Getting Permission To Have Fun

dsc_6829I have long nursed a dislike of government. Note that I am not being specific about which government or where…I am prepared to be suspicious of ’em all. Not because of any conspiracies or bad management …but because the basic premise of them all seems to be ” No “. To that single word you can append any number of others; ” money “, ” permission “, ” interest “, or ” fun “. It might be different in Antarctica or on the moon, but around here it is pretty much all the same.

You can’t sail toy boats in the parks, fly toy airplanes on the school oval, fly drones above the tourist attractions, etc. You can’t build big sheds in some shires, you can’t build big houses in others. You can’t go to some bush areas and you certainly can’t shoot an old muzzle-loading flintlock rifle out in the bare desert. After all, this is only a very tiny little bare restricted state the size of Europe…

You are sometimes allowed to apply for permission to speak to officials…and then you can ask for permission to have fun. They encourage this as it gives them an opportunity to charge a fee for dispensing permission – or refusing it if they feel like it. It can be a matter of some anxiety on their part whether to go for the fee first or wait for a fine.

The surprising thing about this all is that it is generally accompanied by broad and bland advertisement about how our state is the greatest playground in the world and how the government is promoting our best interests. But don’t ask to have fun.

Tiny Hint: Choose an activity that they cannot regulate. Then flaunt it. You’re reading one of them now…