For those of you who actually read the blog and don’t just look at the pretty pictures, you know last fall I along with Peter Prybot were interviewed about our love for Gloucester, Cape Ann and our industry- the lobster industry for Air Tran’s in flight magazine- Go. The issue will be in every seat back pocket of every Air Tran flight during the month of May. Presumably travelers with money in their pockets will read the article and fall in love with our area or at least be tempted by our seafood and unpretentious attitude and come visit. Hopefully it helps with the local tourist season.
The picture of my ugly mug in the picture in this post was taken by Jessica Scranton who also shared the pictures she took of Peter with us in this post
Click the link to read the story on Go Magazine’s website-
By John O’Connor
Find your sea legs — and claws, and tails — among the clam and lobster shacks and restaurants around Gloucester, MA, a place steeped in maritime history and atmosphere.
The lovely Heidi Dallin had me on as a guest along with some Local Kids and The Energenic Jackie Ganim-DeFalco.
Thursday, May 5, 6:00 PM
Friday, May 6, 1:00 PM
Sunday, May 8: 3:00 PM
Check Out Jackie On Twitter at @CapeAnnArt
This time, in my opinion, it’s a really good thing, if bluegrass/indie/Americana/folk music is your style. Singer-songwriter Daniel Dye is offering a couple of free downloads through his facebook page. Daniel’s music is all original – he comes up to Cape Ann a few times a year with his band, The Miller Road Band to play a mix of Americana music with bluegrass instruments (banjo, mandolin, guitar, harmonica, fiddle and even a cello). These people are all family members of mine, so I’m probably a little biased but if the Avett Brothers are your thing (or the suddenly-they’re-everywhere Mumford and Sons), you will probably want to take advantage of these free downloads. Of course, you have to be on facebook to take the band up on the offer but you can’t truly get something for nothing, I guess. Click here for the download: www.facebook.com/danieldyemusic.
Here’s a video of Daniel Dye & (part of) the band recording a show at public radio station WYSO.
Boy did I screw up. As cub reporter here at GMG I have a couple of defined tasks. My two big ones are cover the arrival of Rockport Santa and cover seasonal openings. I think I have nailed Santa pretty well the past three years but today I get the email I dread and that is I have failed miserably on the seasonal openings. I can blame it on a new beak or keeping up with Rubber Duck (crap, she has got a hollow leg when it comes to boilermakers) but today I blew it big time.
The Cupboard opened today! The Cupboard Opened Today! They always have a soft opening on the first Thursday of May and I plumb forgot. I am cutting my Friday short so I can order a Fish sandwich with cheese tomorrow delivered onto that well worn and familiar formica then maybe take it down to Cressy beach and eat the lunch that defines the beginning of the season. Or as Churchill once said, the end of the beginning of the season because The Cupboard is open! Get that boat in the water! Go catch a striper!
Turn that damn light off! Can’t a girl get some beauty sleep?
Put the notebook away and do something useful like fill my coffee cup.
OK, Chapter one, paragraph one, it was a dark and stormy night, I would call it weather only a rubber duck could enjoy and I was enjoying the night out but it took over seven hours of watered down Fenway suds before the Red Sox lost then the free drinks started stacking in front of me and I learned how to drink boilermakers out of a straw then a shot rang out as shots are wont to do and everyone hit the floor sounding like a bag of seedless watermelons thrown off a Dorchester Triple Decker since I think we landed up downstairs at Down Under and they hadn’t mopped up yet and the wet splat of large garden fruit was the last thing I remember before I woke up rubber side up in your lobster tank and I never ever want to hear someone cackle “bottoms up” again and no, you cannot see my new tattoo.
Got all of that? Got any leads on Homie? And not any Homie, my Homie. I heard of your idea of tying some fresh herring around my neck and tossing me in the harbor which I think totally sucks. What kind of girl do you take me for? OK, scratch that. Oh, my achin’ beak – any good Cinco de Mayo parties tonight – hair of the Rubber Dog and all – who made this coffee – hit me again – thanks bro.
How much do you think they cost including frames, super-lightweight lenses with scratch roofing and anti-glare?
Over $200 or under $200
OK, OK I can’t take it any more!!!! I have to spill the beans. If any of you heard the last podcast you were privy to my absolute meltdown rant about the reaming the Mrs took even after using a $50 for $200 Groupon worth of eyeglasses at a regional eyeglass place which shall go un-named (not in Gloucester). It was the only time I’d gotten burnt using a Groupon but my ass still hurts from getting bent over at that place. First of all the worst frames not including the lenses that they offered in the whole place started at $169. the frames the Mrs picked out were $228 Then if you wanted the standard lenses which are heavy and are thick as old school coca-cola bottles they are an additional $220 and if you want the the lightweight and scratch-proofing that is an additional $124. After hearing all this in the store I was visibly and audibly upset, knowing we were being taken advantage of and I let the guy know it. We opted to forgo the scratch proofing and lighter lenses and we paid $428 minus the Groupon which cost us $50 for $200 worth of glasses which netted $278 out the door for her middle of the road frames without any special lenses.
Listen to my rant about this experience on the GloucesterCast podcast by forwarding to 9 minutes in after clicking here-
So as we left the un-named regional Eyeglass chain after shelling out the dough we got into the car where The Mrs knows I’m steaming mad. I’m mad at myself for not investigating a little more but never in my wildest dreams did I think there could be that much juice in eyeglasses but apparently I was grossly mistaken.
I was railing on and on about how screwed we just got and how mad I was. After hearing enough she starts to tell me that I’m just out of touch with prices nowadays and that it had been forever since I bought eyeglasses and that they must have gone up in price.
That’s when we made the bet. I bet her that I could get glasses at Costco or BJ’s WITH the lighter lenses AND the scratch proofing for $200 or less. She took the bet saying that there was no way.
Well wouldn’t you know I didn’t get one, but two pairs of goddamn glasses and two boxes (a dozen) contact lenses for $200.98. One pair has the scratch proofing and the super-light anti-glare lenses for $108.98 and the other at $59.99 I got without the extras as a spare.
So there you go. I paid for two pairs of prescription eyeglasses and a dozen contact lenses 30% less than she did for one pair without any upgrades. And for those of you wondering, she had a regular single prescription just like mine, no bifocal or progressive lenses.
Do your eyeglass shopping at BJ’s or Costco and save yourself some dough.