Claycord – Talk About Whatever

October 16, 2020 18:04 pm · 91 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 October 16, 2020 at 6:04 PM

Pick One:

A) Crab
B) Lobster
C) Yuck

ZZ October 16, 2020 at 7:29 PM

I like both.

Roz October 16, 2020 at 7:35 PM

A) Crab,… 🙂

Cowellian October 16, 2020 at 7:41 PM

A and B, then add scallops and maybe some shrimp.

Silva October 16, 2020 at 7:57 PM

I’ll have what Cowellian’s having. If I absolutely MUST choose; A) Crab. This one was not easy.

Dr. Jellyfinger October 16, 2020 at 8:20 PM

B) Lobster! Luv it…. but I’ve never tried Crab.

I was badly frightened by a crab after I watched this short movie as a child…. trouble starts at about 4:40 – Terrifying! Watch at your own risk.

Ancient Mariner October 16, 2020 at 8:36 PM

Big, disgusting sea insects!

jjshawk October 16, 2020 at 10:15 PM

Lobster, all day long!

Dawg October 16, 2020 at 10:40 PM

A) Crab. Although I like lobster, I think crab tastes better. When I was little kid, my uncle was a crab fisherman out of Fisherman’s Wharf and he often gave us live crabs.

Antler October 16, 2020 at 10:58 PM

Writhing in indecision here…. WRITHING, I tell you!

I’m really on “team Cowellian” here. Dreaming about a carafe of melted butter on the side….. maybe some steamed fresh spinach or sautéed tender asparagus tips…..

All right…. b. LOBSTER ….. sigh…..

Lambie October 17, 2020 at 6:12 AM

A&B-Let’s eat!

How about:
A. Cocktail Sauce
B. Butter & Lemon
C. Yuck

Justifiable languor October 17, 2020 at 6:59 AM

Both. Maine/Canadian Lobsters can be shipped for about 36.00 a tail if bought 4,6,8 at a time. Great for special occasions several times a year. No need to brave crowds or risk inferior meat on Valentines or Anniversary day. Birthdays or New Years Eve. With melted butter and lemon please.

I haven’t had Dungenous crab for years. It disturbs me that they are being fished out. Served with spinach dip and sourdough bread on the side. Mmm. Crab sandwiches!

I’m with Cowellian on this one. Scallops and shrimp too! Oh! A good Cioppino! Yum! Bib please!

RetailSlave October 17, 2020 at 8:30 AM

Crab! Oh, I love crab.
While I enjoy all seafood, lobster is not one of my favorites from the sea.

Captain Bebops October 17, 2020 at 10:01 AM

Lobster. Someone once told me before it was popular it was served to prisoners because it was cheap.

Simonpure October 17, 2020 at 12:21 PM

A with tons of butter
B with tons of butter
C Yummy
Winco in Pittsburgh has really good crab. You have to get there around 10 in the morning for great pickins

Antler October 17, 2020 at 1:41 PM

Ancient Mariner, your comment is hilarious to me, especially because of your moniker!
How did that happen…. “Ship’s Captain keeps herd of cattle on board?”

Ancient Mariner October 17, 2020 at 3:12 PM

@ Antler:
“Ship’s captain is largely vegetarian and, even when he does eat meat, does not eat disgusting things!”

Silva October 17, 2020 at 4:11 PM

Ancient Mariner, at first your answer caught me by surprise too, especially for a Sea Captain! Then I remember the time I was on an Alaska Air flight back home from Kodiak (through Anchorage) with a load of laid off seasonal cannery workers. When the flight attendant announced they’d be serving lunch straightaway, and the main course would be salmon steaks I never heard so many groans escaping at the same time before or since. So I thought, well naturally. Of course a Sea Captain has eaten more than his fair share of seafood, but I guess I was wrong. Disgusting things!! I’m dying here!!! ROFL🤣🤣 🤣

Lizzee October 17, 2020 at 6:04 PM

A. Crab served cold with mayo and Tabasco sauce

S October 18, 2020 at 8:29 AM


Not a huge fan of either, but Lobster edges out Crab for me. I prefer to toss them both in a hot pan with Garlic & Butter.

