I am a woman! (SHOCKER!!!)
I am a working woman! (GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER...NOW!)
I work in a male dominated field. There are not many females that can or would do my job. I come home daily...covered head to toe in sweat. I am dirty...I smell...I usually have fuel and oil on my shirt, shorts/jean, tennis shoes...not to mention my legs and arms. It is heavy work. It is hard work. I am on my feet about 98% of the time I am at work and, especially this time of year, generally get home at night and realize that I have not gone to the bathroom since I woke up that morning. Dehydration is my enemy in this heat. I cannot seem to keep my water bottle glued to my hand without actually gluing IT to my hand. I cannot suck down the water fast enough.
Where am I going with this? Well, Friday I was asked to work for three hours. I ended up working a little longer trying to fix some paper work errors. I was talking to my co-worker (a guy), giving him a run down of the day when a gentleman (someone passing through the area who has never stopped at the airport) walks passed me to get to my co-worker and asks him a question. Well I took the lead since I was on the clock and even though I was the one answering his questions, he kept directing them to my co-worker (who was trying to leave to do something he was tasked with).
After I finished answering his questions, he said thank you...to my co-worker, not at me...and left. I stood there...stunned...shocked...I could not believe what had just happened. I have had gentlemen approach us but when I take the lead, they seem impressed that I know my stuff and direct their attention to me. I looked at my co-worker. "Did that really just happen?" A slight laugh of astonishment followed by a, "Have a good day."
When will men realize that in some cases, women really can do the same job as men. Now I may not be able to lift things as heavy as my counter part but when it comes to speed I know that I am not as fast as him but I am pretty damn quick and am right at his heels (metaphorically speaking of course). Funny thing though...my boss joking looked at me yesterday and said, "You know this is a dirty job." I looked at him and told him that I distinctly remember him looking me up and down when I came in for my interview and he said, "Do you know what job you are interviewing for?" We all laughed because I said, "Well the sign out front said part-time aircraft refueler...and I can do that!"
Yesterday marked my 1-year anniversary at the airport. I have learned so much since I started working there. I have met some amazing customers...I have wonderful co-workers...and I could not have asked for a better family to work for. They have made me feel like I have entered into an extremely large extended family. They all have a very special place in my heart!
Now that it has taken me like two and a half "Gossip Girl" episodes to write this (oh I am so easily distracted), I am going to find something to eat...I think I might give in and order Thai...however it is not an "I might give in"...I am signing off and call them now! Shrimp Pad Thai (at a 4...I am craving spicy) and some Spring Rolls. Okay...now my mouth is watering!!!!
Until next time!