We then traveled to Edmond, Okla., where we visited an old Failing friend, Julian Stetnish. Julian is 981⁄2-years old and in excellent health. Julian was the manager of George E. Failing's junior ball team during the war and for many years after. We discussed much of George E. Failing's history and I'll be writing about some of those stories in the months to come.
Then we drove to Enid where we attended the annual Cutter family reunion. There were some 55 relatives there but only four with the name of Cutter. Most of the Cutters are farmers or farm-related people and don't travel much. Porky's the world traveler.
We then drove to Lubbock, Texas, where I trained for my new sales job for two days. I have a new job traveling and selling an innovative product that has been out there for several years, but like myself, many water supply people don't pay much attention to new products at a well exposition unless it catches their eye, such as a magician or race car and driver. But I don't write about specific products in “Porky's Hole Thoughts.”
We saw cowboys wearing cowboy hats, cowboy boots and cowboy belt buckles. Most were driving big dually 4-by-4 pickup trucks with flatbeds towing a big horse trailer or a long hotshot trailer (an oilfield term meaning to expedite delivery of oil tools to oil rigs). Most of the cowboys wear their cowboy hats while driving their trucks, on the streets, in the restaurants and they never take them off. I wonder if they wear them to bed?
In the coming months, I will be traveling to Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio and Michigan, calling on drillers, pump installers and suppliers and, I'm sure, finding new stories for National Driller. ND