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Linemen Are Always Wired Up

October 13, 2018
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I heard a noise this summer and looked around the corner to find a truck parked in my back yard.

A lot of the utility workers from around here are down in the southeast right now, trying to repair all the infrastructure damage done by Hurricane Michael. They’re putting in some long, long hours, a long way from home.

On more normal days these are the guys who keep my computer and TV running, not to mention, oh, lights and heat. Speaking as a person who once, as a lad, tried to dig a piece of bread out of the toaster with a fork, I wouldn’t take their job for love or money. (The toaster won.)

Mark R Hunter

Mark R Hunter is the author of three romantic comedies: Radio Red, Storm Chaser, and its sequel, The Notorious Ian Grant, as well as a related story collection, Storm Chaser Shorts. He also wrote a young adult adventure, The No-Campfire Girls, and a humor collection, Slightly Off the Mark. In addition, he collaborated with his wife, Emily, on the history books Images of America: Albion and Noble County, Smoky Days and Sleepless Nights: A Century or So With The Albion Fire Department, and Hoosier Hysterical. Mark’s work also appeared in the anthologies My Funny Valentine and Strange Portals: Ink Slingers’ Fantasy/Horror Anthology. For two decades Mark R Hunter has been an emergency dispatcher for the Noble County Sheriff Department. He’s served over 32 years as a volunteer for the Albion Fire Department, holding such positions as safety officer, training officer, secretary, and public information officer. He also has done public relations writing for the Noble County Relay For Life, among other organizations, and served two terms on the Albion Town Council. When asked if he has any free time, he laughs hysterically. Mark lives in Albion, Indiana, with his wife and editor Emily, a cowardly ball python named Lucius, and a loving, scary dog named Beowulf. He has two daughters and twin grandsons, and so naturally is considering writing a children’s book.

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6 Responses to Linemen Are Always Wired Up

  1. October 15, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Yeah, these guys are amazing. Imagine getting up there in the winter.

    • October 16, 2018 at 3:33 am

      I’ve watched them in winter, and I wouldn’t do it!

  2. October 14, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    They have saved our hides on more than one occasion. Amazing heroes in my book!

  3. Bill Y "The Legendary Legend" Ledden
    October 14, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Mad respect to them. I couldn’t do that job for all the bread in the world.

    • October 15, 2018 at 6:05 am

      They get paid well … but I’m not convinced it’s enough.



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