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sunshine & unicorns: a blog about love, learning, and life in the upper midwest

12 November 2009

dead leaves and the dirty ground

Around here we have a season that coincides with the seasonal limbo that is fall/winter. It's called beet season and what it amounts to is the harvest and transport of millions of little* sugar beets. Farm trucks and semis drive in to the fields, get loaded up, and haul the beets to piling stations and the sugar plants themselves.

Beets are a big deal around here. We've got a hardy handful of American Crystal Sugar factories in our region - two that I can think of within 30 miles of us. A lot of people pick up second jobs during beet season. I've heard that you can make $150 a day or more if you're willing and able to put in the hours to drive one of these trucks. [Sidenote: a local radio station airs a show/theme called 'beet off' during beet season, *snicker*.]

Anyway like I said, the trucks drive in and out of the fields and on to the roads. They bring a lot of mud with them, to the point that there are signs posted near the sugar factories, piling stations and high-traffic fields warning people of slippery driving conditions.

Slippery indeed.

they gon' catch me ridin' dirty

It looks like I haven't washed my car in... well, ever. But actually all of this dirt was accumulated in about a 20 mile drive on Sunday evening, after we'd had a light rain.

Some say this is why you don't buy a white car in this part of the country. But really, is this kind of thing good for any color? I like to think that anyone who says white cars are the hardest to keep clean has obviously never owned a black car. And besides, when your car gets this dirty, it's kind of fun to watch people stare. "Was that girl out doing donuts in a field in that Honda or what?" (Except around here, we don't say "doing donuts." We say "whipping shitties.")


Actually, one beet can weigh several pounds - they're pretty large and in charge. You just pray one doesn't roll off an overloaded truck as you pass it - this has happened to Pink Hubby before, and luckily the only consequence was a shattered windshield.