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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?

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!

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

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

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

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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?”

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

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“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.

Lunar Eclipse Sunday Night is also Super Moon!

You will have to wait something like two billion years to see something like this again. 10:11 PM is the time you need to remember.

Practicing tonight for the Super Lunar Eclipse on Sunday Night!

Practicing tonight for the Super Lunar Eclipse on Sunday Night!

6:22PM the moon rises.
8:12 Penumbral eclips begins nothing to see
9:07 PM partial eclipse begins
10:11 PM full eclipse begins (shit gets real. The moon is now in complete shadow.)
10:47 PM maximum eclipse ( demons appear, world ends)
11:23 PM full eclipse ends (watch for that first glimmer of light passing over Mount Everest hitting the moon)
12:27 AM (only astronomers and nerds will stay up for this.)

Rubber Duck Treasure Hunt, or Hoax?

Rubber Duck received an anonymous email precisely at midnight last night. It was a very short email.

—————————————————————–
DATE:09/03/15; 23:59:59 EDT (DST)
SUBJECT: Dig
BODY: At the GPS coordinates below you will find treasure Rubber Duck. You must dig at this spot before high tide tomorrow morning or all is lost Rubber Duck. You must dig Rubber Duck. No one else.
—————————————————————–

Since RD was online chatting at midnight she immediately put an IP trace on the message. Whoever sent it covered their tracks. They used anonymous Web Proxy Servers based in Russia and Romania to bounce the message and hide the source.

At first light we punched the GPS numbers in (specific to within 3 feet!) and set off. One twisted ankle and a grumpy duck later we find:

To keep the treasure a secret while Rubber Duck excavates we are removing all coordinates and identifying items in the photos. This could take a while.

To keep the treasure a secret while Rubber Duck excavates we are removing all coordinates and identifying items in the photos. This could take a while.

Me: “The message said you had to dig Rubber Duck.”
(This is when Rubber Duck starts sounding like Carol Channing when she is excited but also a little ticked off)
Rubber Duck: “Hello? Has anyone noticed my little stubby rubber wings and I don’t even have any feet?”

I think I hit something and it smells kind of ripe. Could you pass me a sani-wipe?  WELL HELLO DOLLY!

“I think I hit something and it smells kind of ripe. Could you pass me a sani-wipe?  WELL HELLO DOLLY!”

What do you think Rubber Duck will find?

A call for Artistic Designer of Rubber Ducks

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.

Anyone know where this dog keeps his duck? Maybe we could borrow it while she is sleeping.

Amazing Pig Roaster and Smoker Available

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!”Oil tank soon to be pig roaster.

Well shoot, a google of “Convert oil tank into smoker” and the hits and images are endless complete with step by step directions.Pig Smoker

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 at the Beach

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!

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.

Blackburn Challenge this Saturday!

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, face water, watch racers go by left to right.

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.

Blackburn Challenge Race Around Cape Ann July 25, 2015

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.

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. They are probably all doing an Iron Man Challenge this weekend followed by a double marathon the day before the Blackburn. When you talk them they seem like such normal people. Jimmy Tarantino types.

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.)

Rockport Bonfire Aftermath

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.

This year it was as hot as ever. You could have roasted a Seaview Farm Grass fed Steer on these coals.

So immature.

So immature.

There were 24 boats moored in Sandy Bay this year up from 4 last year when I took this photo.

There were 24 boats moored in Sandy Bay this year up from 4 last year when I took this photo.

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