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Surviving the Puckerbrush

There was a period of time not so long ago when this oilfield gate guard business was about dead because that is what the oilpatch does. There have always been radical up and down cycles all the way back to Spindle Top.  It looks like the cycle is heading up now and I am getting emails about every week from noobs wanting to gate guard.  One note a few weeks back suggested I write an info post on just that subject.

McMullen County, TX ca. 2017

There is an extreme shortage of oil field gate guards  as I write this.  The

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Along that Amazon Way

“Anything mechanical breaks eventually.”

Pan seared ribeyes from HEB along with a loaded baked potato – Now THAT is good eating!

I was lounging around late Friday night in my cotton flannel camo jammies and enjoying the total absence of late evening traffic on the gate when things went absolutely haywire.  Power out, crap blinking and beeping, the generator sounding all funky.  When Tuco the Dog runs under the dinette to hide it is serious.  I glanced at the remote pendant of the Progressive Industries EMSHW30C Surge Protector and it was showing offline @ 177 volts. 

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State of Affairs

Back in the 60’s and 70’s,  if the sticker on an item said it was Made In Japan that meant it was junk.  Most likely.  Now adays, if it says Made in China; same same.  Most likely.   The problem present day is we don’t make anything in America any more.  If other countries didn’t pick up the slack and make what we need we would do without.  Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

You all know I think a Progressive Industries EMS is a must have piece of equipment if you own a recreational vehicle.  Some of you folks

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Late Winter Shorts

Me and Tuco the Dog ON DUTY

This past Wednesday was the first official Shorts Day for South Texas.  Think the temp got to about 90 or so. It is not unusual to see 50 degree swings in temperature from night to day this time of year. I got my Carhartt vest and long pants on this morning with temps in the 40s.  We are expecting 70s by late afternoon.  If you are one of those folks who thrive on set routine and sameness of life, South Texas +Gate Guarding is probably not for you.

Being as how the weather was

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