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Offline Tom van Brits

Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4460 on: March 22, 2020, 01:24:29 am »
Is working grain more challenging or specialised that what the rest of the guys are doing?

Looks like you are getting spoilt for a change - that is very nice to see :)

Ri it is a bit hard to answer since I do not have or had much exposure to agronomy yet other than a bit of anhydrous ammonia refill and some dry fertilizer......but I will update once I know.
Grain is a lot to know, especially on the Specialized computer program.
So much that can go wrong, and like a pilot you will only know if he or she was a good pilot once something went wrong right?  :3some:
 
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4461 on: March 22, 2020, 01:41:24 am »
I was wondering about the ages and experience of the other Saffas?

Most are younger than 25, a couple between 25 and 32 and then 2 of us in the early 50's.
Most got 3 years plus experience in grain and only one as far as I know in agronomy but all of us has got agriculture experience to some extent and share a passion in this sector and one got to be willing to work, get dirty and learn and there is a lot to learn!
Here jack of all trades seems to be a fitting description  :lol8:
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4462 on: March 22, 2020, 08:22:28 am »
It is now 01H15 am and we just got home, a good 9 hours of extra hours loading 110 train cars of grain that will be going to feedlots in Mexico.
So nice to know I can get to sleep not having to set an alarm. We are rather tired, it wasn't too cold at 34 degree farenheit but the house has got some sort of a furnace and the temp is set at 70 degrees farenheit which is just lekker.
Tomorrow I'll go run a bit to clear the head and burn off some calories  :lol8:
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4463 on: March 22, 2020, 08:28:01 am »
It is now 01H15 am and we just got home, a good 9 hours of extra hours loading 110 train cars of grain that will be going to feedlots in Mexico.
So nice to know I can get to sleep not having to set an alarm. We are rather tired, it wasn't too cold at 34 degree farenheit but the house has got some sort of a furnace and the temp is set at 70 degrees farenheit which is just lekker.
Tomorrow I'll go run a bit to clear the head and burn off some calories  :lol8:

For the Saffers 34F = +1C
When is this "Old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
 
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4464 on: March 29, 2020, 11:46:40 pm »
Been a while  :)

I am happy here in Kansas, still weird to be on contract away from home where you have your own room and privacy.
I end up buying a lot of stuff out of my pocket for the house to make our lifes better....even for work.
I got us a garden hose to wash the trucks - we are 4 living in a 3 bedroom house and 2 of us share a truck.
We got a Chev Silverado V8 Auto gas truck - One cant help to love the truck, so smooth and powerful.
Also got some kitchen accessories like a George foreman griller and some other needed stuff.
For work I got shovels with long handles to make life easier on our lower backs which is somedays a bit sore and a bit of a concern but I'll work on it. :lol8:

I am normally just tired after a days of work and go run 5km if it is not to wet and windy and then I'll shower and eat and come browse the net and read a book and sleep flat for 7 hours a night. No difficulty in sleeping here, and back home and some other contracts I have constantly suffered of insomnia.

I dont know how well some of you may know grain elevators but there are 2 x horrors and one is the boot pit and the other the man lift. Now the boot pit needs cleaning and that is a confine space entry and one needs to be supervised and cary an air monitor which will warn you when you need to get out of there.
The manlift is just a bare metal lift with a capicity for one person and you use that to go up to the different service stations.

However; in grain the most dangerous thing is grain dust and therefore everything needs to be cleaned constantly. So after cleaning the boot pit we will do the shaft of the manlift next and there is no fancy tools or tricks other than good old school brooms, shovels and buckets.

Yes this is manual labour at its best with a nice title; we are 'operation specialists' and sounds very clever for the most humble job but the key here is 'I am happy'  :3some:

So people it seems the adventures of Tom is something of the past for now and maybe over a leave period I may be able to do something silly that will raise the heart rate but for now I am focused on my new world and job which I really do like. If only I can build some more muscle strength to make life a tad more easier but I just need time and some extra energy.

We are Kansas State and Marshall county and from tomorrow we have a lockdown but not us grain workers since we are labeled as essential workers - very important to get the grain shipped out and still receiving grain.

Fuel is at a record low and the country is filling all oil reserves to the brim, and the farmers are following the same strategy making most of this savings even buying some more fuel tanks.
40% of the corn goes for ethanol production but that was also now lifted and the feed-mills will also stock up on corn - we expect to load quite some trains in the following week or 2 and weeks to come!

Anyway, all good and strongs for our SA dogs in this lockdown period!!  :thumleft:
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4465 on: March 30, 2020, 07:21:57 am »

I am happy here in Kansas,

Nice to hear your head is in a different space, Tom.
 
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4466 on: March 30, 2020, 07:42:54 am »
Do hope the other guys in the house also add to the purchases. Dust and a spark can make big boom, take care.  :thumleft:
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4467 on: March 31, 2020, 04:00:44 am »
Do hope the other guys in the house also add to the purchases. Dust and a spark can make big boom, take care.  :thumleft:

Nah you know the young men have different ideas of life but nevertheless I like to treat people as long as they dont take me for granted. I can see they appreciate the omies treat here and there and that is good enough for me.

