davidd (davidd) wrote,

Note to the Navy

Trippy and I drove down to the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor after work yesterday in an attempt to find an appropriately touristy photo opportunity. There we encountered a large, red-lettered sign informing us that due to security concerns, no backpacks, purses, handbags, fanny packs, camera bags, or large cameras are allowed on the grounds of the memorial.

"So you mean this camera is too big?" I asked the gate guard, indicating my Canon . Twice I asked, for as it happens, the guards at U.S. Navy facilities no longer speak English.

"No. Too beeg," said the guard finally, in a broken accent I could not identify. "Only small camera like dees," she continued, indicating pocket instamatic size. "You have car, you put camera, you can come. Open 'til five."

"Okay, thanks," I said, trying to smile politely. Trippy squeaked, rather less politely. And we left.

It wasn't a good time of day for taking photos anyway, the sun was at the wrong angle.

What I want to know is, since when did a simple camera become a security threat?

More importantly, I have some news for the U.S. Navy: guys... somebody ALREADY BLEW UP YOUR SHIP!

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