A Fish Story

Twice a month I drive from Boston to Hyannis just for the day in order to work at the welfare office–Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA)–interviewing unemployed people who report mental illness that prevents them from being employed.

The drive takes about three and a half hours, round-trip, and is especially harrowing at the juncture of Route 93 and Route 3, near Quincy, where cowboys stoked on caffeine roar by at 80 to 90 miles per hour.

I am up at 5 A.M. and leave by 7 A.M.

Recently I interviewed three heroin addicts, clean three months each; a homeless alcoholic; and, two people with very limited intelligence.

I find the work spellbinding and overwhelming.

Finally, I arrived at a way to alleviate stress, somewhat:

I googled, “best fish store and Cape,” and found in Hyannis:

Cape Fish & Lobster Co.

Located at 406 West Main Street and with the phone number: 508-771-1122.

Lobsters the size of Buick’s were being brought into a big tank by the boss when I was there.

“Wow,” I said, “those are huge.”

“You got that right,” he said.

Trays of fish and shellfish were exquisite: Cod, haddock, swordfish, shrimp, oysters, scallops.

Prices were 50% lower than in Boston.

I bought swordfish, Nantucket bay scallops, and medium shrimp.

The swordfish, which I broiled last night, after I plated it with olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon juice, was amazing.

Final word at the cashier: “Want a lemon with that?”

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