We have all heard and used the term “Big Brother is watching” more than once. And while I’m not a conspiracy theorist, sometimes it’s scary just how much of what we do seems to be monitored by somebody, somewhere.
All of us have had the experience of looking at something on the Internet and then seeing ads for it pop up the next time we log on. For example, I’ve been thinking about buying myself a Ford Mustang and I’ve looked at several of them online. Now when I open my email or go to a website or blog, I see ads for Ford dealers and Mustangs. That’s just part of the Internet experience, right?
But somebody explain this one to me if you can. A few days ago we were in an antique shop in St. Augustine, Florida and I saw a beautiful wooden airplane propeller for sale. I’m not sure what kind of aircraft it came from, but it was about six feet long and was polished to a high gloss. I told Miss Terry that it would look perfect hanging in my office. I also inquired about the price for it from the lady working behind the counter.
And that’s all I did. I didn’t go online and research airplane propellers. I didn’t email anybody and say I was looking at an airplane propeller. I didn’t mention an airplane propeller on Facebook or Twitter or anything like that. I didn’t take a picture of the propeller with my phone. I simply admired it, made a couple of comments, and moved on.
When I used my phone to check my email an hour or so later, guess what I had ads for? That’s right, airplane propellers! There was an ad listing four or five of them on eBay, and a couple of other ads for propellers and propeller repair. And later that evening, when we got home, I had more pop-up ads for airplane propellers. How does that happen?
I don’t really believe the government or the people selling stuff online are actually monitoring my conversations, and I don’t think they implanted a microchip in me at some point in time. Or did they? But seriously, I have no idea how or why this happened. Somebody might say it was a coincidence, but do you really believe that? I don’t think I do. Especially since the ads are still popping up every now and then when I go online.
I guess the moral of the story is, be careful what you say and do. We all know that Big Brother is watching, but maybe we don’t know carefully he is doing it.
Congratulations Larry Merritt, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Going Home With A Cat And A Ghost by RVing author Judy Howard. We had 34 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – I don’t run. So if you see me running, you had better run, too, because something really mean is coming!