On Facebook, I’m a member of a group for this city that calls itself a news group. I joined quite some time ago, out of pure curiosity. Now, that I know what it is, I think many towns and cities have groups like this. It’s made up of people who listen to the police/fire department scanner and post the dispatcher calls that come in.
In the beginning, I was totally baffled over what people call in for. Could be a guy, walking along the street, dressed in a dark hoodie — the hoodie part is important here, hoodies seems to be always suspicious — carrying something that could be a firearm [turned out to be an umbrella]. Quite often, these calls end with «Needs to be checked out!». Another time, it was two little old ladies in an apartment building, where one of them had not returned the cups she’d borrowed from the other one. Imagine to actually pick up the phone and call 911 for something like this. Since there is a call, they have to respond. After a while, you learn all kinds of abbreviations like BOLO [Be on the look Out], DOA [Dead on Arrival] and stuff like that 🙂 There’s such a waste of resources.
Anyway … the one listening to the scanner posts this to the group, and then there are all the comments. Of course a call like the one about the cups, gets a lot of LOL:s, but other times they have me mystified. There are always a few people who can turn something totally ordinary into something very negative and then the fighting starts. It must be something in the human nature. It’s like that in the Swedish expat group too … fighting. People just cannot keep the peace.
Anyway, this particular newsgroup I’m a member of [there are several], has sort of taken on a wider meaning so nowadays people are posting all kinds of questions … it isn’t just news. Well, I guess it’s news to them: «Are the schools open today?» «Are the busses running today?» «What’s the phone number to this or that Chinese restaurant?» The group has 14,000 members but you can see that there’s just a little group of people that keep posting.
Sometimes I go in and read there on Friday nights. Then they have «Name that song», and I get reminded of golden oldies that I haven’t thought about for decades. That’s at least a little fun.