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ABC Wednesday – F is for…

F is for Falls…

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These Falls are on the Snake River in the town of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

F is for Fawns

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I found this Fawn at Yellowstone Bear World near Idaho Falls.

F is for Flag…

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This Flag is flying at Holy Family Cathedral here in Tulsa. Years ago I was taking a similar photo when some busybody stopped me and informed me that it was illegal to take photos of a church without permission of a church member. I told her that some guy had given me permission already. She asked me what his name was, and I told her that I didn’t ask him. Am I going to Hell for lying?

The lady huffed off but the Cathedral is beautiful and even more importantly is a vital and dynamic part of life in Tulsa.

F is for Fountains

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I found this Fancy Fountain in Kansas City a few years ago. I come to find out that Kansas City is famous for its fountains.

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ABC Wednesday – “C” is for Construction Equipment

It has been a while since I have participated in ABC Wednesday. It used to be one of my favorite meme’s and then life and instagram kind of got in the way. This week’s letter is C so I decided on Construction Equipment.

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A small “trackhoe” out in front of our office last year. I’d love to have one of these of my own.

Once upon a time I used to be involved in construction. As a project engineer I built pipelines, compressor stations, gas processing plants and other pipeline related facilities. I loved construction. It’s basically a scheduling issue: getting your land, permits, materials, and a contractor coordinated.

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A trackhoe is basically a backhoe only with treads instead of tires. They are the workhorse of construction.

A trackhoe with a view.

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A big trackhoe doubling as a road block.

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A regular backhoe. I have seen backhoe operators do some amazing things like moving across a swamp with just the hoe and front blade and the wheels not touching the ground.

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A little cultural difference. Growing up in the mountain west I always heard of this as a Grader. I moved to Texas and they call it a Maintainer.

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Pipeline construction is not too exciting. These are called sidebooms and are used to move a pipeline after it is welded into a ditch. They have counterweights to keep the equipment balanced as it extends the boom out to place the pipeline in the ditch. I have come to find out that the railroad industry uses similar equipment.

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ABC Wednesday – N is for …

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Lots of possibilities for N’s. How about a natural gas well!! Above is my son next to a wellhead in Western Oklahoma. A Colony Wash Shale well if you must know. And yes it was fracked. And because of that all the babies in Oklahoma are now born stark naked. Just ask Logan, he was born naked and was so embarrassed. I hope that hasn’t spread to where you live now. We have to stop them  frackers!! I was talking to a guy from California a while back and he was telling me how evil hydrocarbons are and how bad pipelines are and how we need to “disinvest” from all that. I asked him if he had a car. He told me he didn’t use hydrocarbons. His car was electric he told me all proud and everything. I let it go. I learned a long time ago to never argue with idiots. (And yes, I believe in human caused climate change, and that we need to reduce carbon emissions.)

Is being near the well dangerous you ask? I tell you what is dangerous. See that grate that my son is standing on. Take the grate off and climb down into the vault to check it out. Watch out for the slithery things that rattle. Those are dangerous. Stay out of that vault and you are safe. Just don’t mess with anything. Please!!

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N is for New Orleans. Always.

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N is for night time running. It always takes a little getting used to. Keep your wits about you is my advice.

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N is for neon. Who doesn’t love Neon lights.

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ABC Wednesday – “O” is for………

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In Oklahoma “O” is for Oil Wells!!! LIke this old well up in Osage County in the northeast part of the state.

Row Drilling into the Cana Woodford Shale

Or like these new wells being drilled into the Cana Woodford Shale in western Oklahoma.

Do you have oil wells where you live?

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