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I’m on a boat! by Snively '11

It was only a matter of time

I’m ridin’ on a dolphin, doin’ flips and sh**

Well, I kinda wish I’d been ridin’ on a dolphin, doin’ flips and sh**, but I wasn’t. Instead, I was at the Burton-Conner boat cruise!

No. Not this.


Here’s how it works. Every year our dorm pays for us to go on a really nice, dinner boat cruise, no charge. Each year everybody dresses up and dances the night away after eating delicious food, dessert, and coffee. Each year I dress up, eat delicious food, dessert, coffee, and am bugged and pestered to dance. Every year I fight back. “No! I don’t dance! Let me be the awkward guy who watches! No! Don’t make me! Noooooo!” and then every year I lose, end up dancing, and having a good time. Funny how these things work.

But, I digress. The evening started with us loading onto the boat, each of us humming “I’m on a boat,” eagerly awaiting our opportunity to be “on a boat.”

Once on board we mingled for a bit, took some pictures, and then it was FOOD TIME! The food this year was delicious, better than last year. So good that I fiercely defended my plate against food stealers.

Then it was time to head outside and enjoy the boatiness of the boat. An obvious photo-opp for the “Sophomore Guys.”

We stared at buoys, enjoyed the skyline, and then it was dancing time! This is always the fun time for me, because I don’t dance.

“But Snively, everybody dances! All you have to do is move to the music.”

No. Not me. I’m the awkward white kid who doesn’t dance. Too bad my floor disagrees and decided that by the end of the night I was going to be forced to dance. Some standard songs got played, people danced, and then there was a dance off between our housemaster and Malcom. Needless to say, our housemaster won (sorry Malcom), and as evidence I offer you this video of him shaking his hips to the hokey-pokey.

(he doesn’t know this video is on the Internet)

Next came my moment to shine. The DJ yelled “Hey, what song next guys?” and everybody stood there quiet until Dorothy ’12 from across the hall yelled “I’m on a Boat!” The DJ yelled “Yeah!” and pulled it up. He then pointed right at Dorothy and yelled “Everybody off the dance floor, this girl dances alone! Here we go!” The dance floor emptied. Dorothy stood in the middle.

*boom boom boom*
Ahhhhh sh**, get your towels ready
It’s about to go down

Dorothy is rockin’ it, but still all alone on the dance floor, being stared at. At this point I decide to make peace with the world, swallow any embarrassment and reservations I may have, and do my duty to the Lonely Island.

Everybody in the place hit the ****ing deck
But stay on your mother****ing toes,

Here I go!

We’re running this, let’s go

I break through the people blocking the dance floor, jump out into the middle of the floor next to Dorothy, turn into the least-white (but still mostly white) gangster I can manage, and join in. That’s right, I actually ran out in front of my entire dorm and started dancing, something that I never anticipated happening. Ever.

I’m on a boat, I’m on a boat, everybody look at me ’cause I’m sailing on a boat!

My floor followed suit, poured onto the dance floor, and then the rest of the dorm joined in and we had the most boat-r-ific dance party ever. The only thing that would have made it better is if we all had nautical themed Pashmina Afghans.

I stayed on the dance floor, believe it or not, even though the next song was Soulja Boy. I even got convinced to dance more (including a conga line that tricked me by disbanding right as I was in the middle of the crowd), making it the most dancing-est night of my life (maybe true? maybe sad? I’m not sure). By the end I was tired, grabbed another cup of coffee, played some cards, and then it was time to get off the boat :(

Now we’re all back on land, all danced out, and ready to push through to the end of the year. Finals in 2 weeks! Brass Rats in 1 week! Back to Oregon in 3 weeks! IT’S ALL SO CLOSE!

22 responses to “I’m on a boat!”

  1. I hate you guys. Here I am, on the other side of the world, procrastinating on some boring 20 page report on electromagnetic interference. I thought looking at the MIT blogs would make me point and laugh that you guys who have to work harder.

    And what do I find? You guys are sailing on some mother****ing boat. A boat that’s reaal. And now I got that song stuck in my head again.

    *shakes fist impudently*

    (i mean that in the most lovable way of course)

  2. anonymous says:

    great entry! and great dance party!

  3. Carlos '13 says:

    Burton Conner rocks! That’s my number one residency choice. The boat cruise party is only another great incentive to choose BC. :D

  4. Anonymous says:

    I know this is very random, but does the mit store ( were you can buy shirts, hoodies etc) have a website? I am trying to look but can’t find it. Love your blogs

  5. Anonymous says:

    I <3 The Lonely Island

  6. las1 says:

    My, my Laura…someone needs a nap and a happy pill!

  7. Labib (?14) says:

    Great Entry. Bad red eye on the food defending pic though.

    OK totally out of place question – is the EA application ban on US citizens living abroad, or just on international applicants?

  8. E. says:

    This ain’t Sea World… this is real as it gets!

  9. Laura says:

    God I hate SNL so much, and am eternally grateful that I did not go on the boat cruise.

  10. Mom out west says:

    Snively- that blue is very becoming on you- glad you shook loose your inhibitions and danced- what is that in your mouth in the food-stealer pic- a roll? It looks gross and with the red-eye, definitely a good defense! BTW, as a middle-aged mom, I am thrilled I caught all the “I’m on a boat” references. Nice entry on the Great Dome hack too!

  11. Vinay says:

    LOL! In the fifth pic, the oriental lad in the backdrop (on the right of the oriental gal) has a priceless face expression!

  12. Javal says:

    Most awesome post EVER.

    I’m on a boat man, it’s moving fast amd… :D

  13. Javal says:

    and* >.and* >.<

  14. Steve '11 says:

    Best song ever!

  15. Anonymous says:

    i laughed so hard when i read this post.
    i love it when things that you don’t plan somehow happen.

  16. Rohan Saini says:

    i wanted to ask a question:-
    I am from India , and my dad is in the defense(Army):
    long and short of it, we roam too much and i have never been admitted to a good school(though i really liked all the schools i studied in)
    so now i dont have much of EC experience.
    Now the point is,
    does building hovercrafts and stuff like that count as EC’s cuz i love doing stuff like this.
    plz reply

  17. Alex says:

    How was the boat ride? raspberry

  18. Shreya says:

    This be one of your post amazing posts EVER :D

  19. Vic says:

    Hey Snively,

    I’m a mech student from brazil and i’m doing a litle research about credits/classes.

    Could you answer me (or maybe write an entry) about how the semester works on mit?

    By semester I mean, how many classes student take, how many credits is that, the definition of credit (50 min class?), exams etc.

    Sorry for to use your blog fo that, but mech site isn’t very clear about this stuff. I saw some Sample Schedules on the site and get really surprised with the 48 credits semester. They also dont show the basics classes (Calculus, psysics)…

    Thanks in advance.

  20. Ehsan says:

    Andy Samberg Rocks My Socks!

  21. Vivian says:

    You failed to mention the awesome Cha-cha Slide :D