It wasn't a surprise to me last Sunday when I turned on the TV and heard this sentence from a Texas minister as he was preaching to his followers....
"Before the world was made, God knew you'd be turning into this show today."
I could not turn the channel fast enough.
As we sat at a dock recently on a lazy Sunday morning, pondering the meaning of life and how that preacher knew I was going to tune in at that exact moment, my feathered friends put on a bit of a show for me.
I am constantly fascinated by the human condition, especially when it comes to interactions between crew members on a boat who live together for weeks at a time.
Are you familiar with the phrase, "he doesn't have a filter?" meaning, he or she speaks before thinking. I know a few people who never have had a filter. But on a boat, a filter is used quite a bit. Let me explain.
So, he wanted to know, what happens if the remaining generator tripped out or burnt up or sprung a bad oil leak. But, fearing he would jinx us by even mentioning the above choices, he put it to me this way.
"soooo, let's say the other generator..( long pause)....has a ..(longer pause).......hiccup?"
His filter was firmly in place.
Lucky for me, I have big crew members on board. It seems like everything we lift or push or touch on this boat is HEAVY, and I have, over the years perfected a way to get the big guys to help out. I recently had to deal with a main engine water pump. They was close to 100 lbs.
So I went to my buddy Chuck....big Chuck, and played dumb and said, " hey, could you help me get a chainfall and rig this water pump so we can move it down below?"
His response was, "Hell we don't need a chainfall, I can lift that." I feigned surprise, "No way you can lift that thing."
Years of experience my friends.