Ok, I get it, this short 8 hour trip we are about to embark on does not mirror the journey of say, the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria, but getting underway after sitting for a week isn't a bad idea.
Toward late afternoon I had a somewhat boring job to do which involved standing out on deck and monitoring a hose that was going over the side while I pumped out our grey water tanks.
(Tugboat 101: calm sea conditions, push the barge. Rough sea conditions, tow the barge.)
As I stood there sweltering I couldn't help but think back to earlier days, and how some things have changed. Fifteen or twenty years ago if I were doing this same job I would have been wearing shorts, sneakers, no shirt and no sunscreen. I know, I know, but hey, I was working on getting that deep tan that we all loved.
But that was before I had an open door policy with my skin doctor who has practiced his craving skills more than once on this fair skinned Irishman. I now find myself much more aware of shade than I ever have been. My flip flop buying has been replaced with floppy hat purchases. Hey, it is what it is.
On another subject, pictured below is a fellow crew member of mine, his name is Chuck.
I call him Charles, just because he doesn't like it.
Charles is a really nice guy. Couldn't ask for a better ship mate as far as having a positive attitude almost all of the time.
Charles gets big points for his happy go lucky ways, because sometimes, he just........ugh.
Ok, if you have visited this blog more than once, you have probably heard my rants about smart phones and how they are abused in the world in general, but specifically on our boat.
Scroll back up and take a good look at Charles. He is obviously sitting in the galley.
The galley isn't a place where one needs to wear hearing protection.
A closer look at Charles reveals the sole purpose of him wearing hearing protection.
IT'S BECAUSE HE IS ON THE PHONE SO FRIKIN MUCH THAT HE GETS TIRED HOLDING THE PHONE TO HIS EAR, SO HE CLAMPS IT TO HIS HEAD WITH THE EAR MUFFS!!
So, ( deep breath) he uses the ear muffs to clamp his phone to his ear while he talks.
Is it just me??? Charles is on watch when I took this photo. Charles has the gift of gab.
The question is, who is on the other end of that phone line? Does she too have her phone clamped to her head?
If I was a woman, I would want hair like Lorde. Just throwing that out there.
Have a great Sunday!!!