:: Saturday, September 25, 2004 ::
No joke, this is where I swim in the summer. Nice. The video footage sends shivers up my spine.
And to think I had just about gotten over JAWS...
WOODS HOLE, MA (AP) -- A massive great white shark trapped for days in a saltwater pond near Woods Hole had not found its way out by yesterday afternoon, a day after marine biologists tried unsuccessfully to herd it toward open water.
Anxious to guard the 14-foot, 1,700-pound female shark from gawkers and trophy fishermen, state officials on Thursday enacted an emergency regulation that forbids the attempted taking of a great white shark in Massachusetts waters.
People have been flocking to the area to catch a glimpse of the shark as it circles in the shallow waters off Naushon Island.
The shark has apparently spent several days in the somewhat enclosed area framed by Woods Hole, Naushon Island, and two smaller islands, Uncatena and Nonamesset.
Scientists in boats tried driving the shark out of the 20-foot-deep embayment toward Vineyard Sound earlier this week, but failed. They think the shark chased prey into the bay on a high tide, then decided to stay or could not find its way out.
Video footage widely broadcast on television yesterday showed the shark swimming freely and thrashing its tail above water. It came within five feet of shore, observers said.
The shark could survive in the embayment for weeks, especially if it had eaten a large meal before entering the bay. Equipped with enormous livers, great whites can live off a single meal for a month, if necessary.
I knew there were sharks out there; it's the Atlantic Ocean for cryin' out loud.
Martha's Vineyard has the Oak Bluffs Monster Shark Tournament every summer and we even used to try to catch 2-3 foot long dogfish in the shallow channels and sandbars when I was a kid so it's not like shark sightings are rare.
Makos, Threshers, and Blue sharks are the typical kinds you hear about in the waters off Cape Cod, the big ones weigh in the 300-400 pound range.
This Great White off Naushon is 1,700 pounds.
:: posted by Al on 9/25/2004 08:57:00 AM ::
:: Friday, September 17, 2004 ::
Why is it that every time I turn around the U.S. Mint is issuing some new version of our currency? What's wrong with the old stuff? Last time I paid for something in cash it seemed to work just fine for me.
How much $$ is it costing U.S. taxpayers to redesign all of our $$ ???
I can see the original idea behind each of the 50 States getting its own Quarter. Fine. But this good idea started a bad precedent because not that much later they unveiled plans for a new "Lewis & Clark" commemorative nickel. I understand that the Louisiana Purchase did a lot for this country, but do we need to change how our money looks in order to commemorate the event?
Where is this going to end?
I can see a future Press Release:
"In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the recording of We Are The World by "USA for Africa", the President enacted Public Law 109-12 to modify the Lincoln one-cent coin (penny) in the year 2005 to reflect images evocative of this historic musical event. This law authorizes the U.S. Treasury to issue a series of four pennies, each with beautifully displayed portraits of Quincy Jones, Lionel Ritchie, Cyndi Lauper, and Kenny Rogers."
:: posted by Al on 9/17/2004 01:45:00 PM ::
:: Saturday, September 11, 2004 ::
It has been 3 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Sometimes I still shake my head in disbelief.
:: posted by Al on 9/11/2004 07:53:00 AM ::
:: Friday, September 03, 2004 ::
I woke up this morning, walked by the table where our Betta fish "Fish-Fish" resides in his bowl, and headed into the kitchen for a cup of Joe. With the coffee brewing, I proceeded to the bathroom. I didn't spend too much time in there, a quick trip, maybe 90 seconds tops. On my way over to the couch to read the paper I noticed something on the floor by the table, it looked like a leaf.
But then the leaf jumped. And then it jumped again.
Oh my God, I realized, the damn fish had jumped out of his bowl!
I quickly ran over and scooped him off the floor and plopped him back into the water. He looked a little dazed; he kind of hovered around the bottom not moving too much. His little gills were flapping away and his coloring was fine so I presumed he was just doing a systems check and would eventually be OK.
I guess I am partly to blame, last night I put more water in his bowl and filled it pretty close to the top. Sometimes he gets these sudden bursts of speed and tears around the bowl like a madman. Maybe he got disoriented and lost track of where the surface was in the middle of one of these fits? That would explain his presence on the floor instead of the bowl. All I know is that he has never done this before. I hope he doesn’t try it again, next time he may not be as lucky.
Right before I left for work he ate some pellets I floated on the surface for him. He was very cautious, he would slowly swim up from the bottom, grab a pellet, and then head back down.
I hope he didn’t suffer any lasting fish brain damage.
:: posted by Al on 9/03/2004 10:49:00 AM ::
Why do Presidents and presidential candidates even try to pretend that they are regular people like you and I? I really hate it when they feed us that crap. They want to make you think that you may run into them at the convenience store buying a loaf of bread or down at the local bar watching the Patriots game. Yeah, like that would ever happen.
They’re not regular people like you and I, they know it, and we know it, so why don’t we just put that out in the open and move on?
These people run in different circles than Joe and Jane Average Citizen. That’s the fact, Jack.
What triggered my outburst today is John Kerry and his supposed love of the Boston Red Sox. In a speech given at a rally in Ohio last night he says:
"Something really important happened last night...the Red Sox pulled to 2-1/2 games out of the Yankees."
No, you big dope, they didn’t. The Yankees also won last night, 9-1 over Cleveland. That means that the 3-1/2 game lead in the AL East that the Yankees held going into last night’s game did not change.
And even if they did pull within 2-1/2 games, you don’t say they pulled to 2-1/2 games out of the Yankees. That just doesn’t sound right.
In the end, his ham-handed mention of the AL East standings winds up doing just the opposite of its intention: It makes his life look even further removed than that of the average person. I mean come on, isn't there an aide on his staff who can handle Baseball for him?
Look, as the President you aren't expected to have the time to keep up on a day-to-day basis with the local sports teams.
Bush and Kerry should leave out the insulting "Hey, I’m a regular guy just like you" crapola. Nobody’s buying it.
:: posted by Al on 9/03/2004 10:38:00 AM ::
:: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 ::
I usually don’t read the NY Post, but both the front and back covers of today’s edition caught my eye:
Man, do the Republicans have it going on or what? With the 1-2 punch of McCain and Giuliani on Monday, and Arnold last night, I think that they just made it OK for millions of Americans to stand up shame-free and admit that they are closet Republicans.
The 22-0 beating the Yankees took last night is one for the ages. Here's a quote from Joel Sherman in today’s NY Post: "The A.L. East lead (over the Red Sox), once 10-1/2 games, is now down to 3-1/2 games. The Yanks look like Rosie O'Donnell trying to hold off Michael Phelps in the 100 butterfly."
:: posted by Al on 9/01/2004 10:39:00 AM ::