Adrian Midwood is from British Columbia, Canada. His love of the outdoors began as a child, but it was the ocean that really took hold of him. His father was a Lineman and would take his family with him whenever he could while working on the road in some of the most pristine and rugged parts of western Canada.
It was his days surfing in the small west coast town of Tofino, BC where Adrian was first introduced to the ocean. Since then, he has traveled and sailed most of the globe with a message of conservation. Adrian works for an organization called Plastic Oceans Canada.
In this episode of Powerline Podcast Adrian shares some of his stories owning his own boat and sailing the Pacific. He also shares his powerful message about ocean conservation and in particular the issue of plastic pollution. I guarantee you will come away from this podcast with a changed perspective about plastic’s and you’ll also receive some tools that will help you begin your journey towards a plastic free life.
This conversation has personally changed my life.
What does being a Lineman mean to me? Hard working people. It means people dedicated to their job and the industry that they love. It means a group of people that operate as a family and care about each other, a true brotherhood. You have my back and I have yours. We put our boots on early and we don’t take them off until late. We would literally give the shirt off of our backs to help out another brother or their family.
We work all hours day or night, in all weather conditions, snow, rain, cold, hot, monsoon, or hurricane. It doesn’t matter. Because for Linemen, it’s about doing our part to help people restore some level of normalcy to life following a major event.
This is how the brotherhood has been created over time and how the bond has been built. We spend so much time together. It’s a dangerous job that not everyone can do. So today, I want to recognize and thank you Linemen for today is your day. Today is Lineman appreciation day. You work damn hard for it and I’m so proud to be a part of it.
From me, Ryan Lucas, Red Seal ticket number 10052208 in the trade of Lineman from Local 258, British Columbia Canada. Thank you, Linemen for doing all that you do.
Olin Clawson is a Lineman from Lawrenceburg Indiana aka Whiskey City. With roots as a cowboy and outdoorsman it led him west where he would learn the trade. We talk about all things linework with a touch of hunting, bull riding and growing up with values.
David is a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces and has had a long career in the electrical industry. His dual tickets as a journeyman electrician and journeyman lineman along with his time spent as a high voltage cable splicer, system first responder, and high level management has led him into trades training. David has since completed a degree in adult education and works as a full time trades trainer for Allteck Line Contractors out of British Columbia, Canada.
Linework through the 80’s and 90’s saw its share of hard times. He faced it all from a cancelled apprenticeship to having to leave linework to work at a lumberyard because of a lack of jobs. He eventually found himself working as a lineman in places like Chicago and Detroit.
Join me as I introduce David Fossa to Powerline Podcast. I’ve known David for a long time. He was my first foreman and I’m honored to have him as my first guest on the podcast. The photo below is of him, and I when I was just an apprentice. He will be a reoccurring guest so this episode will be just an introduction.