Claycord – Talk About Whatever

October 23, 2020 19:04 pm · 100 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 23, 2020 at 7:04 PM

Pick One:

A) Bagel
B) English Muffin
C) Where’s the Donuts

ZZ October 23, 2020 at 8:06 PM

Some days Bagels, some days English muffins. No thanks on the donuts.

Bad Nombre October 23, 2020 at 10:36 PM

D) Lavash

Hanne Jeppesen October 23, 2020 at 11:02 PM

I like some donuts, the sugared ones, the glazed ones too sweet. However, because of the sugar content don’t indulge very often. English muffin whole grain with my Sunday breakfast, with Havarti cheese (from Denmark) and Raspberry Jam or Black Currant Jam (available at Cost Plus) on top. Since I lived in New York for 4 years, learned to love bagels as well, cream cheese, smoked lox, red onions and capers. Both heaven, bagels are high in carbohydrates so don’t indulge a lot, like the sesame seed or poppy seed.

Dawg October 23, 2020 at 11:05 PM

Mmm…artery clogging donuts. Bagels and English muffins always taste the same.
But where’s the Yuck?

Justifiable languor October 24, 2020 at 6:42 AM

A. Bagel. I like all three, but I will choose the bagel if I indulge.

Antler October 24, 2020 at 10:27 AM

English muffin, but I do like a lot of butter.

Do any local restaurants serve really good Belgian waffles?

Lizzee October 24, 2020 at 5:07 PM

A & B… and pretty much every other carb aside from donuts and pastries. The latter two are too sweet and way too greasy.

Cowellian October 24, 2020 at 6:04 PM

What? No biscuits?

S October 25, 2020 at 8:04 AM

Sorry folks, Lavash is planned for a future Pick One and Biscuits were served back with the Milk or Red Eye Pick One..


Like them all, but this is Pick “One”…
A little butter and orange marmalade, please.

S October 25, 2020 at 8:06 AM

ps: Sorry Dawg, No Yuck allowed this week. I’ll flip my 3 sided coin to put you in a category.


Justifiable languor October 25, 2020 at 9:37 AM

S: I agree. No yuck in this category. But I am inclined to be lenient towards those who must answer outside the box. I am sure Dawg tried his best to conform. Bad Nombre gets a nod of leniency too. They must be my peeps.

Kirkwood October 25, 2020 at 11:20 AM

Bagels (cement donuts)? No!.

Mary Fouts October 25, 2020 at 4:44 PM

Unfortunately I don’t care for any choice.

Original G October 25, 2020 at 5:29 PM

Plate with heated tortilla add bedding of Mexican blend cheese then five eggs sunny side up with large side of Biscuits n Gravy.

After eating eggs roll tortilla and eat, minimum plate washing.

S October 25, 2020 at 6:40 PM

Corn or Flour, O G ?

Justifiable languor October 26, 2020 at 7:05 AM

Drat. I now formally apologize to S. I think OG just hit unruly out of the ballpark. 🤔

Original G October 26, 2020 at 8:01 PM

Flour 12 inch.

Cowellian October 23, 2020 at 7:06 PM

Cowellian’s First.

Enjoy your last week of Daylight Saving Time.

Mary Fouts October 23, 2020 at 8:50 PM

Daylight Savings Time … Good Riddance! Hate it. My internal clock runs on Standard Time, including my sleep patterns. I so dislike Daylight Savings Time. Kick it to the curb, in my opinion.

Roz October 24, 2020 at 7:09 AM

@ Mary Fouts
Same here for me too.

Kirkwood October 24, 2020 at 10:26 AM

I like DST but it has become too long. It should end a month earlier. I adapt to time changes in about 3 days. Trick or treat is best in the dark.

Antler October 24, 2020 at 10:30 AM

Thanks, Cowellian, and you, too!
I’d just as soon keep DST all year round…. but then, I’m not a commuter, so it doesn’t really matter that much.

shulla October 24, 2020 at 11:31 AM

I won’t be setting my clock back. I can’t stand another hour of 2020.

Justifiable languor October 25, 2020 at 9:42 AM

I am annoyed with DST. It is indulgent and encourages bad behavior. However, I lean towards acceptance of this atrocity. Frugality bends my will on this one.

