Mario Thesaughalus' bedroom, adorned with a topographic map of the Williston basin.

CALGARY, Alberta – In the fading light of what was an amazing final oil boom, geologists in Alberta, specifically Calgary, are suffering. Long gone are the days when their intricate Crayola skills are admired and honored. Today, most of these scientific artworks are collecting dust behind the shelves, or simply on the floors of abandoned offices, like the decaying impellers of wind turbine graveyards in the midwest.

For one special little guy, Mario Thesaughalus, his map collection has been growing since his last contract at Finite Resources was terminated. He discovered several floors of ancient geological maps and plots while exploring the 34 unoccupied floors of the high rise, and salvaged many of them for his own home.

Mario Thesaughalus, geologist

“I have collected many, many maps of the geological situations here in the Canada.  After none of my plays were being drilled, I started to explore the being floors up and down from my own, and found many treasures.  As you can see by these wallpapers and some of my childrens’ bed linens.” – Mario Thesaughalus, P.Geo.

Mario’s house in an absolute gallery of geological interpretation and mind spasm. From relic maps of the old Jean Marie play, to updated and magical maps depicting a mythical but unlikely light oil play in the shallow Pleistocene formations of British Columbia. His house is decorated with wall hangings, some framed, table cloths and wall paper in every room is geological, or seismological, sometimes even illogical.

His bathroom is tiled with hand made waterproof tiles, created by his cousin Luigi, out of late 90’s oil plays, likely created by the wizards of Pan Canadian, Gulf, and Murphy Oil, but the truth is provenance will never be known, as those maps came from a dark hole in a C-train tunnel in Calgary’s downtown core. It is entirely possible they had been stashed in map tubes to prevent management from claiming intellectual property rights after down-sizing technical staff.

Mario is currently moving his family to the garage however, so they can use their Hawkwood home as a gallery of the history of geological workflow in Alberta. While he plans to charge $5.00 per entry to the gallery, 2P News will be holding raffles for free tickets to raise money for the U&U APEGA Foundation.


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