Posted: 08/03/2017 at 14:46
Hosta. I'm hoping soon to have electricity, running water in the right places, AND central heating (just in time for it to be turned off).
I keep thinking since its International Womens Day I ought write something deep and meaningful from the perspective of someone who has been a race mechanic working on classic vehicles, whipped out more engines from Triumphs than are probably on the road right now (don't worry I put them back too), designed, installed, and maintained pneumatic systems responsible for so many things we use today (and Walkers crisps), I've been the only woman in offices for most of my career (aside from the odd cleaner or receptionist), been involved in the design of oil refineries where it was too dangerous to even think of sending me (due to the cultural beliefs of the area and the high price tag a white female can generate in hostage situations)....
But honestly.If some nice chap could open the door for me, not expect an intellectual conversation (its been a hard week so far), and instead give me a back massage, box of chocolates, and tell me not to worry my pretty little head about anything other than getting a fat rump due to excessive chocolate consumption I'd be so grateful right now.
Feels like I'm letting the side down! But honestly I've been so lucky that I was born not with looks but with a quick wit and skin as thick is an ox that was able to manipulate the sexism I experienced to my advantage (okay so the time I put a diuretic in the bosses drink when he insisted I make the tea because I was a woman was a little childish but it kept him out of the office so I could do the job I was there for so technically it was a win?)