allowed around him at that time.

S September 25, 2020 at 6:50 PM

Pick One:

A) Butter Rum
B) Butter Scotch
C) Yuck

S September 25, 2020 at 6:51 PM

ps: We’re talking candy; not that delicious adult beverage.

nytemuvr September 25, 2020 at 8:58 PM

A:Butter Rum since about 2 years old. My Mom and Grandma used them to keep me quite while shopping at Purity Market and Hagstroms, still the best Lifesaver flavor.

ZZ September 25, 2020 at 9:08 PM

Love them both!

Silva September 25, 2020 at 9:54 PM

Well since we’re talking candy, C) Yuck.

KAD September 25, 2020 at 10:10 PM

S – Please name a Butter Rum candy.

Lambie September 25, 2020 at 10:25 PM

I don’t think I’ve had butter rum candy.
A) if it was a cocktail 😉

Dawg September 25, 2020 at 10:35 PM

A) Butter Rum. It has a tad more flavor than butterscotch. Speaking of butter rum, LifeSavers candy has a hole in the center because the inventor’s little daughter choked to death on a piece of hard candy. If a LifeSavers gets stuck in your throat, the hole allows you to breath, and that’s why they’re called LifeSavers.

Cyn September 25, 2020 at 10:41 PM

Lifesavers. Butter Rum is a lighter version of Butterscotch. Good stuff.

Antler September 25, 2020 at 10:47 PM

B. Butterscotch for me, please…….. though I surely wouldn’t turn the other one down!

Lizzee September 26, 2020 at 12:37 AM

B. I’ve eaten butterscotch. Is butter rum anything like butter beer? I had that Harry Potter candy once, maybe as part of the jellybean box. It was… odd.

Silva September 26, 2020 at 2:06 AM

Dawg, great story. My mom told me that my grandmother let her kids have LifeSavers because of the hole, and she didn’t think there was a choking problem because of it, which always struck me as odd as she was a well educated woman who grew up on a farm, was an ornithologist, and raised 4 kids. Now I know where she got the idea, still seems weird.

I was about 8 years old and home alone and I accidently inhaled a LifeSaver. It lodged in my windpipe, and the hole didn’t help at all. It felt just horrible and it seemed as though I was a goner. My mouth began filling up with saliva or mucus or something, but it didn’t matter because I couldn’t breathe. But not wanting to make a mess for my mom while I died, I went into the bathroom and bent over the sink. A decent size stream of crystal clear very slippery liquid came out of my mouth, it was odd, I couldn’t understand where it was all coming from. After a thankfully short time like that, not knowing what to do, and not being able to do anything anyway the LifeSaver popped out and landed in the slimy stuff in the sink. I took a few good breaths, cleaned up, and I told my mom about 40 years later.

Justifiable languor September 26, 2020 at 6:49 AM

B. Butterscotch.

Kentucky Derby September 26, 2020 at 8:36 AM

B) Butter Scotch,

The inventor of Life Savers wanted a hole in the middle because it looked like a lifesaver. He didn’t have a daughter who choked to death on a piece of hard candy. His son died twenty years after the candy was invented. I’ve never chocked on hard candy, but I don’t see how a hole in the middle would stop you from choking.

WC Resident September 26, 2020 at 12:06 PM

Back in 7th grade we had an ice cream day at the school with the flavors being vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and butterscotch. I was the only person in the school who picked butterscotch.

@Silva – that’s a good story but you left out two key parts. Did you then rinse off and eat the lifesaver and what was your mom’s reaction when you told her?

S September 26, 2020 at 2:48 PM


S’s Home Made Butter Rum is my favorite.

I think Lifesavers stopped making theirs.. Usually you can only find it at a specialty store or such…

I’m picturing a brand from my childhood, it had pirates on the wrapper, but don’t remember the name & can’t find it on a search…

Cowellian September 26, 2020 at 2:55 PM

Butter Rum candy and Butterscotch pudding.

nytemuvr September 26, 2020 at 4:08 PM

@S…I bought some butter rum Lifesavers a couple of years ago from Amazon. They used to be made with real rum but not anymore. They didn’t taste quite the same but still good.

