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Impromptu Gifting

A pic from 2009

See the little globe thingy to the left?  As I start this post,  it is saying 625,014 visits but that is not the whole story.  My first blog post was February of 2009 so that means I am going into my ninth year of blogging.  The globe thingy did not come long until 4 or 5 years ago – I can’t remember exact.  I have an unseen statistics counter that pre-dates the globe by a couple of years.  It says 1,000,063 visits this morning!  Not toooooooo shabby as I am sure I have pissed off some Good Baptists and people from France in the process.  Oh well!  🙂

I would like for y’all to do something for me if you would to commemorate this milestone……  please go down to the bottom of this post and hit “comments” for a quick check-in.  I hear from folks most every week  but I think it would be interesting to get an idea of who might be readin’ and layin’ low.  Hell, you can comment anonymously and just say “HERE!” or you could flesh it out a little bit and mebbe say how long you been readin’ and where you hang your hat.  That would be some good stuff but I leave it up to you.

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Vela Von doing the PLACE! command

Been a busy week in the Pucker Brush with a workover rig and a flowback crew onsite.   Good opportunity to school up Vela Von some.  Tuco the Dog was a fine animal and an incredible runnin’ buddy over the years. We would set out plenty during the course of a day checking traffic in and out.  Tuco the Dog was content laying at my feet or on the porch unless I got up to check a vehicle in.  If I got up; she got up and would generally make a round of the vehicle smellin’ tires and fender wells and bumpers.  I was never, ever able to break her of that habit.  Sometimes somebody in the vehicle would ask ‘What is that dog doin’? ‘ and I would say ‘drug dog’.  That always shut ’em up.  Still yet,  my preference would have been for her to remain stationary but watchful as I went about my business.

Vela Von was already starting the habit of  visiting with everybody that came in the gate.  Some folks didn’t mind a dog putting her front feet on the door and sticking her head in the window but others – not so much.  Me, myself;  I considered it rude dog behavior and would not be havin’ any of that.  This past two weeks have been intense training.  She goes with me each and every time I check a vehicle in or out but I command her to PLACE! on the porch.  The place command means she has to sit in a specific location and not move until she is released.  Goes without sayin’ that is tough on a young dog.

It is my normal routine to not engage any of my traffic beyond the minimum info needed to gain entrance.  That is the way of the oil patch.  If they wanna talk you will know it.  So the other evening a truck was leavin’ and most of the time all that entails is pullin’ them up on the iPad by license number, taking a couple of pics and they are on their way with a wave from me.  This guy pulled up and the window went down which told me he wanted to chat.  VV was doin’ her place quite well as I walked up to the window.

He said ‘That a male or female dog?’

I said ‘female’

Then him…  ‘I noticed how well she minded for a young dog when I came in.’

Me: ‘We are working on it.  I won’t have an unruly animal on the gate.’

Him: ‘I trained dogs for the Border Patrol and ICE for 14 years and that dog looks like she has potential.’

I thanked him and he went on his way.  Good stuff!!!! and Vela Von got an extra treat that evening.

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Way back in the day – me and Lisa Lisa

Somewhere along the way I got off the gifting train.  Maybe it was during the Baloney Years when there wasn’t any extra money  or maybe it was just curmudgeonly progression – I couldn’t tell ya.  The only way these days you are assured of getting some present at a specific time is if you get married or graduate from something.  The rest of the time it is random.  I might come across some item when I am runnin’ the traps and think hey, that would be perfect for so and so and I buy it and send it out.  Everybody seems to like it thataway because lotsa times they really get unexpected stellar prizes.

A perfect example was this past Valentine’s Day.  Lisa Lisa has been my good friend and financial advisor for over 10 years now.  To give you an idea of the esteem I hold her in, she is privy to all my personal going’s on and you know how rare that is for me….. plus she is extra fine lookin’.

