Skip to main content

With the announcement from Adm. Thad Allen last week that the fucking oil leak in the Gulf is "effectively dead", whatever that means, there is no doubt that the news media has moved on. Make no mistake, they aren't going to say jack about the oil still in the water.

Whatever. We here at Daily Kos need to remind ourselves how lucky we were to have around a kossack by the name of motherfuckin Fishgrease, who took us to school on the oil industry, oil wells, and importantly, booming.

When Fishgrease wrote his first edition of DKos Booming School back in May, I was absolutely in awe right at the introduction:

Hello, Boomer. I'm Fishgrease. I'm known, mostly, for my comments on any number of diaries about the recent Gulf of Mexico Oil Leak/Volcano/Apocalypse. Before that, I was known here at DKos for writing bland, confusing, useless, sometimes insulting diaries. Look at my UID number. I've been here a long fucking time and I've never had a diary on the rec list. Which is fine with me because I hate writing diaries. If this one makes the rec list, I might write another. But I doubt it. I'm a much better commenter than a diarist and I'm not that great a commenter.

Fishgrease is a fantastic diarist, mainly because it became completely clear that he absolutely knows what the he's talking about. After noting his 30 years in the oil and gas business, his big money salary, and his superior usefulness over the Almighty, Fishgrease went on to make himself far more than a diarist, but a teacher. A teacher who can break complex things down into very simply and understandable things.

Who among us has this diagram burned into our memories?


I certainly do.

I'm no environmentalist, to say the least. But the things I learned from that diary, and all the following ones from Fishgrease made me change my position on offshore drilling. More importantly, I many others around here learned an important lesson about what good "fucking boom" looks like. And we weren't the only ones. Rachel Maddow herself recognized Fishgrease on her blog, and reported on the matter with the expertise of Fishgrease in her quiver.

I remember reading this:

Stylish Boom Tending

First. Before anything else, that hard hat they gave you? Throw on the bank. Is there anything out here that can possibly hit you in the head? No. There's not. You're not building a skyscraper. You're booming. Don't throw it too far, because if you're stretching boom or a very few other tasks, you'll want to put it back on. Otherwise, screw hard hats. Got your insect repellent? You need that. Tenders work opposite 12-hour shifts (there's ALWAYS someone tending!). I am personally not afraid of oil and I don't mind having some on me until the end of my shift when I can wash off -- but that's me. If you want to wear the suffocating full-body coveralls they gave you, the rubber gloves, the goggles, the goofy rubber boots, that's up to you. Unless its cold out, I'm in cutoff jeans and cheap cloth sneakers and I'm shirtless. Biker's head-scarf. Sunglasses. Tan. I make this shit look good. Take off your wristwatch, your necklace, rings, all that. You're going to be working with rope and anything that can get caught in the rope WILL hurt you. That's why I wear as little clothing as possible. I would rather have a rope burn than have a loop grab my sleeve and take me under and drown me. Same with the floatation device. I can swim and unless the water is very cold or very nasty, I don't wear one.

I remember thinking "I shouldn't be sitting at this fucking desk. I should be out booming! Real men BOOM!"

Anyway, I can't thank Fishgrease enough for his thoroughly informative diaries and accessible style of writing. I can't speak for Daily Kos, but I will say this front pager very much appreciates the knowledge, wisdom, and intelligence of kossack Fishgrease. If ever anything remotely close to the BP oil spill happens again, we are fortunate to know exactly who to turn to for understanding.


