Producing Oil & Gas Wells

By Junior Johnson

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When I first stepped on an Offshore Oil & Gas Production Facility over 30 years ago I was in awe at the multitude of vessels and piping I observed.  This equipment was utilized in the production of oil and gas from a well completed by the Drilling Department.

Although complex in appearance this equipment basically served only one purpose.  It was to separate the oil, water, and gas from the well.  Separation was the main function of all these vessels and piping.

I will attempt to describe the process in which the Production Facility is utilized to prepare the product for the refinery.  I will use a typical well to simplify what the Production Operator is responsible for.

The Drilling Rig will drill into a formation located around 3,000 feet below the ocean floor.

Once the formation is penetrated the well will have about 5,000 psi that will come up the drill pipe to the surface.  A safety valve is placed in the pipe below the mud line to open and close the well from the wellhead.  The Drilling Rig will move off location and turn the well over to the Production Facility.

At the wellhead there is a choking device to control the flow. As the product reaches the Production Facility the pressure is regulated to about 1,000 psi.  From the wellhead the product flows into a large Production Vessel, which separates the gas, water and oil that comes from the formation.  Gas is the lightest and exits the vessel from the top, the oil from piping in the middle and water, being the heaviest, from the bottom.

We will follow the gas first as it makes its way through the facility.  From the Production Separator the gas travels to a dehydration system called a Reboiler.  This vessel is filled with glycol, which is heated to about 400 degrees and circulated through enclosed piping.  The gas passes through this vessel and is heated to dehydrate it.  Remaining oil is dumped into piping and sent to oil processing vessels.  The water and oil free gas goes to the gas sales line and is transported to land.

As the oil is dumped from the Production Separator it’s moved to a Coalescer where any remaining water is removed.  The water is carried back to the water processing vessels.  The clean oil is moved to a sales pipeline carrying it to land.  In some cases the oil is mixed with the gas and transported in the same line and separated again at a facility on land.

From the Production Separator the water is dumped into a line carrying it to a Skimmer where any remaining oil is skimmed and dumped back to the oil processing vessels.  The clean water is then dumped overboard back into the ocean.

There is a Safety System set up on each vessel to insure the safety of the employee, environment and equipment.

Each vessel has a high and low level sensor, a high and low pressure sensor and a vessel pressure relief valve, which can shut down the process of the well. There are also Emergency Shutdown Devices located throughout the facility.

The Federal Government has an agency called the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement that inspects facilities operating in the Gulf of Mexico.  They can make unannounced visits to conduct an inspection. Heavy fines are levied if a component isn’t working properly.

As with any Industry, there are risks and dangers but Operators spend over 80 percent of their time working with these Safety Devices, making the Oil & Gas Industry one of the safest.

I proudly served 32 years helping provide the energy needs of our Country.

Campti man arrested on felony drug charges

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A traffic stop Jan. 20 at 1:50 p.m. led to the arrest of Bryant Ray Pierce, 34, of the 100 block of Sherry Circle in Campti on felony drug charges, according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

NPSO Patrol Division deputies were patrolling on LeBrum Street within the City Limits of Campti when they stopped a 2000 Dodge van for a traffic violation. Bryant was very uneasy and shaking. He also dropped a cigarette, then placed it backwards in his mouth.

Deputies suspected criminal activity.

Deputies obtained permission to search Bryant and the vehicle, which led to the seizure of two baggies containing suspected methamphetamine.

As a result, Bryant was placed under arrest and transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center, booked, and charged with Possession of CDS Schedulel II Methamphetamine.

Bryant remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond.

Deputy J. Augustus made the arrest.

NMJDTF agents also assisted in the investigation.

PHOTO: NPSO

Car crashes on Hwy. 494

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Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Louisiana State Police responded to a one-vehicle crash on Hwy. 494 near Plantation Point Jan. 23 at 11:19 a.m.

The driver and passenger of the 2002 Lexus were uninjured.

The vehicle was removed from the scene by a local wrecker service.

Troopers assigned to LSP Troop-E Alexandria investigated the crash.

