I have a sort of the type of job that the texas energy companies call a roughneck right now. I was down here visiting this girl I know and sort of fell into the job. Her Dad does not really like me much, but he hates this other guy she had been dating and so when he found out I was going back to Fort Smith AR, he sort of saw to it that I found this job or rather that it found me. Of course I was going to go back to Arkansas to get a job working in an office, but I never much cared for that really and this suits me pretty good. I like the fact that it is really manly work, the fact that you need to be really careful about what you are doing or you might go home without all of your original equipment. Of course you could potentially end up dead if you made a big mistake or if you just happened to be in the way if some piece of equipment happened to fail.
Obviously you can have an explosion with an oil well, or you could run into a pocket of really nasty gas that would kill you if it came up. I have seen a blowout already, but that did not seem to pose much of a threat. All of the safety stuff worked as it was supposed to work and it was just a bit messy until they got it under control. I am making good money at this, but I am not really sure how long it is going to last. You work on this stuff until the field is producing I guess and after that there are not any guarantees. I am still seeing that girl, but it is not working out that well really.