A Travellerspoint blog

February 2017

New York, Doha and Abu Dhabi

This month's map

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Baker Hughes' annual executive leadership meeting is usually held in Houston but this year we went to the GE leadership training facility in Ossining, New York. (https://www.facebook.com/pages/GE-Global-Learning-Crotonville-Leadership/166479726706324)
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It is an impressive facility and several GE executives spoke to us.

After the meeting I spent Saturday with my daughter touring the Frick museum (my favorite), going to the opera (Rigoletto set in Las Vegas, c. 1960) and dinner. It was a fun break before the long flight to Doha. large_90_IMG_0072.jpglarge_IMG_0071.jpglarge_180_IMG_0091.jpg

Meetings in Doha and Abu Dhabi were primarily for Baker Hughes but I did manage to have dinner with a few local SPE members.

Other Blogs

You can of course read about my barbecue at This site
My Baker Hughes reservoir blog is here.
My (old) blog detailing my 18 months in Hong Kong is here,

Travel this trip (basically includes airport to airport) 12,350 miles. SPE travel to date 473,110 miles. Round trip earth to moon is 477,800 so almost back!

Countries to date (my counting rule is basically that I spent the night there with some sort of SPE content...not just went through the airport like New Zealand or Panama): 43
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Finland
France
Germany
Ghana
Kuwait
Indonesia
India
Ireland
Italy
Malaysia
Mexico
Nigeria
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA
Vietnam

Operas this month =2 Operas to date = 66

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Oklahoma, London and New Orleans

I don't include ALL my travel in this blog so you won't get much on purely personal travel. We celebrated the US holiday of Thanksgiving with most of my family coming in to visit for the big day. I smoked a very large turkey and we all had a great time.

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Our first trip was to Oklahoma. They really roll out the red carpet for me when I visit there and it is one of my favorite spots. First I went to visit GE Oil and Gas. Now given that we are trying to merge our company with theirs this would normally have been a bit dicey but it is a long planned SPE event. I toured their R&D facility and made a presentation to the group.

That evening Devon hosted my gf and me at the OKC Thunder basketball game.

The next day I made several presentations at Devon to their technical staff and to the SPE members and young professionals in Oklahoma City.

Friday I went to the University of Oklahoma where (on behalf of Baker Hughes) I presented a large check to support the Department. I also spoke to the student chapter and members of the faculty. It was back to OU on Saturday for the Oklahoma Oklahoma State.

My next trip was to London and while it was primarily a visit to the Gaffney-Cline & Associates office I managed to meet several SPE leaders as well.

Finally a one-day trip to New Orleans. I met with the local section and we had an exciting "Petrobowl rematch" with some of the international 2nd place championship team of students and the "old geezers" from the local section. I will tell you that we rigged the first couple questions so that it would look like the "fix was in" for the senior team, but all for humorous effect. the students eventually won of course.

b]Other Blogs[/b]

You can of course read about my barbecue at This site
My Baker Hughes reservoir blog is here.
My (old) blog detailing my 18 months in Hong Kong is here,

Travel this trip (basically includes airport to airport) 11,910 miles. SPE travel to date 460,760 miles. Round trip earth to moon is 477,800 so almost back!

Countries to date (my counting rule is basically that I spent the night there with some sort of SPE content...not just went through the airport like New Zealand or Panama): 43
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Finland
France
Germany
Ghana
Kuwait
Indonesia
India
Ireland
Italy
Malaysia
Mexico
Nigeria
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA
Vietnam

Operas this month = 1 Operas to date = 61

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El Paso/New Orleans/London/San Antonio

After a while, this level of travel seems normal. But a lot of these trips were fun.

My gf (those of you who are new to this blog should know that is my wife of 41+ years) and I decided to catch a few Bowl games together since each one of the colleges I graduated from had a good football year and went to (AND WON) their bowl games.
First, the map:
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Jan and I flew to El Paso and rented a car, driving to Ciudad Juarez to visit the LDS temple there. We ate a lot of Mexican food on this trip and El Paso is a great place for it with quite a bit of variety. We had great seats for the game and although the top Stanford player (Christian Mccaffrey) decided not to play in this game (as he is turning pro) the Cardinal beat the North Carolina team in spite of their awesome quarterback. While we were ahead most of the game, UNC battled back and it was close at the end with some last minute heroics.

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We were delayed on the flight home from El Paso because of heavy rains in Houston but we had an awesome end to end double rainbow as a treat at the airport. The other treat was listening to Georgia Tech beat North Carolina in basketball just after seeing Stanford beat them in football.

We flew home and spent Christmas with the family and then after a few days drove to New Orleans to see Oklahoma defeat Auburn in the Sugar Bowl.

I spoke as a keynote speaker in the TAMEST conference (http://www.tamest.org/2017-annual-conference) large_E8A8E43903B7B85719391FADA7CB2F0C.png

You can see my presentation on youtube here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FN1CihC1w38 Also managed a selfie with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson!
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The trip to London was primarily a business trip in conjunction with my new assignment as Managing Director, Gaffney-Cline & Associates. However I did stop in to visit old friends and speak to a large group of graduate students at Imperial College in London.

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Attended the SPE Hydraulic Fracturing workshop and lead the SPE Nominations process. Check your April JPT to see what we decided! large_180_IMG_0057.jpgis the committee.

Other Blogs

You can of course read about my barbecue at This site
My Baker Hughes reservoir blog is here.
My (old) blog detailing my 18 months in Hong Kong is here,

Travel this trip (basically includes airport to airport) 12,350 miles. SPE travel to date 473,110 miles. Round trip earth to moon is 477,800 so almost back!

Countries to date (my counting rule is basically that I spent the night there with some sort of SPE content...not just went through the airport like New Zealand or Panama): 43
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Finland
France
Germany
Ghana
Kuwait
Indonesia
India
Ireland
Italy
Malaysia
Mexico
Nigeria
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA
Vietnam

Operas this month =3 Operas to date = 64

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