Maybe I should just move back east. We used to spend the summers in Rockport, MA but I was too young to appreciate lobster. My parents would have them almost every night while my brother and I had macaroni and cheese.
Even here, “back east” in Massachusetts fried clams are expensive this year. Steamers, the soft shelled clams generally used for fried clams around here are 6 to 7 dollars a pound (in the shell) and lobster can be had for $5 to $6 per pound. Clam strips are still reasonable.