We go out for a pleasant business lunch in Boston. One of our hosts is a young geologist, who tells a funny but telling tale.
She now works for one of the big data providers, but her first job in the oil business was as a well geologist on a wildcat rig in the American mid-west.
The American rig manager was a hardened veteran. On site he always wore an oily peaked cap with the legend:
There is no doubt what happens if one of the rig crew lets him down. We are reminded what a macho business this is.