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.

Your kids can make a book!

Katherine Morrison who makes really weird small books of all shapes and sizes from feather and fish to ghouls and origami.

All this month at the Gloucester Sawyer Free Library, a big glass case as you walk in.

Darth Vader: “You have a sister!”
Me: “Well shoot Darth I got a few of those and brothers too. We’re all crazy so back off baritone breath.”

Photos posted to Good Morning Gloucester nepotistically. If that isn’t a word it should be.

How to make an exploding 3D book: Workshops in April and May. Bring your kids 8 to 80. These books don’t scroll like an iPad but you can write on them, sit on them, and even drop them, and dad won’t scream at you!

If I knew how computers worked I would have made a slide show. Oops.

Last minute Christmas Shopping not a problem in Gloucester

No need to panic. Power Shop the West End of Gloucester Main Street. From Alexandra’s Bread down to the Cave there are a ton of shops brimming with stocking stuffers to real unique gifts. Power shop. Cheese counter at The Cave, do not fall for tasting every cheese. Just say, “Give me a half pound of six yummy cheeses. 15 seconds, grab a few flashy gold bottles of Presecco, some crackers, a cutting board, two minutes, tops. Alexandra’s just grab one of everything including sarcastic socks and a puppy covered apron.

Now Pastaio Via Corta (corner shared with Larsen’s Shoes) one might take some time checking out the olives behind the glass and what is on the shelves. Then “Medium container, six different olives you can reach” and meanwhile grab the Presecco that isn’t called Prosecco and the olive oil that you never heard of.

Hit a couple of bookstores, “Give me three new best sellers female author, murder mystery” 60 seconds a new record. Brought my own cloth bags and Christmas was done in 18 minutes tops.

Too much Presecco? I have never had a bottle go bad or even make it to New Year’s Eve. That’s another 18 minutes. No need to be Italian. I’m Scottish and do you think I am going to the Haggas Shop?

Do it today. Some of these shops might be closed on Monday.

 

Danielle at Pastaio Via Corta taking a break from making fresh pastas with unpronounceable names to ring up wine, olives, olive oil, more pasta, and other yummy stuff.

But if you want to float my boat stop in at Cape Ann Electric Bikes and pick up one of these beautiful bikes.

Kathy and Dan at Electric Bikes. The minimall up from Common Crow, neighbor of Cake Ann.

Santa Arrives in Rockport!!

The Freemantle Doctor driven by Mike Tupper heads down the coast towards Rockport Harbor filled with screaming children chanting SANTA!!
Rockport Cub Scouts wait in anticipation.
Santa and Mrs Claus take a ride over to Spiran Hall to greet a long line of children who want to tell Santa they all want puppies for Christmas. The tree lighting is at 4 PM.

Rubber Duck Baseball Playoff Cheat Sheet

In case you just woke up from a coma, a handy graphic to keep track of the world’s most amazing sport, baseball.

NL Los Angels Dodgers: Tommy Lasorda, Dodger Blue, no one likes you, please lose in an embarrassing way to the Brewers. Dave Roberts does manage them and his stealing of second base in 2004 is a very sweet memory. Don’t tarnish that with this sickening baby blue team.

NL Milwaukee Brewers: They have never ever won an NL pennant and so have never even played in the World Series. Yelich is amazing and adorable in closeup shots. Front row Amy, same description but might be more serious. She inks in every pitch of every game. Never even takes a bathroom break. More reliable than Price.

AL Houston Astros: Won it all last year on the back of Altuve. Completely annoying. Please lose to the Red Sox in dramatic fashion.

AL Boston Red Sox: Three World Series Championships in this century. No one else comes close. Are four too many? No way.

If it so happens that Brewers and Red Sox are in the World Series the nation and the world will be rooting for the underdog.
I’m hoping the Sox give Yelich and Amy a big case of the sads by Halloween.

ps. The only thing that would have made it all perfect is Frank from Gloucester calling into the radio station today to chat about how Sabathia got screwed by the ump (He was terrible.) I can hear his voice in my head right now. R.I.P. Frank. We miss you.

Scuba Diver Missing off Cathedral Rocks

Search for a missing scuba diver off Cathedral Rocks, Pigeon Cove

update 9/5/2018 7:00PM:

ROCKPORT — Lieutenant Mark Schmink reports that the Rockport Police Department is engaged in s a search for a missing diver at this time.

