If you start looking for them, they're everywhere! I hadn't noticed them until recently. Now that I look for them, I see them all over. They're what makes our cell phone service work so well (hopefully). Cell phones work like radios and have to transmit to these towers. Does this mean soon we'll have landscapes overwhelmed by these towers? I saw a picture somewhere of one tower made to look like a tree. lol
Taking my children to school this morning, I was sitting at a red light when I heard that horrible, brakes-sqealing, someone's-trying-desperately-to-stop, noise. When the smoke cleared (from the brakes) I saw a man talking on his cell phone in the car that almost plowed through a very stale red light. Unbelievable! The guy in the car next to him started yelling about cell phones. I don't blame him. It was scary. HOWEVER, I don't think everyone who uses cell phones should be punished.
Our schools have started posting signs that say something along the lines of "no talking or texting on cell phones while dropping off your kids." In general, I think that's good advice, but I don't think we need signs to tell us. I don't know about you, but our carpool lanes move about less than 1 mph. I could do an entire crossword puzzle in the time it takes to get to the front of the line and pick up my kids (and I have!).
I just wonder where to draw the line. Some people I know are more dangerous fiddling with their radios or CD players in the car...and I have a relative that likes to look at you in the mirror while talking, which takes attention away from the road...other people are busy trying to deal with kids or balance a drink and food...are we going to start making laws to prevent people from doing all this? Where do we draw the line in telling other people what they can and can't do in the car? I don't have a problem talking on my cell phone in the car. Granted, I don't do it much, and I always try to dial at a stop light or somewhere I can pay attention but is it so dangerous we needs laws to keep us from doing it?
On the other hand, if laws about cell phone use are what it takes to get stupid people to pay attention, then maybe that's what we need. I don't know. This is just a subject that frustrates me to no end. I don't like people telling me what I can and can't do all the time. I feel like I have good judgement most of the time. Are we treating each other like children?
I'll step off my soapbox for now. I'm curious to know how others feel about this. Did you hear about the pygmy hippo sited in West Africa? They are nearly extinct. Cute little fellow...
In Alaska, a rare white killer whale was spotted as well. Apparently the biologist who spotted it had heard about it but never found one before. Exciting, huh? I bet this made her year. Someone give her a bonus!! I wish we had a better picture of it...