40 years in public power

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Whether celebrating decades of working at NPPD or securing just a handful of years under their belts to date, a few things are clear: NPPD teammates have great career ambitions, personal connections, and an invested interest when it comes to public power in Nebraska. Each week throughout Public Power Month, the Behind Your Outlet blog will feature four unique viewpoints regarding working in the … [Read more...]

Lions and tigers and zombies? Oh my!

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Yesterday, I read that the Kansas Department of Emergency Management is having a campaign called “Zombie Preparedness Month” and the Governor is even going to sign a proclamation to that effect. While the idea of an actual zombie attack is obviously in jest, being ready for a disaster situation isn’t, and the state of Kansas is trying to capitalize on a current pop culture phenomenon — as well as … [Read more...]

Blink of an eye

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"I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man." -- Outlaw Lucky Ned Pepper to Sheriff Rooster Cogburn in the movie “True Grit” OK, so I’m no Rooster Cogburn. There would likely be considerable debate as to whether I’ve got grit, should it ever come up in polite discussion. And for the sake of full disclosure, I have two eyes, though my vision, at best, is poor. Still, the quote above was in … [Read more...]

Rabbits, reliability, and a little roar!

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I once tried to teach my young daughters about electricity by pointing at the steel structures outside our minivan windows. We were driving down the highway, and I said something like, “See that tall, grey thing out there that looks like a rabbit? Those cables the rabbit is holding carry electricity to our house and make our TV work so you can watch The Lion King.” Their bright, blue eyes … [Read more...]

My power bill realized

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Last Saturday morning I woke up wondering why my electric bill I paid in June was so high. I think what got me started down that path of thinking was the loud buzzing of the alarm on my electric clock. I switched off the alarm and turned on the electric lamp on my bedside nightstand. I needed the light to find my iPhone, which was also on my nightstand and plugged into the wall outlet being … [Read more...]

Is there a lawyer in the house?

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On my desk I have a plaque from Slovenia a friend picked up for me on one of her travels. The painting shows two men fighting over a cow who fail to notice as a third man milks the cow. The words translate into what I am sure is one of the world’s oldest lawyer’s jokes. “While the farmers fight over the cow, the lawyer gets all the cream.” Yes, I am a lawyer. (And I appreciate lawyer jokes, as … [Read more...]

Sandwich malfunction presents moment of clarity

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Believe it or not, I’m trying to control my weight. I’m not being too successful, but I’m trying. I've lately been eating healthier. Yesterday, I went to a local sandwich shop for lunch. I ordered a chicken sandwich. Better than a burger and fries, I rationalized. The woman working behind the counter, as employees from this national chain of sandwich makers do, asked did I want any special … [Read more...]

Standing With Public Power

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Man standing on a soap box

It’s funny how over time things kind of repeat themselves. We had a customer bring me the Rural Electric Nebraskan from April1972. It was fun to look back at the topics of the articles and to see what “Custer Public Power” was talking about in the insert, when I noticed an editorial page with the title of “Spirit of Nebraska.” The editor of the magazine wanted to “get up on his soapbox.” So I … [Read more...]

Always there — alarm clocks, or not

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I have a love/hate relationship with my alarm clock. I’m not really a morning person, and the terrible sound – that each day awakens me to a realization I’m not on a beach in Hawaii or driving a bright red convertible along the California coast – is a horrible thing! On the other hand, without opening my eyes or raising my head from the softest pillow in the world, I know I can roll over, push … [Read more...]

Confessions of a weather public power geek

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I am a self-confessed weather geek. When not on the swing set or throwing rocks in the dog’s water dish with my little girl, I can typically be found on the couch watching the Weather Channel. Daddy lives for his TorCon values this time of year. It drives my wife nuts. And, yes, I was glued to the Weather Channel last Sunday. Gnarly storms were spitting out tornadoes 45 minutes south of … [Read more...]