Silva September 26, 2020 at 11:17 PM

WC Resident, You’re right, indeed I did! I had to think about your first point a bit. I had excellent recall about everything up till then, I can still picture all of it, I even have the color and the taste of the LifeSaver. Another important part I left out was that it honestly was a Butter Rum LifeSaver. I had just put it in my mouth, it had it’s rough edges and raised letters. That was my favorite flavor back then. The mood I was in, I was very relieved to be out of the awful predicament, but my every nerve was all jangled and a twitter with adrenalin or something, and I just wanted it gone by then. I turned on the water and washed it straight down the drain, at least out of my sight. It came up in conversation with my mom 40 years later after she brought up that my grandma let her kids have LifeSavers because of the hole for breathing in an emergency, and it seemed like a good time to share with her that I had put the theory to the test and it had failed. We had a very nice chuckle over it!☺️

Ancient Mariner September 27, 2020 at 6:31 PM

@ Silva:
Nice story!
I had a similar experience (it involved turning on the gas, which ignited a huge flame across the floor – if it hadn’t ignited, the gas would have built up and I could have blown up the house) but I waited only 26 years before telling my mother!

Silva September 28, 2020 at 11:17 AM

Wow Ancient Mariner, that sounds quite startling. I’m happy that worked out the way it did. Great story!

Cowellian September 25, 2020 at 7:22 PM

Cowellian’s first.
Happy Fall, Y’all!

paranoid pablito September 25, 2020 at 8:06 PM

What has 4 letters, sometimes has 9 letters, and never has 5 letters. Discuss. Or don’t. There is nothing to discuss.
Bone nocked frowline!

Kentucky Derby September 25, 2020 at 8:48 PM

“What” has 4 letters, “sometimes” has 9 letters and “never” has 5 letters.

Derb September 25, 2020 at 9:07 PM

@paranoid pablito

Good one. You are correct.

Ancient Mariner September 25, 2020 at 9:27 PM

Yes, you are correct about the numbers.
Not sure about bone – doesn’t sound German to me.
Also frowline – maybe in the NW, but in Bavaria it’s more like froyline.
Maybe Lovelace could weigh in on this.

Antler September 25, 2020 at 10:50 PM

I’m holding out for
“Gut nocked, frowline.” 😂

Justifiable languor September 26, 2020 at 6:54 AM

Uh oh. I finally “got” it. Good one!

Ash September 25, 2020 at 9:21 PM

Anyone know of a good way to send money to the police, like after one is murdered.

Thanks and God bless!

Dawg September 25, 2020 at 10:46 PM

It is my belief the police cannot accept monetary gifts. You could give them a call and ask what organization you can donate money to in the officers name. By calling them they should be able to give you the name of a trusted organization.

Antler September 26, 2020 at 2:28 AM

My apologies to you, Ash.
At first I completely misinterpreted what you meant by the question. And because I am very supportive of the fine job MOST police officers do (especially the K-9 teams)….. I jumped to the wrong conclusion.

Dawg’s comment was what gave me the “Oh, hey there trigger-happy” realization about my gaff, so thank you, Dang.

Antler September 26, 2020 at 2:29 AM

*** Dawg

Antler September 26, 2020 at 2:35 AM

Not sure what happened, but I’m not showing that my apology to you is still under moderation, Ash. I misunderstood what you meant and went into “knee jerk” mode. Dawg, also I thanked you for making me realize what Ash intended.

Antler September 26, 2020 at 2:43 AM

Definitely the CPD can accept donations…. I regularly send them to the K-9 Association there. Purchasing and having new dogs trained is extraordinarily expensive, but it is necessary (in my opinion) for the police department’s most effective and safe capture of violent people.

Ash September 26, 2020 at 6:19 AM

Thank you Dawg

Kirkwood September 26, 2020 at 1:38 PM

Antler – Is the K-9 Association actually a City entity, drawing money from the General Fund or does it function more like a club?

When I worked for the City, employees were forbidden to accept anything offered by a citizen because it was officially considered a bribe. We were not allowed to accept so much as a glass of lemonade when out in the field.

Antler September 26, 2020 at 5:05 PM

The only thing I can tell you for sure is that I address the envelope with a check in it to the K-9 Association and use the police station’s mailing address. When Chief Swanger was still here, he would send me a personal thank-you note. The most recent check was acknowledged by an office staff member.

