We count our adapters as we count our blessings. You can hardly say that electricity has got nothing to do with you.
I confessed to you already: I’m a power line nerd.
As much as I enjoy the graceful steel structures, there was one thing that puzzled me: How do you raise such structures in the first place, and how do you maintain them? I never saw anyone working on them. Did you?
This made the power system even more mysterious to me. As if you drink milk every day but never see a cow.
Until that one day. Yes, I did spot some workers up there! If I had looked down, I’m sure I had seen a few cows on the field beneath the electricity acrobats.
Eager to learn more about maintenance, I found some videos that I want to share with you. Pick one or all, depending on what perspective you want.
1. Do you want to look back?
For the historical perspective, start with this one. The first four minutes show how power towers were built in the past, with horses pulling wooden poles in the snow and swift hand manouvers by the workers. Somewhere, once upon a time, in a Swedish forest.
2. Do you want to look down?
See this video for a view from the top. A bit shaky, just as I guess it is up there. Hold on, you’re on the job!
3. Do you want a look behind the scenes?
This is a documentary about dangerous professions. This is the first part of three of Half Million Volt Workers. Meet a team of linemen who risk their lives and love their job, because (as one of them say) “look what I get to ride to work, it’s like being on a Harley with wings“.
4. Or do you go for the slightly more poetic and philosophical look?
… about the magic carpet… because… there is such a hunger for electricity these days…
If you have anything to share about this post or about electricity or power lines in general (observations, facts, videos, poetry, art work, anything) the comment field is all yours!