I'm Boarding a Barge* This Evening

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Need to work on your definition of “machine” as well.

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@1: I took it to be in the French sense of "machin", where it means "any kind of thingummybob, whose actual name I'm not sure of". A doohickey. A whatchamacallit.

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"Let's resurface" applies only to submarines, submersibles, diving bells, etc.

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Most toddlers will at some point latch onto a word, and repeatedly and deliberately use it inappropriately, precisely because it gets a reaction from any adults present.

You have to admit it's kind of cute the first few times, isn't it?

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Omg the typo police need to chill

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@5 Rich writes for a newspaper so correct spelling, grammar etc. really should be a reasonable standard to expect.

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Rich Smith, perhaps you should book passage on one of these "barges" to get a true first hand look at one. Many of these ships offer passage to a handful of passengers; it is nothing at all like a Carnival cruise. If nothing else I recommend you read "The Columbo Bay" by Richard Pollak. This book can give first hand knowledge about the differences between a barge and a container vessel.

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A warning to readers: all the people I know who have done that say it is the most boring thing they've ever experienced in their lives.

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You can look at flying fishes.

It’s meditation with enough numbers to actually hold your attention.

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Good on ya' Man!~ I'm digging this study.

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@8, Like I said it's no Carnival cruise; there are no open bars, casino, 5 star restaurants, or dancing. But you can learn the difference between barges and ships. There is, however, shore time in some interesting out of the way ports of call.

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There are also ports of call where you're not allowed off the ship, for a lot of routes.

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Rich, will you be wearing your trouser shorts while aboard the barge?