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  1. 3D printing is making large advances everyday. I will be much more knowledgeable in the comming months! My new job is with EVOLVE Additive Solutions. Check out our web site www.evolveadditive.com I am going to be working with the material development group, so will be getting better first hand info in what kinds of parts make the most sense
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    One Smart Pooch

    Don’t you know Dogs like to chase Deer. 😆 sorry could resist
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    My helper this afternoon

    Iowaboy Sounds familiar We has a GMC cabover with a little “bunk”, which was my spot. I looked all over for that truck, but never found it. I still have a thing for cabovers, it started with that GMC, and continued when Dad started driving full time. He had 2 KW K100’s. First one was a 69 with a DD 8v71, second one was 71 with a Cummins 901. Both had 13 speed road ranger tranny’s
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    My helper this afternoon

    You bet on the memory’s. Mom and Dad used to tell stories when I was not much older than Gray, I would ride with Dad all day, as long as he left the truck running I would stay asleep, as soon as it was off I would wake up and be in Dad’s way. He never said a word or got angry, he was a **** of a man
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    My helper this afternoon

    Got a call after lunch today, SIL asked if I could come up and load a couple of trucks. Tim said Grayson ( grandson number 1) wanted to help me. Got the 10 wheeler and stopped and picked Grayson up, he was chatting up a storm. Got that loaded and strapped down and went back to the barn for the drop deck. Half way back to the orchard Grayson was getting a little quite. Got step deck half loaded and noticed that Gray was sound asleep and snoring 😀. He is a great little guy, won’t be long before he will be loading the trucks. He can’t get enough, always want to be with dad or Gpa
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    Apple harvest - loaded and ready to roll

    Well, over 3 inches of rain in the last 3 days have only added to the mess. Took Friday off to take wife for a quick procedure at hospital. With rain processor wasn’t open today. Tim sent this picture of Mike pulling bins from a real bad spot. On a steep side hill, 4 wheel tractors were sliding down the hill into the trees, and ripping orchards to pieces. Mike went and got the mini and started pulling bins out with that. Tim grabed a pic, first time I have ever seen this done
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    Apple harvest - loaded and ready to roll

    I was able to get in and out of the truck a week ago Tomorrow. We have been going for all we can, but weather has been WET. Tim hauled soy beens Monday and Tuesday, so I was on my own. Rain slowed pickers so I could keep up. Orchards are a mess, loading areas MUD. Down to only one fork lift that can get around. Tim followed me around this morning getting partial loads from a few areas. This is one of the better loading areas.
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    Apple harvest - loaded and ready to roll

    Yes that is “typical”. Thus was one of the further away loading areas, about 7 to 10 miles away from the processor, all back roads. Legally each should be strapped. Believe me when I say we use more straps than most. There is one farm, running 4 tractor trailers, who only straps the last set of bins. Once in a while we will have to travel to Cahoons, 20 miles or traveling on 104, everything gets strapped.
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    Apple harvest - loaded and ready to roll

    Well got out today, drove to the yard where the trucks are at. Walked from pickup to 10 wheeler about 200 feet, climbed in, worked clutch, walked back to pickup. By the time I got home, foot looked like sausage ready to pop open. I think I will have wait a few more days yet. Tim has been keeping up with the rain we have had, they also hired a few loads moved. Told Mike, I was sorry for not being there this week, plan on being there Monday somehow! Driving my self nuts not being mobile🤬
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    Family dodged one today

    Thanks for the heads up Martin ( sorry about the pun). Chelsea has been our accident prone child. I think no matter how old she get we will worry. She did get mri this time, she has had 3 concussion 2 from playing soccer, and one from an accident when she was 3. We were and continue to be worried, she still has a knot on her head, she is watching it closely.
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    Family dodged one today

    Another month has gone by, and I have accepted a new job ! I got an offer last week, which was ok, it would pay the bills, but that was all, needed a second job to go with it. Asked for an extention to talk with financial planner, looking at options. Got a call from my old lab head when I was working in R&D at kodak. He is a VP for a start up company who I reached out to when I was notified I lost my job. Interviewed with him Friday, interviewed with VP engineering yesterday. I got offer letter in the afternoon 👍. Very nice offer, will have to travel some initally, but should be home most if the time after the first quarter next year. I can’t thank my wife and kids enough, they have been my rock this past month. Start date is set for 12/3, so it is a nice christmass present.
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    Apple harvest - loaded and ready to roll

    Not sure of the mast make, but the mount is farmer made. Mike rents 1 rough duty forklift, has this one, and has a small unit with air tires which can be used on hard gravel surface. Once it starts to rain, that one is a no go. He has 3 narrow JD tractors with front masts and rear fors that are used to pull bins from the orchards. Have to be real careful loading with those as tractor is only a little wider than a bin. We have had to do that a few times in a couple of loading areas
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    Apple harvest - loaded and ready to roll

    I had a set back yesterday. All trucks loaded and ready to go for the morning. I was helping my youngest daughter get a gun safe for her husband yesterday, I put left foot on bumper to get in the back of my pickup, and as I stepped up, my ankle had a shooting pain and a loud pop. I could put any weight on it. Iced it, but had to go to urgent care. Nothing broken, they are calling it a bad sprain, but my daughter who is an OT thinks it is more. Still no go this morning. I feel terrible for Tim, no way for him to keep up. Even if I could get in truck, dont think I could hold clutch in. Only hope that I can get around by end of week
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    Apple harvest - loaded and ready to roll

    Lots of guys here work hard to make it. SIL, stepdad, and one other guy work about 250 apples, 600 soybeans, 800 corn about 600 to 1000 beef cattle. These guys never stop. They have 3 or 4 part time guys that can help out, but those 3 are the only full time guys
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    Apple harvest - loaded and ready to roll

    Everything is picked by hand. All apples go through inspection, looking for brusing, size ( money deducted for too big and too small), animal damage, internal red and a host of other issues. Tim gets the pickers through an agency who handles the government paperwork. This year they are all from mexico. The tractor drivers are good guys, and I believe one ar two of them have their own farms in Mexico. Weight depends on the variety, some of the early apples are light, and go across scale just over 79000. I have been hauling Romes this week, and last load across was 82314. It had been raining some boxes were a little wet so that adds a little as well. Truck tare weight is 30300. Trucks are given a tag at start of season with their weight, and that is used all season, it averages out over all the trips. This truck has a CAT C10, not turned up and you have to get after it, some the places we have to travel. Their farms are in an area which has lots of Drumlins, short but very steep hils, you get lots of shifting practice 😮. So far only missed once but never caught it, and had to stop, and crawl my way over the top, good thing no one was around, I’m sure I was beet red.