Photo: NPSO

Their Finest Hour

By Kevin Shannahan

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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill died 52 years ago on Jan. 24, 1965, four months shy of 20 years after Nazi Germany was reduced to rubble and Hitler’s tyranny wiped from the face of the Earth. It was as magnificent a triumph as any in history. It was also, arguably the result of one man’s refusal to surrender his nation unto “a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime.”

Winston Churchill was born Nov. 30, 1874 in the waning days of the Victorian era. At the age of 24, he served as an officer in the British Army, fighting in the Battle of Omdurman, including the last cavalry charge made by the British Army. A civilian war correspondent in the Boer War, Churchill was captured and held as a prisoner of war, later escaping and traveling 300 miles through enemy territory to freedom.  In WWI, he served as the First Lord of the Admiralty until forced to resign after the disastrous Gallipoli Campaign. Not content to sit out the rest of the war, he returned to the British Army and served as a Battalion Commander in the Royal Scots Fusiliers on the Western Front.

“…You ask, what is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: victory…”

-Winston Churchill before the House of
Common on being named Prime Minister

In his long years in the wilderness in the 1930s, out of office and out of favor in Parliament, he warned of a rearming Germany and the rise of Nazism. The gathering storm finally arrived in 1939 with the invasion of Poland. Churchill was reappointed First Lord of the Admiralty. On May 5, 1940, with Poland conquered and a beleaguered British Army barely hanging on in France,  Winston Churchill was named Prime Minister.

Three days later, he told the British people and the world that he had nothing to offer but “blood, toil, tears and sweat.” There was to be no surrender and no appeasement. Britain would fight on. It would take five more years and an ocean of blood, but the evil of Hitler’s Germany was doomed at that moment.

In no small measure, we owe the survival of Western Civilization to Sir Winston Churchill. He was indeed the right man at the right time. May he rest in well-earned peace.

Horn, percussion concert to be held tonight

coreil-molina-01-2017Northwestern State University faculty Kristine Coreil and Oliver Molina will present a recital Monday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Coreil, a professor of horn, and Molina, an assistant professor of music, will present genres ranging from atonal music to a baroque vocal transcription. The recital will feature pieces written for horn and percussion combinations including horn and chimes, horn and timpani, horn and marimba and horn and vibraphone, along with horn and drum set. The combinations provide some variety from the standard chamber groupings for horn. Director of Bands Jeff Mathews will be featured on a drum set in a piece for jazz horn.

Brazilian pianist Fernando Müller to present recital Jan. 26

muller01-2017Pianist Fernando Müller will perform at Northwestern State University Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. The concert is part of the Louisiana Piano Series International. Tickets are $15. Students are admitted free. Dr. Francis Yang and Dr. Christine Burczyk Allen are the organizers of the Louisiana Piano Series International.

Müller will play works by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Waldemar de Almeida, Edmundo Villani-Côrtes, Francisco Mignone, Ernesto Nazareth and Marlos Nobre.

A native of Paraná, Brazil, Müller is a piano teacher at the Pernambuco Conservatory of Music. He also taught as an adjunct at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, where he currently serves as collaborative pianist. From 2003-2013, he was a pianist of the Symphony Orchestra of Recife.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Müller has appeared in several cities in Brazil, Germany, and Canada, sharing with his audiences music from Brazil. He has participated in many festivals and masterclasses, with many renowned pianists.

In 2005, Müller recorded the “Concerto for Piano,” by José Alberto Kaplan with the Orquestra da Paraíba. He recorded the works of Inaldo Moreira on three CDs between 2009 and 2015. The CD  “Arrurar” was released in 2012 with pieces for piano by composers from Pernambuco. In 2014, he released the CD “Território XXI” with the Percussion Group of the Northeast.

Müller completed his undergraduate studies at the Universidade Federal da Paraiba and received his master’s degree from the Université de Montréal.

