Please be informed that this post is targeted for tech types. Therefore, non technical readers may prefer to skip this post and resume with tomorrow’s post.
While strolling down to the corner, I continued to contemplate about Angie the snitch, and how she was able to trigger the nerves of authorities enough to foil any potential moves I may have had to conspire with another band of Cuban exiles. It was obvious they didn’t want to be confronted again with another embarrassing botched attempt to oust Castro, Che” Guevara and their other thugs.
The men working on the corner were supposedly a telephone crew. They were rigged up with the typical safety helmets and orange vests, while standing around an open manhole cover. One guy even had a bug in his ear, with a conspicuous coiled wire running from his ear down to his vest pocket. I had to wonder with all the guys standing around, who was doing the actual work in the hole?
Like my dad use to say, “The sign should say ‘Man Working,’ not ‘Men Working,’ because there is always a crew of supervisors just standing around watching some poor sole struggling down in the pit. So, unless you don’t mind working down in the hole when you grow up, keep ignoring your school homework.”
Since I was immediately suspicious of them being Sams (Uncle Sams / Feds), I went to the intersection and began befriending them.
“Hi fellows. Y’all lookin’ for Jimmy Hoffa down there?” I joked. This brought on a few smirks.
Next I asked “Do you guys still use the blue, orange, green, brown, gray color code in the first group?”
One of the guys then glanced at the insulation colors on the wires from a striped cable that he held in his hand. Then after twiddling through the wires for a few seconds, he replied, “Yea.”
As soon as he said this, he had unknowingly blown their cover. I knew then that they were not skilled telephone techs; because they should have known that the last color code is called “slate,” not “gray.” The reasoning being that the name “gray” would have to be abbreviated “GR”—the same as “green.” In order to prevent confusion, the name “slate” is given instead—abbreviated “SL.”
This phone company naming convention makes the wiring of electrical telephone circuitry a lot simpler and less confusing. Furthermore, “gray” is in the second group, not the first. It’s the overlooking of this sort of minor details that can get a spy snuffed in the field when engaging in clandestine espionage operations. I knew all this because of my former employment as a central office telephone equipment installer with Western Electric.
Below is listed the official telephone color code. Note the color slate (gray) resides at the bottom of the second group.