Saturday, November 26, 2016

Louisiana: Morgan City: Rig Museum, Part 2: Cookies and a Joke

View from Mr. Charlie, Rig Museum, Morgan City, Louisiana. March 2014.



I'm a hit-or-miss museum liker.


View from Mr. Charlie, Rig Museum, Morgan City, Louisiana. March 2014.



Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, home of Rembrandts and Vermeers, uh huh, it was nice.


Mr. Charlie, Rig Museum, Morgan City, Louisiana. March 2014.


Now, the Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron, Nebraska - hoo wee, it's fine!

Mr. Charlie, Rig Museum, Morgan City, Louisiana. March 2014.

This is Part 2 of Louisiana: Morgan City: Rig Museum. Part 1 is here.

The Rig Museum in Morgan City is a good "museum" and tour. Know that the rig called "Mr. Charlie" is not (to my knowledge) accessible to folks in a wheelchair or people with other mobility issues. It'd probably be outside of the "readily achievable" standard required to make it accessible unless the owners were to do some remodeling for other reasons. Also, it's not child-proof; it's a working training facility. Littl'uns could get into all kinds of trouble here. It's the nature of the place.

Mr. Charlie, Rig Museum, Morgan City, Louisiana. March 2014.

 The tour guide was congenial and endlessly patient in answering questions.

We walked through living quarters, the lounge, and the kitchen. The rig's chef had just made cookies! We tourists could have at them, fresh from the oven.

Mr. Charlie, Rig Museum, Morgan City, Louisiana. March 2014.

 We poked our heads into the sleeping quarters.

Mr. Charlie, Rig Museum, Morgan City, Louisiana. March 2014.

Mr. Charlie, Rig Museum, Morgan City, Louisiana. March 2014.


 While in the lounge, the tour guide told this joke:
  • Guys working on an oil rig spend weeks at a time together. 
  • A new guy joined an oil rig crew; it was his first gig. 
  • Every night, all the guys would hang out in the lounge and talk and laugh. 
  • The new guy noticed that one man would call out a number, like  - "349!" - and all the others would laugh like crazy. They'd spend hours doing this. One man would yell out a number and all the others would roar with laughter. 
  • Finally, the new guy asked: "What's happening here? What's so funny about a number?
  • An old-timer explained: "Son, we've worked together for so long, we know all the jokes that are possible to tell. Finally, we started numbering them to save time.
  • The new guy nodded, understanding, and asked, "Say, can I try one?
  • The old-timer said, "Sure!" 
  • The new guy said: "274!" 
  • Silence. 
  • The new guy asked: "What happened? Why didn't anyone laugh?
  • The old-timer replied: "Some people just don't know how to tell a joke." 

Mr. Charlie, Rig Museum, Morgan City, Louisiana. March 2014.

Mr. Charlie, Rig Museum, Morgan City, Louisiana. March 2014.

Various articles on life aboard a rig: 

From 2000: Life on Board a Gulf of Mexico Oil Drilling Platform
From 2014: Up Close and Personal With a 40-Story Oil Rig in the Gulf
From 2016: Life On an Oil Rig


A 2017 update:

Here's a good video by Maybe Tomorrow, an RV couple who took the Mr. Charlie tour, including a sweet surprise ending:



I also like their road views at the beginning of the movie.


Other stories related to Morgan City are here



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