Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Melon Buses and Doctors

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Off work today for a Dr.'s appointment. Typical male, I tend to get injured, not sick, so I put off those regular visits you are supposed to make. This time the queen made an appointment for me so I'm off to the Doc. Grrrrr!

So, here's a little post while I go get poked and prodded...
Grrrrrrrrrr!

This is another dirt road find. An idle melon bus. Later this spring this open air bus will be loaded alternately with field hands and melons. Farmers in this area plant melons early, trying to get those first of the season high prices before northern states like Georgia and Alabama harvest their melons.

I call it the "I should have stayed in school bus".

10 comments:

Hick said...

Oh how I wish I had seen this in my area...it is a real Hick pic. Ha! Although, I must say that it's good recyling...Heh!

pablo said...

But let us not forget that there is dignity and worth (and a lot of value) in the manual labor the field hands provide.

What kind of melons? I was surprised to learn that I can grow cantaloupes here in Kansas City, and Muscatine, Iowa is famous for its melon crops!

pablo said...

I once asked my doctor why he told me to turn my head when I coughed. He said it was so I wouldn't cough directly on him. Seems like a lot to ask, considering.

Rexroth's Daughter said...

Interesting looking bus. You and Pablo posted pics of vehicles in poses and conditions they are not known for. I like the synchronicity of that.

Hope things went well at the doc. I'm putting my visit off too. Went to the eye doctor though, and had to wear those very hip and cool faux sunglasses afterwards. We're talking tres chic.

Floridacracker said...

Hick,
I'm sure if you look, you will find the equivalent.

Pablo,
If you read my meme, you'll see I spent some time in the farm hand field. I worked with migrant workers for all my teen summers. There is little dignity when you are trapped in a back breaking job that makes you old before your time. They had never had a chance for an education because they started working young...much younger than me when I started the summer of my 8th grade year. My saving grace was that I had roots and parents who valued education. The migrant field worker is a "piece worker", the more you bring in, the more you make. So you put the whole family to work. If you are a migrant child, your preschool education is in the field, even the smallest child can weed, carry, etc. When you get older and the law requires your parents to send you to school, you go, but only until you move with the harvest seasons.
From a distance it looks dignified, up close it looks like slavery...or at least feudalism.


As for the melons, locally they are mostly watermelons and cantalopes. It's a big gamble to be first on the market. Last year, due to weather, Texas beat our guys and melons rotted in the field, not worth the $$ of harvest.

RD,
Oh I know what you mean. Those big dark glasses.
This visit wasn't too bad. They stuck me, froze me, and cut off a little bit of me. Just loads of fun. At least the doctor was cute and perky.

roger said...

froze you? cut off a bit? sounds like that skin damage thing from the sun. same here. are we too white to survive? well, we've both passed on our genes, so we're kinda superfluous anyway. good luck with it. i might be due for a bit more freezing. don't ride in the topless bus, or jeep. don't go out in the sun. don't have any fun. bleah.

Hick said...

Perky doctors? That's scary.

I grew up in an area (where I live now) that had lots of migrant workers...mostly from Mexico...so I saw how they lived first hand. All I can say is..."What FC said" but without the mandatory education because these Mexican people were probably illegal and wouldn't be staying around long enough to send their kids to school.

vicki said...

Howell, MI is the cantelope melon capitol of the world- but we just have wagons, not these fancy convertible buses. The largest farm is about a mile from our cottage, Wit's End and when the melons come in we eat little else.

What did I miss? Somebody freezing and cutting? I'm here in Florida this morning with my ridiculous sun hat. After two slice and dice from basal cell, I take that sun stuff seriously. Anyway- reassure us that you're healthy and have a great day!

OldHorsetailSnake said...

They put seat belts on those melons?

Floridacracker said...

DPR,
I'm not out of genes :)

Hick,
Perky scary? You would prefer nattering nabobs of negativity? I want a perky happy one!

Vicki,
Slice and ice skin work. Paying the price for being part of the Coppertone generation. The fun part is you get to wait 8-10 days to find out if you are in trouble.

Old Hoss,
In a school bus, even the kids don't get seatbelts...go figure.