Claycord – Talk About Whatever

June 25, 2021 19:02 pm · 61 comments


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

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Cowellian June 25, 2021 at 7:03 PM

Cowellian’s First

BOOYAH! June 25, 2021 at 7:11 PM


Wheel June 25, 2021 at 7:36 PM

Tetter Totter 2021

You’ve heard of people attempting to set or break World Records, but you’ve probably never heard of this.

On July 1, 2021, Chuck Walker will attempt to break his own World Record… 50 years later!! That’s right! 50 years later to the day.

In 1971, Chuck Walker and Stan Johnson set the World Record for 216 continuous hours on a Tetter Totter! That was 9 straight days.

On July 1st – July 10th, 2021 Chuck Walker, with Mike Hartshorn, will be attempting 10 days, 240 hours of continuous ups and downs.

They will be in Todos Santos Plaza in Concord California on the stage for those who wish to drop by.

When asked “Why?”, Walker, who is 68 years old now, responded “To make the world smile”.

Are you smiling yet?

Dr. Jellyfinger June 25, 2021 at 8:46 PM

“Teeter Totter”

weppin June 25, 2021 at 9:07 PM

At 68, it’s a “titter totter”.

Edi Birsan June 25, 2021 at 8:07 PM

First/… maybe

Jeff (the other one) June 25, 2021 at 8:35 PM

Really looking forward to the day I can find/afford some of the old muscle cars…My number 1 used to be a ’67 GTO (’65-’66 would do, like I could be that picky). Of course, another number 1 was also a 1955 Chevy (Bel Air or Nomad). I think the ’55 Chevy is now #1, and I find my self looking for anything pre-1950, but let’s be honest, so many of the muscle cars are so awesome now, especially compared to the sporty Tesla or whatever of today.

Dawg June 25, 2021 at 10:57 PM

Jeff, If you find a GTO, be sure to check the VIN and learn how to read it and identify that it really is a GTO. Scammers are good at modifying a Pontiac LeMans to look exactly like a GTO.
Today’s muscle cars are indeed built better and handle a lot better, but an old muscle car will always appreciate in value, while a new one will depreciate in value.
GTO = Gas, Tires, and Oil
Or, after 150 MPH, God Takes Over.

Jeff (the other one) June 26, 2021 at 7:09 AM

good to know, thanks for the advice Dawg…

Well Folks June 26, 2021 at 9:49 AM

I’ve always wanted a gloss black with red interior ’66 or 67′ GTO or a ’68 red Firebird convertible. The body lines on those cars is part of what makes them classic Closest I got was a ’73 Firebird which I loved.
Jeff – where’s the Olds 442 on your list. It was one of the last muscle cars but well worth the moniker.

Dr. Jellyfinger June 26, 2021 at 10:47 AM

They may appreciate in value but check out how much it will cost if you need to restore it. Ask some of those guys that have already done it.
Lotsa bucks $$$$$$$$ Don’t count on making a profit.

It may be cheaper to buy one that has already been restored…. and shop around.
Craigslist will allow you to shop all over the USA & having a car shipped to you might be worth the cost vs paying Bay Area

Jeff (the other one) June 26, 2021 at 11:58 AM

Well Folks, always loved the moniker 442, but was less into the car itself. Something about the front end just didn’t work for me, maybe I just associated all Olds (except the Rocket 88) with my neighbor’s green ’73 (we called it the turtle…kids, huh?). Another neighbor had a ’72 or ’73 bird (he called it the Firechicken), car had a nice rumble to it…We almost bought a ’65 Mustang, but the fiscally sound side of us came out. Kicking ourselves for that one.

Dawg June 26, 2021 at 2:40 PM

Specialty Sales Classics have showrooms in Benicia, Pleasanton, and Fairfield. They sell nothing but classic cars, they have a few ’67 GTO’s for $74,990. A couple of them are convertibles. They even have a couple of ’55 Chevy Bel Air’s, one for $44,990 and another one for $52,990. Compared to the price of a new muscle car, they cost about the same or even less. Example, a 2021 Dodge Challenger Hellcat starts at about $60,000, add some options, and it can go up to $70,000, or higher. Like I said, an old classic will never depreciate, in five years that Hellcat will depreciate 50%.
You can google them and see pictures and details of their inventory on their website.
One piece of advice, if you buy a classic, fine a good mechanic who knows how to work on them. While I was restoring my Corvette, I found out that a lot of mechanics don’t know how to work on older cars. One guy couldn’t even figure out how to adjust the carburetor.


