Oyster Shucking Podcast

Oyster Shucking Services

Gardner Douglas, a.k.a., the Oyster Ninja, was born and raised on the Virginia Eastern Shore in the rural town of Withams, VA.  The married US Army veteran is a devoted family man.  

He is also a champion oyster shucker.  The art of oyster shucking is lost on most until you decide to try opening an oyster yourself.  Gardner is a sought after expert that works with caterers, bars, parties, and special event to provide the seafood delicacies. 

  • Ranking 6thplace in the 2016 National Oyster Shucking Championship.
  • 2017’s Best Shucker in Philly,
  • Ranked 2ndplace at the 2016 Best Shucker in Baltimore and Baltimore Rotary Competition
  • Ranked 5thplace in the Boston Seafood Expo Shucking Competition.

 

Gardner has been shucking oysters for ten years and can be found mainly in the DC metropolitan area. Gardner learned the art of shucking from his father, and fellow oyster champion, Samuel “Sam Sam” Fisher. Gardner has shucked at the best raw bars in DC including Whaleys, Rappahannock River Oysters, The Local Oyster, and The Walrus & Ale Oyster bar. He has also shucked at DC’s most premier events include Chef for Equality, the DC oyster Festival, The St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival, Shuck-n-Suck, and The Oyster Riot at Dc’s Historical restaurant, Old Ebbits Grill. As a business owner, running his own oyster catering service and mobile raw bar, Gardner has shucked for some of DC’s most elite.

Currently, Gardner can be heard sharing his knowledge about oysters and shucking skills with the world via his podcast The Oyster Ninja, which centers around oysters, oyster shuckers, farmers and other oyster related things. Gardner has been the focal point of a few documentaries including Son of Sam, Sam, the Shucking man and My DC Story on Instagram. The oyster ninja can also be spotted in the Eating Oysters: Chesapeake Style a Maryland PBS documentary.

Whether on camera or behind an oyster bar, Gardner Douglas’ personality is infectious. He draws you into the art of oyster shucking as if you were watching a performance. Gardner Douglas’ shucking skills are a work of art. There is no wonder that they call him the Oyster Ninja, as his techniques make shucking oysters look as easy as eating them.

 

email:  oysterninjapc@gmail.com 

 

A rising tide lifts all boats.

A friend of mine that is a successful podcaster has a network of shows.  He motivated me to try to do the same thing.  I didn’t have the same success but I learned from it so it wasn’t a failure.  In this funky culture we live in, people get paid indirectly today for their work.  (My wife asked this after every speaking invitation I receive, “Did you get paid for this?”)  To be remunerated in benefits and social capital isn’t the same.  Social capital is a form of economic and cultural capital in which you are paid by gaining trust, cooperation, and services and sometimes products for volunteering for the common good. The big plus of social capital is reciprocity, which encourages bargaining.  The negative is that you can’t buy a sandwich with a Facebook “like.”  My network which is more like podcast shows I produce and those of friends is there to share my social capital.

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats – John F. Kennedy

The quote attributed last to President Kennedy means to me just that. 

If you would like to put your podcast on my site or have me work with you to promote you, contact me.

It’s all about love for me. Podcaster are making a difference in this world. Trying to expand my network and help my friends. 

When Shiitake Happens

Sometimes everything you tried flops. Every now and then you wonder why you ever attempted what didn’t come to pass.  It is those days that you must realize, understand and accept Shiitake mushrooms happens.  Failure isn’t final.

I had one of those weeks in January. Well maybe it was several.  I was down but not out.  I was reminded constantly that something was wrong because while I was processing it all, co-workers asked “What’s wrong man?”

“Why are you so quiet today?”

I asked the Lord, now what? And He said, Trust Me.

It made perfect sense. I didn’t see that coming.  I had just returned from a business trip and was looking forward to some good news.  I was also preparing for a sermon I wanted to preach but wasn’t sure that the subject I had was timely and what the congregation needed to hear.

“Trust Me,” He said.

Ok, I said. And I was able to smile again.

