Skip to comments.North Dakota Journal Part III (Great Article on How Conservatism leads to Opportunity)
Posted on 04/17/2012 9:53:49 PM PDT by Vigilanteman
They look you in the eye out here. Its almost disconcerting. Im not used to that firm-handshake, look-you-in-the-eye stuff. I feel like its 1952 or something (and I mean that in the most positive way).
On the street signs of Tioga (such as they are), there are so many Norwegian names, you might think you were in Lillehammer.
In my NR piece, I mention Kathy Neset, who is a very successful oil consultant here in the Bakken almost a guru, I would say. Shes not from out here. Shes from New Jersey. As she was leaving, in the late 1970s, someone said to her, You mean, people actually live in North Dakota?
She went to Brown University, majoring in geology. When she arrived in North Dakota, she worked a range of jobs in the oil business. (Same as Lynn Helms, whom we met in yesterdays installment.) Kathy even roughnecked.
This lady certainly doesnt look the part of the Big Bad Oilman: Shes soft, poised, feminine, sweetly reasonable. I say to her, Does anyone ever say to you, Whats a nice girl like you doing in a business like this? Back East they do, she answers. Here in North Dakota, they know better.
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At the Williston Walmart, they dont really bother stocking the shelves. Who wants to work as a stockboy when you can make a bundle in the oil patch? Also, the goods would not stay on the shelves long. The store just sets the pallets in the aisles, and customers grab the goods and go right to the register.
They do stock the shelves (go in at 3AM, you'll see the crew busting their butts and getting it done).
Those same shelves are emptied almost daily.
Anyone want to know what the shelves would look like in the event of TEOTWAWKI need only go in after the '5 o'clock rush'.
Stockers there were making $16, plus overtime, and housing provided (double occupancy), last I heard, and I'm in there fairly often. The size of the crews has picked up as people have transferred in from all over or come to town and been hired.
The 'grab stuff off pallets bit' has been e-mailed around and even (apparently) plagerized into a Fargo Forum editorial, but that isn't normally the case. (Although I have been known to peruse the pallets as the crew is stocking for case-lot items for the pantry with uncut boxes).
Where does one go to find a job in this area?
For starters, contact freeper intenseracer. He's working there. He can give you some ideas.
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