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We’re Going To Need A Bigger Boat

, , | Right | December 16, 2019

(We are cruising through the fjords of Alaska as I am doing “deck blitz” duty. It entails the staff striking up friendly conversation with passengers enjoying the decks. A fjord is a long, narrow, deep inlet of the sea between high cliffs and when cruising through, it indeed LOOKS like you are up in the mountains, but I’m still surprised that this conversation went past my answer to the following question.)

Lady #1: “What elevation are we at?”

Me: “Sea level — well, nine decks above sea level.”

Lady #1: “How many feet is that?”

Me: “I don’t know exactly. About 150 feet or so.”

Lady #2: *indignantly* “You’re wrong. You’d think the staff would listen to the announcements. We heard the captain announce that we were several thousand feet up. Can’t you see the mountain tops right there?! We just wanted the exact figure.”

Me: “I’m sorry, I must have missed that. Let me inquire and I will get back to you. Excuse me.”

(I avoided them for the remainder of the voyage.)

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