Thursday, October 14, 2010

Upon the occasion of the retirement of Brain Underwood-Prometheus is Freed

The Charles Dickinson novel, “ Tale of Two Cities” starts with this line. “It was the best of times it was the worst of times.” Which could also start the story of my career at Martin Drake. I will remember the best of times and forget the coal dust and fly ash the heat the cold.

I will remember the times when operators-mechanics-electrician, I and C, mamagement, admin,building services, planning and stores all came together to solve a problems or those start-ups that went on without any problems and the breaker closing and load being dispatch when requested.

The bosses would tell you “ good job”.

I will remember those long nights when the machines would operate with without a hitch--we would arm our self against the siren of sleep with stories and even though we had told each other the same story a hundred times before, we all still listened because it a well told tale.

I will remember the funny hour--that time on those long nights usually around 4 o’clock in the morning of the fourth nightshift when--everything-- anybody said was funny and we world laugh and get through another shift.

I will remember people like Damon Dillinger and late Dave Horton because they were both such characters that I smile when I think of them.

My wife Diane and my son Reed will remember that I came home safe.

I will remembered summer nights--the plant being so un-godly hot I would go out on the roof to catch some cooling air. Seeing shinning lights across the city always inspired me. Those city lights spark and flash to the horizon because of the work you do here. Because of the power Martin Drake generates people are eating a hot meals. They are reading and writing, watching television and computing--they will be having parties, listening to music, singing and dancing. Babies being born and someone will be dying.

The design of a power plant is to burn coal to make steam to make electricity. The goal of all the men and women who work at Martin Drake is to bring light to the City of Colorado Springs. That is the important job that you all do

I thank the operators that I supervised in generating safe, clean economical electrical power, Tony Ott, Kevin Wilson, Frank Sisenros, Aaron Hodge and Chris Cox. I like to think that we did some good work towards that end, and if we did it was because of their hard work.

I will remember those who were with me during the best of times and those that stood by me in the worst of times. I will remember all of you warmly

After near 21 years working for Colorado Springs Utilities at Martin Drake (and other plants) I can say that the last two years have been the Best of Times.

Audios, good luck, Prometheus is freed

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Mr.Green Jeans Sustainability Project

Mr.Green Jeans' Guide to Sustainable Living is a 25 page chapbook with meal recipes, cleaning formulas, methods and tools which will help you live a sustainable lifestyle. The book also contains environmental literature

The unique aspect of this project is that the chapbook is yours copyright free. By sending your return e-mail address I will send you and electronic copy –an Office 2007 file. After which you are free to add your own Ideas and Thoughts about Sustainable Living.

Add any vegetarian recipes, environmentally safe cleaning formulas, the best ways to recycle, repair and reuse, publish pictures or art work, essays, poems or any creative work about the environment.

Add your name to the list of Scriveners and your e-mail or website at the end. Then, using recycled paper, print out 10 copies. When you add copy it will change they layout. Remember that by adding one page of copy you will increase the book by four page. So you have plenty of room.

Once printed fold the pages into a booklet. Starting at the bottom, make a hole at 1 1/2 inches, at 4 1/4 inches and at 7 inches. Bind the book with a saddle stitch using hemp twine found at craft stores. From the outside of the spine thread into the booklet then out through the top hole. Then thread down the outside fold and back into the bottom hole. Then back out through the middle hole. Cut, tie and trim tag ends.

Give your books to family and friends or leave copies at a local freetrade coffee shop. The book is easily mailed with a 42-cent stamp. E-mail copies to your creative friends who would like to help spread a sustainable lifestyle. And please e-mail me a copy of your work.

To receive a copy--E-mail The Mr. Green Jeans Project --at

View--Mr. Green Jeans Guide to Sustainable Living