Photo by Nicolas Zurcher at the Hyde St Pier, near her tugboat-turned-office, the Sea Fox
These days Ms.Gardner finds herself taking long walks down a short pier on a fairly regular basis. When she's not keeping a weather eye on her sea-going minions, she can be found drowning her troubles in freshly-shucked oysters and homemade tonic. She once tried to shuck the oysters herself, but found the sense of remorse too great to enjoy the fruits of her labor and now solicits hard-hearted and well calloused heels to do the dirty work. If she could play the ukelele she would, but then she wouldn't spend nearly as much time Lewis and Clark-ing her way through uncharted waterways, dark bars and Sunday afternoons, remembering always to photograph her whereabouts for posterity. From a distance of forty feet, she's not a bad shot.