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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4420 on: February 26, 2020, 06:13:10 am »
Love buttered popcorn  :drif:

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4421 on: February 26, 2020, 06:57:19 am »
Next time you chat to the farmers ask him if he has a cow that is nor worth selling. Explain to him that South Africans live on meat....plenty of it. Offer to make him some biltong. :laughing4:
Glad you are enjoying your spade or is it shoveling  :lol8:

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4422 on: February 27, 2020, 03:39:15 am »
Love buttered popcorn  :drif:

Glad you're loving the new job! Remember to build only muscle, not fat :imaposer:

I'll do my best to only build muscle Ri! Once I have settled in a bit I'll see what I can do, local gym want 70 usd for a joining fee and then month to month fee of 40 usd which is doable. However, currently I have no energy left after a working day to go workout in the gym, will see f that changes over time.
Maybe the work in itself will build muscle if I have a healthy protient diet, will try and figure something out that works but the cardio still is important if only for health and endurance.  :)

Next time you chat to the farmers ask him if he has a cow that is nor worth selling. Explain to him that South Africans live on meat....plenty of it. Offer to make him some biltong. :laughing4:
Glad you are enjoying your spade or is it shoveling  :lol8:

Baas Kobus I would love to hear from James what exactly is the difference in America between 'spade and shovel'  :patch: I still have no idea but yes let's play save and say that I have a licence for a shovel sure thing!  :3some:

I have decided not to be too stingy this time around, I have taken good care of my family and I am a proud dad with 2 grown capable and successful kids. Man I love them dearly and will always support them where needed, but now it's my time. I have been single for a number of years, 8 to be precise and I feel it's fair to look out for myself now and get a bit of extra money in my pension but also live for the moment, so if I want that Angus steak at Wallmart I'll just treat myself to it  :thumleft:

It is very cold, today was mostly below 0 degree Celsius and one got to be careful not to slip and fall on ice patches. I dont know how the people cope up in Michigan and further North! It will warm up over the weekend and I'm looking forward to that. I hope it's ok Friday when the train comes and we need to load 110 train cars! Sometimes the cold is not to bad, but outside the wind chill factor makes it much worse! Anyway, I love what I'm doing and we get treated very well.  :thumleft:
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4423 on: February 27, 2020, 06:59:01 am »
Enjoy ir. :thumleft:

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4424 on: February 27, 2020, 07:29:41 am »
Love buttered popcorn  :drif:

Glad you're loving the new job! Remember to build only muscle, not fat :imaposer:

I'll do my best to only build muscle Ri! Once I have settled in a bit I'll see what I can do, local gym want 70 usd for a joining fee and then month to month fee of 40 usd which is doable. However, currently I have no energy left after a working day to go workout in the gym, will see f that changes over time.
Maybe the work in itself will build muscle if I have a healthy protient diet, will try and figure something out that works but the cardio still is important if only for health and endurance.  :)

Next time you chat to the farmers ask him if he has a cow that is nor worth selling. Explain to him that South Africans live on meat....plenty of it. Offer to make him some biltong. :laughing4:
Glad you are enjoying your spade or is it shoveling  :lol8:

Baas Kobus I would love to hear from James what exactly is the difference in America between 'spade and shovel'  :patch: I still have no idea but yes let's play save and say that I have a licence for a shovel sure thing!  :3some:

I have decided not to be too stingy this time around, I have taken good care of my family and I am a proud dad with 2 grown capable and successful kids. Man I love them dearly and will always support them where needed, but now it's my time. I have been single for a number of years, 8 to be precise and I feel it's fair to look out for myself now and get a bit of extra money in my pension but also live for the moment, so if I want that Angus steak at Wallmart I'll just treat myself to it  :thumleft:

It is very cold, today was mostly below 0 degree Celsius and one got to be careful not to slip and fall on ice patches. I dont know how the people cope up in Michigan and further North! It will warm up over the weekend and I'm looking forward to that. I hope it's ok Friday when the train comes and we need to load 110 train cars! Sometimes the cold is not to bad, but outside the wind chill factor makes it much worse! Anyway, I love what I'm doing and we get treated very well.  :thumleft:

I presumed the hard physical labour you're doing will be gym enough! So my comment was aimed more at a healthy diet, which might be more difficult and expensive in America with all the added corn syrup and processed foods.

