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The Folklore of the Oil Industry

A cycle of stories told in the southeastern New Mexico oilfields since the 1960s features two hippies as its central characters. In one story, one hippie tells the other that he is going to work in the oilpatch because he heard they have a pusher on every rig and fifty-foot joints. For folks not familiar with the industry, a tool pusher is the foreman on a drilling rig, and as the drilled hole gets deeper, sections of pipe called "joints" are put together to keep the drill bit on the bottom.

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