Category Archives: Polls

Poll- What’s Worse? Bad Pistachio or Bad Oyster


Ever be sitting down in front of the TV eating pistachios just enjoying the shit out of them and then run into that one bad one that ruins you for pistachios for years. 

I can’t even begin to describe that bad pistachio rotten taste, that taste that lingers and disgusts you to no end.  You try to spit it out immediately but the damage has been done.  Once it hits your taste buds there’s no turning back.  It’s like seeing things that can’t be unseen.  Like walking in on your parents having sex- horrifying.

Now pit that up against a bad oyster, that horrible horrible bad oyster.

Which one is worse?  Like if you had to endure one which would it be?


PS- Take that shell away and rotate that oyster picture 90 degrees and what does the meat look like to you?

I see a beautiful tulip.

James Dowd Breaks Down Our "unoffical" just-for-fun completely non-scientific poll (Surprise Our Margin Of Error Was Better Than Gallup)

James writes-

You guys aren’t going to believe this-

But your average margin of error for your “unofficial” just-for-fun completely non-scientific poll was 2.48.

That’s better than Rassmussen

That’s better than Gallup

The only four errors of the poll were, and I predicted two of these:

-undershooting Romero: anybody knows that the Godmother is Queen. A huge portion of her people don’t take online polls.

-overshooting Lundberg- He still did well, but your sample favoured him higher than reality.

-Kimberly was a fluke, possibly due to her association with GMG. Known online but not IRL perhaps

-Favazza fizzled. The surprise of the night. Don’t know what happened there.

And the two big errors were easy to spot.


jamesdowd says:

Here is the spreadsheet where I take the raw GMG numbers and compare them on the left to the outcome. On the right, for fun, I took the GMG numbers and then try and “correct” them- I did this the day before the election to see how accurate I could be, if I could improve on the raw. It turns out, if you were betting- GMG came in at a 2.48 margin of error, and my “corrected” numbers at 3.78 in the candidate-based questions. You would have been better off going with the GMG raw even thought it had some obvious errors like the Romero whiff and over-reporting/under-reporting support for some school committee candidates. GMG also loved it some Lundberg more than the rest of Glocuester, but it didn’t matter in the outcome.

My hypotheses as to why this is revolves around the fact that GMG probably accurately reflects the opinions of a large class of “likely voters” and is therefore more likely to push through the noise with it’s large sample size. It’s limits might be that it underepresents SoRo (south of the Rotary) to the favor of Eglo, Magnolia, Wheeler’s and outsiders. But still- 2.48? Amazingly close predictor.

Poll- Should Dogs Be Alowed Off Leash On Gloucester Beaches From Sepember 16th To April 30th?

In light of the petition to allow dogs off leash on Gloucester public beaches how do you feel about the subject?

Below the poll is the petition and where you can go to sign it.

Toby and I discuss it in this week’s podcast. You can listen to it by clicking on the icon here-

Please note: we have just been informed that the City of Gloucester will not accept the online petition. We therefore are asking that people take the time to sign paper petitions which are available in Gloucester at the following locations:

Animal Krackers


Last Stop Variety

Paws at Play

North Shore Veterinary Hospital

Cape Ann Veterinary Hospital

The undersigned hereby petition the City Council as follows and request changes to the beach ordinance 4-16a.
Currently it reads:

Sec. 4-16a. Dogs prohibited on beaches at certain times.

Dogs shall be prohibited from public beaches from May 1 to September 15, annually. Dogs shall be allowed on public beaches from September 16 to April 30, annually, and shall be under the control of the owner or keeper.
(Ord. No. 95-1998, § I, 7-7-1998; Ord. of 7-23-2002, § I)
We hearby petition to amend ordinance 4-16a to include:
Dogs may be permitted, during the above mentioned dates, on City of Gloucester beaches, off-leash and for the purpose of exercise.
A. The dog must be under visual and voice control by owner/guardian at all times.
B. All dogs must wear a collar with current tags.
C. All dogs must have current vaccinations and licenses.
D. As a condition of admission to beach areas, the owner/guardian of such dog shall use a suitable container or instrument to remove dog feces and shall dispose of it in waste containers provided for that purpose.
E. Aggressive dogs are not permitted. Owners are legally responsible for any injury caused by their dogs.
F. Dogs shall not be left unattended.
G. Female dogs in heat are not permitted.

