The “about” section is under construction. Jim Dowd is no longer with us, so it’s just… the rest of us.





Jim Dowd has lived in various neighborhoods of Gloucester since the early ’90s. He has settled in E. Gloucester with his wife and two kids. Jim began blogging as a Good Morning Gloucester contributor when his locked bike got boosted from the train station leading to a regular series of posts when it happened again. And then again for Christ’s sake. Part geek, part shouty lunatic, he loves Gloucester like family, an emotional spectrum that runs between deeply rewarding emotional connection and something like the feelings shared between inmates of a particularly ill-supervised asylum.  Favorite steampunk travel option: Unicycle-Zeppelin. He can be contacted at

Ready for the pre-zombie apocalypse

Ready for the pre-zombie apocalypse



  1. Highly entertaining stuff.

  2. Love it, just found this through a post on FaceBook, always loved Jim Dowd’s posts on GMG, will start following you folks now!

  3. Jim Dowd was my R.A. in college so I can attest to the “part geek, part shouty lunatic” attributes!
    I’m originally from a North Shore town and love the humor!

  4. Would you comment on the necessity of the Gloucester police department’s owning a Hummer. Also just recently I noticed a second one parked next to the first. Not sure if the second was because of a two for one deal, or they needed the extra for when the other ran out of gas. Am awaiting answers from your team of crack reporters!

    • I was thinking the same thing. We’ll get on that.

      • Please do tackle this! Is there increased criminal activity in Dogtown or Ravenswood necessitating lots of off-roading? Or are these discounted leftovers from the Hummer dealership (wherever that is) because nobody actually buys these things anymore? We really need to know what is going on here.

        • My guess is that they are surplus. The original military Hummer was under-protected for the kinds of roadside ambush-attacks our servicepeople faced in Afghanistan and Iraq, so the military switched over to the MRAP, a much more protected vehicle restricting Humvees to on-base use. Now that those wars are winding down, there are a ton of them kicking around and the military does not want or need them. So they go to local police departments- but I want to know what use they are. Especially two of them? My experience with them many years ago in Maine on backcountry rescues was that they were uncomfortable, not well heated or protected from the elements and didn’t fit everywhere as the roads were cut to fit the Ford F-250, the typical vehicle of the USFS. So did they give them to us? And why two? Very weird and we’ll get on it.

  5. Came here through the Market Basket story; great blog, guys! Keep it up. It’s good to see intelligent, funny, local content in Massachusetts.

  6. I am hooked. Love your irreverent and fiercely parochial blog. Your nine lessons the rest of the world can learn from Gloucester makes me want to move there. I already have a wetsuit so I guess I am ready for the Rapture to take me to Dogtown.

  7. Richard Harding

    Great things await you, Clammers. You’ll be an overnight sensation any minute now!

  8. Ok seriously. How the hell do I give you guys money. I may have had a scotch ale or 4. Or maybe more than 4. But I would think giving you money would still be relatively straightforward. Is this some strange Gloucester trick? Is there someone laughing on the other end of the Internets?

  9. I just read the latest entry regarding the snow. Tears of laughter! Loved it, irreverence and all. Shared with a number of friends in warmer climates. Sign me up! I don’t live in Gloucester, but know it very well – ancestors from Gloucester.

  10. I see how people from your area think the show is stupid and we think “Myrtle Manor” is stupid. But being from the south, I think it is quite entertaining. It’s called different strokes for different folks. I found this site, trying to find out what the manufacturers of the boats used in the show are.

  11. This site really needs to clean up the fowl language.
    Snark and wit? Don’t think so.

    • It’s ‘foul’, learn how to fucking spell…

      • Laurie McPherson

        Perfect response!

        (I’m only now discovering this blog, with Jim Dowd’s final post sent to me with news of his passing yesterday. I hope you all continue this great service to the world. And to Jim snarking in the cosmos. I bet he’ll even continue to contribute through an intergalactic mind meld.))

  12. This is a great blog. Gloucester is a great town (and nothing like our version here in the UK).

  13. K.T.
    I work at the library and we are going to show Left on Pearl about the Women’s Liberation Movement and the 1971 takeover of a Harvard U building and the found of the Women’s Center of the United States.
    Do you know of any Gloucester based Woman’s movement that would like to be part of this program?

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