Where in the hell am I?

July 19, 2009

Back on the line

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — John @ 10:45 am

The big pipeline project just keeps on going, and I’m back in the field. This is the last big push. The client is going to have us survey everything that is accessible in Oklahoma and Texas, and then whatever is left will have to wait until construction. I suppose that means there will be monitoring eventually, but that’s a year or two in the future at this point.

So right now I’m in Oklahoma. I was actually looking forward to being here, but I don’t know why, because I realize that I don’t really like it. It’s pretty where we’re working, but it’s a lot of really small towns, so-so hotels, and crushing rural poverty. It’s seriously depressing. We’ve also been moving around a lot, which is a little difficult for me.

The company we were originally subcontracting for was removed from the project, so we’re now working for a different group. They’ve been on the project, so it’s not someone totally new, but they have a slightly different approach to things. As I said to someone yesterday, we had perfected an imperfect process, and now every change is for the worse. We’re getting things done, but there’s a lot of stress and I’ve been really struggling. I’ve been on the verge of tears several times, and my mood has definitely been really shitty. I need to suck that up, because the crew chief can set the mood for the crew.

It’s also been really hard because I was having an amazing summer in Austin, and I’m desperately homesick and missing my friends. I chose this life, and I love what I do, but this project has really scarred me emotionally. I’m making a lot of money, but I’m not sure it’s enough.

It’s going to be a long three or four weeks.



  1. You’ll make it through your Oklahoma experience. All of mine have been rather shitty. Though I’ve always had something to come home to and it does make a huge difference! Drag your ass across Oklahoma like a dog with worms and get home to where the gettin is good!

    Comment by Matt — July 19, 2009 @ 10:58 am

  2. Aww, you’re killing me with the rural poverty, stress, and homesickness. We miss you too!

    Comment by St. Murse — July 19, 2009 @ 6:58 pm

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