Do We Take Powders for Granted?


Whenever I have too much self esteem, I like to go home and visit my parents. And so I took a few vacation days to travel to my hometown of Salida, Colorado, where my father asked me if I would like to speak to the local Rotary Club. When I told him that I would welcome the opportunity, he asked me what topic I would discuss. I told him that I would talk about my life as a chemical engineer who specializes in powder handling. His reply was: “Is there something more interesting that you can talk about?”

I told my father that my work was indeed interesting. He told me that my audience would be primarily realtors and retailers and asked me why they would care about powder. I told him that powder handling was important. I then grabbed a box of laundry detergent, scooped out a cupful, and pointed out that the powder had at least three components – one blue, one grey, and one white. I explained that if not handled properly, some powders will segregate by particle size during processing and as a consequence, a package of powder may not have the desired composition. If my shirt remained stained after washing because my detergent did not have sufficient blue particles, I’d be really pissed. (Yes, I have anger management problems, but fortunately, my spouse has a graduate degree in psychology and I get therapy almost every day.) I then admitted that taking a tablet or capsule of medicine that contained an erroneous amount of active ingredient might be a better example.

My father allowed me to speak at the Rotary Club, and the realtors and retailers of Salida, Colorado no longer take powders for granted.

One Response to Do We Take Powders for Granted?

  1. nadia krys says:

    Hi Greg,
    What a funny post! Definitely drives the point home though. Looking forwart to the next one.