I first heard about Google Earth about six months ago, but finally downloaded it today. It had been on my mental “to do” list for a very long time. The truth is, I wanted to see my hometown from when I was a kid back in ******, ******** (Ha!).
Well, I felt just like Superman on that thing. I could whoosh by a whole city in a matter of seconds, seeing the whole thing and being almost certain that I could feel the wind in my hair and the military bullets graze me in an attempt to remove my UFO-ness from the sky. Oh yes. It was fantastic. Truly… the only thing that made me mad is that they had torn down the park that I used to play in and come home looking like the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Then came the part that made all of the toggling with this strange new territory worthwhile. I located the hometown of the family that I live with that they are likely not to see for a long time, if not ever. What looked to me like a little patch of scenery you’d see from an airplane was, to them, the closest thing to seeing their home that they are likely to get. They were very happy. It is such a remote area that I didn’t think I’d ever know what it looked like. Now we can go there whenever we want.
I haven’t had a chance to see the whole world yet, and I’m not likely to before I die, but Google Earth has brought me so much closer to that dream. I imagine that there exists another version that is very expensive and only known about and used by those in power that is like Google Earth, but virtually live and close enough to detect human activity. Government, I will not tell anybody about this if you give me the software to shut me up… I’ll only use it to promote free market trading and trickle-down economics, I promise…