Fresh Meat

A couple of days ago this fresh faced youngster came in the office looking for a job on a lobster boat.

Frank usually handles these requests because I hate to go to bat for an unknown and put them on a lobsterboat.  Inevitably about 20% of these guys off the street work out.  When they don’t work out I feel like I’m the asshole when said greenhead doesn’t show up to go lobstering and the skipper looks at you like it’s your fault because you recommended him.

Well Frank asked the greenhead if he had any previous lobstering experience and he told us that he had gone a couple times on an inshore lobsterman’s boat.  Inshore lobstering aboard a boat that only hauls 100 or so traps a day is entirely unlike lobstering on one of the hard core lobstermen with big boats and serious drive.  So he didn’t have a whole lot of experience but he looked clean cut and not a druggie and seemed like he had a desire to learn the trade.

So one of our best lobstermen and also one of the most hard core, Tuffy had been looking for a second backman to complement the ever reliable Nate.  Tuffy goes HARD.  It’s not a boat ride around the inner harbor and back to shore for Tuffy.  He’s going deep and hard and through the winter in the worst of elements.


Well of all days to be initiated into the world of hard core lobstering, this poor unfortunate soul got indoctrinated today.  In this weather, 25-45 mile per hour north west wind.  Not fun.  It was pouring rain this morning when they pulled up to get bait and when I saw the greenhead aboard all I could think about was how fucked this kid was going to be today (and not in the good way).

I mentioned to Frank that the “new kid” was on Tuffy’s boat and he rolled his eyes, knowing that the kid is in for a long day.

So fast forward to a few minutes ago.  A few bolts of thunder sounded off and the rain was coming down in sheets so Frank decided to call Tuffy to see how they were doing out there.  Tuffy said the greenhead had been puking all day long even while he was putting herring into the bait bags.

Tuffy also added “I like bringing new guys.  It means I get to eat their lunch.”

I can just picture Tuffy laughing at the kid, saying “Hey kid, you gonna eat that?”

When the kid shakes his head no, weak and a faint color green he’ll rip the brown bag that the greenhead packed off the dash and tear into his peanut butter jelly sandwich.  Laughing the whole time.

Where Zat Winner! Will B.!! Joey, you really knew where it was?

ep2Will has a great eye for detail, or he has scoured the island with a fine-tooth comb!

His answer? “Where’s Zat?  Is it the culvert out by the Eastern Point lighthouse parking lot?  Allows seawater into the marshes.”

Congratulations, Will!

Try again next week, Folks! Thanks for playing!

Chickity Check It- Marty Luster Captures Gloucester

Marty Luster came to town last weekend with son and FOB Brian Luster from A Movable Bridge

Marty is a serious photographer from upstate New York.  We got to hang out at the dory raffle and then the next morning when I brought the boys to George’s for breakfast.  When Brain and Marty stopped down the dock they got a treat because Jay Albert was here so they got to talk photography and blogging while I worked, lol.

So anyway when we went to breakfast we got to talking about Marty’s photography and I told him to be sure to send me a link to his pictures that he took of Gloucester once he gets home and has time to upload them.

You never know what people are going to take pictures of when they are here.  There’s so many pretty things and industrial things, you just never know what perspective someone takes when they are from out of town and what they see through the lens.

Marty sent me the link to his Gloucester photos and he sent it to Jay also.  Jay said something to me yesterday about Marty that was dead on- That Marty captured the essence of Gloucester as a working port.  True dat.

Marty Luster Photo From Gloucester
Marty Luster Photo From Gloucester

To check out Marty’s work from Gloucester click this text

GMG Local Music Schedule Oct.7 – Oct.12

Remember you can subscribe to GMG Local Music by clicking on the link on the sidebar.There’s lots of good music in Gloucester this week. This post will be updated as info comes in.


Latitude 43

Dog Bar

Rhumb Line

Capt. Carlo’s


Latitude 43

Wednesday 8:30 pm – THE DAN KING ROOTS JAM



Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ the Rhumb Line

From Sag-

Got a great lineup this week.Put down your chopsticks and c’mon down and party!
Thursday at the Rumline sees the triumphant return of  the inimitable Mark Earley,reknown hula expert and Illinois Jacquet’s evil twin on tenor and barium sax. It gets better: we also have world famous loving husband and jazz snob Mr. John Hyde, on keys. But, wait: there’s more! How about Mr. Jim Gwin, Fred’s brother, on Drummbs. Our own Boston Pops celebrity, just for you!. Of course, Greg T. will be there with his hat. Me, too on base. Comb your eyebrows and c’mon down.”



…Of Babylon@ Capt. Carlo’s




HooDoo 10-10C’mon out and partake in a Hoodoo Houseparty!”


GMG Power Rankings #4

As I said yesterday 3-5 is very difficult to peg in the GMG Power Rankings because on any given day the three contributors could be in a different spot.

The number four spot goes to someone who has been with the blog for a long while and his contributions have been widely varied but ever constant.

Frank Ciolino has been a long time FOB (friend of the blog) and he always, ALWAYS can be counted on.  Frank is a friend that would do anything for you.  The latest batch of Homie Stickers-Frank.  Building a frame for the backdrop of the GMG curtain- Frank.  Etched Glass GMG mugs-Frank.  Helping clean up after the Block Party and organize the media presentation-Frank.  Mkae GMG Banners- Frank.  Take my camera to cover an event when I can’t get away from work-Frank.

His contributions are countless not to mention we love his company when he stops down with son Joey and daughter Mikayla at the dock.  If you’re going to war and need to count on someone to come through for you, Frank’s the guy you want in that foxhole with you.

Much thanks to Franko and family, your #4 in the  GMG Power Rankings

Frank Ciolino and Daughter Mikayla
Frank Ciolino and Daughter Mikayla

There’s Gonna Be A Throwdown Baby!

From Good Egg Sandy Farrell-

Hi Joey and GMG, We have our third and last Seafood Throwdown coming up this Thursday, October 8th at 4pm, (an earlier start because of the season.) This event will help close the 2009 Cape Ann Farmer’s Market. Our contestants include Team Passports with returning Chef Eric Lorden at the lead and he will be going head to head with Team Lobsta Land and Chef Corey Grammas. Our event will again be emceed by Linda Amero, the Diva of Duncan Street and the judges will be the Rev. Wendy Fitting of Gloucester’s Independent Christian Church and Rockport’s Nancy Goodman from Wellspring. As usual, no one knows what the secret ingredient will be, so we hope you will be able to join us to find that out as we share an afternoon of fun, entertainment, and education. Thanks! Sandy