Killjoy October 26, 2020 at 8:25 AM

I do NOT want to change the clocks this weekend. I don’t want to extend 2020 by even one extra hour. I’m so done with this whole year.

wave October 23, 2020 at 7:08 PM

Wave first….

Dorothy October 23, 2020 at 7:21 PM

Starting to wonder when I’ll get to the last page of the chunky books.

Perfect day to work on my smaller front yard project. But even through I work a mask because of loose dirt flying around I think I’ve either become allergic to yard dirt or autumn. I already know I’m allergic to spring. Maybe if it would rain?

Oh, and B, a properly toasted, well buttered, English Muffin.

Mary Fouts October 23, 2020 at 8:57 PM

@Dorothy – Both my husband Jim and I are bothered by ongoing environmental allergies. And as an avid gardener, it’s always something. The latest bit culprit has been our Turpentine Tree in the very back yard north west corner. It’s been in bloom, and has hosted so many honeybees the buzzing sound has been amazing! But so has my runny nose. The wind helps sometimes, but then again, it can bring in allergens. I just always have lots of Kleenex and some throat lozenges around. Take a Benadryl or 2 if allergies are really bad. We have found the 12 and 24 hour allergy meds to be non effective.

Justifiable languor October 24, 2020 at 6:49 AM

My mother had allergies. One day I put goggles on (her) and that helped alot. She took a scratch test decades ago and was allergic to pretty much everything Spring.

Justifiable languor October 25, 2020 at 9:45 AM

Life is just not worth living without chunky books and butter. BUTTER! Maybe S will put up a multiple choice with spreads as the topic.

Greenjrl October 23, 2020 at 8:03 PM

Our church, Holy Cross Lutheran, corner of Ygnacio Valley & Alberta Drive, Concord, want to invite you to our Drive Through Halloween Food Drive and Treat Swap! 🎃 Come by on Halloween, Saturday, 10/31, 3-6pm.

Drop off a canned/non perishable food item and pick up a treat bag.

😊 Bring your children and grandchildren! ❤️ Help us help our neighbors and the young ones get a safe treat.

Antler October 24, 2020 at 10:35 AM

And will you be having your Christmas handmade crafts sale this year?
(tip: their refreshment cafe’s chili is the best I have ever eaten! …. and they have cheese for the top!)

KAD October 23, 2020 at 8:08 PM

Nobody else wanted to play Last so I won.

Silva October 23, 2020 at 9:22 PM

Yes you did!! Hands down.

Edi Birsan October 23, 2020 at 9:01 PM

Latest survey open at

Questions include about Vaping, city structure and some election stuff.

S October 24, 2020 at 8:12 AM

the survey shows Closed

RunnerDope October 23, 2020 at 9:22 PM

Just saw a bright flash and loud boom in Concord. Just less than a mile from my home. Seemed to be possibly in the vicinity of the BART yard or police station. Anyone?

Mary Fouts October 23, 2020 at 9:30 PM

PGE Power “Safety” Shutoffs – PGE predicted outage map released about 8 PM. The PH/Concord/WC area is safe, but other Northern CA areas are targeted. Nearby, including most of Lafayette, Orinda, and Moraga, much of Oakland Hills, and WC around Mt. Diablo. Supposedly power to be shut off starting 4 PM tomorrow (Sunday). Too many different versions from PGE as to when power will be restored, some versions say not until Wed morning. Some say Mon starting 10 PM.

This is so very wrong. SF Chronicle this past week had a major article about PG&E, and how they have failed in tree/vegetation trimming. A six time convicted felon should not be able to hold Northern California in its mercy as it does.

Simply pitiful and beyond belief.

mojoduck October 23, 2020 at 10:20 PM

So today Friday the 23rd .A friend was at the Big O Tires near Hwy242 . Her tires were shot she was taking to another customer . She called my sister to ask for some financial help. The other customer got his car and left . She went in to pay the bill $488 bucks . The Big O employee told her the other customer had paid her bill . Turns out he was an off duty Concord Cop . Just when you think there aren’t any good people left in the world . this brought Tears to my my eyes when my sister told me this story , Thank you Kind Sir .

