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Monday, April 8, 2019

UFO Party Talk

Spring is finally here, in the Northeast United States.  We had beautiful weather all weekend - well, beautiful for the Northeast in spring.  Temperatures were in the mid 60's Fahrenheit which is great for early April.  Skies were clear and sunny which made it feel more like Shorts Weather than Sweater Weather.  Of course, my kids want to wear shorts all year round so that distinction is blurred.

Great Spring Weekend

I spent much of the weekend outside.

  • My daughter had a softball game.  We won.  
  • I did spring clean-up, which was more of fall clean-up since it was too rainy to rake last fall.  
  • I redistributed gravel my snowplow guy pushes from one end of my driveway to the other.  

It was a lot of work, especially for someone still on the tail end of recovering from cancer surgery.  But I am not complaining.  Raking leaves is better than dying.  Though I am undecided about where death ranks versus shoveling gravel.

Bass fishing in the back yard
Fishing in the backyard
I capped the weekend off with a little fishing in the backyard, with the kids.  Actually, I did not do any fishing.  I spent an hour tying rigs for three little people who kept getting snagged in the rocks or in trees or who snapped their lines by casting out without opening the bale.  We did pull in one little bass (at right).  After the kids all had a turn touching the fish we threw it back.  I think it died, though.  Food for thought, regarding alien abductions.

I took my motorcycle out for a spin around the block.  The block is a four mile circuit.  I picked up a bottle of Rye for a friend's birthday.  Basically, Rye is American Scotch, as far as I am concerned.  I know the base ingredient is different but to me Rye is as American as Scotch is Scottish.  Good stuff, no matter how you slice it - or pour it.

UFO Party Talk

The friend I bought the Rye for had a birthday party Saturday.  Mrs. M. and I went over to celebrate with him.  Captain Awesome did not make an appearance.  He was in Vegas for business - the business of being awesome.  Oh yeah!  But his wife came in his stead - mutual friends of the birthday boy.  That was good because it was one more person for Mrs. M. to chat with while I worked the crowd - I am a lot more outgoing than she is.  Same with Captain Awesome and Mrs. Awesome, so it was good the wives had each other.

I debuted my F-Cancer t-shirt.  Cancer is always a fun conversation starter at parties.  Nobody mentioned it.  But one topic that did come up several times was... now what was it?  Oh, that's right, UFOs.  Imagine that.  Me, having a few drinks and somehow the subject of UFOs enters the discussion.  Hmm...

Mrs. Awesome
Me with Mrs. Captain Awesome
To be clear, UFOs did not actually enter.  Although that might have been cool.  As long as they were friendly.  You would not want to be singing Happy Birthday and then all of a sudden a tiny UFO flies through the room and starts zapping people with death rays.  Then someone grabs a tennis racket and starts swatting at the thing.  "Oh no!  It got Alex!  Someone get some bug spray."  That would have kicked the party up a few notches, for better or for worse.

Lying to yourself until you believe it

When you talk to people you just met, at parties, you need to come up with things to talk about while you sip your Whiskey.  Usually one person tries to say something interesting and then the other person responds with a, "Yeah, something similar happened to me, one time," and then they go into a story which has no similarity whatsoever to what you said but you roll with it because you are all just there to drink and have a good time, in honor of a friend.

I told my UFO sighting story to a couple people.  One guy's response was a story about a bright light which moved erratically.  He is not sure if  he dreamed it, or not.  I wonder if that detail is something the mind does to people in order to protect them.  Seeing a UFO goes against everything you have been taught from a young age so you convince yourself you imagined it.  Like, you have told yourself, "That didn't really happen," for so long that eventually you believe it.  I have heard the opposite is true, that you can imagine something and then, over time, you come to believe your own imagination.  So why not?

The same person then told me about an out of body experience he once had.  He was on Nitrous oxide, or Laughing Gas, at the dentist when it happened. N2O, is also known as "Hippie Crack" because it can often be found at Hippie Jam Band Concerts and will make you incredibly high for a few moments but then the high wears off quickly and you want more.  You could get so high that you feel like you have left your body.  

The Dead
Grateful Dead
Like, for example, say you were at one of the final Grateful Dead shows in 1995 at, I don't know, Highgate, Vermont, and you bought some balloons full of Nitrous from some guy with a big tank in the back of a blue pickup truck and you inhaled the whole balloon.  I do not know if this has ever happened to anyone but if it did he might reach a point where he thinks, "No one should ever be this high!!!"  In that moment, he might feel like he has left his body.  Then, upon returning to his body, there was a siren noise which turned into a wah-wah sound.  Off in the distance, tribal drums played.  I will have to ask around to see if that has ever happened to anyone.

