Hee hee... Richard (boss type chap at the dock) asked me if I fancied an additional cleaning job. Just a one-off, cash in hand. Maybe an hour or two tops.
Well, I'm not stupid and I need cash to put fuel in the car so I can get over to Mums this weekend, and then over to Leeds to see my dress! So I said yes, and at 11.30 this morning when I finished doing the regular cleaning duties round the Dock I wandered over to Richard and waited politely while he finished dealing with one of the residents/customers.
Presently he smiled and told me about a new custom long boat that had arrived at the Marina. It needed a 'professional' touch to get it spic and span for it's owners. And it's full of saw-dust.
Fair enough. I can do a bit of dusting and hoovering for a bit of extra cash, so I packed up the stuff he thought I'd need, loaded up my little Micra, and followed him round the length of the marina. I thought he was having a bit of a laugh telling me to drive round with the stuff instead of walking.... but it was a BIT of a long way!!
The boat is LOVELY!!! Almost enough to make me think I could live on one of those things too (or at least holiday in one a lot!). But every surface - including the walls and ceilings - were covered in about 2 inches of building dust and saw dust!
I set to work, not worrying overly. It's a long thing, but quite slim, so I thought I could have it done in an hour and a half.
It was 2 in the afternoon before I was through! What I hadn't taken in account - time wise - was the amount of nooks and crannies there are on boats like this, and there was more dust inside the cupboards and draws then there was on the work surfaces... Not to mention the lacker that was all over the bathroom sink, shower tray and kitchen sink, which had to be chiseled off!
Still, it was quite good fun, a pleasant change from scrubbing stinky toilets (this being a brand new boat, the loo has never yet been used) and worrying over mildew.
Oh... and payment? Well, Richard felt terrible for me working from before 9 am till 2 pm without a break (only because I hadn't noticed the time and thought it was about 1ish) so he gave me £20.00 for the 2 1/2 hours work I did! I'd have been paid £13.50 from my cleaning company for the same amount of work (before tax)! And made me a cup of coffee too because Silvia told him off for making me all dehydrated, hee hee hee. I was fine, really, but took it with a smile and a thank you.
Being a cleaner aint so bad, you know!