Author Archives: Paul T Morrison & RD

Oh Em Gee a Trifecta of Astronomy Tonight!!?

One would think right? If the Washington Post has a headline, “A full moon, lunar eclipse and comet all in one evening? It happens tonight”, you might think holy shit I gotta see this trilogy of spectacularness!

Every science article I read in the lay press I find an overhyped problem, Cancer is Cured!, Neanderthals and apes had sex!, Two blue moons this month never to be seen again!

That’s, fine, gotta get the clicks. But today’s story is utter nonsense and it leaves out the actual interesting part that you should go check out.

  1. It isn’t a trifecta. A full moon and a lunar eclipse happen concurrently every single time. It’s like saying “the full moon will be round at the same time!”
  2. It’s a penumbral lunar eclipse. You won’t see jack at the start when they tell you to look since penumbrals just darken the moon a bit and that won’t be until mid eclipse.
  3. The comet is cool but even with binoculars and you knew exactly where to look I doubt you would see it. Tiny smudge.
  4. Dipshits should have used an Oxford comma. (Yes, once I get picky I go full blown grammar Nazi too. I’m not pointing out the six other typos in the article because I’m too busy with some pointy sticks that I need to light on fire and jab into my eyeballs.

What is cool which happens every single month is a full moon rising in the east over the Rockport Breakwater at sunset. The moon rises at 4:59 PM. If you go to Granite Pier the moon will rise just to the right of the breakwater. The grey line in the picture shows exactly where. Or click on Photographers Ephemeris and make your own map.

And my name isn’t Paul “Buzz Kill” Morrison for nothing.  It’s going to be overcast by then. 🙂
I will be there since the clouds will move in from the west and there is a small chance the moon clears the breakwater in the east before the clouds extinguish the view, but we live in New England, so don’t count on it.

Go out there and pretend to see moonrise in the overcast which is going to drop more snow tomorrow.

Go out there and pretend to see moonrise in the overcast which is going to drop more snow tomorrow.

Hannah Jumper is a Patriots Fan

Super Bowl Sunday and I cannot get down to Woods Hole to visit my parent’s graves to tell them about Brady’s shot at getting ring number five (they were wicked Pats fans) so I am adopting someone no longer with us who is a local.

Mom's mom was a big fan of Yaz but for some reason Mom liked #9 Rondo.

Mom’s mom was a big fan of Yaz but for some reason Mom liked #9 Rondo.

Hannah Jumper would have been 220 years old when the Patriots won their first Super Bowl. Everyone thinks of Hannah as a party pooper but I am willing to bet she would have cheered Vinatieri’s field goal to squish the Rams waving her hatchet around. I’m sure she would be wearing jersey Number 12 today and having a brew because time marches on, the Red Sox and the Patriots are World Champions several times over and Feather & Wedge Tavern is having a Super Bowl Party in Rockport.

Still can’t get used to it. The championships. A beer in a Rockport Tavern. What is the world coming to? 🙂

Hannah communed with me and besides rooting for Tom she also said the bongs at Boston Smoke Shop in Gloucester were wicked pissah.

Hannah communed with me and besides rooting for Tom she also said the bongs at Boston Smoke Shop in Gloucester were wicked pissah.

Lisa Day-Copeland Synopsis of the Public Coyote Meeting Last Night

Lisa posted this on Facebook this morning and I thought it was a decent synopsis of the coyote meeting last night. Rubber Duck added the photo of Coywolf puppies.

Coywolf's have puppies in February and March. They are cute but do not go near them! If you remove their fear of humans they will geet in trouble.

Coywolf’s have puppies in February and March. They are cute but do not go near them! If you remove their fear of humans they will get in trouble.

I (Lisa Day-Copeland) went to the Gloucester coyote forum tonight with Jodi Swenson and Roland Leger. I think the presenters did a good job of teaching people about coyotes, that they have many useful functions and are here to stay (replaced wolves after they were killed off). Most weigh only 30 – 45 pounds and are far less dangerous than dogs in terms of aggressive behavior (and I love dogs!) They taught us to make noise and wave our arms, even toss something small at them or wave a stick. Don’t feed them. It is good for them to be afraid of humans. Also cover your trash and hiding spaces (I’ve got to block that space under my shed!) Lots of really bright people got in line to make comments or ask good questions…science students, wildlife specialists. Someone from Project Coyote came to see the presentation…perhaps he’ll be back at some point to further educate the public.

