There is one part of the boat where
testosterone the Captain reigns supreme
and that's the pilothouse, otherwise known as
World is where shoes can be worn, Jack Daniels
consumed, cigars savored--as long as all three
doors are open,
manly discussions about politics and boats
can be conducted without interruption from women
asking if a particular outfit makes their butt
On mornings when
we're anchored out, Man World is absolutely the
best place to hang out. It is peaceful and quiet
and provides a spectacular view of the water. It
is a great place to sit and ponder life.
Organizing and/or stowing
the items housed in Man World is a
job strictly reserved for the Captain, if indeed
items are organized and/or stowed at all.
For example toolboxes can be left sitting wide
open in the middle of the floor for unsuspecting
wives to trip over, an event which is apparently
knee-slappingly hilarious to watch. Hahahaha.
In addition, any
new items added
to Man World must receive prior consent and must
be deemed to fall well below the threshold of
"chick stuff"--a floral arrangement, for
example, would be totally out of the question
although the recent addition of a 12v coffee pot received an
enthusiastic thumbs up.
however, one decorative item in Man World that
received unisex approval: the painting
that hangs over the sofa.
We wanted something by an English
Barry Hilton who is known for his paintings of old
English harbors. On our last trip to
England Morley found the
right painting by his home boy Barry; the gallery did a great job of
packing it for it's trip across the big water
and Morley hand-carried it all the
way from England to Man World (actually it rode in the
first class coat closet while we sat crammed in
our miserably uncomfortable seats back in
coach). After having it reframed to better
fit the dimensions of the pilothouse wall, it
looks perfect there--just the right touch of
testosterone for Man World.
And really, it's okay with me
for Man World to be the domain of the Captain. I
have the office down below all to myself and it is firmly
under female control and command.