Let’s keep Cape Ann COVID-19 free. Part 2

Let’s keep Cape Ann COVID-19 free. Part 2

Word of the day: Fomite, something that is carrying something infectious like a coronavirus.
Getting gas this morning and a quart of oil I was thinking of the word. Fomite. This virus is not magical. It does not spontaneously appear. It has to move from point A to point B then get up your nose or in your mouth. So how can it do that?

This morning the obvious one is my credit card. It’s a fomite. I handed it over, I stuck it in two slots that have seen hundreds of credit cards, probably quite a few this morning. I picked up a pen that had been held by the same number of people. If you know about Patient 31 in Korea you know it only takes one person to randomly infect a thousand people.

It just takes a little thought. Go wash your credit card. Maybe put a pen in your top pocket. Wash your hands after you come back from the gas station.

The Oatmeal, one of my favorite cartoonists also has a handy chart of advice on how not to touch your face. I now carry a rugby ball to remind myself to keep my fingers off my face. (Wear a Stupid Thing. Hold a Toy.) A rubber band around your wrist might be enough for you.touchyourfaceoatmeal

I posted this in Rockport Facebook and boom.

Holy cow my messaging just lit up. The answer is no, the Rubber Duck has holes in it and is too hard to clean but you are right. I am swapping out the rugby ball and am now carrying a brand new rubber duck.

The original RD is on my dash for the duration.kiwiduck

GMG RADAR confirms 1PM today Santa Arrival in Rockport

We thought Kris Kringel would chicken out since dead low tide is coinciding with Santa Sleigh-Boat arriving in Rockport Harbor. 1 PM and Santa will scoot up this ladder the way Sandra Bullock did in high heels!

Santa will have a longer climb today! Vegas odds: Old Saint Nick will make it.

Real Santa! 1PM Saturday in Rockport

Trying to research why the real Santa Claus comes to Rockport by fishing boat at 1 PM on Saturday and checking out Les Bartlett History of Rockport here. This tradition goes back a few years. An ancient Rockport Harbormaster made a deal with Kris Kringel many years ago.

On Saturday, the boat arrives at 1PM. All children who have not been naughty need to be there on arrival. Then there is music, egg nog, shops open all afternoon and the Dock Square Tree Lighting at 4PM.

2019: Low tide is at 1:38 PM. Santa at 1 PM will be looking at a very long wet ladder. Will he make it? Of course he will! If Sandra Bullock can climb that ladder in heels, Santa will fly up even if Harbormaster Rosemary Lesch has to goose him.

Santa is really coming to town.
Early on Harbormaster Shorty Lesch would dissapear to fill out Santa paperwork then boom, Santa arrives!

Rockport Santa Arrives 1PM Saturday December 7

I’ll post soon (Friday) the details and history of why the real Santa rides a boat into Rockport this Saturday at 1 PM. I’ll just link to Les Bartlett’s five part series on Rockport Santa. (It’s where I got the photo.)

Here is an actual photo of real live Santa in the early years when Rockport Harbormaster Shorty Lesch would head north with eggnog to coax the round one to get in the boat and shortly after Santa  would saunter onto Front Beach.

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy Open House Tomorrow 3pm-6pm

There are now two graduates of this program on staff in my lab at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  This program works.

I especially like the quote of a trainee,

“It’s just exciting. You want to come in every day and see what you’re going to do next or look at the results”

If you graduated from high school and college for some reason is not in the cards right now and you are not all that excited about your current job, try science out.

On This Day

James Merry met his maker 127 years ago today. I had the whole story authenticated, who owned the bull, who owned the land, why he was up there. Then the old stories wipe out the memory banks.

A few years ago this was highlighted in red paint. Black is more somber.

Friday the 13th Full Moon arrives 7:08:53 PM on Cape Ann

I did the caculation for Granite Pier in Rockport. If you are on good Harbor Beach the moon’s upper limb breaks the horizon two seconds earlier. Tonight full moon is not super. The opposite of super at aphelion, furthest from earth.

But it is a Friday. And it is the thirteenth. So if you see Jason Voorhees with a hockey mask just run away. He does not move very fast. Do not trip, do not go in the basement. If you go into a room, turn the light on. If it does not work, run away. Do not have sex. Do not visit any rooms or especially the garage where there are power tools.

Friday August 13, 2049 is the next time this will occur. I’ll be 94 and likely lobster food way before then so I am going to take a peek tonight.


7:08:53 PM Friday the 13th Full Moonrise – Sunset is 6:56 PM

Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute to Sequence another Blue Lobster


Ashley from GMGI gets another GMG Blue Lobster from Joey.

Translation: Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute will be sequencing the blue lobster and comparing it to a wild type lobster to find the genes that make it blue. We know why it is blue but we do not know all of the genes that control the changes in chemistry that make it blue.

Future: With all of the genes mapped we could apply CRISPR technology and make all Cape Ann lobsters blue. All we  need an insane scientist …

Don’t ban helium ballons. Just don’t buy them.

Wrong tide, wrong wind but I wanted some mackerel for my smoker so I’m whipping a little silver dude into the wind and a helium ballon floats by. There is a swirl behind it so I cast behind it and sure enough a small striped bass too dumb to know better is trying to eat the streamer. I reel her in and put her back in the water and chased down the balloon that went up on the rocks a hundred yards downwind.

So this is my public service announcement. We don’t have to ban these things, just don’t buy them.

Don’t be a bad dad. If you want to be bad, pop these things in the checkout line at Market Basket. I will bail you out. Promise.

If you impulse buy one in the Market Basket checkout because you forgot your daughter’s birthday, stop. You are a bad dad. Don’t make it worse. Buy a box of oreos instead.

