Wow, what a week it has been. But the last of the fracking is FINALLY over. Today they took the last of their equipment, never to return… Or at least not for 4-6 weeks. Yes that’s right, 4 to 6 weeks we will be doing it again! Apparently the reason we have been so busy is because they were not prepping/working on 1 additional well, but 2. And we get to go through the whole fracking thing again after the flow back thing is done. Or so that’s what I understand. It is really kind of funny; we have been having a really hard time with this week, and couldn’t really put our finger on it. Then some of the regulars came in today, and it hit us like a ton of bricks. They all came in at the same time, said things like “good morning” and “thank you” and “have a great day, I’ll see you this afternoon” There was no horn honking so that they didn’t have to stop (like that ever worked anyway), and as silly as it sounds, they felt like they wanted to be here. I know what you must be thinking, it sounds stupid, but MOST not all but MOST of the fracking crew were kids. Not child labor, but kids you know 18-24. There were some issues with them; I guess some were still mentally in high school or in their gang back home. Yes, I said gang! funny thing about that, as they were pulling some of the bigger machinery out, there were “Glyphs” in the dust of whatever social club those kids were affiliated with, and it didn’t look like the YMCA logo…. anyway the kids seemed to resent us, or maybe it was the job. Not sure why or what, maybe it was because they had to stop and slow down, maybe it was being gainfully employed in this economy, or even the 5am wakeup call they got, or because we smiled and waved like we always do. For some reason it pisses people off when they are mad at the world and you laugh and tell them to have a great day. I even had a guy scold me yesterday at 2am, because he had to wait for me to get out of the trailer. I felt it my duty to inform him that things had died down from the night before and no one has been by since 10pm, and I wasn’t in starting position at the door with the vest on and clipboard in one hand and the door knob in the other. Funny how as you get older you seen to appreciate the little things in life, like employment and politeness. Anyway, we will miss the adults of the party, like Chef Todd and a few others. But we hope the kids stay home for the next fracking round!
Ahem, sorry, /end rant
So it has been a muddy rainy mess here for the past few days, I took Big Red into town this morning and went mud surfing in her… too bad the heavy rain from the day before had her as clean as I have ever seen her… More rain in the forecast for the next day or two, I’ll have to put on the snow tires to get to town again if it does. But, on a good note, I found HEB bubble water! In cans even. I must admit it is some of the best I have ever had to, it is literally carbonated water, there is NOTHING added! There is usually a little something slipped in there, like a little sodium or something unpronounceable, but not the HEB brand, I guess it is true what it stands for…. And with the amount of water we have been drinking, it is nice to get the carbonation to give you that clean feeling after a mouthful of dust… And I have been getting tired of cola, just doesn’t always quench. Now if someone would figure out how to make a good cup of kofy that was in a can and carbonated, now that would be something! You know like one of those frap things you have to shake, but carbonated so you shouldn’t shake it…
We are both hopping that things will slow down a bit for the next week or two, would be nice to catch up on some sleep and errands. Again I must laugh at the things that get sacrificed when things get busy, like regular grocery runs, laundry, meals that take more than 10 mins to prep, cook and eat. Yeah the little things. Even the camera has been neglected; I usually get 3-5 good pics a day, but haven’t had the time/energy for it.
After a week like this, we just say the magic word, “HURRUMPH!” and it all goes away and we feel better.
So till next time, Hurrumph!
I thought it was only fair that both of us chime in on the whole fracing experience now that it is over. Hallelujah!!!
I completely agree with Chris’ assessment. I just have a few things to add… The company that was subcontracted to do the fracing was from out-of-state, I’ll just leave it at that. They were NOT the polite, courteous, friendly and respectful men we have grown accustomed to with the local Texans. These men, with a couple of exceptions, were just down right rude!! It was the first time I felt looked down on for being the lowly gate guard. That’s an awful way to treat someone!! Add that in with the heat and rain and it spells disaster. But only for us meager gate guards so whatever, oh well… Or so the attitude of the week was anywho. And Chris was right, again, it didn’t click until the regulars started coming back. Then all the horn honking, grunts, blank stares, tinted windows (because they didn’t even roll down their window to say hello) and head nods really sunk in for what it was – RUDE!! I tried to learn their names, at least the sand truck guys and the fracers that would speak to me, so we played the name game. I’d try to remember and they had fun cuz I was usually right. But not one of them asked my name…not one.
So my overall assessment of the frac experience – 2 thumbs down.
Onward. Our pipe welders are back laying the groundwork for the flowback to begin. They reported in this morning that they’ll more than likely be finishing up tomorrow. Not sure how soon after the flowback team will move in. They’ll stay on site so we’ll have some new residents!!
Chris did the run into town for necessary supplies yesterday morning. While at the HEB he found us a real single electric burner in addition to the hot plate. I probably looked right over it every time I’ve been there… Anywho I thought I’d give it a whirl last night and whip up some breakfast – fried potatoes, sausage and eggs. Sounds easy enough right? Took forever!! Because it is only one little burner and the circuit breaker couldn’t handle having both the burner and hot plate plugged in. But it got the job done and breakfast was fabulous!!
Today we’re going to see what the weather holds and Chris may go back into town to finish up the errands. He isn’t comfortable sending me until he knows the creek bed road is dry enough. Thank heavens!! What would I do with a Miata stuck in the mud?? But I do feel bad…this will be the 3rd time in a row Chris has had to do the laundry… *smirk* He is also going to dig out my jewels this afternoon. Since we have slowed way down I may be able to work on a few pieces. We’ll see…