Justifiable languor October 24, 2020 at 6:55 AM

Beautiful story mojoduck. Thank you.

Roz October 24, 2020 at 7:15 AM

@ mojoduck~
Thank You for Sharing. It brought tears to Hubby and myself too, in a good way 🙂

The Wizard October 24, 2020 at 8:16 AM

Blue life’s do matter

Dorothy October 24, 2020 at 10:32 AM

Yes, there are some really great cops everywhere. Also add my thanks to this one who is one of them.

Hanne Jeppesen October 24, 2020 at 11:48 AM

That was very generous. Yes, there are many kind hearted people, and we don’t hear enough about them.

Usually when people pay it forward, it paying bridge toll (when there were still toll workers) or a restaurant bill, this was a big chunk of money, so this man was exceptionally generous. Hopefully what goes around comes around.

Ones when I was paying for my stuff at Trader Joe’s, I only had cash, I had left my debit card in the car, and it turned out I didn’t have enough cash, and it was my lunch hour, so I didn’t have time to run out to the car and come back.I asked the cashier to take off the pork chops since I didn’t need them desperately, then a gentleman down the line offered to pay for my pork chops, I tried to decline, since it was not a money issue, but he insisted, saying it was the season of giving (it was Dec.). It was a small amount, but it made my day.

Hanne Jeppesen October 23, 2020 at 11:15 PM

Anyone familiar with the “Kiki Camerena Story”, it was a mini series around 1990 or so. I remember seeing it, and it caught my interest. First of all the actor who plays Kiki, Steve Bauer is a bit of a hunk, and bear a strong resembles to someone I was dating at the times. Besides that the story is fascinating, harrowing and tragic.. I bought the book the series was based on “Desparado” by Elaine Shannon. I still have it somewhere, I want to read it again. Anyway the mini series is available on UTube, and I watched it again a few days ago, still every bit as good as when I first watched it. It features Benicio Del Torres as one of the drug lord, a good actor, not my type in terms of looks, also Craig T. Nelson and Elizabeth Pena as Kiki’s wife. The story is very tragic, and I watched a tape of Mika (Kiki’s wife)making a speech, very moving. By the way Kiki’s oldest son is a judge in San Diego.

Dr. Jellyfinger October 24, 2020 at 7:54 AM

Another gorgeous morning !

But there is something special about today…
As I walk along the levee to empty my little dog (our daily daybreak routine) the pop,pop,pop of shotguns fills the air… It’s Duck Season once again!

A cloud of feathers in the wind and waterfowl plummet from the sky.
There will be crispy, delicious duck breast for dinner for some lucky families tonight…. although how these hunters can get up in the middle of the night, drive all the way out here and go boating through the cold, dark & windy waves to crawl into a dirty,wet, blind and sit there waiting for daylight is beyond me.

They are even crazier than golfers.

double dzzz October 24, 2020 at 12:25 PM

These young people are too lazy to educate themselves on where the country is headed if the wrong people get elected. they think everything is going to be nirvana and sugar & spice and everything nice.
that would be great if it could be that way, but the world does not work like that unfortunately. . greed and corruption will always win.
there is nothing wrong with hard work and capitalism. but the control freaks are out of hand and the herd mentality follows the path of destruction, wake up young ones get a brain and live more independent ! quit the nonsense already or suffer the consequences.. P.S. after the virus scare is over get a job would ya. moms getting tired of you sleeping till noon.

honda bill October 24, 2020 at 2:23 PM

looking for recipe help. my lovely girlfreind planted tomatoe seeds now we have about 23 full sized plants. lookin for a good recipe for pickling green tomatoes. vinegar, spices, i dont know. tons of green tomatoes now. thanks.

an iota of maturity October 24, 2020 at 2:35 PM

Dry the tomatoes in the sun then submerge the dried item in a tub of miso. Works with many veggies.

