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Homie and Rubber Duck’s Fifth Anniversary

Five years since Rubber Duck and Homie met on that blustery day April 18, 2011. The Fifth is the wood anniversary. Homie gave Rubber Duck a carving of Homie. (Homie is a little self-centered.)

Homie would have carved it himself but he has no opposable thumbs.

Homie would have carved it himself but he has no opposable thumbs.

The following is a repost of Homie and Rubber Duck’s First Anniversary describing that fateful hook-up five years ago today.

Homie: “You’re not from around here are you? May I show you the cove?”

Solitude of the lonely Homie.

Cold, lonely, rubbery, but Patriotic!

A little stand offish at first.

They’re eyes locked and Homie was in love.

“So how many children should we have?” Homie wasn’t wasting any time.

“I have a lovely nest on Milk Island.”

You’re not listening to a word I’m saying!”

“We could make it work!”

“Do you think it’s safe to come out?”

Your friends are rude Homie.

Rubber Duck out on the Town at another Fred Bodin Christmas party.

I cannot believe it has only been one year since the Rubber Duck met Homie on a blustery day just like today, April 18, 2011. When I posted that first part of the Rubber Duck saga I was only joking about it being a twenty part series. Little did I know that maybe a hundred posts later the story is still not finished. To commemorate their anniversary I repost the first few chapters. Later this week will be an update of how Homie and Rubber Duck spent their day today. Part I posted April 18th, 2011:  (This will be a twenty part series.) Part II posted April 19th, 2011: But first, the back story. Two lonely birds:  But soon the connection was made and time stopped. ”  “I am so out of here!”  But Homie came back of course and took Rubber Duck all over. The Rockport Dump, Thacher Island lighthouse, Maine, Florida, meeting Santa when he arrived in Rockport, wine tasting at Passports, Duck Confit at Duckworth’s. Then, just a few months later, things got a little weird: Last sighting of RD was at the Spring Fling two weeks ago with rumors that she was at the Thirsty Golf contest at the DogBar last week when Joey caught her again staring at him.  Flexilis anatidaephobia is the fear that a rubber duck is staring at you and Joey has got it bad.

Decent waves linger on north side of Cape Ann

The wind died off before sunset but the waves kept rolling in. The cool thing about this shot is that I am pointing pretty much straight to Nova Scotia. All overnight flights from the USA if they are from Houston, Atlanta, New York, all over, funnel into the great circle route right up over Nova Scotia then down to London, Paris, Berlin and beyond. Or it is our government medicating us with mind control drugs using chemtrails.

The wind died off before sunset last night but the waves kept rolling in. This photo is pointing pretty much straight towards Nova Scotia. All overnight flights from the USA if they are from Houston, Atlanta, New York, all over, funnel into the great circle route right up over Nova Scotia then down to London, Paris, Berlin and beyond.
Or it is our government medicating us with mind control drugs using chemtrails.

Looking to the left back in the cove here comes another fleet of Airbus and larger jetliners with people settling in for dinner and a few movies before landing in Paris at 6AM and like zombies making it through customs to their hotels by noon or if they are really sad sacks they are invited speakers for 10AM seminar.

Looking to the left of first photo back in the cove here comes another fleet of Airbus and larger jetliners with people settling in for dinner and a few movies before landing in Paris at 6AM and like zombies making it through customs to their hotels by noon or if they are really sad sacks they are invited speakers for 10AM seminar.

Just before sunrise this morning April 17, 2016. Still a little wind out of the north maintaining some decent waves. There is a low parked out on Bermuda counter clockwise pulling the Nova Scotia air down to us still. Moving east a bit slower than the weatherman thought.

Just before sunrise this morning April 17, 2016. Still a little wind out of the north maintaining some decent waves. There is a low parked out on Bermuda counter clockwise pulling the Nova Scotia air down to us still. Moving east a bit slower than the weatherman thought.

