Happy New Year!!!!

Today Ushers in the year of the Rabbit On the Chinese Calendar.

Every Chinese New Year is Symbolised by one of twelve animals. This Year It’s The Year of the Rabbit.

People born in the Year of the Rabbit are articulate, talented, and ambitious. They are virtuous, reserved, and have excellent taste. Rabbit people are admired, trusted, and are often financially lucky. They are fond of gossip but are tactful and generally kind. Rabbit people seldom lose their temper. They are clever at business and being conscientious, never back out of a contract. They would make good gamblers for they have the uncanny gift of choosing the right thing. However, they seldom gamble, as they are conservative and wise. They are most compatible with those born in the years of the Sheep, Pig, and Dog.

Ok, What Animal are you?

Of course when I checked out my Animal I was a little disappointed. I thought maybe I was something cool like a; Tiger, Snake or a Rat.

But of course I’m a Pig, A freaking Pig? That’s the Story of my life! 

Here is the description for someone like me born in the year of the Pig;

People born in the Year of the Pig are chivalrous and gallant. Whatever they do, they do with all their strength. For Boar Year people, there is no left or right and there is no retreat. They have tremendous fortitude and great honesty. They don’t make many friends but they make them for life, and anyone having a Boar Year friend is fortunate for they are extremely loyal. They don’t talk much but have a great thirst for knowledge. They study a great deal and are generally well informed. Boar people are quick tempered, yet they hate arguments and quarreling. They are kind to their loved ones. No matter how bad problems seem to be, Boar people try to work them out, honestly if sometimes impulsively. They are most compatible with Rabbits and Sheep.

 I guess it’s not that Bad. Some of the things are true. Not all.


Check it out here;  http://www.c-c-c.org/chineseculture/zodiac/pig.htm

Tidbits and Deals

A few thoughts for the week to make you hungry. It’s a great week (if you are in the snowblower business)

  • Poetry In Unlikely Places Via Wicked Local Beverly -Poetry readings in the shallow end of the Cabot St. YMCA Pool? I find this very cool and I am sure something has already been done or will be done in Gtown.
  • Unique Deals Are Everywhere! Restaurants are really pulling out all the stops during this stormy season to get you in the door. Many are offering deals via social media good for that day. Minglewood  Tavern is blazing the trail by tweeting free pizza for first person in the door deals! Want to get quickfire deals?- you have to follow North Shore Dish on Twitter or Facebook. If you are a restaurant reading this and don’t know what I am talking about, I suggest reading this blog now.
  • Groupon and others hit the North Shore! Joey C has been posting these deals from Groupon, where you pay $25 dollars for $50 worth of goods. Lattitude 43 did a Groupon that sold an astonishing 1721 deals! The way they work is that Groupon takes ~50% of the value paid. So a small business is selling $50 dollar worth of goods for ~$12.50. This is really paying to get people in the door, hoping for repeat customers, banking that they drink a lot and hedging a few bets that these will expire. This is an amazing business model for Groupon and can be a great boost in your business. With purchasing these just be sure you are going to use them. LocalGinger (now Where) is a Groupon clone where you can get some deals on the North Shore as well.
  • Check out Ceia Kitchen in Newburyport – Every once in a while the wife and I love to get out and have a true dining experience. One where we aren’t cutting pizza into 1/20’s or cleaning rice and beans out of my 2 year old’s ears. Last Friday, we hit Ceia Kitchen in Newburyport. From start to finish it was one of my top dining experiences here since I moved from NYC.  The decor, the service, the wine, the menu, the food, and presentation are top notch. What I loved the most was the owner stopping over and spending time to listen and engage with us. She is committed to using social media (CeiaKitchenBar on twitter) and really doing a great job with it. They already have a new menu and I am hearing great things from many sources about the young chef. I can’t wait to go back to Ceia again soon! Here are some pics:


Finally – Can we stop using 2 overused terms in 2011 – Foodie and Craft Beer?

Thanks – Patrick!

Dave Sags Blues Party Tonight ~ With Special Guests Jay Aptt and Forrest Padgett

From Mr. Dave Sags,

I’m assuming and exhuming that we’re playing , so, here goes:  This thursday, the one and only “Blue” Jay Appt, plumbing magnate  and  Duke of Accutane. We’re toddling on the thin crust of the bottomless pit here: let’s hope that the knock on your door is not from the fuller brush man. Jay-Z is the man, having paid his dues with Mikey O’C. and Jack Webb Plumbing. He singhs, he plays gritarrh, grittily, and he’s just plane fungh to be around. Plus his parents are really something to be admired. Hopefully, they’ll be there, too, dancing and helping Jay tie his shoes.
Backing him up will be eine of my faves, Mr. Forrest “Frosty” Padgett, on concussion, skins, and heartbeet. No fool, he. Plays anything, anywhere, and always follows the basest, which means ME. Of course, Greg T. and his whammy bar and grill will be there as well as me, my, my. Ask your doctor if Blooz Party® is right for you. Your results may very….

