What? Let’s start at the end. Schooner Festival Weekend! This coming Saturday, September 5 there is a boat parade, A Parade of Lights! Parade starts at Jones Creek out the Cut Bridge into the Harbor and around the coves then Fireworks! Sounds amazing. Last Year’s parade was a tad thin. I think they need more boats. So I was thinking.
A six foot translucent Rubber Duck up on the Radar Arch of Blue Duck with a wicked bright LED bar inside. I have a blow up two man raft as a base, surf board under that, the LED bar and a 180 rubber ducks for the edging. But I need an idea for how to make the duck. A beach ball for the head, maybe some sticks here and there for support wrapped in a yellow sheet or something. I’ll have Thursday to Saturday at 7PM to construct. Anyone who spends time or comes up with the awesome solution like they have a big blow up Rubber Duck in their basement gets to ride in the parade. (Anything that blows up that light can go through that can be painted yellow might help.)
Wanna make a Homie the Seagull for RD to chase to stick on the bow? Make it and we’ll mount it!
Or if you want to add to the parade, throw some lights on your boat and read the info here!
Anyone know where this dog keeps his duck? Maybe we could borrow it while she is sleeping.
Rubber Duck is replacing her oil furnace with propane. So the oil tank is no longer useful. But as we were standing around staring at it someone said, “You know you can make an awesome smoker or pig rotisserie grill out of that puppy!”
Well shoot, a google of “Convert oil tank into smoker” and the hits and images are endless complete with step by step directions.
Now I could just send this to the metal man for disposal but would it not be more fun to have a dear friend of mine who invites me to cookouts to take this thing off my hands and make a pig roaster out of it?
So here is the deal. First person to convince me they have the brains and brawn to convert this tank to a roaster who will also invite me to at least the first two pig roasts gets the tank. I will deliver a bone dry tank to your backyard and even help saw the lid into it. If there are multiple entries Rubber Duck will decide who really is committed to frequent pig roasting, brisket smoking, rib smoking, and the like. Be creative with your proposals.
Google: convert oil tank to roaster
Rubber Duck’s SP50 is wearing off so heading in for some DNA repair enzymes. 1) 1.5 oz Ryan and Wood Folly Cove Rum, 2) 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice, 3) 1.5 oz Coco Reál Cream of Coconut in the soda aisle at Gucci Shaws. SHAKE WELL WITH CRACKED ICE! OMG I AM SAVED MY DNA IS REPAIRED!
You put the lime in the coconut you shake it all up. Don’t bother calling me in the morning. Rubber Duck book review in two weeks.
when I crossed under the Greasy Pole to finish a boat exploded over in the cut. To complete circumnavigation I had to go that way to get back to my car at the high school. The boat was burning like a big rubber duck.
340 or so athletes will be paddling or rowing all sorts of high and low tech watercraft all the way around Cape Ann this Saturday. Click here for specifics at Cape Ann Rowing Club website.
Click on the new updated GMG map of the race to find a good location for viewing the race. Hint: Go to Cape Ann on Saturday, face water, watch racers go by left to right.
If you are on shore:
Anywhere on Cape Ann facing the water is a good view of the race. Obviously a point sticking out will be a better view as the racers cut the corner. Good Harbor Beach on the other hand is not so good as they will just be dots on the horizon. 8AM staggered start and the Annisquam River is good, they will be starting to exit the river by 9AM. Then from there until 2-3PM the fastest boaters will be circling the Cape entering Gloucester Harbor and on to the Greasy Pole finish. But don’t forget to cheer on the slower boats, the SUP boards, the dories, and everyone else who just want to finish the challenge in under six hours.
If you are watching from a boat:
Again, anywhere along the shore of Cape Ann. Please be aware there are many serious racers in high performance craft in this race. That means some are in razor thin craft and your wake can easily flip their boat. Steer clear, view from a distance, and keep the speed down when near these fragile craft.
Click the map, 33 tidbits of new information sprinkled within, and don’t be like Rubber Duck and miss the race entirely. She is paddling the race on Friday morning the day before! Such an airhead.
A week from Saturday the gun goes off for the race around Cape Ann. Still time to sign up before the July 20 deadline. Click here for race info at awesome Cape Rowing Club that sponsors the race.
