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We Interrupt Our Regular Programming...

Setting up yet again at an oil field gate........

I have several of the Terlingua Reprise posts in the hole for future publishing but some folks are curious about what is happening in the here and now.  It is pre-dawn on Easter Sunday and as hoped, traffic through our gate is non-existent. I’ll take the break.  So yes, we are back to work at a an oil field gate that is not so much different than others we have worked and left.  We are outside of Carizzo Springs– right in the edge of the Eagle Ford but still in the most concentrated area of oil field gate guards we have ever experienced.  We see the RV’s and the nurse trailers and the stop signs everywhere.  Miss K has a blast speculating who it might be from our growing community over at the Gate Guard Forum.  220 members over that way now and it is growing every week.

This is South Texas Brush Country and many folks find it wild and inhospitable.  Coming off of a 90 day stint out in the High Desert, I just think it is way damned green — and oppressively humid.  Miss Kathy hates the humidity and gives me a daily earful.  I reckon she would just rust up and die over in East Texas or down along the Redneck Riviera.  30-40% humidity is a big departure from the 5-10% we had grown accustomed to out West.   At least your skin is not dried up like a piece of yellowed newspaper and your hair doesn’t look like a bale of  wheat straw exploded on your head.

Roadrunner in a mesquite tree

We are back in the world – replete with a roadrunner up a tree and dead diamondbacks that stretch the width of an F-250 bed.  Teeny little bunnies abound and there is nary a jackalope in sight.  Stress levels are reduced because we are back on the company teat.  Sure is nice to snake several electric cords across the caliche hard pack and plug into a generator that belongs to somebody else.

Oil lease roadkill

No worries about pouring dollar after dollar into that insatiable fuel tank or wondering where your next water source might be either.  Easy street after 15 days boondocking in the High Desert of the Refuge.

Miss Kathy zeroed in on the closest HEB right off the bat and I am hearing I might have to dust off the the Masterbuilt smoker for some chicken later in the day.  That will be a nice change.  The smoker has been living in the back of the DTB for months now.  Somehow it just don’t seem right to fire up a smoker when it has frost on top of it; looks like we are past that point now.

So the familiar routine is once again manifest.  Learning the schedules of the crews, all the names of the Company Men and who is important and who is not.  Making sure the Ranch Manager is happy and his expectations are realized; just all the little myriad things that go into a job that is commonly referenced as ‘not being suitable for everybody.’

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5 comments to We Interrupt Our Regular Programming…

  • David

    Happy Easter Andy and Miss K!

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  • You gotta be a real cowboy to call Chorizo Springs “way green.”

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    • Andrew

      It is like the Amazon rain forest compared to where we have been Scott.

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  • That’s one big diamondback in the back. And glad you’re back, by the way. 😀

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    • Andrew

      Over in your neck of the woods (sorta) now Debbie. Who woulda ever thought you would be opining on the size of an old buzztail? You gals have come a long way. Except for the humiditiy, we are digging the whole Brush Country scene.

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