Daily Archives: September 24, 2014

Skidding . . .

First off, a Miss Piper update.

After keeping her in the hospital overnight, they’ve decided to keep her there until Friday to be sure that they’ve got this infection in her wrist knocked down. Hopefully this will take care of the problem once and for all.

Well, they finally skidded the rig this morning and I missed it.  When I went in to bed at 7am after Jan relieved me, the cranes weren’t even in position. But when I came out with coffee for Jan at noon, they were done. Darn, I was hoping to get some pictures.

We were working a gate in 2012 where they skidded the rig to another hole, but we weren’t there. Our rig was the only thing happening at that gate so we got some time off, but here we’ve got another rig and a bunch of pad sites with stuff going on, so no time off. Oh, well.

I had a hummingbird visit me today. He flew right under the canopy, darting around, checking out everything. Then he came over and hovered about a foot from my face, just hanging there. And after about 15 seconds, ZIP and he was gone. He was so close I could feel the air moving from his wings. Neat!

Last night was a hoodie, gloves, and heater night. It got down to 56° here. But with no wind, it wasn’t too bad.  What I’m really looking forward to is November and the 30° and sleeting like I had last year in Whitsett. NOT!

Of course last year, the canopy was off to the side and we didn’t have the coach as a windbreak. Plus we’ve got the big, high wall of dirt to shield us to the north.

We finally got to meet our local Gate Guard Services Sale Rep, Chelsie. today. She came to see how we were doing, and also to talk to the Company Man at each rig to see if they had any more business, or gates opening up.

Even more important, she was also able to give us a lead on a relief gate guard so we can get an afternoon and evening off next week for our anniversary. Hope it works out.

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Thought for the Day:

Guns are like parachutes. If you need one and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again.

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