I slept pretty good last night. I’ve learned to sleep with one of Michael’s pillows over my head (LOL!) and that helps drown out any traffic. Now I just have to get used to the movement of the coach as Michael goes in and out. I do well in the middle of the night but once the 5:00 am ‘mad dash’ starts I have a hard time ignoring it.
I got out of bed at 5:45 am to find out that the generator had stopped working about 1/2 an hour prior. Michael went out and tried to restart it with no luck. It still had plenty of fuel. After doing a little inspecting he found that it had thrown a fan belt.
He’d tried calling our service guy several times with no answer. He ended up getting a hold of Mark, the supervisor at the Whitsett office, and he said that there was a guy on call and he’d be right over. Austin got here 8:45 and was gone by 9:00 am. He replaced the belt, got the generator running again and chatted with Michael before heading off.
Unfortunately, the generator only ran about 20 minutes before it died again. I guess the belt was too big and after working a little bit it stretched out way too much and we were out of business again. Michael called Austin again and he made it back here about 30 minutes later with the right belt. Fifteen minutes after he arrived he was gone again and the generator was once again purring away.
The generator is really not loud at all. It’s parked right behind our back (living room) window but doesn’t hinder our hearing the TV or bother our sleep. However, while it was off today we noticed that we could actually hear work going on down at the frack site…something we can’t hear at all when the generator is running!
I went into Kenedy about 6:45 this morning so that I could pick up a few items from Walmart. The Walmart is located on highway 181 between Kenedy and Karnes City and is just under 8 miles from where we’re parked. It’s a small store but I was able to find everything that I needed. It was nice and quiet with pretty much just me and Walmart employees in the store.
I was gone just a little over an hour and when I came back I visited Evangeline before parking at home. Evangeline is another well that was drilled on this land. The road to Evangeline is just past our coach, toward the current frack site, about a football field away.
She’s a fully operational well and I thought it would be interesting to see what it looked like. I guess it’s really nothing exciting but now I know what the current wells that are being fracked will look like when done. One day soon I’ll take a ride to the current site and see if I can get a couple of pictures.
It’s funny getting to know our semi-truck drivers. We have pretty much the same guys that deliver sand, diesel, chemicals, etc. Baltazar drives a red truck and always has a smile and made sure I knew who he was named after (one of the wise men, of course!) and that his birthday is the same day that the wise men came. Shoeless Rick always opens his door to talk with me making it easy to see that he drives in only his socks! Noel Sr. and Noel Jr. always come in and depart at the same time…father and son, of course.
Some of the ‘worker bees’ are also easy to pick out. Tyler has dreads and instead of driving straight down the road as he leaves he always points the front end of the truck straight at me so that I can see the plate number easier. Oneil & Edward turn the water to the ‘hose’ outside our door on & off throughout the day and night. Zach and I have an on going battle over the correct spelling of ‘ZACK‘. I just can’t explain what a great bunch of guys this is…hoping that every gate assignment comes with the same sort of people.
We enjoyed a fairly peaceful spaghetti dinner together and then settled down to watch a little TV. We were able to watch a little TV and even video chat with our youngest son, Dan and his wife Amanda. We had to log a few sand trucks in and out but it’s a quick process so it wasn’t any bother.