Of course this creates a very intense flavored pickle. But it is good chopped in soups, dips, stews and sandwiches (mix chopped with mayo)

S October 24, 2020 at 3:01 PM

OOOooooooooo… Glad you asked:

4 cups apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons honey
(if you think you want a much sweeter taste double the honey)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 shot bourbon (or 2 wink wink)

optional : teaspoon peppercorns

slowly simmer vinegar and salt and peppercorns until hot (not boiling) until salt completely dissolved. Keep on heat and slowly mix in honey until well blended. Let come to room temperature then add bourbon with a mild stir. Refrigerate it overnight; a whole day is better.

the next day, loosely put cut tomatoes in jar.. I like to wedge them, they tend not to float so much. Give your brine a light stir and pour over the ‘maters until submerged. Close jar tight, put in fridge at least 3 days.


Mary Fouts October 25, 2020 at 4:56 PM

@honda bill – Not exactly what you asked for, but do you water bath can? I water bath can. The Ball Preserving website has a delicious recipe for canned Green Tomato Salsa Verde. I’ve made it, adjust hot peppers for desired heat. Prep work takes time, but otherwise it’s easy and a trusted, delicious recipe to make/can.

Mika October 27, 2020 at 9:11 PM

I vacuum seal and then freeze them for use in sauces

Mary Fouts October 24, 2020 at 9:01 PM

Adopt a Grandma or Grandpa – Does anyone know if there are local organizations that participate in this? I’ve had not luck finding one. I would sure like to participate, and adopt a Grandma or Grandpa. So much wisdom and general knowledge to be learned.

S October 25, 2020 at 10:30 AM

Yes, young people can teach us a lot.


S October 25, 2020 at 9:22 AM

Japanese Mayonnaise seems to be trendy. I’ve yet to try it. Thoughts from those who have????

Mary Fouts October 25, 2020 at 2:03 PM

@S – I got a tube of the Kewpie (sp?) brand a while back. The consistency was more like a Dijon mustard vs. a ‘regular’ jar mayo; also found it sweeter in flavor. I enjoyed it as an ingredient in deviled eggs and pasta salad, but I didn’t care for it (due to the sweeter flavor) on a sandwich. It would probably be good with fish/seafood recipes that use mayo, but I no longer eat fish/seafood.

I’ve tried many a brand of mayo, including more expensive boutique brands. At the end, I stuck with and still prefer Hellmann’s over anything else, in addition to Stonewell Kitchen’s Smokey BBQ Aioli for Rueben style grilled sandwiches. (The most expensive mayo brands/blends I tried tended to be the ones I liked the least,)

S October 25, 2020 at 5:49 PM

Thanks M,

I’m a Miracle Whip person , so the sweeter is interesting… Maybe I’ll risk a small size.

Silva October 26, 2020 at 6:51 AM

Mayo is (or IMO should be) an emulsion of whatever oil you want, egg (yolks or whole), either lemon, lime or a nice vinegar, and whatever spice or flavoring(s) you want, salt and ground mustard are typical. So FOUR basic ingredients as opposed to the thirty or so in typical grocery store mayonnaise. Trader Joe’s has four I think, I always have jars of it in the pantry, but something recently happened with their supply and I’ve had to make do with McCormick Mexican-style mayonnaise with a hint of lime. It’s a close second runner-up to Trader Joes, which we haven’t been able to buy on our past few runs to TJs. I hadn’t heard about Japanese Mayonnaise till just now so I had to google it. I found this quote from one article from Food & Wine, which interestingly has no added salt or sugar;

Why does Kewpie inspire such devotion? The answer is actually pretty simple: It contains MSG. As chef and Momofuku founder David Chang once told Food & Wine, Kewpie is “the best mayonnaise in the world, because it has MSG.”

Kewpie is a little different than American mayo, because it’s made with only egg yolks—not whole eggs—and with rice or apple vinegar and no added salt or sugar. It’s bottled in a slim red-and-clear container, with an emblematic baby for its logo. But the real secret to Kewpie’s cult-following is a healthy dose of MSG.

Making your own mayo is remarkably easy and there are hundreds of recipes, the best are the simplest, and it’s all basically the same. Unlike what this article would have one believe, it’s easier to find recipes using only egg yolks than whole eggs, but not impossible. The only time making your own mayo WILL fail is during a thunderstorm, or if one is on it’s way. I have tried it. I didn’t realize a storm was coming, check the weather before you start. I’m also interested in hearing from anyone who has tried Japanese Mayonnaise, and where you find it.