Crews responded to the area of Cathedral Rock near Cathedral Avenue and Green Street at 5:15 p.m. after a scuba diver came ashore reporting that his companion, an adult male, was missing.

A United States Coast Guard cutter is on scene along with the Rockport Harbormaster and Rockport Fire Department, and crews are engaged in an active search and rescue operation at this time. A Coast Guard helicopter is responding from Cape Cod and state and regional dive teams are responding to the scene.

The reporting party told authorities that he was diving with a friend about 150 yards off shore. Further updates provided as necessary.

9/6/2018 THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE:

ROCKPORT — Lieutenant Mark Schmink and the Rockport Police Department report that the body of a missing diver was recovered Thursday morning.

The victim has been tentatively identified as a 47-year-old man from Philadelphia. His name is not being released at this time, pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.

Crews responded to the area of Cathedral Rock near Cathedral Avenue and Green Street at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday after a scuba diver came ashore reporting that his companion, an adult male, was missing. The search was conducted by Rockport Police, Rockport Fire, the U.S. Coast Guard, and State Police using boats, divers, and aircraft.

This morning, Lt. Schmink reported that the operation had transitioned from a search and rescue operation to a recovery operation, and the diver’s body was located at approximately 8:30 a.m.

Smoky Full Moonrise 7:19 PM Saturday (TODAY!)

California and Canada are currently on fire. How can you tell? By watching the full moon rise tonight at 7:19 PM. It will be an orange ball because the smoke has drifted east all the way to New England.

Where should I go at 7:19 PM you ask?  A view east over the water will be impressive. If you want that awesome shot, walk out the Dog Bar Breakwater. The moon will rise behind the the Eastern Point Lighthouse. (Sunset is ten minutes later over Boston from there.)  Rockport also has decent line ups. Just go to the map and move the pin to your location.

Check out Photographer’s Ephemeris (Click here for changeable map.)

I put the pin in the water so the moonrise line would not cover up the breakwater.

Sunday Morning Rockport Girl Butterflies just wanna have fun

For over ten years I’ve been checking out the milkweed in the neighborhood and our yard. Untouched leaves, not a nibble, no eggs, no chrysalis, nothing. Butterflies galore but no interest in the milkweed, just the flowers.

Drinking the nectar, no interest in making babies. All scratched up. Definitely partying all night long.
Stella is also amazed at the Rockport Right of Way elves who must come out at midnight to clear the Atlantic Paths.

In Gloucester: Fireworks. Rockport: We light the outhouse on fire.

Small dragon comes out of the outhouse. Becomes much bigger and rids Rockport of arm hair.

Even from this distance, this bonfire is making Rubber Duck cry propylene tears
Everyone who used to be closer now has no hair on their arms. That is when you move back.

Father’s Day Morning bike ride Plus PSA

I call this “Skip’s Tree” since he takes the best photos predawn right here. End of ride so I’m an hour late. (And I run into Skip under the Keystone Bridge ten minutes later with his camera out.)
PSA (Public Service Announcement) Road Race today. Just don’t get in your car. It’s not worth it.
Quarries are lovely in the morning.
Father’s Day gift. I am designating myself President and Treasurer of the Cape Ann Electrical Bicycle Association. Email me your application for membership to CAEBA.

Eastern Coyote talk tonight, Rockport Library 6:30 PM

Eastern Coyote talks Thursday, (that’s tonight), Rockport Library 6:30 PM.

Please join us for an informative presentation and discussion regarding the Eastern Coyote facilitated by Conservation Biologist and Wild Canid Ecologist Christine Schadler, MS, MA.

While wolf recovery was the focus of her early work, Chris’ attention shifted to the eastern coyote when she moved to New England. Using sound livestock management and non-lethal predator control, she prevented predation for two decades at a sheep farm with known coyote problems. Chris has provided talks to livestock growers and the general public for 30 years on living with coyotes.

Chris is now the Representative for Project Coyote in NH and VT and co-founder of the New Hampshire Wildlife Coalition. She divides her time between teaching, giving talks, and working on her book Becoming Wolf: The Eastern Coyote in New England. Between presentations, she can be found at camp in northern New Hampshire researching coyote feeding patterns and responding to the occasional wolf. She is also the Chair of the Webster Conservation Commission.

