Wednesday, December 14, 2011

You Might be a Full-Time Cruiser If...

Is this a normal activity in your life?  Then you might be a full-time cruiser!
Scott gave me this idea for a blog post one morning when he was helping me get breakfast supplies and said something to the tune of "I wonder how many people sleep over cookies, granola bars and chips".  It was in that instant that this post was born.  Of course this list is not finite, it could probably go on forever.  However, just for fun today:

You *MIGHT* be a Full-Time Cruiser if...

...you sleep over your "pantry" and literally have to crawl in and out of bed...
...leaving a tap running for anything longer than 2 seconds makes you cringe...
...you don't think twice about a 2 mile walk to the grocery store...
...you're hyper-tuned to out-of-the-ordinary sounds and/or smells...
...you wake up with mysterious bruises you don't recall getting...
...you light your stove with a match and make toast over an open flame...
...you get really excited about a half-way decent, one-pot meal...
...you see a new gadget and your first question is "how many amps does it draw?"...
...your life is dictated by the weather...
...you have more zip lock bags than is normal or necessary...
...you have mastered the art of washing with mere quarts of water...
...laundry done by your own two hands comes out better than the laundromat...
...you pretty much wear the same thing every day, and no one notices or cares...
...ice is a luxury that is always accompanied by a big smile and a high-five...
...cardboard is the enemy and is not allowed on the boat...
...when something breaks, your first instinct is not "who to call?"...
...you use T-9 and WD40 as frequently as others use hairspray...
...you laugh out loud if someone on land complains they "don't have room"...
...you don't mind warm beer, in fact, you sort of like it...
...you have no clue what's on television or in the theaters and don't care...
...you've peed in the sink - not because your drunk -  but because you don't want to fill the tank...
...you use only one quarter of the paper towel at a time...
...you know your boat like most people know their children...
...you long for more solar and/or wind power and ogle other peoples' set-ups...
...you've seen the bare ass of at least one of your boat neighbors before...
...finding a new way to store something more efficiently literally makes your day...
...you get really excited when you look at a balanced battery meter...
...you get a tour of another boat and get jealous of storage space...
...you have more flashlights and head-lamps than a spelunker...
...prepping to cook a meal requires you to get on all fours at any given point...
...you break a sweat just getting out the tools necessary to complete a job...
...you cannot walk into a marine store without buying something...
...you know the wind speed just by the sound and feel of your boat...
...you use oil and vinegar not only for salad, but for your toilet - on a regular basis...

and my personal favorite, you know you're a full-time cruiser if...

...you honestly don't know where the day, week, month, or year will take you...

16 comments:

Carolyn Shearlock said...

. . . the first step in cooking any meal is to take the sofa apart.

. . . you give away a pair of cute shoes so there's room for more tools.

Dan N Jaye said...

... you rate towns / anchorages by: walkability to groceries & laundry; shelter; scenery; and, most important, unsecured wifi

... BTW, you know you *haven't* been cruising long enough when you don't get the humor behind Brittany's list!

Windtraveler said...

@Caryolyn - YES!! Those are AWESOME!! So true...
@Jaye - YES as well...haha, thanks!

Bettie del Mar said...

That list is hilarious! And now I don't feel so weird about sleeping on our diesel tank.

Jan said...

...your "must have" microwave has turned into a bread storage box...

...your wine cellar involves knee high white athletic socks...

Kyra and Rick said...

This is great! I'd add:

... you forget what day it is,you ask the neighboring boat, and they don't know what day it is either...

... in a thunderstorm, you throw all your electronics in the oven...

Paul said...

Very nice. Brought a smile to my face this rainy morning. Funny (but true) stuff. Thanks

Abuwabu said...

Great list. Did you um and ahh about revealing you pee in the sink? No? Must have been away for more than a few weeks then.

I'd add:

You think that warm beer, stale bread, and a tin of sardines is a perfectly respectable breakfast.

Dean and Katie said...

Enjoyed the post very much...yes it is a great list! And the comments are great true as well!

Hummm...never thought of the pee in sink one...but it very well could be easier! ;-)

My chuckle for the day! Thanks!

SammyPR said...

Awesome list! Thanks, you made my day!

SammyPR said...

Thank you! you guys really made my day! LOL

RumShopRyan said...

Great list! Cheers!

Anonymous said...

THis was a great list wish you well on your travels we hope to do something similar very soon!

brad
s/v All IN

Mid-Life Cruising! said...

Wow, this is one of the best posts ... funny but true!

table top wine rack said...

Great list.

wayne said...

That was fun. Tks! Happy sailing and stay cool.

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