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A Job of Questionable Benefit

My brain on crack  – sometimes it just goes there and I can’t do a thing about it.

So the scenario is an employee in a big hotel goes up to the hotel manager and proposes this:

‘Hey boss, I go an idea for a new position.  Why don’t we put a guy in the restroom dressed in a tux.  He can give out mints and gum and hand towels to the folks that come in there.  Chat ’em up a little bit and then stick his hand out for a tip.  How does that sound?’

Boss:  ‘Now I know why you make the big bucks <insertnamehere>.  What an outstanding idea!  I want you to get right on it and make it happen today!’

Now just a minute.  I have seen restroom attendants – especially when I went to that Italy.  Most cuarto de banos over yonder are pay per use and the tux dude takes your money.  A couple of things are going on here though.  For one, I would never pick up a mint or put a piece of gum in my mouth that had been displayed in a public restroom.  On top of that,  my uniform would not be a tux.  I would have on a hazmat suit with a respirator and a big ol’ firehose sprayer to sluice the joint down on a regular basis. Oh yeah, earplugs. Earplugs for sure.

 

Twiddlin' our thumbs in the Big D

This parking lot attendant assignment is about as necessary. A dozen trucks come in about 6am- they leave in a couple of hours when they get that CB call from the pad.  After lunch a dozen or so more come in for the second stage and then they leave.   I have no problem taking money for this but I mean really, is it necessary?

My previous blog entry talked about what a cushy gig this was and how I doubted we would be staying here long.  No sooner had those words fell from my brain to the page than my phone was ringing and it was the Boss Lady.  We are headed back up North come Friday to the area we just recently left.  We are going to be assigned to a frac crew and follow them around from job to job for EOG.  Our replacement for the parking lot gig is supposed to be here at 8am Friday.

To hear Boss Lady tell it, we are going to be safety analysts and the Old Girl will be living on the pad.  Full FRC gear, hard hats and all that stuff whenever we venture out onto the pad itself.  I don’t know as I am looking forward to it.  I know how loud it is going to be on that pad with all those frac pumps working flat out.   When those big diesels start growling, will we even be able to hear ourselves think?  Frac pads are like fire ant hills kicked over. All the comings and goings of those sand trucks make for manic activity….and the gig goes on around the clock most of the time with 2 crews changing out daily.

Masking my trepidation about the whole scenario, I told Miss Kathy we could give it a try.   If it was just god awful; well, that’s’ why the Old Girl has wheels.  So Miss K and I are going to put on our No Sniveling t-shirts and man up.  Nobody said this oil field bidness was going to be easy you know.  Nobody is going to wag their finger at us and accuse of of being all hat and no cows.

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6 comments to A Job of Questionable Benefit

  • John Duncan

    When we were stationed in Smiley, at an EOG gate they brought in another set of gate guards to do exactly what they’re going to have you guys do. The couple said they’d let us know what they thought of it, but never did.

    Should be different for sure.

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  • Carol

    Just wondering…will you still be logging people in and out also?
    Also, does Gate Guards pay more for this? I know one other company pays $190 per day for gate guards for frac jobs. Didn’t know what our company GGS pays for frac jobs.
    Hope you can stand the noise, it certainly will be loud.
    Keep us posted…

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  • Mike & Linda

    You and Miss K are a trip. We luv ya & enjoy reading your blog. Planning on doing this gate guard thing. Already have picked up much good info from your blogs. Thanks a bunch!

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    • Andrew

      Thanks for the kind words and I am glad the blog is proving useful.

      Make sure and check out the forums!

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  • Safety analysts and living on the pad? Well, that will be different! Do you have to have some kind of training or is this another ‘hand you a clipboard and you figure it out yourself’ job? 😀
    I’ll be interested to know what you think of it!
    And, Happy New Year to you and Miss K!
    Debbie

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    • Andrew

      Hey Debbie,

      This gig is very much different from anything else we have done or heard about. I will blog about it in the future. Neither one of us are real sure we like it just yet.

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