What is most interesting about that encounter, at the party, is that after a few drinks this relative stranger whom I opened up to about the UFO got really comfortable with that UFO Guy (me) and took me for that Paranormal Guy who believes in everything.  I do not.  Just UFOs.  Like, oh, we all look the same to you people.  I have no ire for anyone who does believe in everything Paranormal.  I met some great people at the Pine Bush UFO Meeting last week who believe in Bigfoots and demons, etc., and that is cool.  It is just not me.  I believe in UFOs because I saw one, up close.  I have never seen a Bigfoot.  I will write a post about it as soon as it happens.

Science behind Out of Body Experiences

I do not believe in out of body experiences either.  Although I had one.  One time when I was around 18 I was on my motorcycle, riding through a parking garage.  I went around a corner and hit some oily pavement.  The bike slid out from under me and I hit the ground running.  The bike got a few scratches but I was fine.  No part of me touched the pavement except my feet.  But as I was running in mid-air and then on pavement, trying to catch up to my feet, I saw all of this happening to myself from a perch above and behind myself.  It was like playing a Third-Person Shooter game where you can look over the shoulder of the avatar you are playing.

Out of body Running in Parking Garage
Looking at yourself having an out of body experience
Did I have an out of body experience?  I had an experience.  I do not think my soul left my body, though.  I believe there is a scientific explanation for what happened to me.  I do not know what that is.  I do not know enough about psychology and physiology in order to weigh in on that any more than I have.  But I am pretty sure nothing paranormal happened to me.  Pretty sure.

Am I wrong?  Got a similar experience which convinced you?  I would love to hear about it.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Alien Yoga

Despite the amount of time I spend sitting at a keyboard I lead a very active life.  I ski and snowboard a lot, I hike, I do yard work and house work.  I don't sit for long.  So when I was benched after my surgery in February it was not long before I began moving around again.  One of the things I started doing, as a form of lite exercise, is yoga.  I never thought I would try it.  It looks ridiculous.  I feel ridiculous when I do it.  But more importantly, it got me thinking, I wonder if aliens do yoga.

I wonder,

Do Aliens Exercise?

In all the artists' renditions of aliens I have never seen a jacked up alien.  They always appear extremely skinny, with gigantic heads.  I feel like if I met an alien I would want to make it a sandwich.  I'd be like, "Yo, you wanna grab some wings or a burger, bro?"  They are so skinny, I think I could take one.  I mean, they would have to promise not to use any kind of telekinesis on me and their buddies would have to keep their phasers holstered.  They probably fight dirty, the little runts.  But I am pretty sure, if it was a fair fight, I could knock a Martian out.

Alien doing Yoga
Alien Yoga
Maybe back on their home planet, there are aliens who do work out.  When we send men and women into space, there are size restrictions.  Astronauts need to be able to fit into small spaces.  We can only build our space capsules so big.  A 400 pound astronaut would never be able to move around in the International Space Station.

If there was a problem in flight and the crew began looking around for heavy things to jettison, Captain Porko would be looking at the other crew members, making jazz hands, going, "Hey guys.  GUYS!  Don't get any ideas.  Guys?"

It could be that aliens also have size restrictions for their astronauts.  They are coming a long way, they need to bring a lot of supplies, there is only so much room for passengers.  The fallacy with that premise is that the alien spaceship I saw was huge.  It was longer than the one acre clearing I was sitting in.  I'm guessing, if it were filled only with passengers, there could have been thousands of those skinny bobble-headed Greys in there.  Surely, they would have some room for one fatty.

Maybe there are some fat aliens but they keep those guys on the spaceship.  They're like, "Sorry Chunk.  You're not getting beamed down this time.  You're eight pramlas overweight.  I told you not to eat all those Canadians."

And Chunk would be like, "But Sir, they were covered in maple syrup!"

Alien Yoga

So I am sitting there in the yoga class, trying to do these silly poses.  Bear in mind, I am not knocking yoga - not much.  Maybe a little.  It is a good thing, yoga.  It is not my cup of ginseng tea but I get it.  It is good for some people.  And for now it is good for me.  I had major abdominal surgery.  I had over a foot of pipe removed and then the pieces were crazy glued back together.  It is important for me to stretch out and get everything inside me back to normal, as much as that is possible.  For now, yoga seems necessary and I believe it is working.  But it feels so weird to be making some of those poses which - let's just say that I am the only man in the class.  I will leave it at that.

Why are Aliens so Skinny?
Why are Aliens so Skinny?
One of the poses was called the Relaxation Pose.  It looks like the picture above.  I think I got it right.  I even did the, "Ohmm's," as instructed, but I failed to feel relaxed.  Maybe I just need more practice relaxing.  I have difficulty relaxing in a hot tub.  That's just me.

