A Tall Story

A couple of times I was working with older ladies who I found to be a lot of fun, and I thought I’d just share that here for a bit of memory lane action with you all. I’m actually sat at work now, but I finished what I was doing, now I just have to wait around.

Anyhow first example was back when I was 20. I used to go to the canteen and there was this woman of about 45 I’d say, she was a lot of fun – I thought she was like Mildred, out of the George & Mildred TV show! She was a real cockney lady, what a laugh she was to be with, she had really buck teeth, I used to find that sexy, you don’t see it so much these days, cos they all get corrected. She would say “come and sit with me Ogden” and we’d have our lunch together, sitting really close, it was cosy in that little canteen. She had a daughter who worked there too, I was terrifically attracted to her, and I think she tried to match us up, but it never worked out, in fact it was a bit of a disaster, but never mind, that’s how it goes. Anyhow, I never forgot her, they were both so lovely.

(George and Mildred)

Another time, years later, when I was 30 and I moved up to Yorkshire, I was a bit of a fish out of water you know it’s a different culture up here, different accent too. So I was doing this art degree and I got this job cleaning this garage in my spare time. It belonged to the council, and there were all these women that did the office cleaning, cos it was a big council depot. So anyhow, if one was off on hols, I’d stand in, and do some office cleaning, also the toilets & so on, I’d never had to do that sort of work before, appart from my own bog at home of course, but whatever. 

Anyhow, I got to know the whole team eventually, about 5 women. They warned me about this one woman, they actually said she was “evil” so I’d best not mess her about & do what I’m told & all that. 

So anyhow, you can imagine that’s a bit daunting when one day I had to work with her for a week cos someone was off, turned out we got on just fine! I suppose she was about 15-25 years older than me, I liked her, I found her pretty attractive, and I guess I liked that they said she was evil, turned out she like Bon Scott from AC/DC, good choice! I respected her opinions, she had a daughter who liked AC/DC, so that’s where that was coming from, I never met her daughter, but I think she probably showed me a picture – no doubt she’d have been very pretty. 

LONDON – 1st AUGUST: Singer Bon Scott from Australian rock band AC/DC posed in a studio in London in August 1979. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)

Anyway, to get to the best part of the story, one time in the summer break, the council was doing some waste recycling experiments & they wanted to know if me & the ladies would work full time for a week or so on the project. Of course we did that. 

What would happen was a truck would dump a ton of waste on the floor & we had to sort it into glass & tin, paper, rags & shit. Yeah, shit & needles, stuff like that was in there too, so not a nice job! You never knew what was going to be in a bag till you opened it. I doubt the women would have took the job if they’d known the details, so it was a bit rough. 

Anyhow, that lady I was on about, she leaned into a wheely bin & tipped inside, she fell right into it with her legs sticking up in the air! She was yelling “Ogden, Ogden, Get me out, Get me out!” It was so funny, I never forgot that moment, I’m sure she did it for a laugh, cheer us all up! Sort of person she was. 

Oh yeah, I got invited to the annual Xmas bash every year for ages after I stopped working there, it was bizarre, but I just loved being invited. I couldn’t hardly even understand Yorkshire language when I first met them, so I’d be really on edge trying to understand what they wanted me to do or anything, but they looked after me alright, real friendly. For sure it’s in the crappy jobs you meet the very best people!


  1. paula graham · September 14

    Wonderful story…yes, you never know what comes from going to unusual happenings

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    • Ogden Fahey · September 14

      I’ll never forget those women that kept me going! 😀 ❤


  2. draculauren · September 15

    I enjoy hanging with older people – they have great stories not all from my time, and can be very interesting to talk to. Of course you would love the evil one. 😉 She sounds like a hoot.

    Come to think of it, yes the crappier jobs I’ve worked always did have the best people!

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    • Ogden Fahey · September 15

      I’m so old now, I can only talk about hanging with older people in retrospect! LOL I think I just liked to be mothered, by someone else’s mother! COs my own was a bit “too real” heh,heh, something like that.

      I wonder now why they said she was “evil” that was a bit harsh! She was a harsh woman tho, If you walked on her floor after she just mopped it, well thats when the odd silent curse would slip out! I’ll bet they told her she’d be working with the new guy, and she said something mean! We got along just fine tho, she was game for a laugh 😀

      Oh yeah, in the crap jobs, everyone just makes up for it by misbehaving! Thats my experience! 😀 😀

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      • draculauren · September 22

        You can always find someone older 😉 Or just hang with animals.

        It sounds like she had a soft spot for you, then. Or found you amusing. I can imagine you make a lot of people smile and laugh.

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      • Ogden Fahey · September 22

        Funny how you meet some people and hit it off, and then remember them like – forever! I never imagined back then when I was 20, I’d be blogging about her 35 years later – entirely feasible tho, cos she was just such a big character – always a lot of laughter and fun at tea breaks & lunch time, most of emanating from her!! 😀 ❤

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  3. clinock · September 29

    Brilliant Ogden, you’re a fantastic story teller, thank you for this one.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ogden Fahey · September 29

      Aha, thanks! I just had to scroll up to see what I was rattling on about! Fun times! 😀 😀

      Liked by 1 person

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