September 05, 2009

Cue the Music from "Jaws"

I looked at the Cape Cod Times online the other day to get the weather forecast and this was on the front page. It seems that five great white sharks (the same type as in Jaws, only not mechanical, presumably) have been spotted off Monomoy Island, which is near Chatham. Apparently there's some disagreement among the towns (just like in the movie) about the wisdom of shutting down the beaches on a holiday weekend. Nauset Beach in Orleans is closed today because of sightings. The paper seems to be taking it fairly lightly and has headlines like: "Be Brave! Hit the Beach!" and "Sharks Missing in Action in Chatham: People yesterday kept looking for a dorsal fin cutting through the sparkling water off Lighthouse Beach and listening for the screams of a swimmer attacked by a shark." LOL: cue the music! I will probably find myself in Chatham as it's my favorite Cape town, but the most dangerous thing there, most likely, will be the traffic. I'm not much of a salt water swimmer, so I don't bother doing much more than wading. The newspaper helpfully noted that it was unwise to swim around the harbor seals playing in the surf; apparently they are the white shark's favorite snack, and the shark might make a small mistake if you are swimming around with them. As I read through the articles about seals and sharks on the Cape, I read an opinion piece by a fisherman complaining about how much seal poop is in the water and that it raises the nitrogen levels of the water--apparently not everyone feels sorry for the seals.


I've spent far more time contemplating which projects to take with me than which clothing. I'll be taking this because it's topical and I'd love to finish it up. Also Sail Away, because I'm overdue for both catching up and posting on the SAL, and Alphabetissimo and maybe one more. I leave tomorrow very early and have decided to skip Brimfield--the weather is supposed to be gorgeous, so I'd love to do something outdoors and I really don't need to find another place to dump money, since I'm planning on buying "Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow." There are 60 NPI colors (although it's also charted for DMC), and I only have about 20 of them in my stash.

BF, who has to work next week, is staying home to bun- and cat-sit. Pink says he has a shark joke for us, since I work in a law firm: "Question: Why didn't the shark eat the lawyer when he fell overboard? Answer: Professional courtesy."

"Har, har, har. George, let's go haul ourselves up on the beach and poop over by the lifeguard stand." This is a photo of gray seals, borrowed from yesterday's Cape Cod Times.

See you soon!

17 comments:

Margaret said...

Have a great time on your vacation! Hope the sharks stay away. :D Love that piece you're taking along. It looks so pretty! I've always wanted to get that one but I haven't yet. I may have to now. Good shark joke, bunnies! :D

Susan said...

Be careful!! Hope you have a wonderful vacation!

Tammy said...

I saw that, about the sharks!! I thought the same thing: duh duh-duh duh, duh duh duh duh duh duh ! LOL. OMG 60 silks?? You are a brave woman! I'm sure it'll be gorgeous however!

bunnygirl said...

Go to Yellow Umbrella Books for me, and have a good time! IMO, the waters around the Cape are too cold for swimming, anyway. Scargo Lake is warmer.

Siobhan said...

Have a great time!! And don't go in the water. Just to be safe. ;) I LOVE the whale piece--forget the name of it--and can't wait to see your progress when you're back.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Your NOT going to Brimfield??? OMG, I would love to go there and shop till I dropped! Have a good trip and I'll be looking forward to your progress pics; especially Sail Away!

stacybinnj said...

Oh how scary! I'm terrified of sharks. Now I remember why I don't swim in the ocean... Your sampler is gorgeous and I love the pic of the furr-babies. have fun on vacation!

Loraine said...

I wish I was going with you, not to the shark infested waters, but to Cape Cod!
Have a wonderful time. Hope you get caught up on all your projects. You are brave to do the 60 silk project. yikes. Can't wait to see your progress.

Daffycat said...

I hear Jaws music even in swimming pools, I rarely swim because of it!

Have a grand time. I'd save my money for stash too! But, be sure to buy a present for the buns since they have to stay home!

Melissa said...

I love the shark joke Glenna! I also love the photo of the bunnies - they are looking very spiffy!

Have fun on your vacation. Hope no encounters of the shark kind (or lawyers come to think of it).

Cari said...

Glenna, have a wonderful vacation. I hope it is full of rest, relaxation, and lots of stitching. Can't wait to see your progress.

I can't imagine people choosing to swim in that area after so many sharks were spotted - crazy! I absolutely love the beach and swimming in the ocean but I can take a hint :-)

mainely stitching said...

How wonderful to see your whale piece again. I have almost bought this chart so many times since first seeing it on your blog. :D

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Pink tells a great joke. Rather interesting about the effect of too many seals, guess sharks are good for, errr, thinning......nature abhors a vacuum and loves a balance. Happy stitching.

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Chatham is an old vacation place for my family when my children were growing up. Yikes! I'd never like to see great white sharks there!! Loved the lawyer joke, though. Since two of my sons are lawyers, and one lives on the Cape, they'll love it!! Your stitching choices and progress is awesome, as always, Glenna. And, I always love to see the bunnies.
Hugs,
Deb

Rabbits' Guy said...

HA HA! Are you sure that isn't Pink and Elvis in wet-suits????

Stitch By Stitch said...

Stay out of the water and have a great time! I'm right there with you on the million color project.

Erin said...

Have fun at the beach! I've never seen sharks at the cape and we've been there a bunch of times. I'm sure it will be fine! :)