Daily Archives: September 4, 2014

Head’em Up, Move’m Out . . .

Well, things got a lot busier today. Yesterday we had 61 vehicles through the gate. Today we had 130. And it’s going to get even busier.

This is the view straight in front of us.

 North Zulch 1

We were originally told this was going to be a frack pond.


This is a new pad site for a drill rig that will be coming in tomorrow or Saturday. So that should liven things up. AND we have a frack starting up sometime soon.

Last year on the frack site where we were at, we had two days of 300 vehicles coming through the gate. That will keep you jumping, believe me.

But with the bad comes the good, hopefully.

Drill Rigs and Fracking usually means catering trucks coming through. Which usually means we eat really well. So here’s hoping.

Here’s what our setup looks like.

 North Zulch 2

The tree provides a lot of shade, enough so that the AC’s actually cycle on and off during the day. Imagine that. Of course as I said yesterday, the tree also ‘shades’ our view of the DirecTV satellite, so it’s not all fun and games. And I still haven’t found my longer cables yet. I haven’t needed them in several years, so I may have tucked them away really good.

One thing nice about this site is that we have our own trash trailer so I don’t have to schlep bags of garbage down to one of the pad sites. And this morning the Company Man sent us a load of pea gravel to cover up the muddy spots around our site. Very nice.

Something else nice is that the water trucks come by 2-3 times a day. Really keeps the dust down.

About 2:30 this morning I was in the middle of a cow stampede. About 2 dozen cows came running down the small farm road to our left, cross the main road, and then ran along the dirt embankment in front, and disappeared into the woods. Don’t know what it was, but something sure had them spooked.

For dinner tonight Jan fixed a great batch of Nachos, with a new twist. Nachos are one of our favorite ‘gate foods’ and we have them a couple of nights a week.

Normally Jan makes them using Tortilla Chips, Jalapeno Bean Dip, Shredded Mexican Cheese, and Jalapeno Slices. But she discovered we were out of the Bean Dip, so she opened a can of Hot Chili Beans, mashed them up some, and spread that on the chips. Covered with Shredded Cheese, and Jalapenos, and sprinkled with cumin, chili powder, and ground habanero spice, and popped in the microwave, you’ve got a great meal.
Thought for the Day:

“Everything that’s done by the government is done in your name. You are responsible whether you like it or not.” – Helen Thomas


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