Get a jump on the Super Moon Today at 4:11 PM

Do not listen to the naysayers. The Super Moon really is Super. 30% brighter. If you are standing on the southern end of Long Beach at 4:11 PM the Super Duper Moon will rise among the twin towers of Thacher Island. Go to The Photographers Ephemeris (click to app) and you can move around and precisely find where you need to stand to split the uprights of the Towers with the moon.

 

Pro Tip: Leave your camera home. Someone else will take a great photo. Instead of fussing with a camera just stand there with your dog and enjoy the earth rotating under your feet so the moon magically appears on the horizon. I would also recommend smoking a doobie but it is not legal. Yet.

On Monday the moon will rise in about the same place but at 4:55 PM. The sun will already have set at 4:20 PM so it might be even more super than Sunday.

On Monday the moon will rise in about the same place (5 compass degrees north) but at 4:55 PM. The sun will already have set at 4:20 PM so it might be even more super than Sunday.

Gloucester Rotary Trivia Night This Friday, 6PM, Gloucester House

There may still be time to register a team. Get four smart people, 25 bucks a piece and come show off how much junk is stuffed in your brain.

Or come have a couple of drinks and cheer on the newest team, The Bag of Hammers.

Team Captain Greg Bover will lead The Bag of Hammers, Christine Armstrong, James Dowd, and Paul Morrison, to victory. They are setting the bar low hoping to outwit at least any other bag of hammers that have entered the trivia contest.

Gloucester Rotary Trivia Night (CLICK for INFO)
Friday, October 28, 2016
Gloucester House Restaurant
Doors open at 6pm, Game begins at 7pm
Great prizes for the top three trivia teams

Cash bar and pub menu available

50/50 Raffle

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This Saturday October 15: “The Quarries of Cape Ann” by Les Bartlett at Cape Ann Museum

Les Bartlett will give a talk on the quarries of Cape Ann this Saturday at 10 AM at the Cape Ann Museum Click here for details.

Last month Rubber Duck visited Profile Rock and posted on the Rockport Facebook page.

Old photo of Profile Rock with Cape Ann Tool Company Smokestack in background.

Old photo of Profile Rock with Cape Ann Tool Company Smokestack in background.

Profile Rock as of September 2016

Profile Rock as of September 2016

RD checking out a circular mark at the very center of Profile Rock.

RD checking out a circular mark at the very center of Profile Rock.

Les promised to explain what that circular dent was during his Saturday talk. He said, “RD is next to perhaps the most important spot on Cape Ann and along the Northeastern seaboard.”

RD tried to google the answer but came up dry so she is going to the talk this weekend.

Sunrise this morning 10/6/2016

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Too late! The sun was blowing out the sensor on my poor iPhone.

After all the weather passing through now back to the standard gorgeous sunrises. Before the sun broke the horizon the backlit waves were gorgeous. But I was trying to keep baby stripers from chasing my popper so the iPhone stayed in the plastic bag. Then they were just babies in diapers, maybe 22 inches so I put the rod away and took a few shots.

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So shoot to the left of sunrise.

Shoot to the left of sunrise.

One more to the left.

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And shoot to the right of sunrise.

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and shoot to the right of sunrise

Hardware Advice at Ace Hardware in Rockport

So I’m in the hardware store and Rebecca shows me some fly paper. Remember that brown sticky tape your grandpa hung in the shop to catch flies? It still works and comes complete with a large thumbtack.

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Then I found a Spearow at the info booth and he was trying to sell me a thermometer that I could “Hide-a-Key” and I told him, “Well if I was a burglar and saw this thermometer on the front porch I would know exactly where the house key was” so I threw a Poke Ball at him and I’ve already traded him in to Professor Willow.

Playing with my food but not like Adam Bolonsky

Adam catches a bluefish and needs to make sure it is really really dead before he lays it between his legs in a kayak.

Waht better way than to rip the heart out with the gills and the blue is tastier after bleeding out.

What better way than to rip the heart out with the gills and the blue is tastier after bleeding out.

If I catch a big blue I need to scale and leave the skin on for the perfect Marcella Hazan “Bluefish with Crispy Potato” click for recipe.”  I was planning on making a post of gifts hanging on our kitchen wall from Fred Bodin’s Shop. But then I had a blue that I bled out when I caught it then scaled before filleting. But wait I needed a picture.

The small ceramic striper on the wall as well as an antique map of my neighborhood when our house was the only one both came from Fred's shop

The small ceramic striper on the wall as well as an antique map of my neighborhood when our house was the only one both came from Fred’s shop

Still bleeding out but I think I can make a new Zombie avatar before I fillet the fish.

