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CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE FIRST KIND? - May 10, 2003

 

Yesterday was just like any other Friday. After a busy day's work, I came back home, watched TV and just chilled out, doing absolutely nothing at all. At around 9pm, I decided to drive down to my local Movie Gallery, to grab a couple of movies for the weekend. It is almost mid May, so it wasn't completely dark yet, but the lights were on everywhere. Just as I was about to merge on to Route 422, I saw something that I had never seen before.

 

A very strange pattern of lights caught my eye. Not too bright and not very far up in the sky, it formed two concentric circles of eight to ten glowing spots each. The two circles were rotating in opposite directions. I saw it first, when it just appeared from my left on to my car's windshield, at about an eighty degree vertical angle. I remember I had to strain myself to take a good look at it. It wasn't still, it was moving very slowly towards my right. In less than five seconds, it disappeared from my view, going beyond the right edge of the windshield. 

 

Remember, I was trying merge into the faster traffic on the highway. So I wasn't able to track where it went. In a matter of seconds, I was on the highway, maintaining my speed with the traffic. It was then that the thought first sank in. What the heck did I just see? 

 

What was it exactly? It couldn't have been an UFO. Of course not!! What else could it have been? I don't have anything inside my car that glows, and could have caused the reflection on the windshield. I know that stretch of the road pretty well, and there are not weird lights there. Cops don't stop there either. No car has any lights that could form such a big glow in the sky ... and certainly not one that could dance about in circles like that. Moreover, it traveled perpendicular to me, and that too at a much slower pace!! And the traffic all around was traveling at over 60mph!! Well, there was that graveyard near the ramp, but that doesn't mean anything ... hopefully. Then WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT?

 

I thought about it all along the way. I was totally puzzled. I wondered what it was, while at the video library and on my way back. I just wasn't able to convince myself, that it was something very mundane ... very earthly. All this while, I had to keep telling myself that it just couldn't have been an UFO. 

 

Just as I was nearing the exit to get off the highway, right across the street from where I saw those lights, I saw the Valley Forge Convention Center, about half a mile ahead of me. It was all lit up.  And they had these laser beams, criss-crossing the pitch dark sky. BANG!! It struck me then. I leaned ahead and searched for those lights in the sky. There they were. Doing their do. Moving slowly across the sky. Revolving in circles. Just like that.

 

I couldn't believe it. All this while, I was getting all worked up because of that stupid laser show!! Well it wasn't my fault. I have seen simple beams of light before, two or three of them together in fact, just swinging across the sky at random. But I had never seen one like this before. So perfect, so slow, so eerie.

 

In spite of this anti-climactic finish, I wonder why it was so hard for me to just let it go in the first place. Why did I start thinking along the lines of UFOs? I do believe in the possibility of extra terrestrial intelligence. But I am an engineer. I go by logic. And that was exactly why I started thinking of all those explanations for this phenomenon. But every time I struck off a reasonable explanation from my list, I was involuntarily taking a step towards the UFO theory!

 

Is it just me ... or is that what we all do? When our observations don't agree with the logic already know to us, how are we programmed to think? Should we continue to believe that there is a logical explanation to everything, even if we can't even begin to imagine what it is? Or should we allow ourselves to accept that we have indeed observed something, that has finally pushed us beyond the threshold that we all maintain within our minds? Let us face it. We are all believers in science. But at the same time, we also leave, just enough room in our minds, for the "unexplainable". Because we need to. It is more important to us, that everything have an explanation, than that everything have a scientific one.

 

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Today's picture shows one of the cannons, on the grounds of the Valley Forge Historical Park. The building in the background is the Valley Forge Convention Center

 

 

 

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