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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.



  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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