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Offline Tom van Brits

Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4900 on: September 11, 2020, 01:33:01 pm »
the lunch and price giving is at the HQ at Dorchester Nebraska,

Damn pity you have a easy name and surname for the Yanks to call out when collecting your prize, you should have been Jacobus Stefanus janse van Vuuren of so iets om die tonge te laat knoop!! ;) :lol8:
Geniet die lunch Tom. :thumleft:

Jip Chris there are actually to my surprise several Tom Mc Sherry's in the States.
Now I am fairly clued up with history but only learned this year about the Irish slaves back in time, and that is how most Irish got to the States many years back. In the end they have also raised above their misfotunate start and stayed to become respectable citizens and one never hear any blame bor sad stories.
I was also surprised to see how many Americans are from German heritage, and they all have dropped the ascent (new generation probably because they have decided to call the States home and did that wholeheartedly.

I will continue to give my best, keep learning what I possibly can. Truth is i really love it here, pretty much in love with the place but to reasons that may prevent me from coming back next year; one my back - I will get that checked out December/January and if the damage is severe and need any from of surgery I'm in any way out because then I'll not be fit for this work ever again. The other reason is because of my past which is seen as a possible security thread. Everytime upon entry I get escorted by officers to a room and questioned. The officer explained the last time that the flag on my name will not go away due to the work places I have been like Iraq, Afghanistan, and some African countries for demining. Regardless weather this was contracts in support of the States, even owned by them I'm sadly seen as a possible tread and have to answers many questions.  I was reasionig that my past would rather open doors and I even thought that that may help pave a easy way to a green card but apparently not.
Was thinking weather or not I should write about this here on my page but though this has always been an honest relationship here between me and the Wild dog friends and why not?
I can only speak wrt the American people and companies I work for and served with throughout a number of years and my view has never changed, I love American people, they are hard working honest people with integrity. My view will not change even if I am not coming  back.

Today America and the world also remember September 11, and at most houses and businesses you'll see the Stars and Stripes on their posts!
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4901 on: September 11, 2020, 02:05:52 pm »
As Elon Musk said America is still the best country in the world to chase your dreams and I'm sure he is right.
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4902 on: September 11, 2020, 08:09:10 pm »
Out of 197 participants 4 aced the Harvest Rodeo, an 2 are South Africans.
Nicki and me.
Usd 50 or R830 Voucher.
I'll get me a nice blade like a good CRKT or Gerber which will always remind me of this gr8 day.
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4903 on: September 11, 2020, 08:11:34 pm »
Lekker :thumleft:
Het hulle hamburger patties op die bbq gehad :lol8:

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« Reply #4904 on: September 11, 2020, 08:26:24 pm »
Well done Tom

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4905 on: September 11, 2020, 08:39:14 pm »
Wel gedaan my maat! :thumleft:
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4906 on: September 11, 2020, 10:45:09 pm »
Lekker :thumleft:
Het hulle hamburger patties op die bbq gehad :lol8:

Thanks guys

No We were catered for, proper kFC like chicken (delicious) with either ranch or bbq sauce and some sides, I took potato salad and a bean salad and for dessert chocolate brownies  :drif:
Some ice tea and I dont know what the other choice of drink was.

The winning team which is Plymouth Nebraska were the highlight of it all since the main thing is about team work.
I was the only top scorer from another facility other than Plymouth.
The best progression team also got awarded.
All prices were the same, our facility got another voucher for the second place.

Very nice day, a lekker roadtrip and got to see other great and positive people. Thing I liked most today was that all these guys and girls had one thing in common and that is a positive outlook and a great energy. 
One thing I cant stand in live is negativity and shop talk at work.

I am so proud of being part of this team, and the bonus is we really have the best boss so if I am coming back next year I hope that Frankfort shuttle will be my base. Pok people, closer to the time I'm gonna ask for references to good doctors in the Pretoria area to try and sort this back, scary part is that most orthopaedic's just always want you to undergo surgery and that I need to avoid at all cost but I cant continue living like this.....the pain will make me old and miserable before my time.

Have a gr8 weekend!!
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4907 on: September 12, 2020, 01:42:11 am »
We do not have a lot of free time, especially now that the harvest season has started but the little time I do have for myself is often spent reading a good adventure novel. Clive Cussler is one of my favorite authors along James Patterson and our own Deon Meyer.
Recency I was with Dan on a tractor pull, and he has now invited me to Monster trucks next Saturday at Beatrice Nebraska. Also soon there will be a normal farm tractor pull, in other words OEM tractors and not the ones we have seen that has got 3 x turbos, usd 50k plus spent on the motor etc. They go like stink!
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4908 on: September 12, 2020, 01:50:11 am »
As Elon Musk said America is still the best country in the world to chase your dreams and I'm sure he is right.