Originally posted to Triple-B in the Building on Sun Sep 26, 2010 at 01:04 PM PDT.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

JD SoOR, deminva, Pat K California, Louise, Tookish, Sharon, JekyllnHyde, Alumbrados, leap, Ed in Montana, Angie in WA State, Errol, Donna Z, vicki, Terri, RF, LeislerNYC, miriam, Bailey, Phoenix Woman, itsbenj, Stevie, jotter, hester, murphy, Forbes, ogre, Rayne, decembersue, sheba, teacherken, slinkerwink, Trendar, Christin, Rolfyboy6, TrueBlueMajority, Powered Grace, NYmom, mimi, BigOkie, mattman, janinsanfran, PeterHug, Emerson, Khun David, alicia, Debby, Shockwave, Fishgrease, Heather in SFBay, billlaurelMD, mlharges, tacet, cotterperson, liz, fugitive, Mlle L, mslat27, eeff, Mnemosyne, all about meme, dsb, janefordean, azale, Sandy on Signal, devtob, WI Deadhead, TarheelDem, lawnorder, dash888, lzachary, SallyCat, FyodorFish, Sandia Blanca, jancw, expatjourno, Creosote, Doctor Who, Birdman, sardonyx, bigforkgirl, jackspace, tyler93023, Mr Teem, TheMomCat, bronte17, TravnTexas, 88kathy, conchita, TracieLynn, afox, cyberKosFan, BlackSheep1, magnetics, Cassandra77, annrose, nyceve, understandinglife, MD patriot, Loquatrix, awakentech, macleme, jonah in nyc, Pithy Cherub, stevej, shanikka, buckhorn okie, greengrrl, JJG Miami Shores, barath, roses, ovals49, peraspera, Fe, Miss Blue, Mber, oceanview, wonmug, Jesterfox, splashy, Cedwyn, high uintas, artebella, nio, revsue, Quege, Texknight, PresentMoment, bukdogg, tomephil, tidalwave1, psnyder, Moody Loner, danthrax, mwk, DeadB0y, 2laneIA, brainwave, gmb, johanus, cosette, JimWilson, texasmom, HeyMikey, dwahzon, Chirons apprentice, Steven Payne, khowell, nika7k, applegal, onemadson, lcrp, Pohjola, Brian82, MeToo, cevad, JayBat, econlibVA, zerelda, ybruti, merryelvis, side pocket, randallt, bobnbob, lonespark, Vicky, JayDean, CanYouBeAngryAndStillDream, gavodotcom, DarkSyde, westcott, slapshoe, boran2, Sybil Liberty, thereisnospoon, Maggie Pax, environmentalist, TexMex, decitect, oortdust, sawgrass727, Gowrie Gal, machiado, Julie Gulden, Big Tex, libnewsie, rapala, nailbender, Slgalt, Recovering Southern Baptist, kbman, maybeeso in michigan, bloomer 101, historys mysteries, marina, 3goldens, escapee, quinn, NoMoreLies, jrooth, i love san fran, UncleCharlie, Explorer8939, Freakinout daily, CTPatriot, klamothe, Lying eyes, Chinton, sc kitty, PBen, corvo, Superpole, offred, KnotIookin, bagman, elkhunter, DocGonzo, truong son traveler, ajsuited, tomfool, TN yellow dog, terrypinder, stitchmd, TigerMom, Brooke In Seattle, Kevskos, kldave, reflectionsv37, Bouwerie Boy, ratzo, boofdah, lennysfo, Annalize5, Chaoslillith, bleeding blue, majcmb1, Pam from Calif, Sun Tzu, Sara R, jimreyn, GreyHawk, ladybug53, Burned, cassidy3, lotlizard, Ice Blue, gerardbellavita, Phil S 33, blue jersey mom, bmaples, exmearden, rb608, cerulean, FindingMyVoice, coolbreeze, Lisa Lockwood, Shaking the Tree, dsteffen, Rogneid, bookwoman, Detroit Mark, Unduna, Lindy, Spathiphyllum, peacestpete, Ekaterin, littlewren, Snud, Land of Enchantment, fhcec, bently, noweasels, Wayneman, begone, Mehitabel9, skywriter, SoulCatcher, Grassee, Mother