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Old 05-13-2011, 08:47 AM   #1026
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First, a little background...

We work in a salty air, and salt water environment... Salt gets into everything.... and corrodes EVERYTHING... Tools, equipment, the rig itself...

I had the barge captain come to me this morning with a air operated five foot long ratchet type tool, that wasn't working...

It looks like it's 30 years old, and they just got it about two years ago... It's been used once, and then was stored in the lower hull, in... you guessed it.... a salt laden atmosphere... It doesn't work...

Instead of storing it in the container it came in in one of the atmospherically controlled areas, it was leaned up against a bulkhead... where it has been knocked over, run into, dropped, and left for junk... until now when they actually need it... yesterday...

So, with no drawings or instructions of any type or a parts list, I am rebuilding the silly thing... the 9,000 dollar thing...

It amazes me when I see stuff like this... especially from people that are anal about their stuff when they are not on the rig.... Their attitude is well if it doesn't work, we'll order another one...

And that usually works, but damn, they are cutting into my profit sharing...

The part that kills me is they can't fix it themselves, yet they refuse to take care of it... dohhhhhh........
Obviously you guys are about as close to being on a boat as it gets...

I can say from my time in the Navy... I know exactly what you mean... My dad preached and preached to me that taking care of tools and testers was part of wrencing. the job wasn't done till the tools were clean oiled and put away!!!!

Man, some of the worst "talkin to's" were over him not being able to find a tool.... that I used last...

When I was in the Navy, and I'd see how we'd treat some very expensive tools for Helo Maintenance... I mean damn... Blew me away.. I wasn't a maintenance guy but every now and then I'd clean and rebuild a ratchet or trouble shoot some test equiment.... The maintenance guys would get all pissed than an Aircrewman could fix their gear...

Any way... enough patting myself on the back... I Know your pain Rob. :(
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Well, the wrench is fixed... in spite of the guys that use it....

They bought this 9,000 dollar wrench to perform monthly PM's, and for emergencies, and they used it one time when they first bought it and haven't touched it since...

We call if the Alabama Slammer with affection... A couple of people that have used it thinking no problem, have been slammed to the deck or flung across the space... Fortunately no one has been hurt using it... and after the first time of getting thrown around, they usually go and read the directions.... and all of them save one have been from Alabama...

I suppose I shouldn't use it as I was born there...

I basically tore the whole thing down and figured it out as I went... Had to make a basket full of o-rings and searched for two hours to find a bearing to replace one that was froze up... but it's running again... for how long, who knows....

Just heard a funny... to me it is... Our rig electrician is in the Starboard lower hull, and the elevator went out... and he is the only one that knows how to fix it... and it has to be fixed up in the caisson, so.... he may miss dinner.... lol... He's too damn big to crawl out the hatch... I'll go down there in a little while to see if I can help and to laugh at him...

He's a good guy and a good friend... he'll get over it... maybe I'll drop some down to him....

I'm really not a cruel person, but when stuff like this happens, the recipient is always the brunt of the jokes for a while.... No one gets hurt and the problem gets resolved... It's just an inconvience....and no situation goes without the victim suffering more than just the event out here... The offshore work environment is tough...and the people that stay any length of time are tougher... leave your feelers on the beach...
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You'll have to post up some pics of the rig sometime. I bet some of the sunsets and sunrises makes you think it's worth it... for a few minutes anyways
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Well, the wrench is fixed... in spite of the guys that use it....

They bought this 9,000 dollar wrench to perform monthly PM's, and for emergencies, and they used it one time when they first bought it and haven't touched it since...

We call if the Alabama Slammer with affection... A couple of people that have used it thinking no problem, have been slammed to the deck or flung across the space... Fortunately no one has been hurt using it... and after the first time of getting thrown around, they usually go and read the directions.... and all of them save one have been from Alabama...

I suppose I shouldn't use it as I was born there...

I basically tore the whole thing down and figured it out as I went... Had to make a basket full of o-rings and searched for two hours to find a bearing to replace one that was froze up... but it's running again... for how long, who knows....

Just heard a funny... to me it is... Our rig electrician is in the Starboard lower hull, and the elevator went out... and he is the only one that knows how to fix it... and it has to be fixed up in the caisson, so.... he may miss dinner.... lol... He's too damn big to crawl out the hatch... I'll go down there in a little while to see if I can help and to laugh at him...