H. Use of the beach by the dog shall constitute implied consent of the dog’s owner/guardian to all regulations and shall constitute a waiver of liability to the City of Gloucester and an agreement to protect, defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the City of Gloucester, its officials and employees for any injury or damage caused by a dog.

Read The Gloucester Daily Times Editorial Here-

November 5, 2013

Editorial: City’s dog restraint laws need fresh and thorough review

Gloucester Daily Times

Good Morning Gloucester 2013 City of Gloucester Election Poll and Voting Info


Comments on this post are disabled. This is strictly a poll and any comments endorsing one candidate or another on this post will not be posted.

Your votes in our poll are however, greatly appreciated

It will be interesting to see how closely the GMG results track the actual Election results.



List of candidates for the November 5th 2013 Municpal Election:
Candidate list
Specimen Ballots Wards 1 thru 5

The deadline to register to vote for this election is October 16th at 8:00 PM.
Specimen Ballots:

2013 Municpal Election Specimen Ballots Wards 1 thru 5


Critical Question of The Day- If you had to be stuck talking to stinky guy or curmudgeon guy which would you rather?

Here’s the scenario:

You absolutely have to spend time in close quarters to one of two people.

One. a person that absolutely reeks of body odor and overall stench and every time yo take a breath you inhale the rottenness.

or the second a total negative Nancy curmudgeon who has nothing nice to say about anything and takes delight in other people’s misfortune.

October 2, 2013 Good Morning Gloucester City of Gloucester Election Poll

Comments on this post are disabled.  This is strictly a poll and any comments endorsing one candidate or another on this post will not be posted.

Your votes in our poll are however, greatly appreciated

Poll- @TheSteveDuJour Has Set The Over/Under On Days Til The First Story About A Person Getting Lost In A Corn Maze Makes Headlines At 7 Days

Just as sure as there’s a New Year’s Eve, A Memorial Day and Labor Day, every year we get treated to the annual story about a person or group of persons who get lost in a corn maze and police or fire departments have to be called in to save these people.

I asked my boy Steve Saleeba at WBZ where he would peg the over/under for days until this annual story gets filed and he replied-


If you don’t follow Steve on Twitter you really ought to, he’s one of my most worthy follows. @TheSteveDuJour

So how bout you? You taking the over or under 7 days til we get the first Northeast report about someone getting lost in a corn maze and some type of professional help being brought in to rescue them?

Deadline 8:24AM Friday September 27th

In light of the recent iPhone releases of the 5c and 5s a poll for iPhone users or potential iPhone users

I’m fairly confident that we can all agree that smartphones of today including Apple’s iPhones and the high end Android phones are incredible marvels of innovation, productivity and communication powerhouses.

The iPhone is a great phone, the android powered Samsung Galaxy s4 is a great phone, bottom line, end of story.

Not here to debate which is better.  What I would like to know from current iPhone users is what features you would like most to see in the next version of the iPhone or were you most disappointed weren’t included in the latest iPhone release.

I contend that instead of a cheaper iPhone made with plastic parts like the iPhone 5c, a larger iPhone with more screen real estate and a larger longer lasting internal battery would bring larger numbers of people upgrading to that iPhone or converting from Android.  I think there are a huge number of power users and gamers who don’t care about having the lightest slimmest phones, they just want a performance beast with more real estate on the screen.

I’m not discounting the benefit of small and light, all I’m saying I think there’s a whole other segment of the market that would happily give up small and light for large and without a care in the world about having to not get through a day on a battery charge.

In the comment section on this post please share your thoughts about what you would like to see in the next iPhone or additional model to complement the current iPhone.  Even if you’re not an iPhone user I’d like to hear your thoughts about the larger heavier phone with longer lasting battery and more screen vs smaller lighter phone with a battery that may not get you through a day.

