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Still Waiting on a Gate Assignment? This May Be Why........

I was reading somewhere else this week that the recreational vehicles are stacked up on the yards waiting on gate assignments.   Some oil field gate guards in waiting seemed surprised by this fact……. and may be even a little defensive or pissed off about it.  I wrote about the reasons behind the lack of gates guard assignments in 2011 and and they are still valid.  Let me visit the reasons I am seeing now versus the same time last year….  BTW, let  me remind all my readers that I predicted if you did NOT have an assignment prior to Thanksgiving

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Finite Lives

Close but no cigar…….

Just plain ol’  facts…..

We are all gonna die.
Anything mechanical will eventually fail.

I don’t feel like discussing that first statement this morning because I am feeling particularly froggy  on this first week of Fall. But now that second one– yeah, we gotta talk about it.

As oil field gate guards, 99.5 per cent of us are stuck out somewhere on a caliche  dust road with little or no customary amenities. We are dependent on our nurse trailer with its’ generator, septic and water setup.  Without that,  our sojourn on the gate would be plenty less livable.  Many of

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On a Sunday Morning........

The welcome mat

Here we are on the best morning of the week. The pre-dawn hours of a Sunday morning are always such a pleasure.  The coolness belies the intense heat that will be harsh reality in just a few hours.  Additional interest  is provided this morning by an advancing line of storms to the north.  A little rain would be nice for a change.

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An impressive young man from the Border Patrol stopped by for a chat the other morning.  He said he was just cruising the area and talking to all

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The Karmic Skinny

If you have gotten an email from me in the past 2 years, you might have noticed the signature line right below my name.  It read:

“The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.” – Thomas Jefferson

OR

“The right to be left alone is indeed the beginning of all freedoms.” – U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

Way back when — Our first gate guard assignment

Sounds good huh? But rhetoric rings hollow unless there is will behind the words to back it up.  For good

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