Yesterday I mentioned that in the calmer waters I had done some barnacling.
The barnacle situation had got quite bad. I had hoped that the chaps downstairs might be keeping an eye on things, possibly scraping a few barnacles off when they knock against the hull, but no such luck. It was barnacle heaven down there, especially on the rudder – possibly because it is wooden, and hence more porous and inviting to barnacle feet. It took me over an hour to restore the hull to a reasonably hydrodynamic state.
I really loathe this job. It’s hard work scraping away at barnacles, and I have to hold my breath before each foray under the hull because it’s too deep for a snorkel. So it goes like this: deep breath, scrape, scrape, scrape, scrape, scrape, surface, gulp air. Repeat about a hundred times until hull is relatively barnacle-free. I don’t like the feel of the barnacles catching against my legs as they drift off into the depths. Feeling anything brush against my skin while I’m in the water makes me very jumpy. Ugh.
Seeing it from the barnacles’ point of view, I’m sure they’re none too happy about it either. There they are, barnacling away, minding their own business, when along comes a giant armed with a white paint scraper to forcibly evict them from this nice convenient home they’ve just found. So there ain’t nobody happy.
I am listening to “Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership and Change
Quote for the day: “The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.” (Ross Perot)
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