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Down the Drain

March 31, 2011

As well as the ‘glass ceiling’ defining what girls can and cannot do, there is also the ‘Mud floor’ that tends to have the same effect.

Stereotypes are there to be broken, so when Bella identified that some corners had been cut in the renovation of her new house they had to be tackled.

Suzie digging the trench

I need some prettier wellies.

Yesterday’s task was sorting out the kitchen drain. In order to save time and money the builders had thought it was a good idea to just tee the sink and washing machine outlet into the rainwater downpipe which goes into a very small soakaway. The result of which is a very slow draining sink and error messages on the washing machine saying the outlet is blocked. When ground level is below sea level anyway a soakaway is never going to be very efficient! It needed to go into the main drain.

Bella and Suzie posing while digging a drain

Working Girls

Surveying the site and making a list of what was required did not take long and we went shopping. Bella had a pretty good idea of how much it would all cost, but it all cost double my estimate. Plastic pipe is jolly expensive!

Fortunately there has not been much rain recently and the ground is not waterlogged. We stripped the turf and started to dig the trench making quite a big hole in order to get the core drill in. I am not sure what the man from the hire shop thought of two girls laying a drain when he came to deliver the core drill!

Bella standing by the inspection hole apparently on fire.

Bella was working so hard she almost caught on fire.

Had it been a brick built inspection hole we had to connect to I might not have bothered with the core drill, but for thirty quid it saved an awful lot of work making a 100mm hole through the concrete.

Trench filled with pea shingle

Neat job

It probably would have taken me two days to do it on my own, but with Bella it only took us a few hours and we had it done in time for lunch.

I don’t understand Bella at all. Digging is so much easier in a leather skirt.

Suzie x


Passing and Not Passing

February 17, 2009

Not being Suzie full time does mean that I have a double existance. Most of the time it is not a problem because I can split my activities between Suzie and Bob. Not many people know Suzie and Bob.

Difficulties can occur when having a Suzie day that requires fitting in normally Bob activities, like popping in to work. Evenings and weekends are usually quiet at work with little need to interact with anyone, so on the face of it no big deal to just pop in as Suzie.

Swipe Bob’s RFID tag to open the turnstile, count the hundred steps up to level 6 (should I have taken the lifts?) passing through the call centre on the way.

Suzie at WorkSuzie at Work

Do work and then back through the call centre, down the stairs and out the turnstile with Bob’s pass.

Carry on with the rest of the day and think nothing of it.

On Monday Bob goes to work. Bob’s pass does not work in the turnstile. Nothing unusual in this, contract admin rarely notify security of contract extensions and it is contract turnover week.

“Leave it with me and just go up.” says security. Good job that the internal security door is broken and I do not need the pass to get in. Pick up the pass at lunch time and it is working again. Again think nothing of this.

Next day a colleague ‘has a word’ with me. “Security called me over.  About Sunday (smile).”

I smiled too. He continued. “You were seen on CCTV. I had  to confirm for them that you were you. They said you have nice legs, the women were very envious.”

I e-mailed  him a link to my Flickr.

Next time I need to work out of hours I will have to arrange a pass with a Suzie picture on it. Suzie clearly does not pass as Bob.

Suzie x

Busy weekend

January 27, 2009

Suzie at the KWVRSuzie at the KWVR

Having to work at the weekend is a bit of a mixed blessing. having to go to work is not good, but being away for the weekend means lots of scope for Suzie time from leaving the office on Friday – until Monday.

There is lots of planning to do in order to make the most of the weekend,  finding out what is open, what events are on, the route from one to another.

Fortunately I found a couple of Model railway exhibitions that are reasonably local, and the KWVR is running as well. I was hoping that I might have company but there was no response to my post on the Steaming TVs Yahoo group.

There is more to the weekend than just the daytime, so when Rachel posted about the Les Femmes meeting at Club Xes in Sheffield on Friday it seemed like a good idea, and there was some confusing mention on Angels of a Transpose celebration on Saturday which turned out to be at the T-ladies meeting in Toga Toga in Northwich.

So friday evening started with the trip over the pennines to Sheffield. I wore my black layered skirt and  Long Tall Sally top and arrived a little after eleven. I parked right outside  Club Xes,  which is in a quiet industrial area not far from Meadowhall, and was made very welcome. It is a nice venue with a pub area where girls can talk, and a disco area. I managed to find Rachel OK and say “Hi”. As the evening goes on the music gets louder and the disco gets busier. Photos are taken (not by me, I forgot to take my camera! Thank you Joanna.) and e-mail addresses are exchanged. A nice evening in a nice venue. Back across the Pennines home on cruise control followed by a shower with lots of hair conditioner and bed.

