The off-shore oil rigs along the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico are no place for the weak. Hundreds of men, a certain type of man, live and breath the oil they drill from under the ocean’s floor. Sometimes 40 or 50 miles from land, the hardened and muscular, with hands so dark from grease that they have long ago given up on trying to scrub it off, toil on these mini-cities in order to bring precious energy to the world’s markets. These massive contraptions, the industry calls them MODU’s for “mobile offshore drilling units,” are home for the workers. These are company men.
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