Maybe the pivotal point is that I am not asking for any favor from the Department? Nor am I thanking for a specific thing the K-9 officers have already done?

Mary Fouts September 25, 2020 at 9:40 PM

@Kirkwood – re: Whole House Generators. Jim and I are pausing on the installation. Price dramatically (!) increased since late last fall. And our home is now in a block 50 designation from PGE, something that didn’t exist a year ago when we were shut off.

We can always change our minds and have one installed. But we don’t want to spend that much money on something that looks like now will never be used, given the new ‘block’ ratings from PGE.

Kirkwood September 26, 2020 at 9:01 AM

Yep. I believe that in densely populated areas, home standby generators are for people who have “everything” or have a specific medical need. Once installed, the generator MUST be frequently maintained and tested, or its value as backup power is nullified. Solar/battery backup might bear some investigation to see if the technology is sufficiently advanced to be somewhat practical. Really, food spoilage is the only anticipated loss that I can think of. If a blackout is anticipated perhaps you could go to the Glacier Ice company in Concord (near Costco) and pick up 10 lbs of dry ice. I used to go to them for dry ice to use for bearing or wear ring installations.

Kirkwood September 26, 2020 at 9:09 AM

Mary Fouts – It just occurred to me, don’t you have an EBMUD pumping station near you? PG&E often allocates blocks that contain critical facilities to block 50, putting them last in line for shutoffs, lucky for people who also live in that block.

Mary Fouts September 27, 2020 at 1:32 PM

Kirkwood – Thanks for the tip on the dry ice and Glacier Ice, I’ve kept the info in my planner.

We live about 1/2 mile north of the EBMUD pumping station near Larkey Park. Live just north of Geary Rd (which marks PH/WC border), just behind Fire Station #2 in PH on Geary Rd and Dorothy Dr. Last year we were not in a Block 50 designation, and lost power during 2 days during the Oct shutoffs. Thing is, Station #2 was also shut off (ran off generator power), as well as my entire south PH neighborhood. But if you walked across Geary Rd from Station #2’s driveway, and into Walnut Creek, EVERYONE had power on in WC. Right across the da*m street! It was as if Geary Rd was a PG&E power shutoff demarcation line. And during this supposed “high wind” event, as I recall the highest wind gust on my backyard weather station was a mere 6.2 mph.

After the event, I wrote (emailed) all of my elected representatives on the state and federal level telling them of my neighborhood shutoff particulars, and questioning how a 6-time convicted felon utility company could intentionally shut off power to a FIRE STATION and the surrounding PH neighborhood, while everyone just across the road in WC had full power. Also mentioned the lack of wind. Got an editorial published on the SF Chron with this same info. I received a response from each elected official.

During the recent “not enough energy in the grid” rotating power shutoffs, I learned that our home address in PH was now a designated block 50 address. Unfortunately, the PG&E website says that “Outage block 50 customers are not exempt from other outage types such as Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) that help prevent wildfires.”

Solar really isn’t a viable option for power safety shutoffs in my opinion. One home solar battery costs $10,000 – $12,000 each before installation, requires ongoing and pricy maintenance, and will only provide ‘some’ home electricity for 6-7 hours on a full charge. I’ve yet to speak with a homeowner who was happy with their solar panels and output, plus many who experience roof problems after installation. And I’m also concerned about fire issues from electrical shorts if panels are installed incorrectly. Jim and I are just going to play it by ear through this autumn, and be as prepared as possible.

Hanne Jeppesen September 25, 2020 at 11:25 PM

Don’t have much to say tonight. Helped the sister of one of my best friends who passed away in July, clean out his house. Then a couple of friends came over and we sat around and talked about the good times we all had with the deceased. Except one of the friends was hell bent on bringing up all the mistakes the deceased person had made, financially, in his love life. Despite that same friend had plenty of good times also with this friend, played a lot of music together and more. No one is perfect we all make mistakes. I think when someone is gone, remember the good times, and this person supplied us with plenty of good times, great story teller, musical, intelligent and charming, a loyal friend, he will be missed by many.
On a lighter note, I work tomorrow, Sunday I leave for Pasadena to visit my daughter, have not visited since January, will be the first time I see my grandson born in April, my granddaughter turned 4 late July, so can’t wait so see everyone. After a few days with my family will visit a girl friend in Palm Springs. Hope the fires don’t get too close.

