posted on Dec, 17 2020 @ 10:34 PM
it's been pretty cold the past few days. Below zero at some points. And then there's the wind which makes it even colder.
I know some of the people in the north east are experiencing some cold and snow right now. I wish them the best.
Recently I threw out a plug for a cold weather coat, and I want to tell a story about the same.
Back in the early 90's I used to work in the oilfield in Wyoming. I actually worked there a lot longer than that, but this story is from 91 or
I was in my late 20's then, and we were "on call". This meant we would go, anytime, any where, 24x7. I wasn't a rig hand, I was a construction
One night (of many, but this one was memorable) we got a call around 11pm on a Friday night. Our trucks had radios in them which would honk the horns
if someone called. It was mid February, and it was frosty cold...about minus -30 F and the wind was blowing (hard). I heard my truck go off in the
driveway and got dressed. I knew it was cold.
You never really knew where you were going to go on those calls; they could be 6-7 hours or they could be days and days. So you dressed for the
worst. This particular call was from Texaco, one of our best customers. We would do anything for them; they paid top dollar, but they wanted things
RIGHT NOW!! Not tomorrow, but RIGHT NOW!
This particular job was out in Red Desert, which is about 80 miles east of Rock Springs where we were based. We needed a forklift and a backhoe and
it was cold...I mean really COLD!! By the time we showed up at the site it was blowing about 45-50mph, and it was about minus -70 F. Not even
Carhartt's worked in these temps. So I had this jacket / coat which was pretty nice before this. It was warm under any circumstances. However, on
this day I was going to have to crawl under equipment and run big salamander heaters under the oil pans to get the forklift and backhoe even started.
And so I did.
It was brutal cold out there that day, just brutal. We got awards from Texaco for being there and getting what they wanted done, but what I was more
impressed with is how we all kept warm.
God Bless the Renegade Cafe, next to the Outlaw Truckstop. Never had a better breakfast ever. Always ate there. But that night, all our trucks sat
out in the lot, running, so we could burn off enough fuel to run #1 diesel or even kerosene down mixed with oil.
I will never forget laying under that damn forklift before daylight with a propane heater pointed at the oil pan, just to get the day started.
I pray everyone stays warm tonight! Trust me, I know about working in the cold! My ex-FIL used to work outside in Alaska on the pipeline as a
surveyor and not even he had stories of the cold like I did from Wyoming.
I guess there are a lot of "cold" stories from North Dakota, but I've only spent a few days there in the winter. Maybe they're more impressive.
I don't know.