Start at the high school, gun goes off north of the railroad bridge, paddle down the river and then start taking right turns until you go all the way around and into Gloucester Harbor to the Greasy Pole Finish line. Simple. (Click the map for a better view and secret messages from Donna and Rick as well as the Milk Island Seagulls.)
Rubber Duck and I have done this race five times and it is
great fun, uh, a wonderful test of endurance, uh, an accomplishment for an old fat dude who sits in front of a computer too much of the year! It is a staggered start so a standard sea kayak gets to go before all the high performance vehicles paddled by sinew and muscle. It is entertaining to watch them all fly by on wakes you could water ski behind.
Over 300 of these crazy people have signed up already. They are probably all doing an Iron Man Challenge this weekend followed by a double marathon the day before the Blackburn. When you talk to them they seem like such normal people. Jimmy Tarantino types except he does the whole race in a Grand Banks Dory!! Jimmy T, why don’t you stop by Joey’s dock and stick ten wooden lobster traps in your dory and make it a real challenge?
So I was thinking of changing it up a bit for the Rubber Duck. The day before (Friday July 24) high tide is at 5:41 AM. So if I did the paddle from the tennis courts at the high school at 6AM I get a nice tide, the cool morning for most of the paddle, and no crowds mowing me over. Might even be all the way around before that dreaded southwest wind starts piling up in your face.
Anyone else want to go for a paddle on Friday? Leave a comment. I have two spare kayaks. We won’t try to break any speed record. Maybe even stop for lunch on Straitsmouth Island or Thacher Island. And if the Good Harbor Beach looks like a good finish line then why not pull in there instead of those last grueling miles in the Harbor?
Yo Adam Bolonsky! Ed Collard! You’ve both gone all the way around. Anybody else? On Saturday we could hang on Pavilion Beach, “Oh yeah, did that yesterday mon.” (That’s a Jamaican accent, I will pack bear can lettuce and tomato sandwiches. If you say that with an accent you will get it.)
In 2011 Les Bartlett posted a photo on his website of dawn on July 5, 2011 and I have been fascinated ever since about what the bonfire is doing the day after. Click here for his shot and links to Les’s website.
This year it was as hot as ever. You could have roasted a Seaview Farm Grass fed Steer on these coals.
There were 24 boats moored in Sandy Bay this year up from 4 last year when I took this photo.
1) Celestial Pin Ball continues tonight with Venus practically slamming into Jupiter in the western sky over Cape Ann just after sunset. I posted about it here and here.
But we live in New England so we have missed the approach of Venus in the past week except for a glimpse and tonight right before they come into view we will leave this slice of clear air and clouds will again block our view. Try and get a glimpse because it is the closest aproach of these two planets in 2,000 years. What happened 2,000 years ago? That’s right. Some people say that the combo of the two brightest objects in the sky (besides sun and moon), was the Star of Bethlehem.
If you do catch a peak, check them out with binoculars and consider the fact you are looking at an inner planet as a crescent and a giant outer planet with four moons visible. Be one with the universe.
2) For science geek awesomeness it does not get any better than tonight at midnight 23:59:60 which will be followed by 24:00:00. How can that be? Those are the same exact times! But this is how those sneaky scientists wedge an extra leap second into today. So pour yourself another drink because today is longer than any other day of the year. Also pray that satellites and planes do not fall from the sky as computer systems worldwide add a second to their systems in different ways. Google is so freaked that they are going to do what they call a “leap smear” and spread the additional second over several minutes.
If you google “Google Leap Smear” this image is the first hit. Enjoy your 23:59:60. It is also possible, besides the internet exploding, that this is an actual head exploding of the one person who thinks 60 seconds on a microwave is longer than typing in one minute.
FYI: The leap second is added because the rotation of the earth is slowing and 1 PM would eventually become high noon. The leap second is also being added at midnight Greenwich Mean Time. That is 8 PM on Cape Ann so if you want to send a text message to your loved ones be sure you get it done before 7:59:59 tonight. Go out and look at the Star of Bethlehem instead.
Some amazing collisions in our summer skies this summer and to really appreciate it you have to look at the darkened sky over the sunset starting tonight. It will be pretty easy to pick out Venus as the brightest object above the horizon. Then check out Jupiter which is sitting above Venus. Kind of cool but why are we looking at them? Because from here to the end of the month, keep track of how Venus tracks towards Jupiter. If you do, by the last day of June you will think they are going to crash into each other! It is only on July first that Venus edges by below Jupiter.