He's a good guy and a good friend... he'll get over it... maybe I'll drop some down to him....

I'm really not a cruel person, but when stuff like this happens, the recipient is always the brunt of the jokes for a while.... No one gets hurt and the problem gets resolved... It's just an inconvience....and no situation goes without the victim suffering more than just the event out here... The offshore work environment is tough...and the people that stay any length of time are tougher... leave your feelers on the beach...

Glad you decided to fix it...and then later abuse your friend. It always amazes me how many treat things when it is "not theirs" it is "the companies" never quite realizing that the money to buy a new one comes from somewhere. It isn't just printed (unless you are the US Treasury). $9,000 is a pile to just throw away. Anyway glad you got it working Rob.

Yeah, sometime post a few rig pics. It would be cool to see what you have been talking about. Kind of like "The Deadliest Catch". I can just see you out there in the salt spray...
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It's raining a little too much to take any new pics, but I'll post a few here and there that I have from over time...

The first image is the rig from the air... This view is from the bow (front) of the rig... The living quarters are under the heliport and pretty much the width of the rig...

The second image is the freedom bird coming to the rig... This is the only way we are able to get out here... We could come out by boat, but then we would have to do personnel transfers via the cranes, and that is pretty much frowned upon any more on floating rigs... plus, we work up to a couple of hundred miles offshore.... depending on the rig and the well location...

The third image is a picture of the BOP stack looking down on it from the top... This is only half of it though as the rest of it is at the bow end of the cellar deck, my work area, stacked on the test stump... The guy working on it is one of the roughnecks. We are in the process of repainting the entire thing...

Most of you probably saw one of these stacks in the video clips of the rig that sank in the Gulf... This chunk of iron sits on the ocean floor, attached to the well head when it's actually in operation.... It is what the video clips kept showing all the mud and oil coming out of... Fully stacked up, it's around 50-60 feet tall and weighs a few pounds...
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Cool stuff Robert Excellent Pics !!!

Pictures always tell a story. Just like with Brandi. You can tell us all day long how she looks, feels, etc, but the first time you post a pic or video it all changes. Everyone paints different images in their mind until they see the real thing.

Just like with us. If we didn't have any pics of us on Camaro5 they'd still be thinking "Sasquatch" or "Abominable Snowmen" or "crazy 21 year old college guys" or something like that...

In the first pic I can just make out your ski boat moored to one of the supports...
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Here are a couple more pics from my work area and another project I just took on...

The first one is a picture of the stack taken yesterday... Again, we are getting it ready for painting... It takes a little bit of prep time... The stack weighs around a half million pounds... It looks big in the pictures, but nothing does justice quite like standing next to it, crawling up on it, or even more so, working underneath it when we are moving if forward to land it on the skid beams as we are preparing to run it...

We use two gantry cranes to move it... and no matter how many times you work under it, you never quite get used to it, and certainly never get comfortable with it... The gantry cranes have a 7/8" cable, running through a ten block system... collectively they will pick the stack up and move it... Either by themselves will not, so,.....

The second picture is looking forward in the cellar deck... This is my primary area of work... I have equipment up around and on the drill floor area, the tensioners, the drill string complicator... ooops, the Compensator, but I'll post that stuff later... Here in the cellar deck is where all the big heavy work of rebuilding the stack is done... The big white piece at the forward end on the cellar deck is the LMRP, Lower Marine Riser Package... This gets picked up and set on top of the stack when we are preparing to run it... This is where all of the hydraulic controls are for the LMRP and the stack... We have the capability subsea of latching this piece in or unlatching it... The primary reason to unlatch would be an emergency, where we need to move the rig away from the well... Shallow gas blowout, or if something goes wrong with the controls and we need to recover the LMRP for repairs... We seperate this part and raise it to the surface... a several day job, and make needed repairs and then lower it back down, another couple of days, and relatch it to the BOP stack and go back to work...

The long cable laying on the deck to the left side of the photo are tensioner cables... These will hook to the slip joint... Remember, the rig floats... therefore it heaves and rolls and moves in all directions... but the stack and the riser are hooked to the sea floor.. Like a straw, the top of the riser string will move laterally, but not vertically, so we have a slip joint to allow for rig movement up and down.... If we move too far in one direction, we effectively also change the length of the string, so this compensates for that added length until we can correct the problem...