Dr. Jellyfinger June 26, 2021 at 3:12 PM

Good mechanics for old muscle cars?

D&H Enterprises in Concord
A-1 Transmission Service in Brentwood

I can personally recommend these two.

Ancient Mariner June 26, 2021 at 6:34 PM

If you need someone to work on a classic transmission, you can’t do better than Walnut Creek Transmission. Ask for Jim Heffern – he is a great transmission mechanic who stands behind his work. I will never take my 1966 car anywhere else.

Dr. Jellyfinger June 26, 2021 at 9:19 PM

Jeff ~ Can you spare a buck for a worthy charity?
It might be your lucky day!

Jeff (the other one?) June 27, 2021 at 9:28 PM

thanks Jellyfish, all… fun topic

Jeff (the other one) June 28, 2021 at 4:15 PM

oops, Jellyfinger….apologies…

Dorothy June 25, 2021 at 9:51 PM

Book reports: Saint Joan, Bernard Shaw1924. What can I say? Over 40 “Preface” chapters of all kinds of comments, notions, explanations, The Maid, the Church, and some comparisons. Some only a 1/2 page. But all was interesting. Then we come to his play of Saint Joan. Most interesting part of the play is the the Epilogue scene where the main and one minor characters come back to discuss how history, life, and death treated them after the burning. May not be a fun read but is an interesting one.

The Navigator, Morris West, 1976. First few chapters are about the people and how they came to be on a voyage to an unknown island. Unknown but to Polynesian navigators who pass on the location before going there to die. Once there it is a story about the modern day people becoming shipwrecked there and learning how to live without just about everything but what they can make or build. Long and detailed but entertaining.

The Watsons, Jane Austin and John Coates. I had read this some time ago and didn’t really care for it. The first 6 chapters are by Austin and then Coates takes over to finish it. Still didn’t care for it.

Mansfield Park, Jane Austin and Kathryn Sutherland. This one I just didn’t even try to read. Apparently written from notes. It starts with 38 pages of notes about her and her notes. The contents are broken into 3 parts and then there are 42 more pages of various explanations. Sorry but I prefer my Jane Austin stories to be by Jane Austin.

anon June 26, 2021 at 2:22 PM

I’m curios, what’s the reason for letting people know what you have read?

Cowellian June 26, 2021 at 2:58 PM

Some of us find the book reports interesting, while others are free to scroll right on by.


Dr. Jellyfinger June 26, 2021 at 3:28 PM

Thanks for the reviews Dorothy.
I may read “The Navigator” it sounds intriguing.

Kentucky Derby June 27, 2021 at 9:14 PM

Dorothy, as an avid reader, I enjoy your book reports. Thanks for writing!

Antler June 28, 2021 at 2:26 AM

As always, thank you so much, Dorothy!
Just this past week, I had to trade 3 or 4 used books back to Berkshire Books because the print was simply too small (even with reading glasses)? A new discovery is that there are now two extremely tall bookcases stocked with the slightly larger “publisher’s proof”(sometimes called “trade editions”) print books.
The one book I really hated to return was a collection of three of E.B. Forster’s novels, “Where Angels Fear to Tread”, “Room with a View”, and “?”. He and Jane Austin were writing at about the same time and in similarly fascinating styles. I’ll be looking online for a larger print version of that one.
So far as price and/or condition-as-described factors go, what besides Amazon books do the rest of you prefer, please?

Well Folks June 28, 2021 at 8:23 AM

I’m not an avid reader, but I enjoy your reports/reviews. So keep on reading and writing!

Silva June 29, 2021 at 6:59 PM

anon, many of us love to read Dorothy’s book reports. Please keep ’em coming, Dorothy!

Wheel June 26, 2021 at 12:31 AM

Sorry * teeter totter

chuckie the troll June 26, 2021 at 6:16 AM

We have had turtles lay eggs in the back yard the past two days. This is at least the third set laid there this year. Very interesting process to watch. I would love to see them racing down to the water when they hatch.

