A Bridge to Nowhere

Trail Mix Northern Command (Gloucester) — Officially called Magnolia Pier, this dusky scene in a nearby hamlet caught our attention on Sunday.

Magnolia, Massachussetts
Magnolia, Massachussetts

Gloucester Harbor
Gloucester Harbor

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65 thoughts on “A Bridge to Nowhere”

  1. Sea Fever
    By John Masefield

    I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
    And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
    And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
    And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking,

    I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
    Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
    And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
    And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

    I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
    To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
    And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
    And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over

  2. I left my boat yesterday afternoon looking forward to being onboard this coming weekend. Boat time is happy time.

  3. I really enjoyed winning the Preakness on Nasal Strip (Ummm, California Chrome). Be interesting to see if the NYS Gaming Commission reverses course and allows him to run with the strips on -- hell, put them on all the horses and level the field.

    Boats, ““Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” Not a better way in the world to waste a perfectly good day. The two best days in a boat owner’s life- second best is the day you buy the boat….the best is the day you sell it. And finally -- a boat is a hole in the water lined with money.

  4. As for their suggestions that other people should be held accountable for their actions, while they themselves skate, the media should remind them of that every time one of them is booked.

    jace, yes and in proportion to the casualties (benghazi 4 vs Iraq 4489) by 1000 times. either 1000 more words, more outrage, more often or all the above.

    p.s. don’t forget the 32,231 americans wounded in bushies’ war.

    this all could be another of rove’s sleazy tricks, not so much to hurt hillary and scare away her donors, but to air out the bush dirty laundry early enough to make it old news for jeb’s run.

  5. pogo: hell, put them on all the horses and level the field.

    sounds like a good idea since they all suffer from some degree of bleeding in the lungs according to this link from one the nasal strips makers. the alternative is the drug lasix which is banned everywhere else in the world but the good ol’ usa.

  6. Craig… enjoy your stay up here in the northeast… too bad the temps aren’t a little bit warmer.

    I couldn’t think of a more stupid business decision for horse racing than to have a real Triple Crown threat squashed over a bandaid.

  7. I must go down to the saws again, to the sawdusty adze and the drills……
    And all I ask is plumb and square, and a level to steer them by….

  8. sturgeone,

    sturgeone:
    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/05/17/nikki-haley-lost-lawsuit/

    Nikki Haley…..loser.

    That Nikki was found guilty of violating their civil rights is most meaningful as, at least it was in Florida, against public policy to use public funds to defend those convicted of violations of citizens’ civil liberties, or to pay their fines,etc.

    In other words, she should be out on her own paying for her own lawyers,etc. And the plaintiffs should sue her for every cent she has.

  9. Welp………no self-respecting tea-partisan wants to receive help from the govt, right?

    Cop took me to the clink once for a roach and on the way he just couldn’t resist craning around, saying……”This ain’t California!” And when all that got was a knowing nod, he felt compelled to add “This ain’t the sixties!”. Before it was over he was holding my cigarette so’s I could smoke.

    Kids today, huh.

  10. pogo:

    Definitions: “boat”

    (1) Something that, most of the time, is kept in the driveway on a trailer, in your wife’s parking spot.

    (2) A motorized form of transportation that cannot be operated if the driver is sober.

    (3) Yet another demonstration, as if one were needed, that for most men, size matters.

  11. Well, I’ve driven boats, sailed boats and yachts, owned a couple of boats (none would be accused of being a yacht) and I’ve never been associated with one that couldn’t find a way to dispose of any extra money that happened to be around. And I love being out on the water -- when it aint’ too hot and ain’t too cold and ain’t too windy and too choppy and ain’t too crowded and .. and none of all that used to bother me at all.

  12. Flatus, Sturg,
    Nikki Haley is among that new breed of ‘pugn who has taken to heart that money=speech, and if there ain’t money changing hands it ain’t speech that’s protected under the 1st amendment. Their sense of history is so screwed up that they either don’t know or can’t remember that the speech the founders they profess to revere so highly protected was political speech against the government.

  13. Flatus,

    Hell… I’ll gladly wear a strip while watching the race in my living room… I ain’t afraid of no stinkin’ bandaid… :)

    A friend who had one of them there boats once told me that owning a boat meant “going nowhere slowly at great expense”… I figured he must know…

  14. One of my favorites:
    Overboard: No longer On Board ship, usually by falling off of one. One of the limited occasions when disembarkation from the vessel implies a shortening rather than lengthening of the life span of the individual involved.

    And another:
    Zeyphyr:
    A warm, pleasand breeze named after the mythical Greek god of wishful thinking, false hopes, and unreliable forecasts.


  15. Laryngospasms -- A group of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists that create and perform musical medical parodies throughout the United States.

  16. Poor damned horse. I bet he’s never had to look at himself in a mirror while wearing the darned thing.

    And the next indignity, if he wins the triple they won’t even let him pass on his genes naturally. I bet no one has told him any of this stuff. Yeah, yeah he’s only three.

