Roll with the changes- Chuchwagons

With all booms if you will,  there is a need for mobile food and services and the Oil Patch is no different other than there are no horses involved like the wild west.

Submitted by Don Krenowicz

Posted Oct. 5, 2012

You see, like all that is going on here Americans are stepping up to fill a need and prosper from a opportunity.

Former restaurant owners from all parts of the country have become the modern Chuckwagons of the wild west.

Taking their flavor on the road in various buses, trailers and mobile homes to feed the hungry men of the Oil Patch.

Some of the men I live with are what would be called roughnecks or roustabouts and work incredible 12-18 hour shifts and eat like horses. I swear I could live off their scraps. They eat 4-5 thousand calorie meals and get up and do it all over again.

But, the modern chuckwagons that are scattered around this big country, mostly to the north, provide hot high calorie meals to the minions of workers in the remote areas. They have challenges with local permits, ordinances and supplies yet they endure and provide a needed service, and their customers appreciate what they do.

As an example I met a young women 26 from Lake Chelan,Wash., who pulled up stakes with her latte stand and came to the Oil Patch and set up shop on her own.

Going out yesterday I needed to get a hair cut and found that to be {I should not be surprised} quite a challenge as well.

Dropped by several hair salons, barber shops and called a few more and it seems you have to make an appointment some two weeks out for a haircut.

Went to my coffee shop and asked Jenna if she new of a place I might get a hair cut this saturday?

Oh yes, she said! Go talk to Barbara in the King City Plaza and she will fix you up. {like I knew where the King City Plaza was}

Sure enough, after getting the appropriate direction I landed at a small barber shop hidden off the main drag that had just opened and a women of fairly mature age gladly gave me a hair cut.

Her story was not unlike those of the rest of the refugees landing here. She came from Minnesota and opened a barber shop. She is planning to be open seven days a week till 8pm to service the need. She is also planning to convert a few small buses into mobile salons and take them to the oil fields to give haircuts to the thousands of men that need a service.

Again, I am so proud to be around people that decided not to cry in their beer and are making it happen.

It is a can do attitude that the rest of this nation needs to take notice of. North Dakota and this big place I now call my home, New England, is home to some of the greatest Americans I have ever met, and more are coming to get the job done.

Signing off from the Oil Patch



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