Hello, and thank you for reading my blog. The purpose of this blog is to tell people from out-of-state, what Dickinson, North Dakota is like. Additionally, I hope that people from Dickinson read this blog. The people here in Dickinson should be ashamed of how badly they treated everyone during the oil boom. The people here in Dickinson were hostile, unfriendly, uncooperative, and they took advantage of people.
I want people to know the truth about Dickinson. I don’t want people to get misinformation about Dickinson from the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Dickinson, or Dickinson State University. Because I have written approximately forty-five blog posts about Dickinson, this site usually comes up on the first page of search engine results for “living in Dickinson”, “working in Dickinson”, “moving to Dickinson”, “relocating to Dickinson”, “women in Dickinson”, “corruption in Dickinson”, “nightlife in Dickinson”, and “the Dickinson mafia”.
Even though this site comes up on the first page of search engine results, there should be more views every day, from school kids doing their homework assignments for instance. There should be more school kids looking at this site, but that doesn’t surprise me too much, North Dakota ranks first in some categories of illiteracy.
I want to write this blog for the school kids in Dickinson, to give them some useful information for their school assignments and reports on Dickinson, and to give them some useful life information.
The ratio of men to women in Dickinson is probably about 3:1, which is not normal. Because there are way more men in Dickinson than women, there is a shortage of women for men to date, and marry in Dickinson. There should be a strip bar, where men can go and talk to women and see them naked, but the City of Dickinson will not allow that. There should be prostitution in Dickinson to provide women for men to date, but the City of Dickinson will not allow that. Thank God there aren’t any rapes! Because there is a shortage of women in Dickinson, most of the women in Dickinson do not try to stay in-shape, dress nicely, look nice, or be pleasant. Most of the women in Dickinson are overweight and unfriendly.
There is not a lot to do in Dickinson. It is cold from about the beginning of October through the end of April, that’s seven months. It would be nice to go out to bars at night to have some drinks, but the City of Dickinson has instructed its police officers to be very aggressive in arresting people for Driving Under the Influence. In fact, the Dickinson police arrest people and take them to jail, even before giving them a breathalyzer test, if they are under the legal limit at the police station where the breathalyzer test is given, they are still under arrest, are processed into jail, later post bail, and pay $3,000 up-front to an attorney. Don’t let mom and dad go out to bars in Dickinson, they might get a DUI, lose their job, and then you’ll be out on the street!
Going out to restaurants in Dickinson is not that great either, the service is usually very bad. The servers in Dickinson restaurants have been led to believe that all of the oilfield workers in Dickinson make over $100,000 per year, that’s what the television news says. The servers have had the expectation that every oil field worker would spend $100 every meal and leave them a $20 tip. The servers are angry that they aren’t making $300 per day at Applebees, Perkins, Country Kitchen, and Players Club.
There are not a lot of restaurants in Dickinson. Prior to 2008, people in Dickinson did not go out to eat because they did not have much money, they were paid very low wages. The local companies in Dickinson paid very low wages in order to control their workers. The workers could not get ahead, they lived paycheck-to-paycheck, they could not afford to lose their job, they had no savings, they were completely dependent on their employer, they had to keep their job even if they were mistreated.
Because wages were low in Dickinson prior to 2008, home rents were low. A one-bedroom apartment was probably $300 per month, a three-bedroom house was probably $700 per month. Due to the oil boom, by 2011, the rent for a one-bedroom apartment went up to $1,500 per month, a three-bedroom house went up to $3,500 per month. This huge cost increase in housing not only hurt the oil field workers, it hurt the local people too. This is why some people say that people in Dickinson were very greedy and took advantage of people.
That’s enough for now, your brains are probably jumping like a toad! Please, please feel free to write comments and ask me questions. I’ll go ahead with what will probably be a FAQ, Frequently Asked Question:
Question: You seem to hate Dickinson, why don’t you just leave?
Answer: I stay here because currently I can make more money here than elsewhere. I have a home in a different state that I would like to go back to, but unemployment is high in that state. While I am here, I would like to get the truth out about Dickinson, so that people from out-of-state will know what it is like, and maybe not come at this time. I hope that I can change some things in Dickinson by exposing them.