Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Our first day off

Doyle RV Park
Doyle, OK

We've got the whole thing figured out now.
Our job is pretty easy, really.
It's just a process of signing workers in and out.
We use pre-printed log sheets that record
name, company, tag #, date & time in, and date and time out.
There are times when a worker leaves the well pad,
so we have to note that he's left,
and when/if he comes back, note that as well.
Basically the company wants an accurate count
of anyone on the well pad at any given time.

The busiest time is between 5:00 am/pm and 6 am/pm
when the shift changes.
After that it's pretty much watching the world go by :-)
Surprisingly, time seems to go by pretty fast.

Here are a few pictures of my little area....
The guard shack, and Mary Lou and I get a pink port-a-potty.

Here you can see how close the guard shack is to the well pad.

The company supplies a table, chair, heat, ac, and log sheets
with clipboards.
The rest is up to us :-)
I'm sharing a guard shack with Wes & Marylou,
so all of this stuff is theirs.
They suggest buying a cheap microwave
when we get our own gate.

I pass the time listening to the radio,
reading (lots!),
watching movies on my computer,
coloring :-)

I bought myself a kids coloring book and pack of crayons.
I've seen some really cool adult coloring books,
I might get one of those at some point.

George's gate is very similar,
but he's not near the well pad.
He has nothing to watch outside his windows.

Our gates are about 1 mile apart.
My gate is 4 miles from the RV park,
so that's not too bad.
George drops me off at mine,
then goes on to his.

Today was our first day off.
We needed propane, groceries,
and George needed to chisel the mud off the truck.
I told him it's just going to get dirty again :-)

The weather here has been cold,
mostly at night it's been in the 20's.
No problems, really.
It will be getting warmer, almost 70 by the weekend!

Until we get our own gate we're making less $$,
but easing into these wild 12 hour schedules makes it easier.
The other 2 couples appreciate the break too!


  1. Glad you are liking it so far. I just bought a coloring book but haven't had time to try it out. Time for reading sounds wonderful. Love your pink potty!

  2. I have to agree with Sherry, time for reading does sound wonderful.
    The job sounds interesting. Stay warm.

    Celebrating the Dance

  3. I've never seen a pink porta potty before. I learn all kinds of new things from you. Guess you don't have to worry about the toilet seat being left up... :cD

  4. Gate guarding has sure changed in the two years since we did it. No thanks on the shack, much prefer from our rig. Good thing there are people like you that are not whimps like us.

  5. Not a bad version of gate guarding. Good for you guys for scoring the gig!

  6. It is nice you guys are getting eased into the job! Not sure I could spend 12 hours in that little box though! It's tiny! I would totally buy the more challenging adult coloring books - maybe some Prismacolor pencils! You could create some real masterpieces!
    Glad to hear you are doing well - can't wait to hear about how you do when you get your own gate!

  7. Sounds like things are falling into place. Love that pink port-a-potty!