I used to have scanner and actually gave it away, the thing was a hindrance.
I got fed up with buying batteries so i used rechargables and had a wall charger i carried around with me, it was a pound of stuff i didnt need. But the bigger reason was that listening distracted me from what was going on around me in the real world. Like perhaps you might hear yourself being reported to the bull over the scanner once a year but you'd be so distracted by the damn thing you wouldnt hear the cops or some gangbangers sneaking up behind you. Listen to it on the speaker and it blows your cover; listen to it over a headphone and one of your ears can no longer hear other things.
I know a ton of people who wish they had one but you really dont need one. Listening to "5 cars,3 cars, 2 cars, 1, 30 feet, that'll do" all day is hella annoying. If you're off at the store beering up you may know when to hurry back by hearing a clearance being issued or permission given, that's pretty much all it does for you. Lets you know when a train IS finally leaving but you can listen all day long and not know if a train sitting in front of you will leave in 20 minutes or tomorrow, it just wont be mentioned on the radio.
i like the idea of having a scanner but i guess you're right, it would not be cool to use it, unless you're in a small group, maybe 2 or 3 and one of you listens to it, that way the others will keep a look on the things going on aroumd you while you listen
Scanners have uses, as do all tools, like anything else in yer bag. How well we use that tool can also effect it's performance. I rarely listen to yard frequencies, and stick to road channels to listen to larger areas with bigger antenna's to get an understanding of overall area movements. I often just listen out of the way, near by. Fucking yard freq's, I hates them!
The first $50 in donations go towards paying our monthly server fees and adding new features to the website. Once this goal is reached, we'll see about feeding Matt that burrito.
Buy Matt a Beer
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Now that we have the bills paid for this month, let's give Matt a hearty thank you by buying him a drink for all the hard work he's done for StP. Hopefully this will help keep him from going insane after a long day of squishing website bugs.
Feed Matt a Burrito
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Now that the bills are paid and Matt has a beer in his hand, how about showing him your love by rewarding all his hard work with a big fat burrito to put in his mouth. This will keep him alive while programming new features for the website.
Finance the Shopping Cart
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Now that the bills are paid and Matt is fed, perhaps it's time to start planning for those twilight years under the bridge... if only he had that golden shopping cart all the oogles are bragging about these days.