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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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Cotulla, TX and the Eagle Ford Shale Oil Boom

Cotulla is about 35 miles northeast of where Miss and I have been hangin’ out for the last several months. Want a better than average look at life in the Eagle Ford Shale? And Cotulla, Tx in particular?

Ralph Ayala pulls up to the Brush Country Museum, parks his truck, and hops out, leaving the engine running. It’s 100 degrees outside and he doesn’t want to come back to a baking vehicle.

Easy Livin' In the Eagle Ford

Just inside the museum’s entrance, a black-and-white photograph of an old ranch house hangs on the wall. In front of the house stands Joseph

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Hero to Zero

Digging in the guts of the machine

Another day and the scenery remains the same.   A South Texas Brush Country summer;  Weatherbug is saying 109,  Miss K says 111 on the Suburban thermometer driving to town,  my meter outside the Old Girl in the shade says 117 and I say it is damned hot.

So I am pretty smug sitting here in the Old Girl with 3 air conditioner units humming away.  The thermometer over the range hood says 79 degrees.  Pretty danged smug… everything serviced and preventive maintenance done to insure we will have no surprises.   Then the front AC

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