The Wallflowers- Gloucester 1943


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June 1943. “Gloucester, Mass. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lopez. They have two boys in the armed forces, six children altogether. He is a fish skinner in the Gorton-Pew fishery.” Photo by Gordon Parks, Office of War Information.

To think this man worked on the very property that our Grandfather Captain Joe bought 10 years later in 1953.  Our fathers worked there alongside our grandfather and Frank and I run it now as a lobster company after we diversified away from handling groundfish once the auction opened and we saw the writing on the wall with the new rules being handed down to try to manage how many fishermen could fish. Thanks Geno for sending us the  photo of Gordon-Pew fishery last week-

You can read more about it here-

Scam the Scammers – Let’s have some fun!

Scam phone calls are up.

Today I got a call from a guy who told me there was a problem with my computer (yeah, right) and while I was letting him talk, I got a call on the other line, so I told him I had to go, picked up the other line and guess what?  Another guy from the same company, eSupport Live.  So I decided to play along and see what happened.  He told me that I had unwanted files on my computer and he would help me get rid of them right now.  He was about to ask me to give him remote access to my computer when I said, I’ve gotta go; can I call you back?  Sure, he said and gave me his number 888-514-1650.  He told me his name was Alvin Brown, uh huh — with a very thick Indian (dot-not-feather – as Joey would say) accent.

A couple of minutes later I called back.  888-514-1650 actually works.  I asked for Alvin Brown and explained that we had been cut off and I was calling him back.  They put me on hold for about 90 seconds and finally someone (with a very different voice) said, Hello. Alvin? I asked.  Yes. Alvin Brown?  Yes, sir, can I get your information please?

That’s when I hung up.  I found their website here.  The English is worse than those bad assembly instructions you get with products made in China.

Most likely these people are criminals, trying to hack into your computer to steal your identity, money, whatever.  See a news story about such people here.

I know most FOBs have lots of time on their hands — because since joining the GMG Google+ Community, I get tons of emails a day from them — so I figure why not  spend a little time and have some fun SCAMMING THE SCAMMER!

All you have to do is call and pretend you got their number from the website or a friend.  Ask for Alvin Brown and see what happens.  Or start asking for other people — Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, George Washington, Jimi Hendrix — what ever you can think of.  The longer you keep them on the phone, the more you’ve cost them.  Just don’t give them any real info about yourself.

If you don’t want them calling you back, just block your caller id by hitting *67 before you call.  If we can get hundreds of people calling every day, maybe they’ll give up and stop calling us.

Vickie reminded me of this very funny guy who has a special treat for telemarketers.  Check it out:

Blood Orange Cocktail and Blood Orange Infused Water Beverage


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 The white snow blanketing our surroundings this winter for me, was pretty up until snow storm #5.  Yesterday for a split second while shopping in the produce section at the market,  I caught myself daydreaming as if I were on a tropical island surrounded by  lush greenery, vibrant colored flowers and aromatic fruit trees.  A split second  latter I disappointedly returned back to winter’s reality pushing my cart wearing my new wrist warmers and wool hat.  After enjoying that daydream, I decided to shopping a little slower taking a few extra moments to soak in the beautiful colors lining the aisle surrounding me. The colorful fruits and vegetables appeared to be extra pretty yesterday.  They brighten my day and inspired me to create a few recipes last night using Blood Oranges. I greeted my husband  at the door last night with this “Stay-cation” Blood Orange Cocktail, click see more for three new recipes inspired  by yesterdays shopping experience. 

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If You Go To BU and Are Protesting The Robin Thicke Concert Because Of His Racy Video You Fail At Life

Boston University Students Want School to Cancel Robin Thicke Concert

Some Boston University students are making it crystal clear—they don’t want “Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke to perform at the school.

A petition started by members of the Humanists of Boston University are calling on school officials to cancel a spring concert featuring Thicke, on March 4, at the Agganis Arena, due to the “misogyny” they say is laced into the lyrics of the performer’s popular song.

“Having Thicke perform is a political statement that is out of touch with the realities of sexual violence and Boston University’s own history. Thus, we suggest that Robin Thicke’s performance be cancelled,” members of group wrote on the petition, which as of Wednesday morning had more than 1,100 names attached to it in support.

“Thicke’s hit song, ‘Blurred Lines,’ celebrates having sex with women against their will. Lyrics such as, ‘I know you want it,’ explicitly use non-consensual language. And while watching the extremely explicit video, the insinuations grow from subtle to explicit to obnoxious,” the group said.

