by Jerry Vovcsko
Hurricane Sandy is slithering up the east coast at the moment hell-bent on slamming into mainland somewhere in the vicinity of Atlantic City. But that shouldn't stop any truly degenerate gamblers parked at the blackjack tables from splitting aces and doubling down on eleven . Nossir, hurricane or no hurricane, keep those cards coming until the money runs out. As the old timers used to say: That's the way it goes; first your money then your clothes.
Up here in New England we expect to get less of the brunt of Sandy's wind impact but probably enough to wreck the striper fishing, maybe for the balance of the season. Typically, that's what happens when a hurricane drops in for a visit. Could be that the fall migration is over as we know it and we won't see stripers again until the 2013 season kicks in. We should have a better fix on the state of things by next weekend when the weather returns to something a little more normal.
But lobster fishermen are certainly worried about what's going to happen to their lobster traps, concerned that the traps might get banged up, moved, destroyed or otherwise knocked out of commission by the storm. In a fishery already reeling from low prices, Sandy's visit could put a number of fishermen out of business if large numbers of traps are lost. Some lobsterman are bringing in their traps or running them into deeper water to prevent them from being tossed among by waves or swept into the rocks. But New Englanders who recall the 1991 "perfect storm" hope Hurricane Sandy spares the fishery from a devastating blow such as that one.
Hurricanes bring major concerns for anybody living or working around the ocean but that's to be expected. What you don't expect if you're out playing golf on a Southern California golf course is to be getting ready to tee off on the 12th hole only to have a tw0 foot long leopard shark fall from the sky bleeding from puncture wounds.
A golf course marshal saw something wriggling around on the tee and went to investigate. He found the shark, where it seems the bird had held it in its grasp. He got it into a bucket of water, and another employee drove the shark to the ocean and let it go. At first it didn't move, he said, "but then it flipped and took off."
And there you have it, folks…if you're looking for weird, between Hurricane Sandy, disappearing lobster traps and sharks falling from the sky at the golf course…well, it doesn't get much more weird than that. So, trick or treat to everyone, and have a real good Halloween as we lurch into November.