Jay Aptt

Photo By Tom Uellner

Forrest “Frosty” Padgett


40 Railroad Ave.

Gloucester, MA 01930

phone: 978-283-9732

Email: shred1946@yahoo.com

Winter Poem


It’s winter in Gloucester

And the gentle breezes blow

Seventy miles an hour;

feels like fifty five below.

Oh, how I love Gloucester

When the snow’s up to my butt

I take a breath of winter

And my nose gets frozen shut.

Yes, the weather here is wonderful

So I guess I’ll hang around

I could never leave Gloucester

Cuz I’m frozen to the ground!!!

A friend just sent me this poem, which I just had to share.

City Of Gloucester Online Bill Paying Proves Popular

Paying Online Proves Popular
Since it’s introduction in June 2010 the online payment facility has been becoming more and more popular. Over a million dollars of payments have been received so far, with more than $400,000 in January alone. The convenience of paying from anywhere and at any time, without the delay of mailing checks has proved to be attractive to Citizens and tax payers.Don’t forget that the third quarter real estate and personal property bills were due on 1st February. Pay now by clicking on ‘Online Services’ on the left hand side of the City of Gloucester Website.

The Farm Bar and Grill Pulled Pork Nachos

My Personal Favorite Of All Time


Don’t forget! If you know someone who can eat!  I MEAN REALLY EAT!

Contact me or the Boys at The Farm Bar and Grille to enter the DTF Burger Man vs Food Challenge February 24th at the Farm.  Ed Collard has already thrown his hat into the ring.  (but you probably already knew he would)

Self Publishing Part 4 – Quality: Fact Checking, Liability, Good Editing & Good Writing From Kat Valentine

Part 4 – Quality: Fact Checking, Liability, Good Editing & Good Writing

Although all writers should strive for excellence in all their writing this is of particular consideration for those who self-publish. Over the past few days I’ve been reading discussions on Amazon Discussion Boards and other Message Boards and one of the subjects that gets discussed a lot is quality. Because the term “self-published” has long carried a stigma of not-good-enough, indie publishers are struggling to convince potential readers that their books are just as good, an in some cases better, than those published by traditional publishers. It is very important that self-publishing authors police themselves to maintain high standards. Continued at: http://parlezmoiblog.blogspot.com

http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com do you get it?

Peter Krasinski Spite Marriage Event at St John’s Church Feb 5th


Dear Joey,  I love GMG.  Can you put up this announcement.  It’s lots of fun, and is always a full house.  Attached is a jpg of the original poster.
St. John’s Church welcomes back for winter fun Peter Krasinski, Boston organist who will accompany Buster Keaton’s silent film Spite Marriage on Saturday, February 5 at 7 pm.  Laugh at the slapstick comedy of Buster Keaton’s silent film “Spite Marriage” (76 min.), about an unassuming dry cleaner in love with a famous actress who in turn loves somebody else. Organist Peter Krasinski improvises the music, just as it would have been performed at the movie’s release in 1929. An organ consultant, conductor, and music educator as well as a performer, Krasinski currently serves as accompanist at Beth El Temple Center in Belmont and organist of First Church of Christ, Scientist in Providence. $15/10 students and elders, at the door. Vintage Cartoons start at 6 pm.
St. John’s Chuch, 48 Middle Street, Gloucester 978.283.1708

Jo-Ann Castano Writes About The American Style Get Out The Vote

Submitted on 2011/02/02 at 8:36 pm
Here is another page online to direct people to. It’s American Style online magazine where POP Gallery in Gloucester is featured. Would be good to get people to post comments on the article. More exposure for everyone, especially for the POP Gallery artists.


The page also has a link to vote Gloucester for a Top 25 Arts Destination in the US. Thanks to Kristine for all the leg work and letters/emails and calls she has sent out to promote this and the board and staff for their support. Keep going !

If we can interest editors and writers in major art publication to do reviews on individuals or groups of artists and exhibitions here, that is of greater value and target market for the artists. Many times an inn or hotel may sponsor the writer’s/critic’s overnight stay in return generates a mention in the article or just for the good “word of mouth” extended value. Eateries are also ones who like to sponsor a dining experience for our guests to Gloucester and Cape Ann and lends itself well to experiencing the true working character of our community that we cherish here.

Geo Tourism seems an option people are interested in as well. Discussions on how to create sustainable opportunities for artist to continue their work by ideas such as supporting cultural facilities funding for live/work space and their venues, by defining the very diverse target industries and their market will help to tell the story of their work. It’s the opportunities for, the stories of, the working artists and their art that creates a cultural destination and need for open dialog.

Sounds like seARTS is off to a good and exciting year. The annual meeting and guest speakers addressing opportunities for cultural economic development regarding the community development projects of the City should be well worth all those interested in attending. Public discussion and the artist’s and cultural community’s input to future vision with mutual goals and needs being addressed is the foundation seARTS was built on. I was thrilled to see Susan Silberberg-Robinson name announced as the keynote speaker. Now we’re talking business! Good luck seARTS 2011!

How about a “1% for the Arts” in Gloucester?

http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com do you get it?

Location:Jo-Ann Castano On American Style Magazine Voting