Looks pretty tied here……

Cafe girl October 16, 2020 at 6:32 PM


Dawg October 16, 2020 at 10:42 PM

How are ya doin?

Cafe girl October 17, 2020 at 11:40 AM

Hanging in there

Cowellian October 16, 2020 at 6:41 PM

Cowellian’s First

foonman October 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Helicopter circling Dana Plaza for over 30 minutes, 6: 30 to 7:00 so far…

Monte Gardens Gal October 16, 2020 at 7:35 PM

Helicopter was circling forever. Anybody know what was happening?

Ano October 16, 2020 at 10:41 PM

Yes , foot chase by cpd. They know who he is but did not locate him. I posted it here but they didn’t approve of my post

anon October 16, 2020 at 10:43 PM

They were looking for a known criminal that got away, but not for long.

Old Concordite October 16, 2020 at 7:52 PM

Update on the Mt. Diablo Beacon –

I heard the staff at Save Mount Diablo has repaired the light mechanism and the task was completed by a great group of volunteers so it will be up and running Sunday night. So thank you to the talented volunteers and the organization that is keeping this light of hope honoring our first responders during the COVID 19 epidemic.

Cheers to all involved. Also, most importantly, the light will be ready to continue to honor Pearl Harbor Day, December 7th. and all the men and women who served our country in her time of need.
We will never forget!

Best to all –

Silva October 16, 2020 at 7:59 PM

Thank you very much for this post.

Jeff October 16, 2020 at 7:59 PM

I am pleased as punch you decided to talk about this. Very uplifting to hear this light will be up and running again, ready to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day. Thank you for keeping this bit in conversation.

Ash October 16, 2020 at 9:10 PM

A day that will forever live in infamy

God Bless All Who Died, Who Have Served And Who Are Serving

One Nation Under God

Antler October 16, 2020 at 11:09 PM

Wonderful news!
The closest place to our home for viewing the beacon is a certain spot in Dianda Shopping Center, and I go park there for just a few minutes of reflection as often as the evening sky looks clear enough to see the light.
I love that the memorial beacon is shining every night and wish it would continue to do so. There are so many types of heroes, and honoring them as well does not diminish the respect we feel for those who were at Pearl Harbor.

Gittyup October 17, 2020 at 9:11 AM

Covid-19 bears no resemblance to the events of World War II and it’s disingenuous to even make a comparison. The sacrifices made by our military and their families, by every citizen of the United States really, pale by comparison. The number of deaths among our military battling to settle another country’s problems was shocking. Innocent young men and woman dying conscripted into service to their country

Any comparison is just another “phony,” “feel good,” and concocted liberal scenario trying to make Covid-19 into something it isn’t … sort of like the “impeachment” of our President.

If you had lived through World War II you would know a fear that was palpable. That simply is not the case with Covid-19. The utter disregard for “social distancing” and “remaining within your social bubble” negates any real concern for the spread of the virus, especially among those with children who seem to have no trouble getting together outside their family unit. Even those engaged in the medical profession routinely ignore the directives … I have seen it myself.

There is simply no comparison to World War II. Get over yourselves.

Old Concordite October 16, 2020 at 8:48 PM

You are welcome and I thank you for noticing the Mt. Diablo beacon situation.

I understand the concern by some that the beacon has been lit for another purpose on than Pearl Harbor Day. I believe this quick repair is good news all around for those that want to honor our Covid first responders and like I said, the light will shine bright on Monday December 7, 2020 in honor of Pearl Harbor Day. We will never forget them.

Hopefully the beacon will not be needed for the Covid remembrance soon and that we can return to the once yearly Pearl Harbor Remembrance.
Please take a look at our beautiful Mountain with her beacon and remember and pray for all involved no matter where your heart lies……

Best to all –

FPN October 17, 2020 at 1:01 AM

I am lucky, I can see all of my Mt.Diablo from my living room. I watch the beacons every night. I wondered what happened to the white beacon. Thank you for the info.

Mona October 17, 2020 at 1:34 AM

Where’s aunt Barbara?

Concordjete October 17, 2020 at 9:44 AM


Why did the gym close down? It just didn’t work out!

