Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Getting a Streetlight Fixed

There are two streetlights that illuminate the cove. They are very convenient for boaters who come in after dark, but at this time of year, they just do a nice job of providing a pleasant warm glow. One of the streetlights has been out for a couple of weeks, so I finally called the Gloucester DPW. They said Mass Electric (Now National Grid) handles this, but they would pass along the information. The DPW said it usually takes 8-10 days--so I was quite surprised to see a repair truck out tonight at 8:30 PM with someone working on the light. Now, I find this pretty amazing, given that it was dark, cold (25F) and windy (probably 15-20 MPH). Now the glow is back.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Wave for the Camera

I have a webcam that looks over Lanes Cove. During the winter, there isn't much going on, so the images are not so interesting. OK, sometimes when the wind picks up you can see spray breaking over the breakwater, or whitecaps in Ipswich Bay, but generally, pretty boring. So on a Sunday this February we get a nice blizzard, the kind where you bring in lots of wood for the fire and just enjoy not having to do anything. During a lull in the storm, I notice someone down on the cove, waving. Kind of interesting, but nothing too unusal for Lanes Cove. So I post a note on a local message board about seeing someone waiving at what I think is our webcam. I got a reply--yep, that was someone who lives around the corner from us who told her grandkids in Chicago to watch the webcam and she would wave to them. Evidently it worked.

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