We expected a quiet night last night but we were wrong. Michael was fairly busy with water trucks, equipment deliveries, etc. He claims he was able to sleep in between vehicles but it couldn’t have been very much.
We have been on this gate for 3 weeks today and still don’t know how long we’ll be here. The day company man leaves on Wednesday and the night company man left this morning. We were told that a workover rig was supposed to be coming in at some point in the near future but not certain as to when that will be. We’ll just play it by ear and see what happens.
As, Thomas, the night company man left this morning he handed me a small ‘rope sculpture’ that a friend of his girlfriend made and said ‘here’s a gift to warm your heart’. It’ll serve as a wonderful memory of Thomas and our first experiences here in the oil patch.
I went to a lunch get together in Pleasanton today with several other women from the gate guarding community. Once a month they plan a luncheon for the women. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be anything for the guys…I think that needs to be rectified.
We met at Kadobes Bar & Grill at 11:00 am. It was about an hour drive for me but it was nice to see some of the countryside that surrounds us that we haven’t been able to experience. I ended up arriving about 10 minutes late due to miscalculating my travel time, getting caught by a funeral procession and the GPS not knowing exactly where my destination was….but all was good…one woman walked in about 10 minutes after me and no one had ordered yet either.
I had a nice time chatting with some of the ladies I’ve met via a group we belong to on Facebook. We had 13 meet for lunch…a pretty nice sized group. We chatted non-stop for 2 hours before everyone went their separate ways.
While I was gone Michael manned the gate and by the time I got home just before 2:30 pm he was pretty tired and almost immediately went to bed.
While Michael’s morning and early afternoon were kind of steady things slacked off quite a bit for me so I was able to relax quite a bit in my recliner while watching TV (I DVR’d a ton of Law & Order episodes since I’ve never watched it) and doing a little internet surfing. After about 6:00 pm we only had 1 night shift crew of 6 guys and the company man down on the pad so I’m crossing my fingers that we have little to no traffic tonight so that Michael can get some sleep as he got less than 4 hours of sleep today.