Silva September 26, 2020 at 11:06 AM

Good for you!! Have a wonderful time with your family and your friend, Hanne.

Hanne Jeppesen September 25, 2020 at 11:37 PM

I’m not a football fan by any means. However I loved the movie “Brian’s Song” and the speech Billy Dee Williams gives when he receives an award and he talks about his friendship with Brian Piccolo is about asan emotional tearjerker (in a good way) a movie gets. So when I read that Gale Sayers passed away at age 77 I felt sad, reading up on him and his life he seemed like an outstanding humble human being, an apparently a great football player as well.

Will September 26, 2020 at 10:09 AM

Here are a couple of things I’d bet most people don’t know about Gale Sayers. He is in the NFL Hall of Fame which I’m sure many people do know, but his selection wasn’t really based on his NFL numbers. More on “what could have been” if he had not torn his knee up which ended his career prematurely at age 28. He rushed for only 4,956 yards in the NFL, currently ranked 145th all-time, and scored 39 rushing touchdowns, tied for 123rd all-time. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards only twice (1966, 1969) and this was back when the NFL played 14 game seasons, not 16 like today. A great runner and a spectacular talent cut down too soon by injuries. But probably not a Hall of Famer based on the numbers alone. And yes by all accounts he was a great person.

Lizzee September 26, 2020 at 12:04 AM

Lost track of the other Whatever thread, but I’m still trying or tasting or listening to at least one new thing a day. I’m way better at implementationthan documentation.

Did the Mex/Italian fusion sauce last week with the black bean pasta of doom.
Sauce came out pretty good, actually. Cacique brand soy chorizo is awesome! Making burritos with that as a base tomorrow. The black bean spaghetti was another story. I think I bought Explore brand. It had flavor on its own– weird flavor– but paired with the spicy sauce, it tasted like used rubber bands.

*Note: online prices for this stuff are insane. I could swear the box I picked up was $4 or $5.

The next day was s’mores flavored Kodiak pancake in a cup. It tasted weird and the marshmallows were wet caulk. Also tried out nasal irrigation (like a neti pot) after reading on Reddit how several people felt relief from allergies and smoke inhalation. Supposedly lots of gunk washes out. I bought a single use kit from Walgreens. All that came out was a lot of water and I felt like I was drowning. Had to blow my nose constantly the rest of the evening. My allergies were totally unaffected. I always thought the pots were quackery, but now I know they are. So, yay…?

Next day was Aunt Jemima chocolate chip pancake in a cup. What can I say? Stuff like this tickles my ooo shiny! spot. Much more pancake-like than the Kodiak cakes, but it still tasted faintly of processed plastic. Also found out about special wisdom tooth brushes. I’ve never been able to brush mine properly. The one the denstist gave me works great.

Other stuff tried:

Tofurkey Spinach/Pesto Sausage. Seriously good. Next time, I’m slicing them up in spaghetti sauce.

Listened to Vampire Weekend’s Father of the Bride album. Mixed feelings– I destest country music and the band really seemed to want to explore it in a few songs. I loved the African folk-inspired songs a lot, however. The lead singer’s voice is very relaxing.

Did you know that human response to color seems to be hard-wired into our brains? And also seems to be the same in our closest primate relatives? Take the color red– it’s the color of threat and aggression. Athletes wearing red uniforms win a lot more matches than would be expected on average. Macaque monkeys in the wild accept far fewer apples from researchers in red shirts than those wearing blue or green.

Did you know that the Amazon rainforest was the home of North and South America’s first major seed civilizations? Me either. Can’t wait to learn more!

S September 26, 2020 at 11:59 AM

So, my effort this past week was to blend my own spices for a hot curry seasoning. I looked at several recipes for a spice palette; the mixture ratios for each spice varied vastly, so I just played with it. It looked good, smelled good, and tasted good on the finger touch method. In the end it was just so-so once cooked in. Disappointed with it; may try again.