Thicke performed “Blurred Lines” during the Grammy Awards in January, and was nominated in several categories for the pop song. But despite its worldwide success, some students still think even just one song containing controversial lyrics is one song too many.

Worldwide success.  You’re in College.  Presumably in your teen and early 20’s- The prime of your life.  You don’t have better things to protest than a sexy pop song?  Uhmmm last I checked when you’re in college you’re supposed to be studying, playing sports, going to parties and getting your freak on. 

You wanna protest something?  Protest the lack of cold beer in the dining halls.  Protest the cost of tuition.  Protest when your school gets shafted on a tournament bid.

What a waste of time. 

Trying to pick a college?  Keep this shit in mind when you’re making your decision. You wanna be around a bunch of people complaining about a sexy pop video or would you rather go to a school with good academics in addition to great athletic programs that rally the student body to root for the their school and bring alumni together!


Oh and congrats to Robin Thicke.  I’m sure these idiots have only managed to stuff a couple extra million into your pockets with all this extra exposure.  Buy his song.  Even if you don’t dig it. 

Thursday February 20th 2014 Cape Ann Forecast..

Marine Forecast …
Thu: W winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt… Becoming SW 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 ft.

Thu Night: SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 2 ft. Rain likely. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.

Today sunny mild 45-50 degrees!!!! Yes mild for once , so get out and enjoy because it’s not gonna last very long .. West winds 10-15mph.. Thursday night a chance of rain well after midnight , otherwise mostly cloudy with a low around 36-40 degrees.. Patchy fog also possible …
Coming up for Friday very mild temps near 50 degrees with periods of showers possible embedded thunderstorms… South east to southwest winds 10-20mph …Friday night showers ending by early evening lows in the 30’s..
Your weekend outlook
Saturday mostly sunny highs in the mid to upper 40’s lows upper 20’s to lower 30’s..
Sunday sunny highs around 40 ..

Ok so we get this brief mild spell followed by another Polar Arctic Vortex , and extreme storm track . It seems as if winter keeps playing the broken record over and over .. One thing will need to watch besides the cold air is plenty of opportunities for snowstorms .. And being this far ahead into winter , we usually get our biggest storms . So no panic , but be ready for rapidly changing weather conditions … Here’s a look at what’s in store for the next two weeks …..

Yup frigid temps ! And it could shunt the storm track a bit further south of New England ! One will have to watch …I know your all ready for Spring as I am .. So let’s be patient and hope for the best …:) Thanks for viewing ..
Peter Lovasco



Rockport Fireworks Fund-raiser

Rockport Fireworks Fund-raiser

Please join Rockport Fireworks for their first fund-raising event of the season, Saturday, March 15 at the Elks in Gloucester for a night of Dancing to “Fun Bucket”.  This event will take place from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance for $20.  Raffles, silent auction and the unveiling of local Artist Ken Knowles original painting that will help fund the fireworks.  The Fireworks will be this summer August 9 off Granite Pier.  Anyone wishing to buy tickets or donate to the Silent Auction may call Susan Collins 978-546-9566.

Fire, Ice & Music: “Wharf Music” is Wharf-tastic!

One week later and I still psyched about my experience of last weekend’s “Wharf Music” installation on Bradley Wharf in Rockport (where Motif No.1 is). The installation involves lobster traps, LED lights, fire pits, and music drifting from across the harbor from several different, distant points. It is very cool for several reasons: mostly, for the thing itself. It is just really a cool experience to sit by the fire outside, in the brisk winter air and hear beautiful, almost ethereal-sounding music drifting toward you from a point you can’t exactly identify. And it is also cool because Rockport (Rockport!) has the opportunity to enjoy a public art installation on one of the town’s treasures, our old wharves, made from chunks of granite and a reminder of our industrial past.

Many, many thanks to Rob Trumbour and Rick Erhstin for conceiving this and putting it together, to Andy Tierstien for his beautiful original composition, and to Karen Berger of the Rockport Cultural District for her support. I’m looking forward to heading back to Bradley Wharf this weekend for more public art. And fire!

When it Runs:

Friday & Saturday, Feb. 21st & 22nd from 6:30 to 8pm. You can park off Bearskin Neck and walk down toward Bradley Wharf to experience the “listening rooms” made from lobster traps, or you can drive down to T Wharf and just sit there in your car and roll down the windows to hear the music. This last idea is a great one if you have a screaming 18-month-old in the car, for example. Or an uncooperative spouse. But if at all possible, get out of the car and head to Bradley Wharf itself to experience the music by the fire.

Hope to see you there!

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