Still Didn’t Make It . . .

We still didn’t make it to the movie in Beeville once again, but mostly because we didn’t try.

I had a feeling I might get called in on this gate again, and I was right. And about 3:30 the text came in. It did help that they moved the shift time back from 5 to 5 to 5:30 to 5:30. This was done to better match up with the frack’s shift change.

A lot of guards around here seem to be leery of working a frack gate because they’re supposed to be really busy. This is the second ‘frack’ gate I’ve worked with SiteWatch and so far I’m not impressed.

I don’t know if these are smaller fracks or what. But the 4 to 6 sand trucks a hour is not much. And using the iPad it just takes about 15 seconds to log them in if they’re already in the system, and maybe 30 to 45 seconds if they’re not. And since they usually all come in together, you’re looking at most 5 minutes to get them all in.

It’s kind of like Crocodile Dundee, when he said, “That’s not a knife. This is a knife.”

Six sand trucks does not a frack make. A frack is sand trucks lined up as far as the eye can see down the road. 40 to 60 trucks an hour for hours at a time.

That’s a frack.

We have a staging pad turnoff about 75 yards before the gate where the sand trucks are supposed to wait to be called into the pad. But last night as things were starting up, the truck drivers didn’t know that they were supposed to wait so they’d come on up to the gate. Then I’d have to make them back up until they could make the turn, and then wait on the pad.

But it looks like I’ve got them all trained now, since I haven’t had the problem tonight so far.

Jan fixed up another batch of her Hot & Spicy Chicken Vegetable Soup this morning so I had some before I left for work, and bought a mug of it with me on the gate to heat up for a late night meal.

Jan's Chicken Vegetable Soup

You can find her basic recipe here – Jan’s Chicken Vegetable Soup. But she spices ours up by using Hot Habanero Rotel Diced Tomatoes rather than the Crushed Tomatoes listed, plus a lot of hot seasonings for that added kick.

Handy Tip of the Day:

If you ever wonder if your remote control is working, just hold down a button and point it at your digital camera.

Remote Control Checkout

Digital cameras see much farther down into the infrared part of the spectrum, the area where remotes live, so they show up bright and clear. This is also why your digital camera can take such good pictures in dim light.

This will only work with in the same room, point it at the TV, type of remotes. It will not work with those remotes like the ones with the Dish receivers that will work from another room. Those work on RF (radio frequencies), not infrared light.

I noticed recently that HP is now offering an Instant Ink option for their Wi-Fi enabled printers. When it gets low, it just orders more ink for you. And then a few days your ink order shows up on your doorstep. Well and good, but what I want to know is, what else is it ordering.

Pay-per-view porn? Escort Services? Extra paper so it can print out filthy pictures? What?

I wanna know what my printer is doing behind my back.

Thought for the Day:

After once shooting a cigarette from the mouth of newly crowned German Kaiser Wilhelm II, Annie Oakley later said it she hadn’t been quite as good a shot, she could have prevented the first World War.



4 Responses to Still Didn’t Make It . . .

  1. Charley Dickson says:

    Greg, after reading your blog for 5.5 years and meeting you at the Celina Gypsy Journal Rally in 2011 and at the Escapade in 2015, it’s been great being in Texas (Rockport right now) and seeing some of the things that you’ve been talking about all this time.  HEB has been the best thing, IMHO, that I remember from your blog, Whataburger has been ok, and we haven’t stopped at Buc-ee’s yet.  I know that you’ve mentioned lots of other items unique to Texas, but that’s all I’m thinking about right now.  Regardless, keep up the good work, and the great blog!



  2. Merideth says:

    Next time you decide to go to see Passengers let us know and we might be able to go with you. I want to see that movie also.


  3. Bill Joyce says:

    The SD card problem with these dashcams is how fast they are at some things, the Sandisk class 10 cards are sometimes too fast for them.  We have two G1Ws and use class 6 Sandisk microSDs in them with no problems.  S

    • gregwhite says:


      I asked about that. Apparently it’s more SanDisk than the speed.

      The replacement card is also a Class 10, just a different brand.


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