Sancho Panza October 17, 2020 at 12:32 PM

There is a mass exodus from urban living going on right now as workers realize that dense housing is not ideal for remote work. The rents in San Francisco for a one bedroom have decreased by 31% and Silicon Valley is adjusting the salaries for those that move out of the area…would it not be prudent for ABAG to pause on their Regional Housing Needs Assessment process as all the variables in the equation are shifting (lowered rents, vacancies in apartments/office buildings, mass transit use down significantly, exodus out of California, vacant malls, etc)? Most importantly, high density housing construction should come to a halt. Here’s an interesting article:

Original G October 17, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Covid-19 statistics,
Advice, guys, Think before you answer her questions !

Mary Fouts October 17, 2020 at 2:04 PM

Autumn: Heard my first Northern Flicker Woodpecker this morning. So they are arriving for their seasonal stay right on time. Boy, the acorn crop really has been a bumper this autumn. Lots of squirrel and crow activity in the neighborhood for past several weeks, eating and gathering/burying acorns.

Ancient Mariner October 17, 2020 at 5:28 PM

My neighbour has a volunteer Valley Oak next to our fence. It’s about 12 years old and is already big (16″ across). This year was the first time I noticed acorns from it.
Last weekend I raked up perhaps a thousand just on my side of the fence and, all the time, I could hear the thumping of new acorns falling here and there, perhaps one every twenty seconds. They’re big, too.
All we have is Downy Woodpeckers – no Flickers, sadly.

S October 17, 2020 at 6:20 PM

A M,

I hope you’re first in line to help that neighbor trim that tree….. You do have a smoker, I hope……

Ancient Mariner October 17, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Had one years ago, S, and I smoked up some nice fish I caught out by the Farallon Islands. I overdid it and it ended up as fish jerky, but it was really salty and good!

Ash October 17, 2020 at 8:03 PM


this works miracles, the double row of teeth is amazing

Justifiable languor October 17, 2020 at 9:23 PM

I’ve been gathering acorns from random spots around town. The squirrels in my tiny garden are beginning to demand more. One has been reclining on its belly, chittering in a conversational style. Pausing on occasion to encourage a reply.

Ancient Mariner October 17, 2020 at 11:14 PM

Thanks for the tip, Ash – I have one already!
If I were to trim all the overhanging branches there’d be only half a tree left, and it’s actually a good-looking tree, much nicer than my developer-planted fruitless mulberry, which is in decline. So I don’t want to do that. Somebody told me I could sell the acorns to a big nursery so they could start new trees to sell. Anybody know anything about that?

Jojo Potato October 18, 2020 at 11:26 AM

Please let me know about selling acorns. I’m getting a full recycling bin every week. Must be about 100 lbs. This is from two mature valley oaks. My neighbor has sued me that they are a danger to his house. The courts are way backed up so nothing will likely happen until January if ever. In the meantime the periodic rain of nuts is not a problem, at least to me.

S October 18, 2020 at 12:27 PM

I did the roasted acorns because, well….. why not.
Was kinda’ leery, so made sure to leach them really well.
It was neat as a novelty, but the taste was just so-so.

Dorothy October 17, 2020 at 5:39 PM

Still working through 2 chunky books. Might be done with one by end of next week.

At long last I have been able to get some of my outdoor projects worked on. The big one I hope to have done by the end of the month; barring who knows what 2020 is going to toss up next. Maybe next month I’ll get to some of the indoor projects. They turned into projects because I’ve been ignoring them.

Old Concordite October 17, 2020 at 8:34 PM

Gittyup –

Thank you for your patriotic stance regarding the Mt. Diablo Beacon. The beauty of all who have sacrificed is not lost, nor is the honoring of others in another time of crisis meant to be a comparison…..especially with regard to our Pearl Harbor heroes.

Supporting all of our fellow citizens is patriotic and covers all citizens both alive and those who have gone ahead. The sacrifice of our fellow brothers and sisters paved the way for all to display their own values and express themselves as a citizen. For you, I pray you find some inner peace and continue to express yourself while listening to more than one side of an argument.

