Friday, June 15, 2012

Otters and Rats

Otters, I’ve been told, are bigger than Beavers.

But when I saw an Otter yesterday, I immediately recognized it for what it was—a rat with an extremely long nose.

It might even have Ratty, since his friend in the corner looks so much like Mole.

They’re in the water again today—or rather, still. That’s hardly surprising, though. What, after all, is life without floats?

“Is it nice?” you ask.

“Nice? It’s the ONLY thing…believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING—absolutely nothing—half so worth doing as simply messing about with floats. Simply messing…messing—about—with—floats; messing—” (with apologies to Kenneth Grahame.)

Sadly, of course, I haven’t been messing about with planes recently—floats or otherwise. I have no amazing stories to pass on this week. Last week, it seemed almost that we were too busy to write about everything. This week, things are too slow to have anything to write about.

Three girls and one cook for three tables? A mad rush with hardly time to sit down and eat after taking the main course out. Three girls and one cook for one table? (Let’s just say that we have permission to sit out with the guests tonight—there’s only two, after all.) By July, the work should be steadier, and crazier.

In the meantime, the other girls and I are getting good practice on a new version of the honey-do list:

“Oh, you’ve finished the cabins already? That’s awesome! You know, we really need to get the boardwalks varnished today before more guests come in.”

“Oh, girls, could you maybe weed around the staircase today? Those horsetails grow so fast!”

“Oh, you know what we need to do? We should really check all the waders in the shed to see that they don’t leak when the guests are wearing them.”

It’s fun.

But we don’t wash the float planes. At least, not yet. The guys do that.

P.S. Did you know that used planes can have just as many vehicle issues as used cars? Plus, with planes, you have to get a flight review every two years. My knowledge of aviation trivia is growing by leaps and bounds. At this rate, I might be a whiz at it by the end of the summer!


Andrew Engel said...

You're quite ... anthropomorphic isn't quite the right word, since you go for more than humanizing your literary subjects... you're quite... animomorphic. Otter. Yipe. That is a sneaky looking plane now that you mention it.

Audrey said...

...and loud. I got to watch it play dodge yesterday, when it was taxiing into the bay, and another float plane was taxiing out. Technically, though, personification is the term you mean, so perhaps it would be better to say animification?

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