Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Lights are out, the Power is off, someone call an Electrician

     We have all been programed to see our public police force and fire fighters as heroes, so be it.  My focus today is to thank the many electricians who risk their life everyday to keep the world moving and without fanfare.  The job does not pay much and no pension or medical insurance is included in the service.  When the call comes, be it day or night, these men and women are there in good weather and in bad, to do the job they went to school for and get the power going. It is not glamorous, the uniform is usually hard hat, tool bag, and work boots. 

I write this because I am married to a fine man who happens to be an excellent master electrician. Today, after 40 years, he is still on the job, slowed down a bit,  passing on his knowledge and expertise.

As I watch the Japanese in their efforts to get that nuclear plant up and running again, or at least stopping more damage from happening, I want to thank them for their sacrifice and sense of duty.  When you turn off your lights tonight, say a prayer for these men and women, no parades, no medals, no union, just doing the job...........

The Japanese electricians who bravely strung wires this week to all six reactor buildings at a stricken nuclear power plant succeeded despite waves of heat and blasts of radioactive steam.
The restoration of electricity at the plant, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, stirred hopes that the crisis was ebbing. But nuclear engineers say some of the most difficult and dangerous tasks are still ahead — and time is not necessarily on the side of the repair teams.
The tasks include manually draining hundreds of gallons of radioactive water and venting radioactive gas from the pumps and piping of the emergency cooling systems, which are located diagonally underneath the overheated reactor vessels. The urgency of halting the spread of radioactive contamination from the site was underlined on Wednesday by the health warning that infants should not drink tap water — even in Tokyo, 140 miles southwest of the stricken plant — which raised alarms about extensive contamination.

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