Making the Most of Your Historic Building – Natchitoches Public Meeting

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The Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation (LTHP) in partnership with the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation will discuss resources for rehabilitating historic buildings, including tax credits and historic designations. It will also cover the benefits of local historic districts, Louisiana State Cultural Districts, Main Street Communities and National Register listing, as well as how preservation easements can help protect properties into the future.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 6–8 p.m. at Fort St. Jean Baptiste Interpretive Center. Attend the meeting to learn how tax credits, revolving funds, protective easements and designations can help save and protect historic buildings in the Natchitoches community. These projects create jobs, encourage tourism, raise property values and the local tax base and strengthen community pride.

The Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation promotes the preservation of the historical resources and heritage of Louisiana. It was founded in 1979 for cultural and educational purposes pertaining to historic preservation. The Founders understood that an organized state-wide network of preservationists was a critical component to promote the preservation of the heritage and historic resources of Louisiana through education, technical assistance, outreach and advocacy.

Rome wins Miss Northwestern-Lady of the Bracelet pageant

maria-romeMaria Rome of Baton Rouge won the 59th Annual Miss Northwestern-Lady of the Bracelet Pageant held Saturday at Northwestern State University.

Rome, a psychology major, will receive more than $8,000 in scholarships and prizes and will represent Northwestern State in June’s Miss Louisiana Pageant in Monroe. She is a member of Phi Mu Fraternity, NSU ambassadors, Alpha Lambda Delta, NSU choir and Psi Chi. Rome is a member of Purple Jackets Honor Society, Demon Volunteers in Progress and the Welcome Week committee.

Stephanie Parker of Stonewall was first runner up.

Rome won the Liz Carroll People’s Choice Award selected by the pageant audience and the Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Maker Award. Parker won the swimsuit competition. Erica Jarlock of Covington won the talent competition and Emily Jackson of Leesville was chosen as Miss Congeniality.

Funnel cloud spotted in Natchez area, homes receive damage

Family and neighbors agree, Howard Johnson Jr. isn’t just a lucky man, he’s a blessed man. It all began Jan. 21 at 5:37 p.m. when the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a call from Shreveport National Weather Service of a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near Natchitoches moving northeast at 35 mph.

Neighbors say they heard the sound of a freight train rolling through the area. A funnel cloud was reported to be forming south of Natchitoches moving northeast.

Howard said he must have dozed off while watching TV in his bedroom. The next thing Howard knew, his mobile home at 3365 Hwy. 494 started shaking. It flipped over one time and Howard landed in a hole formed by the rubble. He was able to crawl out and hold onto a tree by the road until the storm ended.

The following morning Howard began pulling some of his belongings from the wreckage. The floor of his home could be seen submerged in Cane River Lake.

Residences on Hwy. 494 in Natchez and across the water on Patrick Road in Point Place south of Natchitoches received damages.

Two people were transported to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center suffering from non-life threatening injuries while others suffered minor lacerations and bruises.

One man in Point Place was sucked out of his brick home through a front door and thrown in his front yard while his terrified wife held on to a handle in the kitchen. The home received heavy damage.

At this time, deputies believe 10-15 homes in the area were damaged by the possible tornado. Cane River Patrol has closed Cane River Lake until it can be surveyed for debris in the water. Deputies say a survey will have to be completed by the National Weather Service before it can be confirmed a tornado.

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Cane River Lake Closed – January 22, 2017

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Cane River Lake is currently at 98.7 MSL. The lake is now closed to all boating traffic for safety due to debris caused by a tornado. The lake will remain closed until a complete lake assessment with safety clean up can be completed. We appreciate your understanding and will open the lake as soon as possible. For updated information visit the commissions web site at http://www.caneriverwaterway.com

Thank You,
Betty Fuller
Cane River Patrol

Tornado Warning for West central Grant Parish and Southeastern Natchitoches Parish

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A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado
was located 11 miles north of Hutton, or 17 miles west of Lena,
moving northeast at 20 mph.

HAZARD…Tornado and quarter size hail.
SOURCE…Radar indicated rotation.
IMPACT…Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without
shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed.
Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree
damage is likely.

Locations impacted include:

Colfax, Montgomery, Cloutierville, Melrose, Lake Iatt, Bellwood,
Chopin, Bermuda and Aloha.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
TAKE COVER NOW!

Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest
floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a
mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter
and protect yourself from flying debris.

