P-O'd linewife...you have my sympathy, and also my admiration, for I know linemen, and behind ever good lineman is a generally uber-great supportive woman. You have my admiration, and may your lineworker and all others be safe as they do exhausting and dangerous work...
I, too, have been telling it like it is here and there in this Topix location about what utiity workers from across the USA who headed toward the Big Apple are sacrificing to be present to assist.
Ma'am, you sound like you could use a laugh. So perhaps here's one (just for you.) The other day when I first read about the ill-treatment of linemen, I went to a forum I helped a guy out in Rhode Island start up a few years back, and among friends shared my outrage-among-friends. Here was my heat of the moment "antidote" to crass, rude, and uncivil behavior (quote):
"They are ill-treating the utility workers busting ass trying to get power restored. I thought to myself, "Oh send ME some of those Olympic Quality Bitchers!" And I'll load up the RTV (or IF they are bad enough - make 'em hump a bundle of steel dowel size electric fence posts and a bag of plastic insulators, and a roll of barbed wire.) Then tell them to construct an electric fence to be wired into a WeedEater Fencer, plugged into an outlet to give it a charge driven off (mere) 110. And tell them it MUST work...or they are going right back out to walk the fence line, scrutinise things (on par with "assessments" linemen are no doubt doing) and work that fence line until it WORKS.(In my more vicious moments I thought about the fun of taking along a stock whip - would hafta go buy one, actually - or wield a battery operated cattle prod (also have to go buy it, too, as we're kindly to all of our critters) to hasten balky citizens along and convince the complaining malingerers to get with the program..
Then after they got a newly strug electric fence up and running, if they located any insulators too high (or too low) make them adjust the insulators on the steel post WITH the Weed Eater ramped up and going dispensing an electrical charge. Then, IF they get clumsy or careless in the process, a jolting shock makes their legs quiver and go weak and their ticker skips a few beats, point out to those who'd been nasty and cat-calling and lobbing eggs at the the linemen in their stricken area that the professional restoration crewers are with wires as big as a man's wrist and power charge one misstep could turn said worker into a Krispy Critter to send home to his family halfway across the USA in a body bag/coffin, a nationwide force of workers from uneffected areas heading to the East Coast to help pull their chestnuts from the fire, working 18 hour days for however long it takes. A little gratitude might be nice....
Hopefully, Ma'am your lineman can come home real soon, and there'll be changed attitudes and linemens greeted, treated, and respected like THE HEROES THAT THEY ARE.
More power to the linemen/families as they restore power to the people!