Do you want Fries with that?

With the moderating daytime temps (it was 78 and beautiful today) here on the gate, comes the not-so moderate nighttime temperatures. It got down to a nippy 42 degrees last night. Now I realized that for a lot of folks up north that’s balmy weather. But along with the balmy, I also had ‘breezy’. A steady north wind was coming over my back which tended to blow the heat from the two small electric heaters away from me. So it was time to bring out my secret weapon: A 250 watt Infrared Heat Lamp, and yeah, just like the one you see keeping the fries warm at McDonald’s.

Heat Lamp Bulb

 Infrared Heat Lamp Bulb – 250 W

I actually thought of this a week or so ago when I was at McDonald’s getting us lunch. So after not finding a bulb at Wal-Mart, I ordered one from Amazon. But last night was the first time it got cold enough again to try it out.

And it works great. Since the heat is transferred by radiation and not airflow (fan), it’s not affected by the wind. I’ve got it in one of those clamp-on reflector lamp housings and it really helps.

The flare stack out in front of us here has really been working overtime today, with flames about 60 feet high, based on the height of the stack, which is forty feet tall. One of the supervisors told Jan they were trying to fix it because it wasn’t supposed to get that high, but I guess it’s a work in progress, because when the wind is right you can feel the heat coming off it.

Flare Stack

A welder from Cowboy Cadillac Welders was out this morning trying to fix the gate. He got it pretty much put back together, but said they didn’t tell him how bad it was, so he’ll have to come back tomorrow with some different equipment.

Gate Damage 2

Gate Repair

Finishing up, it’s amazing how much better you can dress after you become millionaires.

You can go from this:

Duck Dynasty - Before-2001

To this:

Duck Dynasty - After

Nice wallpaper too. It’s amazing what a little money will do.

And finally, have spent five months in Alaska, and lived for over 30 years in Texas, I find this hilarious:

Alaska's Little Sister


Thought for the Day:

It’s been said that Science progresses one funeral at a time.

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5 Responses

  1. Yep, every time we showed our Texas drivers license up there, we heard the same thing, “Oh that’s such a nice LITTLE state………”

  2. Yep, we heard that every time we pulled out our Texas drivers license, “Oh that’s such a cute LITTLE state………. They like to rub it in.

  3. I like the Alaska/Texas shirt–some folks I know wouldn’t!

  4. Good thinking on the heat lamp. I assume you use it outside under your awning? Do you ever put up a wind break on your awning? Glad to see they’re getting your gate fixed. Cheers!

  5. Susie,

    I bought a big tarp to use as a windbreak if necessary, but it hasn’t been quite cold/windy enough to justify it yet.

    But we’ll see.

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