I had put this on my blog on myspace a while back and by reading the comments I know that many of you feel the same way.
It's midnight and having trouble sleeping, my other half is on the rig for his seven days. What's keeping me up is what probably keeps many of you up at night. What's gonna happen next? For the guys that they're rigs are still running, where is the next job gonna be? For the ones that are down it's trying to find somebody that is hiring. For any of you who read this I want you to know you're all in my prayers and with hopes that things will pick up soon. People who aren't in the oilfield and not around the life don't always grasp the aspect of a "slowdown." It affects families and in many cases communities. My husband, dad, uncle, and seven cousins all work for the same company; ranging from floorhand to drilling superintendent. I am from a small town in Louisiana and off the top of my head I can count at least 25 other guys that work for the same company as them. Around here its either farming, construction, shutdowns or the oilfield. Unless you're lucky enough to go to college, and those who are going or have been know how expensive it can be.(still paying on student loans!) And these guys that we love can make more than some after going four or more years of college.
And for the wives like me that get that tax return at the first of the year, look at the number on there,eyes get big, and then look around and wonder where the hell it all went.(Most likely gas this past summer.) I hated the $4 dollar gas as much as anyone else throughout this country, but having grown up with a dad in the oilfield and now have a husband there, I have tried not to fuss to much about it. Because the demand for that and everything that oil and natural gas is used for are the reason we get a paycheck every two weeks. And the ones wanting these companies to get taxed harder, don't think far enough down the line on what this effects. Yea, these bigger companies (By the way Exxon Mobil is the biggest in the US and 14th largest in the World. Show's the biggest ones aren't in the US) will have to pay higher taxes to the government and we may or may not see the benefit of this. But some will have to cut back on production and drilling. In turn they start cutting rigs loose. And it starts affecting us. I know in Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma that will effect alot of communities and the other states close to us. It affects the guys who work for Patterson, Nabors, Greywolf, etc. and if no rigs are running, the MWD hands, Schlumberger, Halliburton and the various other companies who do things for these rigs are looking for work.
It takes some special guys to work on that iron like they do.(as they say its always sunshining in the oilfield.) But it takes special women like all of us to be married or with a roughneck. You have to deal with him being gone 7/7, 14/14, 30/30 or whatever shift he works. And of course the moment he pulls out of the driveway it all falls apart. Various appliances chose then to breakdown, kids break something around the house, vehicle messes up and so on. If you have kids they are upset because daddy left and want to know why he has to always leave like he does. This is all going while your doing your best not to cry because you miss him so much while he's gone and trying to keep a brave face for the kiddos. A roughneck wife learns how to fix many things they never would have had to dream of fixing.We live for the short phone calls, and bad reception, because face it alot of places these rigs are don't get good service. And for the lucky ones that their man's rig is an hour or so from home, you get to see him more often; with the added joy of washing clothes during a rig move. (Getting pipe dope and grease out your washing machine is not fun!) But it's what they do and we love them no matter what. My husband loves that I grew up around the oilfield and he can tell what's going on and I know (most of the time) what's going on. Yes, I am just rambling on. But if there is any of you who are feeling like me, just know your not alone. Praying for each of you and your families!