Almost to London! (I am second voyage)

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Follow the boys as they are ready to set a new world record.

More T-Top Problems ! ! ! London Or Bust ! ! !

Ralph via SAT phone (transcribed)
London or bust! Those were the words I was saying to myself, London tomorrow at 11 AM or bust, when suddenly I looked down and BAM, BAM! Two more poles on the t-top busted in half. We will get pictures of that up on the internet before too long. Bob wrapped them in tape and then clamped a couple of wrenches around them and off we are away!
Now we are at Wells trying to get gas so we can be on time tomorrow at 11 AM in London coming up the Thames. Bye

Public Service Announcement From FOB Joe McKechnie Water, Wine and Beer

To paraphrase W.C. Fields, “I don’t drink water, because fish screw in it.”

To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine.. .
and those who don’t.

As Ben Franklin said:

In wine there is wisdom,
in beer there is freedom,
in water there is bacteria.

In a number of carefully controlled trials,
scientists have demonstrated that if we drink
1 liter of water each day,
at the end of the year we would have absorbed
more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli , (E. coli) – bacteria
found in feces.

In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop..

we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer
(or tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor)
because alcohol has to go through a purification process
of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.


Water = Poop,
Wine  = Health.

Therefore, it’s better to drink wine and talk stupid,
than to drink water and be full of crap.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information:

Culina Cafe-First Look Interview With Owner Daniel Macintyre

When driving to work two days ago I noticed the sign in the window of former Trupiano’s, Causeway Panini and Andiamo’s which read Culina Cafe.  I called and made sure we got in there to get you the scoop first.

Here’s Daniel Macintyre who brings an impressive culinary resume to the Culina Cafe.  Play the video to hear what he has in store for the place and why Gloucester is the right place to locate his business.

Fat Man of the Mountains

Posted by David Olson

Sorting leaves to figure out dominant tree types in the “Outdoor Classroom.” From Kestrel’s Facebook page

As many of you know, I’m combining a personal journey — an attempt to climb all 48 New Hampshire 4,000 footers in a single summer — with an effort to raise money for an environmental education group, Kestrel Educational Adventures.

For a modest nonprofit with a tiny staff and even tinier budget, Kestrel has a powerful impact. Its instructors connect hundreds of North Shore elementary school students to nature — real nature, in all its wet, smelly, messy glory. Sometimes that means bringing animals into the classroom to help explain how ecosystems work. Sometimes it means taking kids into the woods to see vernal ponds teeming with life. This year alone, Kestrel’s naturalists expect to work with more than 1,700 students at 23 partner schools.

The Conservation Club checks out an osprey nesting platformThe Conservation Club checks out an osprey nesting platform

Kestrel also runs successful after-school Conservation Clubs in Ipswich and Gloucester. The boy, a member of the Gloucester club, spent much of last spring helping to build an osprey nesting platform along the Annisquam River. This spring they’ve been outside for almost every meeting; Lucas comes home with his shoes and pants covered in mud, muck and grass.

All of this is done on a budget that, at under $40,000 a year, could charitably be described as ’shoestring.’ Times are tough for nonprofits these days, especially the smaller ones. Sometimes folks don’t take pay for the work they do. Budget-strapped, test-centered schools don’t have the money to offer much beyond the basics of environmental education.

So why does it matter?

Kids need nature. Their bodies, minds and souls crave it. And we’re not giving it to them. If anything, we’re taking it away.

nugent3A walk in the Manchester woods. From Kestrel’s Facebook page.

Author Richard Louv puts it this way in his book, “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder”:

“The shift in our relationship to the natural world is startling, even in settings that one would assume are devoted to nature. Not that long ago, summer camp was a place where you camped, hiked in the woods, learned about plants and animals, or told firelight stories about ghosts or mountain lions. As likely as not today, “summer camp” is a weight-loss camp, or a computer camp. For a new generation, nature is more abstraction than reality. Increasingly, nature is something to watch, to consume, to wear — to ignore. A recent television ad depicts a four-wheel-drive SUV racing along a breathtakingly beautiful mountain stream — while in the backseat two people watch a movie on a flip-down video screen, oblivious to the landscape and water beyond the windows.”

Bringing kids into contact with the outdoors has several benefits. Studies have shown it helps soothe the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, improve science test scores and boost a child’s physical activity and overall health.

To read more, click here and here.

Gloucester City Hall Tower Clock Mechanism

City Hall Tower Clock Mechanism, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

In the picture below can you see the four different splines that come off of the clock mechanism?  Those shafts go out to the four sides of the City Hall Clock to turn the hands.    Pretty cool at how simple it all is.

Video from inside this room way up high above the City at 6PM

Gloucester City Hall Tower Clock Mechanism
Gloucester City Hall Tower Clock Mechanism

Where Zat? WINNER!

Submitted on 2009/09/01 at 12:34pm by Stephanie Palazola!

G=Gloucester House
L=Stone Leaf
U=Halibut Point
C=Cormorant Shop
S=Black Swan
T=The Dress Code
E=Pleasant Street Tea Company
R=Sugar Magnolias

Congratulations, Stephanie! You can pick up your t-shirt down at Capt. Joe’s! How did you get these so quickly?? It took Stephanie less than 24 hours to get them all!

Gloucester Hedge

Here are the signs that Hedge photographed and then created this great contest-


A huge THANK YOU to Hedge for the time and effort he put in to making this fun for all who participated!

Hedge also offered up his prize- “You can give the winner the shirt I never picked up at Capt. Joe’s from a couple of weeks back. My penance for giving everyone sore necks from looking up at signs!”

Watta guy!

View From Gloucester City Hall Bell Tower 9/01/09

Gloucester City Hall Tower Steel Beams Installed
Gloucester City Hall Tower Steel Beams Installed
A Pane Of Glass Would Go A Long Way To Keeping The Pigeons Out
A Pane Of Glass Would Go A Long Way To Keeping The Pigeons Out

Inside Gloucester City Hall Bell Tower 9/1/09

Maggie Rosa emailed and invited me to take some video and pictures in the City Hall Bell Tower.  I’m pretty happy with the footage.  You’ll see them over the course of the next few days.