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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

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A thousand miles done

An vacant gate guard slot is occupied.

A thousand miles and almost 30 days gone by and I am back in the puckerbrush of South Texas picking up exactly where me and this little blackface dog left off. It is nice getting back to a known routine and a regular paycheck.

You might recall me and Vela Von left under a cloud of uncertainty; not knowing if we would be back or not.

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Counting your chickens

Last night on the gate

One thing you learn early on about the South Texas oil patch is all plans are subject to change. The plan was to work until 12/21 and then take 30 days off. That time frame would have put me working 14 months 24/7 . But the plan changed…… All oil companies have rules. Some are more restrictive than others and some allow some latitude as far as strict

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Things in the Road

Piddlin’ outside the NO Princess Palace

It is just sorta the way it goes down here in the Puckerbrush. The weather has been admirable; after all it is my favorite time of the year. A few mornings down into the high 40’s and then quick to warm up to 80 or better. Still shorts and sandals weather for sure. And then this morning, frost on the windshield of the Big Ass Suburban. BAM!;

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