Thursday, July 10, 2014

Big Lobsters

I went to George's Fish Market of Harwichport (Cape Cod) Mass, today to buy a dozen little neck clams.  As stated in a previous post; I take the empty clam shells after eating the clams and put them on my stone driveway and figure in about at least a thousand years I should have a nice crushed clam shell driveway.

The fellow at the counter stated that their biggest lobster they currently have is  18 pounds and they figure 7 years of age per pound so that would make the lobster about 126 years old. I wonder how many battles with other lobsters this big lobster has had in his life and how the lobster was captured. You would figure with 126 years of experience the lobster would have learned how to stay free on the ocean floor. Maybe the lobster was just so hungry that it couldn't resist a few morsels of rotted fish or fish guts. Maybe though, the lobster somehow knew that it was so big an old that the fish market plans to release it back into the ocean at some point this year.

Soundings Resort Construction Update

The Soundings Resort, a Bluegreen managed property  located in Dennisport on Cape Cod  is nearing the final phase of the most recent 22 room addition. The housekeeping staff was here this past evening until 8:00 pm putting some of the final touches on seven rooms in the new addition which are planned for occupancy later today ( 7/10/14). These high quality rooms which are the newest built rooms on Cape Cod will boast spectacular direct ocean views of Nantucket Sound from the private balconies. The remaining rooms in the new addition should be ready quite soon and the new indoor pool is scheduled for completion in the late Fall.

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Golden Chain

I recently inspected a home in Brewster, Massachusetts on Cape Cod  for a routine insurance survey and was struck by this unique at least to me tree that was found just a little way off of the front driveway on this property. The property itself fronts a large pond and has a two tenths of a mile private way to reach the home. At first, I got out of my car and started to walk to the house but after a short while I realized that the house wasn't seen right away so I turned around, went back to my car and drove as I didn't know how far away the house was from the private way and didn't really have time that day to walk a long distance.

The homeowner stated that this tree is called a "Golden Chain" and was planted in memory of a nephew who died at a young age. This tree reminded me a little bit of a "Wisteria vine" as far as the flower goes although the Wisteria flower is usually purple as far as I know.

It is said by some that no one truly dies in totality until the last person with a memory of you themselves slips their mortal coil and breaks their own "golden chain" of  life's earthly consciousness.

Friday, May 30, 2014

First Kayak Ride in 39 Years

I recently purchased a used "Pisgah: Liquid Logic 13.5' Kayak" from a friend of a neighbor. I don't mind sometimes purchasing second hand items as you can usually pay less than a new item and you don't have to pay any sales tax. So, I had an inaugural kayak trip around "Swan Pond " which is across the street from my home. Along with the kayak I purchased as part of the price I paid, a paddle and a small 2 wheeled device that I fastened under the kayak so I could wheel the kayak down the street. to the landing. Swan Pond is an "inter-tidal pond  which flows down Swan Pond river to Nantucket Sound salt water. I must say that walking the kayak down to the landing and back to my house probably was more exercise than the actual kayak trip.

The last time I was in a kayak was in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania at Slippery Rock State College as part of an outdoor recreational workshop while attending the University of Connecticut (UCONN) when I was active in "student activities" as a member of the Student Union Board of Governors. I remember after returning from this trip to Slippery Rock that I was looking through a college student programming magazine and there I was in a picture in this magazine paddling in a kayak.

After a couple of minutes I regained my "sea legs" and was paddling pretty well after only a 39 year hiatus. I guess paddling a kayak is just like riding a bike except on the water and without wheels but similar that once you have done certain "motor skills" you can recall past experiences even if the form of transportation doesn't have a motor. I paddled around this small island and saw a couple of ducks and small birds. I water was real shallow near this little island and I actually grounded the kayak about 25 yards from this island but easily pushed off with the paddle.

I enjoyed the ride and saw one swan a swimin' on the return trip to the landing. I'll have to kayak again as when you first purchase an item the first time you use it you in effect have paid the full price for its use, then the second time you have paid half the purchase price, third time 1/3 the price... and so on so that that more times you use something the effective price per use is reduced.

I  tried to "christen" this kayak with a glass bottle of "Sam Adams Summer Ale" but when I tried to smash to beer bottle of the plastic hull of the kayak the beer bottle bounced off of the plastic kayak and almost hit me in the face.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Wrong Numbers

A couple weeks ago I was on the phone paying my Comcast  internet service bill. These companies as many of you know employ automated telephone voices that tell you to press "1" for English, "2" for Spanish, and other numbers for different departments such as bill paying, technical department and so forth. If you are paying your bill then you have to enter the amount you want to pay and then your credit card number.

For some reason, I was having trouble that time reading my credit card number correctly to enter on the phone and Comcast was saying I entered an incorrect card number. So, I had to hang up and try again a couple of times. The Comcast final digit is a "9" in their phone number. I'm continuing trying to pay my bill and all of a sudden a police car pulled up in front of my house and an officer came up to my door and asked me if everything was "OK" as they received a "911" call from my phone. The officer then looked deep into my eyes as I returned his stare and told him that I didn't intentionally dial "911" and that I was sorry if somehow inadvertently this "911" was called. The officer also asked if anyone else was in my house and I replied "No".  Somehow I guess between entering the last digit of the Comcast phone number and responding to some of the auto prompts it must have come out with a "911" sequence.

I remember years ago a few times each season at the Soundings resort on Cape Cod that the Dennis police would say one of our had dialed "911". What happened at the Soundings at the time was that guests ha to first dial "9" to get an outside line then "1" for a long distance number, then I guess they would forget that they already had dialed a "1" so they would press "1" again on the phone for a "911" sequence.

Sometimes "wrong numbers" do bring quick unexpected results I guess.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Harbor View Lobster Roll

Had a late lunch today at the Sesuit Harbor Cafe in Dennis on Cape Cod. As seen here from the photos, you can eat right on the harbor front amid the boats of the harbor and the Northside Marina. The lobster roll was quite good and is self-proclaimed "World Famous" so you may have already heard about them. Parking is a little "tricky" as noted on the map with danger areas highlighted. While I was there eating this boat in the above photo was being transported to one of the marina buildings to be worked on. Dining is very casual here and you don't have to wear a tuxedo or even a regular dinner jacket. I brought my own beer (Cisco IPA from Nantucket) to go along with my lobster roll,french fries and cole slaw. 

I'll probably start recommending this place to the guests at the Soundings and Breakers resorts as many folks ask where they can eat at a waterfront location. There are also "lobster roll cruises" available for the ultimate dining on the water experience. So, this is a good fresh air salt water spot to consider if you are in the mid-Cape area. I don't know if I would want to eat outside on a rainy day or night; but on a good day this is not a bad place to be as long as you stay away from the "danger' areas on the map.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Mr. Cordial

Brother Scott recently gave me some of his "home brew", namely some Cranberry Cordial. It tasted quite good somewhat sweet and somewhat tart which reminds me of when I worked at "The Captain's Clambake Emporium restaurant in the early to mid 80's. We had a player piano in the restaurant and one of my roles was to change the piano rolls after each song finished. We primarily catered to senior citizen motor coach tour groups and I do recall one time introducing the song "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" as "Let Me Call You Sweet  (pause pause..Tart); some of the seniors thought that was a little risque.

Yes, my brother could be known as "Mr. Cordial". A friend of mine (Tom) make his own peach brandy which is quite good as well and I think that is just peachy.