MFers Dropping Like Flies


I’m shocked snd appalled.

Ordered up this tuna salad with Thai peanut dressing and there wasnt a single placard or mention on the menu reminding people to ask their server if the Tuna salad with Thai peanut sauce had peanuts in it for those poor folks afflicted with those sucky peanut allergies.

MFers are dropping like flies all around me. No doubt all from Massachusetts because obviously we need reminders on every table reminding people who have peanut allergies that they have peanut allergies. People are so backwards here on the islands.

I spoke with the manager and suggested they put signs on all the tables and menus to remind people with peanut allergies that they have peanut allergies but he looked at me like I had two heads. Hey, it’s his ass when the lawsuits come raining down on him from people with peanut allergies who order things that have peanuts in them because they weren’t reminded to ask their server if the food they were ordering contained peanuts. How could they be expected to remember to ask?

It’s only their life that hangs in the balance, Duh!

Old Gloucester Sea Food Recipes Circa 1932 Frank E Davis Fish Co Part 11- Herring

Thanks to Clark Dexter who dropped off this booklet filled with old fish recipes and some commentary from the man himself- Frank E Davis. The man who built the last building that was on I4C2- The Frank E Davis Fish Co.

This is the final post in the series

click the photos for the larger easier to read versions and click here for the other pages in the series

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One of life’s great mysteries. ..

Inevitably every vacation no matter where the destination this scene plays out-

We set up on the beach, tip the guy to bring the umbrella and table set-up and settle in for a tough day.  We walk to the most remote location early on not wishing to be on top of other folks.

And inevitably, like every single vacation t here will be some couple or family that despite having the entire beach and s ton of empty chairs decides to set themselves up 3 or 4 feet away.

It’s mindblowing.  The Mrs just looks at me with that “Really”? look.  An entire beach empty, at 3:45PM.  Not like the whole beach was crowded all day long and everyone else left but us and them so that’s how it turned out that way. We were basically alone on an island and they decided to get all up in our space.

Must be Midwesterners that don’t get beach ettiquette, no?

Another fashion update

Patrick Kingsley takes to the streets in men's leggings

First the skinny Jeans, Yoga Pants, Crouch Gusset pants and now there are Meggings.  Meggings are: Meggings are real, and they’re getting an increasing amount of attention because of celebrities like Justin Bieber, Russell Brand and Lenny Kravitz. Proud “meggers” are all about them, though most shun meggings as an affront to masculinity. But could you pull them off? Celebrity stylist Ken Thompson shared his tips for pulling off meggings with The Australian.  Men in meggings aren’t expected to travel “below the latte belt,” and he warns that early adopters of meggings need to take them seriously.  “If  you have to wear meggings, go formal on top with a crisp white shirt that is long enough at the front to avoid stares and make sure that you’ve had a decent calf workout,” Thompson told The Australian.  There you go, folks. The rest is up to you.  And it looks like meggings are here to stay, by the way. “Meggings are not a gimmick because the guys who wear meggings aren’t doing it ironically—they genuinely believe it’s a good look,” GQ senior editor Will Welch told Yahoo!. “So it’s a real trend.”

Lunch with Marty Luster

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Marty Luster and I had lunch and a beer at the Seaport Grille on Wednesday. We don’t really know each other well, but in spirit we’re certainly aligned. He has a freakin’ ton of life experience, me only a fraction of that, but I’ve got lots of pro photo experience under my belt. In the two hours we spent at the table, there were never 3 seconds of awkward silence with nothing to talk about. After we finished eating, Marty ordered tea, and I asked if I could take his picture with his Fuji X100, which he is generously letting me test out. I have to confess – I practiced the basics of that camera beforehand, so I wouldn’t seem a fool. This is the 5th photo Fred had taken with this camera. So my picture tells the story: Here’s a guy who’s straight up, stand up honest, very smart, caring, generous, and would do ANYTHING for you. I KNOW this kind of person, and they’re ALWAYS from Gloucester. That’s Marty Luster.
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Beautiful Gloucester Gulls from Donna, Sharon, Mark, Len, Ann, David, and Nicole

WOW!! Thank you for sharing your Gorgeous Homie photos!!!

A second batch of new photos will be posted on Saturday. photo


The above photo comes from Mark Lombard and the below photo, of seagulls in the snow, is from Donna Ardizonni.

©Donna Ardizonni




As Ann Kennedy says, ” photos from a Gulliver (Gull-lover).” Ann’s photos are not strictly Gloucester Homies–though all are beautiful and included nonetheless.IMG_0218IMG_0163P1020594P1090298P1090299


The above photo was taken by David Parsons. David writes, “This was taken on the Yankee Clipper. We were Pollock fishing Dec. 2011.”

And from Nicole, “Homies on the Hood!”



Posted in the order in which they appeared in my inbox.

Kid-Friendly-Music Wave Continues & 3 music videos

Honky Tonk WOmen of Gloucester-1Weather forecasters call it a heatwave around here when it’s over 90 °F (32.2 °C) for three days in a row.