On the other hand; made a cilantro chutney; It was very good.

My venture this week was to play with a new brine for brisket; but with the heat wave coming… Half the fun is sitting outside around the smoker…. So it may ave to wait.

Lambie September 26, 2020 at 7:40 PM

I tried a ratatouille recipe, so good!

Justifiable languor September 27, 2020 at 7:11 AM

I’ve been trying my hand at recreating spice blends. It’s fun to test the sniffer against flavor palates. The plus side is controlling salt and additives. I have help by reading the ingredient list on the back of the spice being copycatted. So no big accomplishment I suppose. I feel I got pretty close. Ranch, Southwest and Tuscan Sunset. Mexican blends are the easiest as it is hard to make one that tastes off.

I started many years ago by grinding dried chilli peppers. It is super easy to grind dried whole chilis. I recommend this for any attempt at a rich flavor. I have two grinders set aside for this purpose.

Aunt Barbara September 26, 2020 at 12:56 AM

Love the lifesaver history Dawg. good stuff!

Frustrated September 26, 2020 at 6:04 AM

Wondering why there haven’t been Covid updates for last 2 days

Ash September 26, 2020 at 6:20 AM


well said!

God bless

Justifiable languor September 26, 2020 at 7:22 AM

I’ve started mending, a few years ago. It is fun and useful. Starting with reinforcing and patches, I am now stitching contrast material behind the fray or hole. Then stitching around the outside to enforce the contrasting underneath. It keeps my hands busy.

I admire shashiko, the Japanese art of stitching. I am not there, hopefully someday.

Any one else start up hobby stuff?

Kentucky Derby September 26, 2020 at 12:34 PM

I’ve started a few new hobbies since the shutdown. My favorite — homemade soap. Great fragrances!

Kirkwood September 26, 2020 at 1:17 PM

How about darning socks? Do you have a darning egg?

Silva September 26, 2020 at 2:00 PM

This year I was finally ready for Dorothy’s group’s sales and to pick up a reconditioned sewing machine when COVID came to town, but I’ve just gone ahead and bought a brand new, newfangled sewing machine. It’s the first time I will have tried to sew on anything other than my mom’s second hand 1950 Morse Duper Dial, which needs it’s feed dogs looked at. I still want it repaired, it’s such an awesome machine! But it only does straight stitching and I thought it was about time I had something that could do stretch stiches and a few other useful things. Still, my only goal is to once again be able to make repairs and keep things useful a while longer before tossing. Nothing artsy fartsy, I’m afraid. I know, BORING. I haven’t unboxed it yet though🤣.

Justifiable languor September 26, 2020 at 4:15 PM

Kentucky Derby: I haven’t made soap, but I force myself to throw away the old chips. I love the handmade soaps I run across while shopping. I still have some I bought years ago.

I have a collection of essential oils. I make spritzers for face and body.

Justifiable languor September 26, 2020 at 4:29 PM

Kirkwood. Some of my patches look like darning. An egg would make it easier. The stich is good for socks and sweaters.

Silva: Not boring. 😉. . my machine needs a good cleaning. I dread taking it in. I have a project for you. Find a ragged bath towel. Make A hand towel or bath mat. A head wrap for after shampooing. We laugh about starting a new trend in gardening togs.

Dorothy September 26, 2020 at 5:54 PM

Darn Silva, wish I had known. Since all this started I picked up 3 machines and took them to a member who repairs sewing machines. One of them was an old straight stitch only machine. If the ASG Walnut Creek chapter can put a stash sale on next year, you might see if that one is ready.

Congrats on getting a “brand new, newfangled sewing machine.” Enjoy finding all that it can do.

If you want to pay for repairs, I take my machines to Delta Vac & Sew over in Antioch. They might be able to do something about those feed dogs. Could be just a realignment.

Oh Yeah September 26, 2020 at 6:46 PM

If you ever have any sewing machine issues or problems, go to Monument Sew and Vac!! I have 4 sewing machines, several pretty old, and these people are absolutely AMAZING!! They have always been able to fix anything and everything perfectly!!!

Justifiable languor September 27, 2020 at 7:29 AM

Oh Yeah: Thanks for the nod about repair of sewing machines.

