Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Working in a man's world.

Every time I say that or hear someone else say that,
it brings me to the song that James Brown sang..
It's a man's world... Just the one line... don't know
what the rest of the words are.

Working in a man's world runs thru our family.
First is my daughter's... each one works in a
job that usually is done by a man.  All 4 of them
at one time or another has had that kind of job.

Me, I use to work with my husband who died in 1986,
and we smashed cars for a living..  My job was to set
them on fire, so we could reach in and pull the wire
harness out.. It was copper wire. Also it burnt the
seats and left the metal... Then we would smash it,
load it up on the truck and take them to Seattle.
My job was, as I said.. burn the cars.. also pull
out the wire... and when loading them, I would
stand on the top of the cab and line up the car
we were loading so it was straight, and then give
the signal to lower the car on top of the previous
one.  One time when my husband was out of town,
he called and said he was heading back home to
start a load... So with his partner, I smashed 7
cars, so they were ready to load. Our smasher
was a card table piece of iron.. about 4 or 6 inches
thick. It was connected to a cable, which was on
pulleys.  There was a wheel that the cable would
wind up on.. and then I would hit the lever and it
would fly down on top of the car... By moving around
the car, I would have it all about 3 feet high, when
done...

My mother, was well known for being a woman fishing
net seamstress.  She would sting two white fishing nets
thru our living room in the winter.. and sew them together.
They would be about 50 feet long.  They were used for
trapping fish by a commercial fisherman. And in the summer,
they would drop the nets in to the tar pit.  And during the
summer they would bring back difference nets.. (they
had about 3 of them) and string them out across the field.
She would stand out there all day, going over each section,
finding the holes and repair them..  This brought her a
very dark tan and skin that was almost like leather. Giving
her a round look the rest of her life.  This went on for about
10 years.  She was the only known woman net seamstress
on the East Coast.

My grandmother, was a teacher... while there were some
women teachers in her time..  most were men, especially
when they were on an island.. She taught at Prudence Island
first and then Jamestown.
So we come from a long line of "working in a man's world".

By the way, I just went and checked out the words to that
song.. and like one of the lines... 

This is a mans world
But it would be nothing, nothing
Not one little thing
Without a women or a girl


that is very true.. at least in our family...



I help load this.. my job was to stand on the cab and hold the car that is held in the air.. and
make sure it is straight with the rest of the load, before I nod my head to have it lowered... 
I had smashed 3/4 of this load while Marv was out of state... already to be loaded and then he smashed the rest. 


1 comment:

Jc Haines said...

Pretty soon we get to watch some old home movies with the car smashing.