SETTING OFF to sea in a rowboat is one way to experience “the great escape” from ordinary stresses. Many of us also delve into the fantasy realms Halloween brings each year. This is when contemplating death is the great escape and we are glad the scary images are illusions rather than something to fear.
But I have to say when a fence frames a boat parked in the front yard or a ghoul is at the gate, there is no better place to flee than the link to GOOD FENCES.
Not generally a fan of graffiti, I was nonetheless drawn to a sign I spotted at Crescent Beach painted on a bright green trash bin. It reminded me of a poem I once wrote. "Come out and play," the words say, because whenever anyone feels down in the dumps getting out in nature grows an appreciation for life.
Since the bin stood alongside a fence, I was also reminded of the fictional character Tom Sawyer who convinced a boy that painting a fence was not hard work but rather a delightful adventure. As someone who lives where showers fall throughout winter to early spring, I've convinced myself that walks in the rain can be just as wonder-filled as they are in the sunshine.
I'm not sure in what context Mark Twain, author of the Tom Sawyer story, said "Reality can be beaten with enough imagination" but I've discovered that imagining makes my walks more enjoyable whatever the weather.
AT FIRST GLANCE, I thought it was a model plane but soon realized I was seeing my first drone in action at Crescent Beach. The owner said it was new and he was trying to have it take a picture of the pier that was a short distance away. He electronically set it back down to the ground and I took its picture. My feelings when seeing the drone up close and personal definitely was not love at first sight. The drone owner wondered at my concern when I mentioned they probably should be regulated or not used at all by civilians.
Invasion of privacy already so prevalent in our world came to mind; there are several instances of drones with cameras flying alongside high-rise windows in Vancouver. A weapon of war in foreign lands, modified drones can also carry dangerous materials to your neighborhood and mine. Amazon is keen on drones as future couriers ... seemingly unmindful that a drone can just as easily deliver an explosive to your doorstep as the Krispy Kreme’s you ordered online.
Even one harmless drone seems out of character in a sky where kites fly and seagulls play. But the potential for injury from thousands of buzzing drones everywhere accidentally crossing paths with humans, wildlife and one another is mindboggling. The usefulness of drones on rescue missions or for mapping difficult terrain makes sense but putting them in the hands of the general population seems as risky as arming a six-year-old child. There is nothing cuddly or reassuring about drones that I can see yet. Although if you are an avid photographer, think of all the amazing pictures you could get.
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