High Strangeness: E.T. Phones Me

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

E.T. Phones Me

I had a good Christmas this year, and was reminded once again what a wonderful family I have. I never expected it, but my wife and kids all took a decidedly otherworldly approach to their gift-giving this year, which I take as an indication that they have all decided to stop worrying about my blogging and join in the fun.

First of all, my three younger kids Cxxxx, Cxxxxx and Dxxxxx wrote, designed and printed new business cards for me to use in my UFO investigations:

I love the use of color, space and dimension, and the great little zingers sprinkled here and there in the copy. When I start passing these out at the scene of a UFO sighting, the local sheriff and Air Force officials will know who's in charge real fast.

Next up, my oldest, Nxxx, gave me a truly brilliant poster that shows a visual representation of the gravity wells of the Earth and every body in our solar system (not to mention our galaxy and local group). I never knew that one could escape the gravitational pull of the Martian moon Deimos by riding ones bike off a ramp, but I know now, thanks to a brilliant website called http://xkcd.com/ (look for comic #681). This poster will be invaluable as I try to determine the launching points of the UFOs I investigate.

Last but not least, my wife Mxxxxx gave me a spectacular 8" Orion Dobsonian reflector telescope that is almost as big as me. This is something I have been wanting for years, but on which I could never convince myself to take the plunge... Thank you, thank you, Mxxxxx, for taking the plunge for me!

We set the scope up on the backyard patio Christmas night and spent an hour out in the cold observing Jupiter and five of its moons, Orion's nebula, and Sirius the Dog Star, the most brilliant objects in the sky at that hour. There was something comically magical about the kids running outside over and over again into the 30 degree night in pajamas and bare feet to look through the telescope at each new object Mxxxxx and I found. It was a beautiful way to end the day, and, as a completely unexpected bonus, I learned that my son Nxxx's girlfriend Sxxxxxx is an astronomy buff, and has always wanted a telescope as well!

There will be lots of late nights in the backyard with this baby...

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year, everyone!

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