Roz June 26, 2021 at 11:20 AM

chuckie the troll~
Hope you get to see this happen.
Have you any idea how long,…. from the turtles laying the eggs, till the time they hatch?

Well Folks June 26, 2021 at 8:44 AM

Having crazy hot weather. It has come to soon up here.
So for today’s potluck/bbg – Orange Creamsicle Cake. It’s in the oven as I write. Cool 15 min and pour orange Jello in holes, fridge until, frost with a vanilla pudding, mandarin orange whipped cream frosting, chill for 1:45, then transport to party. Once there put in fridge until ready to serve. I’ve never made it so we will see if it’s good.
Tomorrow be up early to make a Lemon Bundt cake for another party. This one is way easier. Just bake and glaze when cool. Thankfully I’m on macaroni salad duty for 4th of July.

Silva Harr June 26, 2021 at 12:45 PM

I have heard the Orange Creamsicle Cake is delicious Well folks. I’ve been making orange soda and vanilla ice cream floats for my grandson this summer to try to simulate the creamsickle goodness that I recall, after he told me he didn’t know what a root beer float was (we started with root beer, of course), much to the disapointment of the healthy eating vegetarian side of the family. The orange floats are almost as yummy as our orange creamsickles were, but not exactly. I know the Lemon Bundt cake is a hit. I wonder if you already had this great sounding social network in place upon moving there, or did you build it afterwards? It seems like you haven’t been there that long. But either way, well done to you! It sounds like you’re having a busy and a fun time in retirement.

Well Folks June 26, 2021 at 2:12 PM

Silva Harr
I built it when I got here. One of the first people I met got me into Kiwanis & I met other people via Kiwanis friends. I’ve also become friends with a couple of boutique owners & a gallery owner via the monthly wine walks which have returned
I do have to say people are really friendly here for the most part.

Concordejet June 26, 2021 at 9:59 AM


I told the Inland Revenue I don’t owe them a penny. I live by the seaside.”

ranchgirl June 26, 2021 at 11:02 AM

To the older female driver of the silver Dodge Stratus, who rear ended our Honda on Ygnacio Valley Road-and took off. We tried to catch up to you so at least we could get your license plate number for the police. We will be calling them and I won’t forget your car or face.

Chris June 27, 2021 at 10:20 AM

Both of our vehicles have dash cams. Easy to install and cost $65 each. Great piece of mind and it helps both police and insurance companies.

Ranchgirl June 28, 2021 at 11:14 AM

Good idea Chris. Unfortunately, after we were rear ended, we pulled into a parking lot and the car kept going. We were never close enough after that do see the license plate clearly, though we tried. Darn traffic.

Roz June 26, 2021 at 11:37 AM

This was a bit of a pi$$er.
We got a notice from the IRS 2 weeks ago, that we still owed a bit over $1,200 to the FEDS for 2020. Well, a stimulus check came to us in late January 2021, but the lady from IRS yesterday, said it was to be on the 2020 tax return. Huh,…so WTH,…stimulus check,…not!
Hope this didn’t happen to any of you all.

Silva June 26, 2021 at 12:56 PM


Simonpure June 27, 2021 at 9:53 AM

So far so good here Roz….that really sucks. Sorry

Silva June 26, 2021 at 12:54 PM

Merida the ginger cat (A0961858) looks ever so slightly annoyed. But then I suppose I’d be very annoyed if I’d been at the shelter since Feb 12.

Original G June 26, 2021 at 3:41 PM

Developed habit of making Excel worksheets sheet for projects at work and teaching Grandson so he can gain knowledge.

This is interesting, checking prices online at couple big box hardware stores recently and with one of them had price of a product go up $28 dollars three hours after first looking at it.

Had it happen again yesterday, left open product webpage then opening additional browser pages checked a few more products at another big box store. Then opened another browser window and called up original product from first big box store. In span of 10 minutes they’d raised price by almost three bucks. Clicked between old original page I’d left open showing price and latest page to double check and yes earlier page was less.

Just checked other locations around state of same big box chain store and confirming exact same part number, they all showed item at original lower price.

Appears that company is adjusting pricing based on search activity on their website by geographic locations ? ? ?

Jojo Potato June 27, 2021 at 4:38 PM

In other interesting news, the sun came up this morning and reports are that it will set this evening. Gee G, it seems you have noticed that prices can change pretty frequently on the internet. Congratulations.

