High Strangeness: The Special Box

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Special Box

One of my projects for this weekend is to put together my Official MUFON Field Investigator's Kit. The kit is compose of everything I will need to conduct a UFO investigation, and according to the MUFON Field Investigator's Manual, "it would be advantageous to store these items in a special box, suitcase or briefcase."

I should have put my Kit together long ago, I know, but until last month I didn't really know for sure whether I was going to pass the test and become a Certified MUFON Field Investigator, and, well... I only have one special box and I didn't want to empty it out and put all my MUFON Field Investigator's stuff in it if I wasn't going to be a MUFON Field Investigator.

This special box has been with me a long time.
But now I know, and this weekend I must fill my special box with insect repellant, an inclinometer, a first aid kit (personal use only), a color chart, a disposable polyethylene glove, binoculars (with image stabilization), a digital audio recorder, a calculator, digital and film cameras, a small garden trowel and shovel, a star finder or computer astronomy program...

(You can stop reading and skip to the end if you like. I wouldn't blame you.)

...a knife/Leatherman (multipurpose tool), a string, tarp, tent and stakes (what, no poles?), a magnifying glass, area maps or computer mapping capability, tweezers, clipboard or 3-ring notebook, pencils, pens, permanent markers, flashlight (extra batteries), headlamp, compass (good quality) tape measure (100 foot), ruler, sample containers (ziplock bags), MUFON Questionnaire Forms, MUFON Field Investigator's Manual, MUFON Photo Identification Card (not expired).

I'm still puzzling over "headlamp."

The only headlamps I own are attached to my cars. Pretty firmly, too. Not only do they not fit in my special box, but I've noticed that once you remove them from the car they don't light up anymore. Not even on low beam.

I'm going to have a lot of questions for my State Director at our next meeting...

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