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Sprawl

The sign waving in the breeze said open. Last time I looked, the place was still under construction. Oh boy, a new fast food joint.

It was just another example of more and more growth sprawling out across the county. A year ago I had moved out of the subdivision and further out into the country to escape just such growth. Now, here it comes. My way!

When I moved to this area twenty years ago it was very different. A sleepy bedroom community for the nearby city and its hustle and bustle.

This particular intersection had been the meeting of a pair of two lane roads. With very little between this intersection and the next. On one corner stood the school complex. Across the way was a convenience store. The third corner contained a small shopping center with a family owned grocery store. And on the fourth corner stood a small cottage with a white picket fence.

The school complex is still there, but two new high schools have been built further out to accommodate the growing population. The small convenience store has been replaced by a gas station, a big convenience store and a drugstore. The family grocery store is still there, but has been joined on its corner by two banks, a hardware store, several restaurants, a gym and a few other things. And the cottage with the picket fence? Gone and forgotten. Replaced by a drug store, gas station, two pizza places, a chain grocery store with pharmacy, another gym, and half a dozen other retail places. Not to mention a second small strip mall. That includes, on its far end, the new fast food place.

Yes, it’s growing out here. And to manage the demand, the roads are expanding. They’ve been torn up and under construction for years. Some genius thinks all of this is a good idea. It’s a mess.

I know, you can’t stop progress. I’m situated now where it can’t get to me any time soon. It’s like everything else, some folks like it, others don’t. It’s ok.

I don’t like the sprawl, but I do like Burger King. So, yeah, yeah, as I say, not as I do. I stopped in there for lunch. And it was pretty good.

That’s part of my story. What’s yours?

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The Little Submarine that Changed the World

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Archeologists from the Piedmont Historical Center in Athens Georgia announced a discovery today that may forever change the way we know naval history. While construction crews were busy clearing land for the construction of a new parking lot in the rural part of nearby Oconee County, a small pond was partially drained. What they found in the pond was startling.

Historians had known for decades that the during World War Two the Germans had sent U-Boats to the east coast of the United States, and that they had ventured as far as the mouth of the Mississippi River near New Orleans. And on the West Coast the Army had found evidence suggesting that the Japanese had sent one man mini-subs to port cities in California. But what was found today had never before even been considered a possibility.

In the pond, which is fed by a stream and has an outlet to the Oconee River, construction crews discovered the rusted remains of a Japanese mini-sub from World War Two. There is no evidence of the crewman still being on board so his fate is a mystery. More mysterious however, is how the sub came to be in a pond in Georgia, and why it was there.

Speculation is that the sub was headed for the University of Georgia Cosmic Science Exploration Laboratory in Athens in order to disrupt progress being made by researchers investigating the possibility of harnessing the power of interstellar light for weapons purposes. In 1943, several scientists were conducting top secret research at the University of Georgia and had made significant headway in creating the first light ray weapon. This would have changed warfare forever. Not to mention the impact it would have had on the political dynamics of Planet Earth.

The submarine crew presumably was under orders to destroy the lab, and the research documents housed there. That mission was a failure.

However, another seemingly impossible mission was completed. The fact that the submarine was able to navigate from Tokyo Japan to Athens, Georgia is truly incomprehensible.

Across the vastness of the Pacific Ocean to the coast of California was one thing, but to continue the journey south past Mexico and through the Panama Canal, closely hugging American ships in order to avoid detection, then up the coast of Florida to Georgia and the mouth of the Ocmulgee River was a seafaring adventure comparable to Captain Cook’s first circumnavigation of the globe.

Entering the river mouth, the sub would have moved upstream to increasingly narrow and shallower waters. Apparently it reached the end of the road in this pond where it has remained for nearly seventy-five years.

Researchers from the Piedmont Center have been working around the clock to stabilize the sub so that it can be moved to their research facility. There may still be evidence on board providing insights into the mission, the crew and the fate of both. Pictured is the mini-sub.

You gotta be kidding! Ha Ha. April Fools! The picture shows a rusty old propane gas tank located adjacent to an old homesteads that was recently torn down. In the construction of a new parking lot. I couldn’t resist.

That’s part of my story. What’s yours?

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