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VentureSum Newsletters

Sep. 29, 2006 - Cooler Temps, Flying Pigskins & Poles

Yes, it’s been awhile since our last letter. It’s been long enough for the professional sports landscape to change from just baseball to baseball play-offs and early football, including the king of sports; college football. If you want to argue about that, go ahead, you start, I’ll be back in a minute……………………………………………………O.K., my turn. I DO apologize for taking so long in getting this newsletter out, but it couldn’t be helped. It’s called work, and we have a ton of it going on right now. What’s worse, trying to keep up with massive amounts of work, or, not having enough? Yea, I thought so too. Let’s do a quick review.

VentureSum North continues to roll along in New Hampshire, despite being shorthanded, working for NHEC. Ryan, you and Geoff and Ron are doing a great job. I know what you’re going through, and all I can say is hang in there, and get as much done as possible before the snows start. After the snows start, maybe the guys in VentureSum South will trade places with you. Joey’s going to get you some QUALIFIED warm bodies as so as possible. VentureSum West continues to be scattered around parts of Louisiana working for SWEPCO (AEP). Greg and Todd and Thor continue to be steady rollers and are using, for the first time, our own ‘PoleVault’ program to collect the necessary information. ‘PoleVault’ has become quite adaptable thanks to our I.T. dept. (a.k.a. Wes). VentureSum East is trying to get to the home-stretch in the mountains of western North Carolina. John Corcoran maintains a steady pace, working for Duke Energy, in an area that resist any kind of pace. This project is due to be completed before the end of this year. VentureSum South is in Anderson Co., South Carolina, working for Duke Energy and BellSouth Telephone, and even has the big cheese himself, Joey Johnson, visiting and counting poles. Some QUALIFIED warm bodies would be welcome here too. Of course, all this work makes Gwyn (read: C.F.O.) happy, something about revenue. Earlier, I mentioned our I.T. department’s main guy, Wes. Wes’ medical condition has kinda had him on a roller coaster, physically. He just recently finished up his third session of medication, and it seems to be helping. He has a condition that can make him very weak, but he’s fighting it tooth-and-nail. Keep the prayers coming.

You’re probably wondering about all these QUALIFIED warm bodies I mentioned previously. It’s because of the type of work we do. What we do is gather information. Now, this information can be unique and varied, but it all has to do with the utilities, be it power, telephone, CATV, or fiber optic communications, or all of them. Being able to accurately gather this information, while manipulating an electronic map mentally AND physically AND driving down the road without wrecking AND being away from home takes a brain that is somewhat ‘unique’. Some would even say slightly unbalanced. In the end, not just anybody can do it. It’s difficult to tell just who is QUALIFIED until they actually try to do this stuff. The failure rate is much higher than you would think. Anyway, we usually get to eat pretty good. Also, being able to play golf 4 times a week is a big bonus. Just kidding, we’re lucky if we get to play 4 times a year. Well according to the clock, I’ve got to get to the driving range. See ya next time.

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