We pay close attention to the angle of the marine riser... If it is leaning, the rotating drill pipe in it will rub against it to the point of eventually wearing a hole in the side of the riser or the stack... This would be a huge problem....

The next two pictures are of a self contained hydraulic system used as a back up for operating the sea chests valves in the lower hull... There are two of them... both in the lower hull pump rooms... (port and starboard, or left and right for the land lubbers... these sit just about the bilge level, so they end up looking like hammered hell in no time at all... I am rebuilding this one for the Marine Dept... I'll try to remember to post a couple of pics of it when I'm finished... I promise you wont recognize it...

Port and left both have four letters... One of the nine thousand ways to remember the difference... It's like a foreign language... We don't even have to think about it, once you learn the language, you find yourself thinking in marine terminology... No one goes to the front of the rig...or the left side... bow, aft, port, starboard... athwart... etc...
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Thanks for sharing the pics... Lot more complicated than I ever imagined.
Do ya'll eat pretty good out there?

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I don't think you've ever posted a 'face' pic on here.... for everyone that didn't get the privilege of meeting speedster, this is him...

....you gotta admit it's pretty close... attitude and all

....and ya'll have seen me, but this is me as a child
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Bare with me for a second as I answer the food question...

We have people that work literally all over the world... This occasionally leads to problems with Tax laws in other countries... to resolve this, we do trade outs occasionally...

This involves a person from one rig swapping rigs with a person from another rig in a different part of the world... For example, if I had too many days in Brazil, which due to Brazilian law is never an issue, then I would go work in the gulf for 2 two week hitchs, and the person that normally works in the gulf would come work one 4 week hitch for me... As mentioned, Brazilian Tax Law is such that this is never an issue, but OMG is it a problem in Mexico...

So, how does this translate to food questions being answered...

I worked on a small jack-up in the Gulf of Mexico about nine years ago that had a 20 year old black guy that was the cook... OMG, the food was amazing... He could cook anything... I asked him one day where and how he learned to cook... He siad he learned in his "Momma's Kitchen," a small resturant place that only serves three main courses a day... Some type of Fish, some type of Chicken, and some type of Beef or Pork... and all the fixen's to go with it... I kid you not, this guy could have taken the boot off my foot and made it edible... steel toes and all...

He said that the only problem he ever has is trying to cook the same meals he learned from Momma for 50-70 guys... The recipes do not necessarily transfer just by doubling or tripling the ingredients... The Rig Boss (OIM), had aphone installed in the galley for him, just so he could occasionally call momma to ask a question... Putting a phone in the galley is normally forbidden since no cooking or clothes washing would ever get done... No, they do not wash clothes in the galley, but the Galley Crew is responsible for cleaning the rooms, washing the clothes, and cooking and cleaning the galley...

This guy made hand made from scratch yeast rolls every day... There was always a huge crowd in the galley when he pulled those things out of the oven.... he made enough to eat with every meal if you desired... I've eaten in five star resturants that didn't hold a candle to this guy and his galley... Wow, just wow...

So, back to the trade outs... When a trade out was taking place involving someone on this rig... this young man wasn't allowed to cook for the week or two that the trading person from some other rig was there... Small jack-up rigs have the least pull in the office, and if he cooked when the person from the other rig was there, he would get snatched up and made to go to another rig... So, he was possibly the best kept secret in the Gulf...

Now... for the rest of the rigs I've worked on... It's hit and miss... I've been on a couple of rigs where the food was decent at best, and thats cool... but I've been on rigs that I live on french fries and or peanut butter and jelly for 28 days straight... if we had peanut butter... If not, it was literally french fries... french fries... and more french fries...

The only problem with that in Brazil, is we have no decent bread... They make their own and it's ok to just eat, but it isn't ok for a sandwich... I've actually taken a bowl and put some peanut butter and jelly in it and smashed the bread down into it making a mush like substance that resembled a previously chewed chunk of PB&J, and eaten it with a spoon...

When I worked in Egypt, yeeeecccchhhhhhhhhh We had Camel, goat, and lord knows what else.... "Alll Bheeph"... ask the cooks, that speak only Arabic, and they say "alll Bheeeph..." < said like your coughing up a lung...

