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I'm Not On StreetView But...

I can identify the exact date this Google Earth satellite image was captured:

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See the dock there with two boats on it? The gray one is mine (the cover is gray) and the other one belongs to a couple friends of mine. The boat was running poorly that evening and they even called me to ask for a tow. However, we were at a wedding that night (on the lake, by boat, but still... I didn’t want to leave for 2 hours to tow them, they were not in danger and said it ran “some”). I offered them to take my boat so long as they brought it back, but they opted to limp theirs along and said they’d call if they really got stuck.

We came home late and I didn’t remember that they had texted me later telling me they limped their boat to our dock. Luckily I saw it before we ran into it (barely)! And by the next day they towed it back to the marina, and my boat was back on the side where it normally rests, nearly every day of every summer since 2005. So this had to be on June 2, 2018.

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I just find it funny, like, what if this was some scenario where someone got caught cheating because Google Earth captured the presence of someone’s boat (or car, obviously) at your house via satellite image, or street view. That’s not at all what’s going on in this case, but I’m sure that kind of thing has happened. Big Brother indeed lol.

Weirdly enough, the previous image from Google Earth showed my boat ALSO not at the dock, but rather at someone else’s (again, nothing nefarious, just a rare occurrence that it wasn’t at home). We do use the boat more than most people, but truthfully it’s at the dock far more than not. Google has just been catching me out - er, I mean, coincidentally capturing those few times when the boat isn’t quite home.

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We have to go back to 2011 (on Google Earth images) to find it there:

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Also, I realize Google Earth will tell you the image capture date - hence the other images above - but my kids were exploring Google Earth the other day and zoomed in on the dock, then asked “what boat is that?” And I laughed. Also, by the way, my kids love exploring this way, and every time it blows my mind what you can find, and how cool it is to be able to see the world like that from a screen in your kitchen, for free. 

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