I am sitting at my computer trying to write an assignment thrillingly entitled 'The effects of Ipratropium on the acetylclorine receptors of the parasympathetic nervous system,' and my heart is just not in it. I am obliged to do two such assignments annually to keep up my 'authority to practice' as an EMT. I am somewhat aggrieved by this as I am only a part time volunteer (read unpaid) ambulance man, but, as my boss points out, we need to keep up our skills and learning
as killing the customers is not a good look.
My annoyance is further compounded by the fact that its a beautiful day outside and as I look up from my computer I can see my boat
on her mooring
, and I'm sure she's saying 'come on, lets go...'
So the mind strays to nautical thoughts and I am reminded of an article I read a while ago on rigging
, and the writer espoused that split pins should never be opened more than 10 degrees. Since this was written by no less a personage than the great Olin Stevens, this is how I install my split pins. In fact sometimes I've left them like that for as much as half an hour before panicking and opening them up a bit more, just to be sure. Hose clips is another one - we all know to do them up until firm and no more so as not to damage the pipe etc, but I admit to giving them an extra tweak, just to be sure. And diesel
additive, can those few mils per litre really eliminate the dreaded bug? I tend to give it a bit more, just to be sure. Splicing three strand rope
? - my books
tell me three tucks on natural fibre, five on synthetic. I don't think you will find a splice on my boat
with less than six tucks, just to be sure.
What is it about boats that does this, brings out this belt and braces mentality, or am I the only one? After all, if you are unlucky enough to wind
up in the back of my ambulance needing medication you will get the recommended dose, not one drop more... and that's for sure.
If you've read this far, I apologise for wasting your time. I am going to shake my lethargy and get on with my assignment but first I will turn my chair around so I look at the wall instead of out the window.