I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Friday, October 5, 2012
The Captain Does not SQUARE DANCE!
Out On The River
When I volunteered for this trip, I
promised to stay out of the way and not interfere with the “Girls”
fun week on the houseboat. I went so that none of them had to worry
about being 'responsible' for driving the boat. Besides, I really
wanted to drive the houseboat.
What is rockin the boat?
I quickly discovered that just driving
was not that easy. The 'bridge', such as it is, is right in the main
cabin next to the dining room, so you don't get a nice quiet 'bridge'
to pilot the boat. Now there are advantages to this. Your coffee
comes quickly in the morning, and when the boat starts rocking badly
in perfectly calm water, you do not have to go look for the problem,
you can see that it is just the line dancing going on in the living
room - when all eight of them sashay one way the boat does tend to
participate in the dance.
Tying up the boat
I also discovered that the captain's
duties do go beyond just steering the boat (Silly me . . . ). I
discovered that my 'deck hands' were actually more of the 'deck
fluff' variety and it was me that had to jump ashore when we chose a
spot to stop for the night and tie the boat to a couple of sturdy
trees. They were willing to throw the ropes to me but balked at
jumping ashore to do the actual tying. When the table wouldn't come
apart at bedtime to convert to a bed, I had to do it, and of course
when the hot tub sploshed out in the wind, I was on deck to fill it
again and get the temperature up to the suggested 110°
required by Karen.
Square Dancing on the Lido
did draw the line in the sand (We were actually pulled up on a lovely
sandy beach in Nackawic) when I was asked to take part in Sharon's
impromptu Square Dance lessons that started up on the 'Lido' deck
because they couldn't convince the attractive EMO guys to come back
and fill in for Elayne's bruised rib they were asked to attend to.