Sunday, February 12, 2012

Dreams Explored Over Dinner

Can you count all the masts in this photo? No, I didn't think so. This is the Where's Waldo of Ed's world. His dream is to look for Waldo among the hundreds of boats you see here - the fun part being seeing all the boats, and not actually finding Waldo. Every time we're in a coastal area with anything that floats, Ed is out there salivating over it.

If he could put a mast on Tom Sawyer's raft and sail the Intercoastal Waterway, he'd be in heaven. He'd be alone - because I wouldn't be going with him - but in heaven. I don't really have any desire to sail around the world, but Ed would do it in a heartbeat. Whenever we're near boats, he's calling to find out what the slip fees are, walking the docks, taking pictures, checking out the nearest West Marine store. He loves it.

I could love it, but it would require a written contract that would ensure I wouldn't have to do anything boat related - no hoisting of masts, no swabbing of decks, nothing on the port or starboard side, no asking me to come about.

If you want me to make you a sandwich, get you a cup of coffee, pour you a frosty beverage, fine. Rinse the seawater out of your bathing suit, fold your signal flags, read you a passage from Moby Dick, fine. But anything that remotely resembles "working a ship", I am not doing. I may change my mind in the future, but right now - and especially after just seeing a documentary which featured the Old Sow whirlpool, I won't be going out in any open waters anytime soon.

Tonight I'll be making Shrimp Scampi for dinner. That's my contribution to the vast world of what can be found in it.


Gil said...

Your picture screams "what recession"!!!

The Daily Rant said...

Gil: I know! The people in this area certainly don't look like they're hurting AT ALL. Ed called to find out about getting a slip in this marina and they told him there was a 3-5 year waiting list! I guess it's the 1% who aren't on that waiting list. LOL