Best to all –

ConcordRez October 17, 2020 at 9:25 PM

I miss the daily COVID updates on Claycord. It was a good reminder to us that we are still suffering illness and fatalities from this pandemic. I’m concerned that people are becoming complacent

Mary Fouts October 17, 2020 at 11:01 PM

Baking – So made my beloved Gramma Anna’s depression era Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake today. No butter or eggs, just mayo. And lots of coca and some bittersweet chocolate. Recipe makes a generous 1 layer cake in my deep dish pie dish. Even though the recipe is thrifty, the outcome cake is so moist and fudgey, all that is needed on the cake is a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Serve with ice cream or a couple pieces of cheese on the side, if you wish.

This recipe is one of my best ever. Thanks Gramma.

S October 18, 2020 at 8:24 AM

Makes Ya’ wanna go…. YUM

Antler October 17, 2020 at 11:28 PM

Enjoyed browsing at Berkshire Books (Clayton Rd across from landmark Eucalyptus tree) today. He has a WONDERFUL stock of both new and used books….. reasonably priced or discounted.

Do you ever go there, Dorothy?

Ash October 18, 2020 at 1:48 PM

that must be the place i found Space 1999 on DVD, along with some books and older mags, 1940s era. good place, nice people.

Dorothy October 18, 2020 at 9:45 PM

Didn’t know about it but will make a trip. Love browsing book stores, Thanks!

BORbeliever October 18, 2020 at 12:03 PM

Is there some reason why the CCC libraries are not open for people to go inside? It seems like most privately owned businesses are open now (with restrictions) but you still cannot go into a library to select a book? Why?

Jojo Potato October 18, 2020 at 12:31 PM

Why don’t you browse and find out. There are contact numbers there too. Let us know what you find out.

Kentucky Derby October 18, 2020 at 3:20 PM

Privately owned businesses are open, but people don’t hang out there for hours. Do you really want to walk into a library where the homeless are hanging out all day? Do you really think the library wants anyone hanging out for hours? You can still check out books. Find what you want online, and do front door service. All library books are quarantined for 96 hours before returned to the shelves.

KAD October 18, 2020 at 7:12 PM

I just tried to watch a football game. It was hard to me because of the sound of a roar of a crowd. Is there really a crowd there to roar? If not, why are they adding the roaring sound? It distracts from the game for me since it is hard to listen to the announcers.

Kentucky Derby October 18, 2020 at 9:22 PM

Because a roaring crowd is what viewers are accustomed to. During MLB playoffs the roaring crowd didn’t bother me, but I preferred the real fans, which were allowed, depending on where the game is played.

The laugh sound tracks from comedy shows years ago were very annoying.

Old Concordite October 18, 2020 at 8:00 PM

Yes the “ Eye of Diablo “ is back up and shining for another Sunday night of remembrance. Also good news is that it will again be ready to honor our beloved patriots on Monday December 7,2020 – Pearl Harbor Day.

Thank you to the volunteers at Save Mt. Diablo from a grateful citizen.

Best to all –

Original G October 19, 2020 at 9:10 AM

Another attempt with kaiser, result, at this point it seems not having ability to video conference means I’m denied medication.

Cafe girl October 20, 2020 at 5:09 AM

Try just a phone call that worked for me

Jojo Potato October 20, 2020 at 1:23 PM

Yeah but that doesn’t give OG anything to complain about. In fact many issues in modern life can be easily solved by picking up the phone. It’s like some kind of universal communication system. That’s how I got my Kaiser lab appointment that I just got home from. Efficient and friendly and now am here with some tape over my the inside of my elbow. Eh, I hate peeling that off.

Original G October 20, 2020 at 1:57 PM

Played phone tag because they’ll ONLY take voice mail message, with an email reply on their website. So there’s no ability to have an exchange with them. Is frustrating to basically being told, if you don’t have video capability we’re not going to provide you additional care.

Mary Fouts October 20, 2020 at 2:44 PM

@Original G – Won’t Kaiser do telephone consults if a patient does not have video capability? John Muir will. They – at least our primary doctors, anyway – are using video or phone whenever possible. Jim recently had a video consult/lab work to renew prescriptions. Dr. told him to do annual lab work them, but delay in-person physical (nothing new/urgent to address now) until the COVID-19 issue better resolves itself; said to check back in 3 months. Jim went to the Lab Corp unit at John Muir on Treat Blvd in WC for lab work after the consult and was in and out in less than 10 minutes, only 1 person ahead of him.

