"if you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much room"

Monday, January 2, 2012

learning pains

I'm a planner. I like to know where I am going and what I am going to be doing when I get there. I'm trying to learn to be flexible but it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks :-). This gate guarding life is not suited for a planner since so many things seem to be done or decided at the last minute. I'm doing my best to learn to "go with the flow".
I have been "working the beat" trying to get information on what the immediate future holds here at the gate from just about anyone who is patient enough to answer my questions. The rumors are running like wild fire and know one seems to have any firm information on what will happen. Rudee is my alter ego, she can "go with flow" and I think I am driving her nuts :-). I guess opposites do attract :-)
One thing for sure, there is still work to be had as a gate guard so there is no need for me to sweat it out trying to figure everything out before it happens. As Rudee reminds me, "patience big boy".

Sunday night and Monday morning are shift changes which keeps our gate busy. I had several of the workers coming in overnight. I'm not sure why they show up at 1am for their 6am start time, seems like they are making it a little harder on themselves than it has to be.

The temperatures are supposed to be near or below freezing tonight so I disconnected the power to the water pump and drained the hose that connects our 5th wheel to the large tank outside. We will run off our on board tank for the night. They are saying the rest of the week will be warmer with sunny skies. Now that's the kind of winter we like! I'll keep you posted.


  1. If they show up that early, it's obvious to me that the traffic must be horrible there in the early morning. Reminds me of once in the Seattle area when I thought I could leave at 6:00 a.m. and get to the airport on time....wasn't going to happen!!

  2. I had that explained to me once. Most of the time the crew drives in from various places...sometimes even out of state.

    When they get to the rig they crash for a few hours before having to go to work.

  3. "When they get to the rig they crash for a few hours before having to go to work. "
    John and Terry are right. I used to drive to the Houma Heilo port and nap until time for the flight out to the platform. Same drill when catching the crew boat out to the platform.
    We are enjoying your posts !
    harm & bett