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Bats and UFO's and Drones, Oh No!

Updated on November 22, 2014
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Bats

As a child, I spent a lot of time outside, even at night. We lived in the county on a modest budget at best. We weren’t the kids who could walk to the nearest shopping center for entertainment and money was often too tight for a family night at the movies. So, we played in the neighborhood while our parents stood watch from their lawn chairs in the front yard. There were enough kids in our neighborhood whose families were in the same situation for us not to think we were weird. This was life and we thought we had it made. Ours was the epitome of a “neighborhood”. All the parents looked out for all the children and that afforded us kids a lot of freedom. We could do almost anything as long as it didn’t involve anything too stupid or dangerous. We climbed trees, rode bicycles, camped out, played baseball, and flew kites. Well, we probably did a lot more than that but I probably shouldn’t rat out the other kids in this article.

Looking back, about the only thing that drove us inside was too much snow, a violent storm with lightening, and…bats. See, the county installed one of those dusk-to-dawn light poles on a vacant lot beside our house and that big old light was a bat magnet. On a hot summer night bats would swarm in from miles around and fly around that light like B52 bombers. No bug was safe and neither were the neighborhood kids.

My point in telling you this is to demonstrate that there was a time, even in my lifetime, when things were simple. Yes, they were.

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UFO's

I was probably in my early teens when I first remember hearing about UFO’s. I was fascinated by the idea that there was life out there in space that we knew almost nothing about. If I had a nickel for every hour I spent looking for those UFO’s I could buy myself something nice.

I was a dreamy kid; the kind of kid that made you wonder if I ever really listened to you. My mind was always somewhere else. As much as I enjoyed my friends, I also liked being alone. My favorite place was secret. I had created myself a little hideaway in a cluster of pine trees near our house. They were thick and full and their branches hung low enough to the ground to make the inside of the cluster invisible unless you knew where to look. I made a bed of fallen pine needles and with each season, the bed became thicker and more comfortable. I could spend hours there in total comfort staring up at the sky looking for those elusive UFO’s. I’m sure I saw a few but since I was alone, I never could prove it with a witness. So, I kept my secret to myself.

When I was older, my aunt (who also believed in UFO’s) introduced me to Art Bell. I couldn’t wait to listen to his radio show in the wee hours of the night. Art Bell believed in UFO’s too and the guests on his show would tell of sightings. Some of them even claimed to have been abducted by aliens and returned to earth. I wanted to be abducted soooo bad. Around the age of 15 my parents probably thought I had been abducted because they kept telling me that my attitude was not the attitude of the daughter they raised. I was a rowdy, rebellious teen and my parents just did not understand why. We lived through that phase, thankfully.

A Worried Song

Now is probably a good time to explain that I was also a kid that worried about things. I worried about bugs getting killed, stray animals that found their way to our door, kids in third world countries, and air traffic. I really worried that those UFO’s were going to run into an airplane and that people were going to get hurt. It seemed a natural thing to worry about because we knew where those airplanes were but nobody on earth knew where those UFO’s were or when they might fly overhead. So, I took the job and I worried until I was old enough to figure out it wasn’t my job. I figured out that if thousands of airplanes could fly at the same time and not run into each other, then radar must be working well enough to warn them about a UFO.

Drones

Well, I’m all grown up now and I still worry a little. I certainly don’t worry about UFO’s anymore and I’m usually in bed before the bats come out. But, I am really concerned about this new business of drones.

When I heard that our military was using them in the Middle East I was okay. Then, someone told me that the government was using them to spy on us. That bothered me on principle alone. I don’t think it’s the governments business that I drink flavored water or scare away dark spirits by smudging my house with sage. They sure shouldn’t be listening to my telephone calls to my 85 year old mother. Personal freedom still means something to me because I don’t deliberately do anything to hurt others.

So you might be wondering why I am worried about drones. Well, it’s because it’s not just the military and the government that has drones. Private corporations now have drones and I’ve seen them in action. During a recent derailment of a train in my town, a private corporation flew their drone in to take pictures of the chemicals spilling into our river. It was amazing to see the video footage and realize the power of the camera on that little flying machine and I realized that once our skies become filled with drones, nothing will be a secret anymore. I’m starting to worry.

The Future

Before I end up sounding like a paranoid lunatic, I’ll bring this to a close. I was inspired to tell this story because I read a hub this morning by Availiasvision titled “Ridiculously Awesome Items You Can Buy on Amazon”where I learned that I too can buy a drone on Amazon.com. Anyone can buy a drone on Amazon.com. That is some scary stuff. Can you imagine a sky full of privately owned drones and nobody knowing where any of them are or where they are going? Isn’t that going to be a nightmare for air traffic controllers?


