An Alphabet Of Things I Don’t Like: W

Water.

Yes, it’s an unusual one, because I love to look at water. Whether a river like the one above, or an idyllic lake.

Even a stormy sea can be wonderful to behold.

But I don’t like being in it, or on it in boats of any kind.

I cannot swim, and I get seasick in the gentlest seas. Even on the calmest lake or still river, the thought of falling in worries me constantly.

So water is something I love to admire, but not get involved with.

55 thoughts on “An Alphabet Of Things I Don’t Like: W

    1. Not sure, but I remember being seasick on a seaside pleasure boat when I was around 6 years old. My dad blamed it on the fact I had eaten candy floss before going on the boat. (Cotton Candy) It stayed with me though, and ruined more than one short trip across to France in my teens.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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        1. It can be rough on The Channel, except o ver quiet summer days. It takes less than two hours on the shortest route, but I have been on an 8-hour car ferry to Normandy that was a nightmare! The last few times I went to France or Belgium I used the train, and the channel tunnel. πŸ™‚

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          1. While I don’t get seasick, I have been at high seas a few times, like The Channel, and I was definitely sick. People who have never had a problem, even in waves and deep water, get seasick when deep sea fishing. I am learning about the Channel Tunnel with John Howell’s thrilling Wednesday serial. Best to you, Pete.

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  1. Well I didn’t see that one coming – though I’m well aware that you don’t like water falling in little droplets from the sky! But I remembered your frightening childhood experience and also that you get seasick, so I guess it’s understandable after all.

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  2. Never too late to learn to swim Pete. We had compulsory swimming lessons at school, the highlight was getting in the coach and driving to the pool. Not so great being pushed in, literally a sink or swim situation.

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  3. I only learned to swim when I was in my 30s and have never progressed beyond the the ‘mummy breaststroke’ and am very anxious when in the water. Like you, though, I love watching water and being beside it.

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  4. I grew up float tripping (canoeing) in the Midwest, but one of my earliest memories is being on a homemade board pulled behind a boat on a lake in Missouri. I fell off the board at some point, and supposedly remarked that there were a “lot of fish down there.” Years later, as a teenager, I did a wee bit of water skiing, and loved it… I’m not too crazy about swimming in the ocean/sea, though that hasn’t prevented me from wading or swimming in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Mediterranean. I prefer to spend time in lakes and rivers, where there is no risk of encountering something dangerous…
    I once went on a giant catamaran out of Dana Point (California), and stood at the front where the rollicking waves had its strongest effect, and enjoyed it immensely. That got me as close as possible to the dolphins that swam along at the front of the catamaran. We also chased some whales for a while. Many years ago, I took a much smoother (boring) ride on a hydrofoil from Sorrento to Capri, as well as on a ferry in the Rade de Toulon (harbor)…
    I used to have friends here in Las Vegas who had a swimming pool with a low diving board. So I took advantage of that, but rather than come up right away, I liked to swim the entire length of the pool beneath the surface before popping up for air. In short (!), I do like the water. And I drink it, too!

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    1. Thanks for your aquatic experiences, David. I did do a Nile Cruise. The water was calm, and the old retro boat very slow. But I wouldn’t have liked to have fallen into that very dirty river. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. Hmmm…so you don’t want to take that sailboat on the Gulf of Mexico to follow whales that are migrating – and you aren’t up to joining me for some scuba diving? Shame Pete, because I love the water! I grew up on it and IN it…when you live in Seattle it’s everywhere!

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  6. That is such a pity. As a Greek child, I grew up spending barefoot summers by the sea. We dog paddled until we could swim, and even now, total immersion in the Aegean Sea is my happy place. Of course, I’m spoiled rotten, and hate any water that is not crystal clear. A matter of geography!

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  7. I thought we’d had it on a terrible trip in 10ft waves back to our cruise ship in 2017. I will never go on another small boat or another cruise ship, and I only put up with the IOW ferry because I have to. Also had a bad childhood experience in a boat, and another one on holiday in Alcudia. Boats and I definitely do not go together

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    1. That’s what I do too. I was on a sailing boat in the south of France once, and we had to keep shifting sides to balance the boat in strong winds. I was sure I was going to fall in and drown! At least the fear stopped me being seasick!
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  8. I sympathise, Pete: it must be so frustrating not to be able to enjoy what looks so enticing from a distance! I’ve never been a frequent or regular sailor, but from memory, I don’t think I’ve ever had a serious problem. My father did his national service in the Navy, but I don’t think I can claim any hereditary disposition to immunity to seasickness! πŸ˜‰ Cheers, Jon.

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    1. I don’t think you would ever see me on a cruise liner, Ro. Not just because of the sea, but also being trapped in that siutation with all those people. The Nile Cruise was about my level, with only 20 others on that riverboat. πŸ™‚
      Cheers, Pete.

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