Friday, February 10, 2012
Its inevitable in the Gate Guard world; you eventually have to pick up and move to a new gate. Despite a bunch of indecisiveness we ended up back with our rig. We were notified around 7 p.m. the night before and told to be on site between 7 and 8 a.m. It was cool, rainy and muddy when we got there and our pad had not been built yet. Not to worry. Our exploration company brought in two bottom dump eighteen wheelers of caliche rock and a talented backhoe driver to spread it. Voila!-a pad. After slogging through the mud and the muck we have finally "roosted" on our pad. The sun has come out and things seem to be looking up. As in most things in life my supposed proficiency with the satellite setup came back to bite me. This time the setup took me about six to eight hours working off and on the night before and the following day. Suffice it to say a "satellite finder" has been ordered. All of these things are part and parcel of the nomadic lifestyle that is gate guarding. After six months of doing this, we have become accustomed to the lifestyle.