Rock Lobster is playing in the background.

Rock Lobster is playing in the background.

Reading Marcella’s recipe she lists other fish you could use but I have tried them all and a fresh bluefish is the only way to make this dish. Half a fillet will rest on the crispy potatoes while remainder of the fish marinates overnight to become smoked bluefish tomorrow. Ryan & Wood wood chunks from the distillery whiskey casks for the smoke. Perfection. Then smoked bluefish paté sealed with a dog kiss from Stella makes Joey’s favorite snack on a Ritz cracker.

Fred Bodin’s Birthday Today

Fred was someone you will never forget and even though you didn’t know it was his birthday today I bet you thought of him in the past week. His voice I can hear like it was yesterday, why Shaggy was Shaggy, Cape Ann Tool chimney, and stuff.

I did a google for Fred and it is amazing how many hits and images. But when we both convinced ourselves, “if you do it, I’ll do it”, and we showed up for Felicia’s party in Tuxedos, is my favorite. Shaggy front and center.

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https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/please-welcome-new-official-contributor-fred-bodin/

Blackburn Challenge Rubber Duck Wrap Up

Preliminary results posted on this page. It was a perfect day. Nice high tide in the Annisquam, flat water most of the way around, lovely breeze, choppiest water was the last two miles in Gloucester Harbor.

So Russ Cone and Tom Bohrer go around Cape Ann in a sliding seat double in 2 hours 26 minutes. Are you serious? 9 mph or around 7.8 knots! The harbormaster will give you a ticket in the “No Wake” zone going that fast. How is that possible to do for a hundred yards much less over 20 miles of bumpy water? It is possible because a majority of the contestants in the Blackburn seem to be only made out of leather and sinew and have likely run an Ironman triathlon in the past week. Conversations at the high school before we take off, “I only drink coconut milk and free range basil the day before so my potassium levels are high and I don’t get twitchy.” Well shit I wish someone had told me that before I had three martinis and pork ribs the night before because I sure got twitchy out there.

For the rest, you should really click on the Blackburn Challenge 2016 Results. Each posted time is a story. The SUP stand up paddles mostly made it under 5 hours. That is amazing. I always find the most amazing are the dories and work boats posting faster times than me. Rubber Duck is in a 30 pound kayak and they are in a quarter ton or much more boat. You could pile ten lobster traps in the stern and they might add a few seconds to their time.

So how did the Rubber Duck do? I finished. 5:22:07. My goal is to break 5 hours but I blew a seal at Lanes Cove. Maybe three seals. They jumped in my boat and wanted to party. No wait, wrong type of seal. I whip down the Annisquam and actually still see the leaders of SK kayaks at the river mouth. Which means I am going too fast and not pacing myself. And sure enough one elbow and one leg get a case of the twitchies and I have to take my feet off the pegs and straight arm paddle for 30 minutes while I dream of coconut milk. Sandy Bay is a stretched out nightmare that never ends and by Milk Island I am in survival mode. Just finish. By Good Harbor Beach I want to paddle in and throw myself onto the shore but I would scare the kids and the piping Plovers would run away. Being a local I know exactly where Brace Rock is and how long the Dogbar Breakwater is (over two thousand gruesome feet!) and Gloucester Harbor measures exactly two miles and every whale watch boat wants to kill me. I swear one missed me then backed up to try to finish me off, OK the mind goes after 5 hours of paddling.

Greasy pole, time is recorded, flip boat to lay in water for ten minutes then on up to pour two pints of cold Ipswich Summer Ale down my throat. That wasn’t so bad. Let’s do it again!

Lessons learned: Everyone else has a winged paddle in my group. They giggle at my Werner Cypress paddle. Who knew? Not me. Getting one of those. Coconut milk and basil. Yup, potassium next year I’ll have a case, no martinis for 24 hours. 2017 I break 5 hours. Nothing damaged, feel great, time for a nap, this typing is making my poor pruney fingers tired.

Rubber Duck: "You can't paddle any faster?" Pikachu: "Will there be any beer left?"

Rubber Duck: “You can’t paddle any faster?” Pikachu: “Will there be any beer left?”

And last but not least, The Cape Ann Rowing Club pulls off another flawless race. An all volunteer army gets 300 contestants into the water with humor, keeps an eye on them for 20 miles with the safety boats all the way to the finish line and beyond including picking up the errant pulled pork plate on Pavilion Beach.

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