Second day in Naples, well, more like second field day in Naples. It was a short day , quote and quote, we only had a few small readings to do. One of them I was asked by The expert, and old-man that has been doing this for years and that I am fortunate to have the chance to have met and learn a thing or two from before he retires on April 2020, to go ahead and do the reading. He said, “Gaby I have been doing this since forever. Why don’t you go ahead and point out what do you see different?”. To which I asked. “Is this a test?” In tone of a joke of course, then he said. “Nope, not a test, we are training you. Go on ahead and if you miss anything, we’ll stop you”. Of course I freaked out inside of me a little (😅). It’s kinda weird when you get put on the spot like that. And of course, I have never done this before, so I wasn’t too afraid to ask as many questions, especially to someone that has so much knowledge.
Anyway, I go on and start reading the plot, looking for subtle differences in the plants 🌱, along with my clicker to keep count of how many I saw. Every time I saw one that I wasn’t sure I’ll point it out and he would tell me whether it was what we were looking for or no. The ones I pointed out that I was sure of them still confirmed with him and I was pretty accurate in my assessment. According to him I didn’t miss one and like I’ve said, the ones that I wasn’t a hundred percent sure we both looked at them just in case.
Then after that the site was having done kind of a field day for other people, business kind of people. I got to meet more people from the company that are usually in different parts of the country and only interact by email. Learned about why they do and how my work and the data I provide affects theirs. Very awesome stuff.
This has been an amazing experience, again, it puts in a different perspective to everything I do from the computer with the data I am provided with. The challenges and complexity of field grow-outs, and the complexity of the vegetables business.
And so, the Naples trip is a wrap. Tomorrow I head back to the 208’s (Idaho). Good I kinda miss my family.
(Side note: At one point during one of our readings, we were looking at some squash plants — zucchini squash. So they [the fruit] are supposed to be yellow, so off types they’d have some green when they aren’t supposed to, like they were starting to turn green. To which I said, “HULK SQUASH” and they didn’t get it (🤦🏻♂️). Sad — a wasted joke (😅).
wonder if this would pass app review
It made me el-oh-el 😅
Instead of spending my money wisely, in healing potions and items that could be useful, I spend it all on clothing and accessories. 😩 hashtag: Pokémon Shield.
So today was my third field reading, but first time in Florida, Naples. A very different game from the reading in Yuma, Az. Was much more humid and hot, it got really hot really quick. I mean mid 80’s is not that big of a deal but with the humidity added, it becomes an issue 😅.
We didn’t get to finish the whole trial today so we will be back tomorrow to finish it off.
Still it was a great learning experience. I got to meet more people of influence from the company. It’s always good to meet and connect with people, you never know where you’ll end up. Also it’s nice to see the faces of the people you might email bad news to (😅).
I haven’t been to an Outback restaurant in years! Until today. If I die tonight, it will be out of a heart attack from that massive steak 🥩! Couldn’t even finished the veggies (😅).
Is it possible that the reception here in Naples it’s so bad that I barely been having good internet connection even when I have LTE and at least 3 signal bars? And this my phone it’s already pretty much dead.
This Anime TV show it’s pretty intense! So good!
Name: Hop Gun
Style: American IPA
Brewer: Funky Buddha Brewery - Oakland Park, Florida
Notes: If you’re looking for hops, we’ve got your tail. Hop Gun IPA delivers a payload of good ol’ American hops straight to your palate, bursting forth with the flavors of grapefruit and pineapple. A careful dose of smooth caramel malts swoop in to balance out the finish — just like any good wingman should.
Name: Heavy is The Head
Style: Imperial Brown Ale
Brewer: Motorworks Brewing - Bradenton, Florida
Notes: aged in bourbon barrels. Brewed with On Swann and aged in bourbon barrels, this regal Imperial Brown Ale is laden with smooth Flavia and aromas redolent of chocolate-covered cherries and dark, dried fruit, alongside light, silky notes of coffee.
Name: Heavy Weather Hazy IPA
Style: Indian Pale Ale
Brewer: Late Start Brewing - Tampa, FL
Notes: simply delicious.
Name: Hop Dang Diggity
Style: Indian Pale Ale
Brewer: Jerkyll Brewing - Alpharetta, GA
Notes: piney 🌲
Style: American Imperial IPA
Brewer: Georgetown Brewing Company - Seattle, WA
Notes: Medwards says “If you force fed a watermelon a steady diet of mandarin oranges and pineapples and then dropped said watermelon into a wood chipper, the resulting aromas and flavors that came out the business end of the wood chipper would be the best was to describe the new DIPA. As much as i dislike the term ‘juicy’ this DIPA is very much juicy and has very little bitterness for the style.” - Strait from the brewer’s mouth.
Name: Oatmeal Stout
Style: English Oatmeal Stout
Brewer: Four Peaks Brewing Company - Arizona
Notes: Beer before 9:00am it’s something I don’t topically do, but I had a three hour layover and the brewery happened to have a restaurant right by my gate. Plus it’s says it’s an Oatmeal, counts as breakfast. On Nitro, it’s very creamy and vanillay 😁
Even by my standards, I think 8:20am it’s too early for a beer. However , there’s an oatmeal stout on the menu. That totally counts as breakfast 🍳 🍺! Am I right or am I right? 😅
Visited California for the first time ever, for two minutes and then we where back in Yuma Arizona.
Saw the Mexican/US border.
Lots of broccoli 🥦 and cauliflowers and counted 400 celery plants
Drove by a hemp field.
Learned that 90% of all produce we consume today, are hybrids. Thus, by definition pretty much everything we eat, produce wise, it’s considered GMO.
Saw a guy wearing a MAGA hat, for the first time in a Mexican restaurant of all places.
Because I have been eating Mexican food for two days in a row. I thought it was appropriate to do one hour on the elliptical.
Went to the most random place for dinner I ever been, I’m a fan!
Now, some pics!
Name: Hop Knot
Style: India Pale Ale
Brewer: Four Peaks Brewing Co. - Tempe, AZ
Notes: Smooth, a little piney, some bitterness but not too much.
Today was a field day out here in Yuma AZ, visiting a spinach field grow-out.
It was fun. Definitely a learning experience. The only thing was, all I got was, “here’s a pen, two flags and measuring tape, go”. No other explanation on what I was supposed to look for or anything. Just GO! 😅
Name: Kilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale
Style: Scottish Ale
Brewer: Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery - Arizona
Notes: It’s a full-bodied ale with pronounced flavors of caramel and roasted barley, malty sweetness and a hint of smokiness.