"A company man who is a friend of mine always says, "I'd rather explain to the company why an operation took longer than it should have then explain to a widow and her kids why her husband is not coming home." Think about…"
"One thing that is for sure is that we have to develop a "safety culture". We have got to be looking out for each other and looking at what is going on around us. Not just JRA's but DRA's also. For those of you who are not…"
"My prayers to the hands and their families. DrillOne, every company that I know of requires FRC. After about 20 or so washings though the FR treatment is washed out of the material. If you wash with degreaser and fabric softner the FR treatment…"
"STOP. LOTO. Dynamic JRA's. Pre-tour and Post-tour Safety meetings. Safety doesn't just happen and it's not the responsibility of the Safety Department. The Safety Department isn't out there on the drill floor. We have to work…"
"These young uns out in the field today cry like a baby if they can't get a ditch witch to dig their ditches for them...I remember digging cellers with a pick and shovel in the middle of winter, the same with spud ditches, one shovel wide and…"
"LOL...I remember once the packing went out in a C-pump, I didn't have any packing to fix it with...I took some sashcord and a grease gun, filled the grease gun half and half with grease and silicone sealant...best darn packing job you ever saw,…"
"...and by thye way, we worked 7 days ON and 7 days ON back then...if you wanted a day off you either traded a double with somebody or you picked up a "Time Order" and "put your clothes where the water can goes"..."
"I was sitting in the Driller's Club at 2nd and Grant in Odessa, drunk on my b***. I think it was around 1975. A driller walked in looking for hands so I hired out to him. He told me to get my boots and hardhat and load up, we was heading for…"
"BP and their egg head engineers can shift the blame anywhere that they want to but the truth of the matter is that you don't start drilling out until you have tested the stack. It seems pretty damn obvious to me, a lowly roughneck, that the…"
"I'm not a pusher, nor am I a company man...I'm a roughneck, now here's the deal...every day I take a crap, I don't need a company man or pusher to tell me how to wipe my arse...and I darn sure don't need one to let me know…"
I was on that Adobe Six Shooter rig all last year consulting for St. Marys.
We were drilling just south of Midland & Odessa. Job shut down in Jan. I was already living in Colombia. I started S.S. and hunkered down for the bust.
I just turned 66 and am in excellent health but these bigger companies won't hardly work anyone over 60 so I don't know if I will ever work in oilfield again. Ah well it has been a good run from 18 to 66 so I ain't crying.
grew up around biglake & Ozona. Broke out drilling on rotary for Norwood. We drilled around Crane this was around 1965. Grew up on Cabletool rig between Iraan and Ozona. We came to Texas 1946 from Oklahoma. First town lived in in Texas was Best Worked for Tom Brown and FWA also after getting out of army 1967. Left USA 1970 and worked International 29 years. Returned to work USA 1999. Now in forced retirement & live comfortable in La Tebaida Colombia.