Another busy month
02.06.2015 - 17.06.2015
It has been my privilege to present the one-hour ethics class for several years at the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers (SPEE) annual meeting. This year's meeting was in Halifax and I have some great photos at the end of the blog. It is a beautiful area and I preceded the SPEE trip with several SPE visits with our Canada Region SPE Director Darcy Spady. Since both of our wives were there we had some great tourist time over the weekend. The tourist stuff is with the pictures at the end.
We went to Dalhousie University and we met with multiple groups from engineering and earth sciences. We spent most of the time planning a new student chapter. The next day Darcy and I went to New Glasgow to meet multiple local SPE leaders. We also met with the local manager at Baker Hughes' office in Dartmouth.
On Saturday we were tourists and enjoyed the fact that many buildings were open that day that were not normally open to the public. I particularly liked firing an old Enfield rifle at the Citadel and touring the Government and Provincial houses. We went on a "tall ship" tour of the bay. Our whale watching trip was enjoyable but "whale free."
The SPEE annual meeting was Sunday-Tuesday and as per usual I taught the ethics class. We had originally planned to fly directly from Halifax to Mexico City but found a way to go through Houston and spend a night at home. Of course we also found a way to spend an extra six hours in airports that day due to flight delays.
We flew to Mexico City for the SPE Board of Director's meeting. Helge Haldorsen (2015 SPE President) picked Mexico City primarily because of our expanding relationships as a Society with Mexico and secondarily because he lives there as Statoil's country manager. As you might guess it was already getting warm in Mexico in June but we had very pleasant weather in the mornings. Jan and I toured the nearby pyramids at Teotihuacan and many other local sites. We ate dinner at several wonderful restaurants including Biko and Quintonil. We saw La Traviata at the Palacio des Bellas Artes, a magnificent opera house. Photos at the end!
Of course the Board meeting was busy. Meetings with the other Presidents and SPE leaders. Audit Committee, Finance, Regional directors, technical directors, the three board committees, plenary sessions and the final board meeting. It is busy. It was great to meet various Mexican leaders of the oil and gas industry including several old friends and classmates.
I did get to be home a little this month which was good since we had a wedding (friends) at out house. My bees are doing well (see the photos) and the cardinals are in my backyard all the time. My jalapeños and tomatoes are being productive. I finally was home enough to fire up my smoker again and barbecue.
All of my grandchildren came together at our annual "Grammy Camp" where my wife (the grammy!) sponsors a big get together. Some in Houston and a week at the Fort Worth Museum school where our children studied so many years ago.
Travel this trip (basically includes airport to airport) 6,289 SPE travel to date 175,841 miles.
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): 22
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
Operas this month = 1 Operas to date = 19
Beautiful area. With a free weekend we went to Peggy's Cove, Mahone Bay, Lunenberg. The entire city of Lunenberg is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Of course we ate plenty of lobsters since this is lobster heaven. We also visited the sobering Swissair 111 memorial. A few pictures.
There is an LDS temple in Halifax
This boat was used to pass salt at the large table!
Ship used as a survey vessel. On old coal fired bolt ship.
When trying to self park at the hotel I apparently put my card in "WORNG". I love this one.
Some from the pyramid tour, the local churches and the LDS temple.
Here are a few of the opera house.
Here are some from the city tour