John Drake Services, Inc.
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Long Beach, CA 90805
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Most of my experience, such as it is, comes from trial and error.
The errors have drained my wallet at times, added many scars from being
burned and in a few instances allowed me to be humbled in front of others.
I have been to a couple of alternative energy seminars but the most important to me,
was going to the "Arco School" in 1989.
It was six days, and five evenings of intense education and hands-on learning.
The school I went to, up in Chatsworth and at their plant in Camarillo, California,
was the last one before they sold their solar division to Siemens.
The school was about forty miles from here but Christine ponied up some money
so I could get a room up in Walnut.
This enabled me to study each evening with other students who came hundreds,
and even thousands, of miles to attend the school.
I thought I knew a thing or two about solar energy, in the school I realized that I
didn't know diddly.
The other students were great to know and work with.
The instructors from Arco were the tops, and that is no kidding.
That week at the Arco School was a watershed time in my life.
As I am writing this I am feeling kind of old, that was twenty-six years ago.