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Callender Inc Year In Review
With all the Oil and Gas news being so depressing, I have decided to do something a little more fun. The Callender Inc Family has had a busy year. The Callender Inc Girls were up to our normal shenanigans. The highlight of our year was the Permian Basin International Oil Show in Odessa, TX. Here are a couple of the fun things we did this year:
September 2014 – CI Girls Skeet shooting practice
Sarah, Tommie and I thought we would brush up on some shooting skills. Our friend Harold Staat was generous enough to take us under his wing and teach us some skills. It was a very hot morning, but we had a blast. There is no better feeling than a gun in your hands. It is a great stress reliever. Much to our surprise we did better than we thought we would. We definitely need to get in some more practice so we can participate in the 2015 Clay Shoots that will be going on throughout Bakersfield, CA.
October 18 – 24, 2014 – CI Girls Take over Texas
October 18 – The California girls Sarah, Tommie and Autumn head to Texas. We left Bakersfield at 3am to head to LAX. We flew out of LAX and switched planes in Las Vegas and headed to arrive in Midland, Texas airport. Howard and Sally Callender greeted us and they took us to his ranch. We went on a ride around the ranch and saw the animals. Then we went to the areas around the ranch. It is amazing to see how many homes are in ruins. The owners own the land, but the oil companies lease it from them. The people leave the homes on the land and move to new homes. I did take some pictures in one of the homes. 20 years does a lot to a home, when no one is there to tend to it.
October 19 – California CI and Texas CI get together
On Sunday, the whole gang joined up at Church to hear Calvary Callender's sermon. We got to spend time with our once Mid Continent Manager, Ceresa Callender. We have missed her dearly and it was great to spend time with her. Afterwards, Howard, Sally, Sarah, Tommie, KayCee and I did our group company pictures. It was a blast to see how much our different personalities come out.
October 20 – Set Up Day
The CI gang set up the booth for the oil show. We had it completely decked out in Camouflage décor. It was quite the sight and got a lot of attention (or then again that could be the CI Girls that brought the attention). We had lunch with some our favorite people. Most of our Texas consultants had to work, but we did get to spend time with our consultant Lee Mahanay, who has been part of the CI family for quite some time. Then when the sunset, it was time to explore the fields around Howard's Ranch. We went to a house that is said to be haunted. There is an elaborate story that goes with the house that is very interesting. Short version of the story goes – Father murders one of his Twin sons back in the early 1990's. Then in jail commits suicide. The mother and other son leave the home as is. They had caretakers on the property that lived in a nearby cottage. They would get drunk and would kill one another. Sometime after the incident the well on the property became a high school hang out. Story goes that a couple of high school kids died in the well of alcohol poisoning. Also, at some point a random cow wandered in the home and all the doors closed at it was unable to leave and died inside the vacant home. So, with all the death that surrounds the home it is said to be haunted. I will say it is creepy when you go to it. We had a few spooky moments while we were there. Of course, it was a little hard to sleep that night.
October 21-24 – CI Girls take on the Oil Show
With our matching outfits daily, great personalities and awesome Jenga skills we were definitely a hit at the biannual Permian Basin Oil show. We had people bringing their friends and co-workers just to play Jenga against us. Now for those of you who know the game Jenga, it is usually a small sized game that requires balancing and to defy the laws of physics to play. Our version of Jenga was 2x4's sanded down to play the balancing game. The CI Girls were a force to be reckoned with. We went undefeated for a long time. As we know what goes up must come down. The Girls were brought down a couple of times. I made the Facebook cover of the American Odessa paper. We had a beyond great time playing against our many opponents. On October 21 we had been invited to a dinner hosted by Schlumberger. We had live music, good food and great social atmosphere. Big Thanks to David Carrell at Schlumberger. Overall the Oil Show was a tremendous success and the Callender Inc Family had a phenomenal time. We are looking forward to 2016 at the Permian Basin Oil Show again.
October 31, 2014- CI Girls Love Halloween
It is quite the sight when the California Callender Inc Girls celebrate Halloween. Every Year we enjoy dressing up and going to lunch together. Onlookers are always pleasant and think it is great that we go out in public. Next year we might have a theme.