I am not sure what the limited movement exactly mean in our country but learned that we are allowed to exercise on the blue river trail given that there is a 6foot safe distance between runners and cyclists.  Not difficult and enough to get me going again....been a while since I have run a 10km and i had to work at it but chuffed.

Tomorrow i am needed in Barnston Nebraska. I get quite a lot of exposure and experience in the field  :thumleft:
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4468 on: April 01, 2020, 03:37:56 am »
Late afternoon I got asked if I'm willing to put in a bit of extra time to go and fetch a truck near Lincoln Nebraska. Hell yeah I'm always in for extra hours and since I need to fetch and ride a bobcat back (semi truck - only the Tractor) I'm in and would have done that for free as well because trucking is like riding a bike....its not work, its lekker
I got back home in Marysville at 19H00 and earned 2 hours and tomorrow I go to work with this truck and will haul grain for half a day and then hand to my friend and colleague and he will do second shift while I'll probably be back on the elevator.
We are getting a train to load coming Saturday and we are also now working every Saturday 7 till noon. Season is gaining momentum finally!! :lol8:
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4469 on: April 01, 2020, 09:21:18 am »
Lekker  :ricky: :ricky:

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4470 on: April 01, 2020, 10:21:15 pm »
Long long ago elevators used to look like this, and it was a bad idea but a start  ???

Dust explosions and grain bridging which has let to grain submergian.
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4471 on: April 02, 2020, 03:54:51 am »
Today was 'information overload', we were called to go help at agronomy and we started with a proper induction of the shop with all the different herbicides, anhydrous ammonia, dry fertiliser and wet fertiliser mixes and more.
I can clearly understand why people need to do a 2 year collage degree in the States to qualify to run agronomy.
However, we as seasonal workers get an in house training and we learn as we go and boy did we learn today!!
I have learned how to operate a dry fertiliser tender - the thing got 2 x augers and you use that to re supply the spreaders in the field - just another service the Coop deliver to the clients here.
What worries me sometimes is all the stuff that can go wrong, there are so many mistakes one can make and the people here have trust in you and don't 'nanny' you for too long, the explain how something work and watch you do it and leave you to it.
With every job comes some level of responsibility but the $$ scares me when I know I may be the one making that mistake - I don't want to become 'that guy'  :peepwall: but I'll pay attention and decided to start carrying a notebook from tomorrow to make some crip notes.
Pok I thought we will only work grain, but apparently the other Saffers are doing well at other sites in agronomy and now we work both grain and agronomy.

One of the big bosses had a conversation with me yesterday and told me that I should not be considered about my age as long as I am healthy and perform well.....pok he thought I was 60  :-[  :eek7: and then thought I am joking when I said no I am 51  :biggrin: Well I told him I'm a high mialage 51, but should be good for a couple more years and hope to spent them right here and he seemed good with that  8)
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4472 on: April 02, 2020, 06:51:00 pm »
Today was 'information overload', we were called to go help at agronomy and we started with a proper induction of the shop with all the different herbicides, anhydrous ammonia, dry fertiliser and wet fertiliser mixes and more.
I can clearly understand why people need to do a 2 year collage degree in the States to qualify to run agronomy.
However, we as seasonal workers get an in house training and we learn as we go and boy did we learn today!!
I have learned how to operate a dry fertiliser tender - the thing got 2 x augers and you use that to re supply the spreaders in the field - just another service the Coop deliver to the clients here.
What worries me sometimes is all the stuff that can go wrong, there are so many mistakes one can make and the people here have trust in you and don't 'nanny' you for too long, the explain how something work and watch you do it and leave you to it.
With every job comes some level of responsibility but the $$ scares me when I know I may be the one making that mistake - I don't want to become 'that guy'  :peepwall: but I'll pay attention and decided to start carrying a notebook from tomorrow to make some crip notes.
Pok I thought we will only work grain, but apparently the other Saffers are doing well at other sites in agronomy and now we work both grain and agronomy.

One of the big bosses had a conversation with me yesterday and told me that I should not be considered about my age as long as I am healthy and perform well.....pok he thought I was 60  :-[  :eek7: and then thought I am joking when I said no I am 51  :biggrin: Well I told him I'm a high mialage 51, but should be good for a couple more years and hope to spent them right here and he seemed good with that  8)


That'll teach you for being a smart-ass! Hehe. I'm sure you'll do fine. You take your responsibility very seriously.

60? Time to consider highlights, and maybe a facelift? :imaposer:

But yeah, those ain't city miles :thumleft:
 
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4473 on: April 03, 2020, 06:30:46 pm »
Tail end of the winter :)
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4474 on: April 05, 2020, 10:26:19 am »
Happy Birthday Tom.

Hope that you have a great and happy day.

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« Reply #4475 on: April 05, 2020, 10:35:25 am »
Happy happy Tom, may take millions more pictures :thumleft:
 
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« Reply #4476 on: April 05, 2020, 11:23:12 am »
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« Reply #4477 on: April 05, 2020, 03:04:28 pm »
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4478 on: April 05, 2020, 03:26:00 pm »
Do you think it's wise having another birthday if you already look like you are 60? :biggrin:

Many happy returns Tom!
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« Reply #4479 on: April 05, 2020, 03:44:05 pm »
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