What is a
by Trillis Fleming, PC Exploration Inc.
A driller is a paradox! He is an overall executive, a master
mechanic, and a meteorologist, required to accurately predict weather
changes at a moment's notice. He is a personnel director with grease
under his fingernails and a witcher with extra-sensory perception
for locating all dangers and minerals buried below the surface of
the ground. He's a doctor of medicine, specializing in treatment
of hay fever, poison ivy, chapped skins, small bruises and lacerations.
And, finally, he's a chemical mixologist, who combines large quantities
of mud, polymers, and resins for the purpose of dedying the laws
driller manages more capital equipment than most doctors, lawers
and businessmen in the city, and he performs all these functions
within 100 feet of the back of his truck, while wearing a hard hat,
gloves and steel-toed boots.
likes sunshine, cool breezes, good food, auctions, state
fairs, his collar unbuttoned, quiet running engines and above all,
a solid level spot from which to work.
are found in fields, on hills, in valleys, along roads, near bridges
and sometimes at welding shops. They auger, wash, bore, mud, core,
ream, grout, bail, lift, tug shovel and...learn to curse at an early
age. Farmers are sympathetic to them, geologists confuse them, engineers
underestimate them, salesmen wait to detain them, wives love and
tolerate them, children look up to them, weather can delay them,
but it takes GOD to stop them.
driller is Faith and Fatalist. He must maintain faith to constantly
meet the challenges that are pressed onto his shoulders, amid an
ever present possibility that an Act-of-God, such as torrential
rain, deep snow, electrical storm or soft ground can bring his business
to a standstill. You can confine his ability, but you can't constrain
not much for deep ditches, tall weeds, pesky insects, muddy fields
or helping with the housework.
one might as well put up with him ---he is your friend, your competitor,
your customer, your neighbor, your fellow-worker, a denim dressed,
business wise, fast growing statesman of stature.
when you next meet at the favorite watering hole, recognize him
and recharge his spirits by lifting your glass and saying, "This
one's for you".