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Righto, we are up. +Gore

Not really sure where this post goes.

The ramp up to seed peak season is a difficult time for everyone involved.

January is typically the time for hope and positivity. Without failure, every year someone (myself included) says "I think we'll be right this year, we've done such better planning". And it's true, every year we do better and better planning, but planning is only as good as how accurately you can predict the future and that is never an easy task. The golden cloud of January hugs you with warm safe arms. It could never be as bad as last year, we've got it all under control.

February cruises in with solid work and there are a few phone calls to interrupt you mid thought, but you can deal with this. It's the peak season after all. It's going to be busy. You have a few hours where you get behind because of unexpected problems to solve, but you catch up by the end of the day. It's at this point you convince yourself that shit yes, all that planning is certainly paying off. No one is going to have to work overtime this year. Sweet.

March begins. Mentally you are prepared for March, or so you think. This is the big one. The mighty month. The phones stay manageable in week one. High fives all round. Smashing it. A few people take leave or take a half day and a collective, palpable frown goes around the office. Mid March is when you can see that the body is willing but the mind is not. Friction between who's working more/harder starts to happen. The mental resistance to working at a frantic pace when things have been steady. Inside you just feel grumbly and everyone else around you is grumbly. By the last week in March the overtime and weekend work has begun coupled with common conversations that go "I was thinking about (..insert seed problem..) in the shower this morning" and everyone goes to bed thinking about seed and wakes up thinking about seed.

By April you're in the zone. It's not a great zone because it's a bit frantic and everyone makes mistakes but finally everyone is in it with you. The whole team hums and sometimes fights a little but damn you are pumping seed out of every vein. Seed Seed Seed! You're on. No more friction from slugish minds wanting to stay in their comfortable cave.

Speaking of mistakes, that brings me to the severed finger. One of our guys in the plant put his hand in a moving auger last week. I was on Team Search for Fingers in the Seed because that's at least something I could do. The other workers thought his fingers had been severed so we looked for ages. It was a very strange feeling to be pushing seed through a screener knowing that if you felt a rubbery thing it was someone's finger. Turns out the fingers had stayed attached but just mutilated in a way that looked like they were missing. I don't mind gore but seeing that fear on his face is what leaves you shaken. Lucky for him he is expected to have a full recovery.

Yesterday I closed the electric window of the car on Pan's upper jaw. Somehow I didn't crush her face. She just has some bleeding on her gums. She's ok too.

I never know if I would like a job that is more steady. Would I get bored? Or is this ramping up for long periods no good for me? I don't know anything else so it's hard to compare.


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Apr. 9th, 2017 01:04 am (UTC)
Ok, my job is stressful sometimes, but I've never had to look for someone's severed fingers. UGGGGGHHHHH. I'm glad he'll be ok.

That schedule would be hard for me, too. My job gets nuts sometimes, but it's very much more up one day down the next kind of thing. I imagine seasonal would be kind of brutal. I hope you have a nice break soon.
Apr. 10th, 2017 05:06 am (UTC)
I wonder though if I would struggle more with the ups and downs of a job like yours. At least my job gives me some forewarning ;)

Apr. 9th, 2017 02:44 am (UTC)
That's how seed goes here! Slow, then frenzy of seed, stuff breaking, weather happening, dusty seed and then boom.... done! It's kinda weird. Towards the end it is defiantly a zombie walk, just plain worn out!

I would get bored if I had to do the same thing all the time, although being a teacher, there are days I long for a cubical or just being able to call in sick without writing out sub plans.

Glad you didn't have to find any fingers! Yikes!
Apr. 10th, 2017 05:08 am (UTC)
Zombie walk is a perfect description!

That is the most difficult thing about teaching I imagine, not being able to be sick easily. Or take time off within school teaching times.

Apr. 11th, 2017 10:30 pm (UTC)
We actually get three personal days during the school year we can use, so there is some flexibility. We can't put them on the front or back of a big break though. Sick days suck because you have to write out everything you do in a day in detail, hope the sub can find the materials and that the kids don't eat them alive :)

I like a little excitement to keep things interesting!
Apr. 9th, 2017 03:32 pm (UTC)
I didn't read the part about the finger because I just can't. Oh I'm glad Pan is okay. That gave me flashbacks. My job is like that HVAC - summers suck. Winters, when they happen, can be tough too. I do like when it's hectic but still, it can actually be a nightmare. I can deal with hectic but this seasonal hell, not really something I want to deal with and I'm unable to take any time off during that time.
Apr. 10th, 2017 05:20 am (UTC)
Oh Sorry. I forget sometimes when I get carried away writing.

I imagine your workplace would be very seasonal! I sort of like the hecticness too, and then proceed to hate it 5 days later ;) Not being able to take time off is the worst
Apr. 9th, 2017 05:03 pm (UTC)
Yikes but glad you could help look for the finger. More happy that you didn't find anything and that the guy will recover.

I always liked school and teaching where you were really busy but then that ended got to have a break and buy new notebooks and pens and start fresh. Relentless jobs that just go on and on don't suit me as well but they are what they are. I'm glad I have seasons again (with seasonal outdoor chores) to give me that "structure" again.
Apr. 10th, 2017 05:24 am (UTC)
"buy new notebooks and pens" ahahahhahaha very good. There's some motivation right there ;)

Yes the structure is the interesting part, I think I'd miss that
Apr. 9th, 2017 11:14 pm (UTC)
Wow, with the gore! I'm glad the man will recover and that Pan wasn't really injured.
Apr. 11th, 2017 03:23 pm (UTC)
Here (at the same company for 30 years) I've had a lot of different jobs. I found that "spikes" in activity like a special project or a HELL STORM is kinda fun for me as it gets my blood pumping and I feel really motivated. For years I had that job with "that boss" that was a lot of "busy work" but never exciting at all. I did it, it was ok... but yeah... zzzzzzz.... I think little spikes of exciting is best. Don't want to give myself a heart attack!
Apr. 16th, 2017 06:18 am (UTC)
My job has peaks and valleys of work load which I love and hate. It is nice to have a lull after you have been very busy for a while, but I hate when the lull lasts too long. I think I'd rather have a more constant work load but who knows, maybe I would get bored.

I think have a severed finger would be better than a finger mutilated beyond recognition. Yikes. I hope they were able to fix him up a bit.
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