Would aliens do something like this?  In the past two centuries, humans have become more and more aware of the health benefits of regular exercise.  You would think, if the aliens who visit us have the ability to get from there to here, they would have a couple million year head start on us in the exercise department.  Surely, they must be really into fitness.

What kind of exercises would aliens do?  Would they put on a loose Gold's Gym tank top, drive their Camaro down to Anytime Fitness and power lift for two hours?  Do aliens drink creatine?  Perhaps they do not need to.  Perhaps the aliens who visit us are so advanced they can simulate the benefits of exercise with a drink or a pill.  That would be nice.  I would buy that.  I bet they get a lot of spam emails offering discount "Little Green Pills" from India.

Jacked Up Alien
Do Aliens Exercise?
My yoga instructor is thin as a rail.  If her head were a little bigger I might think she was an alien.  I am sure she is incredibly fit.  She is just extremely skinny.  Maybe that's it.  Maybe that is the reason aliens are so skinny.  They all do yoga.

If you are travelling  hundreds of light years through space, you need to make smart decisions about what you will fill your spaceship with.  Some other spaceships have been described as being a mile wide.  But most are much smaller.  It would not be practical to build a gym on-board.  It would take up too much space and all the free weights would add unnecessary weight to the ship.  Even with their advances in physics you would have to think they would want to keep the weight down on the ship.  Yoga requires zero equipment.  You just need a big open space to do it in.  They could fold up the table in the conference room and move out all the chairs and BAM! you have a yoga studio.

I think yoga would be the exercise of choice for aliens.  That is probably why it feels so... alien to me.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

UFO Community Meeting

Since going to my first UFO Conference last fall I have learned there are two types of people who believe in extra terrestrial life.  The first needs to see hard evidence for everything.  If there is no photographic proof then there must at least be some theories which have been vetted by peer review.  I call this group the Scientific Methodists.  The second group follows the testimonies of eye witnesses.  They draw conclusions based on what makes sense given the information provided and then build upon those conclusions with further deductions.  I call this group the UFO Community.

Pine Bush UFO Meeting

Last night I attended a UFO Community meeting in Pine Bush, New York.  Pine Bush is the epicenter of UFO activity in the Northeastern United States.  Ever since a string of UFO sightings was reported back in the 1980's people have flocked from all over to Sky Watch in Pine Bush, in hopes of seeing a UFO.  Every spring, for the past decade, the town has hosted a UFO Fair which will be held on May 18th, 2019.  It is also home to the United Friends Observer's Society which some people refer to as, "The Pine Bush UFO Meeting."

My journey to Pine Bush began with a frantic drop-off of my daughter at an after school lesson followed by a mad dash down I-84 and across the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge.  I got off the highway, and drove 17 miles until I reached the middle of Nowhere.  Cute town.  I then turned right on Main Street and then left on Main Street and drove until I lost my broadband signal, or about 11 miles.  From there, I had difficulty finding the little building where the meeting was held.  Waze had me drive past it and I then drove around the area for ten minutes trying to figure out where I was supposed to be.  I was worried I would be joining the meeting late because I had it on my calendar for 6:00 pm and it was nearly 6:20 by the time I found the little old school house where the group meets.
United Friends Observer's Society
Little Old School House, Pine Bush, NY
After all that, I pulled in to an empty parking lot and walked up to a building with a locked door.  Oh, the curses I thought up!  At that point I was extremely thirsty from having raked leaves for two hours prior to leaving home and I was nearly out of gas so I drove down to a Stewart's I had seen a few miles back.  I love Stewart's.  Only people from Upstate New York will know what I am talking about.  I filled up my tank and went inside to buy myself a Stewart's Cream Soda, because by then I deserved a nice treat, and a bag of Stewart's Salt and Vinegar Chips for my kids because they're the best.  The chips.  And my kids.  Both the best.

I drove away from the gas pump and sat in the Stewart's parking lot to look at my phone and figure out my next move.  I quickly drank half of my soda and Googled the United Friends Observer's Society, which does not have a lot of information available online.  I found their Facebook page.  Huh, I thought.  The meeting starts at 7:00, not 6:00.  I was not late I was very early.

I headed back to the little old school house.  By the time I got there, a few members of the group had arrived and the door was unlocked.  I went in and was warmly greeted by the group members.  They all knew each other but no one treated me like an outsider.  I was offered snacks which included Entenmann's Donuts, cheese, and macaroons.  I sat down and started taking notes on my surroundings like, "Tin ceiling," and, "no [inter]net," and, "Padded Folding Chairs."  Nobody asked me what I was scribbling in my black and white composition notebook.

