“A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
― Edward Hersey Richards




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Irene has Crabs!!! And so does Rockport!!

Linus: You're always crabby! You're crabby in the morning. You're crabby at noon and you're crabby at night!
Lucy: Can I help it if I have crabby genes? 




Around our area the 'norm' is huge sharks....by that I mean a lot of the curio/tourist trap stores'  entry ways are as such;  you walk into a shark's mouth to reach the inside of the shops. Such as this one. Of course living by the sea, a lot of attractions are mainly anything depicting sea/sea life.. In Rockport, along the beach park entrance is a HUGE, MASSIVE, Blue Crab. But, there is some history to this attraction...
    Rockport's original crab started out at Del Mar Grill -circa 1957. And the specialty of the house was ...you guessed....crab cakes! The crab was 18 feet wide and 22 feet deep.  It survived two hurricanes in the 1960s. When once it was repainted, the crab became a female as the tips of the pincers were painted red. The Grill closed in 1965, the town's chamber of commerce  purchased the crab for $200.  The crab was moved to Veterans Memorial Park near the harbor. It was used for commercialism and often part of Rockport's parades. Surviving  Hurricane Celia in 1970 it afterward deteriorated and was replaced by another.  In 2011/2012 an artist constructed  a new crab.  It now stands along the beach park entrance at the measurements of  25 feet by 27 feet on an oyster shell bedding.



For years, Bud has saved a clipping from Peanuts Comic Strip. You see, Irene, when she was just a young'un was always frowning and actually, Bud has frown lines...so it runs in the family. And when Charles Shultz had a clip of Lucy and her 'crabby genes'...Bud saved it. It has a prominent place on the vanity's mirror in the spare bedroom. When I see crabs, I think of Irene/Lucy! Every blessed time.

30 comments :

  1. I LOVE him! And all the angles you snapped. He is amazing!! It would be worth the trip just to see him! Does he not have a name, just Blue Crab? I think a naming contest is in order!

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    1. As for a name..
      I honestly don't know.

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  2. wow, that is the biggest crab ever, and the artist did a great job.. it looks like something we would see on the side of the road in Florida back in the 50's.. but ours were gators and monkeys.. great shots of his underside. that is a long time to keep the cutting on the mirror.. I giggled out loud when I saw your title and tried to think what I would find

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  3. I use to love the Charles Kuralt program as he went through America finding the odd and unusual. I wish they would do the program again. The Strange Inheritance program on Fox Business is a close second

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    1. I remember that program. & CHarles Kuralt. Tv lost a good commentator when he passed away.

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  4. Hello, love the blue crab statue. Living in Maryland, I grew up loving the blue crabs and Maryland crab cakes. Have a happy day!

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    1. Oh ya...they are good on the east coast to be sure.

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  5. Handsome! I would travel a fair distance to see such a crab. Thanks for sharing His Crabbiness with me. :-)

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    1. Sounds a bit royal...'his crabbiness' lol

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  6. the crab is awesome! I love Peanuts! my entire family loves them! I was drawing snoopy and his crew as a child. I recently asked my mom about my drawings, hope she finds them. :)
    hugs,
    Marie

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    1. Hope she finds 'em & you share!

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  7. Hi, that is so cute to see. I love your pictures. Wow, very large.

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  8. Wheeeee! What a crab! I sure loved catching and then eating them within hours. Reminded me of the past fun we had years ago. That is a wonderful depiction and your pictures are really excellent.

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    1. I don't mind eating crab cakes...but I would much rather have shrimp.

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  9. Love Crab cakes...Coffee is on

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    1. Depends on the season for me.

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  10. I love the crab, the comic and the story behind it!

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  11. Like the crab, interesting. I hope I feel like making salmon patties tomorrow.

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    1. Just read your most recent post. Guess what? Bud and I are going to have salmon loaf for dinner tonight.

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  12. I love the Peanuts cartoon, and I love crab cakes, too!
    Great photos of the giant crab.
    I will miss joining in with your bird blog on Saturday. I am leaving tomorrow (Friday) for the week-end at Camp Bluebird for Cancer Survivors. Maybe I will get some good bird photos there.
    Have a wonderful week-end!

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    1. Enjoy your retreat, and here's hoping you do find some birds while there.

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  13. That is one massive crab. Very cool. It's funny what makes us think of some people.

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    1. Ya, the mind is a crazy thing, huh?

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  14. Oh, I love the cartoon and your connections! I always loved and still love the snoopy/peanuts cartoon. I love the Thanksgiving one where Snoopy fights with the lawn chair.

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  15. Oh yeah, all the beach resorts have stores and restaurants with crabs and shark mouths and everything else.

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