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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Whatever you are contending with, put it aside for one day. Merry Christmas to all of us.

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    1. Thanks for the kind thoughts. Even with the kids grown up and moved away, it's still my favorite holiday. I like the lights, and the tv shows, and the tranquility of it.

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  2. dear Harry - we send you and all of yours best wishes, warm thoughts and prayers and hope that you have a very merry Christmas! lots of love! your friends,
    kymber and jambaloney

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    1. Thanks,Kymber. You and J have been great friends for a long time and we appreciate you both. Merry Christmas to us all!

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  3. Yes, just doing the Weasel Happy Dance!

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    1. Tim, I was sitting in my easy chair this morning and thinking how much I like the ferret jar you sent. I keep it on the table next to the chair alongside my pipe rack and humidor. I keep my wooden matches in it. Many thanks and merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  4. Wouldn't the world be a better place if we all had just a little bit of those ferret's fun!

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    1. Hindus think if you live a good life you come back higher on the evolutionary scale. I hope to come back as a ferret!

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  5. Hey Harry,

    Hey Kymber,

    (captaincrunch)


    Okay, Christmas is cancelled. Kymber grab you husband, pack a bag and move to Hudspeth County, Texas. Oil has been found and 2,500 wells will be drilled and fracked 30 miles from El Paso (my old stomping grounds) to about Salt Flat (I used to ride motorcycles out at Salt Flat) Salt Flat is like that salt flat where they speed test cars at in Nevada.
    Kymber, if you want to make $$$$$ move to Salt Flat and start a business of some sort.
    A company called Torchlight industries is drilling those 2,500 wells. To give you an idea of what is involved, it takes 30 days just to drill one well with hundreds of workers per well.
    There are three phases to drilling. Exploration, Completion and Production. The most profitable in the long term is Production that can go on and on for years and years.
    To get a better idea, drill the well (exploration) frack the well (completion) have oil and natural gas flowing from well (production)
    The oil and natural gas are separated and the oil goes in tanks for pick up and refining. The interesting part is the natural gas smashing. Special large natural gas powered (from the well) diesels are used to compress the natural gas from 20 psi to 2000 psi and its piped directly to a customer of some sort, again this is self supporting system being the diesels are fed clean (dry) natural gas directly from the well and any liquids are separated before they get to the diesel that is essentialy a large diesel off a train locomotive with a seven foot tall cooling fan and radiator (now that's a big diesel)

    Oh' Boy I love Fracking!

    I know I sound nuts going off on this, but natural gas is the fuel of the future for power plants etc. The stuff is so much cleaner than coal and there is no coal dust. Natural gas powered cars and trucks can go up 10,000 miles on an oil change, yeah you will some BTU's and have a power loss on acceleration but the engine will last longer and last I looked natural gas was a buck a gallon cheaper than gasoline.
    By the way, word is in February oil will shoot back up in price again. Oil companies like Torchlight would not be making this kind of investment if oil was going to stay cheap.
    For the people that hate the oil industry and all of its profits, go get a better more efficient car or truck. Drive slower, plan your trips and take better care of your vehicles.
    Like it or not, we live in a petroleum based civilization and at some point the liquid part will become very limited and expensive when the cheap stuff is hard to drill. Natural gas will go on for at least 200 years if we are careful.

    Those people on US highway 180 30 miles east of El Paso to Salt Flat, Texas have no clue to what is about to hit them. 2,500 wells, thousands of jobs, multiple oil field service companies, business of all shorts.

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    1. I worked as an accountant in an oil and gas company for twenty years, CC. If I had it to do over again I would do something else. A lot of people in the upper echelons of that industry are not good people. Natural gas prices are so low, and have been for so long that a partnership I was a partner in for many years just folded up this month. Overall I lost money on it.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      Yeah' your right about the people in the upper echelons being jerks. I look at it this way.
      I worked for jerks when I was in the Navy. I worked for jerks and many jobs.
      Oilfield workers nowadays move from job, to job, to job. Its all about the money at the end of the day. Screw the benefits, retirement is a joke. If some young man is smart. Sock the damn money away and after a few years, buy some land somewhere and start a life.
      I have known career lifers in the oil industry that worked as much as they could for 20 years, never got married and drove crappy used trucks. They socked money away, bought land and after 20 years at age 40 sometimes, they just walk away.

