ENCOUNTER OF THE FIRST KIND? -
May 10, 2003
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.
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.
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?
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?
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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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.