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frbnkslady 48F
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5/26/2006 10:34 pm

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5/28/2006 9:43 pm

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I finally arrived home today from Valdez. I left Tuesday for a 1 day work trip. LOL.
Yeah right. Nothing went as planned. Nothing was set up when we arrived, I was not dressed to go right to work, as in, I did not travel in my grubby work clothes. Security was not ready for us so we were delayed at the gate for over a hr or so. I am glad it was a beautiful day there. We watched the wildlife, a mama marmot wandering around, the birds. There was a nesting pair of Eagles up the mountain side from where were parked. You could see the sea otters and a few seals out in the bay. Did not see a whale the whole time I was there though. I did see a black bear, but on my last day working.
We finally got through the security gates, yes 2. Which is good.
Get up to the fabrication shop, meet with the site co-coordinator and get out helpers. I am outfitted with a fall harness and am introduced quite comically to 2 of the funniest men I have had the pleasure of working with with. A couple of old pipeline worker. Oil fields. One was from Miss. and the other from Utah. I nic named them Bubba and Batteries. Another story.
Anyways, we get down to where I was supposed to work and nothing is ready there. Now this is a job that has been planned on for over a month. O proto-type fitting of an old ballast water bilge line holding tank pipe. It was 30+ ft down and the pipe was about 10 ft up. No scaffolding was in place yet. And the work area I was told I had, was not there. Instead of having about 8" to work around from the wall I has 1.5". I was not really happy, but it was do-able. And I got it done. Just not in 1 day.
We finally were done at 10:30pm Tuesday night, a 17.5 hr day. So we missed our 6 pm flight.
We were at the airport by 8 am. The person I went with was in contact with the site op and others. I was having trouble with my connecting flights. He received another phone call. They did another test on the line and wanted us back up to the site.
We went, worked some more, till about 4:30. He was impatient to get to the airport as he had to be back into Fbks for personal business on Thursday. I told site op I would stay.
I had to get some new clothes. I had totally trashed what work clothes I had taken with me. I highly doubt I will be able to get the raw crude out of them, my jeans, shirt or sweatshirt.
I went and got a room for the night, showered, bathed and got dressed. I went and ate at the Pipeline. A great restaurant that serves awesome steaks. I ate and dozed over a glass of wine.
I went back to my room and went to bed, and was back on site by 6am.
I repaired the last leak on my welds and was done by 3pm. I had a flight out of Valdez, but no connection to Fbks. So I again opted to stay the night.
I met an awesome group of guys.. and once they realized that I wasn't going to be offended by 'shop' talk and that I started most of it.. we had a blast.. made most of them blush, was great... and I was in stitches most of the time. Cried a few times from laughing. Good old boys.
I would gladly move down there. It is an awesomely gorgeous place. I fell in love with Alaska all over again.
Then the flight home this morning.. The views you see when you fly over her are indescribable. If you are not moved by her wild beauty, you had best be buried. I was moved to tears a few times.
Makes me sound dorky, but thats okay. I live here, love it and don't care how it makes me sound describing it.
So I am now home and am going to be relaxing for a day.. I found out talking to my boss last night we had the whole weekend off. If I had known that before I booked my tickets, I would have stayed down there for it. But I will be going back. T


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rm_anacortes 74M
2850 posts
5/28/2006 8:38 pm

YOU still look like a Goddess to me....


frbnkslady replies on 5/28/2006 9:43 pm:
Thank you.. T

LoveToLixxxxxxx 55M

5/28/2006 2:34 am

Im glad you had a good time hun, and yes I drive all over Alaska and I see daily why I love it and live here

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frbnkslady replies on 5/28/2006 10:12 am:
I know.. I did, I just fell in love with her all over again flying into and out of Valdez. Her wild powerful beauty just humbles you. It HAS to. T

caressmewell 53F

5/27/2006 6:32 am

Although there were problems with the job site it sounds like you still had a wonderful time.


frbnkslady replies on 5/27/2006 11:06 am:
I had a wonderful time.. I told them I would move down there to work for them.. we will see T

rm_cru1972 44M
4407 posts
5/27/2006 1:58 am

I too know the feeling of the cluster-fuck, but other than that it sounds like you had a wonderful time.


frbnkslady replies on 5/27/2006 11:05 am:
I had a wonderful time... Those men were so cool to work with.. I hate having to watch how I talk or act around people. I think I shocked them, and they loosened up when they realized I wasn';t going to whine or complain aobut every cuss word or remark that was made... T

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