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Offline Tom van Brits

Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4960 on: October 02, 2020, 04:37:12 am »
If you cant go back to SA then you come down to Florida and stay here for a while.  :deal:  :thumleft:

Maybe buy a cheap Harley and go ride Route 66  :ricky:

Thanks Gary, but unfortunately Visa is only till the 15th Dec and we will have to give it our best to leave early enough not to overstay our welcome. I'm sure they will understand difficulties in flight availability but we got to try. Like said, the challenge is the return flight and even Visas.

We broke a record yesterday; received 379 000 bushels of commodities (corn and beans) in 12 hours, brought by 419 trucks.
Today was a hectic start, slowed down and bit and then gained momentum and we worker 12.5 hours.
It's kinda crazy  :)

I was told today that the Coop is running a photo competition, they will reward the winner with usd50. They are looking for the best harvest picture. Sadly I cant leave my post to go snap a few pictures in order to plan a possible contestant picture but it will be cool to see what the guys enter.
I know some of the guys at other facilities have got drones and I'm sure the winning picture will be taken by elevation advantage.

See ya  :thumleft:

 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4961 on: October 02, 2020, 09:52:18 am »
I was told today that the Coop is running a photo competition,

Maybe we can send in a SA harvesting photo? I will ask JJR or Tienie they can supply once they start harvesting which should be around end Oct.
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4962 on: October 03, 2020, 05:08:24 am »
I was told today that the Coop is running a photo competition,

Maybe we can send in a SA harvesting photo? I will ask JJR or Tienie they can supply once they start harvesting which should be around end Oct.

Sorry Chris I should have been more specific; it's an intern company competition.
The grain is coming in at no less than 300 000 bushels a day plus, I have never seen something like this!

Just a couple of pictures which I snapped in my quick water breaks  :thumleft:

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4963 on: October 03, 2020, 11:14:42 am »
Frost on the ground is it getting cold again Tom?
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4964 on: October 03, 2020, 11:39:59 am »
Ou Tom, julle kan trots wees op julle harde werk. Waaragtig. Ek hoop nie jy doen jou rug permanente skade aan nie. Ek kommentaar nie baie hier nie maar lees als.

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4965 on: October 03, 2020, 01:33:33 pm »
Frost on the ground is it getting cold again Tom?

Yes Chris, it is cooling down now, especially when we have a Northerly wind 😅, winter came soon this year in the Northen hemisphere. The farmer harvesting our Coop fields had to wait till noon for it to dry out completely. There was no wind that could have helped. Beans unfortunately not a gr8 yield this year, around 40 to 55 bushel an acre but corn 160 up to 220!
Ou Tom, julle kan trots wees op julle harde werk. Waaragtig. Ek hoop nie jy doen jou rug permanente skade aan nie. Ek kommentaar nie baie hier nie maar lees als.

Sterkte met julle werk.

Baie dankie Johan. Ek vertrou die rug gaan hou tot ek Desember kan gaan vir n deeglike ondersoek, groete!
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4966 on: October 04, 2020, 12:23:43 am »
This could have been a nice photo if it was not for the lens flare, I was in a bit of a hurry.
The boss gave Greg and me off this afternoon at 15H00, said he think we can do with some rest. Need to be back at work tomorrow 13H00 to 18H00.
That will bring our hours for the 2 week pay period to 146hours, and normal is 80, that is 66 hours more!
Feels weird, can't ge myself to do 'nothing' and decided to spring clean the kitchen  :lol8: but did a bit of photo editing and now I'll get lost in a adventure novel by Clive Cussler.  :laughing4:
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4967 on: October 04, 2020, 07:22:08 am »
Sjoe maar jy maak goeie ure. Geniet die MY tyd :thumleft:

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4968 on: October 04, 2020, 08:16:18 pm »
How's your back feeling, ole chap?

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« Reply #4969 on: October 04, 2020, 09:00:52 pm »
How's your back feeling, ole chap?
Well well, welcome back

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4970 on: October 05, 2020, 02:01:38 am »
How's your back feeling, ole chap?
Well well, welcome back

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4971 on: October 05, 2020, 03:11:49 am »
How's your back feeling, ole chap?