S October 20, 2020 at 7:19 AM

Mid-Week Pick One:

A) Dettol
B) Hexol

Silva October 20, 2020 at 7:42 PM

I had to look them up. I think I remember seeing the Hexol bottles with the Nurse someplace. We had a Fuller Brush man, so my mom bought Fulsol.

S October 20, 2020 at 8:18 PM

funny… my parents use to make Fuller Brush deliveries to make ends meet when I was little.

Mary Fouts October 20, 2020 at 9:15 PM

@S – Never hear of either. Notta a clue.

nytemuvr October 20, 2020 at 10:19 PM

“B”… a baby with dermatitis I know all too well what Hexol is, and tar soap….1950s dermatology.

Justifiable languor October 21, 2020 at 7:19 AM

I looked them up but didn’t recognise them. I have a bottle of Simple Green.

S October 22, 2020 at 7:28 AM

I had an under the table job at a small store when a pre-teen; stocking shelfs, setting up displays, janitor stuff. Hexol was the cleaner they had me use. Strange as it is, I really liked the smell.

Mary Fouts October 20, 2020 at 1:50 PM

Mail/Package Theft: Looks like the Larkey Park area in WC may be getting hit with mail thefts and package thefts again. Walked along Larkey Lane from Geary Rd to the park this morning. Every mailbox without a lock had its door open, which usually means thieves checked them for mail during the night. Several days ago we also noticed one house along Larkey Lane that had a large sign in front of the front door stating that package deliveries are not to be left at door due to package theft; knock first.

No theft problems for us, but we’ve had our share of misdelivered mail. Neighbor has gotten our mortgage statement and some of our junk mail this month, and we received someone’s AAA auto insurance bill that didn’t even live anywhere near us.

Jojo Potato October 21, 2020 at 11:52 AM

Message for cooks out there. Over by the Fish Ranch road exit off 24 there are a bunch of California Bay Laurel trees. Are those good for cooking? I mean like bay leaves you can buy? I’m a little concerned because there is also a lot of poison oak in that area. Please let me know it you have any experiences. Thanks.

Silva October 21, 2020 at 12:43 PM

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve been cooking with leaves I harvest from California Bay Laurel trees for a LOT of years. I pick a small bunch that I figure won’t last me more than a year and lose all of their lovely flavor by the time I get to them, and I wash them and let them sit out and dry pretty well before sealing them inside a glass jar. Supposedly (or so I have read) they’re too strong so you must pay a lot of money for the expensive imported stuff so your food doesn’t get overwhelmed by their more powerful flavor, but I’ve used them an awful lot, and I’ve never once been overwhelmed. Nobody else has seemed to find them objectionable either. I think they’re delicious. But do stay out of the poison oak! Though it has never bothered me, I once thought it seemed like a good idea to rub it into my hands and not wash them to get out of taking a test, but nothing happened. As long as you don’t touch any you should be fine, unless you are one of the very unfortunate souls who are terribly allergic to it. Leaves of three, leave them be!!😊

Mary Fouts October 21, 2020 at 12:58 PM

@JoJo Potato – I have a Laurus Nobilis Bay Tree in my backyard. It’s bay leaves are prolific and exceptionally flavorful and scented. I use them often in cooking, and for homemade potpourri. The fresh leaves are so much more flavorful and fragrant than the dried leaves purchased in a grocery store. My tree is in the ground, but they can be grown in large containers, too. Requires little water once established.

I’ve not used California Bay Laurel leaves for anything, but have read that they are much stronger in taste, and also a tougher texture than the Laurus Nobilis Bay leaves. If I were to try them in cooking, I’d add a very minimal amount at first to give it a try.

anon October 21, 2020 at 12:59 PM

I just grow my own Laurel(bay) bush.

