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Allen Kruse beside his boat May 6 at Orange Beach, Ala. He was found dead on the boat June 23, after apparently shooting himself in the head.
6/26/2010Allen Kruse tenderly kissed his wife goodbye just after sunrise Wednesday and headed to the docks in Gulf Shores, Ala., where his boat, The Rookie, was moored. A charter boat captain for 25 years, Kruse had signed on as a BP contractor to spot oil, deploy boom and eventually learn how to skim oil. His business had come to a screeching halt after the April 20 oil spill. About an hour later, Kruse was dead. He was 55, the father of 11- and 12-year-old boys, Cory and Ryan, and daughter Kelli, 26. About 7 a.m., after a BP training meeting, he climbed into the wheelhouse of his 46-foot charter boat and ended his worry, his frustration and his anger with a single bullet to the head. “Nothing was easy working with BP. Everything was hard, and it consumed him. He wasn’t crazy,” said his wife, Tracy, 41, sitting outside the couple’s home in Foley on Thursday. “He’d been a charter boat captain for 25 years, and all of the sudden he had people barking orders at him who didn’t know how to tie up a boat to a pier. I think he thought, ‘I’ve got to get out of this. I can’t take it.’ ” 

The spill also left Kruse emotionally devastated. It robbed him of his passion for taking customers out to the Gulf to fish for red snapper and grouper, his wife said. 

“Our whole lives surround this, this oil, everything is oil,” he told her a few days ago. 

Consumed by worry 

From the beginning, Kruse was unhappy with the glacially slow process of working for BP. 

“He couldn’t believe they were sitting there at Zeke’s Marina doing nothing,” Tracy said. “He wanted to get out there and work and help clean up the oil.” 

But once the work finally began, Kruse was overwhelmed with the paperwork to get an assignment and get paid. 

In particular, one invoice required 52 pages to fill out, and there were problems getting the paperwork to BP, Tracy said. 

Several days ago, Kruse finally completed the invoice and sent it to BP, but he still was unsettled. 

“Things changed in our marriage,” Tracy said. “Usually, I was the worrier, but now Allen worried. He worried that BP wouldn’t get the invoices. He worried about the whole situation.” 

Tuesday morning, black skies loomed over The Rookie, but Kruse and his crew of three still went out to look for oil. 

“They went out, but Allen called me and said, ‘This is bad. Someone’s going to get hurt,’ ” Tracy said. “So they came in at the request of the task force leader.” 

With the ominous weather and rain, Kruse’s mood turned darker. 

By Tuesday night, he again was focused on the 52-page invoice. 

“I said, ‘Allen, honey, please let’s just give this a break,’ ” Tracy said. “He said to me, ‘I just got this fog in my head I can’t shake, and it’s driving me crazy.’ ” 

Kruse took a bath. He felt better. He ate. At 9 p.m., he and his wife went to bed. 

‘Last time I saw him’ 

Wednesday morning, Kruse rose first and dressed. Tracy got up for a few minutes, meeting her husband in the kitchen. 

“He was just standing there, bent over the counter with his face in his hands,” she said. “He was just leaning on the counter, and I could see the wheels of worry turning in his head.” 

Tracy said little, then returned to bed to catch up on sleep. Minutes later, her husband was at her bedside. 

“He was just patting my head, and he said, ‘I’m about to leave,’ and then Allen said, ‘It’s just all madness, Tracy.'” 

Those were the last words she’d hear him say. 

“I told him everything would be all right. I said, ‘Don’t worry, Allen. It will all work out, honey.’ ” 

Kruse kissed his wife, looked in on the boys, and climbed into his Ford F-250. 

“That was the last time I saw him,” she said. 

She had no thought that he would take his own life. 

The shot 

A few minutes later, Kruse picked up Ronnie Doyle, a loyal deckhand, at the Burger King at Gulf Shores Parkway and Fort Morgan Road in Gulf Shores. 

They drove to Gulf Shores Yacht and Marina and the BP staging area and went about their normal duties of fueling up The Rookie. 

Then, the captains met with BP officials at a nearby building. It was hot inside, and many of the captains were angry and frustrated. 

