Monthly Archives: March 2013

Product Review: Muck Steel Toe Chore Boots

I bought a pair of the Steel Toe Chore Muck Boots when I started my oilfield job, and I can highly recommend them for people who live, work, and play in wet, cold climates. They are reasonably priced too. I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey

This novel by the author of “One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest” has been aptly¬†described as the Moby Dick of the Pacific Northwest. This book is a sweeping picture of a small logging town, and it is a fascinating read … Continue reading

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A Template Plan for Moving to the North Dakota Oil Boom

In an earlier post, I laid out some of the dos and don’ts of coming to the North Dakota oil boom to find work. One of my dos was “have a plan.” I’ve met a few people here who showed … Continue reading

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Awash in a sea of unrelenting optimism? Do you hate positive thinking? Stoicism can help!

Stoicism is the philosophy I adhere to most strongly. I will discuss it more in future posts, but I firmly believe that it can be reconciled with Christianity, with a few exceptions. ¬†I won’t explain Stoicism in depth, but I … Continue reading

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Blizzards and Clutch Replacement

We had another nice little blizzard the other night, leaving the roads treacherous (I saw more than one Texan in the ditch) and fresh drifts everywhere. I had to climb up about 100 feet in the derricks to retrieve a … Continue reading

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North Dakota Meditations 2

It is the best of times and the worst of times out in the North Dakota boom. 1 part The Jungle, I part The Grapes of Wrath, 2 parts Atlas Shrugged. The corporate vultures circle and we pump up the … Continue reading

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Night Light Map

http://oilpatchdispatch.areavoices.com/2012/11/25/famous-bakken-formation-named-for-north-dakota-homesteaders/steaders/”>This map is fascinating. It shows the intensity of light for the entire US. You see big concentrations where you would expect: LA, NYC, Seattle, etc. The Bakken registers as a large nebula, caused by all the excess natural http://oilpatchdispatch.areavoices.com/2012/11/25/famous-bakken-formation-named-for-north-dakota-homesteaders/Continue reading

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