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February 9, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — thirdxlucky @ 3:09 pm

Well that wasn’t too bad. They were a lot more accessible this time.

Man, I love driving a forklift. Our is a little green J. I. Case M4K. All the other M4Ks in town, known colloquially among Antarcticans as “Pickles,” have names that play off ‘Case’: Justin Case, Kombat Case, Que Sera Sera, etc. but our fork is named Elvis. Last Winter, someone stenciled a yellow “HAIL TO THE KING” onto his crossbar.

When I first came to Antarctica, and especially when I started working in the Heavy Shop, everything I did made me feel tough and badass. I’m mostly over it, especially since I’ve spent a lot more time this season doing data entry than muscling oil drums around. But the fact that I drive a freakin’ forklift – even a baby forklift, even inexpertly, and occasionally knocking into things that shouldn’t be knocked into by 9700lbs of heavy equipment – makes me feel, well, butch.

And I like that version of me a lot. Possibly best of all. I wish I could express that part of myself better back home.

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4 Comments »

  1. hey luv, who are you? thanks for linking up my blog…I LOVE ELvis..I luv’d picklin! Holly, is this yew?

    Comment by Marsha — February 10, 2009 @ 6:31 pm | Reply

  2. oops. I read further. good stuff girl. rock on. I know yew 😉

    Comment by Marsha — February 11, 2009 @ 1:37 am | Reply

  3. I totally know what you mean! That badass butch feeling is one of my guilty pleasures.

    I’m certified to drive a forklift, but the only machinery we have at work is an electric pallet jack.

    Comment by ann — February 11, 2009 @ 4:33 am | Reply

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