Houston Mixer

Dry parked in Boom Town Texas (Houston America) .  Houston, the 4th largest city in the U.S.A. and is doing well these days … Wish you were here.  A quick note or two.

Forgot my laptop workstation I need to get one and keep it handy (store it here in the bus), and do not leave it on the footstool at the house.  It makes working on the computer a lot better, this holding it in your lap, is frankly, “for the birds.”

Pringles in the can are not the same as chips in the bag, make a note of that.  Chili tastes better on top of some Frito’s.  Good food on the road, costs more these days, bad food is still about the same.  Here is another interesting wrinkle I have found.

Seafood costs more the closer you get to the ocean and gasoline-diesel fuel increases in price in direct proximity to the closest refinery.  True Texas mysteries and/or observations we have noted this time out.

Fresh cup of coffee and the morning sun is breaking on the horizon, the day has promise, could be a good one and then I spot the tow car, sitting lopsided on one side.  Flat tire .. Go Ahead Make My Day.


Welcome to the foot-Patrol

This is not good, very un-good as they say deep in the heart of Alabama.  First order of the day is not peace or enjoyment, it is fix a problem.  So much for the R&R prospects of the trip.

Soon it will be warm.  Houston will be hot and muggy, but then again, it is always hot and muggy here.  Rolled in late last night on the shank of the dying day (8:30 P.M.) only to find that there are no available RV spots in town.  This is because all of the refineries are shut down to do yearly maint. and there are some 87,000 workers here in town doing this chore.

They also told me that Houston’s bay is full of barges that are full of oil.  It is quite apparent that like campgrounds, you cannot find an empty barge anywhere to store the black gold.  B’sides the regular maint. on the refineries, there is a huge influx of construction workers and welders here at this time, they are manufacturing huge storage tanks and increasing their capacity to store the product at this time (and I suppose hold it off the market to increase their values).

Not to worry, I also understand that their current media campaign to convince all of us that “they are our friends and make our lives much better” is well entrenched and in place at this time.

That will not change.

Anyone who says that Big Oil is not running this country, is a complete moron, their presence is everywhere.  In Texas and Oklahoma, the oil field is now spilling out of the company yard, and filling the highways.  What used to be sitting in the dust and gathering rust is now changed considerably, all of the rigs are brand new, squeaky clean and shiny.

American Oil has big deep pockets and it shows, just about everywhere you go.  You should think about this each time you drive up to the pump, as you are their main sponsor or benefactor, and from what I have seen on this trip your generosity has paid off considerably.

With current supplies ample you would think the price would come down, supply and demand, aint that what they taught us in school?

No way, hovering right on the $4 mark, the highways are chocked full of pilgrims and the roads are full, deep in the heart of Texas … The oil rich Lone Star State … Eight lanes wide in most places, and a car in every lane … Biz is good.

That is the story for today.  Dry camping in the church parking lot, east side of oil city, running off the generator (which is an expensive solution to the loss of a campsite) and wondering where it will all lead us to in the end?

Please Lord … Give us one more oil boom … We promise we won’t blow it this time.


2 thoughts on “Houston Mixer

  1. In the late ’60’s early ’70’s the company that I was working with had me close down my distribution center in Oakland, CA. They had plans that I was not aware of at the time, for me, so they had me fly from San Jose, CA to Shreveport, LA and drive the 60+ miles west to Longview, Texas to close THAT distribution center down too !
    The folks in that town of Longview could not be more hospitable to an “outsider” and after afew weeks of going back ‘n forth, they kinda grew on me.
    Later on, the company had me fly into Dallas, and Houston to visit our company owned branches. Dallas strikes me as a eastern city “sprawl” and I’ve never really liked it there. Houston on the other hand struck me as one of the cleanest towns I’d seen in a long time; Santa Barbra, CA holds the #1 spot.
    As a young man fresh out of high school, the first town I got to see was good ol’ San Antonio, Texas: Lackland Air Force Base Training School, and don’t remember too much about that town, other then it was very, very HOT everyday I was there. Eight weeks into the thirteen week schedule, I was fortunate to be lifted outta there and sent to Chanute AFB in Illinois.
    I’m sure that there are many “good” places to visit in the state of Texas, and how you’re doing it with the “bus” is a good way to do it, but I sure don’t envy those fuel bills you’re going to amass !!!


    • Texas is “like a whole other country y’all.” At least that is the way they tell it down here. Been good trip, a few problems, but for the most part, worthwhile.

      Fuel is now a necessary evil, you are right, I won’t have any fuel bills to speak of, we pay cash and do not charge anything if it is humanely possible. https://ldsrr91.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/images-24.jpg Right now it is around $750 for a fill up, but who is counting, you just walk into the fuel desk, hand the girl a handful of dead presidents, then walk outside and turn on the pump.

      What else you gonna do?



Comments are closed.