There are only so many people you can find to say goodbye in person on the last wander round the office, so it was only fair to drop out a farewell message to the work colleagues. And this is how it went;
Subject: And now, my time has come to say "Farewell"!
Good Morning All!
As many of you are aware I have decided to invest in a sunhat. After 25 years in the North Sea it is time to venture a little further. I am taking my family on a hot sandy adventure and relocating to Doha, Qatar and spend a little time on their offshore operations. Needless to say, the levels of persuasion required to get Nadia and the girls to agree was Zero! And I’m sure the monstrous Al-Shaheen field will keep me occupied for some years to come.
This will bring to a close the last chapter in what could possibly be described as the first half of an epic voyage. From arriving at the BP Training Centre on the 28th August 1989 to start my apprenticeship, to the first trip offshore in November 1992 to Forties Bravo, to finding out about the Forties takeover by Apache via Teletext (how retro) in the FB CCR, to finally leaving Forties after 21 years and heading up to Beryl Bravo for this last year. We wont mention, 50’ condensate jets while blowing down FT-8190 or recovering lost sea water lift pumps with blue nylon rope and a home made hook, these were merely educational aids of the time (pre-Apache I hasten to add!)
Over these years, the characters, the stories, the high jinx all make us who we are today whilst remembering the friends we have sadly lost along the way.
Tuesday 17th February is my last official day with Apache, making it 25years 5months and 21days or 9305 days, not that anyone is counting!
To mark this, I have been prodded by several individuals (not that it took too much arm twisting!), to celebrate with a last couple beers and therefore extend an invitation to anyone who is free to join on;
Friday 20th February at 5pm in the Albyn Bar, Albyn Place, Aberdeen,
for those who might manage a bit earlier, a few of us will be having a couple of warm ups so just drop me a text. If you can’t manage, well there is always another day!
I am sure I will be bump into some of you over the coming years, but can always be found loitering on various social media outlets below;
My personal email address is xxxxxxxxxxx or xxxxxxxxxxx (note: removed from here to avoid the spam bots)
If I do not see you before you go, thanks to everyone for everything and wish you all the best for the future and hope that this current bumpy period will not be too long this time.
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”
And really finally, the last 25 years can be summarised by Robbie/Frank quite well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYLOAay_2MQ&t=1m15s :-)
Hope to see you next week.