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4425 on: February 27, 2020, 09:20:31 am »

Baas Kobus I would love to hear from James what exactly is the difference in America between 'spade and shovel'  :patch: I still have no idea but yes let's play save and say that I have a licence for a shovel sure thing!  :3some:


You probably know this already but spade is more a digging implement (hence the flatter profile) whereas the shovel blade is more concave in order to move loose material. iFoshol is also well known for cooking the wors on a construction site. :biggrin:
 
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4426 on: February 27, 2020, 06:09:30 pm »
What @frankmac said.

A spade is narrower and straight, made for digging. A shovel is wider and rounded, made for scooping, like soil.
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4427 on: February 27, 2020, 06:52:56 pm »
Spade = shovel = spade with a pointed tip.

Square shovel has a flat blade across the leading edge.

However, a spade has different meanings based on location. 



Are you staying warm, Tom?

Key to dressing for cold conditions is the material closest to ones skin.  We know a thing or two about how to dress for extreme cold conditions up here in da nortwoods of da mitten, eh!!!

If you're suffering cold feet and hands, your core temps are too low, your brain protects vital organ temperatures by pulling blood from extended extremities. 

Warm core (chest) = warm feet and hands.

Polypropylene or a silk layer closest to the skin transmits moisture from your skin to the outside layer. 



I use liner socks from Zappos (free and unbelievably fast shipping) made my Wigwam (Made in USA) with a merino wool or combo wool/poly sock for maximum comfort and warmth.

https://www.zappos.com/p/wigwam-gobi-liner-white/product/9157944/color/14

https://www.zappos.com/p/wigwam-coolmax-liner-white/product/9157099/color/14

https://www.zappos.com/filters/wool-socks-wigwam-men/WgLyBsABAuICAgsY.zso?t=wool%20socks&s=bestForYou/desc





Same thing with hands, I just don't use a glove, I use a thin polypropylene or silk liner glove, makes all the difference.  I can't stand thick cumbersome gloves so I wear thin gloves with a glove liner.

https://www.amazon.com/Terramar-Adult-Thermasilk-Glove-Natural/dp/B000V5DB3C/ref=asc_df_B000V5DB3C/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312684996180&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=274875546959564268&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9058203&hvtargid=pla-569513583800&psc=1




You'll also want to keep your neck and core warm, I use Outlast by Rukka.  Outlast was co-developed by NASA scientists for astronauts. 

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/rukka-outlast-shirt?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIw56Rl5Xy5wIVgf5kCh1_awmnEAYYASABEgJXEPD_BwE

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/rukka-outlast-pants?rrec=true





On super cold days with below zero windchill temps I wear a Rukka Outlast one-piece over Rukka Max Seamless base layers.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/rukka-outlast-one-piece?rrec=true

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/rukka-max-seamless-shirt

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/rukka-max-seamless-pants?rrec=true


With the Max seamless, order the largest size you can, you won't believe how small the stuff looks out of the package, you'll tell yourself there's no way it will fit.  Even the largest size appears large enough to fit a small child.  The stuff stretches over your skin, it's like a second skin, you truly won't believe it until you wear it.





Here are the boots I wear in cold deep snow, which admittedly might be overkill for Kansas:

Again, you won't believe how fast anything you order from Zappos arrives.  I've ordered boots and shoes from Zappos as late as 10pm only to have it arrive at my door by 10am the next morning with free shipping and returns.

https://www.zappos.com/p/kamik-canuck-black/product/7668630/color/3?utm_source=google&utm_medium=pla_g&utm_campaign=194546491&utm_term=pla-__iv_p_1_g_9678508891_c_47371350091_n_g_d_c_v__l__t__r__x_pla_y_15872_f_online_o_21389673_z_US_i_en_j_380338979170_s__e__h_9058203_ii__vi__&utm_content=21389673&zap_placement=



Price is steep albeit worth every penny if you've ever experienced hypothermic conditions. 

 
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4428 on: February 27, 2020, 07:43:37 pm »
Tom, "spade" is a slang term for a black person, and is very insulting. Like "k***er" in Afrikaans, or "ni**er" in English.   :peepwall:

Found online: Evidently, in the 1920s, "spade" started being used as a slang term, and then a derogatory slur, for a black person. This racist shift in the phrase's meaning also led to the equally offensive phrase "black as the ace of spades."
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4429 on: February 28, 2020, 04:38:57 am »
Spade = shovel = spade with a pointed tip.

