Drones–A different version of Peeping Toms?

Most of us have likely heard about these newest flying objects, drones. When we hear this word, we think of high-tech surveillance as used by the military. It’s most likely where we first heard of them. Television programs use them as part of their plots, often. We are familiar with them, but only in these ways, right?

Wrong. Drones have now integrated into society as computers and lasers have before. Some of you may be too young, but computers were massive at one time and were only used in businesses. Smaller versions were eventually made, but were still used for business purposes only. Now, almost everyone, at least in the United States, have personal computers in their home, and more than one. Lasers, though not as prolific, are available to the consumer as well.

This is what’s starting to happen with drones. On a smaller scale than a military drone, personal ones are now available to purchase. These drones are controlled by a remote and work in a similar manner. Drones used in the military are used to spy on others from a distance. Personal drones are being used for the same purpose, but on a smaller scale.

Let’s face it … No one needs to be spying on their neighbors or anyone else, but it’s happening. Some will say their drone is a toy and they are flying it around by remote just like they fly an airplane or helicopter by remote control. It’s a toy, and that’s how they’re using it, but is this true? No, it’s not for two reasons. The first being the the drone comes with a camera and the second, people who own them have been caught flying it over a person’s house and into their backyard.

It used to be when we had a private backyard we felt secure in it and its’ offer of privacy. Some of us intentionally make our yards private for a reason; we don’t want our neighbors or passerby’s spying on us or even accidentally having a view. When a drone is flying overhead, it basically deletes the privacy aspect. You can say you literally have a pepping Tom in that drone. Of course we know it’s not the drones fault, but the person behind the drone; the operator of the remote. It’s no difference than that same person walking up to your window, or fence in this case, and peeking through it. Is this acceptable to you if you haven’t invited that person?

What if you decide you want to sunbathe in your backyard sans clothes–or maybe it’s your teenage daughter that is nude sunbathing? How would that make you feel? Would you think having this flying peeping Tom is acceptable, or would you be annoyed and want to destroy it?

I believe if we personally experienced this invasion, we’d probably all feel the same way, especially if we were caught doing something personal that we don’t want the neighbors to view. Our home is the only place left that affords us our privacy. Now with these drones that are available for purchase, we are starting to lose the last place in our very public lives (with microphones and recording devices, cell phones) to have aninimity. And think about it … If someone gets good enough at flying these objects, could the next step be having these flying peeping Tom’s behaving like the actual peeping Tom and hover around the windows of your home where maybe they see what’s happening on the inside? For all I know, this has happened to someone somewhere already! Where do we draw the line?

RIGHT VS WRONG…Which is Right

You hear people all the time … That’s right, or that’s wrong. Well, which is it and who’s correct?

There are the standards — it’s wrong to steal anything from another; it’s wrong to hurt others intentionally in any way; it’s wrong to kill; it’s wrong to lie; it’s wrong to cheat on a mate. Yes, there are many more, but you get the idea. We all have an opinion as to what is right or what is wrong.

You’d think those I mentioned above are simple. Yes, it’s wrong to do all those things. There are people who would disagree with you, though. It’s okay to lie isn’t it to protect someone’s feelings? It’s okay to take “that” because they ripped us off in the first place; I only took back what is rightfully mine; or my family is starving. I only took that little loaf of bread to feed my children. Cheating? Well, my spouse cheated, so now I can. It’s only fair.

We can justify anything if we really want to, which means there will always be a difference of opinion. So what boils down to right or wrong really is how you look at the situation, right? Again, wrong. Because wrong is wrong, isn’t it? But in whose opinion? Does the majority rule? I suppose when it comes to the law, they are always right. If you get a ticket, it’s your fault, isn’t it? Actually, not always. So, can this question ever be answered?

It’s the same with books, movies, songs, TV Shows, even clothing. Someone will tell you they hate that movie they just saw and you say you loved it. They will actually tell you you’re wrong and they’ll proceed to inform you as to why you’re wrong. It’s the same with a book they’ve just read. They’ll say, “Oh, wasn’t that the worst book you’ve ever read?” And you’ll say, “Why, no, I loved it.” So who’s right and who’s wrong?

People will actually fight over this and try to convince you to see their side. It always amazes me when people have an opinion about something it automatically turns into a who’s right or wrong argument. I think if we all just took a moment to calm down and think, we’d realize most things in this world are not 100 percent one way or another. If we could just decide to stop insulting another because they don’t see it our way, we’d all be a lot happier. A difference of opinion is just that, and unless it’s completely in color like picking up a weapon and hurting another, not for protection, but just because you felt like it, I don’t know too many individuals who’d be totally on your side.

Drivers who own the Road, or so they think

Everyone reading this must have come across these kinds of drivers … You know, the ones that drive along as if they are the only person in the world who exists. They own the road and there isn’t another sole on it but them. They drive along with both hands firmly on the wheel looking straight ahead through their windshield with not a turn of their noggin to the right or left. They don’t even look in their rearview mirror to glance behind them. Why should they? They are the only drivers on the road, aren’t they?!

