OK - before I forget.
Last night I had a dream that I was a pirate.
I was on a huge ship with other pirates, there seemed to be no organization; we were just all scattered around on the deck.
The ship was on the sea, and it was a terrible storm. There were huge tornados on the ocean. Making typhoons -- er -- water spouts. It was a terrible sight to behold.
We pulled into a harbor, a sort of long system of docks. And off to one side was docked a large inflatable boat. I might have been thinking about bouncy castles or something.
This boat was mine to command.
It seemed, at this point, the weather had calmed down.
So you're a big-time sea captain.
Eh. I seemed well-aware that my charge was inflatable. It was even brightly colored like a modern inflatable.
I knew it wasn't as prestigious a command as the wooden ship from which I originated.
Is that all we are to you?
an inflatable boat
I don't think...
Sounds like the Prince of Elysion has a sense of humor.
It all didn't feel so funny when we were navigating through the storm, that's for sure.
I HAVE NEVER ENJOYED MY TIME ON A BOAT.
I FIND THE WHOLE PROCESS RATHER FRIGHTENING.
A NECESSARY EVIL.
I SPOKE A BIT MORE HERE.
IT REMINDED ME UNCOMFORTABLY OF HOW MUCH TIME WE USED TO SPEND COOKING.
I DID NOT KNOW ANY BETTER, OF COURSE.
MODERN MAN IS SO VERY LUCKY.
Breakfast cereal was invented just before the turn of the century.
1900s or 1800s?
the end of the 1800s.
REFRIGERATORS, OR THE ICEBOX AS YOU MIGHT CALL IT, EXISTED, BUT
WE NEVER HAD SUCH A THING AT EASTON HOUSE.
MY FATHER DID NOT TROUBLE HIMSELF WITH SUCH THINGS.
HE WAS UNINTERESTED IN GADGETS AND MODERN INVENTIONS.
That means no indoor plumbing, either?
You're looking at at least a hundred years before such conveniences became commonplace.
I can't even imagine.
You're fortunate to not have lived through such times.