I don't know if this is suitable for RHU, but it's definitely "dealing with the public" stuff.
I used to work with a guy (retired now) named Steve who was very involved in city government in the city where he lives. Among his many civic activities, he teaches a class for electrical contractors at a local community college. One of the highlights of the class, every semester, is a tour of the city's electrical utility. Despite not being in the class, he invited me along every time, and once, I went.
The tour starts with a standard orientation, sort of a "don't touch stuff" speech. Followed by a careful inspection of each person looking for tape measures. Why tape meaures, you ask? Well, there's a story.
It seems that one year, there was a guy with a tape measure (which always have metal blades). During the tour of the old control room (still used as a backup if the new one goes offline), filled with banks of assorted levers and dials in metal panels. And this guy with a tape measure sees a gap in one of the panels. And wonders how deep it is. So he sticks his tape measure (with the metal blade) into the gap in a panel controlling 22,000 volts with enough amps to leave nothing behind but charcoal. Fortunately, he didn't kill himself, but after that, nobody got to go on the tour without being searched for a tape measure. (The speech was the real point, not the search, but it really drove home the "don't touch stuff" speech.)
The tour itself was fascinating. We got to see the new, highly computerized control room, with the multiple giant computer screens that looked like something out of a science fiction movie, and we got to see the old control room that still has a map of the entire local water system done in pinstriping tape, that is kept current because sometimes it's more useful than the computerized maps.
And we got to tour the main substation for the city. This is where the 300,000 volt DC line comes in from Nevada, gets converted to AC, and distributed at 22,000 volts to the various neighborhoods. Giant transformers, wires everywhere, it really fed that reptile back brain love of Big Machines.
The star of the show is the giant (nearly the size of a small house) circuit breaker for the 300 KV line. This circuit breaker needs to be tested twice a year, and Steve had the influence to get those tests scheduled during the tours. It was a real treat, because these tests are a Big Deal. It requires coordinating with the ISO (the organization that runs the power gird) because when it trips, it will show up on monitors across half the country. The actual test was done by the real tour guide, was one of their senior field engineers, a guy named Bud.
Bud had been working there for decades, and was very, very good at his job. And loved every second of it, but especially loved the tours. Because, you see, when you trip a 300,000 volt circuit breaker, it makes a very LOUD bang, literally like a cannon going off. And, of course, neither Steve nor Bud would mention this ahead of time. So we're standing there in the dusk (it's important that it be a little dark at this point), a little chilly, the usual chit-chat of the tour, and Bud pulls up his radio and tells the operator to trip the breaker, with the biggest shit-eating grin you've ever seen on his face.
BANG. Everybody jumps three feet straight up. Quite a show.
And that's only the beginning. The second part of the test is to open the mechanical interrupt - basically a giant copper bar on a swivel - to physically break the circuit, because there'so much power on the circuit the breaker can't actually kill it completely. So Bud opens it up, and tongues of blue flame extend between the two halves of the bar for a distance of at least ten feet. It looked like a Frankenstein movie, only more so.
And remember, the circuit breaker is *off* at this point. That's how much power goes through these power lines. It's quite impressive, in the near dark.
And then it's time to turn the breaker back on. Everybody is expecting the BANG at this point, but Bud still has that shit-eating grin, because when it goes back on, it's not only louder, it's a *lot* louder, like a bomb going off. We all jumped even higher.
Best tour of a public facility I've ever been on.