Saturday, February 21, 2015
"The Adventures of a Real-Life Cable Guy" by Dan Armstrong
I enjoy "people" stories, and The Adventures of a Real-Life Cable Guy -- fresh off the press -- is full of them. Dan Armstrong is a regular guy, but his work in thousands of American homes has left him with some extraordinary stories.
Many of Dan's cable customers wouldn't normally let anyone past the front door, but Dan is invited into the most private areas of their homes and told things so personal, you might just shake your head in disbelief. What he sees is often touching, sometimes repulsive, and occasionally a confusing mix of both at the same time. After reading a few stories (you won't be able to stop at just one), you learn that anything could happen next. Lost treasure, mysterious stains on the ceiling, and strange noises in the dark will keep you on the edge of your seat.
One of the nice things about this book is that the stories are short and easy to get into. You don't need a large chunk of time to be pulled into Dan's world. Even so, his wit and vivid descriptions of people and places left me wanting to read just "one more story" even when it was time to move on with my day or turn the lights off for the night.
I came away from this book with more sympathy for the strange people I have met whose stories are unknown to me. As Dan says, "They all have a story." I also have a greater appreciation for my own home and family. The places we live are a reflection of who we are, and a kind word can go a long way to brighten someone's day. I want my home to be a welcoming place to both guests and the workers who may enter for a short while with no need to return.
You can find out more about Dan Armstrong and buy his book HERE. I hope you read it with as much enjoyment as I did!