After slipping and shattering my wrist the end of last May, I didn't spend much time online and let my participation in this forum lapse. Months of painful physical therapy which I completed after the first of the year solved most of my problems. I then started back at the "Y". Before the accident, I could bicep curl 33 lbs. When I started back at the "Y", I could do 5 reps of 2 lbs. with my left arm. I'm back up to 25 lbs., 25 reps which is all my wrist will take for now. I learned way more about "CRPS" (which happens 2-5% of the time with broken extremities) than I ever wanted to know.
I missed all my oil field work (and income last year) as the accident occurred a week before I was to leave for Montana for a four well job. That, along with having paid the $24,000 health insurance premium with $10,000 deductible had me kind of down in the dumps. Since I healed up, I did four wells but, since I'll be 65 in a week and find it harder and harder to work 24 hours/day for a week or two, sleeping in 30-60 minute increments (with a luxurious 6-8 hours of sleep when they break down or "trip" pipe), I decided the other day to retire again (especially since I'm now on Medicare and my medical costs will be 10% of what it was.) I guess I turned into a pansy in my old age.
I'm looking forward to once again fly fishing and backpacking in the Bighorn mountains, shooting my pistol in our steel plate competitions and, to celebrate regaining around 98% use of my left hand, playing the banjo that I bought a few months ago. It's been 55 years since I played the piano and the banjo is certainly a challenge but fun. A lot more fun than putting on cold weather gear and walking out to the "shaker table" every 30-60 minutes to collect drill chip samples when the wind chill is 20-30 below , that's for sure!
Retired, corn cob pipe, banjo and a missing tooth (which is getting fixed tomorrow). I feel like I've arrived!
I saw a post on another forum about this scam and checked it out on Snopes. I haven't seen anything about this on this forum so-------