The New Life Of A Floor Hand
If your life is going to be lucky than you will start with a Iron Roughneck, but it won’t really help you chip away that softness that your other life has devolved.
What will serve you better is to be given some tongs and slips, this will help you develop grit that is required from time to time when shit gets real out in the Oilfield. That soft skin that life has given you will soon be baptized in Oil Base. Those gym muscles that were made to impress the girls probably won’t help you and you’ll wonder why you are waking up in the middle of the night with your hands seized together.
I know we were all taught to look both ways when we cross the street, but for god sakes please look up when you are on that rig floor. When school gave some troubles the teacher would help get you back up to speed, your new teacher will probably give you a harder lesson in learning, it may be said a little louder than what you are used to.
Cleaning your room may have been a drag, but having that Sub and BOPs shining is expected and will have you missing picking up some jeans off of the floor. Although you should have helped often your mom took out the garbage, if this isn’t done at crew change expect a foot up your ass.
If you haven’t eaten on the fly get used to it, I suggest grabbing things that don’t require a plate and a fork. Your gratitude will come every 2 weeks on pay day, so don’t expect some sunshine for doing your job.
Lastly, when it’s cold or hot outside, your tired, dirty, hungry, and you are feeling resentment for the comfortable looking Driller in the doghouse, just remember, he started where you were except it was probably harder when he did it. Enjoy your new life, it will give you both sadness and a full heart.