I’m not trying to convince anyone that one way is better than the other- for some people they just want the most unobtrusive, smallest, lightest phone they can carry, for others maybe having a larger screen means you can read and see things a little better, for others not being able to get through a day without charging their phone might drive them up a wall.  Fortunately there are many options in phones out there which push each manufacturer to get better and better.

I personally fall into the camp where I favor a larger phone and longer lasting battery but for someone that hardly uses the multimedia capabilities of their phone a smaller phone might be a better fit for them.

For size comparison- Samsung Galaxy s4 on the left and current version of the iPhone on right.

Samsung Galaxy s4 size vs iPhone Size

Interesting Results In The “Will You Carry On A Phone Conversation While Peeing Or Pooping” Poll

While just over 50% of people polled said they wouldn’t carry on a phone conversation while pooping 10% fewer said they would carry on a phone conversation while peeing.

Do these people think that the person on the other end of the phone can somehow smell the poop and catch the pooper in the act through their sense of smell?

I think you have far greater chance of getting caught peeing from the sound of the pee hitting the toilet water.

To be honest wouldn’t bother me one bit if the person I was talking to was going #1 or #2 while I was talkin to them.  Just shows you they are up to the multitasking. 

I’m a habitual pee/pooper talk on the phone guy.  When you’re getting shit done you gotta get shit done.  That’s what I always say.




Our Joanne Silva obviously agrees.

Photo courtesy Paulie Walnuts

Poll- Do You Know What Froyo Means?

When speaking to my boy Craig Kimberley night before last I told him that I was on my way to Cafe Bishco with Beasley and Amandacakes for some Froyo.

His response?

“What are you speaking, Hobbit?”

Then again in the comment section someone asked what “Froyo” meant.

In this day and age are here people that still don’t know the meaning of Froyo?

Vote For Your Choice For New Dri- Fit GMG Shirts

All I wear down the dock from Spring To Fall are Dry fit moisture wicking short and long sleeve shirts.  High quality, moisture and odor control for comfort.

Cotton T-Shirts are only comfy under the most perfect of conditions.  Dry-Fit shirts regulate body temperature and keep you a bajillion percent more comfortable on those hot days.

But they’re not just for hot days.  I wear my long sleeve dry fit shirts as a base layer under a cotton sweatshirt and its perfect for those cool days when you’re working hard.  Nothing worse than a cool day when you work up a sweat and then if you don’t have a dry-fit base layer that moisture just gets trapped in your cotton sweatshirt and then  once you stop working you get a horrible chill.  A dry Fit base layer regulated your body temp throughout cool and hot –sweaty/not sweaty work days.

So I ordered up three different brands because all I’m ordering is top of the line stuff that I would wear personally.  I’m crazy fussy about the gear I wear and if the GMG logo is going on something I’m just flat out insisting on the best.  Bottom line-End of story.  You can rest assured that if I’m ordering it it’s gonna be quality.


So I got three different brands in. One just flat out sucked but the other two were sweet.

The part I’m stuck on is guessing if people would rather have long sleeve or short sleeve and if I should go with white or navy shirts.

Ed says that the people that want to be comfortable in the summer would want to get whit short sleeve for maximum cooling and comfort.

I get that but I like the lining properties of the long sleeve as a base layer for fall winter and spring.  When you work the dry fit base layer also allows for movement between the dry fit base layer and whatever you have on top of it.  it’s not restrictive when you have an active job to do or have an active lifestyle.

DSC09881Black or White or Navy With a Light Blue GMG Homie Logo Left Chest Pocket.

Shirt Features:

  • Roomy, athletic cut and controls sweat like a champ.
  • Removable tag for comfort
  • Double-needle sleeves and hem

If there is a certain style Shirt You Really Think We Should Think About Getting Leave Your Comment Below.

I’ve also been considering a fitted cotton t shirt for women.  I’ve seen some really nice ones that are way more flattering than the Haynes ones I normally buy.  Let me know if this is something you guys (meaning women) want.

