Christmas, Errands & Treats

Posted by on January 20, 2014

Sand truck deliveries really picked up yesterday we received almost double the amount (31 versus 58) that we did on Saturday.   By the time that I got up this morning Michael had already logged in 17 sand trucks.  We pretty much get the same drivers over and over, with a few new ones tossed in for variety.  We wonder when they sleep.

I found out today that many of them sleep while down on the lease waiting to dump their load of sand.  They like to get here and find out that there are lots of sand trucks still down there as that means that they will most likely be there a while and will have a chance to rest.

We ended yesterday with a total of 240 ‘in & outs’ logged.  Our busiest day so far.  We’ve averaged 188 logins in the week that we’ve been here so far and neither of us feel that it’s been ‘crazy busy’.  In talking with other gate guards we found out that many of them have to log every person in the vehicle in as we only have to log in the driver.  So they’re filling out 10+ log sheets per day because they have to log everyone…where we’re doing about 5 sheets per day just logging 1 person.  So actually pretty similar amount of traffic.

We’ve had our mail forwarded to the Gate Guard Services office in Whitsett.  We have some Christmas cards that were on hold while we were in ‘limbo’ so we decided it was time to get them.  We also ordered a few items that we’ll be needing while we’re here and in the future as well.

Woohoo!  Christmas found us!

Woohoo! Christmas found us!

So about 7:20 am Michael set off for Whitsett, which is about 35 miles from here.  After a perilous drive to Whitsett in the crazy fog and a stop at Walmart to pick up a few items he was back about 10:00 am.  He did a few things, took a shower and was in bed by 10:30 am.

Today was like Christmas found us in January!  We got Christmas cards from my niece and one of our Heartland friends and gifts from our sons and their families!  We now have gift cards for dinner and a movie plus gift certificates for 2 more movies, popcorn and soda!  We got a beautiful artistic piece from our 2-year-old grandson and even Michael’s 1099 for his retirement pay!

In need of a bath...big time!

In need of a bath…big time!

Michael said a really heavy fog set in about 4:45 am and then it got cold too.  The fog is so moist that it actually drips off the awning and the trees.  This is the same kind of fog that we came through a week ago today on our way here from Whitsett.  The moisture attracted so much dirt that the coach and truck ended up covered in an almost mud-like substance.

I decided to make some treats for ‘the guys’.   Since I am not a fan of baking and my convection oven and I don’t quite see eye to eye when it comes to baking I decided to go a different route.  I threw together some ‘Fruity Pebbles Bars‘, wrapped them up individually and we handed em out at shift change and when the semi drivers came in.  Everyone was so appreciative and I even got told by one of the young guys that I was ‘the best gate guard’ because normally they get old cranky men.  He made my entire day.

Neighboring farmer leaving his wheat field

Neighboring farmer leaving his wheat field

In the field across highway 239 from us a farmer leases the land from the woman who stopped by to talk to me the other day.  The farmer has wheat planted and until today I’d never seen him over there.  This morning he picked up a tractor that’s been parked there and drove off down the high way with it.  I’ve seen other people from StatOil over there checking on the well that is pumping away over there but never anyone else.

As I was sitting outside logging in the night-shifters 2 of my ‘favorites’ (crane operators) came by and as I handed them their ‘treats’ they handed me two enchilada dinners from one of the local restaurants, Taqueria Jalisco.  I reheated them when Michael woke up and they were very good!  We are so blessed with this wonderful group of men we’re working with.

Javier was so sweet and ordered extra rice for me since I don't care for beans.

Javier was so sweet and ordered extra rice for me since I don’t care for beans.

Since Michael was up late this morning I told him to sleep in.  He ended up sleeping until about 6:00 pm and then I let him have some down time until his night shift started at 8:00 pm.  I normally work til 6:00 pm then we kind of split the 6:00 – 8:00 time frame…with Michael covering 6:00 – 7:00 and me 7:00 – 8:00.

That 6:00 – 8:00 time frame is fairly quiet so we’re able to watch a little bit of TV while enjoying some time together.


8 Responses to Christmas, Errands & Treats

  1. South Dakota

    one thing we found to ask the guys when they are Fracking is what stage they are on. You will get an answer like 16 of 21 or something like that. Once they get close to that final stage the sand trucks will stop and it will only be another day or two and all the equipment will leave. I am enjoying reading your posts.


    • Kelly

      Cool! You can bet I’ll be asking the guys tomorrow what stage they’re on!

  2. rpward51

    Sounds like a sweet assignment.

    • Michael

      I am thinking so. These people are a great bunch, and we are close to town without a long torn up road to drive!

  3. rpward51

    I’ve got a some other questions.
    Is the tanked water they provide potable?
    Did you have to apply for a Texas non-commissioned guard license?
    And, if you don’t mind me asking, how much does that outfit pay per day?


    • Kelly

      Hey Bob! The water is labeled as non-potable but Michael spoke with our service guy and the only reason they label it that was is that when it’s transferred from one tank to another to another the hoses and equipment used might not be the cleanest. It’s city water being used.

      Yes, we had to have a TX gate guard license. The company we are working with helped with all of that and we are able to work while waiting for it to arrive. It will be mailed to the office and then we’ll receive them.

      We are paid $125 per day. One of the lowest rates for gate guard companies…but like I said in an earlier post, we went with a reputable company that we have good friends that have knowledge of, that provide all equipment, that service their equipment and are good to their guards. For us it’s not all about the money….although money is good!

  4. Nonna

    Those guys are lucky to have you. You bring cheer wherever you go. Glad this is working so well for you both. It’s been very interesting reading your posts. Keep up the good work!

    • Kelly

      Awww…..gee….thanks, Nonna! If that’s true, I’m honored. Just trying to be nice to a bunch of guys that are away from home for extended period of time. It’s what I’d want others to do for my sons/husband.

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