Yesterday I made another ride share supply run in to Alpine and took along Dave and his brother Steve and the trailer to haul all the supplies. No problems going through the check point and the agent we talked to was friendly and only asked three questions. Those were:
"Are you all US citizens?"
"Where are you going?
and after I said Alpine he asked:
"To get groceries?"
I said yes and we were allowed to go on.
However, We noticed a bunch of new stuff on the other side of 118 evidently there to monitor south bound traffic? On the way back I got my camera out to take photos of all the equipment, but my camera potted out so that took care of that. Best I can do is the drawing below that shows something like we saw as well as my memory serves me.
There were a series of high intensity halogen lights and a number of weird looking stuff on poles facing south east. Some actually resembled cameras and some didn't. I don't remember how many there were, but there were several. Behind all of that it had to be a control and power station in a trailer. Lights were flashing on the back of the trailer.
Perhaps a radiation detector was used to see if any weapons of mass destruction were headed south to blow up Mexico?
Perhaps infrared cameras to detect illegal aliens in trunks being smuggled back south across the border to Mexico?
Perhaps none of the above and they were used for something totally different reason? (Possibly more sinister uses?)
Anyway... The trip was enjoyable, but I ran in to trouble with a Radio Shack employ when I went in there looking for one of the new Magic Jacks that can be plugged in to the WiFi modem and don't have to be hooked up to a computer. I asked the woman if they had them and she flat out told me NO. I asked her if they had any of the NetTalk Duos and she said she didn't even know what that was.
Now when we get back down here Dave asked me what I thought about the new Magic Jacks and he had been in the same store after I was there had found them. He thought I didn't buy one because of the price so didn't even mention finding them before we got back down here.
All I can say about all of this is they need to get rid of that employ and get someone that knows what they have in that store!
Seattle 40 floors up - There is a Starbucks up here. Worth the cost of the coffee.
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