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originally posted by: FearYourMind
a reply to: VP740
I've seen a large orb silently floating over my house. I went and bought a nice camera to capture it at night. My wife and daughter saw it a couple years later and it scared my daughter so much she wouldn't go outside at night for weeks. Then, last week my neighbors were over hanging out and saw 6 of them. One of their kids was yelling "Get your guns!" These things are large and low in the sky. I could throw a rock at them. I've given up on the subject. I know what I know and really don't care what others think.
originally posted by: n00bUK
I could never imagine posting and mingling with these great minds. I would favorite members here like Skyfloating, mikesingh, protoplasmictravelller, Arken, undo, Isaackoi, gortex, zorgon, trueamerican, theredneck, corruptionexposed and a handful more whose names I have regrettably forgotten, everyday I'd check to see if they had posted anything so I could get my fix.
These people were like...I dont know...wizards, demi gods or someshing to me.
originally posted by: Kandinsky
a reply to: n00bUK
You and me joined ATS on the same day and for the same reasons. I'd seen a UFO that led me to looking for any other people who might have seen the same thing. It eventually caused me to sign up to ask about a video I'd stumbled upon.
Isn't that a cool coincidence? I've never noticed before
Like you, I miss a lot of the regulars from that time and it used to feel exciting to follow those long threads about NASA STS missions and classic UFO cases. But of course, a lot of that is called nostalgia and we're older now and less likely to get emotionally involved in the same kind of threads we used to.
SkepticO is right about ATS being all user-generated content. It's like ATS is a building where people meet. We're like a pub or a bar that stands for years and the customer conversations and jukebox music changes with the times. Just like regulars in any bar in the world, we're gonna look back and say it was better in the past.
I reckon the thing we're really missing is our younger selves and the enthusiasm we felt back then.
originally posted by: IsaacKoi
I'm flattered to be included in your list above.
I've noticed many of the other members included in your list departing over the years (and other people I've respected come, and go, since then).
I don't think there is anything new about people leaving the UFO field after years of participation. Eventually, most of us get rather frustrated with this field. Heck, I've temporarily left several times. I regularly go through a cycle of reasonably intense periods of ufological activity, followed by a period in which I wonder why I bothered, followed by another burst of activity. One day I'll break free.
I'm bordering on another one of my periodic departures from ufology. As with some of my previously departures, I'm not entirely sure I'll be back this time.
I think it's a shame that lots of avenues of potential research within ufology haven't been seriously explored. I've been embarrassed to been praised for doing work that frankly I think is fairly basic (and done in my limited spare time, without considering ufology as important as some people claim it is to them). I'm constantly surprised to find that various simple steps don't seem to have been taken. Egos and a desire to concentrate on sensational claims seem to have got in the way of building some solid foundations for work by the wider UFO community.
In short, I understand why people get frustrated with UFO research and decide to focus on more productive (or amusing) activities.