The Obnoxious Bike Rider Rant

I’d first like to state for the record that I am a huge supporter of all forms of bike riding, bike riding competition, bike riding for fun and bike riding as a means of transportation.

I am also all about bike rider safety and hope all bike riders wear light colored clothing with reflectors and take every precaution to keep themselves safe on the road.  Now that I’m older and my eyes get worse and worse each year I understand how difficult it can be to  see dark objects at night and why the reflective strips and light colored clothing is.  I hope everyone everywhere respects bike riders and bike riders safety.

imageNow having said all that I would like to ask a little favor of all the bike riders out there.  For the love of Christ if you are out for a bike ride could you please please please stay as close as you can safely stay to the right hand side of the road?

As I was just coming back from making a lobster delivery I get behind a row of about 10 bicyclists.   Out for a leisurely ride and on busy rogers street about half of them are 6-7 feet into the middle of the road while there is a line of cars behind me and a ton of oncoming traffic on the other side of the road.

If you safely hug the right hand side of the road I’d have no problem passing right by you but you grape smuggler funny bicycle short wearing bananaheads feel it necessary to take up the whole road.  I could floor it and squeak around your inconsiderate ass but that’s not my style.  As the Mrs constantly reminds me I drive like a grandmother, a slowpoke.

And why is it that there seems to be a correlation between the outrageousness of the bicycle outfit and the obnoxiousness of the road hogging.

Like the crazier the outfit the more of the road the feel they own.

I ask that if you are a bicycle rider and again you should be commended for trying to stay fit with such a great outdoor activity, but please try to be considerate of the folks that share the road with you and stay as closely to the right hand side of the road as you can.  Us motor vehicle operators want nothing but the safest of driving environments for you.

Thank you

You just know this dude doesn’t give a shit who is behind him-


Forget about these guys- I’m guessing they ride in formation five across, blocking entire lanes while holding conversations about their nut sacks and how they could possibly mash their junk up more.-


Feelin Good About My Diet and Workouts at The MAC

With the clean diet and workouts at the MAC I’m at the weight goal that I set for myself.  I also have more endurance and am stronger.

It feels great.  Not good, great.  I remember when I was younger and made working out a priority and was in the best shape of my life.  I remember saying to myself “I don’t ever not want to work out because I feel so great right now”.

But then life gets busy, you suffer an injury, you get off track and stop for one reason or another.  You forget how good you felt when you were working out and you get all lumpy like I did.  So whatever it takes to get yourself back on track, find that within yourself and like the Nike commercial says- “Just Do it!”

I promise you will be glad you did.  I want my GMG readers to be the sexiest, most fit bunch of MoFos on the planet.  Join me in my quest to rediscover what it was like when you felt the best about yourself through making a few modifications to your diet and some exercise.


This summer Manchester Athletic Club is embracing the spirit of the Olympics. Throughout history our most elite athletes have come together and accomplished amazing things. Although we are not all athletes at heart, we can all embrace this spirit and let it guide us through our own path. It starts with setting goals, strategizing, receiving coaching along the way and extreme determination. Let us push ourselves to our limits both physically and mentally. Let the professionals at MAC help you.

MAC is challenging you to MACtivate your own Olympic Spirit. Do you want to look better, feel better, or compete better? Do you want to achieve all three? MAC will help you achieve.

Contact one of our Membership Representatives today at 978-526-8900 Ext 2, to start your own athletic journey. Share your story. Discover the Olympic Spirit inside of you at MAC.

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Online Registration Now Open for 2012 Run Gloucester! 7-Mile Road Race on Cape Ann in Massachusetts

Third annual scenic New England road race, organized by DMSE Sports, set for August 19


Online registration is now underway for the third annual Run Gloucester! 7-Mile Road Race, one of New England’s most scenic road races set for Aug. 19 on Cape Ann.
Runners can register at The race begins at 8 a.m. at the famous Fisherman’s Memorial statue on the historic Gloucester waterfront and takes runners along over five miles of picturesque ocean views, through downtown and back to the memorial. Last year, Jacob Barnett (38:32) of Medford, Mass., and Kyle Linn MacQueen (42:59) of Boston won the men’s and women’s titles.
The Run Gloucester! 7-Mile Road Race is organized by Dave McGillivray, race director of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, and his team at DMSE, Inc. It is the third in a series of major New England road races in August – the TD Beach to Beacon in Maine (Aug. 4) and the New Balance Falmouth Road Race on Cape Cod (Aug. 12).
“We’re hoping runners who want to run all three races will put Gloucester on their schedule this summer. Run Gloucester is still the new guy on the block, so to speak, but as anyone who has run this flat, coastal course can tell you, it’s a real gem and stacks up in terms of beauty and ocean views,” McGillivray said.
The national running magazine Runner’s World last summer cited the Run Gloucester! 7-Mile Road Race as a destination race, noting its “million-dollar ocean views” and historic seaport charm. “If you’re looking to race to the sights, sounds and smells of the Atlantic, than Run Gloucester! delivers the coastal vibe – without the crushing crowds,” the article said.

