Originally Posted by socalsfinest
I don't know about adapting. I believe you can work in the elements with the proper gear but living outside in the parking lot is another story. For example, I met a few guys who live in the windy city and they are freezing their tails off. I hear grumbling from a few locals about how they displease their labor jobs and looking for other work. I'm upbeat about things and pondering when I can travel to new locations within the patch that aren't so "well known" to the flawks of people arriving here.
No offense socal, but I believe that you are mistaking an idea for a plan.
There are several "major" (read: larger than Williston-sized) cities within traveling distance from the oil fields. Relocating to them first, finding one or more jobs, acclimating yourself to the area and then trying to move to the "oil patch" is a plan. Putting in two weeks notice and driving up to a place where you have no experience is an idea
; and not a very well-formed one at that.
Without any local contacts, without detailed knowledge of the area, without substantial savings and without a place to stay, you are simply going to arrive in an area that is ill-equipped to handle your presence and where you yourself will be ill-equipped to succeed. This isn't a "recipe" for success in anyone's book.
Unless you are already up there (and even then) you may wish to simple slow down, find one or more lower-paying jobs in a nearby area (within a 6-hour radius) until you have a sizable amount of money saved. Learn all that you can about the area and the oil business and attempt to locate housing suitable housing before you relocate. That way you'll have a plan that you can change to suit the realities on the ground.
I'm certain that people that care about you have expressed similar concerns and have suggested similar strategies. Perhaps you should heed those concerns, as they are likely based upon years of experience and sound judgment. If you don't think that people who are older than you aren't more experienced in life, then perhaps that's another area where well-formed ideas are lacking.
Not trying to discourage you or disparage you; I have just seen too many people rush into something without planning their moves beforehand. And I have seen almost all of them fail.
Good luck in whatever you decide to do.