Friday, April 20, 2018

Space Invaders at the Park

I have a quick little something to discuss for this week's 5 Minute Friday.

One day last week I was running at my favorite park. It was a good day for running outside! There were a few other people walking, and a few people walking with their dogs.  As soon as I began my run, I heard this buzzing noise overhead. As soon as I looked up, I knew what it was.


It was one of those remote control drones. I had seen this once or twice before when I was down at this park running. The guy that operates it sits at a picnic table at the far end of the park.  The last time I saw the drone at the park it didn't seem to bother me. I think maybe its because he was just finishing up flying it as I started to run, but this time he was flying it for 2 out of the 3 miles I was running there.

I  don't mean to sound like a cranky old lady but this flying drone started to bother me.  Even though I had my music on, I could still hear the annoying buzzing and maybe I was just being paranoid but it seemed like it was following me. Then I thought for a moment, "O gosh,I hope it isn't taking pictures". 

As I stopped on the tree lined path to adjust something, the drone came right to this path in front of me and then just crashed. I admit I giggled a bit.  I looked over at the drone and then continued to run as I saw the man get up from the picnic table and start walking over to the path to collect his drone.

It wasn't only me that this thing was annoying. As I was running, I could tell their was a dog that seemed rather anxious because of this flying object. I know if Baylee were there, she wouldn't have liked it either.

So I sort of have mixed feelings about this. As just a person, I think this is a great spot for people to have fun and enjoy flying their drones and other remote controlled objects, but as a runner I find it quite annoying and almost feel like it's invading my space and my quiet time.

What are your thoughts on the topic? -M



18 comments:

  1. I could see how it would be annoying to have that flying around you while running. Especially if it seems like its following you!

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  2. At the forest preserve where I run, there's a model airplane field. All these hobbists fly their planes and it gets quite loud. At least they are doing it in a designated spot. I'd be pretty annoyed by someone flying something randomly. "Get off my lawn!"

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  3. I've noticed drones around more and more. I guess I don't care if they're up high enough but yeah, if they get in my space or are taking pics, that's pretty annoying.

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  4. I have seen drones taking pictures at the start of a race, where I think they are kind of cool, but it creeps me out that someone could take pictures of you while you were running in a park.

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  5. About 10 years ago, I was at a Halloween event thing w my kids and a remote control airplane went awry and hit me in the head. I had cuts all over my face and it was really scary. So not a fan! Now in the DC area there a regulations about drones so we don't see them too much anymore

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  6. Drones are illegal around here - I live too close to the Pentagon and the White House. So, I've never had to deal with it. I hate them though.

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  7. I think I'd be annoyed if they were flying them along the path, but not bothered if they kept it over an open space. If one was following me I might have to help it crash.

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  8. The noise that drones make is the most annoying thing ever. I don't even like it that people are constantly on their phones on a bike path/park. I don't want to hear your conversations!

    OTOH, a drone that doesn't make any noise would be pretty frightening, too.

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  9. Ummmm that would annoy the crap out of me and I would have liked to smash it!

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  10. If they would be quiet, I don't think I'd mind them. When I'm able to hear annoying sounds over my music, that's when I draw the line. It's hard to zone out and enjoy things with all that buzzing.

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  11. That would creep me out to have a drone flying so close - feels a little bit like karma that it crashed, LOL.

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  12. It would irk me too.... I got ricky a drone for christmas 2 years ago - its never been out of the box. So much for drones in my life ;) haha

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    1. Aww maybe this summer he will take it out And fly it! Preferable somewhere in a field, right?

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  13. I suppose it's just like anything else annoying that could ruin our quiet runs. Cars, loud people on cell phones, barking dogs, anything really. I am like you that I do like peace and quiet when I run, so I could see myself being annoyed by it too. Okay, let's look at the bright side, at least no one was smoking on your path! People smoking around me ENRAGES ME.

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    1. It wasn't so much the noise that bothered me, I think it was more the invasion of my space. Yes people smoking on a running path is also annoying!

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  14. I've never encountered a drone while on my run, I would be totally weirded out!! And I would have laughed at it crashing too, lol!

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  15. I agree! Drones are really annoying! I'm surprised they don't have a rule that they aren't allowed.

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