Just when I thought I was getting over my need to worry, the drones have arrived in the private sector. I guess I should look on the bright side and be grateful for the jobs that will be created as a result of the increased sky traffic. If we’re going to have all those drones flying willy nilly wherever they want, whenever they want, surely we will have to hire thousands of Emergency Responders to handle the traffic accidents and drone tow trucks to retrieve them from the clouds when they stall. I’ll just bet that Triple A (or AAA) is already looking at it so maybe I don’t need to worry so much.

Bats were so simple!

See the train derailment video by East Coast Drone

© 2014 Linda Crist

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    Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    My older son has been flying "drones" for over 24 years now and now his has a camera. So your conclusions are well founded. I loved the beginning and it brought back plenty of fun memories.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Good morning Eric! I had a bit of fun writing this one. It was time for something light-hearted but I will admit that the story of the bats and my hideaway in the trees brought back some real sentimental memories. I am both fascinated and fearful of drone technology. If only we lived in a world where these magnificent flying machines would only be used for good but I doubt that is the case. My personal freedom means so much to me and yet I remind myself that the only freedom we really have is in our spirit. You have opened my eyes today. I did not realize that drones were around 24 years ago. I bet your son has some stories to tell. Is he military?

    Thanks for the visit. Hope your day will be a delight.

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    Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

    So clever, Kindred, to intermingle personal stories from the past with concerns about the present and future. Paranoid? I think not. I think we have reached the point where if a citizen isn't a little concerned about spying then they are an idiot. Our rights are diminishing, and we are being spied on...and it will continue until we say NO MORE!

    Great read, but that's no surprise.

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    Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Drones are just sophisticated remote controlled airplanes/jets. Military drones have been in use since the early 1960s. (probably earlier) Since we were those youngsters playing in our neighborhood they have been used to spy on people places and things.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Good Morning Kindred! Hope the day is going your way. I appreciate the compliment. Seems I am a bit more skeptical than you today. I think we have waited too late to say "NO MORE" and I find myself wondering if we really are free at all. I guess we are, at least until we do or say something that "they" don't like. lol So far I have protected my mind from being under their control so it's all good. Hugs and good thoughts coming your way on this cold and rainy day in the East.

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    Yoleen Lucas 2 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

    Regarding bats - the only experience I had with one was at summer camp. During lunch, a bat entered our dining hall. There was mass panic! I'll bet the bat was more frightened than we were, though. The staff managed to let the poor animal escape.

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    Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

    Linda, what's really freaky, is the drones make no sound, nor do they record sound. At least the one in the video doesn't. Talk about sneaking up on someone!

    I'll take the bats any day, my friend.

    Maybe a UFO will come down and gobble up all the drones and the people who guide them!

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Say Yes To Life, how funny. I bet the bat was frightened too. ['ve had a similar experience but a bit more personal. That's a story for another hub though. lol

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Shana, they CAN record sound. They can fly over your house and record the conversation going on in your living room. The one in the video was silent but some of them do make noise. Check out some of the videos on youtube.

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    Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

    That's scary, Linda. From what I've seen regarding the military drones, they're so small they go undetected.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Shauna, click on the amazon ad and then look at some of the others on there for private use. It's amazing.

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    Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

    I loved this, Linda ... your childhood sounds so much like mine, especially spending most of my youth outdoors playing from sun up to sundown and beyond at times. We never had it in our budget to go to the movies either, and I am assuming, the other kids in the neighborhood did not as well, as we were all out playing together. I do not recall any bats though. We lived in a neighborhood, well, there were only four homes to start out with and behind us a lot of wooded areas until they built up the neighborhood. I also loved having my alone time too, and I remember just sitting alone somewhere thinking about the world ... I guess off in my own little world. We are deep thinkers and dreamers no doubt.

    I loved reading about your UFO fixation.

    Now, that is scary stuff about the drones, especially now that anyone can buy one!!! Yikes! Well, I will just have to start up some very interesting conversations in my home for them to record : ) ...

    For a moment there, your title reminded me of, "Lions, tigers and bears, oh my!"

    Up ++++ tweeting, pinning and sharing

    Clever write as always.

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    Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    This is a very entertaining hub that also contains some worrying points, Linda. I love the way in which you've combined amusing and serious information. I don't mind bats and actually like them, but drones concern me. Although they can be useful, they can potentially be misused.

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    Chris Desatoff 2 years ago from USA

    Wow, that is actually pretty scary. I've read of military drones in recent years, and I knew of hobbyists playing around with miniature remote control helicopters and airplanes for decades, but I never really put it all together like that.

    Technology is advancing so fast these days, allowing for so many kinds of abuses. It may take some time for the laws to catch up with the tech. So in the meantime, there goes our rights and privacy =(

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    Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

    A great read ; loved it and voted up.

