High Strangeness: The UFO Next Door

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The UFO Next Door

An interesting thing happened the other night. My friend Jxxx, who has had a whole lifetime of UFO experiences, asked me out to dinner to tell me about a book he wants to write, so we went to a local restaurant to talk. His book idea surprised me; I had expected it to be about his UFO encounters--and it was--but he revealed that he is planning to tell a much bigger story about a number of odd and magical things that have occurred in his life. It's a very ambitious, very fun idea, and we had a good talk about how he could tell his story in an engaging way.

You never know what lurks in the woods after dark...
But that's not the part of the evening that I'm talking about. The thing I want to talk about happened about halfway through my conversation with my friend Jxxx. While were talking, another friend, Dxxxxx, who happens to work at the restaurant, kept stopping and listening when he would pass our table.

In time, Dxxxxx decided to join the conversation, and when he finally spoke it was obvious something was up. His face got a little flushed, he seemed agitated, and he said something that he had obviously wanted to say to somebody for a long time but never felt he could: he told us that he and some local friends had had a terrifying UFO experience when they were kids.

"We were camping down at the River Park, which was not as built-up back them. The back part of the park was just woods, and that's where we were camping.

"Me and my friend had to pee, so we got out of the tent to take a leak. As we were standing there, we saw three bright lights in a triangle shape in the sky. They just came down lower and lower to the ground as we watched, and then we just dove back into our tent and into our sleeping bags."

It was obvious that Dxxxxx was pretty worked up about it. I asked him what happened next, and he hesitated for a moment, looked a little bewildered and said, "We fell asleep and in the morning it was gone."

That, to me, is a telling detail. I have heard so many UFO stories where the witness was scared out of his or her wits during the encounter, then immediately fell fast asleep and didn't wake up until morning, that his story didn't surprise me a bit. It makes absolutely no sense that a person would fall fast asleep immediately after having a terrifying experience, and yet witness after witness describes just that. Because of that odd detail, and the obvious agitation Dxxxxx was experiencing while telling his story, I believed him.

One more thing. The house where my wife and I live, our property butts up against that very same park where Dxxxxx had his UFO experience all those years ago. We can't be more that a quarter mile from where he and his friend saw their UFO.

Dxxxxx has promised me that he's going to try to get in touch with that old friend so that I can talk to him. In the meantime, I'm a little more careful about walking in the park after dark these days...
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