Chris earned her MS at Antioch University Graduate School. She has taught Conservation Issues, Dendrology, and Wolf Ecology at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), and is now an Adjunct Professor at Rivier University.

Brought to you by the Friends of the Rockport Public Library

Bill Lee can find Fenway again

In 1969 Bill “Spaceman” Lee found Fenway Park on Jersey Street. They changed the name of the street and the gerbil traded him to Montreal for Stan Papi and a bag of balls. On the back of Fenway Park someone wrote the question, “WHO THE HELL IS STAN PAPI?” and the Red Sox quickly erased it. There were a few of us that kept writing it back on the wall until Zimmer gave up and ran off to New York.

Fenway Park is on Jersey Street again and no one died.
Oh wait. Something did die. No one could find the Jersey Laundry for awesome cheap fluff and fold because Jersey Street was only 15 feet long. R.I.P. Jersey Laundry Center. Too late for you.

Fun fact: Before GPS it was handy to memorize Street names to get around Boston.
The alphabet is whole again.

Arlington
Berkeley
Clarendon
Dartmouth
Exeter
Fairfield
Gloucester
Hereford
Ipswich
Jersey
Kilmarnock

Yawn, Another Sunset on Cape Ann: Wednesday May 3, 2018

But it was 72 degrees Fahrenheit, no wind, no bugs, no mosquitoes, the asparagus just popped out of the ground, summer is stretched out in front of us, and the Ryan and Wood Knockabout Gin in my glass is ice cold.

Like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day describing the one day in his life he would like to repeat over and over, this one. And maybe today too.

 

 

Chinese Space Station; Size of School Bus to Crash at Halibut Point 10AM Easter Sunday

Saturday night we should have a Space Station Crash party at Lat 42. Because of the flight path of Tiangong-1, the Space Station which is as large as a regular sized School Bus and Saturday night is included in the 16-hour window of the tumbling fireball’s reentry.
Why Lat 42? Because Lat 42 goes straight through Cape Ann and the Space Station hangs out at that latitude more often than anywhere on earth except for south latitude 42 which is Tasmania. Those devils are throwing a party. So should we.

The exact most northerly position for tumbling school bus is 42.7 north. That is the grout pile centered inside Halibut Point. It will fly straight west to east over the Point 90 minutes before returning to explode over the park spreading flaming debris over miles. 10 AM Easter Sunday is the epicenter of the impact window.

UP TO DATE EDITS FOLLOW THE PHOTO.

Tumbling Flight path of Tiangong-1 Space Station spends a lot of time at latitude 42.7

[edit] It has been pointed out that the Restaurant is called Lat 43. I will be starting a petition next week to force them to change the name to Lat 42 since Gloucester is latitude 42.6 North. Rounding up is no excuse. Move your restaurant to Isle of Shoals if you want to call yourself Lat 43.

[edit Frid 6:15 PM) 41 hours left. The window has tightened up to eleven hours.

[edit] Update Mar31 8AM. Cape Ann is now out of the range of possible crash sites. Gilette Stadium, Cape Cod, Camp David, and Florida still has a chance of Heavenly Palace falling out of the sky in an inferno of space debris.

2018 Opening Day 4 PM

Aaron Boone is the manager of the Yankees. Judge, Stanton, Sanchez as the new Bronx Bombers.
 
I think it’s time to hate on the Yankees again like in the old days. Yankees Suck.
Hey, Thurmon, I got something I wanna show you.

Behold: The Perfect Donut

Instead of once a week I’ve been hitting the Brothers Brew Coffee Shop more frequently. My favorite donut, the Butternut Crunch was not running out by 9AM anymore. I figured maybe everyone is on a diet but since my 11 AM purchased Butternut Crunch was fresh and warm I realized that they are just making more of them since I moved to town.

Today, after having a Butternut Crunch yesterday I thought I should slow the pace down and I accidentally stumbled upon the perfect donut. There are some very good fresh donut shops on Cape Ann but hear me out. Or just look at it:

The Butternut Crunch, Chocolate, and Glaze Trifecta. Eat them in that order. Trust me.

Brothers Brew is known for their bacon donut. A donut with a big piece of bacon on top. Rubber Duck reviewed that for Good morning Gloucester several years ago. An excellent donut but not one you can pack away every day unless you want to do a Shamoo the Whale act in Sandy Bay. But the threeway can be your daily go-to donut if you bring two friends.