Justifiable Languor June 28, 2021 at 10:24 AM

A while back (a month of so) I read of this. Search activity causing the rise of pricing.

Price adjustment strategies reward the potential customer. It isn’t a stretch that the reverse could easily be inserted.

Tsa June 26, 2021 at 3:49 PM

Praise the Lord, Alleluia

Well Folks June 28, 2021 at 8:27 AM

Cake report
Orange Creamsicle – ehhhhh. If I ever make it again I will use a chopstick instead of a skewer to make the holes for the jello. The skewer holes were to small to create any real marbling.
Lemon Bundt – this was the better of the 2 and will make it again for sure. I did make it a bit more lemony by using 1/4 lemon juice and 3/4 cup water vs just 1 cup water.
Next up a giant bowl of macaroni salad for the 4th of July.

Chicken Little June 29, 2021 at 4:13 AM

It’s sad how some people can drag politics into anything.

I didn’t feel it, but my dogs did.

Justifiable languor June 30, 2021 at 7:46 AM

I have been researching macaroni salad, not to be confused with pasta salad. I like a traditional one. Mayonnaise, celery etc. A trick I didn’t know was chill the macaroni before adding the mayonnaise. It will keep it from absorbing and thus cut back on the amount needed.

Let us know what you come up with!

Dr. Jellyfinger June 28, 2021 at 6:32 PM

Earthquake…. just a little jiggle.

Cyn June 28, 2021 at 6:32 PM

6:30 pm earthquake?

Mary Fouts June 28, 2021 at 6:42 PM

Earthquake! South PH. About 6:30 pm. I didn’t feel it in the house, but Jim really felt it at his work bench in the garage. Said the garage really creaked and moved. He came running into the house to make sure I was ok.

Dr. Jellyfinger June 28, 2021 at 8:03 PM

San Lorenzo (San Leandro) 4.0

Antler June 29, 2021 at 7:38 PM

Hi, Mary! I was thinking you must be on a sabbatical to Australia …. or something. 😁 Nice to see you posting again!

Original G June 29, 2021 at 10:54 PM

For those who may still have swamp coolers, was what I grew up with, happened across this and thought it worth sharing. Is a 14″ x 14″ unit that mounts thru ceiling and allows 900 cfm (cubic feet per minute) of cooling air to pass thru it into attic space driving hot air out of your attic. Air pressure from swamp pushes open door allowing cool air into attic. When swamp turns off they close.

Product is called Up-Dux, home depot seems to be only ones in area that carry them. Will supervise and educate only, since it’ll be after next surgery when they show up, as Grandson installs 5 of them and a swamp cooler.

Cool air from swamp cooler will do double duty, cooling house as well as attic. Will allow him to leave doors and windows closed for added security.

He installed 2 Lomanco 12 in. Steel Whirlybird Wind Turbines on house roof Monday, dropping attic temperature by about 15 – 20 degrees. Watched their YouTube video and had almost no trouble considering he’s tool novice.

Dr. Jellyfinger June 30, 2021 at 2:48 PM

Free at last!

Yep! Bill Cosby is outa jail ….
Freed on a technicality (he could’ve made parole in another year anyway).
It was only 2 years in lockup but he was already a “hardened” criminal when he went in!
Maybe he and OJ can get together and do a BLM fundraiser or something….

Original G June 30, 2021 at 5:55 PM

Fires burning northern Ca, air attack flying out of Redding
TNKR102 Erickson Aero Tanker McDonnell Douglas MD-87
TNKR912 Douglas DC10-30 out of Medford, Oregon
Multiple USDA Forest Service FEPP aircraft and contracted helicopters.,-122.26/9

Antler June 30, 2021 at 7:41 PM


question: How can you tell when a leopard is sick?
answer: He breaks out in solid.

Antler June 30, 2021 at 7:42 PM


question: How can you tell when a leopard is sick?

answer: He breaks out in solid.

Silva July 2, 2021 at 5:35 PM


KAD July 2, 2021 at 1:23 PM


Silva July 2, 2021 at 5:35 PM


KAD July 2, 2021 at 5:57 PM

Glad I am not the only one in for a Last this week. Hi Silva.

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