NHDDC’s Parks Project improves main gate to American Cemetery

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After the completion of its latest upgrade to the American Cemetery, the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission (NHDDC), received a Parks Project update at its meeting Thursday, Jan. 19.

The NHDDC established a Parks Project in 2012. Part of this included an ongoing commitment to the American Cemetery, which it considers one of the most historic and sacred places in the Historic District. Walking paths, entry gates, the retaining wall and most recently the main entrance gateway completes its commitment to improve access and safety.

The NHDDC, established in 1998, receives a portion of the hotel/motel tax collections for the parish. It assists in maintaining the historic oaks on the riverbank and Williams Avenue. It also pays for set pieces and the new downtown Christmas tree. It established and funds tours of the National Landmark Historic District. All of this is done with a budget of a little over $300,000.

In many of its projects, the NHDDC partners with numerous organizations in the area and sponsors numerous festivals and events. It consists of members from the following organizations: state representative, state senator, museum contents, Natchitoches Historic Foundation, Mayor-City of Natchitoches, Chamber of Commerce, Historic District Business Association, Cane River Waterway Commission, the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches, Natchitoches Parish Government, the Main Street Office, the Cane River National Heritage Area and Northwestern State University.

Currently, the NHDDC is working to finish up two park projects. One is on the corner of Amulet and Second Street on the far end of City Park. Weather has interfered with the completion of the amphitheater, but it will hopefully be completed within the next few weeks. Landscaping will then be completed.

 

Debate team competes at Golden Eagle Invitational

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Northwestern State University’s Speech and Debate Team competed at the Golden Eagle Invitational at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark., last weekend. Team members are Jett Hayes of Lake Charles, Kelsey Jordan of Winnfield, Drew Chesher of Anacoco and Alice Wilson of Ball. The team earned 3rd place in terms of winning percentage. Results are as follows.

Hayes and Jordan were semifinalists in Team Debate, losing to last year’s national champions. This was the first time Hayes and Jordan debated as a team and the first for Hayes to debate at all.

Hayes went 2-4 in his first time debating individually.

Jordan was a semifinalist in Individual Debate and 5th Best Speaker in Novice, bringing home a total of three trophies.

Chesher was a semifinalist in JV and first place speaker in JV.

Wilson judged 15 different rounds and helped with prep. her first tournament.

Dr. Davina McClain, team sponsor, accompanied the team to the competition and arranged meals.

Photo: From left are Drew Chesher, Alice Wilson, Kelsey Jordan and Jett Hayes.

NSU to host Double Reed Day Sunday

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Oboe and bassoon players of all levels can learn more about their instrument at Northwestern State University’s Double Reed Day Sunday, Jan. 22 in the A.A. Fredericks Center for Creative and Performing Arts.

Registration begins at noon and the program starts at 12:30 p.m. with a group double reed ensemble reading session followed by separate oboe and bassoon groups. Sessions will continue until 6:30 p.m.

The featured artist for Double Reed Day is Kristin Wolfe Jensen, professor of bassson at the Austin Butler School of Music at the University of Texas. She will perform at 4:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Jensen is on the faculty of the International Festival Institute at Round Top and principal bassoonist with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Her latest CD is titled “Shadings.” Jensen has given guest recitals and master classes at many major American music schools as well as in South America and Europe.

For more information on Double Reed Day or to register, please contact hosts Leah Forsyth at forsythl@nsula.edu, Douglas Bakenhus at bakenhusd@nsula.edu or visit nsudoublereedday.eventbrite.com.

LA Sheriff’s Scholarship Program underway

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The Louisiana Sheriff’s Scholarship Program will award scholarships providing assistance to worthy Louisiana students in furthering their education and training with resources made available through the Louisiana Sheriff’s Honorary Membership Program.

According to Program Chair, St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne, “This Scholarship Program is a meaningful expression for the Program’s respect for education. It demonstrates our confidence in Louisiana’s youth…our future leaders.”

Scholarships of a maximum of $500 each will be awarded to graduating high school students from each parish where the Sheriff is an affiliate of the Honorary Membership Program.

The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office is an affiliate.

