I debated posting this one but I figured you’d all enlighten me a little. There’s a chance I’m wrong and I learn something new, and new knowledge is never a bad thing. There’s also the chance that my suspicions are correct, in which case I’ve learned a new depth of naivete.
Two days ago, I was working on my homework when I heard it. Pat. Pat. Pat. Pat. Pat. Boom. Pat. Pat. Boom. Boom. Gunfire. It was so loud and so close to the house that I was convinced there was a shooting in the area. A friend even texted me to ask if I heard the sound. She lives 4 blocks away. The noise was unmistakable. I called the school, which is only 5 minutes from the house and asked if there was anything happening. They had no idea what I was talking about. These are sounds you typically don’t hear in Canada. It was definitely unexpected and I was terrified. Unconvinced that nothing was happening, I raced over and picked the girls up from school. I was the only parent who did this but maybe it’s because I was the only parent who never experienced this… sound invasion… before. From the time I first heard the sounds to the time I picked up the girls, 3 Serbians explained what the noises where: the government was shooting down hail so it doesn’t damage the tomato crops. Military drills I would totally understand. Countries do that. Countries that are not participating in the nearby NATO exercise in Poland (https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/03/world/nato-exercise-poland-baltics-russia/index.html) might also want to flex their muscles, as in a “you show me yours, I’ll show you mine” display of might. This would also be believable. But shooting down HAIL? I quite literally choked out, “this is what you actually BELIEVE?” Not one, but three people had the same explanation. I wondered which Serbian newspaper came up with it.
The next day, I heard the sounds again and went out of the house to record it. Have a listen. I’m definitely interested in hearing your thoughts.