High Strangeness: First Contact

Friday, July 22, 2011

First Contact

I have made contact! Honestly, I was beginning to wonder if it would ever happen. I had tried contacting my MUFON unit commanders in Wisconsin to volunteer for service, but for two weeks now they have been strangely uncommunicative. Perhaps Wisconsin already has more field investigators than it needs? Perhaps UFOs don't bother with Wisconsin? Perhaps my local unit commanders had already been lost in battle? Or had their internet service cut off? That opens up a whole new field of paranoia... did they forget to pay their internet bills, or were the cables cut... on purpose?

Frankly, I don't have time to worry about that. Because I have taken a different approach to becoming a MUFON Field Investigator. You see, my wife works in Chicago, so I spend half my time living in Wisconsin, and the other half living in Illinois. It occurred to me that if there was an active MUFON chapter in Illinois, and if I could convince the Illinois unit commanders that I was an Illinoisian, I might be able to join up after all.

Turns out the Chicagoland MUFON Field Investigators are a busy bunch. Chicago has been the site of two significant UFO incidents in the past several years: the multiple-witness UFO sighting over O'Hare International Airport a few years back, and the more recent "Tinley Park Lights" incident. I don't know how these guys keep up!

Well, they don't, because in a recent article in a local paper, the Illinois state MUFON director, a Mr. Mxxxxxx, was quoted as saying that he needed more Field Investigators. I was stunned by his words: could this be the opening I was looking for? I quickly dashed off an email to Mr. Mxxxxxx and made my plea: would he, for the sake of the science of Ufology, pretend that I was an Illinoisian and allow me to become a Field Investigator for his chapter?

I was delighted and dismayed to get his response the following day. Delighted because he welcomed me with open arms and invited me to begin my training immediately. Dismayed because twice in the same note he invited me to something he called a "training secession." Darned if I know what that is, but it sounds like something that should be taking place in Texas, not Illinois.

With some hesitancy, I wrote back to Mr. Mxxxxxx and asked for more information. I thought it might be nice to know the date and location of the "secession," just so I could actually show up. He responded enthusiastically, telling me to be at the Orland Park Library at 10 am on Saturday, September 13th to begin my training. But when I went to mark the date on my calendar, I realized that September 13th is a Tuesday...

Now I wonder... is Mr. Mxxxxxx playing the same game as the Wisconsin unit commanders, only more far more subtly? Is it all a big test? Am I supposed to be able to ferret them out on my own? Is it possible that I am already dealing with real aliens...?

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