On June 30th, Venus will be so close to Jupiter that by using a decent set of birding binocs with wide field you will be able to see Venus and four moons of Jupiter along with Jupiter at the same time! An inner and outer planet with circling moons! Comet 67P not to scale.
Then we can go back to figuring out where the Rubber Duck shaped Comet 67P is. This will be easy because the lander named Philae the European Space Agnecy sent woke up last week! The lander is sitting on the Rubber Duck’s head and we may be able to get photos of what happens to a comet when it heats up this August as it sweeps around the sun. Can you imagine photos of the Rubber Duck’s head popping off? (Joey and Craig are hoping!)
A photo of 67P if it landed in London. The Philae lander sitting on the head is the size and weight of a standard washing machine. But the gravity of this Mount Fuji sized comet creates an apparent weight for the lander of only one piece of paper! When this sucker heats up, fasten your seatbelts!
And here is where I got the photo of 67P Rubber Duck at the Bikini Speedo Tourney. David Cox is amazed.
There are some interesting mushrooms growing over here next to this tree. Should I post the next shot? Your call. Leave a comment.
[EDIT two days later]. Finally, someone asks about the mushrooms, EJ, wants to know. When I first posted the David Cox shot I was sure I caught a dodge ball player watering a tree in the background. But I looked at all my shots and a moment later got a clear view of the innocent players getting dressed after the game.
Hey, I’m just pulling my pants on!
Dock Square, Bearskin Neck, the other neck on Cape Ann full of wonder. Check it out. The shops and galleries are stuffed full of new stuff while keeping the old good stuff.
When: 4-8PM and beyond, Tonight, First Friday of the month all summer.
Where: Rockport; Bearskin Neck, Dock Square and up Main Street.
Feature: The Art Nook Gallery on the Neck. Go all the way down and turn right into Helmut’s Strudel. Have a small coffee and a cinnamon roll with raisins. Make sure and get the raisins. Trust me. Then three steps right across the street is the Art Nook Gallery.
Take a selfie of you standing in front of Stefan Mierz’s freshly painted”Rockport Harbor Sunrise.” Stefan or Kathleen Miller will shoot it with your phone. Send it to Rubber Duck. Blue Duck will be shooting her Selfie at 5 PM.
Rubber Duck: “Do you see what I see?”
Blue Duck: ” I think they add more than fluoride to the Rockport water …”
The Rubber Gun goes off at 11 AM but if you want a chance at winning the race you need to put some cash down on a rubbery bill before that. Rubber Duck is increasing her odds by buying four ducks at 10 AM. Her Rubber Duck Army of 88 crazy Rubber Ducks that have shown up on her porch will cheer them on.
Where: Mill Brook is that lovely park and stream that flows into Front Beach, Rockport Center.
What: Rubber Duck Race to benefit the Rockport Council on Aging
What the Duck??: The “Rockport Stuff” Facebook page has been aflame with controversy for the past few days with Duck Gate but officials have promised that all ducks will be tested for proper inflation and the winner will have to pee in a cup post race.
Controversy was squashed once Rubber Duck Race officials disqualified any entrant with feathers or actually having a quack. These two will be spectators.
You might think ho-hum, I’ve been to Bearskin Neck over the years many times, but you should try it out again. Lots of new stuff. Two examples:
A new turn-around and new breakwater at the end! There is still the “Pass at Your Own Risk” sign but now it is so much easier to walk all the way out to the #6 harbor beacon. It really needs a good storm to wash the grit off it left from mashing 13 ton rocks into a flat top but you should try it out now.
There’s a party out on #6 ATON.
New artists! I’ll highlight just one but there are tons of new artists and shops out there. One gallery you have to stop in to see is David Arsenault. Leaf through his website but you have to see these in person. The very familiar, Good Harbor Beach, Old Garden Beach swing. After viewing if you go back outside on Cape Ann you realize you are living in a painting.
You’ve sat at this picnic table before enjoying a sunset haven’t you? New owner, same table, different sunset.
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Rubber Duck Approved.
Four years? Seems like just yesterday.
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!”
Is it safe to come out?
Rubber Duck out on the Town at another Fred Bodin Christmas party.
I cannot believe it has only been four years 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 six hundred posts later the story is still not finished. To commemorate their anniversary I repost the first few chapters. 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.