Because, you know I stole this….
I just want to say that even though JoAnne and I have not “truly become live aboards” we’ve definitely become (and always have been) travellers. About a dozen of these things are already things that have happened to us. Everything from borrowing a washer and dryer to looking for good Wifi signals. lol
How will you know when you truly become a live aboard?
If you’re living on a boat these descriptions may ring your ships bell?
- When staying in a house you always come down stairs backwards
- You find yourself bleeding from random places at random times.
- You and your wife define “taking a break” as moving about six feet apart and looking in opposite directions.
- You avoid telling people you live on a boat just so you don’t have to explain to them you actually sleep on it as well… again.
- You think butter only comes in soft or liquid form.
- You only have 3 cooking pots.
- When invited to dinner at someone’s house you spend all night turning unnecessary lights off.
- When invited to dinner at someone’s house you ask if you can do your laundry.
- The doctor assumes your body covered in random bruises is a sign of physical abuse.
- You are the only one who doesn’t want to win the big screen TV at the charity raffle.
- You think “Game of thrones” is something you do when two people need the toilet at once.
- Kids think you’re the coolest person on earth. Adults think you have lost your marbles.
- When you don’t like the neighbourhood you just move.
- You are content knowing that sailing is code for boat repair in exotic places.
- You can assemble a gourmet dinner using only one pot and mouldy cheese.
- Doing laundry involves a net bag, a moving boat, and 50 feet of line.
- When asked for a piece of paper, you ask if they want course or fine.
- You don’t want anything for Christmas that isn’t on a Kindle.
- Cardboard boxes, wrappers, and packing are thrown away before getting onto the boat.
- You define a good anchorage as one where you can get Wi-Fi.
- Your wallet contains more boat cards than business cards
- You know what a boat card is.
- When visiting ashore, you wake everybody at daylight screaming “We’re aground “when you open your eyes and don’t see water.
- You define an easy chore as one where you don’t have to pull everything out of the locker first.
- You covet new solar panels more than a new car.
- You can identify boats by the sound of their halyard slapping against their mast.
- Removing things from the refrigerator is like playing Jenga.
- In shoe shops you go straight to the flip-flops.
- You accidentally put your life jacket on when you get in a car.
- You walk in the rain all the way back to your boat, carrying a backpack, a load of laundry, groceries destined to fall out of their bag at any second… all while thinking how lucky you are.
- Filling the water tanks is a full day’s work.
- The only thing you do religiously on Sundays is wonder what day it is.
- The first thing you do after setting the anchor is to see what other boats you know.
- You talk to your boat and give parts of it stupid names.
- You understand and pay attention to the entire weather forecast.
- You spend weekends sitting in your cockpit with a boat hook beside you, waiting to fend off the next holiday charter boat.
- Every time you consider buying something you have to decide what you’ll get rid of to make room for it.
- When visiting ashore you look for instructions on how to use a push button toilet.
- A three minute hot shower is pure indulgence.
- You covet your neighbour’s engine more than his wife.
- Ice cubes are the ultimate luxury.
- You have to strap a bag full of water to your boom & wait a few hours before you can take a hot shower.
- You’ve googled to see if there are any companies that make triangular bed sheets.
- You know that duct tape was invented by God.
- You only bring out real cups for fancy occasions.
- Trying to find a partner to sail away with you isn’t being romantic, it’s kidnapping.
- Your computer homepage is the Weather Service
- You’ve spent mornings standing naked on the deck of someone else’s boat, adjusting halyards, lashing lines & freezing your ass off.
- You have given up trying to defend your lifestyle and are content with smugly thinking…..they don’t know just what they are missing.
- Having sex always rocks your boat.
(stolen from “Living on a boat” at http://www.cygnus3.com/living-on-a-boat-whats-it-really-like/)
I see you have been digging into my treasure chest. Hopefully others will enjoy this post and thank you for the link.
Have amazing adventures my friend.