Proceed With Caution

3 May

There once was a little brown step. It didn’t look like a bad step – in fact, it was quite cute, all varnished and curved. But that little brown step had a secret: it knew how to get ‘slick’.


So, there I was, doing what I do best (which, as you all know, is drinking coffee) up on Bushranger’s flybridge. I happened to be attired in what I believed was appropriate – shorts, tee shirt and socks – when my Captain (and husband) commented that he believed that the wearing of socks (sans shoes) on Bushranger’s decks was courting disaster. “If the deck is at all slick, you may slip”, he said with a knowing scowl. So, being the good first-mate that I am, I promptly took off those sock and proceeded down that little brown step barefoot (okay, ladies, we always do exactly what our Captain says, don’t we?!?).


Well, that little brown step must have heard our conversation – for as soon as my foot touched that step, wuppp! …down I went! …ouch, that’ll leave a mark…


But do not despair – the evil step does not have the last laugh! My Captain rushed in, waving his file and can of acetone, and ensured that the step would never again trip-up his first-mate/lady.

nonslip pads 

We now have non-slip pads on that silly step and the pads proceed all the way up to the flybridge. My Captain even installed a handrail on the dockbox (I guess he thought I might wobble and need something to grab hold of (smart man)).


So, lessons learned –

  1. Varnished wood is slippery when wet (I know, I’m a bit slow on the uptake sometimes)
  2. Socks AND barefeet don’t fare well on wet wood
  3. Husbands occasionally come in very handy when taking revenge on offending wood structures

I am wearing my bruise as a badge of honour—take THAT you stupid step!

6 Responses to “Proceed With Caution”

  1. Barbie Robinson May 3, 2015 at 09:19 #

    Oooooohhhh LynnAnne :(( Glad you’re alright! It could’ve been worse! And wow, Boyd! Such speed in mending the slippery step! Well done.

  2. jdepodwin May 3, 2015 at 10:13 #

    Must have hurt! I assume you are OK. Hooray captain in coming to the rescue! Well done.

  3. Cathy Taylor May 3, 2015 at 13:54 #

    So glad you were not hurt too badly…Good rule I allows follow on boat…One hand for the drink (coffee in your case) and one hand for the rail when moving about…Have fun and be safe.

    • MrsBushranger May 3, 2015 at 16:19 #

      …a good rule to live by…..especially about the coffee!

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