Another situation was the hours. As you know, gate guarding is a 24/7 job. Since Alan had worked nights most of his career, we decided he would work nights and I would work days. However, after a week of being up and out in the hot sun all day, I told him we had to come up with a better plan. So, we started working 6-hour shifts, me 8-2 pm, him 2-8 pm, me from 8-2 am and him from 2-8 am. This worked much better for us. Unfortunately, we also gained weight. During the fracking process, they feed the crews twice a day -- noon and midnight -- and would also drop off the food to us. It was nice not to have to worry about what we were going to eat, but we also ate too much.
One of our goals was to make enough money to purchase new furniture for the MH and we accomplished that. Alan removed our uncomfortable couch and chair and we replaced them with these.
A friend mentioned it looked like we had turned into our parents...lol, but that's okay because they are much more comfortable.
After we were relieved from our gate in January, we intended to wait on another gate. By that time, there were so many snow-birds waiting for gates, they didn't even have room for us in the holding yards. So, we went to a park in San Antonio and I called every day for a week. It was February and we planned on leaving the area the first of March, so we decided not to wait for another gate.
Needless to say, we are very proud of him.