People seem to ask the same questions all the time. Some of them, I've come up with charming, snarky or funny answers. Let's go through some of them:
Q: Can I get out of the car? (This is asked at least 10 times a day)
A: Of course!
Q: Where do I park? Is here ok?
A: Wherever you want! You've got the whole boat to yourself.
Q: What's the bell for?
A: For you to ring.
Q: Where will I be when we get to the other side?
A: You'll be on the other side. (seriously, this is my most favorite answer)
Q: How long until you leave? What's the schedule?
A: How about now? (People think the ferry is on a schedule, like the Seattle area ferries. Instead, I go when I have a car. Also, they like that answer. They think I'm doing it special just for them.)
Q: Are you electric of diesel?
Q: How's your day going?
A: Eh, back and forth. (Get it?! that's what I do all day! you've got to have the right person to use that one on)
Q: Is this boat new?
A: Yup, it's got that new boat smell.
Q: What happened last month when you were shut?
A: Ummm.....operator error. And no, it wasn't me!
Q: How much money do you make? This must pay really well. (seriously, people ask me this all the time!)
Q: Do boats get snagged on the cable?
A: Nope. They can cross just fine. We recommend staying decently far from the boat. That gives the cable time to sink back underwater. It's also safer.
Q: Why don't they build a bridge?
A: A new boat and ramps cost $5 million (I think). A bridge would probably cost $20 million.
Q: Where's your fishing pole? Do you fish off this thing?
A: Can I borrow yours?
Q: How late are you open?
A: Until 7, and my last trip is from west to east at exactly 7.
Q: Are you open year round?
A: We are now. (The previous ferry was closed in the winter. This ferry is more powerful and should do fine in the winter currents)
Q: Can I launch my kayak/canoe here?
A: Please don't! It's not safe, the ferry can slip off the ramp and slide 10 feet that way, right where you might be standing.
Q: How many trips do you make a day?
A: As many as I need to. (We don't keep track of that, just the number of vehicles per day)
Q: It's $3? The other ferry is $2!
A: We've got to pay for that new ferry smell!
Q: Have you been busy today?
A: Busy knitting!