I'm Boarding a Barge* This Evening



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


@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.


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


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?


Omg the typo police need to chill


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


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.



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.


You can look at flying fishes.

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


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


@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.



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


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