Kite Flying

I have to do patrols through the parking garage where I work several times a shift.  It is not difficult to do at night, since there are hardly any people down there.  I usually am not sure what I will find as I walk around outside, but I recently learned I should probably apply that attitude toward the parking garage.

I was patrolling through one evening and heard a noise.  I had not seen anyone in that area of the garage, so the noise surprised me.  I looked around for the source, but everything went quiet.  Or as quiet as it does with a large exhaust fan running nearby.  Annoyed that I was unable to pinpoint the noise, I continued on and went around the corner toward the exhaust fan.  There, much to my amusement, I found the source of the noise.

There, a few feet in front of the exhaust fan, was a man flying a small kite.  I could see his access badge, so I knew he was authorized to be there.  He saw me and immediately grinned.  His explanation for the kite? He wanted to see if the exhaust fan produced enough wind to fly a kite.  The result:  Sort of.  It was a difficult to control the kite, but it was a good first attempt on his part.  I was so amused, and he was not bothering anyone, that I wished him a good night and continued on my patrol.  I honestly hope I did not deter any future attempts.


About emeree

I am an Air Force veteran. I served as a Security Forces troop for nearly seven years and reached the rank of Staff Sergeant before separating in 2008. My tours of duty were in England and Oklahoma. I live in the Seattle area, which is where I grew up. I used my GI Bill and earned a degree from the University of Washington. I currently work in downtown Seattle and experience all the adventure that comes with that.
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