My Clumsiness Causes an Oil Explosion

My Clumsiness Causes an Oil Explosion

Back in May, I wrote: My Foot Found the Hole in the Boat Floor!

The short version is this… Capt. Brian Whiddon (who is also WritersWeekly’s Managing Editor) was working on the engine, and told me to watch out for the hole in the floor. When I got back from the grocery store, lugging bags, I had forgotten about the hole in the floor (of course!) and I stepped right into it, causing far more damage to my pride than my leg.

Fast forward to this month. We really want to take the boat out after the hurricane season starts to wind down so Capt. Brian was running an engine test. I was not on board at the time, having lugged one of the kiddos to the doctor. When I returned, Brian was on the floor in the galley, meticulously washing and wiping all of our canned goods, which are stowed on a shelf under the stove.

I cocked an eyebrow at him, wondering why he felt the need to clean the canned goods.

He explained, “I started up the motor and oil spewed everywhere! I just don’t understand it! I think I found the problem. One of the oil gauges was wrenched loose. But, I don’t know how it  happened. It’s almost as if someone stepped into the engine compartment or something…”

I was tempted to play the dumb blonde but, for my own peace of mind, I had to come clean.

“Um, remember when I fell in the hole in the floor a couple of months ago?”

His eyes lit up. “That’s it! YOU did it!”

Yes, I did…

After cleaning up the canned goods, the galley floor and counter tops (and sides!), the salon floor, and more, he went to the auto parts store for those cool rags that soak up oil. And, he then spent a very long time cleaning all of the oil out of the engine compartment.

This morning, the engine fired up just fine so all is well. But, Brian is still grumbling about all the extra work resulting from my less then graceful descent into the bowels of the boat. 😉


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4 Responses to "My Clumsiness Causes an Oil Explosion"

  1. Linda M. Gigliotti  September 14, 2019 at 11:38 am

    An-ge-lah! Are you sure we don’t share the same parents? My pelvic joint forgave me for taking both sox off at the same time and raising both feet in the air while standing. I still have the burn marks from the boiling oil though. And I forget the third one. I think we are sisters. Here is another test for that: do your friends call you Trouble?

    No point in telling either of us to be careful. We will accuse them of thinking we are old.

    • By Angela Hoy - Publisher of  September 14, 2019 at 8:18 pm

      We are DEFINITELY cut from the same cloth, Linda!!! 😉

      Big hugs,

  2. Nancy Larson  September 13, 2019 at 8:21 am


    Your honesty confirms what I’ve seen about BookLocker. Thank you! How is “the pancake” doing these days? Hope you’re fully recovered from the latest mishap.

    • By Angela Hoy - Publisher of  September 13, 2019 at 9:23 am

      Thank you for asking, Nancy! 🙂

      Pancake is still there and I suspect will be leeching off its host (me) forever. It’s only noticeable if I’m in shorts and, to be honest, I really don’t care. If someone doesn’t like me because I have a bump on my leg from a falling-off-the-boat injury, that’s not the kind of person I want as a friend anyway. It still hurts sometimes, which is weird. A throbbing pain will pop out of nowhere and then just as quickly go away. I still have swelling, too, and loss of feeling in that part of my leg, all the way to my knee. But, the good news is it serves as a daily reminder to LOOK before I leap! 😉

      Big hugs!