Around 6:00 pm on Tuesday night I heard a loud noise and looked out the living room window to see a huge puff of dust at the entrance to our gate. An SUV had flown down the road and onto lease road, threw on its brakes and started turning around and there was a sheriff’s car with its lights flashing right behind her. A minute later another sheriff’s car came from a different direction and not long after that a white truck pulled up. I just assumed it was a gawker but after he got out and started to walk over to the speeding vehicle I heard him say that she was his wife. About five minutes later two more sheriff’s cars pulled up and joined the action.
Meanwhile, it was time for our day rig crew to leave for days off and each and every one of them (including the company man) stopped to find out what was going on so I shared what I knew. Since this all took place in the entrance to our gate they had us blocked in and had to maneuver a couple of the Sheriff’s vehicles so that crew could get their vehicles by.
As I was talking with the company man they moved the woman from her vehicle into the back of the sheriff’s car and it was obvious she was beyond drunk….stumbling, crying and screaming….kinda scary. Shortly after they put her in the car they handcuffed her husband and put him in the back of another vehicle (although we don’t know why…OWI too? Domestic Dispute? Who knows?). When they started to pull away with her in the back seat they abruptly stopped and the deputy got out of the vehicle with his baton in hand and he and the 3 other deputy’s opened the door to the back seat and you could hear her screaming and crying and then you could see her trying to get out. They finally got her calmed down and in fully in the car again and drove off while the vehicle with her husband in it followed about 10 minutes later.
Not long after the first 2 cars left a tow truck arrived to pick up both vehicles and haul them off…I can’t imagine it will cheap to get them back! Once the tow truck was gone the remaining to police officers left as well. An hour and a half later we were back to normal. The most drama we’ve had in AGES!
Shift change was especially poignant this week as saying ‘Good-Bye’ wasn’t just for 2 weeks but most likely forever since this job will be done before it’s time for this crew to come back to work. It’s also quite likely that the rig crew will be laid off since we continue to hear that the rig is going to the yard in Alice to be ‘stacked’.
Not nearly as exciting as watching the ‘drunk driver saga’ but amusing nonetheless….on Wednesday I went to log in a vehicle and found a big ol’ tour bus from Mexico at the entrance to the gate. The guy I was logging in said the driver had stopped in him and asked how to get to 85…he was trying to get to Dilley. Not sure how he thought he’d find Dilley way out here in the middle of nowhere! LOL The bus got itself turned around at the intersection here and I’m assuming went back to I35, where he should never have left and found Dilley.
I got up Thursday morning to find out that Michael had witnessed another speeding ticket at our gate. This is the second one to actually happen within our gate. Unfortunately, this time it was one of our crew…he was going 42 mph on a 30 mph road that should be 50 mph. :-/
Michael’s back was considerably better by the time his shift rolled around on Wednesday afternoon and I was quite thankful as I was getting pretty tired. He was even able to handle getting out of bed to answer the bell in the middle of the night. Thankfully, it was and AWESOME night and the bell just went off twice, in close succession! He came to bed about 12:00 pm and the bell went off around 1:00 am and then not again until 6:30 am! I’d forgotten to set my alarm so I got a real treat to sleep in until 6:30!!
Tried another new recipe for dinner on Wednesday night…..and this one’s a keeper…thank goodness! Salisbury Steak Meatballs over mashed potatoes. Comfort food! Since Michael is a BIG fan of ground beef he really enjoyed it.
The rig got moved over to the 6th and final hole late Wednesday/early Thursday and then started drilling again by mid-morning. Drilling should be complete sometime on Sunday and then they’ll run casing, pour cement, etc before they start tearing the rig down. Company man’s estimate to be moving out is the 15th…let’s just see how accurate he is!
Days til we leave the oil patch: 10
Days til we hug our sweet Paityn & Cameron (their Momma & Papa too!): 38