So I sent her 2 dozen red roses and a box of primo chocolates right to her office early on Valentine’s morning.  She never saw it comin’ let me tell ya.  I intended it to cause maximum cluckage from all the hens in the chicken house and it damn sure did that.   Let it be known that if any of y’all are needin’ financial advice or tax services between Dallas and Austin, you need to contact Lisa Lisa.  I cannot recommend her services highly enough – she is the real deal.

Hank the Tank and his prize

So I was on WOOT the other day and saw somethin’ I figured would go over good for a certain somebody.  They had a youth long bow that I thought would be just perfect for grandboy Hank the Tank up in Jersey.

I gave BFF Cait a heads up that a package was headin’ her way addressed to Hank and she needed to keep it quiet.  I did not tell her what was in it less it be deemed inappropriate and UN-PC.  Grand parents have latitude like that.   Deal with it.

After action reports indicate the bow and arrow have been a huge hit.  Even though the weather has not been the greatest up north, Hank the Tank has forsaken his iPad and XBox in favor of the long bow.   BFF Cait is amazed at his choice and his preference to be outside vs. the couch potato thing.  I act smug and tell her I knew it all along.   Grandparents are psychic like that – just get used to it.

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Ummm, one last reminder to hit the comments and check-in if you don’t mind.  I sure would appreciate it.

 

End Note: Nobody knows my trouble by Ryan Bingham from the Fear and Saturday Night cd.  I thought maybe Ryan Bingham would be sucked into the Trashville swamp after the success of Crazy Heart.  Maybe-maybe not.

 

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93 comments to Impromptu Gifting

  • Eric

    I’m Eric. I work at a desk for an oil company in Houston.

    I keep coming here because you tell it like it is. Keep it up.

    -E

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  • Warren

    Just checking in been reading your blog for about 4 years or so. Good to see you and Vela are doing well.

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  • racn24

    Hello from Pensacola, been following you for several years as we travel full time. I find your style refreshing and informative too. Wishing you well always.

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  • Monte

    Monte, from Eula, TX. Been reading at least a couple of years, I comment on these blogs frequently, usually to myself, but I post a comment online now and then.

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  • Viking

    Been enjoying your blog 6 years. Live in Arizona.

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  • Tom Brown

    Andy,
    Old Tom Brown here in Cape Coral Fl. I’ve been following your adventures about 2011. Loved the old blog and now I keep check on you here. Love the new VV. She’s a dandy!

    Keep the spirit,

    Tom

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  • Anonymous in Oregon

    I’ve been reading your blog now for about 5 years – or maybe more. I check in once a week or so to find out what’s new.

    I may find myself retired in a few years, living in an RV, if all works as planned. While I don’t aspire to gate guarding, I do appreciate the insight and your approach to self sufficiency.

    Thank you for writing.

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  • Don M

    I keep stopping by; you have not pissed me off yet.
    Glad to hear your dog is doing well. Last time you mentioned her I thought I got the vibe that she was too intense for you and/or for other people.

    Hey in that photo with Lisa Lisa, you look just like the current KFC colonel on TV. 🙂

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  • Matt

    Here for years

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  • Tony

    Just checkin’ in… Been reading your blog for sumpin over 5 years, or thereabouts. Keep on keepin’ on…

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  • Nancy1340

    I guess I’ve been folloing your blog about 4-5 years. Sent one care package of fresh rosemary & it seems something else when “that woman” 😉 was there.

    Glad you are a tough task master with the pup. It’ll pay off someday when you need it too. I had two yorkie’s that rode in a tank bag on my Harley’s for many miles. They had to mind. Stepin’ outta the bag at 80mph would not have worked well for them.

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  • Mike

    Have been reading for a few years now. Enjoy RV blogs as I contemplate the life style. Appreciate your unique style and candor. I live in southeast Florida.

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  • Cathy

    Been reading for about 3 years. Hope to retire in about 4 years and rv fulltime, great blog and great rv maintenance ideas.
    From central NC.