Sorry to say, but maybe Gary will read here and confirm. A healthy person in the USA will always find work, rather easily.
Yes there are a lot that file for social services cheque (unemployment) but I will refrain from commenting on that.
If I had a green card I could literally land at my age several jobs in Kansas or Nebraska.
With my CDL class A license I could choose, we always have truck driver positions open and that why i am filling the spot often.
Last week alone I have run my semi close to a 1500 miles between Odell and Frankfort.
Often they advertise positions for weeks on end for drivers, salaries ranging from usd20 a hour upwards with benefits.
So yes @sidetrack you are right; even for the simple man it is true!!
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4909 on: September 12, 2020, 03:57:32 am »
Amerika is also every gear-heads dream. This old Ford caught my eye today, on the road and in a good mechanical roadworthy condition but the famous street-rat look.
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4910 on: September 12, 2020, 04:12:22 am »
The Tractor pull - Many of these tractors will win a dragrace between traffic lights with some modern cars, the speed per second was mentioned but I didn't realy take note to the technical details. Was just a very entertaining 6 hours.
The sound is crazy, especially the v8 bakkies! :o
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4911 on: September 12, 2020, 04:13:29 am »
 :)
 

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« Reply #4912 on: September 12, 2020, 04:15:34 am »
 :)
 

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« Reply #4913 on: September 12, 2020, 04:18:03 am »
 :)
 

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« Reply #4914 on: September 12, 2020, 04:18:55 am »
 :)
 

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« Reply #4915 on: September 12, 2020, 04:19:49 am »
 :)
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4916 on: September 12, 2020, 04:56:47 am »
The bakkies are running on racing fuel, some ethanol at usd14 a gallon. There are 2 things I'll never forget about tractor pull; the sound and smell.
Normal gas (petrol) is cheap in the states at around R8 a litre, my work bakkie is an old GMC and I'm not sure if it's a 5 litre capicity but I checked again today, I avg 14.5 miles per gallon. 1 fluid gallon = 3.78 litres. 1 mile = 1.6Km Which means I get 6.1 km/l

In South Africa 1 x US Gallon petrol will cost you R56.13
In Marysville Kansas 1 x US Gallon petrol cost $1.99 which is R33.46
Petrol is R22.67 more expensive per gallon in South Africa or R6 a litre.

The guys that are really good with mathematics may correct me if I'm wrong, but I think I got it rather close - all prices as per todays gas prices and exchange rates.

I did ask around at work to get an idea of what the avg American in rural America spends on gas per week, and most agree on usd 50 with the V8's and the ones driving the smaller vehicles around &30 a week.
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4917 on: September 12, 2020, 06:55:38 am »
As Elon Musk said America is still the best country in the world to chase your dreams and I'm sure he is right.

Sorry to say, but maybe Gary will read here and confirm. A healthy person in the USA will always find work, rather easily.
Yes there are a lot that file for social services cheque (unemployment) but I will refrain from commenting on that.
If I had a green card I could literally land at my age several jobs in Kansas or Nebraska.
With my CDL class A license I could choose, we always have truck driver positions open and that why i am filling the spot often.
Last week alone I have run my semi close to a 1500 miles between Odell and Frankfort.
Often they advertise positions for weeks on end for drivers, salaries ranging from usd20 a hour upwards with benefits.
So yes @sidetrack you are right; even for the simple man it is true!!

Hi TOm (and Gary @Mr Zog)

It also seems to be an fairly "easy" country to get started out in? If you are willing to work hgard like you and the Zogs are doing and have some ind of consistent income you easily? qualify for credit etc?

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4918 on: September 12, 2020, 02:13:57 pm »
As Elon Musk said America is still the best country in the world to chase your dreams and I'm sure he is right.

Sorry to say, but maybe Gary will read here and confirm. A healthy person in the USA will always find work, rather easily.
Yes there are a lot that file for social services cheque (unemployment) but I will refrain from commenting on that.
If I had a green card I could literally land at my age several jobs in Kansas or Nebraska.
With my CDL class A license I could choose, we always have truck driver positions open and that why i am filling the spot often.
Last week alone I have run my semi close to a 1500 miles between Odell and Frankfort.
Often they advertise positions for weeks on end for drivers, salaries ranging from usd20 a hour upwards with benefits.
So yes @sidetrack you are right; even for the simple man it is true!!

Hi TOm (and Gary @Mr Zog)

It also seems to be an fairly "easy" country to get started out in? If you are willing to work hgard like you and the Zogs are doing and have some ind of consistent income you easily? qualify for credit etc?

Good luck and God Bless  (But those are mutually exclusive)

Yes Z, I can even on my current income make a decent living regarded I'm living a minimalistic lifestyle.

I can live here in a furnished trailer for usd 500 a month all included. (Not my trailer, a furnished one that I rent as part of the deal then)
I can cover all my food, drink and cellphone expenses with usd 700 a month.
I can buy a very decent reliable car for anything between usd 3 and 5k.
My gas (petrol) will be usd 200 a month, and my insurance comprehensive usd 130 a month.
Ad a very good medical insurance (medical aid) at around usd 200+ (depending on your need) and some savings into some sort of an annuity and you still left with 1k usd.
Then a bit of clothing, extras if I feel the need like spending on a hobby or whatever.
So this is all based on minimalist lifestyle but quality of life is great.


You know some people can work with money, other can earn double and still be 'poor'.
I have learned to work with money,  make due with what I have.
It is much easier in the States than back home yes.

 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4919 on: September 13, 2020, 02:38:26 am »
The cheapest you will get medical insurance that is even semi-decent will be about $500 +  :deal:

Young enough to know I can, old enough to know I shouldn't, stupid enough to do it anyway.