Welcome Neighbors!

This a Welcome letter and a bit of a farewell.  As you may have noticed, I’ve added 2 new blogs to my blog roll, which makes 4 in the past 6 weeks.

My blog roll. Every time I say that I think I should buy jeans with stretchy waistbands, particularly when you combine the words blog, roll and Fork. Anyway, my blog roll here at Fork is limited to blogs written by gate guards – except, of course, for my TMG blog and Heidi’s Good Life. That’s the perk of proprietorship. 😉

Introducing the two newest blogs:

Travlin Terriers – Gate guarding as seen from the perspective of Phoebe and Hannah – two cheeseburger eating Terriers

Blue Heron – The official title is Full-time RVing… Our Journey into Gate Guarding. I shortened it to Blue Heron (their URL) because the real name kept rolling off my blog roll (hope that’s OK Vicky?)

Andy, Bob and Penny continue to write regularly; Luke writes as his internet connection allows; and Kit and Jerry are back in the field, daily journaling.

That means that there are at least eight of us now with gate guard blogs. If you know of others, I’d be happy to add them to the roll. 😀

I just watched the local news, which, for some reason, is from San Antonio. I don’t get that since we’re 55 miles from Houston and 180 miles from San Antonio but ABC, NBC and CBS are all 3 determined to give us locals, San Antonio news. Anyway, the headline story was that the Eagle Ford Shale is predicted to have a 20-50 year play in southern Texas.

They interviewed Judge Nelson Wolff from Bexar county. I have no idea why they interviewed a judge unless he’s really a mayor whose first name is Judge? Or maybe a judge is the go-to guy in Texas? Judge Wolff was very excited to announce that EFS drilling will be spreading north into Bexar county.

Judge Wolff also said that the average semi driver, hauling oil, makes over $100,000 per year.

What does this mean for you and me? Well,  job security looks good if you’re a gate guard and truck driving looks even better.

And what does the proliferation of gate guard blogs mean for you and me?

For you it means there’s a veritable smorgasbord of blogs to choose from. No two are remotely alike. I’d encourage you to check out each and every one!

For me it means I’ll be writing less often and possibly won’t limit my posts to just gate guard/RV related topics. Since I do live full-time in an RV and continue to work as a gate guard, both will come up frequently, but I may also branch out a bit when I do write.

Every time you publish a post, Word Press says something like Cool! or Extraordinary! or Rad!. This is my 203rd post here at Fork. I forgot to see if Word Press said anything cool when I hit the 200 mark. What has been cool has been the 200 or so of you who regularly read. Thank you.

I’ll keep writing from time to time, but check out these other blogs and give a hearty welcome to the new neighbors!

P.S. Thanks for all the mouse trapping hints. Another One Bites (bit) the Dust last night. It’s 2:15 a.m. and all’s quiet on the (south) western front, so far…  Of course, I’m still rolling up my apple cores just in case.

Want Another Perspective?

People who look through keyholes are apt to get the idea that most things are keyhole shaped.  ~Author Unknown

Are you ready to take a different look at gate guarding? We’re a mixed, and sometimes mixed up bunch, we gate guards. We’re all over the map (at least in Texas) by location, in our experiences, and in our writing styles.

Many of you who follow Fork because you’re interested in gate guarding, already read some of the other gate guard blogs. There are 2 new ones – way to go, Penny and Bob! –  that you may not have found yet, so tonight I thought it would be fun to post all of the gate guard blogs that I’m aware of.

There may be more. If you have a gate guard blog or know of one that I’ve left out, please send me the link. I’ll add these as a blog roll later – too much traffic to do more than a short post tonight.

These bloggers stretch all across the state. I think you’ll find our experiences vary a lot by location, oil company, drilling company, gate guard company  etc.. Our blogs are really quite different so hopefully you’ll have a lot of fun reading ahead.