Also the Hats Should Be In By The End Of July and I’ll Be Shipping Them Out To You ASAP unless you would like to pick it up.

Standers vs Sitters On Pavilion Beach. Is There really any debate on this one?

Rick Terselic submits-

Hi Joey:  There was a significant amount of friction between the folks
on Pavilion Beach during the Greasy Pole competitions this weekend.
I’m of the old school that says standing room only!  The sitters were
not only taking up more than their share of beach, they were yelling
(cursing at times) at anyone who was blocking their view. From what I
witnessed each afternoon it could have easily resulted in a rumble
many times over.  How about setting up a poll and let’s see what the
GMG Community thinks about this issue? Viva!! Rick Terselic

I’m not sure there should even be a debate about this.  If it’s standing room only it’s standing room only during the Greasy Pole and Seine boat races.  Obviously if you have some old folks that can’t stand up you move to the side for them but people really can’t expect the whole beach to part for them o have direct sight lines to the pole if everyone else is standing up.  that’s just plain ridiculous.

But we’ll poll it anyway and leave your comments below in the comment section.

McElhenny Steals The Show With This Potential Nose Pick

Kim Smith sells out Cape Ann Community Cinema with her riveting Butterfly movie and all anyone wants to talk about is this picture from the after-party.

Not less than 37 emails all asking if in fact that move in the background of Donna Ardizzoni’s picture by our boy John McElhenny was a flat out nose pick or not.

Honestly I don’t have a definitive answer so I’ll leave it up to you to decide.


So sneaky with the hand curled and digging with the thumb.  Interesting technique.  Only a pro nose picker pulls this move off.

Leave it to McElhenny to steal Kim’s thunder.

See how stoic Kim and Fred are in this picture?  I bet it’s because they know McElhenny is going to town picking his nose behind them and they’re saying to themselves “I hope Donna doesn’t post this picture of us with John McElhenny in the background picking his nose.  It’s all anyone will talk about and the magnificence of my butterfly movie will be lost on the distraction created by John’s nose picking”

That McElhenny- always stealing the show.  Diabolical move.

They don’t call him the best in the PR world for nothing.

Would I be surprised if he announces McElhenny PR Agency start up within the next week?

Hell no.

Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, John McElhenny.  Always front and center in people’s consciousness.  It’s what he does.

Don’t hate the PR Playa, Hate The PR Game.  That’s what I always say.

endangered and threatened species from mary barker- and a Poll

Hi Joey,

I had the unexpected pleasure of finding some Snowy Egrets, which are a threatened species, while I was killing some time in Ipswich last week.  One male was vying for the attention of 2 females.  He was putting on quite a show.  I also had the good fortune to encounter 8 Lady Slippers, an endangered species, while hiking in So. Hamilton.  I did not have my tripod with me to get super clean shots, but thought they were worth sharing.

Mary Barker

Editor’s Note from Joey-

When the person who named the Lady Slipper The Lady Slipper thought to themselves- “Hmmm what shall I call this magnificent flower?” and then came up with “Lady Slipper” I’m trying to figure out how they didn’t name it a Lady Vagina.

Lady Slipper…  Really?

When you look at it can you honestly tell me that looks more like a slipper than a a vajajay?

That thing’s got Lady Vagina written all over it.  Like you know how the term white rice perfectly describes white rice?  That’s the way I feel about the Lady Vagina. It’s misleading to name it a Lady Slipper- Borderline criminal actually.  False advertising 101.

In fact I think we ought to start a campaign to have the flower renamed so people don’t get confused.  It’s only right.

Lady Vagina FTW

Poll Time!

lady slipper 1lady slipper 2




lady slipper

snowy egret male in full display snowy egrets taking off snowy egret female

Help Me Decide Which Color For The New GMG Caps

I’m ordering some crazy high quality hi stitch count GMG Caps but need help deciding the color.  I’m only ordering 24 with the mesh back because those are the caps I prefer but I know our readership will probably prefer a stonewashed canvas type cap so there will be two different styles.

The mesh ones will be black or navy with a white mesh back.

I went with three color hi stitch count ridiculous quality.  They aren’t cheap but I want to put out a killer product.

