Here I am still with Gate Guard Services south of Carrizo Springs. I’m not sure how long I will be at this gate, but will stick it out as long as I can. So far it hasn’t been too bad. It is quite busy in the morning with workers coming and going. As with the 1st gate I will get to know faces and names to make it easier. Some of them spend the night. (there are trailers back by the wells) When they go into town they ask if I need anything, which is really nice of them. There is a lull in the middle of the day a bit busier in the afternoon and some at night. I haven’t been here long enough to see if there is any kind of pattern developing, so I’ll just watch and see what does develop. if I can’t handle it, I will definitely let them know.
On the flora, not much, lots of scrub brush, mesquite trees (if you want to call the trees, more like big bushes), cactus, weeds and a century plant (past it’s bloom)
The only flowers are silk. (I’ve gotta have some flowers, even if they’re only make believe)
The fauna, again not much, a few birds (haven’t identified what kind), a cottontail rabbit and this afternoon I saw a squirrel and of course Angel. Not very exciting.
Yesterday, I updated my Workamper Resume and this afternoon I got a job offer. After thinking it over, I decided to call them back and accept the offer. When I leave here I will be heading north. I accepted a workamper position with Waco North RV Camp, just north of Waco, TX. http://waconorthrvpark.com It was formerly a KOA and is now a Good Sam Park with 75 sites. I will be working in the store and doing reservations. The requirement is for 15 hours for site and FHU, 20% off store and propane, WiFi and tokens for W/D.
It is about an hour and a half from where my daughter lives. So may be I will be able to see the G-kids and get to know them better. Because of it’s location, I will actually be able to watch some television, which I haven't been able to do since last March. What surprised me is I really haven’t missed it.
Once I get there I will give Doug with LOMA Rentals http://lomarentals.com/(another gate guard supplier) a call to set up being a relief person for guards in that area for extra income source. So far it sound like this may work, volunteering for site and FHU and relief guarding for extra money. If this works out for me, it could last for a year or more. There is no contract just basically a “hand shake agreement”.
Thank you all for all of your comments and suggestions. here’s some replies to some of those comments:
Lynn is right. Roger is doing the best that he can with what is going on on his end. I found out that when all this happened last week, he had lost 3 of his service people, was scrambling and that’s probably why he forgot that the old gate guards were coming back.
To Gypsy, it is still a 24/7 gate, no relief unless I find and pay someone to relieve me.
To aint for city gals, that’s the way it is when you do it solo. I’m not too worried, because the Border Patrol comes onto the ranch, so far every day, to check for tracks and signs of illegals and I have the phone number to call if I see anything suspicious.
For Susan, tour? I don’t know, I can’t leave the gate, but I could ask the ranch foreman.
For Marikay, the pay is good and the work is easy. Most of the time I’m in the RV doing what I want to do and as long as everything is closed up and the A/C is on, most of the dirt stays outside.
For Colleen, it is still 24/7. I leave the gate open in the day and close it at dark, but I have to go out and open it when someone wants in. No trips to Wal-Mart, if I need anything the guys have said to just ask.
And for Harriet, again it’s 24/7, and the license is for two years. You also have to be fingerprinted and they will do a background check. Remember if you are doing it solo, there are a lot more challenges that you don’t have as a couple and you have to prepare for them.
I hope that I have answered everyone’s questions, if not feel free to ask them again or ask more.
Hope that you all have a wonderful holiday.
Thanks for visiting
Susan and Angel