Letters to the Power Plant #113 — A visit from a Friendly Dell Programmer

Power Plant Men

After I left the power plant and went to work for Dell on August 20, 2001, I wrote letters back to my friends at the plant letting them know how things were going.  This is the one hundred and thirteenth letter I wrote.  Keep in mind that at the time when I originally penned this letter I didn’t intend on it being posted online.

1/20/05 – A Visit from a Friendly Dell Programmer

Dear friends at Sooner Plant and beyond,

I hope everyone had a good holiday.  I was reminded yesterday by a friend that I haven’t written a letter in quite a while so I thought I would take the time to do that now.  Actually, I started one yesterday, but then I became involved in helping someone out with a problem that by the time I was done doing that it was time to go home.

Anyway.  It…

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CBI November Round-up

Pacific Paratrooper


5 November – 53 B-29’s of the 20th US Army Air Corps made a round-trip of 3700 miles (5950 km) from Calcutta, India to bomb enemy installations around Singapore and the Pangkalan oil refinery on Sumatra, Dutch East Indies Indonesian).

Construction on Ledo Road

As shown by the photos, the Ledo Road was an ever-constant process of being built while it was used to deliver supplies.

Accurate supply drops in Burma.

10TH AIR FORCE HQ, in BURMA – You generally associate pin-point bombing with fighter and bomber planes. But then you’re not giving a fair shake to the gang who fly the 10th Air Force’s Troop Carrier and Combat Cargo planes, who have a remarkable record for accuracy in supply dropping.
Battle lines in Burma have been so fluid at times that the pilots’ instructions were out of date an hour after take-off. In many cases, they had to be…

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THE BAY TIMES has been The Voice of the People since 1963.Scan0002And it’s not the paper’s fault, but the people here have been off by about 3.8% ever since.

So it was probably a good thing when our local community college offered incoming students a “Psycho Adjustment.”Scan0003

Our Eastern Shore was much more rural in the early days of The Bay Times, and though hunting and fishing are still two of our top recreational past-times, these days not every seasonal event has to be described with such a predatory vibe. Scan0012The Bay Times was never afraid to call out local lawbreakers, as they did when a well-known farmer who had “made a fortune” in real estate was charged with a rat infestation at one of his properties: Scan0005

Though the paper was also always happy to honor and celebrate deserving members of our community, no matter their stature:Scan0001

Sure, there was always advertising:Scan0018


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The Ride To Choate


Edgar T. Mead recently published a fantastic article in the NRHS BULLETIN on a train trip from New York City to Choate School which is located in Wallingford, CT. I’d like to update his trip into the 1980’s and bring out what we have lost or gained over 50 years.

Unless the student of today wants to find alternate transportation from New Haven to Wallingford, he/she (Choate is now Choate-Rosemary Hall and is coed) cannot leave Grand Central Terminal, but must instead depart Penn Station on AMTRAK’s Springfield Service.

The EP-2 boxcab electric has been replaced by an AEM-7 which is the standard in the Northeast Corridor. The “American Flyer” coaches have been replaced by Amfleet coaches.

Although we don’t go that route, Grand Central to New Rochelle has changed too. The S-1 electric switchers came very close to remaining in the picture as the last one didn’t exit the…

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OMG! The United States is going to hell in a hand basket!


Week 15: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.

published February 25, 2017

This week had two themes. The first wasTrump’s lack of empathy — the cruelty and heartlessness towards Americans not white, straight, Christian and male. Trump and his regime continued to target the defenseless, including transgender individuals, Native Americans and people of color. The second theme was Russia: ties between the Trump regime and Russia are continuing to pour out — meanwhile, the regime is actively seeking to suppress information.

  1. Despite Trump saying he would not enter any new overseas deals once he took office, Donald Jr. and Eric announced the opening of a Trump-branded golf course in Dubia. US taxpayers continue to pay the cost for the security detail that covers Trump’s sons on such trips.
  2. At Trump’s campaign rally in Florida, he referenced a Swedish terrorist attack that never…

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