So...in response to the call for favorite crab memories, well! I have two, and both are quintessentially DC. First? When we lived in Dupont Circle, we had an apartment in a building with a roof deck. Can you say fabulous summer parties? My favorite one involved a couple of bushels of crabs from the waterfront (ohhh, the Old Bay has my mouth watering at the very thought). You know how DC gets those late afternoon thunderstorms? Imagine a bunch of younguns with no sense and orange-crusted fingers, with hair that stood on end. We thought it was hilarious. And yes, my brother, a scientist who was working at NOAA at the time, was at this party. And no, we didn't realize until the next day that we were all about to be struck with lightning.
The second memory is one of my favorite gustatory delights of all time: a softshelled crab sandwich with hot sauce nestled in the squishiest of white sandwich bread. This one I got on the National Mall during a celebration for Bill Clinton right after his election.
I don't need to tell you that the Chesapeake isn't a haven for crabs or wildlife these days (including humans), although the crabs seem to be rebounding! Shucks, can you imagine the day we can swim in it?! I'm keepin' hope alive. Let's keep the legislative and policy efforts pushing for recovery.
Please sign the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's petition to the US EPA:
"We the undersigned respectfully request the EPA keep its promise to clean up Chesapeake Bay by 2010. The Bay is a national treasure, but it and its rivers are sick. The 'dead zone' consumes 35 percent of the Bay every summer. The Susquehanna runs brown with sediment. Fish kills occur across the watershed. The blue crab has fallen by two-thirds threatening a rich cultural heritage. Unless immediate concerted action is taken, the Bay and its rivers will not survive. In 2000, the EPA promised to restore the Bay's health by 2010. The EPA has admitted the goal will not be met. And now there is talk of a new 2020 deadline. This continued delay is unacceptable. We support the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's legal action against the EPA. The EPA must do everything it can to reduce the pollution destroying this national treasure and its rivers."
Many thanks to FoodieTots and arugulafiles for hosting this roundup of support for the Chesapeake.