Saturday, March 29, 2008

An Almost Rant

This morning, about 4am, I woke up, and turned on the TV to watch a little news, as I got ready for work… just like normal. Every now and then a story will go by that makes me wince, twitch, or just get down right mad. I guess this morning I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, cause I heard this story (video) and I wanted to scream at the crap spewing from Bruce Malcolm (R, house district 61, Montana).

They need to fit into the rest of Montana’s wildlife, like all the rest of the wild life.
They’re not sacred.
There is nothing about wolf that’s sacred.
He doesn’t need to be treated that way, he needs to come down off the pedestal and fit into the ecosystem, like all the rest of the animals.

My first knee-jerk reaction was to say “what a fucktard, fit into the ecosystem … just like your cattle do, you twit?” There is a reason the word cattle is derived from the word chattel. Representative Malcolm’s losses over the last few years since the reintroduction of wolves, as an apex predator surely amount to a sum of money that I would not want to loose, ~24 cows since the wolves return. But I question that statement.
After spending a few hours bouncing around a 20 mile dirt road this morning (I forgot my laptop at the hotel and had to return to get it, 3 trips down that road in my jeep), draining the blood from my kidneys, and drinking a diet coke, I calmed down. I no longer think of Rep Malcolm as a fucktard, just a man trying to make a living raising beef, and I know that’s not an easy job, I grew up in a rural area. But the part of his words that appear short sighted to me is this: One, he sponsored a bill to reimburse ranchers for cattle lost to wolf predation (signed into law 4/26/07). Second, how many head has he lost, previous to the reintroduction of wolves, to injury and sickness, and how many lost after? (My money is the rate probably dropped, as wolves tend to go after those they can catch, the weak, young, sick, injured, and old) Those losses before would not have been compensated. And Third, how many cattle does he run, that I have no idea, the losses of 24 head may be major, may be minor compared to his total herd. Anyway around it though, I know it sucks to loose money for your job, I don’t like it when it happens to me, so I doubt he does either. But I think his compensated personal loss of a few head of cattle a year, vs. the return of an apex predator to the wild is miniscule. And that has nothing to do with pedestals.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Serenity, NOT (no, I dont mean browncoats)

from here the rig isn't that noisy and the bustle is not apparent, but there really isn't ANYTHING serene about a drilling rig

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Random Cute Moment from Jacque

here she is, after climbing up a ladder to the top bunk of the boy's beds, to pet the cat I guess, of course, navigating up a ladder to a two year old is much easier than down, muck like a tree ;)

Friday, March 21, 2008

A funny thing happend to me on the way to work.......

Geology is an interesting discipline; we seem to be able to recognize one another, by the oddest means. For example, I was leaving the hotel for the rig the other morning and there is a guy ahead of me, we both head to the break fast bar, and grab a couple tubs of yogurt, then both of us head out the door carrying a pack and wearing coveralls. We are parked right next to each other, backed into the parking spaces, and he goes

“is that your jeep?”
yes, it is I say
“are you a geologist?” he asks.
Why, yes, I am, I respond.
"thought so" he states.
Is that your truck, I ask in turn.
“Yes, it is” he returns.
you must be a geologist too, I observe

Scarry world out there ;)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


I was just reading on CNN about the price spike in gasoline. Having worked in the energy sector for a few years, I have learned a few things about how the energy system works (oil in this case). The refiners are complaining that profits per barrel are so low now ($6, down from $38 last year) that it's just not profitable to make gasoline. Now this is the part the gets me, think of it like this, if McDonald's had their own farms for beef, and the price of beef skyrocketed, their farms would sell their beef at market prices to their own processing facility, and then having McDonald's bitch about how the margin is so low on their hamburgers that its just not worth making them anymore, all the while, pocketing record profits from their farming division. It makes me twitch.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Shooting the Moon

no, not playing spades, all I had with me was my camera phone, so the pic is pretty low quality, it was about 7:30 at night, the sun had set and the camera exposed brighter than was actually there, it over exposed the moon and the rig lights, but I thought it was a pretty pic, and its been snowing since then at night and I havnt been able to recapture the picture with my good camera.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Self Explanitory

Have you ever felt like this?