It was quite a year we just dealt with, one that makes us look at everything just a little bit differently. Hopefully, this increased awareness will translate into a heightened clarity of purpose - something we need occasionally.
Working on last month's cover story, "Looking Back at 2001," was a very pleasurable exercise. Drilling contractors were overwhelmingly positive about their experiences in 2001 and most were quite upbeat about the near future for their firms. Even those who said things were down were able to find positive spins. More than a few said, "Business is off 10 percent from the previous year, but that was a record year," or "Gross revenue was declined a bit, but our profit level stayed the same."
Our on-line poll (www.drilleronline. com) last month verified the good news. More than half (54%) of the respondents said business was up in 2001. A quarter said business was down and 21 percent reported a flat year.