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Aliens Among Us



by Casey White
August 8, 2002

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Aliens Among Us_Casey White- Signs of the times: Wars and rumors of war. Earthquakes. Vulcanos. Global Warming. Famines. Children killing. Children being killed. Moral decay and moral collapse. Some say we're speeding quickly into a destiny of unfathomable proportion. Some say the extraterrestrials are coming. Many say the terrorists are near. I say there are aliens already among us.

It was raining unusually hard last Saturday, quite the opposite of the week before. Suddenly, the skies were extremely dark. The television stations all had beeping and blinking maps with tornado warnings. The clouds shocked each other with fierce lightning bolts and thunder, and the rain came tumblin' down. It was 5 o'clock in the afternoon, but the sky was dark enough for 9 P.M. The rain pelted the front windows of my house as I looked out and saw the rapid rise of water in my rain guage by the front walk. Inches in a score of minutes.

I didn't have my house lights on, so I easily noticed bright lights whipping through my back yard. Nothing back there but the community path and wetlands. I bolted to the window to catch the four-door, black pick-up round the corner of my property and continue racing out to the street. The community pathway is nice to have for walking, jogging, bicycling, but it is not meant for cars, and not wide enough for trucks.

After getting on my rain gear, I went outside, and noticed a group gathering down by the corner of my street. Something was going on, so I walked down to check it out. The street corners had turned into a very large 3-foot-deep pond. The sewer drains were not able to handle so much water in so short a time. One mini-van had attempted a crossing, only to quit mid-stream.

I had my answer, though. The bright lights racing down the pathway were those of a neighbor who thought of a quick way to get home. In the process, he damaged some new sod and ran over some irrigation equipment. But much more importantly, this family man had raced down a walking path with many curves, and could easily have hit someone. Perhaps a woman retrieving something that had blown off her deck. Perhaps some children on bikes who were late in getting home. Perhaps a man who was not taking the easy way. Someone who had left his vehicle on the other side of our new pond, and who was risking getting drenched rather than risking others' lives.

Aliens are among us. They live next to us. They live down the street. Perhaps they live under our own roofs, eating our own food. They're reckless and careless. They drive like monsters. They think like ogres. They're normal human beings who don't realize what they have become.

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