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The Sun Is Just Beginning
by Timothy McBride   
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Last edited: Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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A moment in time when things can change on a dime. A transition in the works. Sunshine of the mind. Are we ready for change?

The sun rays were just beginning to lift from my desk when I noticed the lamp wasn't on.

Thinking ----Ves, playing with the illumination controls again, pushing reset. There, it is coming on now. Now, where is it? Hmm, there it is. All right, Mag Lev, let's see there it is.


"Hey, Ves guess what. Here is the answer to our little problem, A Mag is leaving tonight at eight, arrival time at Utopia nine fifteen. That will give us time to meet Dad at the Center."


Said Vestra, as a smile lit up her face.


"Now listen up Ves, its time to go into travel prep. mode. So,lets work together. I'm switching the E.V. to full charging power while you check the bins and activate auto watering and feeding for the animals. Also, start your personal packing. We don't have a lot of time. I'll check the greenhouses, and set climate controls ahead, seven days."


With that we sped off to do our chores.

Later on, back at the central neuron computer, the daily stat report was printing out. All looked well. The rover was fully charged with 1200 rad. Wow, that new P.V. sun tracker system Voss installed last week was sure pumping up the amp hour meter.

I switched to monitor just in time to see Ves walk through the front entry while activating intercon.


" Ves, why the strange look?

A few seconds went by, then,


" I got in touch with Voss. There is a problem at the net zero P. V. project. It seems to be urgent. He wants you down there tomorrow."


I felt numbed for a moment. What could it be?


"Any more details?


"Yes, something about several nuclear power plants shutting permanent! This week. People are swarming the shop for solar electric backup. Voss said he is not equipped to handle the mass of orders.

"Beep, Beep"

"Just like we figured. Great! Thanks we'll talk more in a bit. I'll fax Voss the new layout plan Dad worked out before he left, and yeah let's get Mitch on the monitor. Ztra-492. We've got less than one hour to leave to catch Mag. lets do it."

" Beep"

"Okay, sounds good I'll start loading the E. V. now."


"Good, see you down there after this program is loaded. “


Mitch on the monitor.

" Hey watts clicking?"


"Its the P.V. Plant, Voss needs extra help, pick up Michelle, and dispatch Shuttle D-6,7 and 9, fully loaded with the new shipment of solar modules as soon as possible also several grates of the new charge controllers, and Mitch, its happening."


"Sure thing Jay, bout time, Voss is gonna love this ,and hey thanks for the tip. Rest assured we're on it."


" Thanks Mitch,that planning ahead this spring is paying off. Happy trails."


 "Jay, the rover is loaded, all we like is the stuff your bringing."


"Good, give me ten minutes. I've got some extra stuff to show Dad on arrival, and Vestra help me find where Dad put the mini projecter."


"Ok, I think its in the Z lock storage, I'll  let you know."




I cut on the radio and started packing.

The D J was playing "  Fly Like An Eagle "

I could hear,






 " Time keeps on slipping, slippin, Slippin  into the future ! "

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