Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving !

It's Thanksgiving day and we just finished having some lunch and will now get ready for work. We signed up to work tonight and last I counted, on the sign-up sheet, there had only been 13 names for tonight's shift. Last night they said that only folks with a 75% or better "percent to goal" will be allowed to work since the quantity of work has been down lately. Our percentage is above this so it means we get to work. That is great since we get time and a half plus holiday pay for working. Last night, at first break, they asked if anyone wanted "VTO" (voluntary time off). Alot of people took advantage of this, even though it was only 7:45 p.m. and we'd only worked for a little more than 2 hours. We stayed but then got sent home at 11:00 because there wasn't enough work. Wednesday is the overlap night for the two shifts (Wed - Sat and Sun. - Wed)so it made for 71 pickers there last night. I'd never seen so many pickers ! We had made short order of what little business there was last night so that is why we got sent home. Hopefully tonight there will be enough work for the few of us there to take us all night. Tomorrow we start our 11 hour shifts.
Weather is great today...for end of November. Temps in the 50's, sunny and nice. We haven't had any rain in a while so the new area, where we are, is dry now and hard. No rain means the grass seed hasn't sprouted that has been put between the new sites. We like that there isn't any mud and we can get into the rig without sinking in up to our ankles.
Our time here is winding down....just a couple weeks to go. Hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving !!

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