Friday, October 30, 2009

The Valley of the Moon


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...

Black Crow's and Lawn Damage



Local residents of  The Ygnacio Wood Housing tract are being invaded by Black Crows. Over on San Simeon the problem is getting out of hand...These big birds can rip up an area of beautiful turf in no time...They are apparently looking for Grubs...The way to solve this problem is obviously to kill the grubs .This is something new here in the Concord/W.C./Clayton areas...I have seen Raccoon damage ,Skunk ,Mole ,Vole,Even Turkeys but this Black Crow problem is a noticeably a new threat to the lawns in this particular neighborhood ...Above are the photos I took today on San Simeon...Why this over population of Crows recently ? Is it Climate change ? Because I am sure that Black Crows have always liked eating grubs...So why are we seeing the Crows damaging lawns only recently ? Hmmm..? Does anyone else  have a Crow Problem this fall...?

Madonna 4 Kids

Madonna 4 Kids

Madonna 4 Kids



Madonna 4 Kids





Madonna 4 Kids





Madonna 4 Kids image

Madonna 4 Kids



Madonna 4 Kids





Madonna 4 Kids





Madonna 4 Kids pic

Madonna 4 Kids



Madonna 4 Kids





Madonna 4 Kids





Madonna 4 Kids photo

Madonna 4 Kids



Madonna 4 Kids





Madonna 4 Kids





Madonna 4 Kids





Madonna 4 Kids





Madonna 4 Kids




A Poem By Smokey....


Headed for Destruction ,now black what once was green...Politicians crimes of passion messing up your dreams...Rivers that one day were blue ,toxic wasteland chemical slue...Creatures lie dead upon the shore ,,,Eagles rule the skies no more .....Smokey...                Heres A Link

Mile Long Oil Spill in SF Bay this morning


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

Getting High,"Blood" Pressure !

The Concord Homeless

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

Over Priced and Not That Tasty


Smokey obviously knows a little something about munchies  right?     Ok check this out....I know they sell a lot of donuts but,,, The Donut Shop pictured here in "Smokeys opinion" is over priced and kinda gross...Kings Donut shop on Chestnut  charged me eleven dollars for one dozen regular donuts which I thought was high but was in a hurry so I just took the box and paid it but then when I returned home and shared them with my family I started to realize I  kinda paid a lot for these mediocre donuts  ...These were definitely not anything special , infact they were kinda doey...Soooooo   I am gonna have to give my first two thumbs down ever to  Kings Donuts on Chestnut.....Yuck !

The Smokestack Memorial


I think it was really cool that they made a memorial at the site where the Smokestack was...However today was my first time visiting the site since before the demolition of the Smokestack or the dedication of the memorial... When it all started I could see the crane from Canterbury Village...It bit away from the top of the tower until finally it was gone .I never really gave it a whole lot of thought at the time ...Oh sure there was a little sadness from a far to see it go, but not like I felt today looking out from my car window at what was definitely always there before...Finding only its foundation serving as a reminder of the years past...This memorial of the Cowell Smokestack will at least preserve local history some... But  I gotta say its just not the same  walking through there now....You see as Little Smokey I watched the crossings get built around it...Many of you played in those old fields and meadows as well back then ,building forts and catching lizards or frogs ,,,having all kinds of adventures out in the walnut groves there...In the early 70s the hills between Treat and Ygnacio were one big construction site .What with Turtle creek and The Crossings going in... But that old smoke stack was always there...

The Markham Homesite


 Here is a picture of the very spot where the Markham Home once stood...Ira and Bee Markham lived in a little house nestled inside of  Nature Park ...The home was redwood in color and I believe it had a forest green trim...Much like a house or a cabin you would see in the mountains...The first photo is the home site and the second photo is of the site of the old log foot bridge that is now only the foundation and log posts that stand as a reminder to us who grew up here of the cool bridge that used to be there ...I still would like to see a Memorial where their home was...A monument with maybe a picture of either them or their house on the site where they lived...16 acres of land in this part of town today is no small change...They openly gave all that land to all of us for our kids and our kids kids and so on....What a selfless act of kindness Mr. and Mrs. Markham  showed us all leaving this legacy of theirs for us all to enjoy..Would you have given us 16 acres..I say they need a memorial at their home site....

The Hunting Grounds


You may recall earlier in the month here I wrote about a pair of Red Tailed Hawk siblings that hunt here on the ridge... Well ,much to my surprise this morning I was able to get a few shots of them hunting in the same spot that they have always hunted I guess...The two appeared to me to be the same two brother and sister Hawks that I had seen here at least three years ago...Like I have said in prior postings, The Lime Ridge is home to many creatures as well as man...The Red Tailed Hawk has a good food supply here on the ridge and is always hunting its valleys for rodents...Today was no exception as I watched the pair methodically work their Hunting Grounds...I will continue to monitor these two Local Celebrities and  keep you posted on their adventures in The Lime Ridge....All three pictures were taken this morning and if you click on the middle one you will see what seems to be the female perched atop of the Oak tree...Really cool with the Mountain in the background...

Lime Ridge Resident Killed on Ygnacio

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......

Topless in Concord ?


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....Italic

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sugar Plum


Here is another example of great food in down town Concord.The Sugar Plum needs no introduction here in Concord...But in case you've been under a rock like for ever,,, let me tell you they are the stuff down town for breakfast...1815 Colfax St
Concord, CA
(925) 689-1738

Is Live Oak Cemetery Haunted?



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

Smokey's One Hundredth Posting



I have been writing Smokeys Mountain for more than a few weeks now... That's right this is my one hundredth posting and I have decided to keep on Bloggin...So once again I am inviting you to send me your pictures of local stuff or any links to stories about local stuff and I will post them here on Smokeys Mountain...So let me just say Thanks to all my readers!!! Keep your cameras ready and send your pictures and or stories to;;; SmokeysMountain@Gmail.com         Thanx again Smokey...

Turtle Creek

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...

A Real White Shark Bigger Than Jaws ;Beach is still OPEN ?


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.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Local Speaks Out On Crime !


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...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Emily Blunt Conan

Emily Blunt Conan

Emily Blunt Conan



Emily Blunt Conan





Emily Blunt Conan





Emily Blunt Conan image

Emily Blunt Conan



Emily Blunt Conan





Emily Blunt Conan





Emily Blunt Conan pic

Emily Blunt Conan



Emily Blunt Conan





Emily Blunt Conan





Emily Blunt Conan photo

Emily Blunt Conan



Emily Blunt Conan





Emily Blunt Conan





Emily Blunt Conan





Emily Blunt Conan





Emily Blunt Conan