Square shovel has a flat blade across the leading edge.

However, a spade has different meanings based on location.  I must be very careful how I explain, so I'll just say to focus on the color of an Ace of Spades  :peepwall:



Are you staying warm, Tom?

Key to dressing for cold conditions is the material closest to ones skin.  We know a thing or two about how to dress for extreme cold conditions up here in da nortwoods of da mitten, eh!!!

If you're suffering cold feet and hands, your core temps are too low, your brain protects vital organ temperatures by pulling blood from extended extremities. 

Warm core (chest) = warm feet and hands.

Polypropylene or a silk layer closest to the skin transmits moisture from your skin to the outside layer. 



I use liner socks from Zappos (free and unbelievably fast shipping) made my Wigwam (Made in USA) with a merino wool or combo wool/poly sock for maximum comfort and warmth.

https://www.zappos.com/p/wigwam-gobi-liner-white/product/9157944/color/14

https://www.zappos.com/p/wigwam-coolmax-liner-white/product/9157099/color/14

https://www.zappos.com/filters/wool-socks-wigwam-men/WgLyBsABAuICAgsY.zso?t=wool%20socks&s=bestForYou/desc





Same thing with hands, I just don't use a glove, I use a thin polypropylene or silk liner glove, makes all the difference.  I can't stand thick cumbersome gloves so I wear thin gloves with a glove liner.

https://www.amazon.com/Terramar-Adult-Thermasilk-Glove-Natural/dp/B000V5DB3C/ref=asc_df_B000V5DB3C/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312684996180&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=274875546959564268&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9058203&hvtargid=pla-569513583800&psc=1




You'll also want to keep your neck and core warm, I use Outlast by Rukka.  Outlast was co-developed by NASA scientists for astronauts. 

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/rukka-outlast-shirt?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIw56Rl5Xy5wIVgf5kCh1_awmnEAYYASABEgJXEPD_BwE

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/rukka-outlast-pants?rrec=true





On super cold days with below zero windchill temps I wear a Rukka Outlast one-piece over Rukka Max Seamless base layers.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/rukka-outlast-one-piece?rrec=true

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/rukka-max-seamless-shirt

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/rukka-max-seamless-pants?rrec=true


With the Max seamless, order the largest size you can, you won't believe how small the stuff looks out of the package, you'll tell yourself there's no way it will fit.  Even the largest size appears large enough to fit a small child.  The stuff stretches over your skin, it's like a second skin, you truly won't believe it until you wear it.





Here are the boots I wear in cold deep snow, which admittedly might be overkill for Kansas:

Again, you won't believe how fast anything you order from Zappos arrives.  I've ordered boots and shoes from Zappos as late as 10pm only to have it arrive at my door by 10am the next morning with free shipping and returns.

https://www.zappos.com/p/kamik-canuck-black/product/7668630/color/3?utm_source=google&utm_medium=pla_g&utm_campaign=194546491&utm_term=pla-__iv_p_1_g_9678508891_c_47371350091_n_g_d_c_v__l__t__r__x_pla_y_15872_f_online_o_21389673_z_US_i_en_j_380338979170_s__e__h_9058203_ii__vi__&utm_content=21389673&zap_placement=



Price is steep albeit worth every penny if you've ever experienced hypothermic conditions. 

 

Thanks so much for this sir, I am actually rather a bit cold as we have worked now for 2 days in temperatures of 24 degrees Fahrenheit and less with wind and some precipitation.
This company is just amazing and supplied a lot of clothing but I just can't stay warm - I have a thermal vest on (maybe not the best quality - first accent) a thin polo fleece, a synthetic down jacket and a working jacket over it. Legs only a normal denim jean and normal socks.....yes them feet is a bit cold. Hands warm though, waterproof working gloves. Head covered by a baseball cap - maybe I should try the beanie. I am a bit cold blooded, the days I worked South in the middle of the ocean I coped better but mostly out of the wind working in the food store, workshop or in the base.
There is only a month of winter left, so I'll manage with what I have but towards the end of the year I'll go ahead and order some of the recommended clothing sure thing!!

