Nantucket Journal

Saturday, August 4 I’m writing this on the 9 p.m. ferry and will post it using the WiFi capability on board. This ferry, late on a Saturday, has no trucks on it, so the loading master allowed me to drive the car to the front, middle. We should be first off, use the GPS in the dark of Hyannis, and get home by about 1 a.m. We spent the day on the lawn at the Wauwinet, since you have access …


Nantucket Journal

Friday, August 3 Our anniversary, 39 years, wonderful to celebrate it here after being high school sweethearts. I mentioned to my wife that this has been a particularly good time here, and she pointed out that EVERY time is a particularly good time here. Nantucket is God’s country. We changed rooms today, to one of the bungalows. (It’s easy to find rooms to extend a stay here, but the ferry is nearly impossible, sold out for months. I had made …


Capitalizing on Disaster

Immediately after the horrible bridge collapse in Minneapolis, I began receiving blast emails from PR firms advising me that “experts are wanted” for media interviews. Apparently, we were to apprise the PR firms of our availability, because psychologists, grief counselors, engineers, political analysts, and so on were needed to fill the media requests for commentary. We were told that our visibility would be greatly enhanced and that rapid response was the key. The firms went on to tell us that …


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Thursday, August 2 The gulls here have a habit of consistently catching clams and dropping them onto bricks and pavement to open them and dine. I remember years ago hearing a “thunk” while I was at my pool, and saw something bouncing off our pond’s rowboat. It turned out to be a small, groggy turtle, and a shadow over us turned out to be a gull upset that I was interfering with lunch. I released the turtle into the pond …


Nantucket Journal

Wednesday, August 1 Grazing this morning for coffee and the papers, I met Jill Schlesinger, the president of Strategic Point, the investment and money management company. They advertise quite heavily and she does a radio show. She’s here for the first time, is a New Yorker and sarcastic, and also wanted to know who switched the cream and skim, so we had instant karma. (We both feel like we’re crashing a great party here and no one has noticed, yet.) …


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Tuesday, July 31 No papers this morning, fog has rolled in and swallowed the island, the planes can’t get in quite yet. Breakfast is al fresco on the restaurant patio. We drove around parts of the island during the early day mist and found ourselves at the site of a New York Times article from a couple of weeks ago. Because of erosion, a group of homeowners has petitioned to restore the beaches in front of their houses with $25 …