News headlines about a pilot sleeping past an Australian destination* without any disastrous outcome prompted my son to show me several cartoons by Mark Parisi and Gary Larson. (This happens with Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes as well, mostly related to his take on fine art.)
Syndicated cartoonist and author, Mark Parisi, a Gloucester native, Off the Mark published 6/23/18: “…hope it didn’t wake you up like it did to us in the cockpit.”
We enjoy an annual holiday tradition of grabbing the latest Off the Mark calendars at the Weathervane store on Main Street.
*”A commercial pilot is under investigation after falling asleep in the cockpit of a freight plane and overflying his Australian island destination by 29 miles (46km), officials have said. The pilot, who has not been identified, was the only person aboard the twin-propeller Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain and was flying on autopilot during the early morning flight on 8 November from Devonport, Tasmania, to King Island in Bass Strait, his employer, Vortex Air, said in a statement on Tuesday.” from the Guardian
LEMON CRUSH and a great dinner at Topside Grill last night for Gloucester’s downtown shopping Ladies Night. We had a ball! Thanks to Joe Ciolino, Weathervane–one of our first stops so we can meet Mark Parisi and grab the next Off the Mark calendar which he kindly signs– and all involved for such a festive Gloucester tradition. Our second annual stop is across the street– we make sure to buy a couple of new toys from Toodeloos for the stuff a bus toy drive parked right there.
upcoming…HARBOR VOICES TONIGHT AND TOMORROW. MIDDLE STREET WALK TOMORROW. AND A FEW MORE SPECIAL DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY SHOPPING NIGHTS (FRIENDS AND FAMILY, MENS NIGHT, …)
Mark Parisi’s off the mark comic panel has been published since 1987. Parisi has been nominated for the National Cartoonists Society Best Newspaper panel 4x and won twice (2009 and 20012). He grew up in Gloucester. We bought the desk calendar at The Weathervane.
Earth Day Volunteer Today– link to Donna Ardizonni’s reminder about the Great Gloucester Cleanup.
Treat yourself tonight to the art of music on Middle Street: Joonho Park’s all-Bach organ double concert. The doors open at 7PM at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church; following intermission and a stroll, the recital continues at St. John’s Episcopal Church!
Next week Cape Ann Sustainability Fair and Gloucester Pride Stride.