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    08-14-2013, 09:56 PM
  #51
Trained
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Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
There are always exceptions, like GH who seems to think that I have to bow down in awe for providing food for me.
I find that exceptionally rude, I certainly don't expect you to bow down, but us farmers and others who do dirty and needed jobs aren't scared of a bit of dirt, and I don't need you to look down on me because I am not sparkly clean every time I get a chance to run into a store.
     
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    08-14-2013, 10:05 PM
  #52
Trained
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Originally Posted by demonwolfmoon    
bsms, you're in AZ, do you not sweat?...
Well, this may be more information than anyone wants to know, but...my legs don't sweat. I can run in 100+ deg weather, and at the end my T-shirt will look like I pulled it out of a swimming pool, but my legs will be dry.

My mare sweats under the saddle blanket, but I've almost never worked her hard enough to get her sides dripping sweat. I'm a recreational rider, and I ride purely for fun. In truth, although I guess it sounds weird, I often ride because I enjoy spending an hour with Mia. Heck, I just walked her around the block on a lead line because it is about to storm, I wouldn't trust her riding, and she needs to get out when all the trees are waiving their arms and yelling at her. But I often ride because she helps me relax. She enjoys getting out, she enjoys short canters and doesn't mind trotting around, but I rarely push her to 'soaked with sweat from stem to stern' status. That would make it unfun for her, and thus unfun for me. Guess we're both a bit lazy...
     
    08-14-2013, 10:22 PM
  #53
Trained
I tried to multi-quote, but it didn't work. So, quoting from you, GH:

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No, because if I don't haul my dirty grubby hard working butt straight from the combine, to the truck, to the parts store, to the grocery store and back to the field, guess what, the food that is in your grocery store would not be there.
See, to me THAT was rude. There are lots of different jobs that require lots of different attire, but that doesn't mean that your job is any more special than my job, or anyone else's. So, I should respect your job, but you shouldn't respect me? It's OK for you to be rude to me at the grocery store because of what you do? Does that mean that it's not acceptable for an oilrig worker to go from work to the grocery store because (s)he isn't providing food? Guess what? I'm your customer. Can you survive without your customers? Respect goes all the way around.

I'm not saying you have to be polished, buffed and steam-cleaned; just reasonably presented and clean. Do you wash your hands and face before you go grocery shopping? Do you stamp the muck off your boots before? Maybe slap the dust off your shirt if it's bad? Small things; maybe you do them without even thinking about it.

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but us farmers and others who do dirty and needed jobs aren't scared of a bit of dirt, and I don't need you to look down on me because I am not sparkly clean every time I get a chance to run into a store
So your job is needed and people who do scientific research are wasting their time? A dirty job is needed, but a clean one isn't? Again, your job isn't any better than anyone else's. And asking someone to be respectful has nothing to do with "looking down" on someone. Being turned off by someone that is unclean is not about "looking down" or "being scared of dirt." I've done and do my share of getting covered in hay, dust, hair, poop, grease (both mechanical and restaurant dregs), oil, mud, clay, paint, fuel, etc. etc. but I would never go into an environment with food without cleaning up first.
     
    08-14-2013, 10:37 PM
  #54
Trained
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Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
I tried to multi-quote, but it didn't work. So, quoting from you, GH:



See, to me THAT was rude.
Why? It's true, if the farmers of the world do not get there job done in the small window that nature gives us, there will be no food, seems simple to me.

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Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
There are lots of different jobs that require lots of different attire, but that doesn't mean that your job is any more special than my job, or anyone else's. So, I should respect your job, but you shouldn't respect me? It's OK for you to be rude to me at the grocery store because of what you do? Does that mean that it's not acceptable for an oilrig worker to go from work to the grocery store because (s)he isn't providing food? Guess what? I'm your customer. Can you survive without your customers? Respect goes all the way around.
Why am I not respecting you? I am not being rude, I am just busy. LOL can I survive without customers, sadly we are on the edge of not surviving most of the time, because we supply big business who are our direct customers. Can my local grocery store survive without grubby dusty farmers and mucky ranchers calling in and buying their goods? NO it can't. I have already said that I stay away from high end stores, but hey, maybe Saskatchewan, being largely agricultural has a different view on farmers

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Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
I'm not saying you have to be polished, buffed and steam-cleaned; just reasonably presented and clean. Do you wash your hands and face before you go grocery shopping? Do you stamp the muck off your boots before? Maybe slap the dust off your shirt if it's bad? Small things; maybe you do them without even thinking about it.
I don't know I don't think about it, I just get going and do what I need to do and get back, my appearance simply does not cross my mind.

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but us farmers and others who do dirty and needed jobs aren't scared of a bit of dirt, and I don't need you to look down on me because I am not sparkly clean every time I get a chance to run into a store
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So your job is needed and people who do scientific research are wasting their time? A dirty job is needed, but a clean one isn't? Again, your job isn't any better than anyone else's. And asking someone to be respectful has nothing to do with "looking down" on someone. Being turned off by someone that is unclean is not about "looking down" or "being scared of dirt." I've done and do my share of getting covered in hay, dust, hair, poop, grease (both mechanical and restaurant dregs), oil, mud, clay, paint, fuel, etc. etc. but I would never go into an environment with food without cleaning up first.
That's your opinion not mine, I just asked that you don't look down on me as I struggle to put food on your table, I never said that there is anything better about a dirty or a clean job, just trying to get you to understand.
     