Kirkwood September 27, 2020 at 10:17 AM

Justifiable – Honestly, the reason for my msg was an opportunity to use a couple of words that I haven’t heard in decades.

Silva September 27, 2020 at 11:31 AM

Thanks for the tips!!

Justifiable languor September 27, 2020 at 6:52 PM

Kirkwood, that is allowed. 👩‍🏫

weppin September 26, 2020 at 8:49 AM

Interesting facts from CDC yesterday:

CDC recently updated estimated infection fatality rates for COVID. Here are the updated survival rates by age group:

0-19: 99.997%
20-49: 99.98%
50-69: 99.5%
70+: 94.6%

Time to open up.

Ash September 26, 2020 at 1:24 PM


careful you will be called racist or charged with white privilege just to shutdown the truth

God bless you and us all! 🙂

Kirkwood September 26, 2020 at 11:40 AM

Looks like the smoke is moving in. While shopping this morning in the Costco/Winco area of Pittsburg I could see the smoke layer about halfway down Mt. Diablo. While coming home over Kirker Pass the hill tops on the east side were smokey but our valley was still clear. The bottom of the smoke layer was just above the tops of the Pleasant Hills. The closest Purpleair sensor to me is near the top of Kirkwood Dr.

Miles September 26, 2020 at 12:16 PM

Does anyone know who is running for MDUSD Board of Education?

S September 26, 2020 at 2:21 PM

two union plants and just a few other unknowns,

SASHA September 26, 2020 at 12:25 PM

Has anyone in North Concord/Pacheco noticed the police helicopter’s flying overhead Highway 4/580 lately? I think I’ve witnessed about 3 incidents this past week. Anyone have any idea what that’s about? Where can I keep track of police activity?

Sheila September 26, 2020 at 4:24 PM

Download the app Broadcastify. In there you will find Concord Police Dispatch.

Ancient Mariner September 26, 2020 at 12:34 PM

In the ‘Whatever’ thread I have read posts about cars driving very fast and very dangerously on Highway 4 between Concord and Pittsburg. I discounted these as being freak, one-off events, because I have not noticed such driving on Hwy. 680 or other freeways. But today I had to go to the Home Depot in Pittsburg and saw precisely this behaviour – on three separate occasions with different cars! In all three cases, the fast car would cut into a space that was too small for safe merging and continue through to the next lane, accelerate and cut back through the traffic to the original lane the car was in. The traffic was cruising at about 80 mph, so the cars jinking in and out of the traffic must have been going 90 – 95 except for the unsafe merges. One miscalculation and there would have been a bad wreck.

Ash September 26, 2020 at 3:27 PM

for what it is worth i saw dangerous behavior on hwy 680 near the bridge and reported it to the highway partol via their website. i think it helped as it seemed to stop. i’d share the details but i fear that some might try what i describe.

God Bless

SASHA September 26, 2020 at 4:20 PM

Sorry I should have specified- This is around 12/1 am. I’m always up late doing school work and have a clear view from my window. Yeah I can hear cars speeding and understand why they might need a car chase, but a helicopter?? Really? Last night there was about 3 helicopters, I went to bed around 3am and they were still going. Just makes it hard to concentrate or sleep, and makes me wonder it it’s something else that could be dangerous.

Silva September 26, 2020 at 5:59 PM

I saw the same thing yesterday at about 6:30pm Westbound on HWY 4 around Pacheco, two fast cars came up behind me and passed to my left, one closely followed another through tiny gaps between other cars on the highway ahead of me. Us slower cars were all going about 75 MPH, the speeding cars were very easily doing 95. They threaded three tiny needles to get to some more open road. In an especially big hurry. What added to the silliness was the very low angle of the Sun which was streaming into our eyes.

Ash September 26, 2020 at 1:23 PM

i see the smoke has returned, anyone have any news on the fires?

Lizzee September 26, 2020 at 2:00 PM

SCU/LNU fires are 98% contained, CZU is at 100%. The August Complex fire (Mendocino) is probably where the smoke is coming from. The US Forestry service was responsible for it until it was reassigned a week or so ago to CalFire. Since the switchover, containment has gone from 23% to 43% as of 11 AM today.