We had a camp boss, that actually smuggled bacon, what we call Canadian Bacon into the country from England, and at some time during the hitch... he would run the muslims out of the galley, line a pan with foil, and cook the bacon and made hand made crescent rolls and build a little breakfast sandwich... He would wrap them in foil and hand carry them to us all over the rig... That was a little piece of Heaven on Earth, since we could get no other form of pork over there, and who knows how long he would have rotted in an Egyptian jail if caught smuggling that stuff in...

In Mexico, we had a chicken boat... we called it that since 99% of what we ate was chicken... morning noon and night... When you work for Pemex, the Mexican National Drilling Company, you are allowed one coke a day... period.... and thats only if you are up at noon and able to get it before someone else takes it... I hated working in Mexico.... With a passion... Everyone in the office in Houston knows beyond a shadow of a doubt, if I am ever assigned back there, I will quit... I'll go be a Wal mart Greeter and Park my beloved Camaro in the same parking lot everyday before I will ever go work offshore in Mexico again...
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Bare with me for a second as I answer the food question...

We have people that work literally all over the world... This occasionally leads to problems with Tax laws in other countries... to resolve this, we do trade outs occasionally...

This involves a person from one rig swapping rigs with a person from another rig in a different part of the world... For example, if I had too many days in Brazil, which due to Brazilian law is never an issue, then I would go work in the gulf for 2 two week hitchs, and the person that normally works in the gulf would come work one 4 week hitch for me... As mentioned, Brazilian Tax Law is such that this is never an issue, but OMG is it a problem in Mexico...

So, how does this translate to food questions being answered...

I worked on a small jack-up in the Gulf of Mexico about nine years ago that had a 20 year old black guy that was the cook... OMG, the food was amazing... He could cook anything... I asked him one day where and how he learned to cook... He siad he learned in his "Momma's Kitchen," a small resturant place that only serves three main courses a day... Some type of Fish, some type of Chicken, and some type of Beef or Pork... and all the fixen's to go with it... I kid you not, this guy could have taken the boot off my foot and made it edible... steel toes and all...

He said that the only problem he ever has is trying to cook the same meals he learned from Momma for 50-70 guys... The recipes do not necessarily transfer just by doubling or tripling the ingredients... The Rig Boss (OIM), had aphone installed in the galley for him, just so he could occasionally call momma to ask a question... Putting a phone in the galley is normally forbidden since no cooking or clothes washing would ever get done... No, they do not wash clothes in the galley, but the Galley Crew is responsible for cleaning the rooms, washing the clothes, and cooking and cleaning the galley...

This guy made hand made from scratch yeast rolls every day... There was always a huge crowd in the galley when he pulled those things out of the oven.... he made enough to eat with every meal if you desired... I've eaten in five star resturants that didn't hold a candle to this guy and his galley... Wow, just wow...

So, back to the trade outs... When a trade out was taking place involving someone on this rig... this young man wasn't allowed to cook for the week or two that the trading person from some other rig was there... Small jack-up rigs have the least pull in the office, and if he cooked when the person from the other rig was there, he would get snatched up and made to go to another rig... So, he was possibly the best kept secret in the Gulf...

Now... for the rest of the rigs I've worked on... It's hit and miss... I've been on a couple of rigs where the food was decent at best, and thats cool... but I've been on rigs that I live on french fries and or peanut butter and jelly for 28 days straight... if we had peanut butter... If not, it was literally french fries... french fries... and more french fries...

The only problem with that in Brazil, is we have no decent bread... They make their own and it's ok to just eat, but it isn't ok for a sandwich... I've actually taken a bowl and put some peanut butter and jelly in it and smashed the bread down into it making a mush like substance that resembled a previously chewed chunk of PB&J, and eaten it with a spoon...

When I worked in Egypt, yeeeecccchhhhhhhhhh We had Camel, goat, and lord knows what else.... "Alll Bheeph"... ask the cooks, that speak only Arabic, and they say "alll Bheeeph..." < said like your coughing up a lung...

We had a camp boss, that actually smuggled bacon, what we call Canadian Bacon into the country from England, and at some time during the hitch... he would run the muslims out of the galley, line a pan with foil, and cook the bacon and made hand made crescent rolls and build a little breakfast sandwich... He would wrap them in foil and hand carry them to us all over the rig... That was a little piece of Heaven on Earth, since we could get no other form of pork over there, and who knows how long he would have rotted in an Egyptian jail if caught smuggling that stuff in...

