Anyway, whilst rambling along a canal in recent days, we came across something that was noticeable to all of the genders, and which I thought blogworthy:
A sunken river cruiser.
For some reason, out of all the methods of transport, the sunken boat is the only one that elicits something approaching sadness in me.Imagine a car in the same position. That would be unusual, and interesting, but not sad. How about a lorry? That would actually be exciting. An aeroplane would make the news. A scooter would be downright funny.
Maybe a wheelchair.Mostly, a sunken machine is going to make you go "ooh" rather than "awww".
Not when a boat is involved though. It was once claimed that boats had souls, and that's why seafarers gave them names. Mind you, sailors have never been especially noted for their rational, lucid interpretation of the world so maybe we shouldn't take to much notice of anything they say, unless it's about wind. Or tides. Or weevils.They did mistake Dugongs for mermaids, after all, and I'd have to be mad, drunk or both to do that.
Again.Still, not even the hilariously upright buoys can prevent a certain sense of melancholy creeping into one's perception of this picture.
I wonder if the owner knows about it yet, and whether it'll be a write-off, or are cruisers waterproof on the inside as well as the outside? Maybe it's not as bad as it seems, and is just like a spot of rising damp that a towel and dehumidifier will sort out.Later, whilst driving around my home town, I decided to notice something else. This time, I noticed a thing that was as bad as it seemed:
Apparently, a stretched Humvie isn't tasteful or noticeable enough for the residents of this estate, so they have rectified it with an understated paint job.
I live in a country where the majority of minor roads still follow the old cattle and sheep trails of the middle ages, so this makes perfect sense for the corners. Still, it's not there for practical use, as it's primary function will be for the transportation of slappers.Now, I wouldn't mind seeing that go haring into a river at full tilt, especially off of a right big ramp.