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Admiral Biscuit


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A forklift license is only the beginning. There are skid steers and backhoes and if she does a good job and doesn't knock down any more fences, she might work her way up to a Komatsu wheel loader.

Or maybe she won't, Corduroy Road has a backhoe and she's content in her backhoe.


Coverart by SIGAWESOME

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I truly have no idea how you can take what would have been a mundane, uninteresting premise and breathe so much life into it. This could have featured any sort of protagonist, and it would have been fine, but since it was a cute pony, that made it ten times better!

It wasn't clear, though: Is Corduroy an Earth pony? There was no mention of wings or flight, so I'm sure she's not a Pegasus (plus she's intelligent! Yeah! That's right, Rainbow Dash fans! I went there! sneeeer!)...besides, this seems like the sort of job an Earth pony would simply love.

This was an absolutely lovely read. I always love the attention to detail your stories have, and there’s so much brevity in the endings.

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Considering she constantly refers to an upbringing on a farm we can probably guess she is an Earth Pony especially with her stated preference to keep the sand under her hooves.

I can understand Corduroy's enjoyment of earth moving and staring out over the ocean. Having originally up farming, I still enjoy taking the opportunity to work with excavators and loaders when I can and I always reserve time to take my old Cruisersaurus onto the beach dunes to look out over the sea on my trips to the Portland dunes. I actually bought a well used Yanmar excavator and an old Hough loader for my father and brother to use on my brother's small block of dirt partially so I would have them there to use when I was up there.

Corduroy seems to have found her niche job, a great location and a good crew to work with so she is a lucky individual.

Somehow I have a really hard time imagining a pony getting caught up in singing Alone. Now, if it were Never, that would be a different story.

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Oh, I can definitely picture her sweet self with eyes closed, head thrown back, belting out the song to the top of her pony lungs! ALL songs by Heart were made for crooning!

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Please don't operate backhoes with your eyes closed.

Thing to remember is that Ocean City was put in place by a Hurricane, it can be taken back by it too.
Love going there each summer though, and recently the pedestrian traffic had been a bit lighter than usual, which means easier access to my fav pizza joint!
Wish the arcade strips had better arcade machines though.

This story is almost therapeutic.
:twilightsmile::ajsmug:

Love these. Thank you.

Ponies operating heavy machinery is always fun. :pinkiesmile:

This was great! Love her infectious optimism

She was the second-newest full-time employee on the crew and had earned the right to move up to a newer backhoe if she’d wanted to, but she thought that seat time and experience were just as important—maybe more so—than newness and features, and doggedly stuck with the machine she’d been trained on.

Makes plenty of sense to me. Gets the job done, already know exactly how to use it, and surprisingly often, "new" is not the same thing as "better", and is sometimes in fact worse than what it replaces.

Dan

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I've actually been on a iyashikei binge recently. This tops Winter Wishday, though is a bit behind Saikin Yatotta Maid ga Ayashii.

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(plus she's intelligent! Yeah! That's right, Rainbow Dash fans! I went there! sneeeer!)

Pegasususes are not "flighty", "impulsive", "impetuous", or "incautious"; rather they prefer the term "OODA optimised". Why waste precious seconds that you could otherwise spend being awesome with boring "orient and decide" when you can simply go from "observe" directly to "act"?
:rainbowdetermined2:

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Ponies operating heavy machinery is always fun. :pinkiesmile:

Yes. Yes indeed. Ponies (Biscusit's especially) make even the most mundane things fun.

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Ponies operating heavy machinery is always fun.

Biscuit does know a good pairing when he sees it.

EApplejack Rents a Bobcat
Louis Keller can't believe it when a pony walks into his equipment store wanting to rent a Bobcat. She does have an appointment, though.
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The next story will have to be a whole construction crew of ponies driving heavy equipment. Like these but with less world domination.
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i love it. a amazing short story and a place i know rather well.
i have been down to Assateague Island several times over the last 30 years i had one of the pony's here for 10 years till some one offered me way to much money for her.

thanks AB for this story as it brinks back memory's'

I see Delmarva, I sing 🎵Weeeeeeeee... Are the Crystal Gems!🎵

In truth, Corduroy didn’t need it to tell her; she knew. Keep its fluids full, its tires aired up, its zerks full of grease, and its filter clear of sand, and it was happy to do whatever she wanted it to do.

TIL that grease fittings are also called zerks... or grease nipples. My company sells weld-on/bullet hinges and some have ZEEEEEEERKS.

warpd #19 · 1 week ago · · ·

Does the cover artist go by the same name on derpi? Was having trouble finding more of their work.