S September 26, 2020 at 2:15 PM

TV news said its just from the wind shift… no new fires, just same existing

Ash September 26, 2020 at 3:22 PM

thank you both 🙂

S September 28, 2020 at 4:35 PM

Just checking in on this one…. Since we all commented 2 days ago; things up there have certainly turned to snot….

My Gosh !

Bob September 26, 2020 at 2:38 PM

Does any one know what is going on with the Cache Creek Casino?–They closed on 9/20/2020 because of a power outage, but no update since then–

S September 26, 2020 at 4:08 PM

So heck… I just called them… Their computer systems took a huge dump….. They don’t know when they will be back open…

Ancient Mariner September 26, 2020 at 5:42 PM

Where did Perry’s Knife & Tactical go?

Roz September 26, 2020 at 6:46 PM

Think it’s on Arnold,…just off Hwy 4, down the way from Kinder’s.
We were there about 2-3 months ago. Hope it didn’t move again.

Ancient Mariner September 26, 2020 at 7:47 PM

No Roz,
I was looking for it this morning on Arnold Industrial Way.
It was on the same block (same building actually) as my old gym, so I wasn’t lost. It’s gone again.
Good people – I hope they’re still around.
Too many businesses closing in this climate.

anon September 27, 2020 at 9:26 AM

Perry’s moved to 1815 Broadway St, Concord, CA 94520

Justifiable languor September 27, 2020 at 10:20 AM

Thanks anon. Bookends parking with the Dollar store, behind ParknShop.

Dorothy September 26, 2020 at 5:59 PM

Part of the sad news about the smoke is even if the fires are 100% contained, It doesn’t mean they are 100% out. As I look out the window just now it is thicker than it was a few hours ago.

The Masked (and gloved) Poster September 26, 2020 at 6:50 PM

Think of “contained” as being encircled, or no longer advancing into new territory.

HaleyS September 26, 2020 at 10:05 PM

Does anyone know of any restaurants that are still doing deliveries to essential workers? Would like to thank some essential workers at a hospital.

Well Folks September 27, 2020 at 9:40 AM

OMG. Made the most fabulous Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Butter Marshmallow bars for a Kiwanis installation. Very rich and decadent but soooooo good. Also made mini Irish Cream cupcakes an Lemon Cake Mo cookies. Not a single goody was left by the end of the night…..YES!!!

Antler September 28, 2020 at 5:40 AM

…… imagining some sort of mass migration up to Carson City to join the Kiwanis Club! Those treats sound sooooo delicious!

Well Folks September 28, 2020 at 8:54 AM

Antler – it is such a fun group of people and wonderful organization. FYI – our District Governor ( CalNeHa is the district) a couple of years ago was Concords own Rocky Biosoti (sp)

Antler September 28, 2020 at 5:49 AM

In the wee hours of the morning, I was listening to NPR while putting laundry away. The interview was interrupted by that gosh-awful high-pitched
alarm buzz, followed by the voice saying that an immediate evacuation order was in effect for the town of …… jagged interference voice sounding like it said “Sonoma”. Could any of you understand what the word was?

Kirkwood September 28, 2020 at 10:12 AM

It just said Sonoma and another county, didn’t give any details. You are right, that alert sound is very irritating. It reminds me of the old CONLRAD alerts of the cold war 60’s. “This is a test, this is only a test. Had this been an actual emergency your radio would be melting in your hand.”

Original G September 28, 2020 at 10:16 AM

Here is a good one to show the kids, why you don’t walk along a busy street with ear buds in cranked all the way up while looking down at your hand held device. Vehicle comes off a flatbed tow truck. Person with earbuds at full volume would likely have been killed.

Kirkwood September 28, 2020 at 10:33 AM

Don’t see any heavy jets working the Glass Fire this morning, only the smaller planes working from Santa Rosa. Yesterday they had 747, DC-10, and a Bac-146 working out of McClellan.

S September 29, 2020 at 7:31 AM

Mid-Week Pick One:

A) Gloves
B) Mittens
C) Nah, I’ll just put my hands in my pockets

Silva September 29, 2020 at 11:24 AM


Antler September 30, 2020 at 5:45 PM

My favorites of all time are soft leather lined with fleece…. wonderful for gripping a cold steering wheel.

