September 13, 2010 – Sailing on the Margaret Todd
How many Pantekoeks does it take to tie a shoe? I guess that is obvious. Four! One to tie the shoe, one to supervise the person who is supervising you, and one to document the process for posterity. As one can tell, I am full of wisdom, so if you have any questions requiring great wisdom, feel free to keep them to your selves as I should have done today. We took a nice little cruise on a little sail boat called the Margaret Todd, which one could have probably guessed from the title of the blog post today. The steel schooner has 4 masts, is 151′ long, and just wanders around the harbor among the lobster traps, and the only real speed it gets is when the engineer down below fires up the diesel engine. We strayed out to the bar and saw a huge two foot roller wave which almost rocked the boat. While on this nifty little cruise, an Acadia park ranger showed us a plastic lobster after he told us how they measure them and all the reasons to throw them back and which ones to keep and eat. I asked what was apparently the stupidest question ever asked in his tenure as a park ranger. “What is the most popular method of cooking lobsters?” He got rather testy and finally said “What is the most popular method of cooking a hot dog? I did not know cooking style would be such a testy subject. I finally decided to not bother asking him about cooking, as he knew nothing about the subject, but he did brag about how he liked to eat. One crew member said he like to eat hot dogs microwaved. (I knew I was still in America, and bachelors are alive and well.) Another crew member said microwaved lobster is quite good, but to be sure and poke holes in it first! I can only imagine the mess he must have made figuring that one out. Finally a rather gentlemanly figure of a man who looked the part of a sailor and yachtsman piped in and stated that the only real way to eat a lobster was to place it on its back on BBQ grill with a slit up the middle like a baked potato filled with butter.
Upon learning of the creatures habit of swapping out its shell on an annual basis, another moron much like my self had a question about eating the lobster. “Is it best to eat the lobster just after it shed it shell, or during the year while it is wearing current shell? The ranger said the tourist love to buy them just after they shed the shell, but he thinks that is a waste of money as one gets a lobster that has more water weight than meat weight though they say the flavor is better, he does not eat them for quality, but quantity and one does not have to care what they taste like if enough butter is smeared on the creature. After listening to this, I remain sold on not eating these scavengers, and refraining asking questions of National Park Naturalists who have perhaps been out in the sun just a little bit too long. Also, they say the herring population on the east coast is endangered as we are using them as bait. Herring taste much better than Lobster, I am sure of this. I just don’t get the lobster fetish.
Well that is the last I plan to write about lobster, unless I watch the “Little Mermaid” or something….
Good evening and good night