About a year ago I wrote a post called “Business as Usual” that focused on all the “craziness” that accompanies the beginning of the coastal Dungeness crab season each year. We aren’t even to Halloween yet, but rumors and anxiety are already in full force.
I was walking down the hallway in my house a few weeks ago when I heard George talking on his cell phone in the living room.
“No,” he was saying. “I wouldn’t worry about that. I wouldn’t spend one more second worrying about that.”
“Worrying about what?” I asked when George hung up the phone. “Who was that?” I continued, never one to mind my own business.
“It was B.W.,” George answered. (note: I’m using initials to protect identity!)
“What did he want?” I inquired, just a little nervous.
“He heard they weren’t buying crab this year,” George said. “But that can’t possibly be true. It’s nothing to worry about. Besides, whatever is going on now is bound to change when our season starts in two months, anyway.”
George placed a call to K. next. “Are you buying?” he asked. “Uh huh. Yeah. Okay. Thanks.”
“Is he buying?” I asked George after he hung up. “Of course he is,” George replied.
But, B.B. told B.W. that nobody was buying crab.
K. said they were buying crab.
B.B. told George what he really told B.W. was that T. said K. wasn’t buying crab on the weekend, not that he wasn’t buying crab at all, and that B.W. misunderstood.
“I never believe T. anyway,” said George. “T. twists things around to suit T.”
Today, I asked C.W. if K. was buying crab on the weekend.
C.W. “texted” K. and passed along my inquiry.
K. replied that he didn’t know if they were buying on the weekend or not, but in any event, the Dungeness crab live market was in the ditch because the Asian market was buying some “other” kind of crab.
“That doesn’t sound good,” I said to C.W.
“Well, never mind that,” C.W. said. “It’s all bound to change in two months, anyway.”
It’s so hard to keep up…and the season hasn’t even started!