In Mexico, we had a chicken boat... we called it that since 99% of what we ate was chicken... morning noon and night... When you work for Pemex, the Mexican National Drilling Company, you are allowed one coke a day... period.... and thats only if you are up at noon and able to get it before someone else takes it... I hated working in Mexico.... With a passion... Everyone in the office in Houston knows beyond a shadow of a doubt, if I am ever assigned back there, I will quit... I'll go be a Wal mart Greeter and Park my beloved Camaro in the same parking lot everyday before I will ever go work offshore in Mexico again...
HOLY SHIT!!!

OF all the stuff in here the bowl of peanut butter sammich had me crying...


I can't even begin to tell you all the different ways we'd mix stuff up to be able to choke down a meal on the Carrier...

obviously we put tabasco on EVERYTHING... having a Mexican mother who could cook, being on board were white bread and brown lettuce was the norm I struggled to get some flavor on my food.

One time we had a "taco bar" mostly becasue the sign said so... If my mother ever saw it she would cry I'm sure...

So after choking down some tacos with tomato paste and ground up roast beef dry cheese and brown lettuce... No way in hell I was gonna touch the "sour" creme.... I was like a crack addict for some chips and salsa!!! So I got a bottle of tobasco, Some tomato paste and some of the soggy floury things they called tortillas. I mixed up the salsa and tomato paste till it kinda resembled a salsa like flavor and put the tortillas in the microwave unitl they were crisp and brown... and hard as frisbees...

Crunched em all up am stirred it up in a bowl and ate it with a spoon...



I was in heaven....

Till I had to go number 1.5... NOT good....
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I always assumed that was the one thing the off-shore guys got was great food... I assumed wrong
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HOLY SHIT!!!

OF all the stuff in here the bowl of peanut butter sammich had me crying...


I can't even begin to tell you all the different ways we'd mix stuff up to be able to choke down a meal on the Carrier...

obviously we put tabasco on EVERYTHING... having a Mexican mother who could cook, being on board were white bread and brown lettuce was the norm I struggled to get some flavor on my food.

One time we had a "taco bar" mostly becasue the sign said so... If my mother ever saw it she would cry I'm sure...

So after choking down some tacos with tomato paste and ground up roast beef dry cheese and brown lettuce... No way in hell I was gonna touch the "sour" creme.... I was like a crack addict for some chips and salsa!!! So I got a bottle of tobasco, Some tomato paste and some of the soggy floury things they called tortillas. I mixed up the salsa and tomato paste till it kinda resembled a salsa like flavor and put the tortillas in the microwave unitl they were crisp and brown... and hard as frisbees...

Crunched em all up am stirred it up in a bowl and ate it with a spoon...



I was in heaven....

Till I had to go number 1.5... NOT good....
We used to have Taco Bars on Wednesday's at lunch... I laughed my butt off the first time I saw the Taco Bell box's in the back of the kitchen... Literally they were the Taco Bell make a taco things you can buy in the grocery store... I live in south Texas... gimmee a break...

Down in Brownsville while working in a shipyard, I got to be good friends with one of the shipyard welders over a two day period of dying in the sun... He was assigned to work with me on rebuilding a big tool. It was August and it was hot... I think we hunted shade more than we worked...

Anyway, I asked this guy if he knew of a good place to get breakfast Taco's. Everyone not associated with the oilfield thinks everybody that works out here is from Louisiana, Mississippi or Alabama... Not so... He said yes he did, and I told him that if he would stop and get some every morning, I would pay for them...

Sure nuff, next morning he shows up with a big bag of tacos... bout 7 dollars worth... I think it was eight or so tacos... I love the Deep south Texas Taco prices... He had these little cups of salsa, one for each taco, and some salt packets... Yum yum... I doctor mine up and start eating... Man was it good... but it wasn't hot... It had great flavor, but it wasn't hot... I looked at him and said... Hey homey, were's the heat... he looked at me and said, dude, where you from... I said... San Antonio is where I grew up... He laughed, and said, dude, I thought you were from Louisiana... I didn't get the real stuff, this is the gringo stuff... So, the next day, he brought the real stuff... Good thing we didn't spill any of that on the deck... It would have eaten a hole in the deck... OMFG was it hot.... I ate it but Dayummmmmmm.... I started sweating early that day...

My last meal on the way here and my first meal when I get back to Texas is ALWAYS MEXICAN FOOD....Not Tex Mex, but authentic Mexican food...Enchiladas con juevos, Miga's, Machado, etc...

