“We would just go out and line up a bunch of cans and shoot with rifles, handguns and at times, submachine guns… When I was a kid it was a controlled atmosphere, we weren’t shooting at humans… we were shooting at cans and bottles mostly. I will most certainly take my kids out for target practice.”
– Johnny Depp
The other day, I caught a glimpse of something that puzzled me, so I harnessed Dallas up for a walkie to get a closer look.
Here’s what we saw:
Further inspection revealed it to be the outline of a man with sloping shoulders, rounded body, and short neck. Concentric circles (really ovals) containing numbers let you determine how well you’re aiming, assuming your goal is to hit the red circle in the middle of Mr. Yellow’s chest or head.
The puzzle is, Why was a target-thingy like you might see on CSI posted on a utility pole in the middle of a peaceful neighborhood in small-town Illinois?
There were no holes in the poster, unless you count the nail marks holding it in place. That tells me nobody had been tossing darts at Mr. Yellow.
Nor had they been throwing knives. Or slinging arrows.
And there wasn’t a single bullet hole on his person either.
He was slick as a whistle. Pristine, if you can call this screaming color “pristine.”
Not convinced? Want another look-see? Have at it:
Now I’ve no problem with target practice. It makes sense that if one’s going to own a gun, one should know how to use it.
But we have a firing range, and it’s NOT in the middle of a residential area!
I think it’s illegal to shoot a gun in a neighborhood. Miss, and you could kill someone; hit the mark, and the power could go out.
So the writer in me wonders if this might be a sign. A warning. A threat, even.
Like somebody has it out for somebody and is letting them know they’ve been practicing, or that the other person should start practicing.
But why choose this pole for Mr. Yellow? Did other poles have similar targets which were removed? Do other neighborhoods have target posters?
So many questions but I’ve got no answers.