Magazine article Anglican Journal

Two Men in Orange Overalls

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Two Men in Orange Overalls

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IT WAS A LOVELY morning in August when my friend Percy and I decided to limb a few branches from a couple of trees in my yard. These branches were hanging very low into a neighbours yard. I was up the ladder, saw in hand, and Percy was down below, sporting a hard hat and managing a piece of rope to help bring down the branches as they gave way to my cut.

We had no sooner--with some considerable risk and effort--completed the first round when I heard the voices of two young men. I turned around and there they were! Clad in orange overalls, they were linemen, running communication cable high above the fence line along all the neighbouring properties. Rather cheerfully, one of them said, "Hey, would you like us to cut off some of those branches for you?" "Oh, my God," I said, "that would be awesome!" And so they did.

It was amazing to watch the skill and agility with which Josh (who, we learned, was from Stewiacke, N.S.) shimmied up and down the trees using his spiked boots and safety belt. In his perch among the branches, he was guided from the ground by Alek (who, we learned, was from Sudbury, Ont.).

Within three-quarters of an hour, all nine branches were cut. Percy and I dragged them to the middle of the yard, and I spent the rest of the day sawing them up and a good part of the next day hauling everything to the local landfill site. …

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