Life in These United Police States of America: My Humorous NSA Anecdote

Anyone remember the section of Readers’ Digest called “Life in These United State?” It was a collection of humorous real life anecdotes that were sent in by their readers. Well here is a hopefully amusing anecdote, but it also illustrates how fear of NSA snooping changes behavior. We could call this “Life in These United Police States of America.”

Recently, some of my kids came home from their grandparents after spending a week, and not so calmly announced that their rooms were infested with fleas, a hazzard of having carpet and too many pets. So I got ready to text my wife the following text (or very similar), because I didn’t want her to wonder why the kids were sleeping on the couch when she got home: “The kids say their rooms are infested with fleas. I’m going to buy a couple of bombs (meaning insect foggers) and set them off in their rooms.” Right as I was about to hit send, it dawned on me that maybe that wasn’t the wisest thing to say in a text. “Bombs” … “set off” … “rooms” all in one text would surely get that text flagged. In fact, this post may get flagged. Hello NSA :-). So I changed the text to (or very similar) ”The kids say their rooms are infested with fleas. I’m going to get a couple of foggers.” I replaced “bombs” with “foggers” and left off “set off.” Hopefully that text flew under the NSA radar, but it’s absurd I have to think about such things. Such is life in the modern police state of America.

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2 thoughts on “Life in These United Police States of America: My Humorous NSA Anecdote

  1. Hawthorne

    Red;

    Good post–I actually found myself doing this on email many years ago–in a way, it makes one a better writer.

    Learn to love the fogger.

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