Friday night outing, August 17, 2012

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Ah, Friday night. My friend Cindy and I drove to downtown Oakland, to watch the wonderful 1977 Spielberg movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” on the big screen, at the Paramount Theater. Let me tell you that I had … Continue reading

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Talking about Involuntary tattoos

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Involuntary tattoos

…and on this night, waiting for the Sandman to arrive, my mind digresses. And again I return to a question that has been haunting me for quite a while;  I have asked my mother several times, but she has no specific answer for it. You see, at an early age, I became aware of some things that made me different than other people, one of them a strange scar, somewhat like a skin growth in the pinkie finger of my left hand, which mom has said it was my twin (?), for according to her, I was born with an undeveloped embryo attached to my pinkie finger, which they removed at birth. No wonder, I ponder, sometimes I feel so alone…But that is only the half of it. I also have a tattoo, comprised of several random dots of blue ink on the left big toe.  Mom this time said that it was some sort of vaccine. But, you know what? I worked in hospitals for the last fourteen years and no one, including doctors, has been able to confirm that. There is no vaccine, nor has been  at any recent times, which leaves such a mark. Because that is what this thing is, a mark. Of what, I wonder. For many years I believed my mom to be wrong, or just to be telling me stories to get me off her back. But, as I got older, I have met two other people who were born around the time I did, in the same Pereyra-Rossell Hospital, and guess what? They both had basically the same tattoo. Several blue dots at the tip of the big left toe. Now, I  also tried  contacting someone at the hospital through email addresses I found on the Web and even Facebook, but no one has ever answered. And I actually have a cousin that works at the hospital, and she asked  around and  says no one knows or even heard about the practice, she only knows that it is not done today.
Tell me, am I right to feel like I need to know what this is? It is my body, after all, and if I wanted a tattoo, I’d like to have something awesome other than ink spots,  and in another part of my physique, not on my big toe!  But really, deep in my heart, I feel violated. Someone did something to me without my consent. There ought to be a law
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Don’t pay your bills!

Well, I don’t really mean “don’t pay your bills” as a rule. But make sure you look at your bills and make sure you know what you are paying for. And here are some samples of what I am talking about.
First, I was in the process of paying my ATT bill for the fax line, which is paid separate from the broadband service for some reason, and noticed that it was at least 50 dollars more than usual. What’s going on,,  I said to myself. Well, it appears that one of those Internet services that you contact regarding…I do not know, maybe buying some stuff for some ridiculously low price, had in  it an agreement, which I probably scanned lightly (very lightly I must say) that included a $49.95 for use of their service, to be charged on a monthly basis. Now, this bill was from ATT, on behalf of an email service company, and when I called I asked why I was being charged and the representative stated I had click yes in agreeance with the terms, which included the $49.95 charge. However, they did remove me and no charge was incurred, happily’  So, pay attention!
Secondly, Vicki and I went to Washington state for a family visit around this past Christmas, and rented a Caliber, nice little car, through Enterprise. While the car was parked in Bremerton, Washington on the 26 of December, it seems it incurred a fine in BISCAYNE, FLORIDA. The bill stated the car had ran through a toll without paying, all of .50 cents. Enterprise, was kind enough to pay the .50cent on our behalf, for what they tried to recover an administrative charge of $10, which made the total bill for $10.50. Now, Vicki handled this one, because I was too sore from laughing and would not talk to them without going into shock from their apparent ineptitude. She told the representative that it was impossible for us to have incurred the said charge because we were  about 5.000 miles away, as the crow flies, and she said “I will have to take your word for it” Take your word for it? Don’t they keep records of where the cars are rented at any given time? I mean, we picked the car at the Seattle airport less that two days ago, and returned it the next day with only a couple hundred miles added to the mileage meter, how could we have gone to Florida and back? Oh, I know, we had one of those UFO experiences and didn’t know about it. But seriously, even that is not possible, at the time the car blew the toll, it was parked in Bremerton and we were playing WII. But that’s another story…
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DNA testing

Just in case you are interested, I recently sent my DNA to be tested, and the result was somewhat surprising. The examination was based on a test of a swab with saliva taken from my mouth, and took several weeks to process. It indicates that, as the majority of us know,  all human beings alive today descend from a man (some call him Adam) who lived 150.000 years ago in the South of Africa. Men in my paternal line (the Teliz) migrated through Ethiopia, until 30,000 years ago. After that, proceeded through the Middle East, leaving tracks in Iran and Iraq, and later, this group catalogued as group H, located in the Punjab, between India and Pakistan. It is the only place of the world in where this group "H" is present, with one exception: the gypsys of southern Spain, which is most likely where the Teliz who migrated to South America came from. In order to confirm this informacion another test is needed, which I have not decided to do yet, but anyway, this information is scientific, pertinent and important. At least, we have an idea of where the Teliz came from.
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What is respect?

What is respect?
Everyone has an opinion, even as to what the word respect means. Here is an excerpt from the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy.
 