    Eddy.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Faith, you got it. It was supposed to remind you of "Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh No". lol

    I don't know what this old world is coming to but I am sure that freedom is a myth and that nothing is private anymore. My life is simple enough that I don't lose too much sleep over it but it does make me sad. I refuse to live in fear though. Thanks my sweet friend for all the support and for sharing those sweet memories with me. Hugs!

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    AliciaC , thank you so much. This was a fun hub to write. I was in a bit of a silly mood but I never lose sight of the potential abuse of these new technologies.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    YouGet1Shot, thanks for the visit and for expressing y our concern too. I suspect that we are still naïve about some of the technologies in use and it probably best that way. As I understand it, drones have been in use for over 30 years by the military. Who knew that you could now buy them somewhere as innocuous as amazon. Strange times we are living in.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Eddy. Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed this one and I apreciate the vote up.

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    MizBejabbers 2 years ago

    Linda ever so often I have to go to your name and click to see your new hubs. I still don't get notifications and I can't figure out why, dear friend. I can't be missing that many! Anyway, you expressed your concerns in a most interesting manner by bring in the past, present and future. As a child we did and had all that except the bats. I rarely ever saw a bat except when we explored a cave.

    The concern now really is the drones. My brother-in-law used to take my kids to fly drones back in the early 70s, and I thought nothing of it because it was just a fun thing to do. Today it has turned into a monster with privacy issues, and worst of all, an innocent person could actually bring down an airliner and kill hundreds of people. Not to mention the TV spy shows that teach the bad guys how to use them.

    I hope you are doing well. I will try to catch up on your last two or three hubs. I miss our banter back and forth. Love and light to you, Miz B.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Happy New Year Miz B. I hope it has started off well for you and the Mr. I'm doing well but gosh it seems like so many friends are experiencing failing health. I guess it's our age but I sure feel blessed to be healthy. Drones....yes, I agree. What once was fun has turned into a monster. Privacy is a thing of the past.

    The HP notification thing is a real mystery. The only thing consistent about HP these days is the inconsistency. lol No worries though. You haven't missed much. I've been too busy or, have not been motivated to write much lately. HP only rewards me financially if I write about things I hate to write about. So, I write when I'm inspired and don't worry about what they think.

    I always love hearing from you and am always warmed by your light. Sending some your way too. You can always email me to keep in touch.

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    Marilyn 2 years ago from Nevada

    My circumstances growing up were similar to yours, but did include a UFO hovering over our house in Colorado one night for quite awhile. It could have been a government project, but it became a stigma in my life. Other than that, I had fun climbing trees (UFO's couldn't stop me), playing with tiny fish in the ditch, picking fresh asparagus, and interacting with the neighborhood kids. Bats were also a concern, although we didn't have a street light, just our own yard light that drew them in.

    On the note about drones, recently my husband and I noticed one on the lawn of a house about two doors down the street, and it sort of freaked us out. Later that day we found out that the owner of the home works for University of Nevada Las Vegas, and was in the process of instructing a class on the controls. Since then, it seems half the neighborhood has purchased one type or another, and it is becoming a concern for privacy.

    I can certainly relate to your concern about interference with air traffic, and emergency response, and hopefully, this will not get out of hand. Good writing, triggered some good memories.

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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    Marilyn Fritz, hello and thanks for reading my hub. It seems our childhood memories are very similar. As for your neighbors and the increased presence of drones, well, that would concern me too. It is a sad day when we have to be concerned that a conversation at our kitchen table might be heard a few doors down. I hope it doesn't come to that. Best wishes!

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    Vladimir Karas 6 months ago from Canada

    What a great hub, Linda! One of your commenters up there said how a person must be an idiot not to be concerned about those spying drones. Well, count me in for one - I don't really give a rat's behind about anybody spying on me. My only privacy is in my head - and for the rest I don't really care if there are morons who want to peek into my kitchen to see what's cooking for dinner. Well, they might leave the bedroom alone, but then, there must be some pervert dudes among spies as well, why not if churches have some.

    I must be an oddball in more than one way, Linda, but I don't worry about anything. You may see me letting a wasp navigate around my face without my responding to it. Well, I heard they love sweets, and I can't help it if they find me delicious.

    As for secret places, I totally relate to that, I used to have one too, I loved moments of solitude, and still do. And bats, well, they are like alligators and snakes - I can't figure why they were created.

    Again, you wrote a superb hub, I enjoyed reading it.

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    Linda Crist 6 months ago from Central Virginia

    Hello ValKaras . Thanks for reading and leaving such a great comment. I like your honesty. This was a fun hub to write. As for drones, they can be used for both good and not so good purposes. Like you, I have nothing to hide so I have no fear but, I am concerned that the day will come when privacy becomes a thing of the past. Oh yeah, we're almost there, aren't we? Anyway, thanks for bringing a little humor and sunshine to my world today.

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