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Thread #91008   Message #1731442
Posted By: robomatic
01-May-06 - 04:33 PM
Thread Name: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
The "drinking bird" was a common guest in our house when we were growing up. My father the physicist was very fond of it. It dates back to at least the sixties. We called it a "dippy dilly" and I still have one.

I think what Don was referring to in driving throuh L.A. was the transition from oil drilling 'rigs' (the derricks he mentioned) which are removed after the well is proven and replaced with 'cricket' pumps, which do the main work of getting the oil up and into a tank from which it is shipped to the rifinery. Cricket pumps use comparatively little power and are adjusted for the particular depth and rate for the particular well they are pumping.