"Respect

First published Wed Sep 10, 2003; substantive revision Tue Jan 2, 2007

Respect has great importance in everyday life. As children we are taught (one hopes) to respect our parents, teachers, and elders, school rules and traffic laws, family and cultural traditions, other people’s feelings and rights, our country’s flag and leaders, the truth and people’s differing opinions. And we come to value respect for such things; when we’re older, we may shake our heads (or fists) at people who seem not to have learned to respect them. We develop great respect for people we consider exemplary and lose respect for those we discover to be clay-footed, and so we may try to respect only those who are truly worthy of our respect. We may also come to believe that, at some level, all people are worthy of respect. We may learn that jobs and relationships become unbearable if we receive no respect in them; in certain social milieus we may learn the price of disrespect if we violate the street law: “Diss me, and you die.” Calls to respect this or that are increasingly part of public life: environmentalists exhort us to respect nature, foes of abortion and capital punishment insist on respect for human life, members of racial and ethnic minorities and those discriminated against because of their gender, sexual orientation, age, religious beliefs, or economic status demand respect both as social and moral equals and for their cultural differences. And it is widely acknowledged that public debates about such demands should take place under terms of mutual respect. We may learn both that our lives together go better when we respect the things that deserve to be respected and that we should respect some things independently of considerations of how our lives would go." I just thought some people would benefit trom reading this.

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My most recent sighting

An invisible plane?
 
In late September 2008, a few scant months ago, I went out through the garage door, because being Sunday night, I was supposed to roll the toter to the curb, so the garbage could be picked up the following morning. The wheather was calm and kind of sultry, not a cloud in the sky, nor any signs of the moon. As soon as I stepped into the driveway, I noticed the sound of a plane’s engine, except I could not tell where it was coming from, it appeared to bounce off from all the houses around me. I could also hear voices, like radio communications, but very garbled, I could not make any of the words. As I walked towards the curb, I looked up looking for that noisy, yet elusive airplane. And there it was, at a few hundred feet altitude, and about a quarter of a block away, flying directly away from me towards the South. But why do I care so much about this airplane? Well, let me explain, and in the end, see if you feel like I do.
This plane, flying low and slow, appeared to be the size of a 747. It also appeared to be transparent, yes, I could see the stars in the sky right through it, just like the imaginary plane of Wonderwoman. It was of an isosceles triangular shape. At each of the three corners, it had a group of three lights, each with similar color, size and intensity as the surrounding stars. In the very center of the belly of the plane, there was a circular area, yellow-orange in color, very diffused and very large, which gave the impression that you were looking into a tube of sorts.
Again, I must re-iterate, one could see the starry sky right through the wings and fuselage. Wow!  And then, from behind, it looked as if it had a gull-wing configuration, and in the center, another light like the one in the belly, same apparent size and color. I lost track of it very quickly, but I guess it was meant to do that, the darned thing wasn’t totally invisible, but extremely hard to see. And later on, I remember thinking about an article I read either in Popular Mechanics or Popular Science several years ago, in which the American Air Force was experimenting with some type of paint or just some sort of cover, which allowed a person to see what was on the other side. So, even if what I saw wasn’t an "alien ship, or vessel", still, it’s fascinating technology. Whether it was handed down to us, or we figured it out by ourselves.
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The next three sightings.

UFO"s over California
 
The next three times were just as intriguing, even if they were brief and far away from where I was. Returning from a fishing trip in a friends station wagon in early 1980, at around 4:30PM, traveling East on Hwy. 580 in Oakland, we saw in the distance a glowing object whigh appeared to be transparent, gel like almost, traveling fast and a very high altitude. The trajectory appeared parallel to the ground, not falling like a meteorite,  and was headed in a S/SE direction. It looked like a glowing orange amber,  yellowish in the center, but around it there was a bluish glow, and it had a trail that appeared to be a constant length. I remember commenting on it’s appearance, that it reminded me of a sword. It promptly disappeared from our sight behind the Oakland buildings.
In the early 90’s there was a sighting which I cannot consider possibly to be an "alien vessel", but it is an odd sighting nonetheless. Early one late summer evening I was sitting in the darkened living room of our apartment, waiting for my wife to get home, enjoying some classic rock playing on the stereo, when through a West facing window I noticed what appeared to be the flame of a rocket climbing up to space, except it was just stationary. I walked to the balcony to get a better view and the object seemed to be several miles out to the West, possibly over the Pacific. At one point, out of nowhere, the object exploded and streaks of light radiated out from the center of it very fast, covering very quickly most of my field of vision, enormous. And then those many streaks that radiated out, looked like something or someone pulled on the strings and the thing resumed to where it had been before, only to disappear without a trace. For several minutes I waited to hear the rapport of the explosion, but all I could hear was the cars traveling on the freeway nearby, and the sounds of Bob Seger on the stereo. I actually called the TV channels that night, to see if anyone knew about this event, but to no avail. The following night, however, I heard in the news something to the extent of "a failed experimental rocket out of Vandenberg Air Force Base". Likely story.
The following time was in Emeryville, during commute hour in late January of 2004. Must have been around 5:00Pm and we were going at a snail’s pace considering the time of the day and the rush hour traffic. I was panning around so as not to get road hypnosis and fall asleep at the wheel, when I noticed that over the Berkeley hills, there was a fog bank hanging at a few thousand feet altitude. Then I looked higher, just following the contours of the fogbank, and at the very top, immobile  through the whole time we took passing the area where it was just hovering  there, what appeared to be a large metallic sphere. Neither me nor my wife noticed any movement through the couple of minutes in which we were able to see the object. For all intents and purposes it was just that, a very large, shiny metal ball hanging up in the air.
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