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I always assumed that was the one thing the off-shore guys got was great food... I assumed wrong
We thought that was a perk of working out here as well, but some of these dudes have no clue... I've seen a rib roll come out of the freezer at 7:00 am and be on the line for lunch... You might as well go chew on a 9" heavy weight drill collar...

And crazy is taking over the galley... running the galley crew out and fixing an "american meal"... Nothing down here ever matches...

Typical disorganization...

Roast... no gravy and french fries...
Spaghetti and no toast or salad... but mashed potatoes...
Steak, liver and onions, fried bananas...

It's like having kool aid with no sugar, cereal with no milk... etc... it goes on and on...

Pizza down here on break... has peas and corn...

Hot dogs, peas and corn and some tomato type sauce with onions and green peppers, and celery or some other random vegetable....

We have some form of chicken that has been cooked entirely too fast for every meal... It's dry as hell and tougher than a 36 inch pipe wrench...
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Compound Forced Induction...

If I can figure out to get this baby in my bag and on the airplane, Corey is going to have fun...

Building a manifold...

Plumbing it....

Beefing the suspension....

and tuning it.....

I see the need for some five inch exhaust pipes in my future...

In the pic is Andrew, assistant driller, also known as helper.... (with his serious look before I got over there.... ) and one of the only two crane operators I like to work with... He is an assistant driller, and he was a crane operator... and I use him to move or help install stuff occasionally if Chris isn't available due to rig operations... When I say stuff... I'm talking about trying to stab a rod and piston into a tensioner... and like a piston on a car it has rings...

Imagine trying to compress the rings and seals on a piston your putting into a motor... the rod is 11,000 lbs and 16 feet long and you have to do this with a crane, and the crane is moving in every axis...as is the top of the tensioner... and the rod is hanging between the two.... and.....

PQ isn't allowed to try this...

When you're stuck between stationary hard stuff and in motion hard stuff, on a moving rig, (this is a floating rig) you want a smooooooooth operator.... and Andrew and Chris (not pictured) are both amazing....
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Robert your stories of life on the Rig bring back fond memeories of my Uncle who has worked 35 years as an Aircraft Mech on a Rig but recently has went to Shore, especially the food stories.

He worked 7 on 7 off but usually swapped and worked 2 weeks on 2 weeks off and loved it that was. He always seemed to work it in his benefit where he had a month off and worked a month, but that was years ago.

Appreciate the pictures and the stories.
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Robert your stories of life on the Rig bring back fond memeories of my Uncle who has worked 35 years as an Aircraft Mech on a Rig but recently has went to Shore, especially the food stories.

He worked 7 on 7 off but usually swapped and worked 2 weeks on 2 weeks off and loved it that was. He always seemed to work it in his benefit where he had a month off and worked a month, but that was years ago.

Appreciate the pictures and the stories.
For the most part I like my 28/28 schedule. It gets long Towards the end, and I miss a lot of thing. Camaro Fest I. I also have to fight the blues starting about three days before I leave to come back out here... I love my time off though... I only work six months a year....
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i could see how those last few days before heading back could really suck....

heck, i wish i had more than 2 days off at a time. i'd LOVE a week on and a week off...and would even settle with 4 on 3 off a week. that would make the family life SO much better.
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I bet they could polish that and make it look like a polished maggie. You're going to need a beefier front suspension...
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I bet they could polish that and make it look like a polished maggie. You're going to need a beefier front suspension...
I bet they would poop if I took that thing in a small space somewhere and polished it over a couple of days... and then put it back in the box...


This is a test... This is only a test...

We are trying to determine the period of time that the wind can blow in the south Atlantic at or above 50 mph... It has been around 52 hours so far... The fortunate thing for us is that is keeps moving around the compass, so the seas haven't built that badly... We are heaving, pitching, yawing and rolling quite a bit... Pretty much everyone has tape on the casters of their office chairs to keep from rolling around while trying to type, write, or otherwise do things in the office...

We have ascending rain... It falls from the clouds, gets close to sea level and then is repelled back up to race across the deck at somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 mph, stinging and soaking everything and everyone in its path...We have most stuff tied down, but I think a roustabout was blown overboard at the aft end of the rig and he swirled around and landed on the bow.... Can't prove it, but we can't deny the possibility either...

