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An Unscientific Driveway Poll

Rig Move!

The oil drilling rigs never shut down unless they are moving location. Ditto for some of the tank trucks. When a driver gets to the end of his shift, some of them swap out here at our place. Such was the case yesterday when a young driver pulled over in a wide spot below the RV and shut his Freightliner off. Tuco the Dog and I were enjoying a really nice morning sitting outside and we walked over to investigate. I learned a long time ago that truck drivers like to talk.

 

This kid was no exception, he said the shuttle van with his relief driver was due in about 20 minutes. Gave me the opportunity to quiz him at length about just exactly how a water truck operates. One of the questions I asked toward the end of the conversation was “Who has the best job in the oil field?”

Miss K earning the big bucks.

He was quick to reply ” You do. ” Hmmmph! I was taken aback for a minute. “Why do you say that?” He said “Oh, we talk about it all the time on the radio. You have your wife and your dog right here with you, we see you watching TV in the evening and running that smoker on the weekends. Y’all seem like you are happy and enjoying yourselves.”

 

True enough. I guess a positive spirit transfers that energy to other people in some fashion. I do know that the longer we are at this gate, the easier and more enjoyable the job becomes. People respond in kind, folks. A kind word, a wave and a smile, a respectful approach are all returned in spades. Miss K and I discussed my encounter later in the day — my Bro has just been working intermittently over at the old job north of McKinney,TX due to a wet spring. Both of us agreed it would have been slim pickings had we held on over there. It was also agreed that this oil field gate guard position works well for both of us –at least near term.

Still yet, the last few months have been a grind and it is time for some vacation. Boondocking takes a toll and working 12 on/12 off exacerbates the situation.  I want to sleep in a bed that also includes my wife. I want to go out to eat together. We are planning a major road trip mid-month after 12 straight weeks here. The Old Girl will be standing down for this one as will the Desert Tan Baby. I am going to park both of them at the back of the pad here as we have been promised a return to this same location after our 10 day road trip.   Details on the road trip are forthcoming but I will tell you it involves my daughter and her birthday.  We have not had the opportunity to celebrate her birthday together in many years because an ocean separated us.  Miss K has not seen her boy since about this time last year. That is about to change.

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3 comments to An Unscientific Driveway Poll

  • Good for you! Enjoy the break.

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  • I really wish you would post better pics of me! You know you have them!!!!

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  • I’d like to see them, too, Miss K! Hey, since Andy doesn’t write until he has 2 paragraphs finished in his head, why don’t you write on the other days! You’re both entertaining – you could even do a he said/she said posting! 😀

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