High Strangeness: Pulling Over

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Pulling Over

In the aftermath of our surprising UFO sighting last weekend, my wife and I had an interesting conversation about about my entrenched patterns of behavior, and how poorly they serve my new mission as a UFO Field Investigator...

You see, I was driving the car when we saw the orange light hovering in the night sky, and although I slowed down, it never occurred to me to pull over and get out of the car. And that's no good. Had I pulled over, and had my wife, my daughter and I gotten out of the car to get a better look at the UFO, it might have been a much different, much richer experience for all of us. We might have been able to make out more visual detail, we might have felt or heard something, we might have seen someone looking back at us. We just don't know.

And that's the point. Scooby Doo never unmasked the Sheriff by walking on past him. He stopped, he looked, he shook his head and looked again, he looked some more, and then he ran away. This is not a good analogy, but I'm committed now.

What my wife and I decided is, from now on, when confronted with something unusual, unexplainable, and unidentifiable in the sky, I need to pull over and I need to look. And I need to keep my binoculars handy. And my camera. I need to fall back on my old Boy Scout training and be prepared.

But I wonder, in the world of UFOs, can you ever really be prepared?

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