The World Is My Playground

This used to be my window to the world, now it's Google Maps. The world is a wonderful place for a playground.
This used to be my window to the world, now it’s Google Maps. The world is a wonderful place for a playground.

Daily Prompt: Playtime

Do you play in your daily life? What says “playtime” to you?

The computer and Internet can be a wonderful thing. It can take you to places you will likely never go. And, I would be remiss if not at least mentioning there are places one should never go.

As a kid I kept myself entertained for hours looking at maps or digging out a volume of my World Book Encyclopedias and going some place. In my imaginary world there was not one spot in the earth not visited.

I was an athletic kid, but spent a lot of time secluded in my room pouring over maps and reading about other countries and regions. That was play time for me.

Today my athletic prowess is somewhat limited, but what brings pleasure is to now go to Google Maps, pick a random location, and if possible explore by means of street view.

My imagination begins to play and wonder about the things I see.

Here’s a playtime story about a place visited by Google Street View.

Roadside Stand

I followed my brothers advice and bought a Volkswagen Bug for my trip to visit him in Mexico. “If you break down, they know how to get you back on the road without waiting for parts. Everybody knows how to work on V-dubs down her,” Kyle told me.

I was driving someplace in the middle of the Yucatán and famished. The last town I drove through did not have anyplace that looked like it served healthy or sanitary food. Now I was desperate. I was willing to take what ever came my way.

The road was heavily wooded with tropical trees and thick underbrush covered the side of the road. Suddenly a clearing appeared ahead of me. What looked like a food stand sat close to the road. I pulled up close to it. A dirty canvas draped the front.

A man appeared from a small house to the rear.

“When do you open?” I said in Spanish.

“Anytime,” the man said in Spanish.

Certain it was a taco of burrito stand I said. “I’ll take two.”

The man flopped the canvas over the roof. “Choose which two you want.”

Behind the canvass was a glass window and behind the window was a display of six caskets.

“I thought I could buy food here,” I said.

“You eat the food, you need the coffin,” the man smiled. Then he winked, “Two kilometers, good food.”

I drove away. “Incredible,” I said to myself. “A roadside coffin stand. Will it work in the States?”

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  1. It was funny and enjoyable. I always wanted to keep a collection of encyclopedias in my book shelf but by the time I grew up it was replaced by google.

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