No Gate ’til Next Year?

Posted by on December 17, 2015
Came across this beautiful church while running errands in Carrizo - Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church

Came across this beautiful church while running errands in Carrizo – Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church

On Monday we made a trip back to Eagle Pass to retrieve the TPMS sensor off the passenger tire off the old truck as Michael had forgotten to remove it  He also had to give them the spare tire key for the old truck.  We’re getting really familiar with the trip back and forth between Carrizo and Eagle Pass!

We decided to stop at Walmart for a few items as it’s a full-sized supercenter.  The store is stocked to the brim.  I guess since it’s the only Walmart servicing Eagle Pass, Texas (population 35,000ish) & Piedras Negras, Mexico (population 150,00ish) they really have to keep their inventory levels high as that’s a lot of people to service.

We were actually quite impressed by the cleanliness of the store and the helpfulness of the associates. When we asked where a product was were actually taken TO the product rather than pointing…something I was taught when I started working at Walmart back in 1992 but something we don’t see very often anymore.  Kudos to the store manager!

Chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes & green beans

Chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes & green beans

We stopped at Luby’s for lunch as it had been roughly 25 years since we’d been to a Luby’s.  The restaurant is set up cafeteria still where you go through a line choosing the dishes to make up your meal.

The last Luby’s we were at was in Killeen, Texas during the later part of 1990.  Michael was deployed to Desert Storm in mid January 1991 and the boys and I moved back home at the end of January 1991.  In October 1991 there was a mass shooting at the Luby’s there in Killeen.  You can read about it HERE.

Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes & pinto beans

Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes & pinto beans

Thankfully, our lunch was peaceful and enjoyable.  Luby’s seems to have improved its appearance and food quality since our last visit.  Michael ordered chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and beans while I went with chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans.  Everything was very good and plentiful.  I would have no issues going back.

We made two more stops before heading home – Kohls but they didn’t have what I was looking for and Sears for a wrench and screwdriver.  Michael was able to find the screwdriver he wanted but the wrench was a no show.

a bit fuller than when we first arrived.

a bit fuller than when we first arrived.

When we first got here 10 days ago there were 3 campers here – 2 belonging to the guys that work for GGS and 1 guy that is working an overnight 9 hour gate.  Then Lupe and us joined the community but we were the only couple here. On Sunday an older couple came in from a gate that had closed.  Today another gate closed and one of the service techs brought in a trailer and parked it in a storage area.

I’ve been trying to stay up on chores around the house so that they’re not looming over me when we get a gate and things get harder to accomplish.  So I’ve been doing laundry nearly every day, defrosted the freezer, vacuumed, washed the floor and of course….DUSTED…which is pretty much never-ending.

He's made himself quite the little work area

He’s made himself quite the little work area

Michael’s been doing the same with his ‘manly’ stuff. Cleaning hoses, chock blocks, leveling blocks etc. Not only are we getting odds and ends accomplished we’re passing the time as we wait for a new gate to open.  Win/Win!

Wednesday Michael made the journey back over to Ancira Ford in Eagle pass to pick up the heavy-duty floor mats that were included in the sale of the truck.  So much better than the cheap carpety ones that come in the truck.  With the dust and mud that we deal with here in the oil patch they’d have been pretty useless.

Shawn (the supervisor of this yard) told Michael earlier this week that he’d heard that our gate could be opening up on Friday. Unfortunately, on Thursday he told us that the gate would NOT be opening until next year.  Ugh.  Ok…so now we wait some more.  This is the longest we’ve ever waited for a gate (10 days) and hopefully once the wait is over we’ll get a gate that lasts several months and wait won’t have been in vain.

 

 

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