More Gates, Moe’s & Predictions

Posted by on March 10, 2016

I was informed just before 7:00 am on Friday morning to expect 70-75 loads of caliche…ugh!  The loads were used on a new pad that was built to put a tank battery on.  We’ll be doing this all over again soon enough as they’ll be building another tank battery for the other set of wells that are being drilled too.

The set up for the gate guard on our same lease road.

The set up for the gate guard on our same lease road.

Since Michael worked the gate for our gate guard partner down the road we thought we’d both have the same amount of traffic…Wrong!  The vehicles go through me first and then to get to the rig they have to go through Michael’s gate.  All be darned if all those dang caliche trucks got to their destination about midway between us to dump their loads!  So in 2 hours I got roughly 35 vehicles….and Michael got 5 and it continued on that way all day!  Who got the lucky end of that stick??

We’re very fortunate that the landowner here is a really nice guy.  He stops and chats every so often and has no problem with us receiving mail and/or packages straight to the gate.  It’s really nice to have mail & packages come right to the door rather than having to send them General Delivery or to the drugstore in Dilley and then have to go and fetch them.

Michael captured this while waiting for our fellow gate guard to come back

Michael captured this while waiting for our fellow gate guard to come back

Our weekend was especially quiet.  Partly because the crew finished drilling one well and skidded over to the next hole to continue on.  When they skid over there isn’t a need for mud loggers and directional drilling crew so most of them went home for a couple of days.  And of course no sales call over the weekend.  It was nice to have a little down time just to relax.

Since the weather has been so warm and Michael had some time with the slow weekend he decided it was time to put the space heater in the ‘back’ basement and bring out the tower fan.  While he was at it he put out two heavy throw blankets back in the Rubbermaid totes in the basement too.  Now we’re all ready for summer!

Michael waited for about an hour for anyone to show up and then when they did they were there for about 15 minutes.  Easy money?

Michael waited for about an hour for anyone to show up and then when they did they were there for about 15 minutes. Easy money?

We had an early dinner on Monday and it’s a good thing we did because we got a phone call from Shawn about 3:40 pm asking Michael to cover a gate for roughly 4 hours while a water line was installed.  It just so happens to be the very first 12 hour gate Michael worked back in January.  We like to be as helpful as possible so Michael was out the door in less than 10 minutes.  It also didn’t hurt that he’d receive a full day’s pay for working the short shift either.

My meal...much better once doctored up with some queso, shredded cheese & sour cream.

My meal…much better once doctored up with some queso, shredded cheese & sour cream.

Still hankering for some good Mexican food, Michael ran into Cotulla on Tuesday to pick up lunch from Moe’s Country Kitchen.  Reviews were favorable for the most part and I know that the ladies gate guard luncheon has met there in the past so we decided to give it a whirl.

Michael was very pleased with his meal.

Michael was very pleased with his meal.

Michael planned to order our sorta usual:  Chicken enchiladas with queso rather than enchilada sauce but found that they were out of chicken and had no queso.  So he ordered beef enchiladas with shredded cheese (for me) and I added some queso when he got home.  I he just got plain enchiladas with enchilada sauce.  We each also tried their taco.  Flavors were actually very good and the price ($6.95 per meal) was quite affordable.  It’s a place we’d probably go back to.

Our two resident roadrunners usually make an appearance several times a day. Now if I could just get them to eat their raw ground beef!

Our two resident roadrunners usually make an appearance several times a day. Now if I could just get them to eat their raw ground beef!

Rain was forecasted for several days this week and while discussing that with one of my favorites, Joe, who is originally from Dilley, he told me a story from his younger days.  It seems there was a ‘witch doctor’ of sorts (curandero in Spanish) in Dilley and he would tell people who to keep the rain away they needed get a horny toad and set it outside on it’s back.  Joe likes to tell people that he has a horny toad out here on the pad that he’s building since the rain seems to go everywhere but here!  Silly man.

The predictions called for LOTS of rain over a several day period  but as of this posting we’ve been very lucky.  We got a little rain overnight Tuesday…enough to wet the road and knock down the dust.  We also got rain throughout the night last night (Wednesday) but still not the torrential downpours that some areas around us have gotten.  Some places have gotten bad storms too (thunder, lightening, hail) but we just had a little thunder & lightening off in the distance Tuesday night.  I know the area could really use the rain but for a gate guard…rain is not fun.  So as long as we can just do these small rainfalls to give the ground a good soak I think everyone will be happy!

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