The sea birds usually skim the water, riding just high enough above the water level to keep it from hitting them on their bellies... and this is up the front side of a wave and down the backside... It's beautiful to watch... but it's funny as hell to see one of these graceful animals try the same thing and smoke a wave... cartwheeling to a stop and shaking its head to clear the cob webs.... took about 30 seconds of recovery time before it tried to take off... may have just been waiting on clearance from the tower... Wind plays hell on the wildlife as well....
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I'm getting seasick reading the description.

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I'm getting seasick reading the description.

Most of the time it isn't too bad, but there are times when I get a pretty severe headache... from the motion...

There is nothing I know of worse than the feeling of motion sickness... Unfortunately, you can't get away from the motion out here when the rig starts moving... I've actually seen guys trying their damndest to find the geographical center of the rig as theoretically that would be the area with the least movement... The fun times are being at the crown, the top of the derrick... 300 feet or so above the water line when the rig is rocking and rolling... you can literally go through 20, 30, or even 40 or more foot swings from one side to the other...

Fun times... I've been on a manrider (cable and harness) working on the drill string compensator 80-100 feet above the drill floor and had the wind blowing so hard and the rig rocking so much if you let go, they had to pretty much bring you down to the deck to start over as you couldn't get back to the area you were working on...If there were hoses or cables in the area you could, but thats not always the case... I Love my job most of the time, but there are times like that when it's not so fun...

You do what you gotta do...
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Well, this should be fun...

A friend of mine and I are working a deal with our company...

We have a company quarterly magazine, (you can actually view it online if you want) and we are working on doing a car feature article...

Andy, the guy working on this with me, a Crane Mechanical Supervisor for the Western Hemisphere, drives a bad ass Corvette that he just got back out of the shop... LS-6 stroked to 396 ci, and now it's fully forged and boosted... His car is around 700 HP, and mine is well... you know... We have five categories and I will update as it goes... this will take a few months to complete pending final approval from the President of our company... He is into cars so we are hoping that is just a formality...

We are going to go out company wide with an e-flyer and ask for people to submit their modified cars for inclusion in the magazine...

The name of the Magazine is Rigamarole, for and about the people and customers of Diamond Offshore.

The article will be something along the lines of the Horsepower of Diamond Offshore Drilling...

If you go to Diamond Offshore Drilling... you can see past copies of the magazine and it is a very well done publication... They are the large style magazines, with a semi hard cover...

http://www.diamondoffshore.com/ourCo...rigamarole.php
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When you find it... re-open and post in the "My Dog Eats Poop" thread that Chris closed... He will love you for it...
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GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

As happy as I am that thread was closed... it wasn't me
OH MY GAH!!! LMAO!!! I found it! And while I'd love to post it in the My Dog Eats Poop thread, it's closed...and I don't like to go over another mod reopening, etc...

So, guess what Robert! You get the POOP EMAIL!!!

I swear...I had tears coming out of my eyes when I was just reading this to Dana!

I hope you are in the mood for a good laugh, Robert!

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How to Poop at Work

We've all been there but don't like to admit it..

We've all kicked back in our cubicles and suddenly felt something brewing
down below.

As much as we try to convince ourselves otherwise, the WORK POOP is inevitable.

For those who hate pooping at work, following is the Survival Guide for taking
a dump at work.

*CROP DUSTING* When farting, you walk really fast around the office so the
smell is not in your area and everyone else gets a whiff, but doesn't know
where it came from.

Be careful when you do this. Do not stop until the full fart has been expelled.
Walk an extra 30 feet to make sure the smell has left your pants.

*FLY BY* The act of scouting out a bathroom before pooping.

Walk in and check for other poopers. If there are others in the bathroom,
leave and come back again. Be careful not to become a FREQUENT FLYER. People may
become suspicious if they catch you constantly going into the bathroom.

*ESCAPEE* A fart that slips out while taking a pee or forcing a poop in a
stall. This is usually accompanied by a sudden wave of embarrassment. If you
release an escapee, do not acknowledge it. Pretend it did not happen. If you
are a man and are standing next to the farter in the urinal, pretend you did not
hear it. No one likes an escapee. It is uncomfortable for all involved.
Making a joke or laughing makes both parties feel uneasy.

*JAILBREAK* When forcing a poop, several farts slip out at a machine gun pace.
This is usually a side effect of diarrhea or a hangover if this should happen,
do not panic. Remain in the stall until everyone has left the bathroom to spare
everyone the awkwardness of what just occurred.