Psalm 37 of the Holy Bible is full of admonitions to trust God, to be thankful and have faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. If you read the entire chapter you’ll come to the part that says,

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

That is what I preached on.  That we should Trust God.  Don’t worry about stuff you can’t fix.  Don’t get caught up in the mess that is American politics.  Don’t get twisted over who is marching or protesting unless you are stuck behind it in traffic.  Keep your head.

Think about your situations.  There have been some days when you wondered how you were going to make it and you are still here.

I flew to Vegas to meet some people, and like a date that you got all dressed up special to go on, I didn’t get a second one or a call back.  Sometimes stuff happens contrary to what you want it to no matter how great the plan and resources spent. When it does, pick yourself up and move on.

The world is hell bent on rehashing the negatives. If it is derogatory, dark, sick, immoral and just wrong, it’s ok to say, do or perpetuate.  It is probably a popular TV show now.  It is all good growing environments for mushrooms but not people of God.  We like Light.  Don’t wonder why the television choices suck so bad.  Don’t be surprised if lies are now “alternative facts.”  A lie no matter how many times is told is still a lie.  Don’t compromise.  Don’t settle.  Keep moving.

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins; not through strength, but through perseverance.”

For me, I decided to cut down on my stressors (also known as projects). I am serial entrepreneur and refuse to surrender to the notion that I can’t make a living by my own ingenuity and God given talents.  I just haven’t found the right ingredients yet.

When I thought the Black Man With A Gun Podcast had run its course, I created HighCapacityMagazine.us. I thought I could get some fresh new writers and manage a new blog but that failed.  It was my prettiest, fastest, most organized site to date too.  The Facebook page connected to it had even grown without any effort.  One of my gifts is ignition.  I can get some stuff off the ground better than most.  But after that, no navigation system.  Realizing this truth about myself is new.

I also have another podcast which will fade called the Upper Marlboro Podcast I created with the intention of an experiment in niche podcasting.  I have learned a few things from doing it, so it wasn’t a total failure either.  I can’t manufacture any time so it is best I stop and focus on what is working.  That happens to be the Black Man With A Gun site and podcast.  It is steady like a pumping heart.  Competition is fierce in the new media gun space.   My numbers are increasing.

The podcast that I thought had run its course is actually doing exceptionally well in comparison to others. At a recent podcast convention I learned that my number of downloads put me in the top 5% of all US podcasters.  That is amazing seeing how I am not on anyone’s chart (Apples misleading New and Noteworthy, or other podcast aggregators’ Editors Picks).

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
~Thomas Edison

I am re-using the professional video I took at ThunderShot Studios to use for a presentation into a new YouTube channel called BlackManWithAGun.TV.  I am making a delicious soup with my mushrooms.

And more importantly, I am staying in the fight. If I can, so can you.

There are a million stories in the naked city

That was a cool phrase spoken and the beginning and ending of a TV show from the 50’s. it was before my time but I am going to use it in a new podcast I am creating for a weekly show about the past and present of the town of Upper Marlboro and vicinity. Is there that much going on that it deserves a podcast and this blog (Marlboro-man.com)? I don’t know but if you listen to the show you are going to find out as I do about the history of the building that is now the Old Town Inn and more. The thriving restaurant and the owner has a story to tell. The plethoras of Bail Bondsmen that line the streets like a “Potterstown,” on Main Street, answer a question.

Did you know the history behind the main library? Did you know that tobacco was once the principle crop in this area and it was called by another name? Did you know how many people were hanged in this town? Did you ever hear the story of the little girl that poisoned her slavers’ son with arsenic? Did you know that they are thinking of moving the courthouse to Largo in the near future? Do you know how many police officers the town has? How about how many places of worship exist? Have you ever stopped by Marlboro Liquors and seen how nice the folks are there? Do you know their story?

There are a number of historic sites in walking distance of each other. Do you know the town has a historical society?
Do you appreciate a good story? The founder of this blog is going to try to make the things and places you pass by on your way home fascinating through the spoken word using the great new medium known as podcasting. It will be free to download on your smart phones or computer. Savvy businesses in the area can get free advertising through the interviews which are to come and even support the show financially to get professionally produced audio commercials played on this on demand show aimed at the same people that frequent your establishments. This will be a fabulous opportunity for any size business in Upper Marlboro to partner with something news worthy.

There are a million stories in the naked city, this is just one of them….

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