A number cruncher who once upon a time spent a decade in the field. And I can say that the combination of real world experience with a solid foundation in oil and gas research comes in plenty handy. Another way of putting it is more like someone who started as a private and is now a General because his skills go far beyond digging foxholes and attacking machine gun nests. Certainly something of value in the army, but you don't hand the control of nuclear armed bombers to someone who only knows how to use a shovel and a rifle. Specific to the industry you are in, it means I have the exact reference for why Ghawar isn't the largest oil field on the planet, nor is Cantarell #2. Please feel free to check the best information available to industry and verify it, certainly you must have access to this data as a frontline guy, right? Of course I will. Someone must come up with the locations for you to drill, you can't supervise the illegal immigrant construction workers until I get the subdivision planned and permitted, the constructions plans approved by the county, the appropriate tax structure created, a dozen general contractors hired, a supervisor to make sure they do their jobs, and fire the 3 that aren't worth a damn, etc etc. And guys who did that job and have been promoted beyond it will make sure you are supplied with shovels for foxhole digging and machine gun nests to throw yourselves at. And god bless...someone has to do it. I believe I've mentioned this previously, I wasn't 30 years old watching a 60 year old company man hiking his ass up to the drill floor to convince me that there is a life beyond drilling rigs. FAR beyond I might add. Oh...company men aren't space shuttle pilots, that would require use of that calculator. Your previous description of general contractor was quite a bit better. You sign tickets. Like that general contractor, you approve the payment for the work as the onsite babysitter. Onshore you sign the tickets for the people who do the work, like clean those toilets, and the tickets for the MWD, and tickets for the directional driller, and the mud system, and everything else. Pilot a space shuttle? More like sign the tickets for the crane to attach the shuttle to the solid fuel rockets. Sign the tickets for the crawler to take it to the pad. Sign the tickets for the toilets to be cleaned. Sign the tickets...sign the tickets....just..sign..those...tickets. And then fax the days bookkeeping in to the office. And then do it over..and over..and over. May your dragon hunting go well..and may you enjoy forever the endless paperwork that comes with every one of them. Someone has to do it, and I am forever appreciative that in the latter stages of my career, it is someone else. And you seem to still like it, so good for you!