Comment posted by Lord Headcheez deleted November 25th

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Absolutely! I work as a trucker and recently got assigned a brand new truck. I've already have been in the shop for it three times this past two weeks with misc. wiring issues. It also doesn't have a bunk heater due to parts shortages, so I have to idle all night in cold weather. So far I've:

-Picked up the new truck in Portland, Or
-Immediately visited the shop to change the auto-shutdown so I don't freeze to death
-Took a load to Salt Lake City
-Visited the shop to fix a wheel cover that randomly fell off
-Took a load to Dallas
-Visited the shop to fix my cruise control, which had randomly stopped working.
-Picked up a load going to Moreno Valley, CA

I'm currently just north of Tucson, AZ for the night on the way to California, so let's hope something else doesn't break. This truck only had 200 miles on it, and I've had more problems this first two weeks than my last one with almost 500,000. Newer isn't always better!

this is how I acclimate myself to reality again after spending too much time in fantasy pony land

I love slice of life stories like this. So mundane yet so entertaining.

Never mind that she was more brightly-colored than any human—her mane and tail might be a dull battleship grey, but her coat was a vibrant blue.

Hmm even as vibrant as it can be it still is not the best color to be visible. Orange or Yellow are the best (obviously depending on background).

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I wonder if ponies have an equivalent of "Forklift Driver Klaus"?

Dan

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I thought of that, too. Probably not.

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This was a soothing story.

Thank you very much.

How can you make a story so comfy.

Really impressed with your writing :pinkiehappy:

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Does the cover artist go by the same name on derpi? Was having trouble finding more of their work.

No, not yet. Technically my husband/partner made these. I will see if he wants to publicly share the rest of his ponyart

This is a great short story. I had fun finding the real locations, businesses, and roads on Google Maps/Earth. My only quibble is that the pony in the artwork doesn't match your description - grey mane and "vibrant blue" coat. However, I made a super basic representation of Corduroy with the ancient Pony Creator by GeneralZoi. (2S2S00000000AEF0FFC49D0000100BB96UN183700000000060ACACACFF7FFF06107F3FCC004CB2)
https://imgur.com/yf4ZpLE

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My only quibble is that the pony in the artwork doesn't match your description - grey mane and "vibrant blue" coat.

To be fair this was done before I knew it was for a particular character in a story.

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I didn't know it was AI-generated. Huh. So then the story wasn't written to match the art, or the art wasn't re-rolled for coat color. I wonder if the pony's coat (and mane?) color could be fixed with color tinting?

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I truly have no idea how you can take what would have been a mundane, uninteresting premise and breathe so much life into it. This could have featured any sort of protagonist, and it would have been fine, but since it was a cute pony, that made it ten times better!

Well, that is why I'm the King of Slice of Life :heart:

I do enjoy a story about a common man or a common mare doing her job, whatever it may be, and I seem to have a gift for making those stories interesting.

It wasn't clear, though: Is Corduroy an Earth pony? There was no mention of wings or flight, so I'm sure she's not a Pegasus (plus she's intelligent! Yeah! That's right, Rainbow Dash fans! I went there! sneeeer!)...besides, this seems like the sort of job an Earth pony would simply love.

She is indeed an Earth pony. I don't see pegasi being too interested in sand-moving when they've got the whole sky to play with, and a unicorn wouldn't want to get her hooves dirty.

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This was an absolutely lovely read. I always love the attention to detail your stories have,
Thank you! I love little details; in my opinion it's what makes a world seem lived-in

and there’s so much brevity in the endings.

:heart:

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Considering she constantly refers to an upbringing on a farm we can probably guess she is an Earth Pony especially with her stated preference to keep the sand under her hooves.

Word of author, she is an earth pony, and like most wants the feel of the ground under her hooves (not cobbled streets, but proper earth).

I can understand Corduroy's enjoyment of earth moving and staring out over the ocean. Having originally up farming, I still enjoy taking the opportunity to work with excavators and loaders when I can and I always reserve time to take my old Cruisersaurus onto the beach dunes to look out over the sea on my trips to the Portland dunes. I actually bought a well used Yanmar excavator and an old Hough loader for my father and brother to use on my brother's small block of dirt partially so I would have them there to use when I was up there.

Ooh, that sounds nice! I never really got beyond forklift in the construction equipment tier, sadly. Maybe wrecker counts for something, although it's not as cool as a wheel loader or a backhoe.

Corduroy seems to have found her niche job, a great location and a good crew to work with so she is a lucky individual.

She really did! I think that ponies would tend to find the jobs that suited them, maybe they're smarter than many humans in that way.

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Somehow I have a really hard time imagining a pony getting caught up in singing Alone. Now, if it were Never, that would be a different story.

Thing is, it's not so much the lyrics, it's that it's an 80s power ballad, and ponies love those.

