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As usual, I need to be in three places at once—make that six places at once between Veterans Day and New Years Day.

I say this so as to say that I frequently check my email on my phone at some semi-social gatherings in which I would rather just put my phone on silent and be done with it. It doesn’t always work out that way.

A few days ago I was at a family gathering to celebrate Christmas with relatives in Oklahoma. Usually we meet in Edmond. On this evening, we met in Elk City. Sometime during the evening, I took my phone out of my pocket to check messages.

The phone is set to seek local networks and log onto them if possible. On this evening, I was not looking for a network but became most amused at the one that popped up on top of the list.

It read: OSBI Surveillance Van.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was apparently conducting some surveillance somewhere in the neighborhood. All I can say is that I hope they don’t have smart phones in whatever meth lab or drug house the OSBI was staking out.

After laughing for a good while, another thought struck me. This could have been one of the most creative neighborhood watch programs on the planet. What drug dealer patrolling for new clients would want to do business in a neighborhood when this was popping up on their smart phone?

What if some homeowner hand simply named his local network: OSBI Surveillance Van. Was it oversight or genius?

I probably will never know but it brought a smile to my face for a short while that December evening.

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