October 2006

Drilling advances

The few, the proud, the drillers. In the past, leadership came from a group of individuals that proved their character though trials that would shame most of us today. We are simply not up to their standards. They were tough; really, really tough. Drillers in our day personify the attributes of this group better than most. They stand silently on the rig floor in the rain, sleet, snow, mud, dirt and grease, exposed to objects falling from the derrick and abuse from self-centered bosses. They persist in all types of circumstances without argument or complaint. Their bodies and their character are staunch. They are truly tough; really, really tough. So, what motivates us in the drilling industry? Is it the money? Hardly. We could probably make as much working for a chain store or changing oil.

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