Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Men from Philadelphia Restore Power to Wilmette

It was men from Philadelphia who put Wilmette back on the power grid following that terrible storm. These were burly men, strong, working for electric contractor M. J. Electric out of Iron Mountain, Michigan. Wielding pliers as long as your arm, they rode fiberglass buckets, swooping like chariot drivers flying through the air.

As I watched them work, I heard one say to the other, "I just can't imagine why they put these electric wires where there are so many trees." I chatted a bit with a couple of the men. One volunteered, "There are so many broken branches up there, I hate to think what will happen next time there is a strong wind."


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