If I ignore it, it will go away right ???  :peepwall:  ''wish  :'(

So good to see you back here sir, and many will agree on that!  :thumleft:

Back to the back  :biggrin: Worked 1 to 6 today to complete my 2 week pay period but the last straight truck for the day had a temperamental rear trap and I was fighting it and eventually got it opened but yes that back did not appreciate the wrestle.
We are getting 3 trains this week, and it's rather urgent and it requires all hands on deck.
Our first train at 4 am Monday which means I have now 6 hours to rest before I have to get up and drive to start the day.

Headlight check, spare batteries check, Warm coat check, enough food check  :lol8: and maybe I should add a teaspoon of cement to tough up and go do a proper job!!  :laughing4:

I will have to wait it out, self medicate and when the dust settles I'll have to go and see if a local doc can prescribe me some good 'muti' (Slang for medication)

Herwith a pictures of the trucks lining up to dump their first load for the day at 13H00 today!  :thumleft:
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4972 on: October 06, 2020, 05:16:56 am »
I started the week with a 15hour 30min shift, but the bean train is loaded and that beans will be shipped to China.
Tomorrow we have a corn train, it is due to arrive at noon and it should keep us busy till around 21H00 or later.
Thursday and Friday also corn trains. This will be the toughest harvest week for us, but so far so good. I'm doing ok and should hit the sack to get some rest, just waiting for the washing machine to finish the cycle.
Goodnight :thumleft:
 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4973 on: October 06, 2020, 05:20:40 am »
PS: That white GMC bakkie is my company vehicle, it is a bit rusty at the rear wheel arches due to the salt on the roads (winter to melt ice) but man I love that bakkie, a very lively V8 gas motor and yes I need that power because I often tow gravity wagon, Anhydrous trailers and so on.
It is an old bakkie, but reliable and a realy nice ride :)
 

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« Reply #4974 on: October 06, 2020, 06:52:39 am »
Thanks for keeping us updated and for the amazing photo's. :thumleft:
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4975 on: October 06, 2020, 07:28:56 am »
Thanks for keeping us updated and for the amazing photo's. :thumleft:

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4976 on: October 06, 2020, 07:41:14 am »
Tom, how many truckloads go into those silos ?
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4977 on: October 06, 2020, 09:19:18 am »
PS: That white GMC bakkie is my company vehicle, it is a bit rusty at the rear wheel arches due to the salt on the roads (winter to melt ice) but man I love that bakkie, a very lively V8 gas motor and yes I need that power because I often tow gravity wagon, Anhydrous trailers and so on.
It is an old bakkie, but reliable and a realy nice ride :)

 :thumleft:  I also love GMC's.  Is the one you're driving a 1500, 2500, or 3500?  What model year? 

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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4978 on: October 06, 2020, 01:21:20 pm »
Tom, how many truckloads go into those silos ?

The 4 Cement tubes in the picture is 600 000 bushels, and a semi (tractor and trailer) haul 1000 bushels typically although some farmers still uses straight trucks which only takes anything between 300 and 600 bushels.
So we can fill one of those cement silos with 600 trucks

Currently we fill one of those in 2,5 days.

Train takes 440 000, which is 3/4 of the silo. We will load another 3 corn trains this week :)
Not in the picture but adjacent (in line) is our newest edition, a 860 000 bushels silo.
The pile (bunker) was filled in 4 days = 1.1 million Bushels corn.
We still have 2 x 600 000 bunkers vacant.
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Re: TVB op vakansie na Gough Eiland
« Reply #4979 on: October 06, 2020, 01:26:18 pm »
PS: That white GMC bakkie is my company vehicle, it is a bit rusty at the rear wheel arches due to the salt on the roads (winter to melt ice) but man I love that bakkie, a very lively V8 gas motor and yes I need that power because I often tow gravity wagon, Anhydrous trailers and so on.
It is an old bakkie, but reliable and a realy nice ride :)

 :thumleft:  I also love GMC's.  Is the one you're driving a 1500, 2500, or 3500?  What model year?

I have seen pictures of yours Big Oil, great looking truck and seemingly the same model as what my boss is driving!
Mine is a bit old, I'll have to look at registration papers but around a 2003 with 200k miles, will report back.