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  • Okeden
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    Thanks Chris. No not finished yet. Probably another two weeks to go. Have to go west another 100 k yet. As for temperatures, have a look at the attached picture. Yes that says 51 C or 122 F. And that's in our donga. And believe it or not, yes I am drinking more water than beer. Never thought I would ever say that. Okay, I've tried to load the pic but it's not having any of it. Says it's too big. Cheers

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  • Chris
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    Thanks for the update Bill, hoping you've knocked the job over already and are heading back to air conditioned civilization! I just checked the forecast for the area and it's a week of over 40 degrees ahead! 45 & windy tomorrow (Tuesday)! Take care mate and as my mum would say - drink lots of water!

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  • Okeden
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    G'day Scrappies. Coming to you from Quilpie Dump once again, Thought you might like an update on how we are doing. Been here 6 weeks and finally we have almost finished. My mountain of white goods is now finished and ol'e mate is just cleaning up. A couple of pics to show the difference, Pic one is the end product of the white goods, which I found out today hasn't been cleared for about ten years, so that ground you see hasn't seen the light of day for ten years. We've tried to work it out but reckon there would have been about 400 units. That's one hell of a lot. Second pic is the remains of mates pile of steel. He's already taken two loads to Brisbane. Now off to Eromanga in a couple of days to do it agai6n. Only half as much we believe, Anyway, we have to be home by Christmas or we will be divorced. Cheers all.
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  • Okeden
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    ICR, mate after 74 years, and 7 in the Army, you will sleep anywhere, which I have. Back seat of my ute is quite comfortable actually. Worst place from memory was sleeping under the barrel of my 105mm howitzer in the Army, that's an Artillery gun by the way. It was pissing rain and the only dry part of me was my head and chest, everything else was saturated. But sleep I did. It's all just life's experiences ol' mate. Old boots? Well maybe. Cheers Bill

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  • Inner City Recycler
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    Bill.
    I could handle the work but I need a bed at night. You must be as tough as old boots.

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  • Okeden
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    Actually Chris, I've got three cardigans with me. And believe it or not, when we got here early last month, I actually wore them, not for long but a little at night before bed and then in the morning. But now they just make up some padding in my bed.

    In the last hour we have had a bloody cyclone, or seems like it, and a dust storm. Starting to settle down a bit now. At least the internet is working again. Haven't seen any snakes but seen their slithery tracks along with goanna tracks that are chasing them. Thought I might have found some in the white goods dump, but nothing. I'm happy about that because I don't have my gun with me.

    No my mate doesn't have A/C in the crusher, just opens the windows. Reckons that is pretty good. BUT, he has an Ice Pack in his truck. That's like a mini A/C for the sleeper cab. So he's comfortable. I just sleep in the back seat of my ute with the back windows open a bit. A bit squeezy but once my head hits the pillow I don't feel a thing.

    Next trip I will have a truck. Just a 5 tonne body truck to give me more capacity. It's not A/C'd but I can sleep across the front seats at full stretch, 6 ft. It's also got insect screens for the windows so you can them wide open.

    Feels a bit like being back in the army. Sleep wherever you can. Also eating a lot of tin food but ole mate has taken over the cooking because he reckons my meals are boring. I don't mind actually, he's a bloody good cook.

    Cheers
    Bill

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  • Chris
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    Hahaha, nice "cloud" joke mate!! 🤣🤣🤣
    39 degree cool change! Gee, hope you took a jacket!
    You are certainly earning your money Bill - good luck to you! 👍👍
    Any snakes up there, or is it too hot for them? I'm guessing your mate has an air conditioned cab on his crushing machine?

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  • Okeden
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    You're right there Chris, still not a cloud. 42 yesterday, 43 today, and a cool change tomorrow - 39 degrees. So I've had the day off today and done some accounting work. Trouble was I was trying to connect via the cloud, but there aren't any. LOL. Actually the internet was bloody terrible this morning but it was apparently the local Telstra tower. It came good after mucking around for nearly an hour trying to get a stable connection. Hate Telstra but it's the only go to out here. Ah well, lots of fun. Cheers Bill

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  • Chris
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    ..and not a cloud in the sky! Thanks for the pics Bill - better you than me, I'm thinking!!

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  • Okeden
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    G'day scrappies. Thought i would give you an update on our job out here at Quilpie in Western Qld. You would have seen the pile of white goods I was faced with, well here are some pics of what is left. The second pic is what I will clean up tomorrow and the first pic I will clean up on Sunday and Monday. The rest of the pics show what I have processed while out here. Bloody hot I can tell you. Cheers
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  • Okeden
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    Yeah great country ICR but funny weather. Been here a month now and have had 39 degree days, gale force winds, warm nights, cold nights, but no rain. But I do love it out here.

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  • Inner City Recycler
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    Looks like nice country in that "dry as a dogs donger" kind of way. I loved the 2 years the firm had me out travelling.

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