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Gate Guarding in South Texas - The Finer Points

My lonely neighborhood

Next month will mark the start of my seventh year as an oil field gate guard in the Texas oilfields.  From The Barnett Shale north of DFW to the Wolfcamp of West Texas to the puckerbrush of the Eagle Ford;  I guess I been there and done that.  Some people got the grit to be here and some don’t.  I have known more than one RVer who fell off down here and expected to be riding a biscuit train with gravy wheels. If you won’t come out of your RV because there is a buzztail under the

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The larder is gettin' thin

Flood watch in My Small World

I was mentally prepared for the South Texas August Heat Blast.  I really was.  What choice was there since there is no snivelin’ in the Oil Patch?  August rolled up and sure ’nuff the temps were a hunnert degrees every day.  Along about the middle of the month there was a week in there that it topped 105 every day.  But then something happened…………

That same storm system that drowned Louisiana stopped off here first and we got about 3″ of rain out of the deal.  Something about those low pressure systems spinnin’ done from

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Extended run fuel tank for Yamaha EF2000IS generator

No Princess Palace on station. 11/01/2014

I guess quite a few folks who visit here prefer my DIY posts over the ones where I explain the meaning of  life, solve all the problems of the world or tell you how to be the world’s greatest lover.  Go figure!  So for those of you who like tales of living in the South Texas puckerbrush as an oilfield gate guard;  this are one.  These prove tedious to me what with all the links and such.  Many of the links track back to Amazon (you know what to do) as it is a

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Nomads

I was running the traps yesterday and one of my regular stops is a blogger and accomplished writer that lives in Upstate New York.  He made the comment that none of the farmers in the area grow a garden any more.  That space has been taken up by swimming pools and multiple 4 wheelers in various states of run.  These farmers buy their groceries now right alongside the cubicle dwellers and insurance adjusters that live in The City.

Forest Oil rig near Balmorrhea, West Texas. 2-28-12

I just finished two thought provoking books — Locusts on the Horizon ($2.99) and The

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