It’s 6 a.m. Saturday morning and the sun is out. It’s a beautiful day and I’m excited that it will warm up to the low 50s, much warmer than it has been.
Last night we were told Orange and Rockland were releasing us and that we are moving south to work for Con Edison. A slow parade of SDG&E vehicles leave the Ramada parking lot. Our truck has one of those navigation systems that not only displays directions, but says them, too. We have been listening to same lady telling us what to do for seven days now: "Turn left on Route 87 for the next 11.2 miles… In 0.3 miles turn right on Chestnut Street..." It’s a good thing she doesn’t tell us how to do it! (smile)
It’s about an hour and a half drive to Yonkers Raceway which will serve as our operations base. The first thing we see is a couple hundred line trucks that checker the parking lot. It’s cool looking at other line trucks. We talk. We talk with lineman who used to work for SDG&E. Lineman talking line work.
We meet with our new liaison, their safety coordinator and a New York State OSHA representative. Each has a brief discussion, the common thread, safety. We roll out of their yard with three small jobs. The jobs go well. Our liaison has worked for Con Edison for 40 years. He is soft spoken and has a very wide knowledge base.
We replace, repair and change out service wire. We disconnect generators, remove tree limbs and answer questions.
Customers are ever so grateful. We are told late in the afternoon we retained our original hotel. The ride back seems shorter. Five different languages are found on the radio. Yep, we must be close to New York City...
Thanks for reading,