I am occasionally hired to work.
I got hired to do some work recently.
Picking up litter.
It’s actually one of my favorite jobs in the world.
Why? The litter is at the beach.
Go to the beach AND get paid?
Sign me up.
g benefit number one: Being there.
Fringe benefit number two: when work is done, get net, bucket, catch a dozen crabs for dinner.
Fringe benefit number three: seeing sunset over Crab Creek.
Crabbing has been decent this year. There are good numbers of crabs, from small to large. Once in a while you even encounter a mossy megamonster, so big that meat in each leg is a bite, not a mere morsel.
When it comes to binomial sciencey talk, the blue claw crab carries the handle “Callinectes sapidus”. When it comes to those two-part names, if you see “sapidus”, you’re dealing with something that’s more than edible. Something really tasty.
How tasty? Good enough to give us our english word “sapid”, which means flavorful or savory. The Latin verb “sapere” means “to taste”. Yum.
Just before leaving, upper air currents made some designs in the stratus layers above.
Almost forty years ago, William W. Warner’s book “Beautiful Swimmers”, subtitled “Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay”, was published. It’s a really good book.
Good enough to have won the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction.
If you haven’t read it, read it.