There are no restrictions on the purpose for which scholarships are spent. The scholarships are not loans and will be awarded as gifts to defray the rising costs of tuition and related expenses in higher education. The only limitations are that applicants be permanent residents of Louisiana; scholarships be utilized in higher education within the state of Louisiana; and the students be enrolled as full-time, undergraduate students.

Completed applications must be submitted to the Sheriff of the parish of the applicant’s permanent Louisiana residence by April 1.

Further, applicants must be eligible for admission to the school indicated on the application. The award will only be paid for attendance at institutions of higher learning within the state. All scholarship winners will be announced by May 1st of each year.

Sheriff Champagne concluded, “Louisiana Sheriffs are pleased with the Honorary Membership Program’s ability to bring scholarships to Louisiana students bound for higher education. To continue to do so and fund other important projects and initiatives, continued support of the Honorary Membership Program is essential. We could not function without the our Honorary Members.”

For more information contact Deputy Sandra Moreau, Administrative Assistant to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones at 318-357-7802 or smoreau@npsheriff.net.

Campti couple arrested on felony drug charges

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Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Campti couple on felony drug charges Jan. 18 at 7:57 p.m. Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division and Campti Police responded to a reported shoplifting complaint at the Dollar General on US-71 in Campti.

Deputies spoke with the business management, learning that a pair of gloves was stolen by a male who had left the store walking prior to their arrival.

Deputies and Campti Police were provided with a description of the suspect.

Deputies began searching the area while Campti Police remained on the scene collecting information for an offense report.

Approximately nine minutes later, deputies observed a male matching the description near another Campti  business.

Deputies say while interviewing the male identified as Cecil Clark Jr., he appeared uneasy as he reached into his pocket and threw a pill bottle on the ground.

Deputies collected the bottle and discovered approximately 2-grams of suspected methamphetamine.

While attempting to handcuff Clark, he attempted to run away and fought with the deputy who requested back-up.

Shortly thereafter Clark was taken into custody.

As, the investigation continued deputies learned that Clark and his wife, identified as Julia Clark, were traveling in a Ford pickup truck.

Deputies interviewed Mrs. Clark and observed suspected narcotics in plain view in the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle and Clark’s purse led to the discovery of several pharmaceutical drugs classified as Controlled Dangerous Substances.

Deputies also arrested Mrs. Clark.

Both suspects were transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center, booked and charged with:

*Cecil Clark Jr., 31, of the 400 block of Wesley Myers Road in Campti, charged with Possession of CDS Schedule II Methamphetamine-2nd Offense, and Resisting an Officer by Violence.

*Julia Theresa Clark, 32 of the 400 block of Wesley Myers Road in Campti, charged with 3-counts of Possession of CDS Schedule II Narcotics and 3-counts of Possession of CDS Schedule IV Narcotics.

Both suspects remain in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond.

Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Agents also assisted in the investigation.

The vehicle was impounded by a local towing service.

The theft investigation is continuing by Campti Police.

Deputy K. Samuel was assisted by Agents assigned to the NMJDTF.

Parish Road Closings – 01-20-17

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Natchitoches Parish President Rick Nowlin advises the public that the following roads in the Parish system are closed as a result of flooding from the heavy rainfall received earlier this week:

Emmanuel Road at Bayou Barbue
Lake Gorum Road
Good Hope Road near LA-120

In addition, there is high water adjacent to the following roads at this time, which may result in overtopping within the next several hours with the continued accumulation of runoff from the affected drainage basins:

Longlois Hill Road near LA-120
Old River Road near LA-120
Hymes Road

Motorists are cautioned not to attempt to travel through flooded sections of road, as hazards may be present that cannot be seen from the surface of the water.

For more information, please contact the Parish Highway Department at (318) 357-2200.

Emergency Road Closure Due to Flooding/ High Water – LA 120; west of the I-49 intersection

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Natchitoches Parish
Control Section No. 042-07

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), advises the public effective immediately La 120, 0.2 miles west of the I-49 intersection for 1.2 miles, in Natchitoches Parish, is closed due to flooding/ high water.

Permit/Detour Section
No detours are available at this time.