Silva October 21, 2020 at 11:25 PM

Well now I’ve been thinking about bay trees and wondering if I should get a Laurus Nobilis Bay Tree in my backyard, too, so I can smell one. It’s unrelated to the California Bay Laurel though there are similarities. I’ve probably never smelled a really fresh leaf. My mom never threw away her spices, and that box of Mediterranean Bay Laurel leaves I remember from her spice cabinet could’ve been well past it, so I may not know what I’ve been missing. IMO the California Bay Laurel is probably a fine substitute, and I just don’t know what I could be missing (or not). But what really brought me back here was that I was reading some other common names for the California Bay, which BTW are very common in the Berkeley and Oakland hills and Tilden Park, and one of them was “headache tree”. Well that reminded me of the time I broke up a leaf to take a good whiff and halfway through I had an instant headache right between the eyes. I’m generally very lucky I don’t get many headaches because my grandmother suffered gawdawful migraines, and my mom had more than her share also, but that was really painful, and it was a very long time before I ever crumpled up another nice fresh leaf for a good whiff again. I think I’ve been more cautious about it ever since. It never happened again but apparently getting a headache from a California Bay Laurel is a thing.

Mary Fouts October 21, 2020 at 3:44 PM

Cookbook Recommendation: Dessert Person: Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidence, by Claire Saffitz. I purchased this newly released cookbook based on a NY Times article that covered the 12 cookbooks they most recommended for new Autumn releases. It is fabulous! Has recipes from savory to sweet, vibrant photos, very clear instructions, no impossible-to-find ingredients (and hints for substitutions, if you don’t have an ingredient). Also a section on more general baking issues, such as mixing/rolling out/baking with pie crusts. I would call this a useful and appropriate cookbook for all bakers, from beginning to advanced in skill level.

Tonight I’m going to pick out a couple of recipes to make. Very much recommend this book if you enjoy baking, or want to learn more about the craft.

S October 22, 2020 at 11:07 AM

Cookbook? What is this? The olden days????

Your post made me feel nostalgic (again).. I have a 1913 White House Cookbook that my Great-Grandmother’s gave my Grandmother as a wedding present then handed down by generation. Considered fair condition for value, but priceless to me.

There are a few pencil marks where my kin noted favorite recipes,
few hand written recipes and personal letters folded within the pages, a few very old recipes clipped from magazines, and a WW II Ration Book.

I’ve never used it to make anything, but I wondered and figure to be the case: Several things I cook came from the family pass down; certain some originated from this Cookbook.

If you’re wondering…. Yes, You’ve done your good deed for the day… I enjoyed looking thru the old book again.

Justifiable languor October 22, 2020 at 11:47 AM

I appreciate the recommendations and stories too. My pursuing involves looking up multiple recipes for the same subject. I don’t know why I enjoy the repetition. My guess is I’m crunching the essence.

Silva October 22, 2020 at 8:34 PM

Wow, S! That’s a very cool treasure.

Antler October 22, 2020 at 9:04 PM

S, your post brought to mind my mother’s several years worth of “Congressional Cookbooks”. Now I’ll need to browse through and find some of those. It’ll be fun, so thank you!

Mary Fouts October 23, 2020 at 2:39 PM

@ S and All – I have my beloved Gramma Anna’s Trinity Lutheran Ladies Aid Cook Book (Hinton, Iowa) published for the church’s 30th anniversary in 1952. It is full of her hand written comments on the recipes. Gramma also taped in recipes she cut out from the local newspaper.

Most heartwarming is the history of the church and cookbook Gramma hand wrote on the first page. On the inside cover, she wrote “This book is for Mary Rae Fouts 1977” so I would have it when she passed. I was 11 at the time. Gramma and I cooked, baked, canned, and crafted together during my life with her. She ended up giving the cookbook to me when I was a teenager.

Gramma was and is my female soulmate, that’s for certain.

S October 23, 2020 at 2:55 PM

Such a great conversation.

John Hemm October 23, 2020 at 7:51 AM

The Big C has been closed, while other gyms are slowly letting people back. They do not answer their phones, emails get bounced back. Are they closing?

S October 23, 2020 at 2:56 PM

Get’em in folks !

KAD October 23, 2020 at 4:27 PM


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