March 15, 2011

City boy reports from wilds of America

The only light we've got..
You know what's creepy about living in the country? Nighttime.

Unless there's a full moon, once night falls you can only go out in a car -- unless you just want to walk around your own property. That much you can do (but bring a stick).

The first of two huge problems is that there are no sidewalks. This seems insane to me. We're people; we walk. Therefore we need sidewalks. This is not optional. Alas, this bit of common sense hasn't reached my area.

It's bad enough walking around during the day, because the roads aren't level. Every single road either rises or falls because the area is built on hillsides. The problem for pedestrians is that when you're approaching the top of a hill, you have no idea what might be barreling at you from the other side. It's a bit iffy for the last few yards. Try this at night and you'll come back from your walk dead.

Not only are there no sidewalks, there are no lights -- not one streetlight anywhere. It's strange to walk off into a pitch black night. Even when you use a flashlight you can't see beyond the beam. And there are all sorts of animals roaming around in the dark. You don't mind the deer, which are absolutely everywhere, but there are also strange packs of animals, weird creatures, possibly from Venus. I've seen them. I know.

In the city, you can walk all night and see everything around you. That's something I miss living out here in the sticks. I like living here, don't get me wrong. I like it a lot. But there are drawbacks to this rustic existence.


Artichoke Annie said...

You brought back a memory of when I lived in Hawaii on the North Shore of Oahu, Upcountry.

One day I went out and did not return home until after dark, it was a night without a moon. Turned off the car and lights and stepped out -- pitch black!!! Imagination ran wild at all the things I couldn't see and thought I heard.

From that time on I carried a flashlight in my car. But you what it sure was a great location to look at the stars.

writenow said...

You're right. It's a trade-off: stars or light. The stars are pretty cool so it's a touch choice.

As a teenager I went for a walk in a pitch-black night in MA, and a pack of dogs (I assume) jumped up on me, from all sides. It was totally weird, though nothing came of it. Whence the Venusians, you ask? From this memory.