I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 12:47 AM GMT on January 14, 2013
Filled up the Tahoe a few days ago and it was close to a hundred bucks. Looked at the pump and it said $4.75 a gallon. Felt like I was already paying to repair Kulluk...
The Deadliest catch helicopter (that one with the big camera hanging off its nose) was flying all around a few days ago. I knew those boats had to be nearby. I checked MarineTracker and saw a few on the screen. Northwestern, Time Bandit, Wizard, Ramblin’ Rose to name a few. Probably a new boat or two this year.
Yesterday that helicopter was buzzing around low at the new small boat harbor outside my window.
I could see Northwetsern docked there, and I am sure several others were there too just out of sight.
EARLY this morning, still very dark, the copter was flying very low between the local hills. Seemed a bit dangerous to me.
Then this afternoon I looked to my right out my other window and saw several crab boats way out in the bay near Hog Island. There was at least one small tug out there, I assume the copter was nearby.
The boats were certainly not fishing, but just posing for the cameras. At one point they seemed to be following each other in a tight circle. I assume there are some actual real time unstaged stuff they film too. “Cue the crabs!”
Besides our office lady we only have 2 warehouse guys right now along with myself. If someone takes a day off, it is very tight. Or if someone gets sick, like my #1 guy did this week. Flu. He missed 3 days. During that same time my office lady had to take her kid to Anchorage for minor surgery. One of those days we had a huge order to fill. My one warehouse guy kicked ass and we took care of business.
It was only two of us on Friday, our VESSEL DAY. Mid morning was calm, but when the first freight showed up an hour later it started snowing hard, big wet flakes. Then the blowing. Soon the dock was covered with 4 or 5 inches of wet snow. Our forklifts do not have special tires for snow conditions. Normally we try to plow the dock with a small plow attached to the fork lift. But we did not have the manpower.
My one guy made some deliveries of what just arrived, so it was Lonesome Joe manning the dock. A few small trucks came in with odds and ends that were not part of the full trailers. So I was on the forklift in 5 inches of virgin snow unloading a few fairly big crates. Slip Slidin’ Away. It was fun. I wish I was able to do it more.
That was two days ago. Temps in the low 40s and heavy rain have pretty well melted all that snow.
Yesterday I picked up a hitch hiker (standard procedure around here). He said he came to town trying to get a job on a boat. Coming to Dutch with no job yet is quite a gamble, at least he had arranged for a place to stay. But he wondered out loud if he was too old. When I asked him he said he was 40 years old. That is pretty ANCIENT to do the physical labor required on most of these jobs. Most of his co-workers will be half his age.
I dropped him off and wished him good luck. He will need it.
Some good NFL games today. EVERYONE loves football!
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