As I sit here Thursday afternoon composing my blog entry about Wednesday afternoon/Thursday morning I am basking in the glow of all the birthday greetings from so many people.......many people whom I did not know 20 months ago. My universe of friends has increased exponentially since we left on our never ending journey, and as I read the varied birthday greetings, and see the names attached to them I feel rich beyond measure. Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to send birthday wishes my way.....they are appreciated!
Below you can see the pipes running from the center of the pile to the left side of the pile.
Our pile at FP4 has gotten quite deep.....front to back deep.....you can see the "isle" between the pile from FP4 and FP3.....probably close to 70 yards now, and about 9 football fields to go!
I got to know one of my workmates a little better.....I found out Dallas just turned 18 less than a year ago.......he enlisted in the National Guard on his 18th birtday, and was deployed within a few months to Afghanistan for 6 months where he was trained to be a sniper......you know, one of the guys that Mark Walhberg played in the movie "Shooter". He says he made 23 kills over that span.....his longest shot from just under 800 yards.....I am still trying to process this information.
He just returned from his deployment, and due to cutbacks was discharged. If you saw Dallas walking down the street you would never guess what he did for the last 6 months. It's ironic that he is younger than every single one of my kids by a minimum of 9 years. He is younger than FP2, which was built in 1978, the year my oldest daughter Meredith was born.
Our third 12 hour shift was much more laid back than the second. We processed about 55 trucks over our 12 hour shift, and had no mechanical issues, so it was a good night. It only got down to 39 degrees last night, and there was no wind so I was able to stay warm with a minimal amount of warm clothing. I can't wear too much at 39 degrees because the physical labor warms me up pretty quickly and I start to sweat even at 39 degrees, if I have too much on. Don't get me wrong, I'm not walking around in board shorts and flip flops, but I'm just wearing my bib overalls, and a long sleeve t-shirt over a base layer, and sometimes that's too much.
The day crew arrived a few minutes early so I clocked out around 6:59, and was in the car with TLE on our way home from another day at the beet pile here in Sidney, MT......3 down, and 18 to go....give, or take a couple.
I was going to take my customary hot shower right after we got home, but discovered, much to my dismay, that the pilot light on the water heater had blown out while we were gone so I had to wait about 30 minutes for the water to heat up. We both got in bed by 8:30, and I was awake and up writing this blog entry by 1 pm.....ugggghhh...I need more sleep! I'm just as amazed this time as I was last fall that I can actually get by on less than 6 hours sleep day after day with a few cat naps here and there. Nevertheless, I don't want to make a career out of it.
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