Sunday, February 14, 2010

Super snowy Sunday....

2/8/10

Our last offload went well & was uneventful, as usual. We did get about 18 inches of snow while there, which is unusual, because most of the time the snow just blows away and never really amounts to much on deck. The Superbowl was awesome and most of us were thrilled to see the Saints win. It was very cool to land a delivery on that weekend, kudos to my brother for making that happen.

It is interesting that after all these years of working together one can still learn something "new" about a shipmate. Along with the hundreds of crab that come up in a pot will sometimes be sea snails, which also land on the sorting table. About the size of a golf ball it is not uncommon for there to be 20 or more in every pot on a long soak. These critters are not allowed in the tanks because they are known to kill crab in a confined space and are therefore pushed out the discard chute. The shells, when sliding on the aluminum table make a sound similar to fingernails on a chalkboard. When held in ones hand and done intentionally, holy cow! what a screech. Some people, like myself, couldn't care less about this sound, but others (who knew?) like Travis and Lenny, are mortified, and when done "properly" are nothing short of physically affected, picture superman meets kryptonite. Knowing how this sound pains them I do my best to limit my fun to only occasionally throughout the workday. :) hee hee

We will be heading north in search of our last trip and have yet to see the "White Monster", and we hope to miss that altogether.

Capt. Monte "Wizard Mouse"

6 comments:

  1. Fair and following Monte. LOL @ the snails. I guess I shouldn't order Travis and Lenny a generous plate of Escargot the next time I'm in town! Glad the ice has remained illusive this season! The Superbowl was one of the best in years; I'm glad Keith got you to town in time to catch it. Oh to be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year; it is indeed going to be a party of epic proportions.
    Please give everyone my best.
    Cheers!
    Mystic

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  2. OMG, that is funny! I am also sensitive to noises like that so I would be in pain also! Don't torture them too much! Good luck on your last run!

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  3. Cheryl & ColleenFebruary 15, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Thanks for sharing Monte, I'll have to remember that and let Colleen in on it. Hope you stay far from the white monster. Stay safe.

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  4. hahah! Bothersome snails...I'll catalogue that away for later use. I'm glad you're keeping your sadistic indulgence to a minimum. lol! It's nice to hear things have been less icy this year. I hope it stays that way. Stay safe on this last leg. Love to all aboard.

    Cheers!
    ~Liz

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  5. Now WHY does it not surprise me to know you take great pleasure in torturing them with the snails? But then, I'm SURE they know how to push your buttons as well...hee hee. Glad ya'll enjoyed the Super Bowl...it was awesome! Stay clear of the "WHITE MONSTER." Best of luck on your last trip..may your pots be overflowing with keepers, your pockets full of gold after the last offload, and your journey back home safe and short. Much love and hugs to all of the Wizards!
    Kim (Otter)

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