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Overview

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  • Fluent in English; learning German, Tagalog
  • 66, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • RETIRED
  • MASTER'S IN ASIAN CULTURE AND LANGUAGE
  • From DETROIT, MICHIGAN USA
  • Profile 55% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

I WANT TO GO WHERE IT'S WARM

ABOUT ME

VERY EASY GOING, NOT TO MANY "THINGS" IN THIS WORLD ARE WORTH BECOMING ANGRY OR FIGHTING ABOUT. I BELIEVE IN THE CHINESE SAYINGS,"ONCE YOU MEET SOMEONE, THEY BECOME A PART OF YOUR LIFE FOREVER." I AM A CHRISTIAN/BUDDHIST. I LIKE MEETING NEW PEOPLE. YOU'LL ALWAYS LEARN SOMETHING YOU DIDN'T KNOW BEFORE THAT WAY. I'M SHORT, 5'5" ALL AND WEIGHT IS AROUND 160. I STILL HAVE ALL OF MY HAIR AND IT HASN'T TURNED GREY YET. I WORKED FOR THE GOVERNMENT FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS IN THE CIA. RETIRED, BUT NOT COMPLETELY.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

NONE I'M NOT EVEN SURE WHAT THIS IS ABOUT! lol

Interests

AIKIDO, SHITO RYO KARATE, BONZAI, HIKING, GOING TO NEW PLACES AND MEETING NEW PEOPLE. READING, USING THE COMPUTER.

  • flying
  • reading
  • coding
  • hiking

Music, Movies, and Books

THE EMERALD FOREST. DALE BROWN, STEPHEN COUNTS, AH JUST TOO MANY TO LIST

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

ON A WINTER DAY IN 1970, I WAS IN THE AIR FORCE STATIONED WAY UP NORTH IN MICHIGAN. RIGHT ON THE CANADIAN AMERICAN BORDER. MY ROOM MATE WAS AN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER SO SOMETIMES WHEN HE HAD THE NIGHT SHIFT I'D GO WITH HIM. FOR ABOUT AN HOUR OR NOT MUCH WAS GOING ON THEN,OH BOY, THE FUN BEGAN. WE WERE A SAC BASE SO WE HAD PLENTY OF B-52'S AND NUKES AROUND. MY FRIEND SAID, "PHIL LOOK AT THIS. AM I SEEING THINGS OR WHAT?" I LOOKED AT THE RADAR SCREEN AND TWO OBJECTS WERE FLYING AT AN INCREDIBLE SPEED, MORE THAN MACH 4, STRAIGHT TOWARDS.IT WAS TIME TO HIT THE RED BUTTON! TWO OF OUR INTERCEPTORS WERE LAUNCHED TO SEE WHAT IT WAS. THE OBJECT CAME TO A SUDDEN STOP JUST OUTSIDE THE BASE PERIMETER. THE INTERCEPTOR PILOTS REPORTED A LARGE OBJECT, MORE OF AN OBLONG SHAPE. NO LIGHTS ON IT. THE BASE COMMANDER CAME UP THE TOWER AND ASKED WHAT WE HAD. THE PILOTS CIRCLED THE OBJECT FLASHED IT WITH LIGHTS BUT IT JUST STOOD THERE. THE BASE COMMANDER CALLED A CONDITION RED AND THE WHOLE BASE WAS CLOSED DOWN. THE AIR COMMANDOS WE HAD WERE READY TO GO. THEN THE THING VERY VERY SLOWLY CAME CLOSER TO BASE. GROUND TO AIR DEFENSES WERE ON FULL ALERT. THEY REQUESTED PERMISSION BUT IT WAS DENIED. THE CRAFT HOVERED OVER THE MAIN RUNWAY FOR ABOUT 5 MINUTES. THEN IT FLASHED A BRIGHT LIGHT AT THE CONTROL TOWER. ONE MAN KNEW MORRIS CODE AND THE COMMANDER HAD HIM IMMEDIATELY COME UP. HE SAID IT LOOKED LIKE MORRIS CODE BUT IT DIDN'T MAKE SENSE. HE GOT OUR LIGHT AND FLASHED BACK THAT WE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THEM. THEY FLASHED SOMETHING BACK BUT NO ONE KNEW WHAT IT WAS THEY WERE TRYING T0 SAY. A COUPLE OF MINUTES LATER IT TOOK OF MORE OR LESS STRAIGHT UP AT SPEEDS NO HUMAN CRAFT COULD. IN A FEW SEC0NDS IT WAS OUT OF SIGHT. THE INTERCEPTORS TRIED TO FOLLOW BUT WERE LEFT IN THE DUST. AT THAT POINT OUR BASE COMMANDER SAID NO ONE WAS TO SPEAK OF THIS TO ANYONE OR THERE WOULD BE "SERIOUS" CONSEQUENCES." THE RADAR TAKE WAS TAKEN OUT. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY DID WITH IT. THE NEXT DAYS ALL OF US WHO WERE IN THE CONTROL TOWER WERE MADE TO SIGN PAPERS SAYING WE WOULD NEVER TALK ABOUT THIS WITH ANYONE OR FACE 20 YEARS IN PRISON. AFTER THAT NOTHING MUCH HAPPENED THE REST OF MY TIME THERE. BUT MAN, I DON'T KNOW IF I WOULD SAY IT WAS A UFO OR WHAT.

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