Pine Bush UFO Meeting
Pine Bush UFO Meeting Snacks
The group's charismatic leader is Bill Wiand, the only member of the group whose last name I will print.  Bill has a beard which looks remarkably like the one I recently shaved off, only much whiter, and long white hair which he wore in a ponytail.  He started the meeting by sharing some current events with the group.  Scientific Methodists will agree with some of the information but will dismiss other points as Conspiracy Theories.

Here are some of Bill's pronouncements:
  • A lot of airplanes are flying overhead and there is a new moon which he surmises tends to be "the start of things" and something big will happen soon, maybe in Israel or Venezuela.  A group member asked if strife attracts visitors from outer space.  Bill replied that there needs to be "blood and guts" before the Reptilians will come.  
  • He then moved on to telling the group that Climate Change is not caused by us, that all planets (presumably in our solar system) are experiencing this change.  
  • He said that meteors are becoming more prevalent and the government is taking down the old Space Fence and building a new one.
  • Bill told the group there is a Space Warden and we have had ships in space which can do anything that alien ships can do, since 2005.  
  • He said we have a base on the Moon and one on Mars which we built with the Russians in 1964.  Some contractors who worked on the Mars base told him they went through age regression and had their memories erased (but some memories are coming back).  
  • NASA is paying someone $19,000 to lay in bed for a long time in order to find out how astronauts will react to our first trip to Mars.
I did not raise my hand and ask Bill where his information comes from.  I got his card at the end of the meeting so I could sit down with him sometime and have a longer, one-on-one conversation with him.  He is a fascinating man and I am eager to find out more about him.

The floor was then yielded to group members who one by one introduced themselves and shared whatever they wanted to, with the rest of the group.  The group consisted primarily of people who appeared to be older than me, except one member.  All seemed to be employed in a professional job or recently retired from one.  This second part of the meeting felt like an AA meeting.  Like, "Hi, my name is David and I'm a UFO Witness," and they're all like, "Hi David."  That did not really happen but it felt like that.

Ray spoke first.  He wore a baseball cap belonging to some type of First Responders team.  He did not have much to say, just a few recent findings and an endorsement of the movie Passengers.  I smiled because I recently watched it three times, with my family, on Netflix.  Bill suggested getting it on Blu-Ray because Netflix is moving to a model where they will only have their own programming.  Ray then passed the baton to me by jokingly handing me a plastic fork.

Everyone seemed eager to find out who the new guy was and what he had to say.  I believe I did not disappoint.  I gave a brief introduction, saying that I had a close encounter 27 years ago and did not tell many people until my wife sent me the New York Times article about Lue Elizondo leaving the Pentagon and joining To The Stars Academy.  I emailed Lue and he called me a few times and that got the ball rolling to start this blog.  I skipped over the whole part about how I was being considered for a documentary TTSA is working on and how initially this blog was intended to support a Podcast I wanted to set up.  I just said that Lue's contact was what inspired me to start the blog and that it has evolved into writing about Alien Philosophy and UFO Culture and if anyone wanted to talk more about that with me I would like to speak with them after the meeting.
UFO Community

I realized at that point that everyone was intensely staring at me like I had just announced I had a close encounter with an alien spaceship, or something - but in a good way.  And I had done it like, "I'm pregnant, pass the salt, Dad."  I had not anticipated nor intended to steal the show but several people then fervently asked me to share my sighting story.  Apparently, this news was gold to the group members.  I sat up in my chair and asked if they wanted to hear the whole story.  They said, "Yes!"  I asked if there was time.  Again, "Yes!"  I then told my UFO sighting story.  Everyone seemed fascinated.  A few people asked questions during the story and when I finished there where several more questions, discussion, and cross-talk.  Bill had some theories about how and why some details happened.

It was cool to be the center of attention for a few minutes although that was not why I went to the meeting and I was relieved when Steve took the floor.  He may be the oldest member of the group.  All he said was, "As usual, I haven't seen anything."

Another Steve, perhaps the youngest in the group, then said he once saw something flying erratically, in ways a jet cannot fly.  But then it came up close to him and it was a jet.  He surmised that it must have been a UFO that had cloaked itself to look like a jet.  Bill agreed that they can do that.  Young Steve then told a story about a bright orange light which stopped above him at Mountain Creek.  It split in two.  One light went one way and then went out and the other light went the other way.  At the time he was with a friend who does not believe in aliens and his friend was freaked out.

Bill chimed in with a story about how there is a "Class 4 Toxin Lab" in Middletown and how sometimes satellites need to be refueled and then restarted.

Next up was Linda.  She once saw a "box" in the air with lights on all four corners.  I began to think that maybe I had set the tone for the meeting, with my sighting story, since people were relating their own UFO sighting stories.  Linda then talked about how people at work tease her a little about her belief in aliens but two of the attorneys there will ask her questions in private because they are curious but they do not want to experience the same ridicule.

