I've been in the oilfields 29 years. [I started] in Bakersfield, Calif.
I was [also] in Coalinga, Calif. Then we had an opportunity to start in North Dakota and I volunteered. I wanted to get out of California and see the world, and I headed up to North Dakota in my trailer.
It was really different when we first got up there because there was hardly any people up there. But after a year, people just poured in and poured in. You couldn't find a place to live and the price of living went sky high.
Then I had an opportunity to go to Colorado for a while to run a pipeline and I went over there for about a year. And then my boss asked me if I wanted to go to Kansas, and here I am.
[I like] meeting the people, the adventure, seeing the world.
You don't know [how big the boom will be] until you get going. We started up here with 15 guys and now we got like 100 people up here. But I don't know if it will ever get like North Dakota. I hope it doesn't get that crazy.
It's like [being] a gypsy when you're in the oilfield -- you don't know where you're gonna go because you don't know what's gonna boom. It might be a gas field here and an oil field over here -- you just gotta be ready to move and go.
My kids are back in California and they're grown. I got my dog, though. And she's been with me everywhere I've been, and she's a good companion. She always finds friends. And she's the one that finds all the women for me.
Quiet Kansas farm towns are quickly transforming into energy boomtowns along the southern border of the state more attractive.
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