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Scallopers aren’t having much trouble finding their five-box limits these days, though with poor poundage per bushel and far lower prices the season will be a struggle (I&M story here). One scalloper said that due to lower yields they have to pay openers more per pound.
With that in mind, one has to admit it is a living compared to what many in the trades are facing. At least they have some income to help pay their bills. Most carpenters, painters and others in the construction industry have little or no work ahead of them.
Once winter is at an end, many homeowners will suddenly decide to have work done on their summer abodes. Then they’ll be in a rush to get it completed. It might be nice if they’d start thinking about what needs to be done now. This is the time when workers are able to perform their tasks without a schedule that forces them to work overtime and try to beat the clock, as it were.
Even in good years, too many people wait until the last minute, and then call on island contractors for repairs on their house. If you’re in one of the building trades, you know the drill. A job postponed results in no job at all. Take too much work, or have a schedule that gets fouled up for whatever reason, and angry phone calls will come your direction. No matter how well you plan, something trips you up.
A carpenter/contractor spoke to me the other day regarding the no-work situation for the upcoming winter. His idea was to try and convince 50 well-heeled homeowners to each spend $25,000 fixing up their houses. Repaint them, new shingles, a rebuilt deck. These are make-work projects, but they’re needed on many houses every couple of years. That work would help dozens of Nantucket workers scrape through the lean times and spruce up a number of summer homes.
Now there’s more Federal Street post office news. I asked our postmaster about the railing and he said he thought it was the original. When queried about the door not appearing to be tailored to handicapped people, he told me it was. His belief was that the ramp up to the door made it handicap accessible.
I said it didn’t seem that anyone in a wheelchair could possibly open up the door while trying to enter the portal at the same time. The postmaster’s reply was to ask if I’d like to file a complaint, and if so it should be addressed to the folks in Providence (R.I.). Whether or not the decision was made in Providence, shouldn’t the postmaster have some idea of what’s happening in his own fiefdom?
This was a typical “it’s not my job syndrome” that is frighteningly common these days. If you’re going to do something, at least do it to the best of your abilities. And the United States Postal Service is going down the tubes. On the other hand, the majority of people working in all of our local POs are excellent at their jobs.
While speaking about doing a job well, I’m looking at the shrink that allegedly shot and killed over three dozen people at Fort Hood. How does a doctor with a poor rating get a promotion to major? A raise for mediocrity is insane, but then so was the doc.
I was proud to see our congressman, Bill Delahunt, voted nay on a U.S. House vote on a resolution congratulating the New York Yankees on their World Series victory. Mr. Delahunt said that as a lifelong Red Sox Nation fan he couldn’t bring himself to vote for it.
The Nantucket Junior Miss competition takes place this Saturday at the Mary P. Walker Auditorium (Nantucket High School). This is always a great evening for the audience, as well as the contestants. I especially like to watch the children in attendance, because they get so excited watching the festivities. Its good entertainment and the kids know the young women on stage from seeing them in school or around town.
Contestants have a chance to show off their talent and brains, while vying for scholarship money to help defray college expenses. The doors are open by 6:30 pm and the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission, and are available at The Hub, the High School front desk, and if any are left, at the door.
While this fall has been full of precipitation, along with some early chilly days, we’ve had some days that have really stood out. Last Saturday, Sunday and Monday were bright and warm. On Saturday a friend and I went fishing in Sesachacha Pond. In the process, we waded at least a quarter of a mile in waist-deep water. It was my first time fishing since early July, and the day was nearly perfect.
Another entity who’s opposed to the Nantucket Sound wind farm is the Steamship Authority. They’re against the collection of steel posts, complete with fans on top, as they would pose problems for their ships for “navigational safety reasons.”
I should have posted this last week. I’d like to apologize to veterans and those servicemen and women now serving our country for my tardiness in congratulating their service to all of us. Whether or not you believe in what we’re doing in Iraq or Afghanistan, the members of the armed services deserve our respect each and every day, not just one day each November.
– “Goodman’s Gam” appears weekly at www.discovernantucket.com, and monthly in The Inquirer and Mirror.