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 eighty fifth letter I wrote.
9/17/03 – General Dell
Dear Sooner Plantians,
I am in Dallas, and I have finished my homework for the evening, so I thought I would write and let you guys know how things are going here.
I just heard that my brother Greg (the Lieutenant Colonel in the Marines) was told by his boss General John Thomas that he had to write an important speech for him. Last year Greg wrote a speech for the General when he gave one to the heads of NATO. This year he is giving an even more important speech and he asked Greg to write it for him.
Yes. It’s true. You see…. Next week General John Thomas is going to go to Round Rock Texas and give a speech to the executives at Dell Inc. — Yep, that’s right. And Greg is going to write the speech for him. — Isn’t that a neat coincidence?
I guess it’s fitting that a General from the greatest Armed Forces in the world should come and give a speech at the greatest computer company in the world and that my brother ought to write a speech for his boss to give to my boss.
We all know that if the General was going to give a speech at the greatest Electric Company in the world that he would probably give it while standing atop of #1 Boiler at Sooner Plant. I’m sure he would praise all the hard work and determination that you guys have had keeping Oklahoma from having a blackout like they had in the east. (You guys are calibrating the protective relays I hope). They still haven’t figured that out, have they (in the east I mean).
Note to Reader: To read more about the blackout in the East and the most likely cause, see the post “Pain In the Neck Muskogee Power Plant Relay Testing“.
Well, I guess I’ll keep this short, since I have to get up early in the morning — Well, not as early as I did when I was working at “The Plant”. Anyway. I thought you guys would like to hear about that “neat coincidence” since I’ve been having “neat coincidences” a lot lately.
Oh, that reminds me. I went to visit the “Grassy Knoll” this evening. You know. The place where John F. Kennedy was killed. It was strange, because after all this time, you can still feel all the sorrow that is there. It feels the same as it does when you go and visit the spot where the Murrah Building was blown up in Oklahoma City.
It surprised me, because it has been 40 years since that happened, but there are still people standing around staring up at the book depository and the parking lot with the wooden fence. There was even a guy standing out in the street with a professional movie camera making some sort of a documentary or something.
Well. That’s kind of a coincidence, since my brother Greg used to work in the Murrah building and here I was visiting the Grassy Knoll in the middle of Dallas, and it felt just like it does when you visit the spot where the Murrah building used to be, and at the same time, my brother’s boss is telling him in Washington D.C. to write a speech to give to my boss in Round Rock Texas. And there seems to be a big “conspiracy” going on here, when there isn’t, but there probably was when John F. Kennedy was shot, and there you have it.
Well, like I said, I’m keeping this short, so I’m not going to be rambling in this letter like I do in most of my letters. I’m just saying a few short sentences so that you know how things are going in Dallas, and that’s it. Well, since I’ve done that, I’ll be talking to you guys later….
Your friend from Dell,
Kevin James Anthony Breazile
Kevin J. Breazile