Well, technically it’s only a 35-minute crossing from one side of Puget Sound to the other, but the ferry boat just sort of does the same thing, back and forth. back and forth. So I feel pretty safe in assuming that the 35-minute timeframe is a fairly accurate snapshot of her whole day.
I am fortunate to be able to work from home most days, with my personal hygiene being the only thing that suffers from the arrangement, but I do go into my Seattle office once a week. It’s a great chance to
shower see my fellow colleagues.
Usually I just drive on, sit in my car, open my computer and telecommute my way through some deadlines.
But yesterday, it dawned on me that maybe the ferry boat deserves a closer look.
Who am I to say? She could be just sitting there, suffering in silence, hoping that someday, someone will come along and pay attention.
Well, ferry boat. Today is your day. Let’s all take a look, shall we?
First of all, here is ferry boat looking her best. Which obviously means I did not take this picture:
As I looked around, trying to see this hard-working, sturdy vessel with fresh eyes, I started to notice that ferry boat seems a bit, well, bossy. And not in a fun-loving-Tony-Danza-Who’s-The-Boss kind of way.
More of a don’t-mess-with-me-if-you-know-what’s-good-for-you kind of bossy.
A little off-putting there, ferry boat. Just sayin’.
Case in point:
Come on, ferry boat. Manners? Hello? It’s just one simple word, and they don’t call it “magic” for nothing. All I’m saying is that it goes a long way.
To be fair, I could see why ferry boat might be harboring some bitterness. After all, here’s what she has to look at, day-in, day-out:
Sure, this view is easy on the eyes, but it could also mean life-long torment if the only thing that would make a girl feel truly complete is a ferris wheel ride. Don’t cry, ferry boat. Those things really aren’t that safe anyway.
Speaking of safety, what the ferry boat lacks in people skills, she more than makes up for in emergency preparedness:
A water hose AND a fire extinguisher? Hello, that’s not a redundancy you’ll hear me complain about.
To her credit, it did seem like this one time ferry boat was really trying to be friendly:
I kinda sensed a little bit of teeth clenching go on, though. What with the all-caps block lettering and all.
When I spotted this assortment of snacks, I snapped a quick picture and kept on walking.
What I wanted to do was say a few gentle words about the damaging affects of high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, but clearly ferry boat is an emotional eater and it’s not really my place to make her feel any worse about herself.
Oh ferry boat, I don’t want to paint an ALL bad picture of your day. In addition to being a very useful mode of transportation, you’re clearly doing your part for the environment, and that should be commended. Good job, ferry boat.
Also, it sure is cute the way ferry boat tries her level best to keep up with the 21st century.
The fact that the available wi-fi system works a solid 50% of the time (provided there are no high winds or seagulls in the area) is really something to be proud of.
But you know what, ferry boat? Just be yourself. You don’t have to try to impress anyone with your high-tech mumbo jumbo. Just stick to the classics, they work for you. And by classics I am obviously referring to your TOTALLY AWESOME PAC-MAN MACHINE!
That little piece of nostalgic gold is worth its weight in a thousand dropped Boingo connections. Well played, ferry boat. Well played.
Well, there you have it folks. A day in the life of a Washington State Ferry boat. It was quite a ride. We laughed, we cried. We felt a little bit funny in the tummy. Good times were had by all.
What’s your favorite mode of transportation? I’d love to hear from you!