Was on stand-by this morning for 4000 pounds of birdseed

Photo is mine
Eugene, Oregon
January 20, 2017 11:55pm CST
Icy weather delayed birdseed deliveries to the store where I work part-time. So, with the thaw, came the seed. On Monday, we were closed tor MLK day, but seed, 4000 pounds in 20 pound bags, was coming, so I and a woman employee volunteered to come in, unload the pallets and stack the seed in the store. Again today, another load arrived. I got the call and went again to help two others with another 4000 pounds. The store is loaded to the max with seed now, but there is a sale on, so it will hopefully sell our fast before another delivery on Wednesday. I work a five hour shift on Sunday, so hope it will be Because the people I work for and with are so nice, I don't mind helping out like that on short notice. I do get paid of course, but it is an intense couple of hours with many bags of seed passing through my hands. I am careful with the lifting. I work a five hour shift on Sunday and hope it is a busy day.
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@much2say (40199)
• United States
21 Jan 17
Oh my! Sounds like that would be a workout on your arms . . . be careful with your back! Hope you have a busy Sunday!
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• Eugene, Oregon
21 Jan 17
It is quite a workout for an intense hour or so, then I had lunch and played ping pong for an hour.
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@much2say (40199)
• United States
22 Jan 17
@JamesHxstatic You've got a lot of energy
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• Eugene, Oregon
22 Jan 17
@much2say Yes, for an old guy (76) I do very well.
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@topffer (36106)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
21 Jan 17
I was intrigued by the title and was asking myself what you were doing with 4000 pounds of bird seeds. Even if the bags are not heavy, lifting a hundred is never good for the back. Take care of yourself.
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• Eugene, Oregon
21 Jan 17
About 200 bags passed through my hands yesterday and I am feeling good today. I do take care with my back since I did strain it the first week or so I worked there.
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@nomus24g (24913)
• India
21 Jan 17
some really good exercise, I guess :)
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• Eugene, Oregon
21 Jan 17
That it was, @NoMus
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@jstory07 (69923)
• Roseburg, Oregon
21 Jan 17
That is a lot of seed to unload.
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@MALUSE (43584)
• Uzbekistan
21 Jan 17
What a nice photo! I've put bird seed on our balcony but the silly birds haven't noticed it yet. Any idea what I can do?
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• Eugene, Oregon
22 Jan 17
Maybe tie a red ribbon to flutter in the wind and they will come see what is going on. Maybe buy a tube feeder for the seed too.
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@MALUSE (43584)
• Uzbekistan
22 Jan 17
@JamesHxstatic I'll try the ribbon thing. Thank you.
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• Pamplona, Spain
22 Jan 17
@JamesHxstatic Oh thanks that is a good idea. I had not thought of that one either a red ribbon too. Will try it although they do come to feed but I am trying to take a photo with the Robin in it.
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@LadyDuck (176498)
• Switzerland
21 Jan 17
Be careful lifting those bags, I bought two 20 pound bags last Friday, it is incredible how much those small things can eat.
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• Eugene, Oregon
21 Jan 17
I am pretty careful, using my arms and shoulders as much as possible. No sore muscles today.
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@LadyDuck (176498)
• Switzerland
21 Jan 17
@JamesHxstatic I am glad you have no sore muscles. I needed physiotherapy two years ago because I lifted a too heavy bag.
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• Eugene, Oregon
22 Jan 17
@LadyDuck You have to be cautious about lifting. I started out in grocery stores at 14, lifting bags full of 12 five pound bags or sugar and unloading trucks.
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• Pamplona, Spain
21 Jan 17
I love that photo, is that your Bird table for the birds? Be careful with your back and hope there is plenty of business too.
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• Eugene, Oregon
22 Jan 17
That is an old market scale my wife brought back from Turkey. I have several types of feeders.
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• Pamplona, Spain
22 Jan 17
@JamesHxstatic So original. I am luck to see one Bird feed here let alone all those. The Robin of always was here yesterday and he was so beautiful too and he was a bit far off singing away. I have learned to know its lovely Song.
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• Eugene, Oregon
22 Jan 17
@lovinangelsinstead21 Birds are fascinating and the more you see and hear the more you want to know.
@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
21 Jan 17
Wow, that is a lot of birdseed! I know the would really appreciate you working to get it all taken care of.
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• Eugene, Oregon
22 Jan 17
Yes, they do seem to do so.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Jan 17
@JamesHxstatic There is nothing like having a job where you are appreciated. It makes all the difference in the world.
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@reskyyandi (3689)
• Indonesia
21 Jan 17
really busy day. enjoy it anyway
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• Eugene, Oregon
22 Jan 17
I do actually. I like that I can work that hard and not feel any pain.
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• Indonesia
22 Jan 17
@JamesHxstatic That is great
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@teamfreak16 (41407)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
21 Jan 17
That's a lot of lifting. I'm guessing those bags aren't light.
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• Eugene, Oregon
22 Jan 17
Each is 20 pounds. We handle most one at a time but that is a lot of reps.
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• China
21 Jan 17
You are such a conscientious person that even take it upon yourself to work overtime.It is amazing the birdseed is in great demand.
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• Eugene, Oregon
21 Jan 17
Yes, Americans spend far more on pet food and on bird seed than they do feeding humans who need help.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jan 17
I am glad you are careful with the lifting. There are A LOT of birds in that feeder, aren't there?
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• Eugene, Oregon
21 Jan 17
Yes there are. It is an addicting habit and the birds do depend on it in bad weather. We have warmed up to the 50s now and they will soon be nesting.
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
21 Jan 17
Gosh I hope the bad weather goes soon. It's good to be busy but take care with the lifting.
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• Eugene, Oregon
21 Jan 17
It is a lot warmer now and the snow is gone, but people still feed the birds. I am careful, but it keeps me in good shape I think.
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@celticeagle (119864)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Jan 17
It is so nice to work for nice people. Hope you have a busy day tomorrow.
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