I called the employee hotline right at 5 and got the message we were working, and should be clocking in by 6:45 for our 7 pm to 7 am shift. There's not much more to tell about Monday, so I might as well get right to the reason we arrived here 10 days ago....the sugar beet harvest.
We were in the 'Bird around 6:15 and on the job site at the Sidney Sugars Factory by 6:30. There was one piling station still operating.....#4.....where I will be spending my late nights, and early mornings for the next 3 weeks....give, or take a day.
We met Joe, Dallas and Casey, 'Manda and Danielle......18 to 21 somethings.....whom I will be spending a lot of my nocturnal hours with the next 3 weeks. I bid adieu to The Lovely Elaine who landed the "INDOOR" job in the Scale House essentially greeting the drivers as they enter the property, and handing them their Scale Ticket which shows the date, time, GVW, etc. Then she hands them their unladen weight ticket as they depart for another load of sugar beets.
Moi, on the other hand, spent his 12 hour shift walking through mud (the blessing of the aforementioned rain), scraping mud off my boots, picking up spilled beets, shoveling spilled beets, scraping mud and squished beets off the "gate" area of the piling station, getting hit on my hardhat with beet pieces and dirt falling from the conveyor belts, taking beet samples for the lab, and trying not to get squished by 103,000 lb trucks as they ingress and egress from Factory Piler # 4.....to be referred to in the future as FP4. The first thing you learn on a piling station is to never look up when you are around, or under the piler apparatus......you never know what airborne objects are falling toward your person.
So I ask you, my faithful followers.......what is wrong with this picture? How is it the good looking blonde women always get the good jobs?
The picture I painted is a little harsh......I actually had a good time doing some demanding physical labor, and getting to know my fellow workers. Again, it is one of those situations where after a while their youth is forgotten. Danielle, the main operator of FP4 is very professional, has good communication skills, and knows what she is doing. Dallas, just returned from serving in the Army in Iraq, and Afghanistan, is a hardworking, no nonsense young man.
Below are pictures of FP4, where I will be spending hundreds of hours over the next few weeks slinging sugar beets. And while we are on the subject of sugar beets.....wow....sugar beets are the homeliest agricultural product I have ever seen.....they are kind of this grayish white with very unappealing shapes, and most of them are quite large......a typical sugar beet....at least the ones I am manhandling, weighs about 2 lbs.......many close to 5 lbs.