Bill said there is no privacy anymore.  You can buy thermal imaging hardware and see anything.

Rohann, a woman with pink hair, talked about a shared consciousness and gave an example of raccoons on one island who started washing their food and then hundreds of miles away raccoons on another island started washing their food.  She saw a UFO in 1998.  It looked like an animal in the sky with something pulsating around it.  It was evening twilight, in the winter.  She also saw something with bright lights rise out of a lake.  As it rose it "squished down" and then two bright white lights on the ship zoomed off in different directions.  She also saw triangles over the trees which were not solid objects but were made of light.

Jeannette has seen spirits, UFO's, and Bigfoots.  One Bigfoot recently walked close by her house.  Young Steve asked if it left footprints in the snow.  She said sometimes they do sometimes they do not.  Often they leave only one footprint.  Debbie, a Bigfoot Researcher, agreed.  Jeannette often feels taunted by many different dimensional beings.  She heard about how Steven Greer calls aliens by using flashlights so she did it and was unpleasantly surprised when a spaceship showed up.

The final member to take the floor was Debbie.  She is really in to Bigfoots and brought several photos, in digital and print formats, which she used as visual aids to describe the Bigfoots she encounters.  She once saw an orb with a beam of light which left a red circle on the ground.

The meeting broke after that and everyone got up and mingled.  Nearly everyone had a question for me or some information to share with me.  I asked everyone if it was OK to use their first names on my blog and they all agreed.  Young Steve invited me to go Sky Watching with him and some other members.  I checked the time on my phone and saw that my wife had already texted me, asking where I was.  I knew that meant, "What ditch are you lying in, should I call the police?"  I told Steve I would like to go but would have to wait until next time.  I needed to get permission ahead of time.

I had a great night at the Pine Bush UFO Meeting.  I look forward seeing my new friends again at the Pine Bush UFO Fair, next month.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Cancer and Skiing

As the audience for this blog has grown beyond my circles of friends there are, no doubt, people reading this who do not know the details of my recent illness and are curious about what happened.  So today's blog will not be about UFO Culture or Alien Philosophy but more about me, personally.

Colon cancer runs in the family.  My grandfather died from it at my age.  Back then colon cancer was pretty much a death sentence because there are typically no symptoms until the cancer has spread so much that it is irreversible.  More than half of all people who were diagnosed with colon cancer in the 1960's did not make it past five years.  Even in the 1990's when my dad had it, the survival rates had only improved to three out of four patients.  Today, the colon cancer survival rate is up to 95% for people who catch it early.

Treatments have improved dramatically in the past fifty years but the biggest difference between then and now is detection.  If you catch it early you can cut it out before it spreads.  Since I had the family history, I went in for a colonoscopy.  Insurance companies do not like to pay for a colonoscopy under age 50 so I had to fight with the company to get them to authorize it.  The procedure would have cost me over $14,000 (this is not including the actual cancer treatment costs).  I would not have paid that.  If payment had not been authorized by the insurance company I would be dying now and probably not even know it.  On the plus side, I would have gotten in a lot more ski days this season, had I not known about the tumor.  So there's that.

When the doctor told me, my wife cried.  I went home and wrote out plans on what to do, in case I did not make it.  Less than a month after my diagnosis I was under the knife.  Actually, no knives were involved.  It was laparoscopic surgery.  I did not even get any stitches.  They Crazy Glued me back up.  For real.  I was walking, a bit, later that night, albeit with quite a bit of pain.

I was in the hospital for four days, during which time I had a dozen, or so, visitors and and outpouring of support from hundreds of people via social media, phone/text, and on the GoFundMe and Meal Train my friends set up for me.  I made sure to get up and walk around as much as I could.  I did several laps around the hospital unit each day to begin rebuilding the muscles that were cut.  The hospital stay was not terrible but I was happy when I was finally sent home.

Back at home, the hardest part of my recovery was not having the energy or motivation to continue writing.  All I could do for the first week, or so, was sit in my recliner and relax.  I can not relax.  I have a motor with no Off switch.  I basically run at 100mph from 5:00am until I run out of gas around 10:00pm.  But that week I was sleeping sometimes for more than ten hours a night.

Since I could not do any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise I decided to clean up the house, a bit.  I started doing the dishes and laundry every day.  I got really into folding things nicely.  It has become a bit of an obsession.  I need to get out of the house.

Before the surgery I asked my doctor when I could ski again.  He said I should be good within a month.  So my goal was to get back on skis one month from the surgery.  And I did.

Whiteface Mountain
Me and Captain Awesome

Nothing crazy, at first.  One of my ski buddies, Captain Awesome, has the same season pass to Whiteface, Gore, and Belleayre as I do.  I knew he was going to be at Whiteface the day after I had to travel to Plattsburgh, NY, so I met him there on the way back.  I promised myself (and my wife) I would only do green (easy) trails.  We took a wrong turn and ended up on a blue (intermediate) trail.  I took it easy and only did a few runs.  

