posted on Mar, 22 2012 @ 10:10 AM
Great thread-- and something that has been happening to me a lot lately. Most notably, I was watching a special about NASA, and they got to the
Columbia shuttle launch. Now, I fully remembered when a disaster ALMOST happened. So I watched in total disbelief when they showed footage of an
actual Challenger-type explosion. It gave me the eeriest feeling, and I wondered when I had switched timelines. Could have been anywhere along the
way since then.
But here's an even stranger story. In February of my 18th year, a friend and I were eating near a local university, just before sunset and right at
a customer rush. I had to park all the way across the parking lot as a result. When we left, it was dark and the rush was over, so the lot was
nearly empty except for my car. We noticed a strange man pacing back and forth, talking to himself in an animated fashion near my car. What was odd
is that he was wearing a Sherlock Holmes-type hat, a houndstooth jacket with patched elbows, was carrying a pipe (which he vigorously waived in the
air as he spoke to no one)-- but here's the kicker. He was wearing no pants. Just red and black plaid boxer shorts, black dress socks and loafers.
And folks, this was a windy, cold, blustery evening. I remember the wind specifically, because I had to hold my coat closed as I ran to my car. But
this guy didn't seem to notice. As I unlocked my car, he suddenly whirled on me, looked me in the eye, stabbed the air with his pipe and said:" The
nature of TIME, you see....TIME is..." and at that point, I leapt into the car and let my friend in. We both were like, "WTF?? and we came up with
all kinds of stories: He was a psychology professor doing an experiment, or a drama teacher, or a crazy guy who wanted to be a professor, etc. It
all hinged on the university nearby, we decided.
This would be a funny story if I left it at that, but fast forward to Februrary of my 28th year. I was thousands of miles away, vacationing with a
friend in San Francisco. We were in the Financial District at rush hour, and there were tons of Asian people for some reason. I remember that
because I could see over their heads, and also because when a sea of Asian people move forward, you're going with them whether you want to or not.
Anyway, we were at a crosswalk waiting for the light to change, when from behind me I hear: "The nature of TIME, you see....TIME is.." and I
whirled around to see --- THAT SAME GUY! He looked exactly the same: steel gray, tightly curled hair, Sherlock Holmes hat, houndstooth jacket. Now,
I couldn't see whether he was wearing pants or not, but I have to assume he wasn't. Just then, the light changed, and I was forced across the
street. When I got to the end and looked back, I couldn't see the guy anywhere.
Anyway, if I ever see that guy again, nothing will stop me from saying "What about the nature of time??!!!!!"