Monthly Archives: December 2011

the guy in the red glasses

Ever see the guy in the red glasses? 


He’s Rockporter Robert Hartwell Fiske, and he’s the author of The Dictionary of Unendurable English, published last month by Simon & Schuster.


Robert Hartwell Fiske’s Dictionary of Unendurable English

A Compendium of Mistakes in Grammar, Usage, and Spelling with Commentary on Lexicographers and Linguists

Read what people think of him and his book:

However curmudgeonly, Mr. Fiske betrays a bluff humanitarian spirit….[Fiske] wants to save [the English language]. And he knows that he can count on little help. Dictionaries "have virtually no standards, offer scant guidance, and advance only misunderstanding." His own flogging of Merriam-Webster’s is one of the many pleasures of this lovely, sour, virtuous book. — The Wall Street Journal

Word snobs and copy editors should love the Dictionary of Unendurable English and cherish it as a reference book. Those learning English can benefit, too. Folks who think they have English down pat ought to read it. Fiske will quickly force them (of whom I am one) to shed that conceit. This is, of course, a form of knuckle rapping. Fiske, to his credit, makes it a pleasure to endure. — Andrew Allentuck, National Post

Fiske, the language-obsessed creator of online journal The Vocabula Review, does not mince words. Nor shall I: His dictionary is one of the grumpiest, most self-righteous intellectual exercises I’ve ever had the genuine pleasure of reading. — Mia Lipman, Shelfari

[Fiske’s] documentation of brand creep is fascinating: Reporters use non-words such as “alleve” (a misspelled rendering of a commercial analgesic) when they mean to say “relieve.” “Abilify” — an antidepressant — has been perverted into a synonym for “enable.” — Sheila Anne Feeney, Star-Ledger

Greasy Pole Reconstruction Photos From Betsy Goldman

Hi Joey,

I tagged along with Aaron, Tiger, and Chad for a few hours work on the Greasy Pole reconstruction a couple weekends back (Sunday, December 11th) and took some pictures.

It was a beautiful, crisp day in the harbor.


Cheers, Betsy Goldman

Did You Know? Pomeranians and the Fairy Dog Ma

The Pomeranian (often known as a Pom, or more humorously, Pom Pom) is a breed of dog of the Spitz type, named for the Pomerania region in Central Europe (today part of eastern Germany and northern Poland). Classed as a toy dog breed because of its small size, the Pomeranian is descended from the larger German Spitz.

The breed has been made popular by a number of royal owners since the 17th century. Queen Victoria owned a particularly small Pomeranian and consequently the smaller variety became universally popular. During Queen Victoria’s lifetime alone, the size of the breed decreased by 50%. Overall, the Pomeranian is a sturdy, healthy dog and incredibly smart, cute and sweet. 

This pomeranian is named Paco.  He and his owner, Jen Nicol are my next door neighbors and regular visitors.  Jen is also known as the Fairy Dog Ma  She is great with animals of all varieties and is a 100% reliable, full time pet care provider offering services customized to suit you and your pet’s needs. These include pet/house sitting, individual or group walks to park/woods/beaches for socialization and lots of exercise. Jen’s motto and belief is that a tired dog is a good dog!  If you need someone to look after your 4-legged family member while you are at work or away, call the Fairy Dog Ma.  You’ll love her and so will your best friend.

E.J. Lefavour

Captain Joe and Sons Forktruck Study In Black and White

click the photo for the slide show


Some may scratch their heads and wonder why anyone would want to take pictures of a greasy, rusty old forktruck.  Others may find some beauty in the images.

All in the eye of the beholder.

It was fun messing around focusing on different parts of the machine and using the light streaming through the front door of the dock to create shadows and highlight what I wanted highlighted.

Taken with the new Sony NEX-5N

“Who’s sitting in our chairs?” asks KBMG.

Get today’s music lineup and our $50 Giveaway Question #2

This week we feature a $50 giveaway from our friends at Jalapenos.  Watch every day to get all five questions.  If you missed yesterday’s question, click here.

Be the first person to submit all five correct answers on Friday (look for the ANSWER link right under Friday’s video) and win a $30 gift certificate plus 4 jars of Jalapenos signature sauces — just in time for the holidays.

