Thursday, July 28, 2016
duck and cover is your friend
I had lunch with my dad yesterday and heard an old-timey story that I hadn't heard previously. I love when those randomly pop out. He said back in the 1960s (pre-Wendy), when they were living under constant threat of nuclear annihilation, that he had a camper fully stocked and ready to go at a moment's notice. He didn't just have a bug-out bag, he had a bug-out truck. Pretty sure that makes my dad a badass. Most likely they never would have gotten the chance to go, but when they are teaching Duck and Cover for a bomb attack, a bug-out truck seems smart.
After lunch, I stopped at a park to exercise, enjoy nature, and play Pokemon. While I was there, I met a woman walking her dog. She asked if I was playing and found it hilarious that her son now wanted to go everywhere with her. We conversed a bit, and she said the park was really hopping at night, but I said I was too nervous to walk through the dark by myself. Then she said how she wouldn't just drop her son off for hours at a time (anywhere, not just at a dark park) because he was too young, and it's dangerous out there. He's 16. I think our newfound friendship ended when I said she might be helicoptering.
Just me or does that seem a bit overprotective? I know the world has changed a little from when I was a kid, but not really. We're merely more aware of the monsters everywhere else. She said his phone has a panic button on it, where it drops a GPS tag and texts out 911 with the touch of a button. The geek in me wanted to ask more about how that works, but I decided it might come off as creepy. I'm already a grownup hanging out in parks, playing children's games FFS. :)