Games, Life, Oil, TZM

Annnnnd I’m Back!

Well, I’m back from work!

Have been for a few days now and I didn’t get to accomplish ANYTHING that I wanted to while I was away. This was, by far, the most difficult job(s) we have been on; at least since I started working with my boss. It wasn’t difficult work, nothing really is out here, it was just a lot of work. I feel for my boss, he had several nights with little to no sleep, some consecutively! So much went wrong out there; leaks everywhere, missing parts from important equipment, broken equipment. The mud was ridiculously intense as well, even though it only lasted for a day or so after it rained.

We were on one job with another crew for a week then ended up moving to another location for two weeks, just my boss and I. Both jobs were literally in the middle of nowhere; the closest towns were about an hour and forty-five minutes away and there was no data or cellular service on either location. The last week we were out there we got satellite Internet but, it was a bit late at that point. It was all-in-all a very different experience on the job than any other I’ve been on in the North or East.

WS LogoIn the time that I’ve been back, however, I have gotten a lot of gaming in already and a couple really decent (and one extremely aggravating) conversations! I played a game of Infinity with a ‘pro’ player (someone who knows how to play) and got stomped within three turns but, I learned a lot so, I’m looking forward to getting another game in. I also got in a good number of games of Weiss Schwarz and learned a lot of that game as well. The amount of intricate strategies in the game are enormous and it’s probably one of the more complex CCGs I’ve ever played.

I’ve stayed true to my goal of making every conversation relevant and that’s been a lot of fun but, let me just talk about one I had recently that was very irritating. It was with a semi-friend of mine who I’ve gotten into it with before but, not near as bad as the other day. I’ve never given much credence to the idea that younger people think they know everything but, this guy is the epitome of just that. It started with a simple conversation about him reviewing anime (he’s a reviewer for video games and anime, pop-culture) and how it’s difficult because he has certain biases towards specific anime and he wants to remain bias free in his writing. We ended up getting into media as a whole and that’s where things started taking a deep dive into the negative. I was explaining to him that there are organizations and movements out there that are trying to help shape things to come in a more promising light but, he didn’t want to hear any of it because of MY bias towards the organizations I had mentioned. He said he doesn’t want to know anything about it from me and that he’d rather hear about it from someone who doesn’t know about it. Someone who reads about it openly and then tells him about it without bias; someone who isn’t a part.

TVP LogoI can appreciate the idea to an extent but, as I’ve seen time and time again, this leads to   more ignorance than anything else. How many web pages are dedicated to The Zeitgeist Movement being some conspiratorial organization or The Venus Project being a terrorist group, even having been investigated by the FBI? TZM Logo 2You never see official literature being cited on any of these sites; only extremists that have nothing to do with either organization projecting their own ideas upon the groups. These are people that read a bit of documentation, twisted it, and decided to make up the rest. The media is guilty of this as well, asking the same old entrapping questions that aren’t answerable to create an ‘Ah ha!’ moment. They don’t care about education, only a spotlight.

I don’t want these kind of people in my life and I’m working on figuring out the best way to let this guy know that I really don’t want to hang out with him any more. I don’t want the negativity around me, the complacency, or the ignorance.

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Games, Oil

Finally Going Back To Work!

Ugh, I’ve been off now for for way too long!

I love being off for weeks at a time but, three months is way too long. I really love my job; well, the being outdoors in the middle of nowhere part of it anyway. It’s so great to get away, be alone, contemplating this or that while being surrounded by the flora and fauna Spiderthat just doesn’t exist in your everyday world. After about four weeks out in the field, however, I start missing being around people as well so, there has to be some kind of balance but, I’m not quite there yet. I think three weeks on and three off would be perfect, honestly.

I’m going to ‘West Texas’ on this job so, it should be quite an experience; I’ve yet to have any work out there. From what I understand, everything is a lot more dangerous, from the toxic gas coming out of the ground (H2S or Hydrogen Sulfide) to the types and sheer amount of spiders and snakes and who knows what else. My brother once said it was like working in the setting of The Hills Have Eyes but, I’ve never seen it; maybe I’ll watch it this evening to give myself something more to look forward to over the next few weeks!

I plan on getting a lot of painting done while I’m out there. I’ve recently gotten into a game called Infinity (expect some posts about it soon) Infinity and have a small number of minis to get painted up. The problem is, is that they’re so god damn beautiful! The quality and amount of detail is insane and very intimidating so, I’ve been procrastinating on getting it done. Depending on how long I’ll be out there, I’ll probably take care of my orcs I picked up for my game as well, Syndicate: Clash.

I don’t know what kind of cell or data service I’ll have out there at all so, if you don’t hear from me for a while, that’d be why. I do intend on writing all I can while I’m out there though so, maybe the days I manage to make it into town there will be updates on here; we’ll see.

Wish me luck!

Oil

Cleaning The Witch’s Hat

So, today I get to clean the ‘witch’s hat’. This is basically a fuel filter for these massive compressors out here in the field; pretty much a huge engine that runs on the natural gas that’s coming out of the ground. The gas comes out of the ground with oil and water and is sold to be refined but, not before being purchased back and ran through the compressors to be pumped back into the ground to push up more water and oil. It’s a pretty efficient system, albeit dirty and corrosive to the environment.

Kodiak Compressor

I didn’t manage to get any photos of us actually doing the job but, here is what a witch’s hat looks like outside of the pipe…

Witch’s Hat

Obviously the picture is of a brand spanking new one but, they can get pretty damn gross. Of course it’s nothing more than mineral build up but, still, pretty bad.

It was fun to learn, a quick job and, I think I could figure out how to do it again in the future!

Steps to cleaning a Witch’s Hat

  1. Turn off the chemicals – not sure what the chemicals are (I believe it’s some sort of anti-foaming agent)
  2. Turn off the Compressor and blow it down (blows out any excess gas in the system)
  3. Remove the chemical line (it’s attached to the pipe we need to move)
  4. Shut the valve flowing gas into the compressor
  5. Loosen the pipe to swivel the Witch’s Hat
  6. Unbolt the Witch’s Hat, remove and clean it
  7. Follow all steps in reverse order!