Of all the bloggers, I’m the least likely to stay on topic, so I’d really encourage you to check these folks out. 😀

http://www.kitandjerry.com

http://memorymaker11.com/blog

http://myoldrv.com

http://www.wanderingwendels.com

http://bounderrv.wordpress.com

What we all seem to have in common is the privilege of working with a great bunch of  hard-working guys. There are endless stories to tell. Happy reading.

Do not call any work menial until you have watched a proud person do it.  ~Robert Brault

There’s certainly nothing menial about what these guys do!

Let’s Talk About the Weather

Hey, thanks y’all for responding to my questions in Hmm…
I’m still open to your feedback so please keep commenting if you haven’t already.
Based on the emails from you who are too shy to post (which is perfectly fine), Facebook comments and the ones here at Fork, I’d say you’re a mixed up group. 😀
There’s quiet a bit of interest in gate guarding so I’ll try to include bits on that in most of my posts.
I’m sort of, but my not entirely, over my Yankee cultural shock so I’m not as continually stunned by my surroundings or by the spit and chew and drawl as I was the end of last year. Still, there’s plenty to tell.
The most frequently asked question is: What is a regular gate guarding day like?
You might want to check out these blogs:
Andy and Miss K @http://myoldrv.com/
Kit and Jerry are currently taking a break from GG but will be back at in the fall. @http://www.kitandjerry.com
Not only are our blogs different, but so are our experiences.
So to answer the question, it all depends…
It depends on which Gate guarding company you work for, which oil company you work for, which company man you work for, whether or not you follow a rig, what you’re guarding etc..
There are so many variables, that tonight, I’ll just start with the weather.
1. Are you thinking of gate guarding in Texas?
If that answer is yes and you’re asking about right now – then its pretty blazingly hot. You know its hot when the locals begin to complain.  Jill, a friend and fellow gate guard, sent me this today. I’ll quote part of the piece and add a few notes as we go:
YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN  TEXAS IN JULY WHEN. . . .
The birds have to use potholders to pull worms out of   the ground.
The trees are whistling for the dogs…
Hot water now comes out of both taps.
As you can see in this picture, our water tank is big and black. So you know what that means. Yes, the cold water is hot. On the extra hot days, we have to use our holding tank water, just to get it cool enough to take a shower and I never turn on the hot water in the summer, even to do dishes!
The generator is in front of the water tank in this picture and the diesel is in the back and yes, its red. They dye it so no one steals it. Apparently this happens from time to time. Hard to imagine but it does. There’s a huge fine if you’re caught running red diesel in your vehicle or RV.
You can make sun tea instantly.
You actually burn your hand opening the car door.
You learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron..
You discover that in July it only takes 2 fingers to steer your car..
We’ve burned our hands on the RV door, the outside bins,  the Jeep doors, so you can imagine how hot the seat belt buckle gets!
The temperature drops below 95 and you feel a little chilly.
This one is kind of sad. I have the weather forecast for the next 5 days on my phone. I’ll take a look and say “Great news, it’s going to be cool this week, only one day over 99”! If you’re not from Texas, the heat cycle is really different. It’s warm in the mornings, hot in the afternoon and really hot in from 3-8pm!
Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, ‘What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?’
You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.
You break into a sweat the instant you step outside at  7:30 a.m.
I’m writing this at 1:00 am – the temperature is 83. It’s supposed to be 77 degrees at 6 am today but the humidity is expected to be 82%.
This isn’t Arizona – it’s a humid heat, at least in our part of the state. Flat hair goes flatter and curly hair curls twice. If you don’t have any hair, you’ll be cooler but you’ll certainly need a hat.
The potatoes cook underground, so all you have to do is pull one out and add butter, salt and pepper.
Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying boiled eggs.
The cows are giving evaporated milk.
Ah, what a place to call home. .
God Bless The State of  TEXAS !!!
As I’ve talked about in other posts, summer is about 7 months long, so don’t limit your hot weather thinking to June, July and August. And in the winter it can be really cold. If you’re new here, you might want to read about what happens when it gets so cold in Texas that your pipes freeze and you have to buy a flower-pot.
God Bless Texas, indeed!