My birthday was a couple weeks back. Kevin and I usually limit birthday celebrations to a good dinner out, since the things we want – a warm-weather condo, a bigger boat, a gut renovation – tend to be beyond the scope of the ordinary birthday gift. This year, though, I had a request.
I’ve done a lot of clamming over the last few months, and one of the things I’ve learned is that a clammer with a good rake gets way more clams than a clammer with a lousy rake. And so, this year, I asked Kevin for a clam rake. Actually, I asked for two clam rakes, since it would be silly for me to have a good one and him to have a lousy one.
We wanted to get rakes from the RA Ribb Company, a local manufacturer of high-quality shellfishing gear, and Kevin ordered two of their “Snappin’ Turtle” model, a particularly mean-looking rake with long, curved tines. They came last week, and this past Sunday we set the clam-speed record for a peck.
Dinners come and dinners go, but a clam rake is forever.