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Control your World

Miss K at work

Being back in the heart of the oil field boom has afforded some opportunities for those that watch more than they talk.  Miss K and I have found it interesting to observe how our gate guard ‘neighbors’ do business.  We have some neighbors directly across the fence and  several more right down the way.  The other neighbors are not GGS contractors.

Our neighbors across the fence recently departed for points North and were replaced by a nice couple from San Antone — a good improvement over what was there previously.

Being as how we have had very

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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

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Useless Expectations

Day breaks over an unnamed mesa

If you haven’t dropped by the MyOldRV message board, you need to do that.  Got a nice little community coming together over thataway.

You wouldn’t know it but I tend to listen more than I talk.  Gets me branded as ‘surly’ or ‘anti-social’  more often as not; I just blow it off.   That is one reason I enjoy visiting the message boards here and elsewhere.  The variety of personalities and  people’s expectations are a daily source of enlightenment….. and more than a little entertainment.

Of course, the subject of gate guarding is paid close attention. 

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Urban Gate Guarding

Setting up- Wet,muddy,tired. I am tougher than I look.

I enjoy the solitude and the leave-me-the-hell-alone aspect of doing business out in the boonies.  So what if the grocery store is 50 miles away?  That is what they make the cargo area of a Suburban for.  Go to town every 2 or 4 weeks and load that puppy up.

But you don’t always get what ya want right? And everything happens for a reason, right?  Somehow or other we ended up on a oil field gate in town.  Not a big town mind you but big enough you feel like

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