Now for a bit of sad news  :'( :'(

My son sent me a message over lunch time today; they have broken into our flat and stole the laptop my son and I are using to job search, download and sent our paperwork and so on. He also uses the computer for his studies. They also got his backpack which is very valuable to him, I got it for him years back in Iraq. Seems the thief was in a rush because he did not as far as my son could see get anything else except turning over some of my furniture.
I had to ask permission to use a work computer to change passwords for e-mail, FB and wild dogs since I was logged into the laptop and yes unfortunately I did not put a password on it because I never thought that someone wil come through a 6 feet steel fence, another 4 feet steel fence at my stoep and then the glass windows and trelli door....shit people I am saddened. I got backup of everything that was on the laptop, but I feel violated that someone dare to come into our home and now have all my pictures and documents including my sons on the laptop....Why!! I so love my country and I have no intention to ever leave since I will not be able to leave my family and friends behind, but why is SA so sick?
Anyway, we will have to repair the damages and continue with our lives  :-[
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4430 on: February 28, 2020, 05:52:14 am »
Eish!  Sorry to hear of your lost computer!  Backup to 'The Cloud" everybody says.  In case it gets stolen you still have the data.

Anything that isn't bolted down here is likely to get stolen.
A friend had the overhead electricity cables stolen in their street during the last load shedding.
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4431 on: February 28, 2020, 06:01:46 am »
Not nice and so stupid as they do not get much for it!
I hope it does not cause to much disruption and that your son comes right with his studies.
Stay warm, I am getting cold for your part.
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4432 on: February 28, 2020, 06:26:43 am »

Thanks so much for this sir, I am actually rather a bit cold as we have worked now for 2 days in temperatures of 24 degrees Fahrenheit and less with wind and some precipitation.
This company is just amazing and supplied a lot of clothing but I just can't stay warm - I have a thermal vest on (maybe not the best quality - first accent) a thin polo fleece, a synthetic down jacket and a working jacket over it. Legs only a normal denim jean and normal socks.....yes them feet is a bit cold. Hands warm though, waterproof working gloves. Head covered by a baseball cap - maybe I should try the beanie. I am a bit cold blooded, the days I worked South in the middle of the ocean I coped better but mostly out of the wind working in the food store, workshop or in the base.
There is only a month of winter left, so I'll manage with what I have but towards the end of the year I'll go ahead and order some of the recommended clothing sure thing!!


I buy my hiking boots a size bigger, and wear it with a pair of thin socks, and a pair of the thickest wool socks I could find. I don't know whether your shoes has space for it, but you can try thin socks underneath your current socks, or get a thicker pair of socks.



Now for a bit of sad news  :'( :'(

My son sent me a message over lunch time today; they have broken into our flat and stole the laptop my son and I are using to job search, download and sent our paperwork and so on. He also uses the computer for his studies. They also got his backpack which is very valuable to him, I got it for him years back in Iraq. Seems the thief was in a rush because he did not as far as my son could see get anything else except turning over some of my furniture.
I had to ask permission to use a work computer to change passwords for e-mail, FB and wild dogs since I was logged into the laptop and yes unfortunately I did not put a password on it because I never thought that someone wil come through a 6 feet steel fence, another 4 feet steel fence at my stoep and then the glass windows and trelli door....shit people I am saddened. I got backup of everything that was on the laptop, but I feel violated that someone dare to come into our home and now have all my pictures and documents including my sons on the laptop....Why!! I so love my country and I have no intention to ever leave since I will not be able to leave my family and friends behind, but why is SA so sick?
Anyway, we will have to repair the damages and continue with our lives  :-[

It is sad. Small consolation is they probably don't have your pictures and documents anymore - that laptop has probably been wiped quite thoroughly by now. The right people can easily bypass a laptop password as well. I hope it is not your MacBook? There was a well-priced one available on the forum recently, but it's probably gone by now.
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4433 on: February 28, 2020, 02:21:22 pm »
Thankfully the Macbook is with me Ri.
The laptop was an I3 Lenovo, very nice machine and never gave us any hassles.
Anyway, it is what it is and now to focus on today's job - loading a train with over 400 000 bushels of corn in 8 hours today!!
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4434 on: February 28, 2020, 09:02:44 pm »
Sorry to hear of your misfortune back home, Tom.

Sounds like you're handling it the best way you can, by moving forward.

Wallmart sells polyester clothing by Russell Athletics, that's better next to your skin than cotton.

