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The scenery hasn't changed

The pertinent chronology out of the way first:

101 days since I have left the property and been on a supply run.

315 days since arrival at this location; also corresponds with my last day off.

Vela Von at 11 months –

I had best intentions to go get groceries last week; honest. My fill-in girl was otherwise engaged working out of a 12hr shack at

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More Beans?

K.I.S.S. == Our little corner of the World. It gives me comfort

Gate Guard Life: The 20′ flame on the flare stack just down the road is standing straight up this morning. No wind; I hate that. The caliche dust from the traffic on the road hangs like a low fog with no currents of wind to disburse it. It sticks in my throat and films the top of my coffee. I can

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Pooh Corner

“Oh, bother!” said Pooh, as he chambered his last round

Not exactly the Christmas spirit with it being exactly 2 weeks from today.

Oh Well! If there is a thousand yard stare associated with oil field gate guards, Miss Kathy and I are definitely suffering. Too long without a single day off and every day we feel like there is just a little less gas in the tank. We know this hole is finally winding

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Food on the Shelf

Near Balmorrhea, TX — February 2012

Remember the Bad UPS Lady that was strowing my packages across LaSalle County, Texas a few weeks back? Well, one of those packages was some Mountain House Freeze-Dried Food from Nitro-Pak.com. I emailed Nitro-Pak and told them my goods had not been delivered to my location as their records indicated and I did not know where the package was. Immediately and without any excuses or third degree

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