Reindeer

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. ” – Norwegian saying borrowed by Minnesotans

I have a few more months in technical school before I graduate, and like most college students, I could use some bucks.

One of the few women in Automation invited me to join her “handling” reindeer from a local farm over the holidays. It sounds like a perfect part-time job for me…if the weather was a bit warmer!

Following on the heels of my summer internship in Texas, this does seem like quite a juxtaposition as well as the ultimate embrace of MN life for this former CT yankee.

Reindeer have hollow hairs that fill up with warmth and keep them toasty while humans have fleece, wool and down all purchased at quite a cost in the attempt to stay warm. Tomorrow is my first day. I bit the bullet and bought new Sorel boots with wool inserts as  I was instructed by a number of native Minnesotans.

This involved my first trip to Fleet Farm where I also investigated heated insoles. Fleet Farm is the big box equivalent to Cabela’s. Huge, well-lit, without the displays and  selection of Cabela’s, it offers more mid-to low-end options. I only found one re-chargeable boot insert and most of the boxes had been opened and the re-chargeable battery removed, so I only purchased the boots. I have opted for the disposable hand and foot warmers at this point, hoping for warmer weekends, since that is when I am available to work.

Snow is predicted for this weekend. Both days. Did I mention this is Minnesota?

I lucked out and found used Carhartt bibs on-line at Postmark

Layers are key, as I have been told. My base layers and socks are Smartwool  which I love because there is NO itch involved. They are a tad “spendy” as the natives say, but I think worth it.Screen Shot 2018-11-30 at 7.35.24 PM

I am feeling prepared.

By Catstrav

Reindeer handler. NDT tech. Mother of four. Aspiring astronaut.