    08-14-2013, 11:01 PM
  #55
Started
I won't go anywhere 'nice' without changing, but the diner on the corner, the coffee shop and the feed store are all fair game. I we go on a long conditioning ride, my pants generally get soaked with horse sweat from about mid-calf down (I don't have half chaps) and get pretty rank if I were to let them sit for a day to two. With a short training ride, a leisurely ride with friends or just barn chores I seldom get more than dust and some horse hair on me or my pants though, so I could wear them for days like bsms. I don't really think horses stink to start with though, so maybe I just have a poor nose for it.
     
    08-14-2013, 11:56 PM
  #56
Green Broke
I don't think that GH meant that anyone had to bow down to her because of what she does and especially anyone here on the HF.
There are way too many people that do not realize that only 10% of the population that is farmers and ranchers provide food for the world. A lot of folks seem to think it magically appears in the stores conveniently wrapped.
     
    08-14-2013, 11:58 PM
  #57
Showing
LOL, where I live, we drive about 25 miles one way to get to where our cattle are. They are a few miles north of a whole other town from where I live. We often leave in the morning, stop to gas up and get some breakfast on the way, and we are usually heading home by about 5-6 pm.

On the way back home, we stop in Shattuck to get something to eat either at one of the restaurants in town or the Sonic or Pizza Hut. Seeing as how I've spent the whole day working 25+ miles from my home and I'm still 20 miles from my house and the shower/change of clothes, you can bet your butt that I'm going wherever the heck I want to in my dirty grimy clothes.

If we go somewhere inside to sit and eat, I'll at least go to the bathroom and wash my hands/rinse the sweat off my face, but other than that...well, I am what I am.

I'm not about to carry an extra set of clothes to change into and dirty 2 sets of clothes for the day. I don't feel any shame in smelling like I did a full day's work...after doing a full day's work.

As for the grocery store, yep, I've picked out fruit with my sweaty dirty hand because our grocery stores don't have bathrooms to "wash up in" before I do my shopping. Folks should be washing their fruit anyway before they eat it and if they aren't? Well, like FnB said, my little bit of sweat and dirt should be the very least of your worries.

I understand that some folks may not like that I don't smell great at the end of the day, that's fine, they don't have to smell me. I don't like folks that bathe in perfume or folks that fail to bathe more than once a month. If I run into one of them, I don't fly off the handle about "ZOMG, you smell horrible, you should be more considerate of other people's noses", I simply move to where I can't smell them anymore.

No big deal....to me, at least.
     
    08-15-2013, 02:02 AM
  #58
Super Moderator
I think it is up to each individual.

If I were going into town to shop in my (Fox) Hunting attire, I would probably be wearing clothes that cost, together, well over $3,000.

Time is a factor. An example.
I was busy lambing in 2001. Due to the outbreak of Foot and Mouth, a shepherd who grazed ewes with me all winter, was unable to move them off the land. This meant I was lambing 800+ ewes instead of 200. I never had room to bring them all in.
After a long night, dozing on bales, the weather turned really nasty with driving sleet and rain. Nothing better for killing lambs as they enter the world.
Realising that we could be cut off with snow drifts, I went to the local store. I never bothered to change. I was covered in hay and straw, smelt of sheep, and looked like a down and out. Did I care, did I heck.
I raced around doing my shop. Laden with three or four bags, I was struggling to get out the store when the new born lamb I had picked up in the field and had stuffed up my sweater for warmth, had decided to live. He was struggling around and, before I could get out the store, peed, which gave the appearance I had done it!

The security guard asked if I was all right, I dumped my bags and rearranged the lamb so his head was peering out of my sweater and absolutely nothing was said other than a few oohs and ahhs from folk around.

Needs is as needs must. I do not care what others think or say about me. If they are talking about me they are leaving someone else alone. My money is as good as someone who is clean and smart.

As for germs, half the problem with the sicknesses of today is that the educated world is far to sterile, we need bugs and germs for a healthy immune system.
     
    08-15-2013, 02:13 AM
  #59
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
As for germs, half the problem with the sicknesses of today is that the educated world is far to sterile, we need bugs and germs for a healthy immune system.
Could not agree more with this!
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    08-15-2013, 02:41 AM
  #60
Weanling
Personally, 90% of the time I can't be bothered to go home and change my clothing if I've been at the barn, if for quick errands. Especially since the store is down the highway from my barn. However if I'm going somewhere that is posh, I'll change. But most of the girls my age (mid teenagers) wont be caught dead in their riding gear. Or maybe just the ones at my old lesson stables. I stopped getting looks a long time ago :) I sometimes doubt people would recognise me without my breeches and boots
     

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