Saturday morning and time to get ready, being aware that it would be a long day. Black George suit with a white top this time. It is probably a bit of a cliché but the smartest girl at a railway exhibition is always a T-girl which makes us easy to spot, even those that are not nearly 7′ tall who pass completely.

Back over the Pennines to Pontefract. A bit of a walk down the hill from the car park which is not ideal in heels. Lots of nice but little layouts, the outstanding layout for me was Market Roundham. Not only was it based on the 1500V DC Woodhead line which is a good start, but it was very inovative in being basically circular but the tight radius of the track was not obvious because there was no straight track to make the curve stand out. I will have to get a copy of the August edition of the Hornby magazine where it was featured. Nice to see more DCC layouts. Mostly Lenz and NCE systems with one Multimaus. DCC forces good operation with the built in inertia preventing sudden stops, starts and enabling slow running.

After a cup of tea it was off to Oxenhope. I had a quick look around the carriage shed before I got the train to Haworth. As I opened the door to exit the train a nice man said “I would have got that for you love.” Little things brighten your day.

KWVR Infrastructure train at HaworthKWVR Infrastructure train at Haworth

At Haworth the KWVR infrastructure train was in action slipping out between the service trains. It is nice to see freight trains running on preserved railways.

I had lunch in the Platform 4 café across the road from the station, very intimate dining with just the two tables, before rejoining the train to keighley and back to Oxenhope. A nice ride through some pretty countryside.

Back across the pennines yet again to get changed for T-ladies. This time it is my black tutu that I got from Affleck’s Palace with the LTS black top. Drive to Northwich and find the venue eventually by asking in Sauna Sauna if they know where Toga Toga is. It is of course the same place!

Ten quid to get in seems a bit steep, but it is a very nice venue, the drinks are cheap, and there is no rif-raf – a very nice feature! A very friendly bunch and I am immediately introduced to everyone. I dance a bit and chat and then Teela arrives with the girls who have been to a meal in Manchester. Complimentary chip butty time followed with cake to celebrate Teela’s aniversary. I mention to Teela  that I have the boobies that I bought from her earlier in the week.

It gets late and girls start to leave, so I make my way home too. It is early morning again so very late to bed after a shower.

Sunday morning I oversleep. Get ready in white top, jacket from George suit and Helium Girl leather skirt from TK Maxx and I am out by 11:30 and in work ten minutes later. Walk through the deserted call centre and get to my desk. Only a few testers in up the other end so I don’t need to explain that Suzie is substituting for Bob in order to comply with IR35!

I like wearing the leather skirt to work after working at a previous firm in Basildon where they introduced a permanent ‘smart casual’ dress policy, then subsequently revised it to require the wearing of ties (casual tie? a bit of an oxymoron methinks) then they further extended it to exclude the wearing of PVC and leather clothing (it was Basildon, PVC was normal office wear around the turn of the century). This was subsequently followed by a memo to allow the wearing of leather shoes and coats! Some managers just don’t have enough to do.

New software was installed, so time to head back down to Cheshire again and this time to the Crewe Heritage Centre for the second model railway exhibition of the weekend. Again lots of small layouts, with several DCC layouts and at least three with on-board sound locos. The sound really does create atmosphere on a layout, just a shame that the layouts were too small to give the trains a good run. A variety of DCC control systems in use, including one layout being operated with a £30 Bachmann E-Z command like I have for Underground Ernie. Digital control is now very inexpensive.

The star layout of the show was again quite inovative, it was the ‘Cheshire layouts committee” modular layout, the name a pun on the Cheshire lines Committee that was set up to build shared railway lines in the area. Members of the group had each built their own individul modules and they had all been laid out on tables and joined together to form a long layout. Modular layouts are nothing new, but this one was inovative in having a distinct scenic break at each end of the module to seperate it from the adjacent module and builders had used a lot of imagination to create variety.

had a look around the heritage centre. Nice to get a look inside the cab of the APT-P and see the Class 87 that was saved from being exported to the balkans.

After  that it was back home via the drive in restaurant for tea, and a rest.

Back to work on monday in Bob mode felt very strange, especially wearing bifurcated garments again. Not long until wednesday and clubbing though.

Suzie x