S October 27, 2020 at 11:00 AM


The Chili-Lime Mayo is something I do for roasted veggies…. It’s pretty good.

Silva October 28, 2020 at 9:53 PM

S, I bet it is! Hey, I tried the snake in the weber trick on a 12 pound pork shoulder with some mesquite wood pieces. It was on a weird day, sometimes windy, then sometimes still. I had pretty wide temperature swings, but I checked it pretty frequently and managed to leave the lid on for 10 hours. Then I brought it in and finished it in the oven.🤣 I guess the average temperature was a little too low. It was REALLY good though, I shredded it and took it to a socially distanced backyard reunion the next day, and it got rave reviews. It really was good. It was good enough, I’ll probably try the technique again sometime.

S October 29, 2020 at 7:32 AM


Glad you liked the snake… You made my day.

Original G October 25, 2020 at 2:37 PM

If anyone asks what ‘situational awareness’ means,
show them this video.

Antler October 25, 2020 at 7:03 PM

“Life is full of nice moments. You just have to be there.”

Silva October 26, 2020 at 6:55 AM

Has anyone figured out anything fun to do with kids this weekend?

Killjoy October 26, 2020 at 8:21 AM

I’m rebuilding a deck. Come on over and have some fun. LOL

Silva October 26, 2020 at 7:01 PM


Killjoy October 26, 2020 at 8:20 AM

What happened to the search feature here on Claycord? I wanted to look for the events where people had shaved their heads for a benefit. Was it St. Baldrick’s for the kids? Was it a Police benefit?

Original G October 26, 2020 at 10:22 AM

Walnut Creek Police department coordinating an event April 7, 2010. On west coast it appears March 2021 in Modesto will be closest event in march 2021.
Hope this helps.

Killjoy October 26, 2020 at 1:29 PM

Original G, I was looking for the older events here on Claycord, with pics from some of the attendees. But thanks. 😀

Killjoy October 26, 2020 at 1:39 PM
WC Resident October 26, 2020 at 5:25 PM

Claycord has irregular purges where they delete most of the old articles from the web site. In mid July 2019 they deleted most of the articles from mid June and older. No articles exist on the web site for 2017.

If you plug the list of words from that deleted article’s title into Google you usually find something related to what you are seeking. In this case it’s ‘concord walnut creek police to shave heads to raise money for childhood cancer research’

WC Resident October 26, 2020 at 5:33 PM

Correction – Some articles remain for 2017. Eight Dirty Dining reports and

Original G October 27, 2020 at 5:16 AM

Killjoy, … Tried posting my search result but guess it didn’t make it past filtering software. It sometimes doesn’t like overly long URLs.

Try Wayback Machine below,
Start with,
Copy and paste your URL from October 26, 2020 at 1:39 PM post. into search box.

Click on result of search below “Click here to search for all archived pages under ”
Click on URL search brings back.
Move cursor over date March 10, 2017, click on timestamp that’s displayed.
Should bring back page with photo.
Hope this helps.

Killjoy October 28, 2020 at 10:30 AM

Original G, thanks for the attempt. But this is what I got. Oh well. “Hrm.
Wayback Machine has not archived that URL.”

Antler October 26, 2020 at 4:57 PM

I am waiting for S to say “a. parsnips, b. eggplant, c. yuck”.
Because I feel like saying YUCK today!

(Bad attitude because I had my flu shot Saturday, and today my left shoulder is about to fall OFF!)

Silva October 26, 2020 at 6:59 PM

Aw.😔 I’ve never had that happen, and I must’ve had about 30 of those. I hope it’s better tomorrow, Antler.

WC Resident October 26, 2020 at 9:01 PM

I got the flu shot on Friday around 4:30pm at the Kaiser drive-through in Martinez. My shoulder hurt and/or was tender for about a day but has been fine since Sunday. Friday 4:30pm was a good time to go. They are set up for huge crowds and have two lanes with each lane processing four cars at a time. When I arrived I ended up in the block of four that was at the head of the line meaning it was a five minute wait and five minutes later I was driving out.