  17. Flatus,

    oh no… if he’s bred in this country he must do it naturally.

    Here’s a passage taken from wiki about breeding Thoroughbreds…

    The Thoroughbred industry is a large agribusiness, generating around $34 billion in revenue annually in the United States and providing about 470,000 jobs through a network of farms, training centers and race tracks.[78]

    Unlike a significant number of registered breeds today, a horse cannot be registered as a Thoroughbred (with The Jockey Club registry) unless conceived by live cover, the witnessed natural mating of a mare and a stallion. Artificial insemination (AI) and embryo transfer (ET), though commonly used and allowable in many other horse breed registries, cannot be used with Thoroughbreds.[

  18. 1. A ship may carry a boat, but not the reverse. It’s not a definition, but it limits the set to smaller than an aircraft carrier or supermax tanker.

    2. I believe it would be more satisfying to go bankrupt by boat than by dice, cards, or roulette wheel. I never heard a singer croon about red dice in the sunset.

    3. If I were Bill Gates, I’d own a yacht and a dirigible.

    4. And, a seaplane, and a submarine.

    5. And, a big bathtub to put them in.

  19. TonyB:

    Thanks for the link to that article on Rove. It was very interesting.

    “Bush’s Brain” doesn’t seem so smart these days.

  20. x-rep:

    re: boat vs ship

    Some junior sailors aboard US Navy aircraft carriers, which are about 3 football fields long, perversely refer to them as “boats.”

    But not when there are any officers around.

  21. I am stuck with temporaroly because of the mess with my usual and I’m unfamliar with it, and considering my usual computer skills, I am practically mute.

    In one of the lost posts I mentionnedI preferred
    CalifornisChrome.

    Gotcortison’e shotsin leftshould today. Betteralready

  22. Mystery solved for me. Back in the 1950s, Mom always hung all laundry items on a clothesline. At night she suffered asthma attacks and they were scary. Yesterday I heard a warning: in pollen season do not hang laundry outside if you are sensitive to pollen. The sheets act as large pollen collectors. Mom was uinwittingly poisoning herself! Who knew? And when they got a clothes dryer, her symptoms went away. Who knew?

  23. bethyboo,

    am sure pogo and renee will share the chrome glory with you.
    let’s start a flash fad and wear nasal strips on race day. can’t you picture a bar full of schnozzle sheathed patrons cheering along the winner? should make a good selfie for one of those smart phone camera companies. commercials.

  24. Tonyb,

    thanks for the joan walsh piece. best point she made was about the “persistent GOP impulse to blame Democrats for troubles of the party’s own making”…
    sort of a “they” made us do stupid things and “they” not us should pay for them mantra.

  25. Dexter J:

    Thanks for the pollen info.

    Every day on Traimix I learn useful stuff.

  26. Pretty picture and lobster rolls sounds good to me

    The goops are stupid too bad they have access to $$$

  27. Saw in this morning’s Journal a blivet saying researchers believe some types of automotive windshield cleaner fluids can harbor legionnaire’s disease in under hood reservoirs.

    I suspect more details will follow. Surely GM took note. If they’re on top of this type of recall it could be a watershed event for them.

  28. So… Spirit (60s band I really liked) is suing Led Zeppelin (60s band I loved) over Stairway to Heaven beinga ripoff of Taurus. I’ve listened to both and they are pretty damn close.Randy California -- singer and frontman for Spirit and writer of Taurus -- is dead and has been for a while (17 years in fact). Not sure why Spirit’s bassist took so long to bring the suit, but hey, what do i know anyway? If the suit is successful I hope his widow (Not sure there was one) and kid get royalties for what is arguably the greatest rock song ever (#3 on VH1′s list)

  29. Flatus, I know the man fairly well and I’m saying with conviction he’s the only viable candidate out there who would risk all to protect the middle class from the vultures

  30. Craig:

    I would argue that Webb is actually running for vice president, and he would be a good choice.

    Since the Clintons now live in New York, this would give both regional (north/south) and gender “balance” to a Clinton-Webb ticket.

    In terms of ideological positioning, I suppose Webb would play the “conservative” on the ticket and Hillary would be positioned as SLIGHTLY more liberal.

    She gets to take the high road and he break legs.

    That works for me.

  31. re: J.Webb

    Numerous critics have said that the best novel about the Vietnam War is …”Fields of Fire,” by James Webb.

    Blurb from book jacket….

    “Fields of Fire is James Webb’s classic, searing novel of the Vietnam War, a novel of poetic power, razor-sharp observation, and agonizing human truths seen through the prism of nonstop combat. Weaving together a cast of vivid characters, Fields of Fire captures the journey of unformed men through a man-made hell until each man finds his fate.”

    You can order it by clicking on the Amazon link at the top right of Trailmix’s home page.

  32. Clinton Webb
    Gosh if he couldn’t stand being senator how would be stand being vp

  33. Noisy Woodpecker.

    If you have one of these in your backyard, you don’t need an alarm clock.

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