Cotton is the worst fabric you can wear during winter temps, it collects moisture and doesn't transfer said moisture away from the skin.

Be careful, I understand you've much experience as an EMT, I can't recall if you've dealt with these temps before, how cold did it get on Gough?
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4435 on: February 29, 2020, 04:41:32 am »
Sorry to hear of your misfortune back home, Tom.

Sounds like you're handling it the best way you can, by moving forward.

Wallmart sells polyester clothing by Russell Athletics, that's better next to your skin than cotton.

Cotton is the worst fabric you can wear during winter temps, it collects moisture and doesn't transfer said moisture away from the skin.

Be careful, I understand you've much experience as an EMT, I can't recall if you've dealt with these temps before, how cold did it get on Gough?

I need to go to Wallmart tomorrow so I will definitely have a look at "Russel Athletics" clothing, thanks James  :thumleft:

Gough was only cold in the mountains, some snow dusting and always wind pumping at about 0 up to - 10 degrees Celsius but at the base hardly ever below 0 and avg of 5+ during Winter.
However, in Afghanistan in the Paktia province between Gardes and Kost we had to use snow chains around the vehicles wheels for traction in the mountains and often worked -15 and colder with pumping wind.
Difference though, we got issued clothing and since it was security uniforms we always had to hand it in. The best though, I guess military issues.
We were warned on e mail about the cold and to come prepared but non of us did come prepared enough since we thought it's the end of the cold season but ok, lesson learned  :-[  :lol8: .

Today we loaded that train, man it was very interesting. First you walk and lock all the bottom gates and then seal every gate. There are 3 x gates per trailer. Then we got ontop of the train safely clipped into a safety harness and lifeline and on go ahead and open the doors and one guy behind the shoot and close up again.
This process takes 8 hours and we were relieved at times to take a break from the train by offloading trucks only to continue at the train again.
I also got a change towards the end to ride in the loco and learn to opperate it. Nothing difficult, you just got to have a good feel and reaction to stop in time when radioed to do so. If you overshoot the operation could be delayed and we all will still get a change to learn properly and to opperate the loco while loading corn.
This shipment is going all the way to the Westcoast, it will take 3 days to reach the destination.

On train loading days we also get free breakfast and lunch, so we were spoiled  :3some:

Back home I fitted the Mr Zog rod holder to my bicycle, and now it just needs to get warm so I can go fishing over weekends!

 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4436 on: February 29, 2020, 10:46:21 am »
so I can go fishing over weekends!

Tom what have you got to fish in near where you stay, river, ponds or lakes?
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Offline Tom van Brits

Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4437 on: February 29, 2020, 05:33:12 pm »
so I can go fishing over weekends!

Tom what have you got to fish in near where you stay, river, ponds or lakes?

Chris the Blue river ja very close to where I live, a good fishing spot is about 15 to 20 minutes of cycling away.
Apparently also n biggish lake not to far out but for that I'll need a vehicle.
However, the best fishing apparently is on the farms and one got to get connected with a farmer for the privilege and yesterday a guy at work told me he will take me to a farm dam where we are allowed. Definitely no shortage of water bodies around d Marysville compared to some other parts of say Western Kansas!
The flint hills where we life is really pretty! :3some:

I dis not set an alarm since I'm off today but don't often manage to sleep late. However, my body needed a reboot and I went to bed at 12 midnight and only woke at 9!

Now I need to get to Wallmart to buy some needed stuff like an Allen key set for maintenance on my bicycle and some food and want to have a look at clothing. Apparently down jackets market from 40 usd to 16, now that sounds like a bargain to me. :)
 

Offline Tom van Brits

Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4438 on: March 01, 2020, 10:43:50 pm »
It sometimes happens to me in SA where I'll buy a bit too many groceries to take back home on the motorbike, but it's easy to make a plan on the bike or more easy than on the bicycle  :lol8:
Yesterday I got myself in a situation at Wallmart and had to cycle home over 4km with a heavy stuffed backpack and shopping bags on the handle bar.  8)
Was looking for a screwdriver and found this nice hammer multi tool for only usd 5 and it is proper quality.

Today we went to church just up the road, about 3/4 mile walk and it was a very pleasant experience, everyone friendly. Marysville sure is a lovely little town  :3some:
 

Offline Tom van Brits

Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4439 on: March 01, 2020, 11:57:36 pm »
Cycling through the neighborhood  :)