Later that night, I had to take one of my kids on a tour of our local police station, with his scout troop.  Suddenly, it hit me.  I felt like I was kicked in the stomach by a mule.  You know how that feels.  I had to lean against the walls in the cop shop to stand up.  I could not wait to get home and lie down.

Belleayre Mountain
Back out with my crew
I was fine the next day so I exercised my season pass again that Saturday.  This time, I promised myself I would not over do it.  I was going to stick with the blues and greens and ski slowly.  My friends had other ideas.  It was a powder day so we skied black diamonds (difficult) most of the day.  It was not their fault, I was a willing participant.  But what a day!  I got home feeling exhausted but good.  That night and the following day I was fine.  No pain at all.  That was when I knew I was back.

Later that week I went snowboarding.  I kept it under 50.

Ski Tracks

So now I am back to nearly 100% health.  I still feel some tension when I stretch in certain ways and I am trying not to lift more than 50 pounds but otherwise I am doing OK.  I am eager to resume writing about Alien Philosophy and UFO Culture every morning.  I hope my audience is just as eager to read about it.

I will leave off today by encouraging everyone who is reading this to find out if you have a family history of cancer and if so, do not wait to get checked out.  Do it now.

Also, as a reminder, there is a poll on Twitter right now, asking what readers want to see more of.  Please vote.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

We Are Being Visited

Over the past six months, since starting this blog, I have been exposed to a whole new world of UFO culture.  It is something I had never put much thought into before.  Yes, even though I had a traumatizing close encounter with an alien spaceship when I was nineteen I was never into aliens or UFOs until I began writing this blog.  The subject just never interested me.

I think what turned me off was the way the issue gets presented to the public.  TV and movie makers try to create this aura of mystique around their productions in an effort to make the viewer feel like there is some top secret info that is being kept from them but this here video is going to reveal everything.  Stay tuned to the final dramatic conclusion or you will never know the secrets the government is keeping from you.  BS.

We Are Being Visited
Phoenix Lights
There are plenty of skeptics, people who are unable to do the math and conclude that it is statistically impossible for us to be alone in the Universe, people who can not fathom that over the course of billions of years someone out there in the Cosmos was able to figure out light speed travel and then was able to get from there to here.  But are these people the majority?  Should all entertainment be aimed at this lowest common denominator?

UFO Video Review

Case in point, last night my wife was trolling the depths of Netflix, looking for something about history.  She stumbled upon a two part "series" about UFOs.  Naturally, she thought I would be interested so she queued it up for me and we began watching it.  The show was called UFOs: The Best Evidence Ever (Caught on Tape).  Even the title leaves me somewhere between cringe and chuckle.  Tape.  The show was produced in 2000 so it is clearly dated.  But that does not mean it will be bad.  The Blues Brothers was made in 1980, for example, and I will watch that from any point in the film anytime it is on TBS or AMC (even though I own it on VHS and DVD).

We are being visited
One Word: UFOs
As soon as the video began I knew it was schlock.  The narrator began presenting the video evidence in that typical, "We know something you don't" voice.  I could picture the guy in his little recording booth, leaning forward with his fingers outstretched towards me, getting ready to say, "Don't tell anyone I told you this, but..."

The show then proceeds to show amateur videos of possible UFO encounters.  It starts off with the famous Phoenix Mass Sighting case.  I've embedded an equally cheesy clip of that story, below, from another production released earlier this year, in case any of my readers are not familiar with the Phoenix Lights story.

The show then goes on to show clip after clip of lights in the sky and far off dots, moving erratically around the screen.  The video evidence is actually pretty compelling and if you are a skeptic then you may be persuaded by all of it.  It is not that any one of the clips is the smoking gun, in and of itself, but as they say in the court room there is a preponderance of evidence.  There are so many examples of Unidentified Flying Objects in this show, it is hard to walk away still wondering, are we are alone in the Universe?

It was easy to walk away from the show in general, though.  About ten minutes into it, Mrs. M. started looking at her phone.  I then soon started watching with one eye and playing Words With Friends with the other.  Within twenty minutes, she asked me if she could put on something else.  I was fighting sleep by that point and did not want to be rude and turn off the light in the middle of the show she put on so I gladly welcomed the offer.  I  was asleep about a minute later.

It would be easy to dismiss the terrible presentation by saying, "Well it was nearly twenty years ago and things are different now."  But they're not.  People are still making UFO shows this way.  Apparently there is an audience for this kind of thing.  Who is this audience?  Just read the YouTube comments from the video above.  The second post says, "Do people still believe in ufos? Not hating just curious."