You know the ones I mean. You’ll see them occasionally when you are trying to enter a highway and they won’t move into the middle lane so you can merge easily, or slow down so you can squeeze in or even speed up so you can get in behind them. They’re the same ones who hog the far left lane when you are trying to get around them because they are driving at 55 miles per hour when the speed limit is 65. And you can bet they are the same ones who come almost to a complete stop when trying to merge onto a major highway.

But, do you know the worst time to cross paths with these drivers? When you enter a highway from another highway and traffic is moving at a good solid speed and there is a massive semi-truck entering from an on-ramp to the second highway which only consists of two lanes. This semi cuts right over directly in front of you and there is nowhere for you to go except over to the left lane. You look behind you to the left and see the lone driver nonchalantly driving without a care in the world. They are there on earth directly behind you one lane over and yet they apparently don’t see the semi-truck about to slam into the side of your car. You have two options … Let the truck crush you or slip into the left lane next to you. Unfortunately, Mr. or Ms. Only Driver on the road won’t help you. They won’t move out of your way. They won’t speed up to allow you to get behind them, and they won’t slow down to allow you to move in front of them.

So what do you do? You step on the gas as hard as you can, veer sharply and quickly away from the truck and slip over in front of The Lone Driver so you can live for another day. However, this lone driver is annoyed that you actually avoided the massive truck because you interferred with their driving by startling them awake making them aware that they are in fact not alone on the road; there is actually another person in a vehicle who is in their way! How rude of you!

So they honk and honk at you and take their rigid hand off the wheel to wave this hand at you and mouth their displeasure with you. What do you do? Lift both your hands up in the air with the attitude of ‘oh well’ and point to the truck that was about to collide with you and crush you like a bug.

Did they really not see this horrific accident that was about to occur? You shake your head wondering if they are truly that obtuse, or maybe they just really are selfish and feel like the road is their own private property and you are intruding.

Anyone that behaves like you just committed a terrible crime because you tried to save your life by encompassing on their space, in my opinion, needs to stay clear of driving because they are a disaster waiting to happen and are most likely the cause of the majority of the accidents on the road.


Is your Cell Phone your Best Friend?

Do you know where I’m heading with this? Some of you might, but before you poo poo this, read on.

The idea for this topic came to me when I opened an email from my mother-in-law. She sent me a picture entitled “Visiting with Grandma” or something like that, and in the picture we see a little old lady that could be the spitting image of many a grandma. To her right and to her left, seated on a sectional couch is what we presume to be her entire family. They range in age from fifty something all the way down to a young teenager–males and females alike. Why is this funny? Because there is little old grandma sitting in the middle of this large group looking straight ahead without a smile. Now, why would a grandma not be happy and smiling when she is surrounded by her entire family? Because each one of her family members is too busy looking down at their cell phones and not paying attention to her or to each other. They are in their own little worlds with this little, (or big depending on who you ask) invention called the cell phone.

Since the inception of cell phones, the purpose and use of them has changed dramatically. We were all thrilled when we were fortunate enough to have one of these. Back in the late eighties when they became more available to Mary or Joseph Public it was a treat to be able to call a family member or best friend and ask them where they thought we were while we were talking to them. How exciting to say we were in a car driving to wherever and we were able to speak with them on this thing called a “Cell Phone,” or maybe it was mobile phone, but same thing.

Ah, cell phones have come a long way. What started out to be a wonderful, valuable tool for safety, (because if we ever got stuck on a dark, deserted road alone at night, we had this gadget to call for help), has turned out to be way more than that, and not necessarily for the better. Yes, we can still use it for emergencies and call for help which still makes it a valuable tool, but what about the other uses?

Oh, the availability of the internet. Most cell phone users will tell you this is important. We conduct business on it, but business doesn’t end at 5:00 anymore. When is family time? We get GPS on it, so we can find directions to anywhere. We used to do this with maps, so this phone is more convenient. God help all those people of the generation of only knowing GPS, because if we lost electricity, they wouldn’t be able to open a map, let alone read one. Which means maybe most don’t even need to learn which way is North, South, East, or West.

Now, I’m not trying to negate the benefits of cell phones. I have one, too. I love it, but fortunately for me, I obviously don’t love it as much as everyone else. When I saw this “funny” picture of the Grandma, I laughed, but I also commented to myself that I was glad this wasn’t me. I’m proud to say this isn’t me. I’d rather talk to someone face to face if I have a choice, and I certainly don’t want to be on a phone playing games, looking up sports scores, and texting my friends when I have the gift of being able to be in the presence of my grandmother. Sadly, my grandmother and grandfather (Not to leave grandfather’s out) have been dead for a long time, and I’ll never have the gift of them again on this earth. I think a lot of people, especially young ones, forget what’s right in front of them because they think life is forever. It’s hard for them to understand that we are all temporary on this earth, which means are older loved ones are even more temporary. Before they disappear from your view, change your view. Lift your head up from the rectangular picture you hold in your hand and look at what’s right in front of you. Not only will the memories you make be richer, but you’ll make those people happier and prove to them they matter to you.

Most of all don’t forget, YOU matter to them. So, for God’s sake and yours, keep this gadget we call a cell phone, this marvelous, exciting, and fun invention, out of your hands while you are driving a car. The old saying “those things happen to other people, not to me” is just that–an old saying that people have been repeating for decades, and it’s not true. YOU are “other people.” Believe it!