Here's a good article that came out recently on The Epicenter and its founder, Bryan Nelson:
Company finds its center in aid
Disasters - While having fun and rocking out, The Epicenter of Eugene gets supplies to people in need
Friday, May 25, 2007
If Bryan Nelson's life were a music video, it would show him tossing the Boeing badge, the Dockers and the Seattle commute for blue jean Eugene, surrounded by his coolest friends. It's an American guy's idea of a perfect career move.
It's The Epicenter, his warehouse stocked with chemical light sticks, brackets to convert lawn mowers into generators and anti-radiation pills to survive a hurricane, bird flu or dirty bomb. The employees are rock 'n' roll musicians who fill orders for the Central Intelligence Agency and other customers in between touring with their bands.
After the UPS truck leaves, they often pick up guitars and drum sticks and rock the "Casbah," the area of the warehouse carved out for instruments. They record CDs, ideas and guitar licks lasting far into the night. Which helps explain the Betty Crocker kitchen and couches, but begs the question:
Can you walk away from a pretty good life and find a better one?
"What I've given up is steady income and limited hours per week," says Nelson, 46. "But on the other hand, the boss never gets laid off.
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