For the past 3 days, we’ve had good music starting early enough to take the kids out, so I’m declaring it a kid-friendly-music wave.

Tonight you can take the kids to see the Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester at Seaport Grille as early as 6pm.  And there’s plenty more later (see schedule here)  if you want to keep them up late, or you’ve got a sitter, or you don’t have kids.  One of our favorites, Pete Lindberg, is at the Dog Bar at 9.  Here’s a video of Pete at Celebrate Gloucester 2010:

And here’s an early 60’s heatwave classic to remind us where the inspiration for much of the music we love today comes from:

I missed Joan Osborne with Paula Cole @ Shalin Liu back in October.  Did she sing this?  She does an excellent version.  Check this out:

It’s gonna be a wild kinda raise the roof night ~ Tonight @ The Rhumb Line’s Blues Party 9:00pm

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Dave says,

I’ve just about recovered from last week’s controlled explosion, so I’m ready to jump off that fiscal cliff once again to present to you that rat-a-tat rascal of the surf ‘n’ turf guitar: Mr. Bobby Davis. It’s gonna be great night as we gather Bob and his wish list of heavy artillery in the form of Mr. Dave Brown, guitarist xtroidinaire, and Dave Mattacks, the Atomic Clock. If I miss a beat, he’ll find it. Rheumer has it that it’s someone’s special birthday (not mine), so we’re gonna pull out all the stops. Come and confess all your sins!
And don’t forget: The following Thursday sees the annual return of the saxophone solstice featuring the one and only “Sax” Gordon Beadle, the grim reaper of all cutting contests.
And, if you’re under employed, why not come down to the Rose Baker Senior Center next Monday. The Good Old Salty Jazz Band holds sway from 1 to 3 pm. Get your kicks on Rt. 127!

Bob Davis

Bob Davis

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Dave Brown

Dave Mattacks

Dave Mattacks

A  guaranteed good time tonight for sure!

Have a listen here to Bobby Davis.

Is it strange that I enjoy writing on vacation at a beach destination?

I can’t tell you how psyched I am when I finish writing a post like the upcoming Poop vs Lysol post or the MFers Dropping Like Flies post or the St Lucia vs Turks vs Playa post.  I get this great accomplished feeling.

I get to write while the Mrs is sleeping or reading her books all day long and don’t have the duty of work which allows me the time to write what I want to write.

Creators gotta create.  I know my oldest, The Bean has this blessing/curse.  You just have to be creating and if you don’t you get depressed.  The Bean needs to be creating at all times while Snoop Maddie Mad could just chill all day long.  Two very different children I have.

Like right now, it’s 7:29AM on Tuesday as I write this and I’ve already edited two prior posts that have been scheduled for future time slots.  Been up since 5AM banging away and couldn’t be happier.  While on vacation.

I don’t know what it is but just like the Bean, I’d go stir crazy just laying in bed when I could be creating.

I might make a line of T-Shirts-




I’ve spoken with EJ about this at length and I think it’s true for any creative person be it artist, musician, writer, photographer, even business people.  I know there is not much more aggravating than being stifled when you have ideas and are kept from acting on them by time constraints, or for whatever reason.  When a truly creative person is stifled it’s tough for them to feel fulfilled.

Speaking of origami boxes… and my upcoming class

This cool origami Jack-in-the-box was designed by Max Hulme.  I really like this design because it is structurally very clean and logical, and very effective, folded from a single uncut 2×1 rectangle of wrapping paper (15″x7.5″). The instructions are in Eric Kenneway’s “Complete Origami”, a really good book that I recommend.

Join me for a class on origami boxes and containers on January 24, at 7-9PM, at The Hive!  If you plan on coming, please call The Hive 978-283-3889 to reserve a space, $20 for a 2 hour class, $15 for students. The cost covers materials and supports The Hive.

Fr. Matthew Green

Where Zat? #2 – The Rudder! MAJack and 8 others got the correct answer!


16 Responses to Where Zat? #2 

To see more answers, click here!

Thanks for playing!!! See you next week!

  1. Bradley Scheetz says:

    Is this a photo of home on Grapevine Road (on the Wonson Cove end)?

  2. MAJack says:

    The Rudder in Rocky Neck?

  3. cammygrammy says:

    The Rudder on Rocky Neck?

  4. Jane Elwell says:

    Sindoni residence on Eastern Point Rd near Niles Beach

  5. Is it the Rudder Restaurant?

  6. Jackie Lovasco says:

    “The Rudder ” restaurant…

  7. Ok I’ll try – the only place I can think of that looks like this is the side of Bean and Leaf cafe. Or the side of the Topside.

  8. Jenn Cullen says:

    Back or side of Richdale’s building, Annisquam?

  9. swimdad says:

    Pretty sure it’s on Rocky Neck. close to the Rudder.