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  • Leo

    Started reading your mind tracks back when… Can’t ‘member ‘zactly, but it was while you were still running a dozer for your brother and diggin’ ponds. I was in San Antonio then. Retired from that goin’ to the office crap, sold the sticks and bricks, bought a 5th wheel and traveled some for a few years. Ended up close to my grands out in the Sacramento area. Still reading. Now, the grands are in North Carolina near Winston-Salem and I’m not too far away, still in the 5th wheel but thinking seriously of getting a small retirement cottage in the mountains. Dunno. Still cogitating on that, but still reading your ramblings. Cheers!

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  • ARLAN

    BEEN READING A LITTLE OVER 2 YEARS. SEEMS COMMENTS HAVE SLOWED A BIT , THOUGHT I WOULD CHIME IN. I RUN A HARDWARE STORE IN NEW CANEY TX. THAT IS BETWEEN LIVINGSTON AND THAT LITTLE TOWN CALLED HOUSTON . IF YOU ARE COMING MY WAY AND NEED A PLACE TO PARK AND PLUG RV IN FOR A WHILE I HAVE A FULL HOOKUP SPOT FOR YA. I ENJOY READING YOUR BLOG.

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  • wallace

    been reading your blog for about 5 years now; thoroughly enjoy it. keep up the good work, don’t let the b@st@rds get you down.

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  • gator

    live in houston. been reading for probably 4 or 5 years, almost sometimes seems like we think just alike. keep up the good work . it’s always very interesting to read what you have to say.i’ve also learned quite a bit. i don’t buy that much from amazon but when i do , i always come back and click the link on your page.stay safe and keep up the good work.

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  • T

    You sure did entice the lurkers out of hiding this week.

    I’ve been reading and enjoying this blog for 2ish(?) years now. I’m reading from Eastern WA.

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  • Jim White

    Checking in from Seymour, Tn. I’ve been laying low here a few years.

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  • Byron

    Andy, hi from San Antonio and I have been visiting now for several years, not exactly sure how many but I can tell you I have learned a lot from your blog. I know you have done a super job of sharing and I thank you. Admire your abilites and believe you have a gift and thank you for bringing us along.

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  • Coy Lou Phelps

    Greetings from the land of the abandoned Barnett Shale – Paradise, Texas.

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  • vince

    Morn’n Andy,

    Been reading your blog maybe 2.5 – 3 years now. You’ve educated me on solar, wifi, generators, batteries, German Shepard dogs and a few other things. Much appreciated.

    I’m in S.E. corner Wa. State.

    Stay safe

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  • Mike Callaway

    I always look forward to your updates from the pucker brush. Keep up the great writing. Your should write a book.

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  • Kathy Trice

    Used to be an oilfield gate guard too. In D’Hanis, TX for now. Love reading your posts. Thanks.

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  • Maggie May

    I started reading your blog regularly, shortly after you hooked up with Little Blondie. At the time, husband and I were driving OTR and living in our big sleeper. We ran hundreds of jobs at the border, both dropping off and picking up at cross-docks. I fell in love with Texas; the widely varied geography, climate, cuisine, attitude – all were a perfect fit for us. I loved hearing about life in the oil patch, because I could relate so well to living in a small manufactured space, always mobile, always facing challenges in terms of water, power, supplies, and the lack of a permanent address. We’ve now come off the road in favor of location-centric jobs, and we live on a ridge with outstanding views of the Smokies in Knoxville. I’m happy that you’ve managed to stay single and relationship-related stress free, and also that you’ve found a wonderfully intelligent and engaging canine. I enjoy your blog very much, Andy.

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  • Larry S. Worsham

    Been reading the blog for years. Found you while researching cellular communications while RV ing. This was when you were pushing dirt with your brother. Enjoy your writing style and was wondering if you are going to do some short stories again. I enjoyed those and also like the music. I have a place near San Marcos and RV out west during the hot summer months. Keep up the good work. Larry

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  • RVNGal

    Been reading since before Blondie. Even went back as far as possible when you mentioned she had told you that she read them all! Love the way you have with words and agree with most of your viewpoints. I follow you and VV’s doings with amusement. So glad you got her after Tuco left. She seems to be making a GREAT dog. My daddy worked out in the puckerbrush when he was a young man. Building wooden derricks. Became a driller eventually and did a little drilling for shares in the well. Did pretty good for a guy with a sixth grade education. Keep on writing. Love this blog full of common sense.

