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A Puckerbrush Adios

At the Secret Hideout

A few years back, maybe 2014 or so,  I predicted 12 hour guard shacks would one day replace the couple working out of their RV onsite.  Seems like I  was right.   Local residents and single folks paying to stay in RV parks filled the ranks.  Oh, there is still (some) demand for RVs onsite and I am sure some Winter Texans this winter will find positions.  The unsettling trend I am seeing now is security companies working their guards out of their personal vehicles for a 12hr shift.  Used to be, this setup was reserved for emergency, temporary locations of short duration OR fast moving  pipeline construction locations where the gate location might change daily.   Now though……….. Both the serious offers I have had to return to South Texas in  the last week were working out of your vehicle.  Some research on my part indicates this is the latest trend and of course, the gate guard companies are embracing it.   They have ZERO equipment onsite  – not even a porta  john and ZERO overhead.  The way they are getting by with it is by dangling a hefty daily rate in front of the noobs.  Reality sets in when you have RV rent, a commute in YOUR vehicle, wear and tear on YOUR vehicle etc. That daily rate is not even close and besides if I was the landowner and some stranger was going to the bathroom in the bushes at the entrance to my property I would not stand for it.  The reason the guard companies are getting away with it is because people are willing to do it and the oil company is allowing it.  I have not spoken to a single veteran gate guard who would be willing to work out of their vehicle on an  ongoing basis.  The veterans tend to draw the line at such horrid conditions;  sadly, it appears we will lose our positions to people who will work in such austerity.

Equipment to work on

Not me.  Last week, early one morning my phone started beeping with a new text message and my first thought was they got a gate and they need me right now.   I have never had a panic attack but if rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath and prickly skin is what happens; that was me.  7 years of gate guarding and I know it is not the healthiest profession.  An inhospitable environment, erratic sleep and work hours and not to mention the confinement  of being tied to the property ’round the clock is stressful.   When you do a 24/7 gate solo all the suck factors double. No Bueno!  BTW, the text was from SIL wanting to know if I had gotten any rain.

I have always maintained everything happens for a reason and you just gotta be smart enough to figure out what it means.  My reaction to that text message opened my eyes to the fact I really, really did not want to return to gate guarding  especially now with all this fuckery accepted as normal business.

So that’s it.  I am done with all things South Texas for the foreseeable future.

Not a rototiller – part of the damage done by a sounder of hogs in one night.

My Bro and I have always had a loose agreement that I was welcome up here  at the Secret Hideout and the three of us verbally formalized it over the past few weeks.  I got a place to park and FHU in exchange for keeping an eye out here and helping out around the place when they are off working. I applied for my Social Security and I have been approved starting 1/18.  My Bro has always wanted to be as self-sufficient here as possible and that dovetails nicely with my future plans too.   We have a shit ton of projects in the pipeline.

It will be a month tomorrow since I pulled out of South Texas and I have been busy most days.  Mowing grass, watering trees, fixing and servicing equipment with plenty of time left over for me to piddle on my stuff.  Top of the list right now for me is learning how make some old school sausage .  Top of his list is eradicating an invading sounder of wild hogs before they plow up his grass airport runway.

Game Cam on the job

I have my sensors and game cams out trying to figure out their nightly travel lanes.  Once I identify some most probable areas we will hammer them.  Hogs are smart and even if I don’t kill the whole sounder, the pressure may very well drive them off this property and make them  someone else’s problem.  Good thing is just about any way you can figure out how to kill the pests is legal here in Texas.  Vela Von is invaluable when we are out scouting.  She scents the trails the hogs use and I can always tell when she is on an active sent because  she puts her head way up in  air.  I can also shoot  over her -even with the big cannon 7.62.   I was never able to do this with Tuco the Dog.  Some event well before I arrived on  the scene scarred Tuco.  Me and Vela Von  are gonna get us some hogs.

End Note: Wayfaring Stranger by Robert Earl Keen from his bluegrass cd Happy Prisoner.

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8 comments to A Puckerbrush Adios

  • At least the wild hogs can keep you in good meat forever. They are really good eating I have found. Also you don’t have to worry about wasting the less than prime cuts. I don’t think you can ever get rid of all the hogs. I like your new plan. Starting SSA at 62 was a great move on my part. Have fun with the new life.

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    • Freegrazer

      If this ends up to Barney, I apologize. My old brain cannot figure out the interweb way to reply to Andy’s post. So here goes.. I’ve been ready your posts for over three years and have never had much to say, except a nod of approval. I’m think this gate guard thing has run it’s course and I think you should thank the good Lord you have a brother(family) that you can rely on. The premise of your site “fulltime RVing” is still very much intact and know even more relevant as you are no longer tied to the “man” for critical support, ie.. water, electricity, waste disposal etc.
      I look forward to your sharing the new chapter in your blog and I’m glad (hopeful) the social security paychecks will be rolling in. Now, you need to go find you a 27 year old hot Hispanic chick to make you breakfast burritos. God bless, brother!

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  • Mike

    Problem hogs and making sausage, a match made in heaven. Glad you applied for your SS, you earned it and should enjoy it. Hope things go well at the hideout.

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  • Rob

    The world changed again… sounds like you adjusted again.

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  • Ken

    Way to go. Damn hogs anyway. They aint cute and are super destructive. Maybe a MOAB from your BFF Cait?

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  • Rich

    Welcome to the world of “Uncle Sugar’s Rocking Chair Checks.” Trust me, it gets better and better, the only problem as I see it is too many fun things to do and not enough time to finish the job….

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  • Nancy1340

    I think you made a wise decision. Hunker and get some use out of that bowling equipment.
    I love watching the hog hunting and hog bowling video’s on Youtube.

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  • Vince Emery

    Well sir, some times a life change just makes a person feel good. I’m sure yours will be good.
    Wild pig is some mighty good eating. But watch out for the dog. A pig can really tear one up.
    Much luck Andy. I’ll still be pulling up your blog. And again, thanks for all the great info
    you’ve provided over the years.

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