Early registration is encouraged at Also, for race updates and information, follow the race on Facebook and Twitter.
Volunteers are also needed on race day and to help promote the race in the Gloucester area and can sign up online or contact the race at
Proceeds from the race benefit the Gloucester Fishermen Athletic Association (GFAA) which raises funds for Gloucester High School student-athletes, sports programs and facilities, and is a key supporter of the renovation of Gloucester High’s Newell Stadium.
Founded by McGillivray in 1981, DMSE Sports, Inc. ( is a leader in sports event management, specializing in creating, marketing and producing mass participatory athletic events throughout the U.S. and abroad. McGillivray has produced or consulted on more than 900 mass-participatory athletic events throughout the world and currently manages more than 30 races per year, including the TD Beach to Beacon 10K, the Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race, Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 at Patriot Place – to name a few – and this year was named race director of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race on Cape Cod.

Call Me Ishmael

Call Me Ishmael

Not long ago I took one of my usual walks

to the waterfront .  It was not, as Ishmael says,

during a damp, drizzly November in my soul, but  in

the real chill of a drizzly Gloucester afternoon.


Despite the gloom, I found myself not alone

on the Harbor Cove boardwalk near Lat 43.

At the far end, among the traps, sat a man feeding the gulls,

looking out over the bulwarks of the nearby boats.


The scene reminded me of the rest of Ishmael’s

opening observations: there is something

that draws “almost all men in their degree  *  *  *

to cherish the same feelings towards the ocean with me.”


Those feelings compel us to choose the water’s edge

even when a snug room or restaurant  is nearby and

might  provide some comfort, say a cup of soup or tea;

but we decide to stay outside to watch and feel and wait.


We, who, unlike Ishmael, cannot “sail about a little

and see the watery parts of the world” still drift to

beach and marsh and wharves just to gaze and stare,

and let our senses absorb and our imaginations soar.


© Marty Luster 2012

Sarah Saputo Needs Some Shoe Advice. Anybody? Bueller? Bueller?

Sarah asks-

Dear Joey,
I don’t know if you can help me or not but I thought I would ask you and your readers who may be fishermen if they can help me save my new Sperry boat shoes.

I was walking along Magnolia Beach when my foot sank into the seaweed and mud with my new leather and partial canvas boat shoes.  My shoe actually came off and I couldn’t even see it in the muck and I had to dig it out. The smell is horrific (maybe sewage empties into Magnolia beach?)

I tried washing them with dishwashing liquid and leaving them out in the sun but they still smell.  I know fishermen get into more smelly situations than what I described.

Does anyone have any suggestions?  Please send me a link.

Thank you.  I don’t have much money and any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.


Cape Ann Painters and Photographers Group Meeting

Hello Everyone,

The Cape Ann Painter and Photography Group will meet at 9AM at “The Annie” (thank you Henry!)  on Monday June 11 at 9 AM.  We will have a social/coffee 1/2 hour from 9 – 9:30 and then the meeting will begin at 9:30 and end at 11.  We will continue our custom of having a “check in” so everyone can have a chance to  speak and share what they are working on.

Hope to see you there.

Alice Gardner

Another Gorgeous Sunday Morning Mug Up on Rocky Neck

Greg Bover’s sweet sailboat the Linnet

Violet’s herb and flower garden, Rocky Neck style, with native wisteria ‘Purple Amethyst’ (Wisteria frutescens) in the foreground

Flower Power Girl Dahlia (Violet’s daughter) trying my sunglasses on for size.

Zip Line Kid Saves Bird Nest & Eggs

Well, our son John has a new project this week.  While repairing our roof, we displaced a bird nest with eggs in it and John moved the nest with some help from Vickie, who’s been talking to the bird for some time now suggesting that she really didn’t want to be in our roof anyhow.  Watch this video and see how mother and son help out another mother and her (hopeful) offspring.

13 venues with music spread throughout the day, all day and night — it’s going on right now!  No reason to stay home.  Check out the full music lineup here.

State of the Art Gallery II

Many times I’ve walked down Pleasant Street and passed by the State of the Art Gallery II (18 Pleasant St.).

Unfortunately, I have always been there at the wrong time to find the place open.  Last Friday, however, I was at the right time – and I am very glad I was! They have an amazing selection of art for sale.

I can’t really afford to buy these works for now (parochial vicars don’t get paid that much) but it’s well worth the visit jut to look a these beautiful, truly “museum quality” works of art.

I had a nice chat with Roger Armstrong, the proprietor.  They have another location on Rocky Neck.  The gallery I visited is located more or less across the street from the Pleasant Street Tea Company, so the next time you visit one, maybe you can stop by the other…

June 2012 International Dory Race Eliminations Results and Mixed Doubles Photos From Len Burgess


Elimination Races Niles Beach, Saturday June 9th, last race of the day. Mixed doubles battling a stiff wind.

–Len Burgess

got lightning? from christy juckett

Hi Joey!

Great storm last nite!

I don’t know if this hit the house across the street – maybe there’s a large crater in Gorton’s parking lot? It made close contact because our whole house shook… duck and cover!  (freehand, scared-witless!) Thanks, Christy