Alive In Kilgore

Warning, this post has almost nothing to do with sewing. Granted, there’s a little sewing, but mostly it’s about my first impressions of Kilgore, Tx.

There is a teeny amount of sewing related stuff, though. I gave my niece a little dolly I’d made (rather badly, if you want the truth), but I’m pretty sure she likes it:

I guess my niece likes the dolly I made her!

Also, I’m writing this on my iPad so there’s no fancy formatting because it’s a huge pain in the ass.

Anyway, Texas is the highest oil producing state in the Union, and they’re pretty serious about it. So serious that they had no hesitation turning the downtown area into oil rig heaven. In fact, I’m sitting in the world’s richest acre as we speak. (well, we’re not literally speaking, but you know what I mean.)

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In fact, when they discovered oil was sitting under the downtown buildings, they simply razed them to the ground to get at the oil:

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Yes, they really knocked down the hospital to get at the oil. I guess there was enough money generated to pay for more buildings and still come out ahead. There’s a whole park dedicated to it, which is really quite a lovely little place. I took a picture of this old and presumably defunct drilling pump, which I can only assume is in danger of being stolen at any minute due to the fact that it’s behind a locked fence:

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In all fairness, I can’t blame them for locking it up because I would totally steal it for a kick ass lawn ornament for my parents’ huge garden, which is like 15 acres. Btw, my dad drove me around their land this morning in a golf cart. Have you ever been off roading in a golf cart? Well, I have and it’s totally doable.

But the down side to living in the boonies is that the wifi is rubbish and the limit is, well, extremely limited. So I’m blogging from the coffee shop because they’re awesome and offer free wifi. Here’s a pic of the big wall:

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In England, we have the monarchy to be proud of. (and personally I think the monarchy is awesome, so no haters, please.) But Texas is different (like, duh, Jen.) and they’re pretty proud of their ability to generate money from under the ground. Which I totally wish I could figure out how to do back in England under my back garden.

I promise to take some pics of the house and environs. If you’re American you won’t be at all surprised by the, uh, compound. If you’re in the UK, you won’t believe me. But I swear it’ll all be true.

Jen

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14 Responses to Alive In Kilgore

  1. Allegory says:

    Glad to see you made it over there okay! And Texas kind of scares me..I’m 100% a southern girl but I just don’t fit in Texas at all.

  2. teresa g says:

    Off-roading in a golf cart is a complete hoot! did it last October while at a friend’s gated resident camp site in Morris Illinois. It’s made even more fun after a few beers (home brews not mass produced canned water). Have a great time!

  3. Denise says:

    LOVED this post! It gave me such a chuckle. I am a California girl but lived in San Antonio for about 3 years 30 years ago. I know what you mean about the oil rigs and how serious Texans are about their oil and their state! Oh and I’m totally a “monarchy” fan!
    Enjoy your visit

  4. Bonnie says:

    Hooray! You made it! Blogging on an iPad is much better with the right apps and a bluetooth keyboard. Oh, on another note…… *pointing* HISTORY GEEK! HISTORY GEEK! ;) Love ya!

  5. Ellyn says:

    welcome to Texas! Just so you know, it’s not all like where you are, there are real cities and normal people here too (like me for example, if you really stretch your definition of normal!) Just think, last week I was in London (TOTALLY digging the monarchy, the history, all of it!) and now you are here. And yet we do not meet. Sigh.

  6. Debbe says:

    There are some Oil wells in southern Illinois, and I’m weird, but I like the smell of the oil when they are pumping. Enjoy your visit with family. I hope you get to visit lots of fabric shops and take the mother load back home with you.

  7. Katy says:

    Well duh, EVERYONE needs a nodding donkey… ;) Have fun :)

  8. Mary says:

    I loved reading the first impressions. I felt the same way when we moved to the UK for awhile.

  9. Melissa says:

    Glad you made it there safely and your niece is seriously ADORABLE! I want to know how to make money out of my back yard too! I would totally violate the HOA rules if it meant paying off my house faster :) Happy you are having fun so far!

  10. Nancy D. says:

    You made me chuckle. Texas is definitely a proud state. I love it here! Hope you enjoy your visit.

  11. Lindsey Anne says:

    Hi, the monarchy is fine if it’s not yours – if you know what I mean. As a Brit I have no problem with any of the individual royals but I do have a big problem with an unelected head of state. Monarchists in the UK always say – but then you could end up with George W. Bush/Margaret Thatcher/A. N. Other annoying/unpopular politician – but the point is that however ‘bad’ they might be at least they’ve been elected rather than obtaining their privilege through an accident of birth. Ok, off the soapbox! Have a great time in Texas. A friend of mine (British) lived in Katy for a few years and came back with wonderful outrageous stories of Texans and Texas life – but she loved it!

  12. Sharon says:

    Excited to do the qal with you. Enjoy your visit to the USA . Don’t let Texas give you a bad impression..just kidding!

  13. Gosh thats quite a dramatic thing to do to a town! I guess they call it ‘liquid gold’ for a reason…

  14. Claire Jain says:

    LOL! I can’t believe you’re in Kilgore. Being from Shreveport, LA (another glorious stop along I-20) a field trip to the East Texas Oil Museum in was the height of awesomeness. It’s ok, you can feel bad for me. I guess the pull of Texas was strong, though. I now call Austin home :-) How long are you going to be in Kilgore and living it up stateside?




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