Deckhand Joe Resmondo said something happened to Kruse at the meeting. What, he didn’t know, but Kruse had a look of horror on his face. 

The co-owner of the marina, Billy Parks, passed Kruse and playfully punched him in the shoulder. Using his nickname, Parks cajoled him, “Cheer up, Rookie. It’ll be OK.” 

But something was very wrong. Then Kruse went missing. 

“It was a normal morning, but at one point, we couldn’t find Rookie,” Resmondo said. “I asked around if anyone had seen him.” 

No one had. 

Then, there was a clap, what Resmondo assumed was a backfire or firecracker. 

“I didn’t give it any thought,” he said. “It was a muffled sort of crack. Then, I climbed the ladder to the wheelhouse and saw Allen on the floor, sitting in the corner. He had shot himself. I turned, screamed for help and dialed 911.” 

‘He wanted out’ 

Tracy got the call from Parks. There had been an accident, Parks said. 

“What kind of accident?” Tracy frantically asked. “Is it Allen? Did he fall off the boat?” Her husband was notoriously clumsy. 

“You need to come to the marina,” Parks said. “Don’t speed. Just come right now. Right now.” 

“And I was just screaming ‘Tell me, tell me, tell me,’ ” Tracy said. 

Parks wouldn’t. 

So Tracy called Resmondo. He wouldn’t say either. 

She hung up and called her sister, who’d found out about the shooting just minutes before and told her. 

“You know, I don’t think he was even thinking about his family,” Tracy said. “I think he wanted out of the chaos and what he called ‘madness’ of the whole thing.” 

from:  http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-06-26-gulf-widow-oil-spill_N.htm?csp=hf

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William Allen Kruse was born on Febraury 15th, 1955 according to http://obits.gulflive.com/obituaries/gulflive/obituary.aspx?n=william-allen-kruse-the-rookie&pid=143758744

February 15th, 1955

2 + 15 + 1+9+5+5 = 37 = his life lesson = what he was here to learn = Father.  Dad.  Devoted husband and father.  A real family person.  Boating.  Fishing.

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February 15th

2 + 15 +2+0+1+0 = 20 = his personal year (from February 15th, 2010 to February 14th, 2011)

20 year + 6 (June) = 26 = his personal month (from June 15th, 2010 to July 14th, 2010) = In the news.

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Allen Kruse

13355 29315           37

for his common name, his path of destiny/how he learned what he was here to learn = 37 = Father.  Dad.  Devoted husband and father.  A real family person.  Boating.  Fishing.

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Allen Kruse

1              5

how he obtained/lost his heart’s desire = 15 = Oil.

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June 18, 2010, 1:49PM ET

Without debate, the Louisiana House on Friday sent Gov. Bobby Jindal legislation that would require him to preserve and make public all documents his office handles regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.

Jindal now has to decide whether to sign or veto the measure. Spokeswoman Melissa Sellers said the bill would require thorough review.

The Jindal administration has gone along with some attempts to open up governor’s office records. But officials have successfully fought bills letting the public see any documents pertaining to the governor’s “deliberative process” and requiring the preservation of those documents.

The bill given final approval Friday was originally drawn to reduce the amount of time the state corrections department is required to preserve records of adult offenders. But language added in the Senate this week by Sen. Robert Adley, a Republican from Benton, requires preservation of governor’s office documents regarding the oil spill for at least 10 years and says those records must be available for public inspection and copying now.

“I would encourage him to sign the bill so we can send a clear message to the people of America,” Adley said after the House voted 76-13 for the bill on Friday.

Final passage of the proposal “speaks very, very highly of our state and what we stand for. In this process with BP, we want their records open and we will do the same,” he said.

Jindal has said he wants BP PLC to open its claims database to the state to help ensure payments are being processed promptly.

Given his past opposition to similar legislation, the bill with Adley’s amendment passed with surprising ease. It first passed in the Senate on Wednesday, where it was little noticed at first. It then passed the House on Friday, where similar language had been voted down a day before.

Rep. Gary Smith, D-Norco, sponsor of the original bill, asked the House to adopt Adley’s amendment, saying the public needs information on the unfolding environmental disaster. Nobody spoke against the measure.