The Dodging of the Balls

Joey and Frankie made sure all the balls, large and small, were hard.

Joey and Frankie made sure all the balls, large and small, were hard.

 

Rubber Duck was not the only one who could not turn away.

Rubber Duck was not the only one who could not turn away.

What happened next was epic. Maybe Craig caught it on film. Mister F. U. socks has unloaded a 97 mph fastball that misses the mark. The high cheese is high but do you see the two with the Red Solo cups not paying attention? Yeah, that's what happens. Like a trick pool shot the ball first hits her in the face then heads on over to finish off the dude. Epic launching of two beers into the air.

What happened next was epic. Maybe Craig caught it on film. Mister F. U. socks has unloaded a 97 mph fastball that misses the mark. The high cheese sails but do you see the two with the Red Solo cups not paying attention? Yeah, that’s what happens. Like a trick pool shot the ball first hits her in the face then heads on over to finish off the dude. Light blue Hoodie freaks just because. Epic launching of three beers into the air like a three Stooges finale.

Vernal Equinox 12:30 AM this morning

6:20AM twenty minutes before sunrise. It's spring but wear your mittens since it is a bit nippy out there.

6:20AM twenty minutes before sunrise. It’s spring but wear your mittens since it is a bit nippy out there.

If you click on the sunrise and enlarge you can see the Rockport Breakwater and also a very large barge. A click or two on maritime traffic and bread crumbs left behind by the tug Dolphin identifies the boat heading north five miles out. Hope the heat works on the bridge.

If you click on the sunrise and enlarge you can see the Rockport Breakwater and also a very large barge. A click or two on maritime traffic and bread crumbs left behind by the tug Dolphin identifies the boat heading north five miles out. Hope the heat works on the bridge.

Anyone having a Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday Party Tonight?

Super bummed. My entire family wants to watch 15 episodes of Daredevil on Netflix tonight. Murder, mayhem. Awful. I want to watch Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday which is now streaming on Netflix!

It debuted at SXSW on Friday! Totally awesome. It has hot female bank robbers and balloons and two women fighting over Pee-Wee! OK, maybe not that last one. Ten farmer’s daughters. Yeah, that’s it.

Is anyone having a Pee-Wee viewing party tonight and can I be invited? I will bring Cheetos and Mister T cereal and tacos made in the basement of the Alamo! Can Rubber Duck come too?

A panorama of this morning’s DST sunrise

Usually when I try a panorama on sunrise the horizon is chewed up. Maybe because DST I drank less coffee this morning.

Usually when I try a panorama on sunrise the horizon is chewed up. Maybe because DST I drank less coffee this morning.

If you click twice to embiggen, the horizon is just a wee bit chewed but what is causing most of it is that there were two oil barges out about ten miles and they were replicated a few times as the software tried to cope.

DST means Take Your Christmas Wreath Down!

I will turn off my creepy Santa in the Attic if you take your Christmas wreath down. I moved back to New England 46 years ago and still haven’t figured this tradition out. Are you supposed to leave them up until Easter? Let’s start a new tradition and take them down when you leap forward. Gloucester Winter flags on Stacey Blvd. Take them down. Don’t wait until summer!

Creepy Santa Stays lit until wreaths are gone.

Creepy Santa Stays lit until wreaths are gone.

At 6:41 AM this morning, 16 minutes before sunrise the Rockport Breakwater was on fire. My little iPhone hardly captures  the conflagration.

At 6:41 AM this morning, 16 minutes before sunrise the Rockport Breakwater was on fire. My little iPhone hardly captures the conflagration.

By 6:57 AM when the sun rose after leaping forward  the fire was out.

By 6:57 AM when the sun rose after leaping forward the fire was out.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016: Springtime hits Boston

We made it. Hardly even had a winter. Just some randomness on the first really warm day in Boston.

That other winter that sucked.

That other winter that sucked.

Today they are rubbing the Georgia clay around before they lay in the new grass at Fenway.