S October 1, 2020 at 7:16 AM

Put me down for “C”.

Have worn both over time, I never kept them om very long…
Have a nice pair of deerskin gloves they gotta be close to 40 years old,,, Still like new…

Mary Fouts October 1, 2020 at 4:56 PM

@S – (A) modified. I have both neuropathy and arthritis in my hands, so in cooler/cold weather, you’ll usually find me with a pair of fingerless gloves on when possible. I sometimes also sleep with them on, even during warmer weather. The warmth and support really helps!

S October 2, 2020 at 7:28 AM

Hi Mary,

I tried compression gloves (no finger tips), they didn’t seem to help for me.

Original G September 29, 2020 at 10:58 AM

If you are a parent who bought their kid a white Tesla.
Suggest you massively increase your insurance coverage.

Kirkwood September 29, 2020 at 11:15 AM

According to, there are no fixed wing aircraft operating over the Glass fire, or near the airports they operate from (Santa Rosa, McClellan).

My niece’s family who live in N.E. Santa Rose are under voluntary evacuation order, that could become mandatory at any moment.

Original G September 29, 2020 at 11:29 AM

TNKR912 Douglas DC10-30 is just now taxiing for take off at McClellan.

Original G September 29, 2020 at 11:33 AM

Should have included this. Juan is very good about reporting on fires, has two on Glass fire he posted yesterday. Also reports on news stories in general of northern California and especially stories in Gold Country.

Susan I. September 29, 2020 at 11:41 AM

I will be keeping them in my thoughts Kirkwood. Hope they remain safe and they have a home to go back to.

Reality Check September 29, 2020 at 10:15 PM

I am looking for recommendations for a disability lawyer/advocate to help with a permanent SSI disability need, located in Walnut Creek. Thanks for the help.

Mary Fouts September 30, 2020 at 3:52 PM

@Reality Check – Nearly all SSI permanent disability claims are rejected on the first filing. Unfortunately, given the attorney fee caps, paperwork, and extensive time for attorneys on these matters, I know of no area attorneys who currently take these cases. Sorry I don’t have better info.

No Excuses September 30, 2020 at 7:52 PM

DEEP ORANGE MOON RISING (and I don’t have a working camera to capture it) Please grab pictures!

S October 1, 2020 at 7:09 AM

I too, hope somebody can post some pics… My phone cam just couldn’t do justice…

Silva October 1, 2020 at 2:26 PM

Whatever is happening! Two times I have gone to Costco for my 1/3 wheel of Italian cheese, and they had neither the Romano or the Parmigiano Reggiano that are always there. I haven’t seen that for the decades I’ve been buying them. Rats!

Mary Fouts October 1, 2020 at 4:54 PM

@Silva – Not surprising. Costo has taken a lot of flack for changes made to store selections since COVID-19. The NYTimes carried an article about it, including an uproar over food court changes and discontinuance of the large sheet cakes and other popular items. Their online ordering and customer service is terrible. We don’t have a use for Costco anymore, and won’t renew our membership in Feb.

S October 1, 2020 at 2:49 PM

A Heads-Up !

With the local bridges now billing you for toll crossings by mail…
You can go online to ” ” to pay…

BUT>>>>>>> If you typo and use two “T”‘s ” ” You go to a third party vender website that looks legit, but I can’t verify it…. They charge you a fee to pay your tolls….. Not sure if even on time…

Seems Scamish to me…


This has been a public service announcement.


Original G October 1, 2020 at 2:56 PM

Something about those Canadians.
Sense of humor seems to be just a bit different than down here in the United States. Do wonder though if reactions would be different between say San Francisco and Concord ?

Cyn October 1, 2020 at 6:13 PM

@Original G
Now that’s my kind of humor. Thanks for that.

Dr. Jellyfinger October 1, 2020 at 9:34 PM

Well…. I see tonight that Village Market in Clayton sold a winning Fantasy 5 ticket (1 of 3 winners statewide – $61k each).

When I think of how many Fantasy 5 tickets I bought there over the years….

Geez! I can’t complain too much tho, I did hit a 4 out of 5 ticket there once & won $472 …. so I’m only down about $2000

KAD October 2, 2020 at 3:24 PM


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