From Gordon Soderberg, project manager of the Veteran Green Bus:Yesterday, in hope Large Marg would be ready to roll last night, he was packing out of here. Then Kent called and the dream of Large Marg rolling triumphantly into NetRoots Nation went right out the window. Fortunately there was a seat available on a flight from Portland, Or to San Jose, Ca today.
Kent's Custom Diesel is still waiting on a couple of parts o-rings and gaskets for the oil cooler to get the bus back on the road. This is forcing me to fly to Netroots Nation to advocate for the support of the Veterans Green Bus. Not having the bus there weighs heavy on my mind. However, this is the task at hand. I will be there with T-shirts, flyers and my computer full of video and photos of the bus.
Gordon arrives in San Jose, Wed, Jun 19 at 3:27 pm. Look for him. Be sure to meet him at The Veterans Green Bus table in the NetRoots Nation Town Square. He will be staying with a member of The Veterans Green Bus, but the man knows how to party. Just ask him.
It's important to remember that The Veterans Green Bus is not a dream to be realized in the fuzzy future. It has history of success. Gordon and the team were there in the Lower Ninth Ward for a year following Katrina, and for five long months after Hurricane Sandy in Far Rockaway, New York, NY.
Below the Flying Spaghetti Monster's tracks, is a list of most everything Gordon wants to add to the bus to make it a better, more eco-efficient disaster relief mobile command center. This stuff can be bought - but better yet, it can be found and donated. Think about it. You know someone who knows someone who knows these items are.
The Veterans Green Bus is an evolving project.
Following a devastating fire that wiped out the Bus's savings, Soderberg had to scramble to get going again. You helped. There is a Virginia Kossack who literally saved the bus with his substantial donations. As Sara says, "Gordon makes his own magic through all the good he does for others."
Here's what is needed:
Seat covers OD green canvas or Digital Camouflage
Quantity 8 $400- $800
Bus Drivers seat (air)
Quantity = 10
Size: 12.R22.5 16.PR (Firestone)
Electrical Power Inverter :
6000 watt 12 DC - 110 ac inverter
560 Watt RV Solar system $6500
D8 Truck Batteries
Quantity = 4
Slow-Turning 5 kW Yanmar Diesel Generator
$100 monthly bill
$1,200 anual average
The items for the MotoSat F1 dish (which was donated) are:
1) Dish controller (D2/D3/D4 or J1) $289/$795/$995/$1975
2) Control cable, 30ft $249
3) Control cable entry cap $15
4) 2 coax cables with ends $20 ea
5) Hughes modem $159
6) WiFi router 54GC $59
7) 9 pin green connector $15
8) Misc cables $10
9) Dicor roof sealer and SS screws. $15
10) Hughes satellite Internet access $200 per month
If none of the above stuff is laying around your garage, then donations are greatfully accepted.