Throughout this blog, I have mostly been negative about Dickinson: property owners and managers had been excessively greedy and had taken advantage of everyone from out-of-state, local people and co-workers had been hostile and unfriendly, there is shortage of attractive women, the Dickinson police’s over aggressive pursuit of DUIs cause people to be unable to go out and enjoy drinks at bars and restaurants. Living in Dickinson, I felt like an illegal immigrant migrant worker, because I was treated like one. Even though I had a bachelor of science in engineering, and had worked as an engineer, estimator, superintendent, and project manager in several different states, owned a home and business in another state, I was treated like shit by the local ignorant, uneducated, never-been-anywhere people here in Dickinson, because I was from some place else, and they could get away with it, and their natural primitive instinct is to treat people badly. I explained these things already in this blog.
I currently still recommend that people do not come to Dickinson, North Dakota, at this time. I came here to make money, and it was easier to make money here, than it was in the state where my home was. But now, about 60% of the oil field jobs have gone away due to the low price of oil, which has caused other jobs to go away throughout the western North Dakota economy. I recommend that you do not come to Dickinson at this time not because the people are hostile and unfriendly, but because you would probably have a difficult time getting a job, and housing prices are still very high.
Because of a reduction of in work at my job, and because I did not want to be solely dependent on my employer for income, I brought some of my equipment over to Dickinson, to begin doing some self-employment work. At first, the Dickinson residents that I offered to do work for, they were negative. After about one month, I got one project. I did a good job, three people saw that project, and I got three more projects. Without doing any advertising, I got about ten more projects, and continue to get phone calls every week.
In my self-employment work, I saw a different side of Dickinson. All of the people who called me and asked me to come and give them an estimate, they were successful people. About one-third of these customers were business owners, about one-third were white-collar professionals, and about one-third were blue-collar workers, but they were all successful. They were intelligent, polite, professional, fair, and often times paid me more than what I charged.
I tried to keep quiet and quickly do my self-employment work, but about one-third of my customers at some point would ask me what I thought of Dickinson and the people here. I would try to not say anything negative and say very little, but the customers would come out and say to me, “I moved here twenty years ago, the people here have never been friendly to me and my husband, it has been difficult, I don’t have hardly any friends, I had so many friends back where we came from.” So even though I tried to say very little in order to keep my opinions to myself to be non offensive to customers and potential customers, many of my customers just came out and said that they had had a difficult time in Dickinson because the people were unfriendly. This was the first time that I heard people that were successful, long time residents, come out and say it. It made me feel a lot better. Also, this was the first time after having lived in Dickinson for almost three years, that I wasn’t treated like shit. In all of the self-employment projects that I have done in Dickinson so far, about fifteen of them, the customers have been very nice to me, they acted like they were happy to see me, happy that I was there, complimented me on my work, thanked me, and most them paid me more than I asked for. This was a side of Dickinson that I had never seen.