Keep in mind that blue has been the GMG background color from the beginning.

Ron Gilson says the black is too harsh (I think the old timer’s getting soft on us).

Help me decide in a vote


Black or Navy


What percentage of helicopter parents would ever admit to being helicopter parents?


You know those people who are up every teacher’s butt thinking their kid is 2000th percentile and their gifted child deserves special treatment and if the kid scrapes his knee have to take them to the hospital?

My guess is that less than 15% of helicopter parents would ever admit to being helicopter parents.

Over/Under, what do you think?


If Someone Handed You a Sandwich That Clearly Had Been Opened And A Bite Taken Out Of It

and never mentioned it had been previously eaten…

Would you eat it?

2013-05-21 14.46.31 - Copy


This is how the wrapper looked like after it came out of the bag-

2013-05-21 14.46.16

The Elephant In The Room- This Chick’s Camel Toe

Is it possible she doesn’t know she’s rocking the most obvious camel toe in the history of camel toes?

Serious question.  Can a woman have a camel toe like this and not realize it?

I’m thinking this chick totally knows whats going on here and knows the only way to get people to listen to her inane internet ramblings is to do something so diabolical that people around the world would be talking about how insane her camel toe was.


Get me signed up with Camel Toe Lady’s PR Team STAT!

Marketing Genius Right Here.

AP Poll Shows 4 in 5 Americans Don’t Think The Redskins Should Change Their Name


WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s been a rough offseason for the Washington Redskins, and not just because of the knee injury to star quarterback Robert Griffin III.

The team’s nickname has faced a new barrage of criticism for being offensive to Native Americans. Local leaders and pundits have called for a name change. Opponents have launched a legal challenge intended to deny the team federal trademark protection. A bill introduced in Congress in March would do the same, though it appears unlikely to pass.

But a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows that nationally, “Redskins” still enjoys wide support. Nearly four in five Americans don’t think the team should change its name, the survey found. Only 11 percent think it should be changed, while 8 percent weren’t sure and 2 percent didn’t answer.

Read More:

How do you feel about the term Redskins for a team name?  Do you think it’s offensive?  Does any time someone say something is offensive we have to change terms just because they say it’s so?  At what point do we draw the line?

Just like the Father who complained to Lego because a sticker in a Lego construction set featured a Lego figurine with the words “Hey Babe”

The horror.

I’ve been told that some women can’t stand to be called “Honey”  I’ totally get that I’m a Neanderthal but as long as I’ve used the term Honey I’ve never intended it to be offensive and can’t recall ever getting a dirty look in return.  Maybe it’s in the delivery.  Maybe the women I say it to when they hand me my coffee are cursing my Neanderthal ass under their breath at me.  I usually get a nice smile back though.  Maybe if it’s Chester the Molester tossing out the term “Honey”  they are more likely to get the creepy dude look back.

Where do you stand on Redskins Team Name and Where do you stand on the term Honey?

Mayor Kirk Asks You To Vote In This Good Harbor Footbridge Poll

Mayor Kirk is asking for community feedback-

Hi Joey,
We have a bit of a dilemma regarding the Good Harbor Beach footbridge.

The estimate we have for repairs is $65,000. This is basically a temporary fix and carries the risk of being washed away during the next big storms. Also, the Conservation Commission is throwing down the gauntlet on any more temporary fixes.

An alternative would be to have the broken section be replaced with an aluminum boat ramp-like structure. It would have a synthetic decking, four feet wide with railings, and hook in on just the ends (no pilings necessary). Total cost of this fix is $20,000, the ramp would be made here in Gloucester by a Gloucester company, and could be finished within 3 weeks. It could be removed in the event of a hurricane as well.

So I gotta ask GMG readers, which would you rather?

New England Charm? ($65,000 wooden temporary repair)


Yankee Ingenuity? ($20,000 aluminum repair on broken section, rest would remain wood).

Your readers probably photograph / paint this view more than most so we thought we’d start here to gather feedback.

Mayor Kirk

« Older Entries Recent Entries »