By using an airborne laser technology called Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) pointed at the ground, a University of Salamanca team was able to reveal a gold mine of information. No, really - they found a gold mine that was built 2000 years ago by the Romans. I wasn't even in elementary school then.
Once more, I'm fascinated by the fact that something like this vast underground mine was just forgotten. Thousands of people must have worked those mines. You'd think they would have found ancient time cards by now or evidence of early union organizer activity, at the very least.
Gold has been pretty important through the ages. Yet, not one person blabbed the location? No one ever asked, "Hey, Titus, where did Marcus get all this bling?" or "Did I ever tell you that I used to work in a Roman gold mine. Boy, there's a story for ya..."
I've got my eye on the potential uses of this laser technology; I want to channel it for good.
Dear University of Salamanca Team Member:
I am impressed by your laser technology and ability to uncover the lost treasures of the world. If you'd be willing to wave that magic wand my way, I've lost a few things and I need you to assist me in locating.
Point the laser at my laundry room:
- One pink and white sock. Sure, it would seem easy to replace, but I have many socks and those pink ones were the only ones that steadfastly refused to creep down into my tennis shoes. I need that kind of podiatric loyalty. Socks that leave their post make me feel betrayed...bewildered.
- Next, you're looking for lime green garden shoes. They're heavy plastic and they don't walk by themselves - hence, the mystery. All possibility of theft has been cast aside. They're just too goofy for anyone else to actually want to wear them. Think "Mary Janes" made for the Incredible Hulk.
The next story that caught my eye was the Robin Hoods of the parking meters of Keene, New Hampshire. Groups of self-proclaimed Robin Hoods patrol the streets of Keene and check the parking meters. If they find one that needs fed coinage, they insert the necessary amount and leave a card that says: “We saved you from the king’s tariffs. Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Please consider paying it forward.”
The card features the Disney depiction of Robin Hood as a fox.
Clearly, I love any and all "pay it forward" acts. I also love the "Robin Hood" moniker; clever. But then it turns ugly.
A lawsuit has been filed against the group for harassment - which I thought was overkill, till I read about the parking meter readers who are verbally abused while trying to do their job. I'm thinking they're just people like you or me and they need a job. The romanticism of the story sort of melts away for me at that point.
So, look a little closer, Robin Hoods of Keene...in my humble opinion, if you want to really stick it to the city of Keene from a financial standpoint, why feed their meters a constant stream of money? Start a campaign to leave the spots empty all day with bus passes and car pooling. And maybe the local small businesses need the "one hour only" parking rule to keep their flow of customers coming in and out, rather than have them monopolized by a few.
My point is that there's two sides to every story and people as creative as the modern day Robin Hoods are also creative enough to come up with a win-win option that doesn't hurt a regular Joe trying to do his job.
JANIE JUNEBUG HAS LEFT A SECOND SINGING MESSAGE ON MY PHONE.
I know that will make you jealous, and I still had to go there.