Sellers, Jindal’s communications director, said in an e-mailed statement that the Adley language would be reviewed to make sure it doesn’t hurt the state’s position in future litigation against BP. Spokesman Kyle Plotkin declined to elaborate.

Jindal has become one of the most prominent faces in the state’s fight against the oil spill, constantly on the scene at sites where oil has washed ashore. He often laments a slow, inefficient cleanup effort by the federal government and BP. His reaction to the spill has been praised widely, but he’s not without his critics.

Among them has been congressional candidate and state Rep. Juan LaFonta, a New Orleans Democrat. Last month, he tried to win House committee passage of a resolution critical of Jindal, a Republican, for not immediately declaring a state of emergency after the April 20 Deepwater Horizon explosion. The resolution was defeated.

Jindal declared an emergency nine days after the rig explosion, when federal officials and BP said the leak and the potential devastation of the spill was far worse than originally thought.

from:  http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9GDR38G0.htm

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Bobby Jindal was born on June 10th, 1971 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_jindal

June 10th

6 + 10 +1+9+7+1 = 34 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn =Speed.  Quickness.  Rapidity.  Swiftness.  Fastness.  Dexterity.  Agility.  Nimble.  Energy.  Fuel.  Gasoline.  Motor.  Engines.  Vehicle.  Acceleration.  Velocity.  Rate.  Quick.  Quickly.  Speeding up.  Full throttle.  Adrenaline.  Cars.  Driving.  Urgent.  Hurry.  Rush.  Busy.  Zip.  Zoom.  Dash.  Dart.  Slowing down.  Brakes.  Turbine.  Pump.  Funnel.  Flow.  Circulate.  HVAC.  Vent.  Duct.  Pipes.  Heat.  Stove.  Boiler.  Radiator.  Thermostat.  Therm.  Fahrenheit.  Celcius.  Kelvin.  Temperature.  Warm.  Toasty.  Hot.  Sweat.  Fiery.  Wirey.  Smoke.  Fire.  Flammable.  Volatile.  Combustible.  Incendiary.  Implosion.  Explosive.  Blast.  Dynamite.  A fuse.  Fireworks.  Firecracker.  Skyrocket.  Barrage.  Cortisol.  Stress.  Tension.  Nerves.  Raw nerve.  Burn out.  Fry.  Sizzle.  Boiling.  Overheat.  Melt.  Blow up.  Erupt.  Pop.  Cap.  Lid.  Pressure.  Venting.  Steam.  Geyser.  Gush.  Go at the right speed.  Strike while the iron’s hot.  Get it while it’s hot.  Things happen really quickly.  Don’t rush.  Haste makes waste.  Speed up.  Slow down.  Hitting the brakes.  Full speed ahead.  Where the rubber meets the road.  Slower/faster.  Don’t stress.  Don’t stress out over it.  Blowing off steam.  Burn off some energy.  IM (instant message).  Urgent message.  Fast blast.  Warm up.  Turning up the heat.  Fanning the flames.  Hot water.  Boiling hot.  Out of the frying pan and into the fire.  If you play with fire you will get burned.  If you can’t stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen.  Several irons in the fire.  Where there’s smoke there’s fire.  A fire in the heart makes smoke in the head.  Blowing your top/stack.  That burns me up.  Strike a flint and you get fire.  Fueling the fire.  Tinder box.  The one who strikes first, strikes twice.  Burning your candle at both ends.  Full tank of gas.  Run out of gas.  Empty tank.  Running out of steam.  Put a lid on it.  Wind up.  Wound up.  Pent up.  Bottled up.  Stir crazy.  Burning inside.  Blood pressure.  Rapid pulse.  Circulatory system.  Fleet of foot.  Rushing around.  I can’t keep up with you.  To go faster, slow down.  Festina lente (make haste slowly).  The need for speed.  Life in the fast lane.  Spinning your wheels.  Communication difficulties.  Wires crossed.  Stressed out.  Nerve wracking.  Frayed nerves.  Short fuse.  Going berserk.  Lashing out in anger.        
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June 10th, 1971

June 10th

6 + 10 +2+0+0+9 = 27 = his personal year (from June 10th, 2009 to June 9th, 2010) = Initiative.  Follow through.  Original.  The first.  Innovation.  Trailblazer.  Pioneer.  Inventor.  Start.  Begin.  Initiate.  Groundbreaking.  Drilling.  BP.

