I was in the middle of loading the mixer with thirty, fifty pound bags of grass seed yesterday when it happened. I forgot to take the tag out of the partially used bag of seed and before I could grab it, the auger on the mill sucked it in.
David, (the other new guy) and myself had just been warned ten minutes before to be extra careful that no small pieces of string (from the top of the bags) fell into the mixer…because something like that could plug up the farmers grain drill while planting.. If that happened, then depending on the planter, he might have to manually unload a seeder full of grain.
Now there I was, dumping a chunk of paper, the size of my cell phone into the mixer….
I mentioned something to our foreman, a few minutes later when he checked on me. I was ready for a butt chewing, but it never came.
Later in the morning as we were transferring the seed into a holding bin, I spotted the tag, just as it headed up the grain leg elevator. 🙂
Fortunately for me, it was at end of the batch, and when I opened the access door, there it was…right on top.
What. A. Relief.
(I brought it home as a souvenir )
Today, Dave and I had to re bag three bags of seed. One of the machines we are both “learning” to use (I say that loosely) is a hand-held sewing machine. We use this beast to stitch the ends of the grain bags shut. You definitely wouldn’t want to have that sucker get a hold of your hand.
The first thing I thought of when I saw that machine was my grandmother Edna. She worked in a shirt factory back in the 1920’s….she ran the sewing machine right over her knuckle. They wanted to take her finger off, but she wouldn’t let them.
We were not setting any records this morning, when Dave did something I’d not seen before. (He’s also has a healthy fear of this machine.) 🙂
He got the sewing machine jammed, and it would not let go of the bag. On top of that, the bag got torn, which normally would be no big deal…but these were special bags. Stored, twenty feet in the air, accessible only with a fork lift.
I couldn’t wait until our foreman came back! (Not)
Well, after waiting on a customer, he finally came back…luckily by that time, I had figured out how to at least get it off the bag.
As he came over to check on us, he asked how things were going…
“You’re not going to be happy,” I said. “We had a problem with the sewing machine, and are going to need another bag…”
Seed tag I fished out of the mixer.
Here are some other bloopers from my life I could tell you about…
The time I poured a sidewalk in the wrong place.
Why we installed (3) different tubs in our B and B in one year before finally getting it right.
The time I demolished my dad’s oats seeder with the disk, just after he got it back from the machine shop. I can still see him looking at that spoke wheel now in the shape of a pretzel…to his credit, he just stood there and shook his head…
The numerous times I have had things fall off my truck in the middle of traffic. (Including a skid-loader right in front of the police station.)
Tell me about some of the blunders you’ve made over the years. 🙂
I won’t tell anyone.