It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a mysterious drone!

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Judging from observations coming from Nebraska and Colorado folks it appears we are witnessing a nighttime mass migration of drones that first appeared in the sky from Western Colorado and through Central Nebraska. Citizens, aviation and law enforcement officials were still trying to untangle the mystery at the time this column was written. Since no answer has been found yet, we have come up with a few preliminary observations of our own.
Over 1.5 million licensed drones are now registered in the United States and thousands of people in Nebraska received smaller drones this Christmas. I’ve come to the question which could be worse: A sky filled with drones or our present dilemma of getting out of the way of people looking at their cell phones while walking toward you?
Other questions have come to mind:
Is this group of drones flying from west to east part of a mass electronic migration comparable to birds migrating south? If so, should the group of drones be termed a flock, covey, bevy, or squad, band, pack or gang? Hopefully the terminology will not be later changed to “brood” or “litter.” Maybe for the time being the simple terms of “group” or “formation” would be best.
Right now, since they are still unknown, I am pleased drones don’t roost in the trees over my driveway like our birds. I hate to think of the possibility of drone droppings on my auto.
It’s been said: “When you’re dead, you don’t know you’re dead. The pain is only felt by others. The same thing happens when you are stupid!”
The following tale was triggered by teaching our kids to write a “thank you” note after getting a gift.
A few days ago we got a call from the sons wanting to know how we liked the Christmas gifts they sent us and also telling us they never received our “thank you” notes for the gifts.
We said we never received any gifts. They explained they each made a gift purchase, one in Texas and the other in Minnesota four weeks ago and had the items shipped by quick delivery services supposedly to arrive in time for Christmas.
After an inquiry one gift is now supposed to arrive today while the other gift is still in the “tracking mode” somewhere
Obviously their shopping by e-mail has failed to beat our local retailer pleas to “Shop at home.”

RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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