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Jackson Brower on Backyard Oil: T. Coomer coming into greatness

Episode 4: Coomer's real life bio is fantastic itself. Latest episode again shows entertaining talent of Brent Yates, and Jimmy Reliford is magnificent, as usual, in the creekbed checker scene. The episode left us hanging, wondering if Maddog will make it out of the cave he dreads so much. 'Caves hide all kind of critters,' Maddog says.
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By Jackson Brower

Coomer has Fun with Mayor Clifton's Vibrating Oil Trees

Dateline, May 28 - Having missed episode 4 on TV, I watched it online instead, and I wasn't disappointed, except for the spliced up mini-stories, which made it a bit hard to picture what the general public had watched on the regular show. Also, there was only one mention of Columbia and another of Adair County.

Travis Coomer is becoming a fantastic character on the show, and after reading his real bio, I can see why. Here's what is says:

"October of 2012 marks the month Coomer became the latest and greatest backyard oil baron when he struck a gusher pumping nearly 100 barrels/day (that's $4 million/year). Coomer loves his family, truck pullin' and claims he'll be drillin' til the day he dies."

I also learned in the bio that he advanced in the oil business by buying a burned out rig for $40,000 from Jimmy Reliford. Within a year, he completely rebuilt it by hand and was good to go. How can you help not liking that guy?...he's a perfect example of the American dream coming true!

If youre reading this, Travis, in exchange for this glowing (but true) testimonial, I would like a (tan if you got it) "Travis Coomer Well Services" cap.

You can send it to Jackson Brower, C/O Atlas, 1000 Commerce Dr Ste 410, Pittsburgh, PA 15275.

I hope this is not too pretentious of me, but at the same time, thank you in advance. I know a couple of well tenders who watch the show regularly, who would probably buy your caps, and I will, too, if you are in a bad mood when you read this.

Anyway, back to the review...the first bit I watched was "Fear of Sandworms". I also learned from the bio, that MadDog's real name is Brent Yates. In this episode they are trying to drill nearly 2,000 feet down into the vast Murfreesboro Play or "payoff", as the narrator calls it. No Kentucky towns are mentioned, but "Brent" says they're in cave country, so I'm imagining it's over near Horse Cave and Mammouth Cave National Park.

They end up drilling right into a cave, much to MadDog's disliking. Not only does that mean major hassle for the rig itself, but he's going to have to venture down into the cave to see what is going on, where reside the dreaded Kentucky Sandworms.

"When that drill shaft falls, that means problems, BIG problems, "MadDog yelps. "That means I gotta go down into that cave, and caves hide all kinds of critters."

On MadDog's fear of sandworms, Coomer delivers the funniest one-liner of the show: "I believe there is a medical term for it - crazy".

The episode ends with MadDog walking reluctantly down into the cave, so I'm guessing that's a tease for next (this) week's show.

Following was "Vibrating Oil Trees" which took place in the thriving metropolis of Willis Creek (population 13), which Coomer calls "smaller than a mouse turd." I had to look up its's down in Clinton County about 10 miles from Burkesville. The unofficial mayor of Willis Creek (reminiscent of Hardscratch and its mayor), Clifton Dicken, has both streets in "town" named for himself, and doesn't mind smiling despite missing teeth. He's a nice laid-back old guy, who upon introduction says, "This here's my wife, and I love her."

Clifton's quirk is that he marks young potential 'oil-indicating' saplings with multi-colored ribbons that MadDog says "have more colors than a Crayola box, 'ceptin' maybe the 64-pack."

Rascal (which I learn is John's real last name) chimes in, "When the hardwood starts vibratin', it feels like my kind of wood", which follows with his trademark hearty chortle that sends the message to me that I kinda get the analogy.

n Willis Creek, they will be drilling for a $7 million payload underneath 1,400 acres, so I'll no doubt tune in tonight to see what "plays" out.

All in all, it was a very entertaining episode, including Jimmy's profitable victory in the "fasten your seatbelts" checker tournament and MadDog's moonshine find out past Hadley's Bible Chapel in what looked like the waters of Crocus Creek. - Jackson Brower

This story was posted on 2013-05-28 07:22:44
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