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Please don't operate backhoes with your eyes closed.

Don't you tell Corduroy how to live her life. :rainbowlaugh:

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Oh, I can definitely picture her sweet self with eyes closed, head thrown back, belting out the song to the top of her pony lungs! ALL songs by Heart were made for crooning!

I agree. 80s power ballads are made for ponies to sing along with, that's just a fact.

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Thing to remember is that Ocean City was put in place by a Hurricane, it can be taken back by it too.

The ocean giveth and the ocean taketh away . . .

It's true, though, the ocean does as she wishes and we humans in our foolishness try and tame her, but that's an impossible task.

Love going there each summer though, and recently the pedestrian traffic had been a bit lighter than usual, which means easier access to my fav pizza joint!
Wish the arcade strips had better arcade machines though.

This story was largely inspired by a recent trip there . . . if you're interested in ponycons at all, Seaquestriafest is in Ocean City in the off-season, it's not very expensive, and if you're lucky you can get a view of the beach crew shoveling out sand from the hotel balcony.

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You can't go wrong with it. Cute and adorable, plus an earth moving machine (or whatever). Purpose-built machines are always fun, and a pony at the controls just makes it better.

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This was great!

Thank you!

Love her infectious optimism

If ponies give us nothing else, let it be infectious optimism.

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Makes plenty of sense to me. Gets the job done, already know exactly how to use it, and surprisingly often, "new" is not the same thing as "better", and is sometimes in fact worse than what it replaces.

The entire time I worked at a wrecker company, I did my best to get the same truck every day (usually did, unless she was down for maintenance), even taking her instead of one of the Fords with dual tanks for a really long tow, just 'cause I had the seat time, I knew every control on that truck and how she acted with a load, what she could and couldn't do. Even if all the backhoes are more or less identical in what they can do (on paper) and how their controls are arranged, there's something to be said about familiarity. People who don't work with machines might not get it; those who do understand perfectly.

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I don't know what those are, but I feel honored to be placed among them :heart:

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Pegasususes are not "flighty", "impulsive", "impetuous", or "incautious"; rather they prefer the term "OODA optimised". Why waste precious seconds that you could otherwise spend being awesome with boring "orient and decide" when you can simply go from "observe" directly to "act"?:rainbowdetermined2:

One of my favorite canon jokes about that was in the IDW comics when Rainbow kept wanting to 'rush in without thinking' and eventually got her opportunity. I do genuinely believe that there's a time and a place for skills; while a pegasus's impulsive nature won't serve her well in long-term tasks like farming or construction or such, they really shine in tasks like weather management (especially feral weather), rescue brigades, and other quickly-evolving situations.

And I think that pony civilization does well to embrace the different aspects of the different tribes.

Yes. Yes indeed. Ponies (Biscusit's especially) make even the most mundane things fun.

:heart:

Everything is better with ponies, that's a fact.

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Biscuit does know a good pairing when he sees it.

I do indeed :heart:

The next story will have to be a whole construction crew of ponies driving heavy equipment. Like these but with less world domination.

Ponies don't go for world domination, that's just not in their nature. What is in their nature is cheerfulness, friendship, and being good at what jobs they set themselves to, which is of course why they accidentally do manage to accomplish world domination.

I, for one, welcome our new pony overlords.

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i have been down to Assateague Island several times over the last 30 years i had one of the pony's here for 10 years till some one offered me way to much money for her.

I've only been a couple of times, but they were all memorable. It's a wonderful place, and one of those that you can't really describe the right way to someone who's never been there, but to people who have, well, they know.

thanks AB for this story as it brinks back memory's'

You're welcome! :heart:

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I see Delmarva, I sing 🎵Weeeeeeeee... Are the Crystal Gems!🎵

. . . that's a reference to something I don't know. :derpytongue2:

TIL that grease fittings are also called zerks... or grease nipples. My company sells weld-on/bullet hinges and some have ZEEEEEEERKS.

'Zerks' is a great name, probably for the guy who invented them, I dunno. Good, industrial hinges are greaseable and come with zerks--I've got a potato chip truck and all its hinges (and its control arm bushings) have zerks 'cause if you want it to last you've got to squirt grease in there now and again.

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New stuff is nice, but broken-in stuff is better. Someone else found the problems and they got fixed on their dime, not yours. Back when I drove wrecker, the newbies got assigned the oldest, most work-out trucks, and I usually got 15 . . . once I'd earned my way up, I stuck with her, 'cause I knew all her quirks, what she could and couldn't do, how she behaved with a load and how she behaved empty. There's something to be said about new and nice and features, but there's also something to be said for familiarity and something that you know works.

Hopefully you get past the early teething problems and wind up with a nice, long working relationship with your new truck. :heart:

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