Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand - Saturday, December 30, 2023

Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand - Saturday, December 30, 2023
Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand - Saturday, December 30, 2023

Saturday, June 30, 2012

News Flash -- Fri., June 29

Cotulla, Texas

We're on the move. Bob had his second interview with a company in San Antonio today and was hired. He will be a Controller Consultant for a small general contractor. He starts Monday, July 2. The company is cool with us traveling and Bob can work remotely by computer and cell phone.

For the first three weeks (before our Yellowstone trip) he will work 40 hours per week. (Not many hours at all after you've worked 12 hour days gate guarding. LOL.) He will be learning about their business, their computer programs and the exact details of what he will be doing. Once we leave on our trip he will work approximately 20 hours per week.

Our notice was given to LOMA today. Replacement gate guards will be here sometime before noon tomorrow. Whoa, wait! Before noon tomorrow? Yikes. Must get the 5er ready to move. We've been here two months. Bob has the bikes up on the ladder and our fresh water hoses put away. Before bed, I will stow the kitchen stuff that has been living on the counters. Wow! We're excited.

Before we close slides we've got to try to get the spiders and other weird bugs off. It's a good thing Bob sprayed Spectracide around the perimeter of the 5er! But that was on the ground. The spiders are everywhere, especially under the slide-out shades. I tried to take a nap this afternoon and there was a spider on the headboard on Bob's side of the bed! Eeek!

Gate guarding has been an interesting experience to say the least. We now know we can handle it and maybe we'll come back to it in the future. The main drawback will be missing our new-found friends. I'm glad many of you write blogs so we can keep up. You can bet I'll continue reading yours and writing mine.

All four wells on our site are in production so we are moderately busy with tankers and support crew coming and going. We are definitely a 24/7 gate. (I've had three tankers in between midnight and 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning.)

One adventure ends and another one starts. By tomorrow night we should be back in an honest-to-goodness RV park with pool and laundry room.

Travel Bug out.


  1. Wow! What great news! I'm happy for you! As a native Texan, I certainly do NOT recommend gate guarding in TX in the Summer. I would think it's do-able in Winter but Summer - no way. Your new gig sounds much better and gives you the chance to have a life, too! You guys have certainly paid your dues!! Bob will be working, so what will YOU do? Besides enjoying yourself?! :)

  2. Hmmm...CLEAN the 5er from top to bottom, inside and out, botanic garden/arboretum, zoo, movies, exercise room (essentially needed after sitting on my duff for two months), explore San Antonio, teach kitties to walk on a leash (they used to but haven't for six months), birdwatch, plan trip to Yellowstone, write blog, Six Flags, sleep. We're free!

  3. Hooray! Looking forward to reading about your new adventure.

  4. As I sit here absolutely exhausted for working the gate the last 26 of the last 30 hrs, I'm jealous!!! So thrilled for ya'll!! You just never know when another new adventure is around the bend!! Enjoy and be safe!!

  5. Susan and Bob, so glad you're moving on to a new adventure! Good luck and hope to see you down the road!

  6. Susan,
    You and Bob have added much to our little GG community and I really hate to see you go so soon. Best of luck!

    1. We may come back, you just never know. We're not averse to it, just couldn't stand being close to the H2S burn off and directly downwind from it (500' or less). Plus Bob was going stir-crazy, but he likes the money. Who knows what the future holds? (Only The Shadow knows for sure.) Oh, sorry, couldn't help myself.


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