Travelers can find information regarding road closures by visiting the 511 Traveler Information website at http://www.511la.org or by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region about which they are seeking information. Out-of-state travelers can access the system by calling 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Additionally, you can follow the Traffic Management Center on Twitter: (@Shreveport_Traf), (@Alex_Traffic), (@Monroe_Traffic). Motorists may also monitor the LA DOTD website @ http://www.dotd.la.gov.

During unfavorable weather conditions, motorists should drive using the following safety tips:
• Drive slowly and carefully.
• Avoid driving into standing or running water.
• Avoid driving while distracted.
• Avoid using cruise control when visibility is low or road surfaces are wet.
• Always allow for extra driving time.
• Reduce speeds when visibility is low.
• Make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles.
• Avoid using highway overpasses as tornado shelters.

Media Contact
Erin Buchanan, Public Information Officer
Grant, Natchitoches, Sabine, and Winn Parishes
Phone # 318-549-8402
erin.buchanan@la.gov

Ponderings with Doug – January 20, 2017

DougFUMCI made a discovery this week, when an adult has a tooth pulled the tooth fairy does not put anything under their pillow.

Monday was a holiday except for my dentist. He made an appointment for me back in December and told me to return for a tooth extraction. One of my teeth had decided to absorb itself, which is a rare tooth happening. I have been loyal to my teeth and I was hoping for continued dental loyalty but it was not to be. This tooth needed to go before it abscessed, and that sounded gross.

I didn’t get gassed or knocked out. I was awake. The dentist warned me, “This will be loud.” I have never had that warning prior to a medical procedure. He said nothing about pain. He did mention pressure but was mainly concerned that I not freak out about the sound. He didn’t lie. It was noisy and loud. So I am minus one tooth. He didn’t give me the tooth to put under my pillow. He told me that according the Dental Guidelines; the tooth fairy must stop visiting once a tooth loser turns thirteen.

In a couple of months I will have a bridge installed where the renegade tooth once resided. This is so reversed. Rather than receiving money under my pillow for losing a tooth, I must use the money under my mattress to pay to have a fake tooth put into my mouth. Something is very wrong with this scenario. Of course being a resident of Natchitoches there will be great argument about the location of the bridge. Oops, did I say that out loud?

We left the dentist. Yes I had family in tow because after my dental experience I was promised a visit with my grandson. I will do anything to see him, even having a tooth pulled. My bride and my daughter escorted me on my tooth pulling adventure. They know I am a coward and they thought seeing me after a tooth extraction would be good for a couple of giggles. They were right.

My grandson has four teeth now.

We are certainly on a different journey. He is growing teeth and I have reached the point where keeping my teeth rates right up there with regularity.

I was looking at him with great admiration. He crawls at the speed of infancy. When I get down on my knees to pray, I wonder what happened to all the natural knee padding we had as youngsters. He sees well and hears well. I am going deaf in the female spousal vocal range, except when she doesn’t want me to hear anything. I have discovered that the ringing in my ears is my brain trying to compensate for the sound waves my ears no longer hear. Great!

Emerson, my grandson, will fall down and giggle about it. I fall down and hit my emergency button. “I have fallen and it hurts. Hurry over and pick me up.”

When I look at my grandson, I pray that I will live long enough to see some of his great life moments. I also was thinking as I watched him crawl around about what is promised to me about my future.

One day I will arrive at home. The promise when I arrive is that I will be greeted by Jesus who will wipe away all my tears. You need to know that we preachers cry too when someone dies, or when someone is suffering. You might not see our tears because we are good at hiding that kind of stuff. There are also tears of frustration, that will be another confessional article later.

Once Jesus dries my tears I will be ushered into that place He has prepared and I will receive His promise, “Behold I make all things new.” There will be a new me in eternity. I’m not sure what I will be like, but I will be me, only new.

Our hope is that everything, even creation is made new. I’m looking forward to that day. Can you imagine that place? We are all made new! There is no more sin and death. There is nothing to worry about. Everything is perfect. We are free to be the children of God.

Heaven is so perfect; the streets of gold have no potholes. Can you imagine?