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Dem's Good Beeble

Caliche Hell

Caliche Hell

It is sorta like this.

3 rigs drillin’

3 crews working on a gas facility

A pipeline crew that makes me look around to see if I am in a 3 Stooges movie

And then; just when I thought it couldn’t possibly get any better, they decide to stage all the Haliburton frac equipment on one of our empty pads because they don’t have room for a 3 hole frac on the pad at the sister gate we just left.  So we got all the frac traffic –except for the caterer truck.  Gotta go back and see where my karma took a left turn ’cause this just ain’t right! It is busy enough that Miss K had to draw up a map of all the locations and we keep it on the bottom of the clip board for quick reference.  Sometimes these ol’ boys just can’t sabe enough of our spanglish to figger out where they are s’posed to be.  Funny stuff how they damn sure sabe those iPhones I see ’em punchin’ on but they can’t get to a rig they can see from where I am astandin’.

So we are never slow.  We have times when it is less busy at the gate than others but it is never slow.  Wonder why the blog posts are thin?  Well, there ya go.  We ain’t snivelin’ because as all you folks know There is NO SNIVELIN’  in the Oil Patch.   We are campaigning hard for a daily rate increase because there may be a 4th rig here next week.  I do believe we  are earning our pay these days.

Turned cold the first part of the week and as is the norm here in South Texas, the cold front came on us with howling winds blasting about 40 mph.   When you have not had a good rain for a few weeks and the soft caliche rock have been ground down to caliche talc by a bazillion truck tires things get nasty fast.  The wind picked up that fine dust and we had a dust storm that lasted most of a day….. and it was cold on top of that.   The wind was blowing straight into the back side of the Princess Palace and that meant when you popped the door open the wind would catch it and try to rip it outta your hands.  At the same time, that door acted like a dirt funnel and about an inch of caliche dust would swirl in the door.  I finally just give up the fight and set down outside. It was bad enough my runnin’ buddy Tuco the Dog would have no part of the mess.  She tried it for a bit but that ol’ caliche dust just started to drift up on her like it does those Husky dogs in Alaska when they lay down in the snow.  I don’t blame here for givin’ it up.  It was bad enough I asked for a water truck which is a rarity for us.  I guess it was so much out of the norm that the Company Man didn’t know who to call to deal with it.  We never got a drop of water until this morning when Miss K sweet talked one of the vac trucks into sprinklin’ the road just a tad. On these still mornings, when the wind lays down just before it gets light, the dust hangs in the air like a crusted fog.  It ain’t pretty.

When Miss K came on shift late in the afternoon that door thing was just too much for her.  She didn’t have enough lead in her ass to hold on.  Being as how I was all in from fightin’ the mess all day I didn’t warm much to the idea of extending my shift.  Oh, I would have if it was like the end of the world or something but Miss K is a tough operator and I figgered she could hang.  I run the big ass of the big ass Suburban cross ways of the back of the trailer house and let it hang out in the road about five foot and that blocked enough wind so Miss K could operate that door in reasonable fashion.

Since it got cold, we had to fetch out the two Broan-NuTone Big Heat Heaters.   I blew out the guts with the air hose and swabbed the dust off the outside steel case and we were ready to go.  Now, as close as I can remember, this is the fourth winter for the one Broan Heater and the third season for the other one. I know alot of folks check in this time of year when it turns chilly and they are trying to figure out how to heat their RV for the winter.  They take a peak at the Broan heater on Amazon and they figger it ain’t worth the 50 bucks or therabouts or it is too teeny to really put out that big heat like you need it to.  Friends and neighbors, let me tell ya how the cow eat the cabbage when it comes to recreational vehicle  heaters. We tried all those tower heaters and digital cubes and ceramic heaters  and they were all eye pleasin’ and come complete with remote controls and digital readouts.  Fact of the matter is they are just not tough enough to hang in the Pucker Brush.  The little ol’ fans give out in the caliche dust, their wires get all heated up on the inside and melt away and sometimes that digital stuff just gives up when you call on it to run 24/7.   We tried ’em and gave ’em a fair shot but they can’t cut it.   Gotta remember Miss K is an Arizona Desert girl and when to gets below 50 she is freezin’ and wearing muk luks and big sweaters.  Broan is out of Wisconsin but this heater is Made In China — just so’s you know.  If I had the amps I would run 3 of the Broan heaters but that ain’t happening so when it gets sure ’nuff chilly, we break out  the Mr. Heater Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Indoor-Safe Portable Radiant Heater.    Many a mornin’ I have got up to find Miss K and Tuco the Dog with the Broan heater on the one side and the Buddy Heater on the other side.

Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder

When you are workin’ hard like we are and the days just seem to string out endlessly, I find comfort in good food – I just do.  Miss Kathy is a miraculously good cook and there is nothin’ better in my book than retiring to the cozy confines of the Princess Palace after a tough day and settin’ down to some good beeble.  This week, she broke out the cold weather menu and we had Hearty Chili and Clam Chowder.  As far as good beeble, I can’t imagine better.  The Chowder is interesting because she makes it totally from non-perishable pantry fare.   According to her, she tries to keep two fixins of the Clam Chowder on hand most of the time.

Miss K’s project of the week has been watching the disintegration of an American President.  She has taken it on herself to read the Affordable Care Act first hand just to see what we got goin’ on here for real since you can’t trust that Dianne Sawyer.  Brian Williams comes a tad closer to separating the fly shit from the pepper but he still doesn’t tell us all he knows.   Miss K says there is plenty more stuff in that ACA that is gonna set everybody on their head and nobody is even talking about…..yet.   I say flat out bold lying is fraud and that is an impeachable act.   She gave me that sideways look like I had something growin’ out of my head when I said that.  I remember when they were going to impeach Nixon and he resigned.  All this mess reminds me plenty of what went on back in the day with him.    I guess we will see how it all shakes out.

 

 

 

 

End Note:  Mexican Blackbird by ZZ Top from The Complete Studio Albums.  Sometimes you just gotta re-visit all that goodness.

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6 comments to Dem’s Good Beeble

  • Bob

    Amen. Your last paragraph can not be improved upon and Miss K is a gem. The implosion of the liar-in-chief & ACA will be a slow-motion-train-wreck to savor. Sad but well deserved. We are doomed to live in “interesting times”…

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  • David

    Let me see, $40 million uninsured, $400 for a website that still doesn’t work. Do the math.

    And just wait until next year when the employer mandate kicks in and most existing employer provided insurance coverage is deemed substandard.

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  • I’m impressed with Miss K’s intestinal fortitude to actually read the entire ACA. Too bad none of our esteemed brain trust in Congress did that before they passed the dog! ;c)

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  • Bryan

    The link below is to a story on a “prepper” site that might prove to be of interest to Miss K.

    http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/congressman-warns-of-obamacare-secret-security-force_11152013

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  • joel

    LOL!

    I understand your frustration and anxiety. After all, the ACA was an idea dreamed up by the Heritage Foundation and implemented by the GOP governor of Massachusetts. But seven years in, it hasn’t failed in MA yet.

    However, it is kind a Rube Goldberg device to keep insurance companies in the health insurance business. Eventually, we’ll have to abandon the insurance company welfare piece and go the way of every other industrialized nation on the planet–single payer.

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