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Goodman’s Gam

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When I woke up last Saturday and saw it was raining, that was worrisome. The Nantucket Maritime Festival was opening in three hours and it appeared that it could be a washout. Luckily, the rain cleared up and the Fest went on as planned. Everyone had a good time, particularly the children. There were several tables where kids could decorate various objects and the ever-popular saltwater touch-tank.

All the attendees were drawn to the food being served. I felt it incumbent to try each place. Starting out with shrimp, then a lobster roll, an ice cream sandwich and later was treated by a friend to pizza. I was disappointed that no one was selling fried clams, as that’s always a dish I’m unable to pass up.

I wasn’t surprised to hear that the conference at the White Elephant complained about the public-address system from the Maritime Festival. The music and announcements could barely be heard once I walked over by the sand. I suppose when you’re busy educating the world, a local event doesn’t mean much in the scheme of things.

Later that day, I went to the Scalloper’s Ball, an event that always attracts large crowds. Tickets were sold out well before Saturday and if you were there, it was easy to see why. There were vast amounts of food, prepared by members of the Nantucket Shellfish Association and all of it was outstanding. I concentrated on several plates of mussels, one of my favorite shellfish, and finished with dark-chocolate iced brownies. Why does food always come to the fore with me?

It appears that the Pleasant Street Post Office has survived the USPS cuts and will remain open for the near future. I rarely use it, due to almost no parking spots and the fact that it’s closed for an hour during the middle of the day. Having said that, many folks need the facility, otherwise they wouldn’t have a mailbox. There are those who don’t want to brave town and the traffic, especially in summer months. The workers there are terrific, so this is no criticism of them.

Selectman Whitey Willauer is going to be paying a $3,000 penalty for ethics violations. This is indicative of the hubris many town officials have exhibited over the years. These transgressions should never happen.

I’m a registrar of voters and even though I have every right to sign candidate’s nomination papers, I don’t. As a registrar, my name is printed on the papers, once the signatures are certified by the town clerk. I believe that it would look suspicious should my signature show up twice on the papers, once as an election official and a second time as a supporter of a particular candidate.

We’re still in luck with our weather conditions this fall. Even though rain has fallen in evening hours and in the morning fog is thick, by mid-morning, the sun is out and warmth soon takes over. When you see how much rain has fallen in the Northeast of late, Nantucket is as dry a spot as may be found. We deserve a fall that exceeds our expectations.

And now, a hurtful topic for us as the Boston Red Sox collapsed like a house of cards last week. We knew the talent was there, and aside from injuries, not playing as a team was the deciding factor. As always, the manager takes the blame. Terry Francona will go down in Hub history as the man who eradicated the Curse of The Bambino in 2004 and then did it a second time in 2007.
–David Goodman’s “Goodman’s Gam” appears weekly in this space and regularly in The Inquirer and Mirror

2 Responses to “Goodman’s Gam”

  1. Joe Says:


    We just returned to Pittsburgh after a week on Nantucket. It was a splendid fall week as we enjoyed sunny walks at the Windswept Bogs, Sanford Farm, Polpis Harbor and, of course, many strolls in and out of town.

    I just wanted you to know that I have been a faithful reader of your column for many years . . . in fact, one of my pleasures on the island is kicking back in a chair at the Athenaeum Library with a stack of I&Ms to catch up on the columns of yours that I missed.

    Best wishes for a wonderful fall season and blessed holiday, David.


  2. David Says:

    Thanks for the kind words. Now you know that my columns are online, a trip to the Atheneum while enlightening, isn’t necessarily to read them. David

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