Are we alone in the Universe?

OK, so a sense of mystique will appeal to some people.  But that does not mean that every production should be geared towards them.  It is time for Hollywood (and amateur Hollywood wanna-bees) to start taking this subject seriously and stop being ashamed to present it as a matter of fact.  We are being visited.  Is it really that hard to admit?  Say it with me.

We are being Visited

If someone is unable to admit that, that is fine.  Some people think the Earth is flat.  Some people think that Pop Rocks and Coke will make your stomach explode.  Some people think that wiggling your fingers under the faucet will make the water get hot faster.  You will never convince these people that we are being visited, no matter how mysterious a narrator makes his voice sound.

If I was making a documentary on this subject I would not try to appeal to that audience.  I would make it for open minded folks with enough intelligence to understand that you do not need video evidence to believe in aliens.  I would just present the information as a matter of fact.

Would this appeal to you or do you prefer the UFO mystery shows?  Leave a comment below or on the David Marceau Facebook page.

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Next Phase

Writing this blog has been a fun ride but after six months it is time for me to hang it up.  Ha ha, April Fools!

On the contrary, I am ready to get back into this.  The past couple months have been challenging, with my cancer diagnosis and subsequent surgery followed by several weeks of recovery.  I do my writing at four or five in the morning.  This has never been a problem.  Usually my eyes pop open and I spring out of bed hours before anyone else in my house is awake.  That is why it is the best time to write, for me, because it is nice and quiet and no one needs me for anything.  I just brew a pot of coffee, put on a sweater, and pound away on the keyboard.  But cancer, and its recovery process, grabs a hold of me and says, "Where are you going, Mister?  Lay down and sleep for a few more hours."

Aliens and their cultures

I think that is all behind me now.  I have been waking up at 4:00 again - no alarm, just up and ready to start the day.  It is time to get back on the horse and renew what I started last fall.  Fortunately, I see from the site traffic stats that my regular readers have continued checking the site and a lot of new readers have found it, as well.  The site has been hit nearly 4000 times *** WOW! ***  from dozens of countries.  I will soon post my 100th article.

As I begin the next phase of writing I am interested in hearing feedback from readers.  What have you liked the most, so far?  My articles tend to fit into one of three categories:

  • Details of my own alien spaceship sighting
  • Commentary on current events in UFOlogy
  • Speculation on aliens and their cultures

I enjoy writing about all three subjects but I also want to give my audience what it wants.  I just posted a poll on my Twitter account asking for opinions on this.  Please vote.

In related news I would still like to get other people's stories out to the public.  I have a couple interviews recorded but am reluctant to move forward with a podcast show because of the time and money associated with doing it right.  Time, I have.  In an effort to fund the endeavor I am trying to monetize this site.  It will remain free to read but may have some small, unobtrusive ads, in the future.  For some reason, though, my Adsense setup is hanging in limbo.  If any readers have some expertise with Google Adsense, please reach out to me through the Contact form or call me at 401-315-9102.

This Wednesday there will be a meeting of the "United Friends Observer Society," or what I like to call the "Pine Bush UFO Meeting" near UFO hotbed site, Pine Bush, NY.  I have never been to one of these but I am interested in finding out what goes on there and if anyone attending wants to hear more about my own story I will be happy to share it.  If you are in the area, the meeting is Wednesday April 3, 2019 from 7:30 - 10:00pm at 6 Marl Rd., Walker Valley, NY.  More info is at

That is it for today.  I will be monitoring the Twitter poll.  Please do vote and let me know what you want to hear more of.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Pine Bush Origins

Last week I mentioned the Pine Bush UFO Fair that is coming up in a couple months.  I am looking forward to attending because I have never been to one of these events and it is somewhat local so I do not have to jump on a plane and rent a hotel room.  I plan to speak with the people involved in the fair and find out what their story is.  Everyone has a story and I like stories.

UFO Capital of the East

In the meantime, I am going to find out as much as I can about Pine Bush.  Apart from being a cute little town, what is so special about Pine Bush?  I took a look at the Pine Bush UFO website.  I clicked to activate Flash.  They should really get rid of that.  Nobody uses Flash anymore.  The technology choice is indicative of the mysterious approach to the "UFO Phenomenon."  A lot of people want to lump UFOs in with the Paranormal and put the subject in the same category as The Loch Ness Monster.  If you are only trying to appeal to people who believe in fairy tails then fine, mission accomplished.  Nothing against those folks.  But for someone like me who has more of a scientific mind it is a huge turn off.  I know UFOs are real because I have seen an alien spaceship, up close, with my own eyes.  Mystery solved.  But that is just me.  Right?  No?

