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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.

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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

Posted by fracmeister 22:12 Archived in Belgium Comments (0)

Penn State, W. Va, OSU, MUST, Tulsa, KS, Fracturing, Butte

A lot of travel in the US.

I wound up with a pretty busy time with domestic only travel. Travel to SPE Headquarters for the Finance & Strategy and nominating committees and a Town Hall for the staff. Los Angeles for a KIN Catalyst session. A great trip to Penn State and West Virginia Universities. Then a trip to the University of Kansas, the Missouri University of Science and Technology, Oklahoma State University and the University of Tulsa and Tulsa sections. Another trip to Montana (Butte) for an SPE Summit and back to DFW for the IADC/SPE conference in Fort Worth and a Board meeting in Richardson.
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Naturally we have a #SPElfie !
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I not only barbecue, I bake. Here is my applie pie.
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At the University of Kansas! Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk!
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KU #SPElfie

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At the Missouri University of Science and Technology at Rolla with a few #SPElfie s

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Then on to Oklahoma State with a great group of students and an obligatory stop at Stillwater's jumpin' little juke joint for some cheese fries.large_2016-02-17_18_09_10.jpg
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The University of Tulsa gave me extensive tours of their production, artificial lift, flow loop and drilling labs. I spoke to a large group of students and then participated at an industry event that evening at the Gilchrease museum.

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Nice to have some shots with Baker Hughes mud and ESPs!

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My old friend Eddie Schell's children all attended Tulsa including this petroleum engineer.
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Our favorite native American artist is Allan Houser.This is his greatest work now on loan at the museum.

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Raised a Bob WIlls fan I had to visit Cain's ballroom in Tulsa.

Great trip to Butte Montana for a Rocky Mountain student symposium. Students were enthusiastic and we toured the old mine.
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They put on a big barbecue for us including beef brisket and a whole hog.

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Ran into the daughter of an old friend,

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Back in Houston we saw the Rockets lose again.

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Off to Fort Worth for the IADC/SPE conference and saw many friends
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I absolutely love Fort Worth and the weather was great.
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The water gardens are a must see park downtown.
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Jan and I took our young kids to the museum school in Ft Worth and now we take our grandchildren there. A photo by the turtle is obligatory.

Went to Dallas to see Manon (the opera by Massenet)
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A few shots at Longoria's barbecue.
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And of course a stop at the symphony at the Bass Hall in Ft Worth
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A few more #SPElfie s
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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) 3,137 miles. SPE travel to date 281,013 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): 33
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Germany
Kuwait
Indonesia
India
Italy
Malaysia
Mexico
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Switzerland
Thailand
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA
Vietnam

Operas this month = 5 Operas to date = 38

Posted by fracmeister 07:05 Archived in Belgium Comments (0)

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