Google Earth

If you’d like to see what your house looked like last December, type your address into Google Earth, and you can pan around and see your house and the whole circle if you’d like.

If you haven’t used Google Earth before, just Google it to get to the web site. It’s a free download and a quick install. It installs itself, actually. After that, you can type in just about any address, and you’ll be taken right to an aerial view of it. When you hit the “plus” sign to zoom in, you’ll see little camera icons in the streets. Mouse over those, and you’ll see house numbers. Click on one, and it will zoom in to a street-level view of the house, (or business, or school, or whatever). Then you can pan around for a 360 degree view.

In one way, it’s kind of fun. I’ve gone back to look at homes I lived in as a child and a newlywed, and so on. And it was interesting to look at Blackjack Oak from above. And how do I know the picture was taken in December, or late November perhaps? Because the Christmas decorations are out. Actually, the pictures might have been taken two or even three years ago at Christmas-time. I can’t tell because I wasn’t here, but you would probably know by the cars parked around the circle.

As I said, in one way, it’s kind of fun, but then in another way, it’s kind of creepy to know that anyone anywhere on the planet can take a look at the outside of your house and whatever else you have outside that isn’t hidden by trees. I’ve read that some neighborhoods have sued Google Earth for invasion of privacy but haven’t gotten anywhere with it. I guess we’re lucky to be living in The Woodlands. You can’t see very much of anything, not even at street level if the front yard is wooded. And it seems the Google Earth camera-car didn’t make it down our little cul-de-sac to take pictures. There’s no street-level view at all down here, and somehow that doesn’t bother me a bit.


About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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