A Seafaring Farewell for Now

In season two of The Wire the show's plot moved away from the first season's tales of often-questionable police tactics employed to combat street crime in Baltimore and to stories about often questionable police tactics used to combat crimes plaguing the city's port. The central conflict in season two is based largely on the mutual contempt that two powerful but piddling men--detestable Baltimore police commander Stan Valchek and detestable port union boss Frank Sobotka--have for one another.

Though The Wire is fictional, I implore anyone who's watched season two to read this recent BusinessWeek account (via my friend Jason Foscolo) of a beef between Larry Ciulla, the founder and owner of a Gloucester, MA* fish auction house (that probably sells lobster or something, hence Lobster Girl), and Andy Cohen, the former federal government NOAA official who seemed hellbent on bringing Clulla down. If you can find a hero in this story then you have a much stronger gag reflex than I.

Mega-thanks back to Nick Gillespie and the Reason staff and you readers and commenters for making this week a fun stay. If you're reading this and will be in the DC area next Saturday, I urge you to sign up for a great Keep Food Legal food-truck-themed extravaganza featuring eats from the stupendous Red Hook Lobster Pound truck and the splendid El Chilango taco truck (plus some of our own culinary creations). And, I should note, not only will the trucks' food be there, but the trucks themselves will be there in the er, flesh.

As if the food isn't enough of a draw, the event will feature an unbelievably great lineup of speakers talking about food trucks:

Matt Geller, who heads the groundbreaking Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association and is one of the leading and most successful advocates for the rights of food trucks to operate free from gratuitous regulations in this country, will be in town all the way from Venice, CA to serve as our featured guest speaker.

Doug Povich, co-owner of the Red Hook Lobster Pound truck, will speak about his experiences wading through the ongoing regulatory process.

Robert Frommer, an attorney with the excellent Institute for Justice—which helps food-truck entrepreneurs and other small businesses fight back against unjust regulations—will speak about IJ and the group's work on behalf of food trucks.

Juan Antonio Santacruz, owner of the El Chilango taco truck, will talk about his journey (with his brother Jesus, who mans the truck) from selling tacos in Mexico City to selling in Virginia.

So come on out, won't you?

*Speaking of Gloucester, a relic from The Perfect Storm recently washed ashore in Ireland--20 years after the disaster. Going back a bit further while I'm on the subject, my great-great-grandfather (if I recall correctly; also my grandfather's and father's namesake) plied the waters of Gloucester way back in the day.

Baylen Linnekin is the director of Keep Food Legal, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and increasing "culinary freedom," the right of all Americans to grow, sell, prepare and eat foods of their own choosing. To join or learn more about the group's activities, go hereTo follow Keep Food Legal on Twitter, go here; to follow Linnekin, go here.

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  • Tman||

    A lobster girl farewell????


  • ||

    *tears of joy*

  • Joe M||

    Baylen really came in here and said and did all the right things, sweeping H&R commenters off our feet. He's welcome back any time.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    OK, I vote we boot Nick and replace him with Baylen. He posted LOBSTER GIRL!!!! Seriously! I mean Nick has resorted to holding her hostage for donations...how cruel is that?

  • Local Wit||

    He posted LOBSTER GIRL!!!!

    The pic that launched a thousand faps.

  • ||

    I'll say it:


  • ||

    Wow, he really knows the commentariat well. I'm going to stop reading his last name as "Linkedin" from now on.

  • yonemoto||

    You don't have the willpower.

  • ||

    Sure I do. I'm not sure I'm capable of restraining my desire to see the funny in everything, which isn't so much a willpower issue as a lifestyle choice.

  • yonemoto||

    There's no way you're doing it voluntarily, unless you have different webfonts. Are the italicized bylines disabled on your computer? Or maybe you have better anti-aliasing.

  • ||

    Wrong! I've trained myself to read it as Pumpkin.

  • PantsFan||

    It's pronounced Throat Warbler Mangrove

  • ||

    Not Raymond Luxury Yacht? I'm so bad with foreign languages.

  • Beloved Rev. Blue Moon||

    Baylen sure knows how to suck up the commentariat.

    Keep it up.

  • Gojira||

    The egomaniacal bastard needed two knob-polishing threads to mark his exit.

    Well played, sir. I look forward to your return.

  • AlmightyJB||

    It's about freakin' time

  • ||

    If we're going to get Lobster Girl every time a guest columnist leaves, I demand more guest columnists.

  • Amanian||

    Lobster girl.

    That is all.

  • PantsFan||

    also sideboob

  • AlmightyJB||


  • Triumph||

    [Unsteadily raises white Russian made with raw milk.]

    Thanks and best of luck to ye, Baylen.

    [Slumps back into chair, sobbing into his drink, but eventually finds reassurance in the gentle countenance of Lobster Girl.]

  • LarryA||


    My son-in-law runs two food trucks in Honolulu.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    For now, at least.

  • .||

    Jesus, watching the gaggle of internet morons fawn over lobster girl is pathetic, and frankly, lobster girl is garbage

  • Auric Demonocles||

    You made an alt-text as a direct response to me, AND gave us Lobster Girl? I am (literally) doing a drink in your honor.

  • Trespassers W||

    I will never get tired of that sideboob.

    Nor the animated gif of Shay Laren putting her jeans on, for that matter. But I have to slink over to Urkobold for that one.

  • ||

  • ||

    That boob freckle gets me every time. Sigh...

  • ||

  • Hugh||

    Most days I don't wake up thinking I wish I were a lobster. Today was different.

  • bill quoted||

    "Lobster Girl, BOOM"

    [drops mic, walks off stage]

  • hamilton||

    Lobster girl! Last time she was posted I ended up donating to Reason. Have you put her on a mug yet?

  • Kallipygian Kristen||


    So helpless

  • hamilton||

    I mean an official reason-chochke "Free Minds and Free Markets" mug with the Jacket on the back and ideally where her top vanishes when you put hot coffee in it, but you only get it with a $100 donation plus act now and you get a free monacle. That.

  • mr simple||

    Free monocle? What kind of socialist are you?

  • AlmightyJB||

    If you don't love Lobster Girl, you don't love America.

  • I||

    I see 35 comments.
    Lobster Girl has the lasting power of Britney Spears!
    Not that both crustaceans don't taste like the sea.
    In a good way!

    Or not.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||


  • ||

    I hadn't realized that sideboobs were such a fetish.


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