Starting Work and Having Fun

Trip Start Jun 25, 2007
Trip End Aug 23, 2007

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Alright so it's been a while since I've given any real updates.  Sierra and I left Edmonton after dropping Regan off at the bus station and Aden off where he'd be meeting his crew for his job in Bonnieville.  We drove the 4.5 hours to Fort McMurray and got there in the evening of the 3rd.  After briefs stops at security and the housing office, we were able to get 'checked-in' to our rooms.  We share a bathroom so we basically have one giant room.  

Aden and Paul started work on Tuesday and Sierra and I started on Wednesday.  We began with orientation for the morning then we got coveralls and our foreman Eric (Eric Foreman?!) drove us to the job site and gave us a tour and our PPE (Personal Protection Equipment).  He told us what we'd be doing and showed us where we'd be working.  Our crew is in Coker Alley which is probably one of the dirtiest places to work in the plant.  At the end of the day you're covered in Coke Dust.  

Sierra and I have been firewatching (basically standing around watching other people work making sure that no sparks catch anything on fire) and lathing (attaching metal cages onto steel beams before pyrocreet and cement is put over top).  We should be doing more interesting stuff soon but for now, this is ok.  We're having a great time and meeting a lot of new people.  Since we're some of the only girls actually working down in the plant, and we're living with all men, everyone wants to talk to us.  It's pretty funny actually, but we've made a few aquaintances here and there.  

After 8 days of work Sierra and I are ready for a break.  Our shoes have become substantially dirtier and our feet have blistered and calloused.   

I've also sustained a few semi-serious injuries (a second degree burn, in the shape of a V, on my wrist and a bruise on my calf). 

It's time for our 4-day break which we'll be spending in Edmonton and maybe Calgary for the Stampede.  Overall, we're having a great time and really enjoying ourselves.  I hope to have more pictures for next time and I'll write again soon!
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