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Ten Weeks In September 22, 2017 - Succession came to pass on July 1st, ten weeks ago. A-1 Builders, Inc. is now A-1 Builders, A Design/Build, Worker-Owned Cooperative!  My former employees are now my bosses! For the time being I’m helping the new team deal with marketing on a part time basis; my hours worked per week since July 1st has been [...]
Eleven Days May 30, 2017 - Eleven work days until graduation. Most call it ‘retirement’.  Someone close to me called it ‘graduation’ and I instantly attached to that label, better representing my major leap into something so very new and different.  42 years at the helm of A-1 Builders feels sufficient. Time to pass the baton, but to whom? I started [...]
Second Aid: Lessons Learned From Past Adventures November 2, 2016 - All too often I’ll run into another hiker and the following conversation ensues: “How many nights are you staying out?” “None… I hope. We’re on a day hike.” “Then why are you carrying so large a pack?” Allow me to unpack my answer… an answer that addresses situations well beyond wilderness travel. An answer that [...]
Company Day Hike To Mt. Pilchuck Led To Team-Affirming Helicopter Rescue September 12, 2016 - Sunday, September 4th, 2016.  Hikers from our company: Rick Dubrow, Cindi Landreth, Cathie Bertola, Shawn Serdahl, Justus Peterson. Injuries usually happen upon descent.  So it was on Sunday, 9/4/16 at the 4,420 foot level of Mt. Pilchuck.  Five of us, all co-workers at A-1 Builders and Adaptations Design Studio, on a company dayhike, heard someone screaming [...]
Justus Peterson’s Journey Towards ‘Greener Pastures’: a Mid-Course Correction June 29, 2016 - On January 15th, 2016 I went back to work for A-1 Builders after an interim period of 10 years of lucrative employment in the oil industry. I turned my back on the oil industry for a number of reasons, but ultimately it was for my health, both physical and mental. But my journey goes deeper [...]
Efficiency Without Sufficiency Is Insufficient June 2, 2016 - I’ve spent my adult life reducing my ecological footprint, struggling with possible next steps because they are, frankly, enormous.  Giving up air travel, for instance.  Visiting my aged parents in Florida and accessing the wilderness in the southwest are particularly appealing.  [I can, and do, purchase carbon offsets for such travel – though offsets are [...]

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