'Twas 9 ish years long-ago when I was on my way from the Great White North to the Great Barrier reef. My father suggested "why not save a bit of money
and take the long
way there?", little did I know, that $200 saved meant heading from my home town, to Toronto, to Calgary, to Las Angeles, to
Taiwan, To Singapore, to Brisbane with a total of 24 hours on planes and 50 hours in airports.
And that was the last time I ever listened to him
However! 9 ish years ago was just the right time to catch the ever popular first
Transformers movie, ready to be played over and over again for
24 hours in the span of 3 days (that didn't actually happen, but I did play it more than once). I'm halfway from the Singapore Changi Airport to
Australia, and Michael O'Neil (playing Tom Banachek) pops onto the screen
You have to accept that there are certain things you won't understand right away. Sector Seven is a special access division of the
Government, convened in secret under President Hoover eighty years ago. You might remember NASA JPL lost the Beagle 2 Mars Rover? We told them to
report the mission a complete failure. It wasn't. Beagle 2 transmitted for thirteen seconds. This was classified ABOVE top secret...
[Banachek plays a video of a giant lifeform crushing the Beagle]
For some reason that line "This was classified ABOVE top secret..." stuck with me. I stopped watching the film and just contemplated "IS there an
event so profound that the government would label it 'Above' top secret?" For the next several hours I sat next to an incredibly talkative Australian
man who must not have bathed in what could have been a month, decked out in a full-on Steve Erwin outfit - you know, what all Australians must wear by
law. As he talked to me I was lost in my mind thinking "hmmm... ABOVE top secret".
3 weeks later after the worst sunburn of my life, I was stuck inside my hostel, shielded from the ozone hole letting all the rays in on Australia's
Mooloolaba beaches, and nothing but a pay-per-hour computer that no one used. So I google the term "Above Top Secret", and there it is, a forum with
like-minded friends and foes obsessing over all the things I wanted to know about throughout my entire life; Aliens, Cryptozoology, Religion,
Blacked-Out Government letters, and the love of my life, nightstar (haha, happy birthday, again)
I was hooked and forever will be!
Until the next US election in which I'll take a few months off
So! How did you discover ATS?
edit on 18/4/17 by Ghost147 because: (no reason given)