Monthly Archives: February 2009

Just Finished Weed Whacking

Yep, I took the nose hair clippers to the salt and pepper forest growing out of my nostrils.  I swear I just trimmed last week.

Now I know why old guys always have a ton of hair coming out of their noses and ears.  They give up beause as we get older the freaking hair just grows like weeds in all the places you don’t want it to grow and stops growing on your head.

How unfair is that?

Robin Jean- Phil Bolger Boat Design Pics By Paul Frontiero

From what I understand this is one of Phil Bolger’s efficient boat designs.  It is currently tied up behind Cape Ann Marina. 

Long and slender and tall like a banana.  Old Phil being the master boatbuilder that he is must know what he is doing but I don’t know how  this stays upright if it takes a sea to it’s side with a high center of gravity.  I defer to the master boatbuilder though.  He must know what he is doing after all these years.  

Robin Jean- Phil Bolger Boat Design Pics By Paul Frontiero, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

 I would embrace the whole banana theme and paint her yellow with black stripes!

GMG Q&A- Beth Swan

Beth Swan was the winner of the GMG logo contest and has graciously allowed s to use that winning design for the tshirts sold for the benefit for the family of Matteo Russo.  Beth is incredibly gifted as a designer.  Click this text to see her website

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

One year the end of this month! Though I’ve been around visiting my husband’s family frequently in the past.

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

I like all four seasons but am looking forward to more green stuff. We’ve had a fairly snug winter with all of the snow, but I like more usually as I’m from south of Buffalo where we get real snow.

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

Fernwood Lake is sort of a hidden spot of beauty with trails on public land that connect to Wallace Pond and Ravenswood Park.

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?


What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?


What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

Alchemy. Though we’ve had some really nice dinners (with new baby) at the super family-friendly Gloucester House.

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

I don’t do the bar scene.

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

My husband’s bacon egg and cheese sandwiches.

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

I loved the Main Street events! Fiesta! I also enjoyed the summer concerts at the rock in Stage Fort Park a while back.

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

Forest, then Beach, then Boat.

Who is your favorite local artist?

Marion Hall’s watercolors, Debra Bretton Robinson’s acrylics, Chris Williams’ sculptures, Anna Vojtech’s children’s illustrations . . .

Which is your favorite local beach?


Who has the best chowder in town?

Charlie’s Place

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

Flapping Like a Haddock.

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

Haddock, probably.

What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?

Yay! They make me happy. We need these at least once a month (if not every week)!

What is your favorite local band?

Local to MA folk: Deb Talan and Meg Hutchinson. I don’t know any Gloucester bands yet. Any suggestions?

Here is Beth’s adorable Arden at the GGAP event-

DSC_5271, originally uploaded by sharon_lowe88.

Renate Paster-Pusch Represents With Gloucester Sticker On Route 66

Gloucester Sticker, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Thanks Renate for the pics from the road.  It’s much appreciated!
attached are two pictures from the Gloucester sticker with the Arch in
St. Louis. Did you get the picture from the Continental Divide?
We are getting closer to Gloucester, maybe two or three more days and
we will be home again.
My best,
Renate Paster-Pusch

Getting Old

Grey Nose Hairs.

Yet more signs of mortality.

Big thick nasty grey nose hairs.

I’m gonna need a big weed whacker in a couple years to clear these god damned things.  It didnt seem like all that long ago I felt like I was a decent looking relevant guy.  Now I got big ol’ grey nose hairs.  Damn, I’m fallin apart.

Thanks To The Rabbit and Benny Orlando From Best Buy

I’d like to thank my pal the Rabbit and Benny Orlando a Gloucester native and Best Buy representative that sponsored over $250 worth of door prizes for the Gloucester Guerilla Art Project II/Russo family fundraiser.

DSC_5213, originally uploaded by sharon_lowe88.

Where Zat #11

Last week’s winner was Jan Dunsky who identified the Union Congregational Church. Today we have a $20 gift certificate from the Lone Gull Coffee House on Main St. in downtown Gloucester. Thank you , Joe and Mary Borge, for donating this week’s prize!


I think Joey will approve of the degree of difficulty for this one!

The Salt of Gloucester

“The sea is salt because the sea is sorrow,

As ships and men, none last or alone,

Are lost and the names toiled like sorrowful mysteries

In churches in harbors on the grief-got sea:……”

Yesterday John Ronan, Gloucester’s Poet Laureate, read his poem “The Salt of Gloucester” at the fundraiser for the Russo family. Please click here for the full poem. Many thanks to John for joining us in this special event.

Ice Sailing On Niles Pond Pic From Mike Lindberg

Does anyone know who the person in this photo is?  I’d love to get some video.  That’s a pretty nifty rig.

Packed House For GGAP II

We had a lot of fun and raised money for a great cause.   People turned out and I’m proud to say that GGAP II was the first sell-out at Cape Ann Community Cinema.  We raised $2217. which will be deposited by the end of the week to The MR Children fund.  There are still 12 t shirts left which can be purchased at The Dress Code downtown and 100% of that money will be added into the total when they are sold.  Also Rob Newton will be donating a portion of the proceeds from a show this week (details to follow) into the pot.

DSC_5259, originally uploaded by sharon_lowe88.

Thanks to Sharon for taking the pictures at the show as I was too busy to be able to get any footage.