Last year’s haul. They last forever. Every tiny bit looks like food to a fish.

Gypsy Moths dying in so many ways

This oak is on the south edge of Carlson’s Quarry in the middle of ground zero of last year’s gypsy moth infestation in Rockport. The leaves were ompletely munched, they leafed out again in August.

Today they look very happy. The overwinter gypsy moth egg masses are about one tenth in number or less of last year. And the ones that were still viable look like this photo. 10-15 tiny holes where the new catapillars crawled out instead of 50-200 holes.

So the rain, hard freeze cycle we had this winter was tough on them and the wet spring is supposedly great for the fungus e. maimaiga. That fungus will be active once these caterpillars get to be full sized and it eats them from the inside out releasing spores from the cadaver.

If you see stiff caterpillar cadavers hanging vertical, leave them be. They will release spores and kill more. If you see the caterpillar stiff and hanging send in a photo and you win a GMG bumper sticker. Start looking mid June. I saw some of the little bastards in Lobster Cove, Annisquam yesterday and the fungus has to wait until they are fat and worth eating.

The Boss says to Post Seasonal Openings. OK

So Joey assigned this cub reporter the task of seasonal openings when RD and I were hired back in 2010. If you search on “seasonal openings” on GMG I did pretty well for a few years. But I have slacked off.

Why? Two reasons.

• It’s 2019 and every opening is covered by the restaurant Facebook page and official website. I think, “Hmmm time for a fried fish sandwich at The Cupboard” and sure enough their Facebook page tells me they are open.

I’ll take a slice of American cheese on my fried fish sandwich to go so I can sit out on Gloucester outer harbor.

• Ah, but visitng The Cupboards official website points out why writing the seasonal openings is a pain in the ass. They are announcing the Schooner Festival in 2016 as their latest post!

Look, if your restaurant has plenty of customers go ahead and blow off social media and the internet and make sure your website looks like shit on my iPhone.

But if you might like new customers keep your presence on the internet fresh. Assign the busboy the task of posting a special every week. At least announce when you are going to open for the season.

I used to start seasonal openings on March 7 and build up the anticipation. Bah humbug. It’s May 12 and everything is open unless it’s not. Check their website. 🙂

Now Three Osprey Eggs and the Bruins won!

By puck drop last night Mama Osprey was skating on three eggs. Now the wait begins. Who finishes first? By June 15 there may be a Bruin Stanley Cup Trophy and three baby osprey. The over/under is set now for June 9, I’ll take the over.

Rotating her stock at 5 PM before the puck dropped. 3 eggs! Hard to see since she covers them as well as Tuukka.
Bruins score first goal and Dougie has the sads.

No Show for #2 Egg

If you are Osprey watching here and wondering if it is the future mom or dad, here is my cheat sheet. There are a ton of differences none of which I can pick up except for the splotchy necklace on her while the dude is clean white down the neck.

If the dude is on the nest then there is a zero chance of egg laying. She is on the nest right now getting all scrunchy. It will be hard to make out the two eggs since they have squished #1 out of sight.

Lost your shirt on the Derby? Place your bets on Osprey Egg #2

Egg #1 today.

On 5/3/2019 anonymous osprey watcher informed me that Lobstaland mama opsrey squeezed an egg out at 5:28 PM. As all osprey handicappers know she will likely pinch egg #2 out 48 hours later.

So I am setting the over/under for today at 5:28 PM. Place your bets in the comment section below. Pick over or under and also the time. Winner gets a wet kiss from Rubber Duck.

https://ecga.org/Osprey-Cam The Lobstaland Osprey Peep Show click here.

The camera may go offline at 6PM. Bookies will take this into account.

Expert opinion by Rubber Duck: Smart money says cold weather slows down metabolism but if you had an egg stuck up your ass sitting on a cold nest wouldn’t you want to speed things up? RD picks the under 3:15 PM

Bets left on the facebook post also valid.

The Lobstaland Osprey just laid an egg!!

live: https://www.ecga.org/Osprey-Cam

If all goes to plan she will squeeze out two more eggs in two day intervals.
Cinco de Mayo for bro 2 and May 7 for baby brother.

If you look at the tape at 4:51 PM is a reddish brown egg for a few seconds then the camera flakes out.

In front of her left foot.

Essex Greenbelt Peeping Toms on Osprey Pair at Lobsta Land!!

Future Mom and Dad Osprey just arrived at the Greenbelt Osprey perch behind Lobsta Land. No need to annoy them in person because Greenbelt has a live cam on them.

Osprey just arrived for the opening of Lobsta Land waiting on their order of Lobster Quesadilla

Here is the link: https://www.ecga.org/Osprey-Cam

Checking it out since they have arrived, Rubber Duck quick tips:

• Scroll to window that is black and click “Live”. If the water is rippling in the background you are looking at live.
• Pin the menu bar (bottom left).
• Go to full screen.
• Do this on an unused laptop and set up in living room so you have a live shot 24/7.
• Live Feeds can take a minute to load. Fastest way to live is click on the film strip, watch a video clip of this morning, then click live. Boom.

Why would you do this? Because first comes love, then comes marriage, and then live sex show and baby osprey!

The camera is 2019 awesome. Way better than Joey’s house finch cam. If the live shot is the empty nest just click on the piece of film in the lower menu and check out what these love birds were doing this morning, or yesterday. But be sure to click back to live since this pair is only gone for a few minutes while they put nice fluffy stuff in the nest.

[edit] While you are there you can click on DONATE. you just paid your taxes yesterday and did you feel grinchy because your tax donations for charity were so measly? Start your tax year off right and do it now.  They will build more osprey nests and we’ll end up with 24/7 free sex shows. Donate to Sexy Osprey click here. Volunteering or becoming a mamber is cool too.