It's not Heather's fault. She did what she could on short notice. After the buyout (it's easier to spell than acquisition) my boss told me to have Heather get me a room in Williston. Williston is in the heart of the Bakken Formation and it's where things are really happening. When you're in Williston you're "Rockin the Bakken" and yes they rhyme. Heather booked me in a hotel called The Vegas. It was new and fancy before any of us were born, except for maybe Buzz or certainly Karl. Hey, it was a place to stay.
Meeting the crew in Williston was great. Heather decided to call me "Munk". As in "Chip"munk. She should really be calling me "Monk" as that is the life I've been living if you know what I mean.
It's hard to describe The Vegas. I've stayed in a lot of motels/hotels in my life and I've had a hard time finding one that was worse than this place. I was in a "non-smoking" room. There weren't any ashtrays but plenty of cigarette burns in the floor. The sheets felt like sleeping in the bottom floor of someone from "Hoarders". Most places, at least the sheets are crisp. Not here. Not by a looooong ways. A rowdy place where there was much revelling late into the evening. Kind of like the apartment that Michael J. Fox had in "The Secret of My Success" only not as clean.
After the second night, the fleas began to accept me as one of their own and quit biting. There's a cure for the plague right? RIGHT! THERE'S A CURE!? FOR THE LOVE OF GOD SOMEONE TELL ME THERE'S A CURE!!
The blotches are starting to fade so I don't think it's full blown plague. Maybe just malaria or rickets. Or maybe my superior immune system just fought it off. My immune system is intense. I've only missed one day of work in 19 years. ONE! Now I have personal days. How sweet is that? Pretty sweet!
I'm home safe and sound. It will be the seventh time I've slept in my bed in 21 days. Half the time I've been away has been for fun and half for work, but still a long time. I told Eric tonight I can't remember the last time in the past five years I've driven over 400 miles in a day and I'ved done it four times in the last three weeks. Yet I'm enjoying the challenge and the people. Titan bought me a brand new 2011 Dodge Ram with a 5.7 litre Hemi and it drives like a dream. When I'm on a two lane and want to pass a car, baby, I pass it like I'm shot out of a gun.
Having fun kids. Missing all of you. It will take an adjustment to get back in the swing, but I will make it.
Sorry Chickory, no pictures but I'm bringing my camera from here on out. Lots from the road as I'm driving so don't get your hopes up but there will be some.
I'm going to be putting some miles on this year so pray for good travel as I know you will.
Safe journeys to all of you in the meantime.
PS Just happened to stay in Billings last night and whatshername from Sheridan was in town for a conference so we had dinner. An unexpected second date. God loves me.