Do you have a drone? Do you have a friend who has a drone? Do you know what a drone is?

Well, it’s a grown-up’s toy that can be operated from say, your front yard, but can be set to fly anywhere within two or more miles. Oh, and it has a camera, which as you can imagine is the most outstanding feature. You can “watch” anything you want to, without being seen. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

Well, it got hilarious early Monday morning when Debbie Conaty and Lisa Geoghan stopped on the back porch for a “Good Morning” before work. They heard a strange buzzing sound like a swarm of angry killer bees. They looked around frantically; the sound grew louder. The ladies ran inside, vowing to tell no one about their misty-morning fright.

Meanwhile, a few blocks over, Jaurus Rawls, who had received an early birthday present — a drone, with all the bells and whistles — brought it in for a perfect three-point landing. It had been a lovely maiden voyage — the drone had worked perfectly — and he went inside for a peaceful cup of coffee.

The mystery hung around East Gadsden like summer morning fog until Rod Weems heard the story and told Jaurus, who realized his part in the mix-up. At this writing, Jaurus, Debbie and Lisa have not spoken (and they may never).

POTPOURRI

I heard through the grapevine that newlyweds Chris and Jennifer Jones slipped off and got married without telling anyone. That’s alright, sweeties. My dear Wade and I slipped off and were married; it lasted 40 years! Be sweet to each other; your story is as sweet as my own.

Hey “Coach” Michael Piazza! Your son, Austin, graduating cum laude from the University of Alabama with a double major in the College of Commerce and Business Administration, is such an asset to our city and to you.

I wish I could have been a fly on the wall when Rod Weems went to a parts and fix-it store in Glencoe. Rod and Wayne Hanson got to talking, as Rod does often with anyone who will talk back to him, and the topic got around to Vietnam. Wayne was in that foray and told Rod all about it. Must have been pretty deep, because Rod admitted to having to blink back a tear or two.

Rod’s father-in-law was in was in Vietnam, but he never talked about it. Didn’t share any of the triumphs or tragedies; a whole lifetime kept inside for a whole lifetime. That’s the tragedy of Vietnam — no one to carry on the stories. An entire generation will have to be surprised by the horror of war.

Wayne’s birthday was Aug. 3; wish him a belated Happy Birthday!

It has been a blessed day. Shelly King told me that her doctor, Dr. Merle Wade, sent me, his 11th-grade English teacher, his best and says he “reads ‘Round Town” every week. Thanks, Dr. Wade, your greeting made my day — ‘Round Town!

Glenda Byars is a correspondent for The Gadsden Times. Send submissions to glendabyars@comcast.net.