"ActiveRain Male Bonding" - Adventures of the Great White Clam Hunters

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Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty West Sound WA State 52404

 Okay, so yesterday was one of several scheduled 'openings' by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife for Razor Clamming along the Washington State coast. It afforded a perfect opportunity for some heartfelt 'Male Bonding' among some of the staff of ActiveRain.

Present was Yours Truly, Bob Stewart, Jonathan Washburn, my youngest son, Luke, and Sadie, the Wonder Dog.

We were 'Men-on-a-Mission' as we embarked from the warm confines of my trusty Expedition, heading out to brave the elements, in search of the ever-illusive Razor Clam.

It was quickly evident who the 'newbie' uninitiated were. Jon kept roaming around the beach, like a kid on his first Easter egg hunt. I suppose it would've helped for the more seasoned and experienced of us to actually 'show' him what to do, but we were much to busy digging clams!

 While somewhat a slow starter, Bob came to life in the final quarter. His childhood memories of digging clams kicked in, and the evasive bounty was no match for the 'Stewart-Washburn' Clam Tag Team!

I think it's important to note the condition of each hunters clam bag as dusk quickly approached.

 

 

 

 

 

 The ride back home was equally enjoyable. Luke started up several 'sports-related games, like starting with the number 1, and naming a player who has a jersey with that number. Jon and I were quickly eliminated, so we engaged in some great conversation. Later, Jon suggested a game where someone names a company, and then someone else has to name the CEO. The rest of us agreed that was a really boring idea.

As I think back on our day, there was a point when we were all standing there on the beach, the RAIN pouring down around us, and I thought "How appropriate!"

Ah, male bonding at its best!

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Rich Jacobson is a District Director for Fathom Realty and a licensed REALTOR®; an avid Crab Hunter, Clam Digger, and Oyster Shucker, He is the Social Media Evangelist for Life on the Kitsap Peninsula & The Western Puget Sound in scenic WA State.

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Ginger Wilcox
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I thought male bonding typically involved beer.  :o)

I agree with Maureen, sounds a little cold to be on the beach, but fun male bonding just the same!  When is the clam bake?

Jan 20, 2008 09:15 AM #9
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Thesa Chambers
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great photos and great story - glad a good time was had by all - what ya doing with the clams?
Jan 20, 2008 09:22 AM #10
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Faina Sechzer
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We may need to do some Female bonding soon. A spa would work fine for me. At the Inman event there was a suggestion of the "Active Rain Girls calendar". Can you imagine the monetization potential of this venture?:)
Jan 20, 2008 09:57 AM #11
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Roberta Anderson
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I remember razor clamming. . . I loved digging for clams! But the rain blowing sideways, stinging as it hit your face, being wet, cold and numb outweighed the fun part. And then cleaning the clams wasn't very fun either, but I loved the hunt~  What's your favorite way to cook 'em?

Jan 20, 2008 11:13 AM #12
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Elaine Hanson
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Glad you guys got away for the day.  Gotta love Sadie the Wonder Dog.  Luke looks like a fine boy.

Active Rain Ladies Spa Day sounds like a great idea!  Faina, you are always thinking!

Jan 20, 2008 12:03 PM #13
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Gary Bolen
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Nice to see that luke didn't have a football with him. And we are of course jealous that we weren't there.

darn it! 

Jan 20, 2008 12:25 PM #14
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Alan 'AJ' Nisen California Contra Costa Mortgage Officer
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Rich,
I have never been claming.  My buddies have talked about it a little while we go crabbing.  I really can relate to the bonding, the fun, to think of something so simple as having fun while expending so much energy catching the clams and being able to enjoy the fruits of your labor almost immediately.  Sounds like a great weekend.
aj

Jan 20, 2008 01:19 PM #15
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Jo Olson
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How fun!! I haven't been razor clamming since the late 60's in Washington. So who made chowder?
Jan 20, 2008 01:39 PM #16
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Rich Jacobson
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Razor Clams are almost as much work to clean as they are to catch. You have to cut them open, down the middle, and clean out all the guts. The best way to cook them is to dip them in flour, then egg, then Cracker Meal, then quick fry in oil. Yum!!!
Jan 20, 2008 04:12 PM #17
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Lenn Harley
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What a treat.

Geez.  It's 19 degrees out here this am.  

But, you inspired me.  Instead of working ActiveRain, tomorrow I'm going to put fresh line on a couple of fishing reels.  I'm getting ready.  I'm getting ready. 

 

Jan 21, 2008 02:01 AM #18
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Ginger Wilcox
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The comments in the post are quite funny!  Laughing at Faina's girl calendar suggestion, and Lenn's going fishing!
Jan 21, 2008 02:13 AM #19
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Bob Stewart
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Rich,

Thanks again my friend. I had a blast! Next time the Stewart-Washburn team is going to limit for sure. Jon and I decided we are driving next time so that we can stay until we reach our limit..........if that means we have to wait 12 hours for the next low tide, so be it :) 

Jan 21, 2008 02:53 AM #20
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Rich Jacobson
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Bob - It was a good time! I only wish the clams had been more plentiful. Perhaps they'll open up Mocrocks the time around. And next time, you might just want to invest $20 in more effective footwear!
Jan 21, 2008 03:33 AM #21
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Bob Stewart
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Yeah,

I'm blaming the inadequate footwear for not limiting!!  (even though I was fine :) )

Jan 21, 2008 03:40 AM #22
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Ryan Martin
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Rich - You haven't lived life until you have gone clamming. LOL... I grew up on the Peninsula, I have spent many of days clamming the beaches. It looks like you guys had a great time.
Jan 21, 2008 05:05 AM #23
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Rich I love claims!!!!!!!!!!!!  Fried or Steamed it does not matter, I could eat them all day long and still not have enough ……… LOL

Jan 21, 2008 08:01 AM #24
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The godfather of AR? I missed that one, but commented on it via Maureen. Also made you blush today with Matt and Jonathan. Bob already heard it verbally. Still intend to do a post too. As soon as I can breathe from market reports.

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Jan 21, 2008 08:06 AM #25
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Jeanean Gendron
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Rich, looks like a great time had by all. It's nice to know you guys have some fun now and then! Love the photos!
Jan 22, 2008 02:37 AM #26
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Clamming is FUN.  And eating the clams is fun too.  Great post! 
Jan 22, 2008 03:56 PM #27
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male bonding............cute!
Jan 24, 2008 06:37 AM #28
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