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Mountain Men

by Grasshopper on September 1, 2010

Dennis Quinn is certainly a Giant of a man.  From the beginnings of the town of Tamworth, almost 250 years ago, in the 1760s, it is men such as Dennis Quinn that have kept Tamworth alive.  With one eye on the traditions of small town America, such as bread making, and  one eye on the present demands of modern commerce, Dennis Quinn is creating a bridge for his community into this young 21st century.  I would choose no one better.  Dennis holds this single 74 lb Gel Battery for the Great Hill TamWireless Access Point with such ease, we are taken aback by his pure strength and endurance.  His ability to organize, carry, haul and lift equipment to these mountains tops, surrounding the village of Tamworth is second to none.  Hoisting these packs to the platform of the Great Hill Fire Tower was a site to be truly experienced.  Being in his mere presence is an honor for us that are able to work alongside him.  As the Great Hill Access Point looks toward the Tamworth Congregational Church downtown with it’s charming steeple and white clapboards, the necessary equipment to make the vital link, is coming together in the most serene way.  We are not only excited about the prospect of this connection for the community to begin, but truly feverish about the idea for the people of Tamworth and the citizenry at large, to become not only connected to each other but to the whole wide world.  It all seems so common place today to just assume we have internet access, but much of rural America is still without these avenues.  It is through these neighborhood wireless networks that we are able to do our necessary work and liaise with each other.  We are, after all, one.  I applaud you Mr. Quinn for your relentless efforts.

Grasshopper

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The Way of the Tiger, The Sign of the Dragon

by Grasshopper on August 28, 2010

Master Po & Young Grasshopper prepare to climb Great Hill Fire Tower.  My hair was so much shorter back then!

I come from the East.  In the Year of the Tiger, 2010, from the summit of Great Hill, Gunnar Berg, Dennis Quinn and I stand united looking down upon the quaint and neatly kept village of Tamwoth, New Hampshire.  The glorious views are all around us.  We take a brief moment to enjoy our place upon this earth.  The church steeple of the UCC off in the distance rises like Goliath above the trees to call to the town and surrounding areas, yes Classic New England.  Chocorua looks upon us with it’s magnificent peak, ever enduring, ever present.  We do our work well, with methodical order.  As I climb about the pre WWII steel, I wonder about the hands that built this Fire Tower and their conversations still floating in the breeze somewhere.  Once again the Great Hill Fire Tower has found another way to service the communities below it.  The quote of the day comes from Gunnar Berg, Master of all that is Wireless, “I smell Oz”  he exclaims as we come down off the tower when our work is to our satisfaction.  We ask for an explanation but he just says, “that smell just reminds me of Oz.”  We leave it at that.  Our spirits are high now as we look up at our new Solar Panels resting securely in the breeze.  The air is as fresh as it ever gets; we breath it in and smile at the tasks we have so far achieved.  We are steadfast in our plan, ready for the next step in putting that quaint little New England village below on the wireless map.

In Eastern philosophy, the Dragon is said to be a deliverer of good fortune.  We can see the signs already.  I come from the East.

Grasshopper

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