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August: Working for up to 16 hours/day, for 2 Companies

The summer days pass by bathing in my own sweat beneath 2-3 sweater thick coveralls under the scorching Alberta sun, and inside a vacuum or tanker truck where neither the air conditioners or fans work, and you’re lucky if the thing even drives in a straight line. 432 more words


It's Expensive to be Poor

One trucker I worked with briefly one day brought up this interesting quote:

It’s expensive to be poor.

The financially starved often rely on payday loans, credit cards, “bad credit” auto loans where interest rates can be as high as 39% on an unreliable vehicle, and other high interest debt to make ends meet.

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Weyburn, Sask. struggles to fill jobs in the oil industry

“Now hiring” — the words workers in the oil patch have been waiting to hear are flashing across billboards in Weyburn, Sask.

“We’re struggling finding employees, not even trained employees. 401 more words


Season’s Musings

Photo: Annual “Christmas In The Oil Patch,” Kilgore, Texas

As we approach our 31st year in OCTG reporting we thought we’d share a bit of our history with y’all. 285 more words


Smoke and Mirrors Time for Stund Kunts In Alberta

Yes sir, it is that time of year for the annual smoke and mirror show better known as SECOR for companies with less than 10 employees and COR for companies with more than 10 employees. 48 more words



Meanwhile, back in Kansas…

After barking orders to Luke and Roy to fix whatever was wrong with the non-working pump jack, Bobby Edwards proceeded to drive me around southeastern Kansas to the other leases. 1,427 more words

Bernard Olcott

A Reversal in Fortunes

My recent good luck streak of finishing school, making $518/day, acquiring my 1st property at age 22 (while having 3 years of oilfield and construction experience, and 3.5 years of university), and about to order my 1st Porsche, finally came to an end with a sudden reversal in fortunes- loss of work as I went on a 3-week paid vacation. 99 more words