Compare/Contrast Key West vs Playa Del Carmen

Similar type destinations.

Key West Pros:

Easy to get to direct flight from BOS land and 5 minute cab ride to Duval St. Pro tip Uber if you have 3 or more people in your party. Cab charges $9 per person, Uber was $22 for 4 of us.

Easy to get around/walkable town- Pro Tip Rent a golf cart for lots of fun, never an issue to park it wherever we wanted.

A ton of dining/drinking options.

Friendly Laid Back Attitude.

Clean. They wash down the streets every night.

Key West Cons:

Not great swimming beaches with the few that are there, coral can mess up your feet.

In relation to Playa Del Carmen 2-3 times more expensive for food/drink/accommodations.

Slightly smaller beach weather window (can be cool in February, January)

Playa Del Carmen Pros:

Very inexpensive- $10 buckets of beer on the beach. Great street food all the way up to fine dining options all very reasonably if not cheaply priced. Wider range of dining options with some excellent chefs.

Easy to get around/walkable area around 5th Ave.

Some AirBNB’s that are brand new, enormous and half the cost of Key West Motel accommodations.

Gorgeous white sand beaches/ great beach clubs that serve food and drinks and have great beach chairs for free as long as you order food/ music.

Friendly Laid Back Attitude

Beach weather throughout the year.

Playa Del Carmen Cons:

Harder to get to: Direct flight to Cancun/customs/40 minute cab to Playa Del Carmen is a 6.5 hour deal but not impossible. Pro tip: set up your cab from airport to Playa Del Carmen in advance $($60 vs $100 if you get a cab at airport without having it pre-set up)

Not dirty but not pristine like Key West

Occasional street urchin asking you if you want to buy weed/coke can be unsettling to someone that doesn’t know to just walk past them. None are aggressive.

Free Streaming Nia and Restorative Yoga Classes via Zoom with Linda for the Week of March 8th Country Bluesy Swing Routine. Restorative Yoga Mon. and Wed. 5 PM

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We will revisit a favorite routine, Country Bluesy Swing music. This routine features music from three groups, The Bumper Jacksons, The Quebe Sisters and Hot Club of Cowtown. You won’t want to miss this fun and crazy music. Git yer spurs on and join us down at the rodeo for some fun, EEEEEEE HAH!

For Restorative Yoga, find some cushions, large books, yoga blocks, blankets, whatever you can use instead of bolsters and blocks. We make it work. For more information on Restorative yoga, check out my site, It is a lovely passive practice that gives the participant relaxation and calm. Who couldn’t use that right now.

If you are new to Nia and Restorative Yoga with Linda, these streaming classes are free. Share with anyone who you feel needs a little movement or peace in their lives during this period of social isolation.

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GloucesterCast 476 with Scottie Mac, Nichole Schrafft Chris McCarthy, Paul Horovitz, Pat and Jim Dalpiaz and Joey C Taped 3/7/21


GloucesterCast 476 with Scottie Mac, Nichole Schrafft Chris McCarthy, Paul Horovitz, Pat and Jim Dalpiaz and Joey C Taped 3/7/21

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Key West review- How GMG Jimmy surprised us in Key West With a special sticker delivery.  Irish Kevin’s singer, Gloucester Fisherman that fished on the Hannah Bowden, B.O.s

Compare contrast Key West/Playa Del Carmen

Who balances their checkbook?

PDF: what so complicated for something we use everyday? (Joey)

Getting your boats ready for the season: what’s your plan?

Shout out to podcast listener Eleanor Marks and her husband: “We want to tell you how much we’ve learned about Cape Ann from you, and how to have a great time here (safely masked) regardless of covid! Thanks to you and your whole crew of merry pirates!!! Eleanor Marks

High school football resumes in Gloucester

Do you pay for upgrades for cell phone games so you don’t have to wade through ads? (Words With Friends, I’m talking to you) (Joey) AND value added advice from Nichole to put your phone in airplane mode while playing to avoid ads.

Kids in motel pools

Dr. Seuss became the 2nd highest paid dead celebrity behind Michael Jackson (Chris)

Tom Wilson’s head shot to Brandon Carlo on Friday.  A ‘hockey hit” or a suspension coming? (Paul: reminds me of an old client, Normand Leveille)

How Dr Seuss Became the second highest paid dead celebrity Earning 33 million.




Sawyer Free Library Program “What She’s Reading” Shares Women Leaders of Gloucester’s Must Read Books for Women’s History Month

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In celebration Women’s History Month, the Sawyer Free Library asked several of Gloucester’s cultural, civic, and community women leaders to share books that they love or have inspired them, written by fellow women. The results are a mix of close to 100 titles, including classics, new discoveries, and more. To see the full list of What She’s Reading at Recommended books are available at Sawyer Free Library or are easily ordered from libraries in their consortium.  

Illustration by Jane Mount

Mark your calendar, the Sawyer Free Library is hosting a virtual screening of the documentary “Left on Pearl” presented by The 888 Women’s History Project on Saturday, March 20 from 2-4pm. This special viewing will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers, Susan Rivo and Iftach Shavit. “Left on Pearl,” tells the inspiring story of the highly significant but little-known event of the…

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Cape Ann Museum hosts virtual lecture series on how John Singleton Copley painted women

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Monthly lecture series allows attendees to celebrate cultural history of Cape Ann

Friday, March 19 at 4:00 p.m.


Erica Hirshler (left) and Jane Kamensky (right)

GLOUCESTER, MASS. (March 2021) – To honor and celebrate Women’s History Month, the Cape Ann Museum welcomes historian Jane Kamensky from Harvard University and curator Erica Hirshler from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston on Friday, March 19 at 4 p.m., to discuss how—and why—the instrumental American portrait artist John Singleton Copley painted women.

Jane Kamensky, Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard University, and Erica Hirshler, Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings, Art of the Americas, at the Museum of Fine Arts, will discuss a series of paintings that Copley made of women—young and old–in Boston and in London in the mid to late 18th century.

“We are excited for the opportunity to host a conversation about the ways in which…

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