We completed our NOMADS project on Thursday the 14th. On Saturday we drove up to Houston and have been backyard camping at our friends Olan and Lola Halbert as we were waiting for a call as positions as Gate Guards.
We had applied as licensed Gate Guards a few weeks back. We took the test, got fingerprinted and found out more about the positions the week before our NOMADS project started. We told the company that we would be available for assignment starting February 15. I called them on the 15th but no positions were available.
They asked that I call again yesterday which I did. At that time it looked like we might secure an assignment in Louisiana and we thought about hooking up this morning and heading that way. Glad we didn't. We got a call around 2 and asked if we could go to Huntsville, TX, only about 80 miles from where we were. OKAY!
We immediately packed up, leaving Houston around 3. We got up here a little after 5 to find a rig on the site we were to inhabit. It seems the "company man" liked this couple and had them come here from another site last Friday. However, they are not licensed nor do they work for the company contracted to guard this site. Our contact arrived shortly after we did. The other couple then packed up and left.
We are parked out in the country at an entrance to an oil rig site. Our sole job is to sign traffic in and out, walking just steps from our rig's door.
It was 9 before we finally settled in. The company brought in a huge generator, a sewer system and a water tank. Also hoses which stretch across the road to alert us to traffic coming into the site.
Len was exhausted so is now asleep. I am taking the first night watch. I think I can last until about 4 am then I will need to crash.
Our reason for taking this job is that we want to travel to Alaska next summer. We don't want to take any money from our savings account or use any investment funds. Since one of us must be on site at all times, this means little diesel will be used for travel, no campground fees and most of all NO EATING OUT. OUCH! This is a forced savings plus a bi-weekly paycheck. We are hoping to stick in out until May. Did I mention, no eating out????