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Goodman’s Gam

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I hear the MedFlight helicopter going over the house at least a time or two each day. What amazes me is how few fatalities occur here each summer. Watching the vehicles dashing to and fro, bike riders assuming that said vehicles won’t bruise them and pedestrians who are far more cavalier than those riding bikes. I see potential accidents that could be very serious every single day.

Some of my favorites are walkers, often two (or more) abreast, often with babies in carriages. Here come the lemmings, daring cars to veer over the center line in order to avoid hitting them. The worst stretch I’ve seen is along Cliff Road. This is a curvy, somewhat hilly drive that has a speed limit of 30 mph, insufficient time to allow for sudden appearances of pedestrians in the road.

While I’m looking at the Cliff Road area, the (unfinished) bike path is being used, even though the telephone poles centered there are hazards, especially in low-light conditions. I’m beginning to wonder if this entire fiasco will be wrapped up by Labor Day. The pace from the utility companies is making snails look peppy.

Not only is the path dangerous, but most of the sawhorses blocking bikes from using the menace have been shoved aside and mean less than they did before. For cars and trucks, the paving hasn’t been completed around the sewer grates, making for a whoop-di-do ride. This is a sad situation and there is no good reason for it.

Losing T.J. Malvesti as the chief at Brant Point was sad, but I’m happy for him and his family. Serving in the Coast Guard, one has to expect to move every few years. Freeport, Texas, get ready, you have a true leader coming your way.

Of late, there has been news here and on the Cape regarding great white sharks being spotted in shallow waters, where they normally stay well offshore. Like any other fish, sharks follow the food. In this case, its seals, primarily, gray seals. To accompany this information is that there seems to be fewer gray seals hanging around Great Point. On the other hand, out around Tuckernuck and Muskeget more seals are congregating on the sand bars. With all the shoal areas out there, sharks would have a difficult time getting close to dinner in most cases.

We lost some good people over the last few months. Preston Manchester was honored last week in a memorial service. I moved here a few months after the Bosun’s Locker closed, so that was an experience missed. I did try to make up for the loss by spending time shooting pool at Preston’s Airport Lounge, while listening to the best juke box in creation. “Poison Ivy” was a favorite tune.

Phyllis Perelman passed away a couple of weeks ago. She was a gentle soul who campaigned for her son when he ran for sheriff. I’m happy that she lived long enough to see Jim win.

Jane Lamb passed away July 4. She lived her whole life in her home “Chaos Corner” in Wauwinet, although during World War II, she also moved closer to town, due to a shortage of gas so she couldn’t commute. I did some work for her about 20 years back and she was a dream customer.

Another old-timer was Warren Valero. He left us on the first of July. Warren was a funny guy, really good at everything he did and a lifesaver for people who locked themselves out of car or home. I watched him remove the side of a house one afternoon, as there were tens of thousands of bees inhabiting the inner walls. He had no fear as the clouds of bees hovered all around him.

Have a good week. Be well.
David’s Goodman’s “Goodman’s Gam” appears weekly in this space and regularly in The Inquirer and Mirror.

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