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  • Ron Cummings

    Following your blogs are a lot of fun for me. Thanks for the down to earth approach. From a fellow RVer KEEP YOUR WIT SHARP  YOUR HEART OPEN  AND YOUR GUN LOADED!   REMEMBER GUN CONTROL IS HITTING YOUR TARGET!!

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  • Sherri specht

    My name is Sherri! I’ve been reading for a couple of years now but my husband has been for much longer…We also live an “RV life”… We are from Little Rock Ar (home base) but are rarely there…lol This week the auction company we work for (and us) are in Midland Tx working..next week Muskogee Ok. (Alot of oil/fracking companies going down lately been keeping us super busy)
    Vela Von is absolutely gorgious and apparently pretty smart too!!? I love reading your blogs!! Keep em coming!!

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  • Gordon

    Hello from Coastal Georgia, between Savannah and the Florida line.

    I hadn’t been retired or full-timing long when a fellow Workamper at Amazon Nashville told me about gate guarding and your blog. Been reading it about three years now.

    I decided that gate-guarding was a little solitary an existence and tough as a single person, especially without experience. Plus, it’s not country for everyone… I’ve worked in Laredo, my dad is buried in Harlingen and I have friends in Lytle who shop at the same HEB. I think I prefer the South-East.

    I admire your attitude, agree with and respect your points of view and enjoy your writing style. Each week when I read your blog I always wonder, “Is he still on his journey, or has he arrived?”

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    • Andy

      Thanks for the kind words Gordon

      “Each week when I read your blog I always wonder, “Is he still on his journey, or has he arrived?”

      Good observation and the way it is shaking out it looks like this whole chapter in the Oil Patch has been preparation for what comes next. And I am not talking about passing my day sittin’ in a rocking chair and drinkin’ sweet tea.

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  • Tracy

    I’m Tracy, my husband and I live in a hangar/home Northwest of Austin. Started following you when we bought a Aframe camper, and for some reason just keep looking forward to Sunday posts. Always wish you the best and look forward to checking up with you. Starting reading probably 4 years ago, something like that.
    Warm regards,
    Tracy

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  • Mike

    Hey Andy, Checking in as requested. I’m slow, but I usually get around every couple weeks or so to see what’s going on in the pucker bush. In answer to your question, I’m not sure how long I’ve been following, but it’s been several years. I think I followed a link from some RV site that referenced your blog and it said even though you might be a bit of a curmudgeon, it said you had some pretty good stuff every now and then on RV maintenance (might have been a link on the ‘snip the tip’ temp sensor maybe?). Anyway, after a few visits, I thought, crap this guy’s not a curmudgeon, his head’s on pretty dang square. So, it’s either that or I guess I may be a curmudgeon too! Whatever it is, I enjoy the reads and keep coming back to check on you! Enjoy the good life man. Best regards, Mike

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  • Darryl

    Checkin’ in from NW Alberta oil and gas field. Been stopping by for years, trying to keep pace with the way the world spins the same in Texas pucker bush as Willow trees. Ebbs and flows, price drops and rises. Hiring, firing, and treading water.

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  • lhuebel

    I figure 8 3/4 years at least, I’ve been visiting. Discovered you while working in the E.R. nightshifting at an Downtown Austin Hospital. Kind of liked the ‘direct way’ of looking at things and x-plaining of issues, stories and such. I took immediate interest in the adventures thru words, life experiences, situations, and basic crudgemuge opinion thought patterns I identify with, since I’ve reached 66 and some months, always had travel and seeing things and places in my mind. I bring up thoughts and reflections of your trial and errors of RV’ing,cooking, people studies… it makes for good subject matter over the campfire along w/ Mr.Blanton helping to lubricate the interaction

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    • Andy

      Making me thirsty now Larry. Stop it!! LOL!

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  • Barbara

    Hi. I’ve been reading your blog 4 or 5 years now. I live in washington state for now.

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