Re: Alternate reality
I wish I could upvote you a few thousand more times.
In the town where I lived before this one there was a military base nearby with a very long runway. They got heavy air cargo flights at all hours of the day or night. This had been happening for however many zillion years the base had been in operation. There was *NO* way to live in the town and *NOT* know of those facts.
When the city government decided to open the land up for *residential housing* off the end of the runway, people had the unmitigating gall to complain about the noise. The protests were some of the most amusing, frustrating, & mind bogglingly idiotic I'd ever seen up to that point. Folks shouting that the base should be restricted to day flights only so as to not disturb sleep. Others arguing that the town's economic livelihood depended on those flights at all hours. Some shouting that it was a noise hazard & they should have been told before they bought their houses. Others pointing out that when you're staring down the tarmack of a runway & the warning lights at the end are within a stone's throw of your front door then you would have to be DEAD to miss those facts.
All in all it made me sad when the government shut the base down & eviscerated the town. No base meant no flights which meant no air cargo which meant the business' that depended on same went bust which left thousands unemployed & the economy in shambles.
I ended up moving to my current town & was amazed at the amount of silence in this cow town. I can hear traffic on the freeway over a mile away. I can hear freight trains rumbling on their rails nearly ten miles away. You can hear the burr of propeller driven crop dusters as farmers spray their crops, and if I could see to do so, I could probably wave to them as they flew by in their Sopwith Camels. You can hear folks walking past on the sidewalk out front. You can hear birds chirping, dogs barking, & squirrels farting. You can hear the occaisional siren. And even though it's an agricultural town & livestock are common, there are STILL dumbasses that complain when a rooster crows.
WTF? You're living amid farms. Complaining of roosters on farms proves that you need to move the fuck to somewhere else. Obviously a cow town isn't for your rooster hating arse.
I wish a Vogon would come by, I want the fuck off this rock...