Even though you can’t see KBMG tonight at Jalapenos (private party in the dining room, but the bar is open), there are plenty of opportunities for live local music see the full list here.

Waldo – Pet of the Week

Waldo – Pet of the Week


Hello, my name is Waldo and I am on the look-out to all those on Cape Ann.   There must be one person out there looking for an adorable ten-week-old boy pup who thinks he might be a Shepherd mix who is black-and-tan and 100% cute.  I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, a non-profit shelter for homeless cats and dogs located at 260 Main Street in Gloucester.

I want to wish everyone happy holidays and I know this New Year I might be celebrating with my new family.  No champagne for me; I will be happy just to have a family to celebrate with!



I remember when I was young Bar hopping. Jon Butcher Axis was a hard ticket to come by. David “Doc” Vincent has informed me that Jon now lives in Gloucester. Say Hi and thank him for the music he created when we “i” were young. the late 70’s and early 80’s was a great time for local music. Jon’s Band {Jon Butcher Axis}, The Megawatt Blue Crushers with Doc Vincent, The Fool’s with Doug Foreman, and the Nervous Eaters were my favorites. do a search on youtube for your favorites and Enjoy!

The Fools with Doug Foreman “Psycho Chicken”

The Megawatt Blue Crushers with “Doc Vincent”

 The Nervous Eaters

Take It Like A Man! Great Xmas Present!

Take It Like A Man!

Here’s a Great Christmas or New Years present for your Party Hosts. The A-Train has played for us at Rocky Neck and other Cape Ann Locations for free. Here’s a chance to support local music.



Alek Razdan And The A-Train CD


They will make a great XMAS Present.

There are some Available at the Ace Hardware at the checkout Counter in Gloucester. also you can get them by contacting

Alek Razdan . PO Box 21. Rockport.Ma 01966
Includes postage..or visit tel.978-546-8134
14 Tracks available now ..

Chris Coyne fine art

On one of my recent expeditions to Bearskin Neck I ventured into Chris Coyne’s gallery, “Chris Coyne Fine Art + Design“.

The entrance to his gallery at 37 Bearskin Neck

The painting in his window is almost identical to a photo I posted not long ago. He has good taste in subject matter…

My photo of the same subject:

Chris was kind enough to pose with his artwork, which is quite beautiful:

I really liked his painting of a Rockport landmark, Tuck’s. The façade seems to glow with its own light!

His work is offered at a wide range of sizes and prices. It’s worth stopping by for a visit, maybe for a last-minute Christmas shopping trip. According to his website, the gallery is “open year-round by chance or by appointment.”

Sista Felicia Pinulata Recipe At The Gloucester Times Taste of The Times


As always you can click at along the top bar of GMG where it says “Sista Felicia Recipes” and access them at your leisure.  They are all right there with a simple search.

From The Times Taste of The Times website-

If you grew up in a Sicilian or Italian household or ever went to one at this time of year you may remember these treats. These are an Italian holiday treat that you can make ahead and leave in serving dishes around your house. The way that Felicia (Ciaramitaro) Mohan makes them, based on her Grandmother Felicia’s recipe, are little bites of fried dough slathered in a honey/Kayo syrup mixture and topped with bits of chocolate, toasted nuts and fresh cinnamon.

For the rest and a printable recipe click here

“This Is Gloucester” DVD Deposit For Rebuilding The Greasy Pole Complete


To those of you who bought This Is Gloucester DVDs, 5% of sales went to the Rebuild the Greasy Pole Fund.  There are a few people who haven’t paid for theirs but I included the 5% for those sales even though the dough didn’t come in just to be done with it and have it all off my plate and enjoy the holiday. 

The last DVD’s went in the mail this morning and I’d like to extend a huge thanks to the nice lady at The Gloucester Post Office on Dale Avenue who was very helpful in giving me suggestions and super patient with me at the counter.  They are very pleasant at the Post Office even in the heart of the shipping season. 

You can still donate if you would like to rebuilding the Greasy Pole.  Anyone  looking to donate to the restoration can send a check to Greasy Pole Fund, care of Cape Ann Savings Bank, 19 Main St., Gloucester 01930, or designate the check for the Greasy Pole Fund and send it to the St. Peter’s Fiesta Committee, P.O. Box 3105, Gloucester, 01930.

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