Stringing cable in Seattle

[By Tina Koyama in Seattle] Comcast, the telecommunications company, has been busy in our Seattle Maple Leaf neighborhood. I got excited yesterday when I saw a truck pull up towing this large spool of cable. No sooner did I start to draw it (you can see a few ghost lines at right in the sketch above) when workers unhitched the spool, and the truck drove away. It’s OK, though . . . an urban sketcher is always prepared to stop.

When I went back today, I caught the team in action. It took two men and a lot of grunting to push that heavy spool. Eavesdropping on the workers informed me that the cable is for fiber optics.

7/6/18 Maple Leaf neighborhood
7/6/18 Outside our bedroom window

A couple of hours later, I heard some commotion outside, and the Comcast team was at the pole right outside our bedroom window! I started to draw the guy in the cherry picker (you can see his ghost at the top of the page), but he was too fast for me. I ran out onto our second-story deck as the truck moved down the street. I was barely able to capture this much before it was out of sight. 


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