Friday, October 30, 2009
Yesterday my wife and I went for a drive out through Sonoma into the Valley of the Moon ... This time of year it is particularly beautiful...All the Fall colors are painted across the Vineyards and the weather yesterday was perfect for it...So here are some shots I took for you of The Beautiful Sonoma valley During the Autumn season...Click on the pictures and they blow up...Enjoy...
Heres A Link
This is a BREAKING STORY;;;This morning a mile long sheen was reported by a helecopter flying over the Dubai Star...The Dubai Star is in the bay right now and reportedly spilling oil into our Bay... Man The Bay area is getting nailed this week...First the Bay Bridge is falling down and now the Ships floating under it are spilling OIL into our fisheries...Two years ago the Cosco spilled oil into our bay and killed much of our wild life...heres the link to the Fall 2007 story The Fall 2007 oil Spill ..Currently high tide is comming in../.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I am re-posting this story as it is easy to become hardened to the homeless of Concord by the sights we all see around the Claycord area..I am referring to the 13 Drunkards of Claycord of course ...Those guys have been harassing and loitering for years and years but they do not represent the homeless population in Concord...Though they do not have homes most of them,,,they are something else entirely...No, here is the face of Concord's homeless ...Just a guy trying to stay out of sight as he pushes and drags everything he has in the world up and down a local street here in Concord. I don't know his story,but I do know that it is important not to forget the less fortunate as we head into the Holiday Season this year..So let's all not let the 13 Drunkards cloud the Issue ... Homeless people exist here in our city and I do not have a solution to this problem...However Kindness and Generosity to those who actually are genuinely in need goes a long way... Remember , its getting colder at night.....Smokey...
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Posted by aq at 2:07 PM
This long time resident of The Lime Ridge Open Space was killed last night by an apparent hit and run... The body was found by "Smokey" this morning. ,,,on the southbound bike lane at the top of Ygnacio Valley rd. .. What a shame to see such a majestic animal like this "Buck" die on a Claycordian roadway...Especialy a Lime Ridge Buck because I haven't seen a whole lot of them in the past few years...If you click on the picture of the Buck you can see where his antlers were broken and snapped off... He obviously took a good hit last night... I bet the car or truck that hit him knows it ...We see lots of Deer around these parts but less and less Bucks like this guy here ,,,he will be missed...Animal control has been alerted......
On June/29/1973 The Supreme court of California did away with Topless Dancing...This is an interesting piece of Concord history that was sent to me by a reader... If you click on the picture it blows up and you can actually read the article...Under the picture is a credit for the photo to a Kathy Lee of the Times...Indicating that it is an actual picture... Does anyone know where the old PlayGirl Club was located ? I know there was a dirty movie show that was run out of town behind the Presbiterian church but I dont remember the PlayGirl Club...Thanx to Apollo Prudence for this great old picture....
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I personally dont know of any other Ghost Stories about The Live Oak Cemetery and had not heard this one until today so here it is , as told by a local acount......"QUOTE."... " WOW, this is some crazy stuff. About 8 years ago I was jogging around the track at Clayton Valley High School. I noticed a lady in a long black dress with white ruffles in front standing on the flat top of a hill across the road. Her dress caught my interest because it looked like something someone would wear along time ago. As I stared at her, she waved at me and I waved back. She then walked over to what I thought was a horse behind a tree. As I left the school, I stopped the janitor and asked if the "house" on the hill was very old. He said there was no house on the hill, only a graveyard. I pointed to where I saw the lady and told him I saw her at that very location. Again he told me that there was no house on the flat of the hill, only an old Cemetary and it's locked up because it's very old and kid's had been messing it up. I told him I also thought I saw a horse with her. He told me that in all the years working at CVHS, he had never seen anybody there let alone someone with a horse. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was dusk and I even remember her hair was up in a bun on the top of her head ".....End Quote...Now to elaborate further ,Local legend has it that Sara Norton was on her way to deliver a baby in Clayton when she died...That baby is buried in The Live Oak Cemetery located at the top of the hill above CVHS...
This quote is from a comment left on Claycord.com in the Mayors Ghost Stories posting
Posted by aq at 3:55 PM
Turtle Creek is a Park for Residents.. If you are a resident of Turtle Creek and you don't enjoy this beautiful piece of Concord that is exclusively yours then you are missing out... Turtle Creek is a very nice place...I can remember as a kid watching them build it in the early 1970's...It was a massive construction site with what seemed like endless homes being built everywhere and in the middle of all this construction there was a waterway taking shape into ponds and streams...The waterway eventually became a large green belted park and is a beautiful refuge for local wild life, nestled inside of ,and winding through Turtle Creek...There actually are Turtles and also many other types of life throughout the ponds and creek...There is a main pond out on Turtle Creek Road and as you walk the green belt there are two others...The second is pictured above and is just about the middle of the trail...The third pond pours into the storm drainpipe where it is re-routed under ground pouring out into The Galindo Creek flowing under Treat blvd. feeding the Cape Cod creek that flows into Concord Nature Park...Turtle Creek Park is a residents only park,,, however its waters are enjoyed by us all as they spill into Galindo and flow through The Concord Nature Park...
Two large bites were taken out of the 10ft white pointer by another great white, which is believed to be 1.5m longer than the creature that featured in Steven Spielberg's Jaws!!!......Not a local story,,, thank goodness but I was shocked at this one...There is a Shark off the coastline of Queensland Australia that is making waves in the media today after a huge Great White Shark was found with massive bites taken out of it ...Clearly by another larger predator ...Here's the story.....The injured great white was still alive when it was dragged on to a boat near Deadman's Beach off north Stradbroke Island.
"It certainly opened up my eyes. I mean the shark that was caught is a substantial shark in itself," Jeff Krause of Queensland Fisheries told the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
Surfers have reacted to the news of the shark attack with shock.
"Whatever attacked and took chunks out of this big shark must be massive," said Ashton Smith, 19. "I've heard about the big one that's lurking out there somewhere.
"We're all being very, very cautious."
Australia is entering summer, a period of the year when shark attacks on humans increase because of the higher number of swimmers in the ocean.
The country's most popular beaches are protected by nets and what are known as drum lines - a series of baited hooks that hang from buoys placed in a line about 500 yards from the shore. However, neither guarantee that sharks cannot get through.
Since the net and drum line program was introduced in Queensland there has been only one fatal attack on a protected beach.
Posted by aq at 8:00 AM
Monday, October 26, 2009
Heres a quote from a local guy that I recieved this weekend...His words.... "It's like that cop on Claycord said. They are coming here from Oakland, Richmond, Vallejo etc. and their friends are coming here and killing them and robbing every one and everything that is not tied down. They and their friends are robbing their neighbors the banks and businesses. Shooting and killing each other!
I sat in Burger King parking lot and watched the dopers going back and fourth. What a mess!!! UC is much like Concord. Only they seem to have everything more under control... The drugs the Everything!!! It is a bigger city and has been down this path Concord is going down. I love our CPD and I think they do a superb JOB I just think we could learn some things from the bigger similar cities.They already have the bullet proof glass in the banks. Nothing sitting out to be robbed. The homeless are dressed better than me sometimes. And they don't bother you at all! I spent many many 3 Hr breaks over the past 24 years sitting at the Burger King at Alvardo Niles Rd. and Decoto Rd. Union City and there bouts. And I am really impressed. They have a big patty wagon and the whole bit... Take care"......A Local...
Posted by aq at 8:36 AM