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.
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!
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.
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.
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.