      I think that's the healthiest way to do it.

      I think of it as a Goldrush. Its here today, gone tomorrow. Make as much as you can and run like hell.

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  6. I could watch the ferrets forever and still smile. So cute.

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    1. They are even more fun in person. Mine have been boon companions over the years and worth their weight in gold.

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  7. Happy Christmas Harry and Family.

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    1. Thanks, Sol. I hope your Christmas was peaceful and calm. That's what I like best about it, the quiet and tranquility.

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    1. Thanks Randy. Seasons Greetings to you and yours as well.

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  9. My boys woke us up at 4:30. Can you tell they were excited?

    I took a break from getting ready for the next family gathering to wish my blog friends Merry Christmas. Have a great one!

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    1. Alissa, I'll bet the kids were really wired. I remember my own at that age, and how important Christmas was. Don't let yourself be worn down to a frazzle, take a little time for yourself now and then.

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  10. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I am glad I found your blog this past year, we are very different, yet, we can get along. And that's a very good thing.

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    1. Well, I have always liked Scandinavians, though I worked mainly with Norwegians.But good people all so I was predisposed to like you even before I knew you had so many attributes I admire in a person. And you take such good pictures of exactly the type of countryside I love best!

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  11. Happy Holidays to ya...and I think I'll take a deserved nap today, and avoid the news for 24 hrs. --Troy

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    1. Well planned, Troy. A little smooth jazz wouldn't hurt either.

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    1. Stephen, it's great to see you again. I hope that you are back to blogging. Merry Christmas to you and yours from the Blue Ridge!

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  13. Merry Christmas! Hope you've had a good day.

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    1. Kevin,it was the best. I know your family had a good Christmas, with all the amazing things you made for them. Wish I could have done something similar for mine when they were young.

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  14. Merry Christmas to you both,I hope you have an enjoyable day. Down here it is Boxing Day already and the wife and I are trying to recover from the over indulging of Christmas before heading out again this afternoon to visit friends. Weather is humid and stormy, about 82 deg, a bit different to what you are getting up your way.

    All the best

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    1. Hey, Sgt. I saw a news clip on celebrating Christmas in Australia. Everybody was at the beach, some were wearing Santa hats. Looked like a better way to celebrate Christmas than staying inside to stay warm.

      I don't know what Boxing Day is, but I've heard of it. Is it when you visit friends?

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    2. Harry, Boxing day is originally an English holiday, the day following Christmas when servants & tradesmen were given a present by their employer. Now in OZ it is generally the day you visit friends and family that you could not see on Christmas day. Also (and many would think more important!) It is the first day of the first Test match (cricket) and the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

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  15. Harry - Apologies for the delay in responding to your comment on my blog - our internet was down for 36 hours (grrrr)

    Thank you for your friendship, Harry. I have loved meeting others from around the world through my and their blogs, but some are just that tad more special than the rest :) Merry, Merry to you and Miriam and the family :)

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    1. Hey Dani, sorry your internet was out. Mine has been in and out over the holiday too, primarily due to heavy rain and wind earlier in the week that did some damage to the telephone lines.

      I enjoy your blog. I don't know anybody else in South Africa, which makes you unique right off the bat, and I really enjoy hearing about the alpaca's and your homestead. I was lucky to find your blog.

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  16. I hope you had a really wonderful Christmas!

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    1. It was pretty nice, Lisa. We didn't do anything spectacular but it was quiet and we watched some Christmas shows with choirs , on the television.

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  17. How cute! They are worse than the cats with getting into everything! LOL. I'm sure they love Christmas with all the shiny ornaments.

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    1. Kathy, they are murder on Christmas trees. When we had a Christmas tree, we literally had to tie it to the wall, since the ferrets swarm up into the top of the tree and bring it crashing down in the middle of the night.

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  18. Harry,

    I love this video with the ferrets, very entertaining little ones :-)
    Merry Christmas to you and your sweet wife. Did it snow up there?

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    1. Sandy, just really cold and misty, no snow although we are expecting snow and freezing rain tonight and tomorrow. The ferrets were on the couch this morning, turning over my wife's pencil boxes as she tried to make visual aids for her lesson plans. Ferrets get into everything.

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