Guards and Buffalos . . .

More on the Gate Guard front:

This morning, before I got up, Jan got a call from someone looking for Gate Guard Services. I wasn’t sure why they had called us, but after thinking about it for a while, I figured he had got our number from one of our rig’s Company Men as a Gate Guard Services contact.

All the Company Men we worked with had both Jan and mine’s phone numbers and email addresses in case they needed to call us on the gate. Curious, I gave the guy a call back and that’s what had happened. Another Company Man, apparently one that we had worked with last year, had given him our number.

In addition, earlier this morning, I got an email from Jerry and Rita Scarbrough, who also work for Gate Guard Services, telling me that GGS has finally switched over to Direct Deposit for our paychecks. This will make it a lot easier for us since when I used Chase’s Online Deposit last year, I kept running into a problem because Chase has a limit on how much money you can deposit online in any one month. Who ever heard of a bank that doesn’t want your money?

About 1pm Jan and I headed out for the afternoon. Our first stop was at the RV/MH Hall of Fame to drop off a bundle of Gypsy Journals, and also check in with Al Hesselbart, the director there, and a long-time friend. After talking for a while we made a date to meet for dinner tomorrow night at King Wha, a great local Chinese restaurant.

Next up was a stop at the Sam’s Club over in Mishawaka, about 15 miles away to pick up Jan’s prescriptions and get some other Sam’s-type stuff. Since we wanted some other pharmacy items we went there first. When I went to pay for the prescriptions, I thought they were kind of high at $136.

So I pulled out my Pharmacy Discount Card. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I picked one of these up from the payment counter at my doctor’s office last February. Figured it wouldn’t do much, but what the heck, it’s free.

Pharmacy Card

When I first used it at the Sam’s Club in Friendswood, I was surprised to find that it saved me about $50. Yeah! I was also told that I only had to enter the card into the system once and it would apply to all prescriptions from then on.

Kind of.

I showed the Pharmacy Tech my card and asked her to be sure it was still in the system and if it would save me anything today. She said these cards never made much difference but she would check. She went away for about 15 minutes and then came back with a big smile on her face.

I asked her if it make any difference and she said “You could say so”. So I asked “How much?”. She just hit a few keys on the cash register and a new total came up.

My $136 total was now $50.  WOW! 

The other thing I found out is that the card has to be re-entered each time we move our prescriptions to a new Sam’s Club or Wal-Mart. Which for us is pretty much every month. Note to self.

Leaving Sam’s, we went right next door to the Wal-Mart to get me some new socks since Sam’s didn’t have what I wanted.

Then, after a quick stop at a P.O. to mail a letter, we headed over to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner. Usually we get the regular wings, but this time since the Boneless Wings were on sale, we got those instead. We both got the Mango Habanero sauce on them, which is their third hottest sauce, behind ‘Wild’ and ‘Blazin’, which is the hottest But I always get a small cup of the ‘Blazin’ sauce as an added hit.

I do this because I like the heat of the ‘Blazin’, but overall I also like the sweetness of the Mango Habanero, so I get the best of both worlds.

On the way back to the RV park, we first stopped off for a car wash, and then a quick stop at a Chase bank to get a roll of quarters. Jan wants to use the big washers here at the park laundromat to do some of our rugs while we’re here.


Good things come to those who go get them.



5 Responses

  1. I have misplaced your info on the guard services you and Jan work for and how to apply for the job. Would you mind reposting that, please. Also, do they hire women soloers?

    Question 2: How do you get the RX Discount card?


    Cat Lady

  2. How long will you be at Elkhart? We will be there on Friday and would like to say Hi.

  3. Judy,

    Here are the numbers I have. The first 4 are the main ones, with GGS the biggest.

    Gate Guard Services, L.P.- 361-949-6992 LOMA Rentals, LLC – 817-964-1828 Time Keepers – 830-816-5059 Toll Free – 877-851-7676 Site Watch Gate Guards – 800-561-7202

    KC Services – 956-236-5255 Pro Gate Security – 830-776-8666 Oil Field Support Services – 361-815-7050 Trinity – 956-241-1675 Primo Gate Guards – 361-563-9272

    When we started last year, we just showed up at the GGS yard in Whitsett and told them we wanted to gate guard.

    We had heard to do it that way because they get so many calls and requests for info that they really don’t pay any attention until you get there in person.

    We got there on Thursday, April 5th about 5:30, but every one had already gone home at the office. But the guy working the yard showed us where to park. They have 5 FHU sites and a number of places with power and water. There is no charge for parking there while you’re waiting for a gate or coming off a gate.

    The next morning. I went to the office and got our info packets and fingerprint cards. We then drove over to Floresville about 20 miles away and got our fingerprints done at the Sheriff’s Office.

    Then we had to drive down to Corpus Christi on Tuesday, April 10th to process our applications and take our security guard tests. We had to wait until Tuesday because they only process apps on Tuesday and Thursday.

    Then 5 days later, on Sunday, April 15th, we were on our first gate.

    As far as a solo gate, that might be hard to do. The majority of gates are 24/7 which would be very hard to do for a solo, unless you just luck across one.

    But I have heard of two solos teaming up to work a gate and split the money.

    I got our card at my doctor’s office, but it looks like you can order one from here.

    Hope this answers your questions.

    Stay Safe.

  4. Good morning dear friends, Another fan and followers here. What is the procedure for getting on as Gate Guards? I had emailed you awhile back ,I guess I either deleted it or it went to a black hole like most things. My husband, Gary and I are VERY interested in doing this. But not sure where or how to start? Any help you can pass along would be appreciated.

    On another note…. We have ENJOYED “traveling ” with you and Jan this summer. Some places we’ve been to. We’ve been volunteering at the SAN JUAN NATIONAL FOREST INFORMATION CENTER just above Rico, Co. It’s been truly nice and cool while others have been warm . We can say we’ve had about 2weeks of summer. The rest of summer was in the 60’s and low 70’s. very nice and beautiful here in the forest.

    Again, thank you in advance for any information about the Gate Guard you can pass along. Gary and Terry Phillips and Lucy Have fun, play nice, hold hands when crossing the street!

  5. Today’s blog pretty much covers everything we knew when we started.

    I recommend that you start with Gate Guard Services since they have the best support.

    As I said, we just showed up at the Whitsett, TX GGS yard and told them we wanted to gate guard.

    You also might want to go back to April 5, 2012 in our blog and follow us through getting started.

    Thanks for reading our blog

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