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April 20th, 2010 (the date of the BP oil spill)

4 + 20 +2+0+1+0 = 27 = the life lesson of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill = Groundbreaking.  Drilling.  BP.

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

BP

27

the primary challenge for BP = 27 = Groundbreaking.  Drilling.  All talk and no action. 

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Anthony Bryan Hayward CCMI (born 21 May 1957) is the Chief Executive of oil and energy company BP Group, taking over from John Browne, Baron Browne of Madingley on 1 May 2007.

Life and career

Hayward gained a first class geology degree from Aston University in Birmingham followed by a PhD from the University of Edinburgh.  Joining BP in 1982, with his first job as a rig geologist in Aberdeen, he quickly rose through the ranks in a series of technical and commercial roles in BP Exploration in London, Aberdeen, France, China and Glasgow. Hayward first came to Lord Browne’s attention during a leadership conference in 1990 in Phoenix, Arizona. As a result he was made Browne’s executive assistant.

In 1992, Hayward moved to Colombia as exploration manager and became president of BP’s operations in Venezuela in 1995. In August 1997 he returned to London as a director of BP Exploration. He became group vice president of BP Amoco Exploration and Production as well as a member of the BP group’s Upstream executive committee in 1999.

Hayward was appointed BP group treasurer in September 2000 where his responsibilities included global treasury operations, foreign exchange dealing, corporate finance, project finance and mergers and acquisitions. Hayward became an executive vice president in April 2002, and Chief Executive of exploration and production in January 2003.

In 2009, Hayward was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science from University of Edinburgh.

Replacement of Lord Browne

In light of safety and resultant production issues in Alaska and the report on the explosion at the Texas City refinery, Peter Sutherland, BP’s non-executive chairman, accelerated the process for replacing Lord Browne, bringing the timetable forward from end-2008 (when Browne would be 60, and nominally forced to retire under BP’s rules) to July 2007. Hayward, having been termed CEO designate by both internal and media commentators, came to the fore amid the competition, including Robert Dudley, chief executive of TNK-BP, the company’s Russian joint venture, and John Manzoni, head of refining and marketing.

On 18 December 2006 in the run-up to replace Lord Browne as Chief Executive of BP Group, the Financial Times reported that Hayward had criticised BP’s management at an internal management meeting, in the wake of a blast at the firm’s Texas City refinery that killed 15 people and injured more than 170 others.  Hayward made the comments at a town hall meeting in Houston: “We have a leadership style that is too directive and doesn’t listen sufficiently well. The top of the organisation doesn’t listen sufficiently to what the bottom is saying.”

On 12 January 2007 it was announced that Hayward would replace Lord Browne as BP Chief Executive.  In preparation for Hayward’s take up as Group CEO, on 2 February Andy Inglis was appointed managing director of the BP Group, and succeeds Hayward as chief executive of BP’s Exploration & Production (E&P) business.

Hayward was appointed to the Chief Executive position with immediate effect on 1 May 2007, after Lord Browne resigned following the lifting of a legal injunction preventing Associated Newspapers from publishing details about his private life.

BP pays Hayward an annual salary of £998,000 and in 2008 his bonus was £1,496,000.

Negotations with Russia’s Igor Sechin

In 2008 Tony Hayward had private meetings with Igor Sechin, a top figure of Russian military and security services. The two negotiated on BP’s deals with Russia.

Deepwater Horizon oil spill

On 20 April 2010, an explosion occurred on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, operated by BP. 11 people were killed in the blast and oil began to leak from the ocean floor at a rate variously estimated to be between 5,000 and 100,000 barrels per day. Hayward, and BP in general, initially downplayed the spill, stating on 17 May 2010 that the environmental impact of the Gulf spill would likely be “very very modest” and calling the spill “relatively tiny” in comparison with the size of the ocean.  By 27 May, Hayward had apparently changed his assessment, calling the spill an “environmental catastrophe” in an interview with CNN.

