The Players

February 12 The next morning, I call Arthur, the field technician. His cell phone says he is busy; please leave a voice mail. I say my message is urgent; he calls me back that afternoon. I ask when he can come to the house. He says that this week is booked and he does not schedule next week until Thursday. Besides, the phone company needs to be there at the same time because it is their pole. I ask who coordinates with the phone company. The customer, he says.

February 25 Arthur walks the property. The phone company is in attendance. I ask, “Can we put this power line underground?” Arthur replies, “Don’t see why not, but it is not the field technician’s call.” I ask, “What will it cost?” Arthur says, “Depends on the distance from ...

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