Posted By Tony Aguire
I live in a pretty rural area. There are 4 homes, including my own, in an area of about 10 square miles. While the distant lights of Maricopa City and the Phoenix metro area wash out my northern view to about 30 degrees, all else is decent. The Milky Way is very prominent, South and West are very good.
One of the 4 homes is occupied by what I consider to be "paranoia". In the past our area has had a couple problems with illegal immigrant squatters. Sometimes they steal or burglarize in attempts to raise money...The reaction of our neighbors has been to put up "security lights" in an effort to discourage thievery. The neighbor with "paranoia" had done the same to the extreme. Close to a dozen motion sensing security lights that were kicked off by the barking dogs that were owned by said neighbor. The dogs bark at any unusual sound, including me walking my Shiba Inu named Taka (my avatar) after I get home from work at 12am.
I call this neighbor "paranoid" as every time I walk my dog, his dogs bark, and he jumps in his truck to drive up and down the dirt lane to see what his dogs are barking at. Last night was the first time he came upon myself, walking my dog. He said to me "Can I help you?" I said, "just walking my dog, My house is the one back there with no lights". I could tell by the second word spoken what this guy would respond to.
....His lights P* me off, so I then told him that the illegals could not see as well as his dogs, if he shut off his lights, he would be more secure. I told him that his Shepherds could see and SMELL better in the dark than any illegal could....
The end result?
I took my buddy Taka for a walk tonight, and that house was completely devoid of spotlights and my skies are a little bit darker...
Lets hope it stays that way...