We all recognise the concept of lock miles, adding time to our journeys - but how about prat miles?
Prat miles don't add time to journeys but they do add irritation here and there. We all encounter them from time to time and I sometime wonder if there is a correlation between prat encounters and miles travelled.
Having pondered on this for a while I guess I bump into a prize plonker about three times a year so maybe I shouldn't be surprised that at the half way point I met up with this year's Mr P No1. There I was, out on the Staffs and Worcester on a scorching sunny day minding my own business when an irritating idiot throws a sarcastic curved ball.
The scene was Helen and myself working up the last of the Gailey flight with five non boating guests from her church "Ladies Monday group" in the front enjoying the experience. A boat is descending Brick Kiln lock ahead of us so we hang back in mid channel, minding our own business, finding a bit of shade and waiting for the boat to exit the lock.
Prat comes out of the lock incredibly slowly and as he passes the ladies in the front leans out and sarcastically says "thanks for the help" - and repeats the same to us as he passes the stern. OK so it looks like we have a crew of seven, but that's making a very big assumption that the five at the front have even the faintest ideas about lock operation!
I responded with the question "you are joking, arnt you?" but it seems not. He did indeed expect us to moor up and come up to the lock and help them work their lock.
Rant over - you meet idiots everywhere and the fleeting opportunity to understand their comment and respond accordingly is so brief you never get to say what you think - which is maybe just as well!