Mags, Denny in Seattle, martini, third Party please, Knucklehead, poco, redcedar, gwilson, BachFan, MissInformation, stef, Orinoco, irishwitch, mcronan, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, Kingsmeg, vigilant meerkat, sherlyle, 417els, Clytemnestra, edwardssl, BlueInARedState, dharmafarmer, Krush, Gorette, rl en france, Yellow Canary, cookseytalbott, seefleur, mooshter, KenBee, abe57, ccmask, The Wizard, deha, Logical One, fiddler crabby, fou, raincrow, sailmaker, kck, blueoasis, SherriG, eglantine, global citizen, erratic, Lashe, gpoutney, bubbanomics, gooderservice, Libby Shaw, Crashing Vor, SadieSue, imabluemerkin, paul2port, tapestry, Ordvefa, bleeding heart, MarciaJ720, boatsie, sceptical observer, myrealname, ER Doc, Unitary Moonbat, middleagedhousewife, MBNYC, llbear, SingerInTheChoir, 5x5, profh, doingbusinessas, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, Stripe, cherryXXX69, kurt, chgobob, shaharazade, Statusquomustgo, PhilW, J Paisley, Hedwig, Temmoku, postmodernista, markthshark, Riddle, Nulwee, Aaa T Tudeattack, Unrepentant Liberal, DBunn, Thinking Fella, pale cold, sephius1, One Pissed Off Liberal, GlitterT, catadromous, nathguy, out of left field, bluicebank, BeninSC, Lummoxia, asilomar, dotsright, uncomfortably numb, Wanda517, Cat Whisperer, byDesign, tgypsy, camlbacker, Cottagerose, ninkasi23, bigjacbigjacbigjac, moodyinsavannah, Debs2, mamabigdog, bluetownship, gloriana, Outrider, silverlil, edsbrooklyn, FishOutofWater, Mary Mike, Nespolo, jeanette0605, chigh, hold tight, lurks a lot, DWG, joyful, aliasalias, Uwaine, Strabo, RosyFinch, malharden, kingyouth, Kentucky Kid, HCKAD, Midwesterners, buckshot face, steamkettle, klnb1019, PinkRoseBouquet, mudslide, SeaTurtle, jnhobbs, millwood, Moderation, jhop7, gchaucer2, Progressive Chick, cececville, M Sullivan, JML9999, A Person, cloudbustingkid, cacamp, trueblueliberal, vet, oxon, roguetrader2000, TomP, Empower Ink, cville townie, rmonroe, Send Rahm a Cheesecake, JDWolverton, MKinTN, CroneWit, alkalinesky, Spruce, revm3up, mconvente, JeffW, flowerfarmer, ferment, Port City Moon, greenalley, hulagirl, brklyngrl, caseymarc4, scooter in brooklyn, ScottyUrb, FightForJustice, AshesAllFallDown, Mr Stagger Lee, Involuntary Exile, dadadata, elwior, FG, skohayes, filby, CDH in Brooklyn, OutCarolineStreet, lineatus, Sharon Wraight, minerva1157, mikeconwell, Calamity Jean, Lujane, rssrai, royce, pamelabrown, Haplogroup V, happymisanthropy, icebergslim, Jake Williams, pickandshovel, bluesheep, envwq, mofembot, Seamus D, noddem, Horsefeathers, glendaw271, o the umanity, Parthenia, Piren, CeeusBeeus, doppler effect, BYw, allie123, Executive Odor, priceman, Quilldriver, Guadalupe59, marketgeek, magicsister, Ellinorianne, DavidW, watercarrier4diogenes, lissablack, Stroszek, statsone, CIndyCasella, satanicpanic, Old Woman, clent, bijoudesigncom, maggiejean, JGBfan, Rei, multilee, Rhysling, Florene, Ripeness Is All, Lissa Drake, DontTaseMeBro, Dirtandiron, Rick Aucoin, Tomsank, tbird, snackdoodle, ALifeLessFrightening, greengemini, divineorder, LinSea, The