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12-30-2007, 02:32 PM
Hi Everyone
And epically everyone on top of the mountain!
I go by Squid, a name given to me by my best friend a while ago now, and I absolutely love MT Washington. My best friend and I do at least one trip up the mountain each year, and it is usually in October. No real reason for October, It just ends up being that way.

For fun I Hike, Mountain bike, Fixed gear road bike, SCUBA dive Coach and play Ultimate Frisbee, Ski, Rock Climb and do all sorts of small projects around the house and at the high school that I coach at. I also volunteer at the high school lending my engineering skills to the engineering clubs.

To make the money to support my fun, I am a power plant engineer at a local wood burner in northern VT, I work 12 hour swing shifts, either 7am to 7pm or 7pm to 7am, and work in 4 day shifts. It does not bother me much, I actually like the swing shifts, and working at night is a blast!

I just want to say hay, and maybe strike up some conversation late at night, or hook up with some people for some hikes year round!

Chat soon


Steve M
12-30-2007, 03:51 PM
Welcome to the forums Squid. Glad to have you aboard. If you haven't already, consider membership to the MWO. It's a great way to support the work being done on the mountain, not to mention the great membership perks.

12-30-2007, 03:56 PM
hello there squid you sure do a lot ,you say you work at a wood burner whats that

12-30-2007, 07:40 PM
Welcome and great to have another participant here. For some reason these guys seem to gang up on me. So, having a person in my court would be nice. :cool:

12-31-2007, 08:16 AM
Charlie, A wood burning power plant is just what it sounds like, we burn wood to make power. We get it chipped and sent to us on 18 wheelers, then we load it into the boiler by belt feeding it from Silos. We burn around 800 tons a day.... Now wait before people start telling me we are burning down the rain forests! Because we are not! We get all of our wood locally from New England and at the moment, between all the wood burners in the north east, we cant cut down the wood fast enough! We have "Foresters" Who go out and select jobs and mark trees to be cut. Long story shot, we are one of those "Green Power Plants" that everyone likes! And if feels nice to work at a green power plant, Earth friendly renewable resource!

And Brad, I'm not going to take sides right now ;) but I promise I wont pick on you too much :D

12-31-2007, 09:10 AM
And Brad, I'm not going to take sides right now ;) but I promise I wont pick on you too much :D
Oh, here we go with another one . . .

In St. J's there is a real nice small diner on the left as you drive north through town. Across the street from the town hall or library (big building). It is a great place for breakfast!

12-31-2007, 09:44 AM
Hello Squid:D. How much snow in St J? Looking like 8" in Rutland and still dumping and Im at work. Boo Hoo.

Mike D
12-31-2007, 10:27 AM
St. Johnsbury... is that up in the Northeast Kingdom?

12-31-2007, 10:40 AM
The dinner is Anthony's dinner, and I'm a regular there, Yes its a great dinner and the staff there are wicked cool when you get to know them!

and Yep im in the NEK and right now i say about 5 inches of snow as of today 12/31/07 at 1040.

cant wait, going hikng in the whites tomorrow, to Arethusa Falls, in Crawford notch! Wicked excited about that! Will get the use of my crampons, snow shoes and other fun snow toys.

AT skis are at home for this trip, but maybe next time!:rolleyes:

anyone want to come with us?

12-31-2007, 02:13 PM
thanks squid [ if you have a name to use or we will just call you squid ]
this is the first time I've heard of burning wood for a power plant .
is there a web site about this place
i would love to see this place i do HVAC work and love looking at big places like this .i hope if i get up there some time i can get a tour :D