Antler October 26, 2020 at 9:18 PM

Thanks, Silva, and yes I don’t feel it tonight…… decided to go hold some lopping shears over my head and tackle a certain Xylosma tree in hopes that would move the injection material around, and thank goodness it worked.

Also I applied a chocolate brownie internally…. mmmm, actually, maybe two of them? (Pretty sure that’s really what did it!)

Thanks for your concern, and I promise not to whine for another month now.

S October 27, 2020 at 7:21 AM

Parsnips and an Ace. ??? Wasn’t that a play from the 40’s?

WC Resident October 27, 2020 at 10:26 AM

@Antler – I saw “decided to go hold some lopping shears over my head” in that preview thing in the left margin and wondered if you were going to lop off your shoulder or head…

Your comment about how you ended up using the shears reminds me that both Saturday and Sunday I also was doing physical yard work, hand sawing some large branches, digging holes, and cutting up branches. I had not thought about that activity would have abated the pain from the shot but it very well may be the case. I can’t remember now but may have also done yard work Friday evening after I got home from Kaiser.

Antler October 27, 2020 at 8:15 PM

Good quip, S !

S October 27, 2020 at 7:24 AM

Mid Week Pick One:

A) Jacks
B) Pick-Up Sticks
C) No thanks

Cowellian October 27, 2020 at 10:26 AM

Pick up sticks don’t hurt nearly as much when you step on them.

Antler October 27, 2020 at 10:39 AM

Combo answer from me….. b. pick up sticks and c. didn’t really like either. (Though both were better than “52 card pick up”.)

Thanks for the fun, S!

Mary Fouts October 27, 2020 at 3:55 PM

A) Jacks. Simple fun and good for reflex/coordination development.

But yep, agree that stepping on those suckers in either bare or socked feet hurts!

Silva October 28, 2020 at 9:32 PM

A) Jacks. Pick-Up Sticks was impossible.

S October 29, 2020 at 7:34 AM

“B” for Me.

side note: Jacks of our day are the Legos of today. OUCH !

Justifiable languor October 30, 2020 at 7:46 AM

Pick-up sticks. Mom got rid of the Jacks, probably around the time she got rid of the shinbuster.

anon October 27, 2020 at 9:20 AM

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle while running across the street at Grant St and Fairfield Ave. The pedestrian was transported to the hospital. The driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating with CPD.

Mary Fouts October 27, 2020 at 8:59 PM

Soot – Air quality not too bad now at 8:55 pm. My purpleair sensor reads 43. But I just got dogs inside from a before bedtime potty break. From backyard lights, saw soot particulates falling from the air. Not good for people who have asthma or lung issues.

Stay safe and healthy, and find things to enjoy in each day! Mary

Mary Fouts October 28, 2020 at 5:40 PM

Monarch Butterflies – my large pots of milkweed, and areas in ground gardens where it has naturalized, are glorious now. I’ve had ongoing monarch butterflies visiting the milkweed recently. I also keep rocks in bird baths for butterflies to rest on.

Hope the next Monarch Butterfly count is a healthy one.

Silva October 28, 2020 at 9:28 PM

Mary, how wonderful! My husband said he saw a monarch in the back forty the other day, I think I probably saw the same one earlier. Our milkweed patches are not where they should be yet. I sure hope the next Monarch Butterfly count is a healthy one too.

Silva October 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM

This is might be tasty, but it sure looks gross.

S October 29, 2020 at 11:45 AM


Gittyup October 29, 2020 at 2:42 PM

Something big is going down in Clayton. Or, passing through on the way to Marsh Creek … or out of town. Lots and lots of sirens. Can’t tell if they are police, fire, or ambulance.

KAD October 30, 2020 at 11:45 AM

Last. Have a safe Halloween.

Cowellian October 30, 2020 at 3:00 PM

Here’s my last, just in case I’m busy later. I don’t mind losing, but I do mind forgetting to play.

Silva October 30, 2020 at 4:20 PM


KAD October 30, 2020 at 4:45 PM

Last again. Anyone else?

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