Whichever it is, we ran into one yesterday while hiking, on a hilltop overlooking a lush California valley. (Though friends in the valley tell me it may look lush, but they have had years of drought). It's not a great big structure as I might have expected. It's just a few feet taller than I am, and on the back of some apparatus there is a metal plate with instructions. In BIG letters, there are these words:
- Install With Drain Hole At The Bottom
- You can be KILLED if this product comes near electric power lines. READ INSTRUCTIONS.
From the bottom of the tower, an orange power cord leads uphill. Several feet, just lying on the hillside. It plugs into a socket on a small wooden stake. A metal cover on hinges is the only protection the socket has, but this one doesn't latch down as others do.
So I suddenly realize that I can bend down, yank out the power cord ... and instantly deprive a whole valley of cellphone service.
I'm tempted, I'm tempted.
Then I remember the avocados.
Not far from here, we passed an extensive avocado orchard. It is fenced. On the fence is a sign saying:
- Warning: Avocado theft is a crime. All suspicious persons and activities will be reported immediately. Punishable to 1 year in jail and/or $500 fine or more. California Penal Code Section 487.1 California Acovado Commission.
I quake at the thought. The town sees no unexplained cellphone service interruption.