*COURTESY FLUSH* The act of flushing the toilet the instant the poop hits the
water. This reduces the amount of air time the poop has to stink up the
bathroom. This can help you avoid being caught doing the WALK OF SHAME .

* WALK OF SHAME * Walking from the stall, to the sink, to the door after you
have just stunk up the bathroom. This can be a very uncomfortable moment if
someone walks in and busts you. As with farts, it is best to pretend that the
smell does not exist. Can be avoided with the use of the COURTESY FLUSH.

*OUT OF THE CLOSET POOPER* A colleague who poops at work and is doggone proud
of it. You will often see an Out Of The Closet Pooper enter the bathroom with a
newspaper or magazine under their arm. Always look around the office for the
Out Of The Closet Pooper before entering the bathroom.

*THE POOPING FRIENDS NETWORK (P.F.N)* A group of co-workers who band together
to ensure emergency pooping goes off without incident. This group can help you
to monitor the whereabouts of Out Of The Closet Poopers, and identify SAFE
HAVENS. *SAFE HAVENS* A seldom used bathroom somewhere in the building where
you can least expect visitors. Try floors that are predominantly of the
opposite sex. This will reduce the odds of a pooper of your sex entering the
bathroom.

*TURD BURGLAR* Someone who does not realize that you are in the stall and tries
to force the door open. This is one of the most shocking and vulnerable moments
that can occur when taking a poop at work. If this occurs, remain in the stall
until the Turd Burglar leaves. This way you will avoid all uncomfortable eye
contact..

*CAMO-COUGH* A phony cough that alerts all new entrants into the bathroom that
you are in a stall. This can be used to cover-up a WATERMELON, or to alert
potential Turd Burglars. Very effective when used in conjunction with a SHIRLEY
TEMPLE .

*SHIRLEY TEMPLE* A subtle toe-tapping that is used to alert potential Turd
Burglars that you are occupying a stall. This will remove all doubt that the
stall is occupied. If you hear a SHIRLEY TEMPLE, leave the bathroom immediately
so the pooper can poop in peace.

*WATERMELON* A poop that creates a loud splash when hitting the toilet water.
This is also an embarrassing incident. If you feel a Watermelon coming on,
create a diversion.. See CAMO-COUGH.

*HAVANA-OMELET* A case of diarrhea that creates a series of loud splashes in
the toilet water. Often accompanied by an Escapee. Try using a CAMO-COUGH with
a SHIRLEY TEMPLE.

*AUNT BETTY* A bathroom user who seems to linger around forever...Could spend
extended lengths of time in front of the mirror or sitting on the pot. An AUNT
BETTY makes it difficult to relax while on the crapper, as you should always
wait to poop when the bathroom is empty. This benefits you as well as the other
bathroom attendees.

SOME VARIETIES OF POOP YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF~

The King Poop = This kind is the kind of poop that killed Elvis. It
doesn't come until you're all sweaty, trembling and purple from
straining so hard.

Bali Belly Poop = You poop so much you lose 5 lbs.

Cement Block = You wish you'd gotten a spinal block before you poop.

Cork Poop (Also Known as Floater Poop) = Even after the third flush, it's
still floating in there. How do I get rid of it? This poop usually happens at
someone else's house.

The Bungee Poop = The kind of poop that just hangs off your rear before it
falls into the water.

The Crippler = The kind of poop where you have to sit on the toilet so long
your legs go numb from the waist down.

The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang = The kind of poop that hits you when you're
trapped in your car in a traffic jam.

The Party Pooper = The giant poop you take at a party And when you flush the
toilet, you watch in horror as the water starts to rise.

NOW EVERYONE TRY TO GO POOP IN PEACE AND QUIT LAUGHING... POOPING IS A NATURAL
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OH MY GAH!!! LMAO!!! I found it! And while I'd love to post it in the My Dog Eats Poop thread, it's closed...and I don't like to go over another mod reopening, etc...

So, guess what Robert! You get the POOP EMAIL!!!

I swear...I had tears coming out of my eyes when I was just reading this to Dana!

I hope you are in the mood for a good laugh, Robert!
heck yeah... wait wut, did you just poop in my thread...???

OMG, I was in hysterics reading this... The mechanic came out of his office next to mine to check on me...
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