Several years ago, I consulted a man on how to publish his manuscript. In fact, he gave me a signed copy of the thing and it's somewhere around here, but who knows where I've tucked it away or if it ever got published by anyone. It didn't interest me at all.
You see, it was all about his encounters with extra-terrestrials and also had the stories of other survivors of such encounters. His wife was with him at our meeting also, and she was as earnest as he was about the whole thing. So why wasn't I more impressed? I just remain highly skeptical that most people have truly experienced such an encounter. And the manuscript was badly written, may I add.
Michelle and I were talking about UFOs this weekend. There's no doubt in my mind that many people have seen something that can't be explained away easily as experimental planes. Let's face it; we weren't exactly neanderthals in the 1950s when a rash of sightings occurred. Those people had seen their share of earthly airplanes and whatnot. As Michelle pointed out, it's not easy to explain away all the stories about Area 51.
My ex-mother-in-law is the most staid, dull, factual person I've ever met. This woman has no imagination whatsoever and is the soul of practicality. But many years ago, she confided in me that she had seen a UFO in the 1940s. That took me by surprise. She was functional, sane in all other aspects, and didn't have the ability to cook up such a story. She also was truthful to a fault (being a born-again Christian) and almost never told this story to people for fear of appearing either a liar or just plain nuts.
My ex-Mother-in-Law's Story: She was a farm girl, who had been walking through a field when she tripped and fell. Turning over to get up, she saw an unbelievably huge object hovering directly above her. Then it took off and zigzagged at an impossibly fast rate across the sky and disappeared over the horizon.
Now, some people say UFOs are the product of diseased minds or wishful thinking. I don't think she qualifies in either category. Some born-again Christians say there is room in their belief system for UFOs, others say they could be demons just messing with people's minds. Other people actually believe it's possible, and some believe it's probable. As I've mentioned before, my assistant believes wholeheartedly in UFOs. I do have to say, in the interest of objective reporting, that although I love her dearly she is a wee bit eccentric.
I don't know what to believe, but I am pretty certain that if aliens exist, they're not doing some of these silly little encounters that people like to relate. I mean, if you were a space alien, would you? Of course, that's assuming all space aliens are of a scientific mindset. They could simply be frat boys, pranking the rubes.