UFO Capital of the East
"Bird Watchers" in Pine Bush
Anyway, these guys have a fair to run and they are trying to attract attendees.  Good, let us dig in.  Right below the Flash movie at the top of the home page there is a link to report a UFO and a phone number for a UFO Hotline.  It is open 24/7.  I have a UFO Hotline at 401-315-9102 but I only answer it between 6am and 7am Eastern US time because I have other things to do.  Tempting... tempting...  OK, I am calling it.

It is 6:40am on Monday, March 11, 2019.  The phone rang four times before voicemail picked up, thanking me for calling the NY/NJ UFO Hotline.  I was encouraged to leave a message and someone would get back to me.  If it was a UFO Emergency I could hang up and text a message to the same number and someone would get back to me.  No thanks.  Just curious.

*** Update *** I called back around 9:45am and was greeted by Vinny Polise, like The Cops but with an S.  Vinny also has other things to do which is why he did not answer my call earlier in the day.  Right on.  Vinny seems like a nice guy.  He was very accommodating with my questions.  He said the hotline gets a little slow in the winter because not as many people are outside, looking up at the sky, but in the summer things heat up.  We talked for about half an hour and agreed to talk some more, later this week.  I want to find out more about him and his involvement with Pine Bush and will write about what I uncover.  In short, Vinny got involved with the town after reading Ellen Crystall's book, Silent Invasion.  Pine Bush is a hotbed of UFO activity and [clear's throat] paranormal activity.  To be continued...

Pine Bush UFO

A bit lower on the home page there is a link for a YouTube Live page.  Fun!  Let's see a UFO.  I watched several of the videos.  They are interesting and there may be something there.  But there may not be.  None of the videos actually capture something like what I saw, which was a full-on alien spaceship.  These are all videos of strange lights in the sky.  I can appreciate that and certainly some of the strange lights were hard to explain.  Most, however, moved in straight lines or gentle arcs at about the same speed which indicates they were probably airplanes.  Many of those had flashing safety lights.  The spaceship I saw had bright lights in front of it (maybe headlights?) but no flashing lights.  And why would it?  Safety lights would not help, flying through deep space.  That is an Earth thing.  One video caught my eye, though.  In the image above you can see two funky dots.  They crossed paths, flying at very different trajectories.  It is possible they were both flying on planned flight paths but this one is more difficult to explain away.  Cue Twilight Zone music.

I could get lost on YouTube all day which is why I avoid it, in general.  Today, these videos do not tell me anything about Pine Bush.  Moving on.  Further down the page there is a link to the Pine Bush UFO Facebook page.  I clicked Like and now I am following it.  More fun videos.  Links to Big Foot sightings and "mysterious stones."  That would be a good name for a band, The Mysterious Stones.  Speaking of bands, there is a link to Blue Alien Mystic.  Hey, I know that guy!  There is a notice about a Linda Zimmerman talk tonight.  She seems to be a regular in these circles.  I met her last fall.  Nice woman.  I should sit down with her and have more of an in-depth conversation.  Still nothing on what happened in Pine Bush, on the FB page.

Here is something noteworthy.  There is a link to a United Friends Observer Society Support Group, or UFOssg for short.  There are monthly meetings.  I have to check this out.  I think this is what the person at the UFO Conference was talking about when she mentioned Pine Bush.  Looks like I just missed one.  I will try to attend the April meeting.  I am picturing something like an AA meeting where I will have to stand up and say, "Hi, I'm David," and everyone says, "Hi David," and I say, "I'm a UFO witness," and then I am welcomed and encouraged and then I tell my story.  At the end they tell me to keep coming back because dammit, I am worth it.  I am sure it is nothing like that.  But I am burning up inside, to find out.  Wednesday April 3 from 6-9pm.  It is on the calendar.  This should be fun.

Still nothing about the "Pine Bush Phenomenon."  I guess you are just supposed to know what it is all about before going to the website.  A Google search showed nothing on the first page.  Even the Wikipedia entry on PB (not to be confused with Pacific Beach) barely mentions UFOs.  I will not quote the Urban Dictionary entries on the town name but they are funny.  Five pages deep on Google and still nothing.

I searched "Pine Bush UFO" and finally, halfway down the results page, I got an answer.  Weird US has an article about what happened.  The article does not list any sources but goes into detail about why the town calls itself the UFO Capital of the World (others call it the UFO Capital of the East).  Following a string of Boomerang-shaped UFO sightings further south in Westchester County in the 1980's people in Pine Bush began talking about a number of sightings in their town.  This included alien abductions and other encounters.  Within a few years the town began attracting UFO watchers.  This grew to the extent that the police had to put an end to it, to keep people from wandering onto private property and disturbing local residents.

So that is where it started but it is not where it ends.  I will go to Pine Bush and check things out for myself.  Stay tuned for more info.

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