  10. noneofyowbizz says:


Brewing Up Some Glosta Joe’s Perfect Storm Using A Keurig Single Cup Reusable Coffee Filter

At the dock I have a $20 cheapo coffee maker for when I can’t get to The Lone Gull or Cape Ann Coffee or Pleasant St but at the house The Mrs had been hinting that she wanted a Keurig. 

So being the romantic guy I am I bought her one for Christmas and also bought the Reusable K-Cup Coffee filter.  I hadn’t had much luck with coffee I like from those K-Cups and as you all know I’m a huge fan of Gloucester based coffee brewers Glosta Joe’s (no affiliation to me or our business at the dock BTW)  I just really like Misti and Larry’s Perfect Storm coffee.  I should mention you can buy it at Mamie’s Kitchen or The Cave Downtown or on their website

Anyway let it be known that the reusable K-Cup filter worked flawlessly.  No mess, easy cleanup, much less cost per cup of coffee than buying those K-Cups from Keurig and I get to enjoy Glosta Joe’s Perfect Storm or my Starbucks CafĂ© Verona when I’m in the mood for something a little more chocolaty and strong.

If you haven’t tried Glosta Joe’s Perfect Storm and like a nice mellow breakfast blend that isn’t trying to kick you in the face, get down to the Cave or Mamie’s Kitchen or order up some online.

I figure after a couple of bags of buying your own coffee and brewing it in the Keurig using the reusable filter you will be saving money over the cost of buying those fairly expensive disposable one use K-Cups.

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Here it is on Amazon


This Blog May Not Be For You

If you have been here for a while and can’t distinguish between politically incorrect humor and real life fact based journalism this blog may not be for you.

This is taken from my response to Cynthia Hill who for whatever reason hasn’t quite figured out the difference and more often than not in the comment section feels the need to scold me. ; I just don’t have the energy to spell every thing out for her every time she writes in to complain.

To those that can’t distinguish between the two or are so sensitive that they are offended by obvious liberties taken in the name of ball busting or humor there are much more generic feel good all the time blogs where delicate sensibilities won’t be offended.

We get to do politically incorrect. ; The Times, The Globe, The Post, The Journal doesn’t. ; ; ;

Here you go in case you are one of those that hasn’t figured it out yet-


I’d like to think the GMG readership gets it but you take everything so literally it’s exhausting having to explain the obvious jokes to your politically correct self.

Should I also take the time to explain to folks that might have thought I’m actually outraged at the Cambridge Health Officials endorsement of banning large sodas that its more about making fun of how ridiculous the notion that we need public health officials to dictate what goes into our bodies while I lay laughing on the beach as I write the piece ; pouring down super sugary girly-man drinks? ; Not Offended Like The Title of The Post Said. ; Also not serious when I point out that they should mandate that 7-11 stores be required to pass out super sized snickers bars with every 64 ounce Big Gulp. ; If you need me to spell this out for you- this blog probably isn’t for you.

Cambridge Health Experts Back Ban On Big Sodas and I’m Outraged

Should I actually take the time to explain that in my “Poop vs Lysol” post yes, Poop vs Lysol that I don’t really go down on my elbows commando style to exit bathrooms to escape poop/lysol smells? ; If you don’t understand that when I say “drop down commando style to avoid the poop/lysol smell” it’s taking some liberties to illustrate a point then this blog probably isn’t for you.

Poop and Lysol- The Poll

Do people still not get that this is a blog meant for entertainment in which everyone including myself gets skewered in the name of fun? ; If you can’t take a good natured ribbing like then this blog probably isn’t for you.

Have you not seen my rants about my terrible nosehair, male pattern baldness, armpit hair, ect, ect, ect? Do you not read the ball busting that goes on in the comment sections?

Jesus I’m Disgusting- Male Armpit Hair Poll

Please, if we cant laugh at ourselves and the rest of the worlds imperfections then maybe the people that don’t get that GMG is not Time or Newsweek, it’s for fun and you suck the joy right out of it when you and the politically correct folk like you can’t grasp the incorrect part of Politically Incorrect humor. ;

You say in your many critical comments on my rants that I need to get over myself. No, the folks that take every obviously outrageous rant and try to turn it into something serious that a politician is lobbying for need to get off their high horse and understand that this for entertainment, not politics. I cant stand politics.

Cynthia Hill,

Maybe this blog isn’t for you.

Update: Good sport Cynthia Hill walkin the walk submits-


Frank Destino Memorial/ Celebration Slated For Jan 27th at Bass Rocks Golf Club

Tucker Destino submits-

Hi Joe,

We will be having a memorial/celebration for my uncle Frank Destino on Sunday, January 27th at 12pm at Bass Rocks Golf Club. We are reaching out to GHS Athletic Alumni and people of Gloucester who were unable to attend his services in Newton, Ma. 

We are going to pass the microphone around for people to share any stories they might have. It will be informal and hopefully a lot of laughs will be shared.  Happy New Year!

Thank you!