Dead Man, socalmonk, carolyn urban, bsmechanic, Michael James, zephyr108, CanyonWren, be the change you seek, Mislead, Nebraskablue, DancinMan, Methinks They Lie, War on Error, BlueInRedCincy, Patch Adam, chopperjc, IndyRobin, DefendOurConstitution, Daily Activist, dRefractor, UnaSpenser, elziax, obiterdictum, MooseHB, COwoman, Shelley99, synductive99, histOries Marko, winkk, blueocean, stevenwag, sfarkash, louisprandtl, maxzj05, reesespcs, breakingsong, nancat357, ohmyheck, KS Rose, xylem, astral66, Adept2u, davespicer, Edge PA, o possum, Larsstephens, ozarkspark, Railfan, cricket456, smileycreek, eljefebob, kydoc, coppercelt, awcomeon, marabout40, trustno1, FogCityJohn, p gorden lippy, flitedocnm, dorkenergy, veracityus, pdx kirk, brunoboy, drainflake77, Tea and Strumpets, politik, jethrock, catwho, SmartAleq, boriquasi, on board 47, CS in AZ, Ann T Bush, Luma, tubacat, wvmom, birddog, Simple, Garfnobl, Eddie L, DavidHeart, gulfgal98, OldLady in BC, NY brit expat, sullivanst, samanthab, elginblt, SoCalHobbit, juturna, DailyDrew, DerAmi, rfall, NYWheeler, Yasuragi, debbieleft, sluggahjells, Johnny Q, rja, Unenergy, elengul, ericlewis0, Loose Fur, Oh Mary Oh, wwjjd, FrankSpoke, HylasBrook, not4morewars, verdeo, Mac in Maine, Rockpopple, VitaminD, Pakalolo, Onomastic, BrowniesAreGood, Rides like a girl, gobears2000, Colorado is the Shiznit, yellow cosmic seed, kerflooey, MidwestTreeHugger, heart of a quince, ozsea1, Oldowan, moondance, slowbutsure, BardoOne, lady blair, Meggie, Kharafina, AuroraDawn, freesia, cooper888, La Gitane, poorbuster, BlueJessamine, m00finsan, We Want Change, BlackQueen40, QuestionAuthority, Teknocore, FarWestGirl, itzik shpitzik, mikejay611, misskitty64, deeproots, Teiresias70, Civil Writes Activist, princesspat, Ebby, BellaNJ, Jed Lewison, Billdbq, cama2008, boomerchick, mrsgoo, Donna O, marleycat, Lorikeet, grannysally, Cinnamon Rollover, Muskegon Critic, dle2GA, tfs1150, Wheever, marigold, KVoimakas, LeftCoastTom, SusanL143, merrily1000, dakinishir, LSmith, CherryTheTart, MRA NY, worldlotus, jgnyc, whoknu, Empty Vessel, COkdub, corvaire, chira2, gr8trtl, MinistryOfTruth, Imhotepsings, poliwrangler, Wood Dragon, erichiro, freerad, MKDAWUSS, Marihilda, Wom Bat, Dbug, daveusf, blue aardvark, SteelerGrrl, Anthony Page aka SecondComing, rscopes, Sunspots, KingofSpades, too many people, RLMiller, StepLeftStepForward, thejoshuablog, lol chikinburd, googie, Regina in a Sears Kit House, CoyoteMarti, Rashaverak, Cyndiannp, ParkRanger, No one gets out alive, James Philip Pratt, DawnN, azguyrn, AnnetteK, jacey, Patric Juillet, Meowzebubs Staff, weatherdude, James Robinson, ridemybike, gnostradamus, KiB, CuriousBoston, sow hat, DeadHead, ursoklevar, FireBird1, TheLizardKing, Siri, delmardougster, Eric Nelson, Princess Sunshine, DMLjohn, AnnieR, imchangeingagain, AreDeutz, SocialRazor, Ginger1, Darryl House, Lorinda Pike, Mr Robert, Putnam Rocks, write4change65, peachcreek, Tyler R, Halandri, hotheadCA, carolanne, belinda ridgewood, Ana Thema

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site