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.
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.
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!