Hayward has stated that his job might be at risk as a result of the spill, saying “we made a few little mistakes early on.”  Hayward received criticism for various statements he has made during the spill, including telling a camera man to “get out of there” during a photo-op on the shores of Louisiana.  On 30 May, Hayward told a reporter “we’re sorry for the massive disruption it’s caused to their lives. There’s no one who wants this thing over more than I do, I’d like my life back.”  Hayward was widely criticized for the comment and United States Representative Charlie Melancon (D-La.) called on Hayward to resign in the wake of this comment.  He later apologized for the comment on BP America’s Facebook Page.  On 31 May, Hayward disputed claims of huge underwater plumes of oil suspended in the Gulf, as had been reported by scientists from three universities.  Hayward said there was “no evidence” that plumes of oil were suspended under the sea, and that because it is lighter than water any plumes seen are just in the process of rising to the surface. A chemist from Louisiana State University agreed with this assessment.  Still other scientists have suggested that the manner of expulsion of the oil from the well and the use of dispersants may have led to an emulsion situation in which the oil is suspended in water for some time.

On 5 June the Daily Telegraph reported that Hayward sold approximately one third of his shares in BP a month before the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded.  The shares subsequently fell in value by 30%, although the Telegraph stated: “There is no suggestion that he acted improperly or had prior knowledge that the company was to face the biggest setback in its history.”  In an interview on NBC on 8 June, President Barack Obama said that Hayward “wouldn’t be working for me after any of those statements”, referring to the remarks Hayward made following the spill.

Other positions

Hayward was a member of the Citibank advisory board, from 2000 to 2003.  Hayward is presently senior independent non-executive director of Corus Group, appointed in April 2002, and a non-executive director of Tata Steel. Hayward is a committee member of Audit, Nominations and Health, Safety and Environment.   Hayward was appointed a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute in September 2005.

Personal life

Hayward is married with two children, and lives near Sevenoaks, Kent.

from:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Hayward

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May 21st, 1957

5 + 21 +1+9+5+7 = 48 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Purpose.  Meaning.  Mission.  Direction.  Destination.  Guidance.  Goals.  Aims.  The meaning of life.  Who am I?  Why am I here?  What is the meaning of life?  What’s this life for?  Your calling in life.  Soul searching.  Finding yourself.  Seek and ye shall find.  Dark night of the soul.  There’s got to be more to life than this.  Walking away from it all.  Send out into the world.  What’s the point?  Where is this going? 

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Tony Hayward

2      8  7    94

 

his primary challenge = TH = 28 = Bold.  Daring.  Heroic.  Survivor.  Overcoming obstacles.  Personal power.  Willpower.  Possibilities.  Vulnerability.  Reckless.  Lightweight.  Pathetic.  Weak.  Scrawny.  Wimp.
 

The most important thing he can do = TY = 27 = Initiative.  Follow through.  Original.  The first.  Innovation.  Trailblazer.  Pioneer.  Inventor.  Start.  Begin.  Initiate.  Groundbreaking.  Drilling.  Drill.  New start.  Fresh start.  First step.  The beginning.  Reset.  Restart.  Contraption.

[The synasty between Tony Hayward and BP (and the oil spill) is worth noting.

BP

27

The primary challenge of BP = 27

It is also worth noting that the oil spill happened on April 20th, 2010

April 20th, 2010

4 + 20 +2+0+1+0 = 27 = the lesson of the oil spill]

What he must do/has to do = TR = 29 = Skills.  Talents.  Competence.  Expertise.  Specialty.  Combine.  Teamwork.  Cooperation.  Collaborate.  Collaboration.  Consult.  Consultant.  Cooperate.  There’s no “I” in team.  TEAM:  together each accomplishes more.  Consult an expert.    

[His synastry with President Barack Obama is worth noting.  August 4th, 1961 (8 + 4 +1+9+6+1 = 29 = Barack Obama’s life lesson)]

How he obtains his heart’s desire = TD = 24 = Clean up your act.  Getting cleaned up.  Pure and natural.  Taking charge.  Who’s in charge here?  I’m in charge.  The power behind the throne.  Take the vow.  Ruling the roost.  Ruling with an iron fist.

  

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