Too Good To Be True…

Posted by on January 20, 2016

We had a nice, quiet weekend again….especially since we ‘closed’ at 7:00 pm.  Once 7 o’clock comes round Michael heads outside to lock the gate while I pull all the shades in the coach and unplug the bell and then we’re  in our own little world.

We’ve heard a few trucks come and go ‘after hours’ but we pay them no mind and just enjoy being ‘off’ while still on a gate…A very strange feeling actually.

We haven’t had more than 45 vehicles pass through the gate since last week Wednesday which has been wonderful.

This is all the further the shade would go up before Michael restrung it. It's ready to be taken down here.

This is all the further the shade would go up before Michael restrung it. It’s ready to be taken down here.

When we arrived at this gate I had trouble putting the dining table shade up (we always travel with the shades down).  I figured right away that one of the strings was fraying and need to be replaced.

Michael took a look and confirmed my suspicions.  He wasn’t able to work on it until after his gate closed up on Friday but got it taken care of over the weekend.

The bed is the best work space for restringing shades!

The bed is the best work space for restringing shades!

This was the largest shade he’s had to fix so far…A 4 stringer where all the others were just 2 strings.  Luckily he purchased a big spool of the string that is used on the shades several years back so that it’s always on hand when it’s needed.

It took him a little bit to get the hang of restringing this shade since it was bigger than those he’d done in the past.  But, my hero, got it taken care of and the shade is back on the window and working good!

My favorite crew - Enrique, Jerry and Weecho.

My favorite crew – Enrique, Jerry and Weecho.

My favorite work crew stopped by with a gift of guava.  We’ve not ever eaten a guava so this is a new experience for us.  Enrique tells me we just need to wash them and wat them as they are…no need to peel but watch out for the seeds.  Ok…we’ll give it a shot!

On Tuesday, I went into Dilley and met 3 other female gate guards at Taqueria Jalisco for lunch.  I’d met one of the ladies before and was familiar with the other 2 from Facebook so it was nice to meet them in person.

Lunch with the ladies

Lunch with the ladies

While I was out I made stops at HEB and Walmart to pick up odds and ends and then stopped at Golden Chick to pick up fried chicken for Michael and at the Chinese Buffet to pick up my dinner.  (surprised??  LOL)

Shortly after I got home yesterday we got a phone call from Shawn (our service tech)…Our gate is closing.  Awww, man!  They’ve decided to postpone the frac for 2 months.  So we’ll work today yet and then will pull out of here on Thursday morning and head to the yard to wait for another gate.

A parting shot of Birdie

A parting shot of Birdie

I know that everyone is really enjoying the low gas prices at the pump but keep in mind that those low prices affect other things too.  Not just us, as gate guards, or the oilfield workers themselves but caterers, office workers, Porta potty businesses, truck drivers, welders, hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, you name it…everything is affected here.

4 Responses to Too Good To Be True…

  1. Judy Mott

    Kelly, I am so sorry your gate is closing. We have been watching the news on the drop in oil prices, and praying for all. I am glad we did not expect to gate guard this year!

    • Kelly

      Thanks for thinking of us, Judy. Pretty sure we won’t be come back to gate guard in the fall….just not enough business out there.

  2. Jan Spaulding

    It isn’t looking good. Sorry this one is closing. It sounded pretty good. Are you heading for Wisconsin? Pretty cold up there right now. Wherever it is be safe. Jan Spaulding

    • Kelly

      Oh no! We’re just heading to the yard in Carrizo Springs to wait for another gate. We’ll stick it out down here until mid April but will really monitor the situation before coming down again in the fall.

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