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Shrimps on Sunday

I went paddling in the lagoon Sunday afternoon and luckily came  in at the same time as crab fishermen Robbie and Josh. They had just caught a bunch of shrimps, and gave me a couple of handfulls. That night I boiled them, then deep-fried the heads. Salad from the garden, Louie’s Petite Syrah wine…

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Horseneck clams and a marauding seagull tonight

It’s really a lot of heavy shoveling in sticky clay-y sand to get these clams, so no one does it. Me, I have a strange affinity for shoveling, having done it since age 12, and I look on it as a workout. Got these 5 after about 45 min. of shoveling. Took them out and put them in the channel to wash off, went back to get my shovel, and when I got back, a seagull was tugging one of them along. Chased him off. What an opportunist! Such a strong, elegant bird. A survivor.

I leave them in salt water with corn meal sprinkled on top overnight (makes them discharge sand). Then will take long necks, blanch off skin, Cuisinart the white meat, and make clam fritters. Will make broth with the rest of the clams.

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Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.

When I see a red sky at either dawn (as above, last Tuesday) or dusk, I always think of this saying, which I originally heard from Lionel, the fisherman. So I looked it up on Google and found the below on the Library of Congress website:

Question: Is the old adage “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning” true, or is it just an old wives’ tale?

Answer: Within limits, there is truth in this saying.…

Shakespeare…said something similar in his play, Venus and Adonis. “Like a red morn that ever yet betokened, Wreck to the seaman, tempest to the field, Sorrow to the shepherds, woe unto the birds, Gusts and foul flaws to herdmen and to herds.”

In the Bible, (Matthew XVI: 2-3,) Jesus said, “When in evening, ye say, it will be fair weather: For the sky is red. And in the morning, it will be foul weather today; for the sky is red and lowering.”

Weather lore has been around since people needed to predict the weather and plan their activities. Sailors and farmers relied on it to navigate ships and plant crops.

But can weather lore truly predict the weather or seasons?

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Rainy day/Oh Boy! Plus running and crabbing…

Lesley’s been telling me for about a week to watch this weeping cherry (Mt Fuji variety) tree, and it went full orange/yellow last night. One inch of rain in last 24 hours. Oh yes!

Last night I went running. Cold, dark night. As I was driving to our Tuesday night run rendezvous spot, I was thinking, “You could just go home and sit by the fire,” but  the fact that other guys would be showing up motivated me.

I got into my Maxit tights and shirt, and with new super headlight, headed south along the coast. Cold at first but in 15 minutes, I started to feel good. By the time I got up to the lookout spot, I had my shirt off.

I could see the lights of about 20 crab boats out in the bay. These guys are tough, working around the clock, then heading into San Francisco when they’re loaded. One real windy night I was sleeping on the beach and I saw a boat out working crab pots. It must have been pitching all over the place, and I could picture these guys swinging heavy crab pots onto the deck, dumping crabs into boxes, rebaiting traps, dropping pots back into the water. Them’s some men, fer shure.

Ran about an hour, kind of reveling in the fact that I don’t have to “train,” I can run for delight, not speed. Boy is it different. By the time I got halfway through the run, my footsteps were almost silent. I’ve been thinking about the Miwok Indians that lived here not so long ago, and how they would have run gently on the trails…

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Josh and Robbie heading out to check crab pots

It’s a phenomenal year for crabs. Lots of them, lots of big ones. These guys that go out through the surf have my utmost respect. Both going out and coming back in are not for the faint-hearted. Skill and experience required. They have to know where the (shifting) channel is, and make a lot of right moves to prevent being turned upside down by the waves.

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