For my Girl Friends
28 February 2014 | Man O War Cay
This one is for my girl friends. Not that guys can't read it, but I don't think they will appreciate it.
Have you every tried to shave your legs in a phone booth? Well, neither have I, but I can imagine what it's like every time I have to shave my legs on the boat. Our boat is very comfortable, but when it comes to performing this task it feels like it's well, a phone booth. Picture this - our head (bathroom in nautical terms) is about 3 1/2' x 3' with a sink and a toilet (and a shower, but that doesn't take up any space). The toilet sits on top of a riser and so the seat is 2' above the floor. The toilet is also only 1' from the bulkhead (wall) that the door is on. Great set up for normal bathroom use, but when I have to get my leg, which is only 28" long on top of a toilet seat that is 24" above the floor, while my backside gets squished up against the bulkhead, it's another story. Then I have to get my legs wet enough to put shaving cream on and start to shave, then twist to rinse the razor in the sink. And have you tried to shave the back of your legs when it is at about a 60 degree angle? Good grief, if I wanted to be a gymnast, I would have started a very long time ago.
The left leg is much easier than the right - now I have to get my left leg against the other bulkhead (while my backside is still against the one with the door) and raise my right leg up to put my foot on the toilet seat (which remember, is 24" above the floor). Doesn't sound complicated, but the sink and counter are on the right side, so I really only have about a foot and a half to work in. If I was the size of Twiggy, it might be OK, but for those of you who know me, I'm definitely not. It wouldn't be so bad if I could perform this task about once a week or so, but by the 2nd or 3rd day, my legs are starting to feel like coarse sandpaper. I sometimes think that it might be easier to stand on my head to perform this task, but then I'd likely just pass out from too much blood running to my head. On the other hand, I could just stop shaving my legs altogether - but that's not a viable option of course.
Maybe I'll take a bucket of water out to the cockpit and do it there - my boat neighbours might be able to see me, but at least I won't feel like I've had an aerobics class by the time I'm finished! The things a girl has to go through to look good!