I spent twelve days on this rig contemplating what have I done in my lifetime to end up here, at this moment, and all the surrounding moments making up my twelve day existence on Al Doha rig. Then, I went to work for 6 glorious hours. After completing my labors, I headed inside to my room. A guy stopped me on the stairs.
guy: Hello. Are you Egyptian?
Laila: Well.. yes. I’m American, but my family is Egyptian.
We then exchanged names. His was “ass-hat”
Ass-hat: I’ve wanted to talk to you, but you look like you’re ready to back-hand everyone who talks to you.
Laila: Yeah, I’m at my job. I don’t mean to be cold, but I’m here to work and feel really uncomfortable when people try to give me special treatment.
A-H: Oh. Give me that bag. Don’t carry that up the stairs.
Laila: This is exactly the shit I’m talking about. This makes me uncomfortable. Please do not carry any of my things.
A-H: Okay. Can I ask you one question?
Laila: ….ok. *turns and starts walking up the stairs*
A-H: *follows Laila up the stairs* Are you married?
A-H: Can I ask you two questions?
A-H: Are you engaged?
A-H: Can I ask you three questions? Is it appropriate, or inappropriate?
Laila:… sure *I’m thinking…;. If you have to ask…this is inappropriate. It’s also why I look like I want to backhand every one of you.*
A-H: Can I have your phone number?
Laila: hahahahahahahahahaha…. No
Ass-hat: I’m sorry. *walks away*
I felt badly that he apologized, as if I had embarrassed him. I quickly realized that he’s apologizing because he knew he was out of line and I explicitly told him how uncomfortable I am on rigs when people don’t treat me like I’m at my job. I don’t feel badly any more.
So concluded episode one, and the Whataberger crew was released from the rig! I did everything my heart desired in the 48 hour period before returning here, again.
What did my heart desire?:
- A Red Lobster feast, where I sat alone in a booth stuffing my face with shrimp scampi, lobster tail, crab legs, lobster bisque, cheese biscuits, and lobster and shrimp macaroni and cheese, followed by some mellow tea drinking and journal writing.
- Bath time. Lately, I take baths. This time, I added tea candles into my bath, which is already fragrant and full of glitter, from my LUSH bath bomb.
- Mild indoor exercise. After nearly two weeks of extremely minimal movements, I started a little workout routine inside my room.
- Office. Two weeks in the field means I’ve missed a lot of office duties. Time to catch up. My manager says to me, “If anyone asks, you were on ‘days off’ today.”… Great.
- Laundry. I can wash whatever I please without the anxiety of having my underwears stolen. I ended up just washing everything in my offshore bag. No time to get to my other laundry.
- Shooting range with my buddy! One very sore and bruised shoulder, and 75 shot gun shells later, I’m ready to take on the world again.
- Food with my buddy! Four appetizers, a Space Jam rant and NFL team personal ranking debate later, and its time for Laila to go to bed.
Now I’m back offshore, but this time prepared for the boredom. I decided “to hell with the creepy people on the rig. If I want to jump rope and run around on the helipad, then that’s what I’ll do.” I packed my kindle, jump rope, and art supplies.
Most importantly, I’m excited to spend some more quality time watching the Golden Girls on YouTube. Please check out this blog. I had intended for this post to be my reflection on a clever, healthy, positive, and all around hilarious television series. Alas, Sophia and the Girls will be another post for another day. Rest assured, dear readers, my current status is: still offshore, but enjoying the company of four really awesome ladies.