There ain't anything easy bout working in the oil patch. It is all hard, dangerous and long hours. Think of a coal mine, with a greater chance of getting blown to kingdom come. I know a lot of men who have gotten burned, or lost body parts, or fried their lungs from a sour gas well. I believe I have scared away all the GenXers. I have been a roustabout, a mud pig, a pipe dog, a truck driver, and a pumper. Every job I had in the patch was harder than what I did in the Army, but I didn't get shot at as often. Course the Army was harder than any thing I did outside the oil patch. I worked in Texas and Oklahoma, I can not imagine working in extreme cold doing that sort of work.