Technological Advances

With the exception of the few large metropolitan areas, Maine is kind of a laid back state.  A massive amount of acreage is still pristine, and we like it that way just fine.  That is what the tourists come here for, and that is what we live here for.  But, as with everything else, technology has a way insinuating itself upon us. We are very dependent on oil and wood for heating our homes, and electricity is not cheap.  So I guess it should come as no surprise that there are major initiatives researching the advantages of natural gas, wind and solar power, and even tidal power. 

All for the common good, so they say.  But here’s the hooker.  Wind power means giant turbines sitting on top of our mountains, and they are ugly.  Nothing says Maine like sitting on the porch, watching the sun set over a wind turbine.  Yeah right.

However, I guess everyone has their Achilles heel.  Our wind turbines are to us what the cell tower is to the urban dweller.  Yup.  Equally attractive.  And although everyone knows there is a need, no one wants one in their back yard.

So, it was with interest that I read in the paper this morning that there is a move afoot by the wireless companies to put up more ‘stealth’ towers.  In other words, hide them by disguising them in something we see every day like a hay silo on a farm, or the cross on a church.  My initial reaction was hey, what a great idea, until I gave it a little more thought.  Can you imagine what this will mean to the guy that has to fix them?

“Dispatch, this is Ben”

“Go ahead Ben”

“I’m out here on the northwest side of town to repair tower 649, and I’ve run into a little problem”

“What kind of problem Ben”

“Well, I can’t find it”

“Come on Ben.  How can you lose a cell tower?”

“Well I didn’t lose it exactly.  I never knew where it was.”

It’s probably one of those new stealth towers Ben.  Look around and see if you see anything tall.”

“Come on dispatch, get serious.  I’m in the city for Christ sake. Everything is tall.  Are you going to try and help me or not?”

“OK, OK.  Maybe if you use your transmitter to ping it.  The faster the ping comes back to you, the closer you are.  Just keep doing it until you get an immediate response and you should be right next to it.”

“Alright, I’ll try that.  Hang on.

“OK, I think I found it.  But I don’t think I am going to be able to fix it.”

What’s the matter, don’t you have the parts?”

“Oh, I have the parts.  I just don’t have guts.”

“Excuse me Ben, I don’t know what you are talking about.  Guts to do what.”

“The guts to climb this cactus.”



About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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8 Responses to Technological Advances

  1. quiall says:

    hahaha I love it!!!


  2. oldmainer says:

    Thank you maam


  3. laurie27wsmith says:

    What a prick of a place to put a tower. 🙂 I think those turbines are the ugliest thing ever Bob.


  4. msmcword says:

    Maybe the cellphone towers could be disguised as wind turbines.


  5. Charlotte says:

    haha That is true. Near my hometown, the people in Germantown do not want cell phone towers so they made them look like trees! Hideous!


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