Well, the good times never stop in the drilling world! This last week has included travelling to three different rig sites, driving for too many hours and even a rodeo somewhere in the middle! Spending all this time in this world does expose one to interesting conversations and lines though...and I thought they might be worth sharing :)
NB: Generally, each person is referred to as 'old mate', or OM for short. 'Old Mate' is Australian for 'that random dude', or someone whose name you have forgotten.
Over the two way radio, two of my colleagues are catching up on the public truckers' channel:
OM 1: Where did you put the [xx piece of equipment]
OM 2: Oh I duno, do you want me to come and show you?
OM 1: Yeah, you should probably get over here.
OM 2: Do you miss me already do ya?
Random Truck Driver Sounding Annoyed: Do you guys want to get a channel?
The explanation of the Pope-selection system:
Old Mate: When they get together to pick the pope, they just have a bit of the smoke, and then when it's really good and they've decided, they'll have a bit of that white smoke... that's what you see.
Me: Oh, that...makes perfect sense... (!)
I work with an Arab looking man who was on the rig floor. One roughneck decided to call him from my shack.
Roughneck: Rig floor, do you copy? [No reply]
He looks at me and grins. Oh dear, I thought.
Roughneck: Rig Floor? Durka Durka Jihad Jihad! [Looks over and laughs. I'm confused. Does he know I am Arab too? Am I supposed to reply?]
Me: You got it wrong; I think you mean Durka Durka Mohammed Jihad...?
Another lady visited the site, a lovely blonde engineer. It was hilarious watching all the guys register a woman on site. Later on, I had a conversation to one of the crew about the whole 'affair'...
OM 1: Oh did you see the chick come on site? There were eyes popping out everywhere!
Me: Ha! That's great. Did you guys get a good look did you?
OM 1 (seemingly a little dismayed): No, I didn't get a good enough look. I will next time though...
Me: It's getting crazy now there are two of us women on site ay!
OM 1 (looks at me with a slightly worried expression): I know. It's so distracting. All of us just go a bit silly really. Even when you came on we went a little silly.
Me: Don't you guys get over it once you know who we are and that?
The two crew members looked at each other.
OM 1 and 2: Nope.
While at the Rodeo (this isn't a rig conversation, but it was funny...)
Announcer: Racing is not discriminiative, it's speedway.
OM 1: Oh I wish I didn't have a heart problem.
Me: Oh dear, that's terrible. What's up?
OM 2: Love is a real killer you know!