As we say Goodbye to another year and welcome a New Year, we want to wish all of you and you're a very Merry Christmas. As, 2014 ends on a lower note, Lets hope 2015 will be a bit more prosperous year.
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By Pastor Calvary Callender
As soon as Thanksgiving is over, we begin a time of excited anticipation of Christmas day. It's the same year after year. On this sleepy American weekend, when it takes three days to recover from one day of gluttony, this lazy weekend when some people sleep in for four days in a row - it is this Sunday that we are catapulted into Advent. Advent marks the beginning of the new church year. Advent is about waiting...celebrating the birth of Jesus and waiting in expectation for him to come again.
I love the Advent season, the joy and hope that surrounds us during this time is magical. Advent is a time of preparation and celebration. But it is more than a celebration of presents and Santa; it is a celebration of the coming of Jesus.
Dr. Rob Boyd tells about a man whose name was Charlie Stink. People constantly picked on Charlie Stink because of his name. His friends encouraged Charlie Stink to have his name changed. Finally he agreed and went to court to take care of the legal requirements to have his name formally changed. The next day his friends asked him, "What did you have your name changed to?" And Charlie Stink replied, "I changed my name to George Stink, but for the life of me, I can't see what difference it will make."
Well, I believe old Charlie Stink missed the point of having his name changed, don't you? People often miss the point when it comes to Advent and Christmas. For some, this season of the year is simply an opportunity to throw parties and to exchange gifts. They see it simply as an opportunity to eat, drink and be merry. For merchants it is a time to salvage a lackluster year of retail sales. For consumers it is a period of dread as we contemplate the crowded stores and the crowded calendar. All of this misses the point of Advent and Christmas. Advent and Christmas are the coming of Light and Love.
Little Joey asked his mother at Christmas time: "Mom, why do people put lights on their houses?" "They are celebrating Jesus' birthday," she replied. "When is Jesus' birthday?" asked Joey. "He was born on Christmas," his mother replied. "Jesus was born on Christmas?" Joey exclaimed. "What a coincidence!"
We must never forget the reason for Christmas. When Jesus came to this earth, He brought light and love into the world. Advent marks the anticipation of the coming of Jesus. Jesus brought hope into the world, because he was the light of the world. In a world that is dark and dreary, we need to be conduits of that light...that light that represents grace and love...hope for all human kind. Will you bring light into someone's Christmas this year?
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U.S. crude fell more than $2 to a five-year low in Asian trade on Monday, while Brent futures touched a fresh four-year low, extending a steep sell-off after OPEC decided not to cut production last week, keeping markets well supplied. Both U.S. crude and Brent have fallen for five straight months, oil's longest losing streak since the 2008 financial crisis.
U.S. crude tumbled to near $64, dragging Brent down below $70, after Saudi Arabia's oil minister told fellow OPEC members last week that they must combat the U.S. shale oil boom.
"They (OPEC) can get by at $60 a barrel, but that price would knock out a fair whack of the competition - much U.S. shale oil for example - as well as put investment in future capacity growth firmly on the back-burner," ANZ analysts said in a note.
Given the rate and speed in which oil has been falling, prices could sink to $40 per barrel, says Jonathan Barratt, Chief Investment Officer at Ayers Alliance Securities. "They're playing the long game, banking that others can't." Brent hit a low of $67.90 a barrel, the lowest since February 2010, and was at $68.38 a barrel by 0145 GMT, down $1.77. U.S. crude was at $64.70 a barrel, down $1.45 after earlier slipping to an intraday low of $64.10, the lowest since July 2009.
Oil-producing countries from Iraq to Nigeria are revising their 2015 budgets to reflect lower prices.
Iran refrained from protesting against OPEC's decision to retain its production ceiling to maintain group solidarity, even though the move will not benefit all members, Iranian oil minister said in local media reports. Slower than expected, growth in China's manufacturing sector may add further downward pressure on oil. China's official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) slipped to 50.3 in November, a government study showed on Monday, lower than analysts' forecast at 50.6.
"It's not too bad a miss, but probably won't help (oil) too much," Ric Spooner, chief analyst at CMC Markets in Sydney said. "It's best not to try to pick bottoms at this stage." Spooner said the next support levels for Brent are at $68 and $64 a barrel. If West Texas Intermediate crude futures fall below $63.90 a barrel, the next support level would be at $50, he said.
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