My secret Twitter obsession: lineman photos
- October 21, 2016
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A few months ago, I noticed Westar Energy in Kansas had a new appealing hashtag. They ran a series of pics this year labeled #whatalinemansees. I say we promote this hashtag across the utilities industry, but my reasons are entirely selfish. I want more lineman pictures.
The photos that linemen tend to take atop poles, transmission pylons and in the midst of heavy-duty work are this editor's secret Twitter obsession---though I guess it's not so very secret anymore. After all, I just shared it with y'all.
But it's true. While the social media feeds for utilities are filled with promotions and customer care info and artwork nicely put together by the graphics guy, what I really enjoy is seeing those candid field shots.
This is probably why Westar's #whatalinemansees caught my eye. In Sept., they posted a beautiful black and white piece from Jake Adkins showing the work they do to keep the lights on. Adkins also shared a gorgeous sunset photo back in May while doing some pole replacement work.
Mark One Electric our of Kansas City has picked up on Westar's hashtag, using it to label another lovely sunset photo by their lineman Eddie Woods in August.
Back in May, Westar lineman Dustin Hobbs shared his "office view" with the hashtag. (Hint: pylon, sky.) And also back in May is my personal favorite of the the #whatalinemansees Westar collection, a colorful field shot from lineman apprentice Derek Baxa.
Beyond Westar's handy #whatalinemansees label, I've also been know to just randomly search on the word "lineman" on Twitter to bring up good pics---although you also get a whole, whole lot of football pics this way as well.
Of course, another handy Twitter word combo for good shots is "lineman rodeo." There are lots and lots around during the summer, and the international one was just last week in KC. Great shots to be found there.
Traffic Management share one from a California rodeo back in June here. SRP spokesperson Patty Garcia-Likens hung out with the guys training for the international rodeo and marveled at the trick of "climbing 34 feet up and back down in 30 seconds or less." She took a few photos of the experience and shared those here.
Kevin Abeyta has a fabulous artsy shot of the Seguin, Texas summer lineman rodeo back in July, which I think may be the hottest lineman rodeo I've ever personally attended (though I admit I haven't been in years, perhaps it's cooled off).
My favorite recent shared shot is by CPS Energy's Rudy Garza (who manages distribution operations) of the international lineman rodeo team last week---all of them lined up on both sides of a single pole with two flags---one for the utility and one for Texas, of course.
Now, for my favorite recent lineman video, we circle right back to Westar where we started, with this short video of a guy speed-climbing pole with an egg in his mouth. (Well, the egg is in a pouch, but the key is: Don't break it.)
So join me in my Twitter search for the best lineman photos. If you have some of your own favorites, share some links below. I'd love to see them. And, Westar, keep those #whatalinemansees coming.