Friday, November 13, 2009

Can I Get My Own Invisible Fence?!

As Robert Frost famously quoted, "good fences make good neighbors" - and though his fence was really a stone wall, the same can be true of any fence, even an invisible one.

Several dogs on our street have invisible fences and as someone whose heart pounds when an unknown dog races toward me barking like he's a rabid wild thing, I think it's a fabulous idea. It's so simple - an underground wire transmits a warning beep to your dog if he tries to cross the "fence". It's a win-win for you and your dog - he gets to frolic freely and you know he's not roaming the streets getting into mischief, plus your neighbors aren't afraid to walk past your home. So, why do I want one? I don't even have a dog . . .

What I want is a reverse invisible fence, a perimeter around me that keeps people out. I would feel much more neighborly towards strangers if they were not so close! Perhaps I should call my new fence The Invisible Personal Space - of course, I have an invisible personal space already . . . we all do. The problem is that not everyone respects it - so my idea is to have an invisible one that sends a little warning beep to Members of the Public who try to cross this line. The generally accepted distance for personal space (in the US) is an arm's length. If you want to get technical, there are four different levels of personal space, but the one called 'Social Distance' is 4 to 12 feet. That's right - four feet is the minimum!

This means the following behaviors are not allowed:

  • close talking (remember Aaron from Seinfeld?)
  • bumping the ankles of the person in front of you with your grocery cart (wow! does that hurt)
  • breathing on people as you push them down the airplane aisle in your haste to deplane
  • touching babies who aren't yours - no matter how cute!
  • standing closer than you have to on public transportation
  • sitting so close your legs/arms touch the person beside you, unless the seat is extremely crowded
  • etcetera, etcetera, etcetera (to quote Yul Brynner)
Now, if you're the King of Siam you can keep people out of your personal space - perhaps just by glaring at them. For the rest of us, it's a bit more difficult. Obviously my Invisible Personal Space idea isn't fully developed - the tricky part will be convincing strangers to wear the collar and transmitter! Until I can work this out, maybe I will just purchase one of these and stand behind it:

I hope your weekend includes plenty of personal space!


  1. Yul Brenner mastered that scowl!

    I truly understand your thoughts on personal space. I am quite uncomfortable hugging people I barely know...At my first KV conference, the PRESIDENT of the company reached out and hugged me upon our introduction. WHOA!!! I mumbled, graciously (?), that I was not comfortable with hugging strangers. Her reply was "Get used to it.We hug." Five years later, they all hug, I grudgingly do so...and I am still not comfortable with it. Haven't these people heard of handshakes?
    Jane (artfully graced)

  2. I teach lots of business etiquette / professional etiquette courses and we always talk about hugging - it's a no-no, even if you're in a creative situation (designers seems to be big huggers!). But, I'm always surprised at how many people still insist on hugging. I did work with a company recently that has banned handshakes for the flu season - maybe the huggers will follow this lead . . .

  3. Invisible Dog Fences have evolved over the past 25 years. The expensive and somewhat ugly chain link dog fences have fallen by the wayside in favor of the new electronic dog fences, which use invisible radio waves. Dogs have a habit of jumping over or digging under chain link dog fences or other solid barrier dog fences. An Invisible Fence is a good idea if you want to keep your dog safe. A wireless dog fence is great because you never have to worry about fixing broken wires. A Wireless Pet Fence is a good option for pet containment.

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  5. I have heard some really good things about the Radial-Shape Havahart Wireless Dog Fence. It covers up to one and a half football fields in all directions and can work for two dogs. I think I’m leaning towards going with that one.

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