Today they are rubbing the Georgia clay around before they lay in the new grass at Fenway.

Anybody know how they are doing this? It looks painted on. I thought it was lasers.

Anybody know how they are doing this? It looks painted on. I thought it was lasers.

The first halter top in Copley Square. Sure sign of spring. Notice bike with fishing pole holder. Soon.

The first halter top in Copley Square. Sure sign of spring. Notice bike with fishing pole holder. Soon.

Another sighting of a covey of halter tops on Newbury Street.

Another sighting of a covey of halter tops on Newbury Street.

OK, March so I had a piece.

OK, March so I had a piece.

Soon it will be time to hit Niles Beach.

Soon it will be time to hit Niles Beach.

Are you ready Rubber Duck?

Are you ready Rubber Duck?

Breaking: Last Night’s Aurora Borealis at Old Garden Beach Rockport

Roger Porter got a great shot of the Aurora Borealis last night looking north from Old Garden Beach in Rockport. All you need is a good view of the northern horizon and some sign that an Aurora might happen. Go here to the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club Web Site and click on the Ephemerides menu and click Aurora. This will give you the odds as to an aurora happening.

The stubby white line is an airplane caught in the short exposure.

The stubby white line is an airplane caught in the short exposure.

Click here for more cool shots of stuff up in the sky by Roger Porter.

Rubber Duck: Best of GMG Blast From the Past #1

A new ongoing series wherein Rubber Duck selects a tidbit from the past. Here is Captain Tom Ellis of the Lannon answering questions during the long running but cancelled series of “Joey Sidewalk Twenty Questions”.

I have it queued to Tom’s segment.

 

From GMG post on November 11, 2011

Rubber Duck Hears Her Echo!

1twoducksKW

Rubber Duck! Get off that ice or your next port o’ call is Portugal!

2motif

Where did Kiwi Cow go? RD: “Last I saw her she was huffing on the car defrost.”

3twinduck

RD: “My Limbago is kicking up can we go back to the car now?”

4twintowers

RD: “You see that sea smoke heading to Spain? That means the hike back to the car is into the wind!”

5HELMET

RD: “Where is my helmet?”

6waterfall

This was running water three days ago? Polar Vortex? We used to call it a “Cold Snap”.

7echo

“Can you see the moon RD? RD: “I can hear my ass crack in two under the arch and I did hear an echo. Home James, to the Superglue!”

To all the people (Skip Montello et al) who got up at the crispy crack of dawn (see what I did there?) and took photos of the sea smoke when it was wild and crazy I thank you. Better you than me and you take better photos anyway. Find them on Facebook in “Rockport Stuff”. Skip takes some of them in Infrared which are mind boggling.

nb. There is an old wive’s tale about the noise a duck makes, the quack, does not echo. Glad we cleared that nonsense up.

64 Degrees? Skunk weed got a Chubbie.

Hope this Skunkweed knows what he's (or is it a she?) poking out so far on the First of February. Skunkweed has its own heating system so she'll probably be fine. Let's all be Skunkweed and rip the plastic wrap off our boats and start getting ready for the season.

Hope this Skunkweed knows what he’s doing (or is it a she?) poking out so far on the First of February. Skunkweed has its own heating system so she’ll probably be fine. Let’s all be Skunkweed and rip the plastic wrap off our boats and start getting ready for the season.

Rockport: Bearskin Neck, Dock Square and on up the hill for those last minute Christmas Presents.

There were carolers this weekend but most of the stores I hit were going to be open all the way to Christmas Eve. So that pair of earrings or feather boa, salad bowl, or nutcracker, or that weird gift, the big stone thing to put in the garden and put a candle inside.

Bearskin Neck is a must but make sure you make it all the way down main street because there are gold mines of goodies all through town.

 

The best part is easy in and out. Rockport meters are all covered and plenty of street parking available.

bearskincarolers

The little drummer boy said barampuh bu bum.

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