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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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Tips From a Veteran Oil Field Gate Guard

Some gates are not picturesque……..

That first oil field gate guard assignment is scary as hell isn’t it?  You follow your supervisor out to the gate 5 miles down a rough caliche road on the backside of nowhere.  The gate guard you are replacing is all packed and anxious to go; your supervisor has 2 more pads to set up yet today.  It is a flurry of activity…

You are learning a new language on the fly  — rat hole, hot oil truck,  wireline crew, spudding in, skiddin’ over, trippin’ pipe while you watch a hopeless array of hoses and cords

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Where Did the Week Go?

I look back at the past 7 days and just have to shake my head.  Where did the time go??  It is an absolute fact that the older you get, the faster the time slips away.  Looking on the past week, I am disappointed in the amount of things I accomplished.  Oh, I know I spent 84 hours ‘on duty’ on the gate guarding gig but to tell you the truth there ain’t that much shaking here.  20-30 various production vehicles out during the course of the day.  ‘Production’ meaning the various and sundry guys like the pumpers that come

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What's on the Kindle?

Kindle Wifi +Free 3G for life

The Kindle continues to be part of daily life. It has endured swirling dust and oppressive heat and still works like a champ and is never far from hand.  I purchased the Kindle Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display way back in February.  It is a perfect companion to this lifestyle that sees some long stretches of nothing to do.

I picked up some West Texas flavored books for the Terlingua Jaunt.

The Time It Never Rained by Elmer Kelton.  Kelton is one of the best western writers ever. This fictional account

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