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This Really Happened – They Landed, And I Was Abducted!

November 16, 2017

By Bill Oakey – November 16, 2017

They didn’t use voices when they spoke. But somehow their thoughts were transferred to my mind. The last thing I remember “hearing” or “sensing” was this simple message – “Do not try to tell your fellow Kraken. They will never believe you!” So, I have been warned. I’m prepared for people to think I’m crazy. If that’s the case, then so be it. I know what happened, I know what I saw. And unlike those wild encounters from late-night radio, I have the photographs to prove it.

It came down from the sky so fast that I didn’t even have time to process what was happening. Suddenly, it was just there, looming over all of us. I was in shock, too numb to be scared or to feel any emotion, really. Just a blank sort of numbness. Then, I reached in the bag for my camera. I figured that if I lived to tell this story, I wanted to have some pictures to prove it. After the abduction, I learned why they didn’t confiscate my camera. On their planet, devices that look to us like cameras are used to deliver life-saving food, liquid and their version of air. So, the camera became my defense. Here is the first thing I remember seeing on an otherwise ordinary evening on the east side of downtown Austin. (Click or tap the photos to enlarge them).

This thing did not land, at least not in the conventional sense. I could say that it hovered, but that’s not exactly right either. It’s better to just say that it let its presence be felt. I quickly stumbled backwards and  fell. When I tried to stand up, I discovered that I could move. But I wasn’t walking. I was just somehow made to go, and I found myself heading toward a strange blue structure. There were some messages on it that looked garbled and confusing, but one thing seemed clear. Their name for Earthlings was “Kraken.” They had identified me and the other humans with me as “The Unsuspecting Kraken.”

I couldn’t tell if the inscriptions were meant for us, or whether they were being beamed back to wherever they came from. Ultimately, I decided it was probably a combination of both.

It wasn’t until I tried to decipher the messages that a bolt of cold fear struck me. What if they tried to abduct some of us? What if they tried to abduct ME? Right after that thought, I found myself being transported again. This time I was moving faster and I noticed that I was being levitated slightly above the ground. You might wonder if I screamed, or if anybody else around me screamed. Well, I can’t answer that because all normal sounds were suppressed. Things like walking and talking were replaced by something else that I can’t quite explain. Then, before I could even imagine it first, there I stood facing an entire field of…THEM! With eerie bright blue lights illuminating the scene.

About this time an odd, strange, and yet comforting feeling of peace washed over me. I felt that the abduction was coming. But I was no longer afraid. I didn’t stop to wonder whether I had lost control of my mind. Because that mind no longer belonged exclusively to me. My friend, Christine and I were allowed to have one drink, and I proposed a toast. It was shortly after 8:00. Then we were taken to the entrance of the chamber. I let myself believe that something good was about to happen. But there was one exception to that, which I will come to momentarily.

My quiet sense of tranquility suddenly got shattered. Although they led me to the entrance of the chamber, I was not selected for the abduction. To my absolute horror, they chose Christine instead. They made her try to smile at me, but I knew that she was petrified with fear. Don’t ask me how, I just knew! So, with all of the telepathic powers that I could muster, I begged them to take me and leave her here.  Christine is smarter than me, at least on our planet. And if one of us were taken and did not make it back, the world would be better off with her than me.

The message somehow got through and they did agree to the switch. Now, I know you are going to ask me what happened after they abducted me. That’s certainly a fair question. But I just can’t tell you. It’s not that I’m afraid to talk about it. And it’s not that I was warned or threatened not to. At the risk of sounding like one of those politicians in front of a Washington committee, the honest-to-God truth is that I simply cannot recall. I remember being pulled through the long narrow passageway leading to…whatever that thing was that they levitated me up into. Then everything went blank. I was able to snap one last picture during the levitation.

The next thing I knew, I was back on the ground. Back in downtown Austin, right where I started. Christine was still there too, and she asked me where I went. All I could do was shake my head. I wasn’t quite ready to tell her that I had been abducted. She might have thought I was touched upstairs. Or a few cards short of a full deck. However you want to put it. You might still be asking if I’m sure that I really was abducted. Well, I could tell by looking at my watch. Christine and I had done the drink toast at just a little past 8:00. The next time I saw her it was 8:45. I tried my best to shrug it off in front of her. Before we walked back to the car in the outrageously priced $15.00 parking lot, we decided to take one last look at…those things.

You Are Invited to Share This Experience – I Can Feel That There Is Still Time Left

If you go, be forewarned. Like the sign says, there is no lifeguard on duty. It’s officially known as the “Waller Creek “Creek Show. Saturday night is your last chance…if you dare!

Check out the incredible team of artists here.

Musical Accompaniment for This Blog Piece:
  1. “The Purple People Eater” – Sheb Wooley
  2. “Flying Saucer Boogie” – Eddie Cletro & His Roundup Boys
  3. “The Flying Saucer – Part 1” – Buchanan & Goodman
  4. “The Martian Hop” – The Ran-Dells
  5. “The Twilight Zone Theme” – Bernard Herrmann
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Don’t Go To Las Vegas – Unless You Stay At The Cosmopolitan!

April 26, 2014

By Bill Oakey – April 26, 2014

The buzz is on about all of the modern places to check out in Las Vegas. If you haven’t been there in a while, you might not know where to start in choosing a hotel. So, let’s get that out of the way right now. You owe it to yourself to stay at the Cosmopolitan.
Cosmo Sign

As a veteran Vegas visitor with particular tastes, I have made the choice to stick with the Cosmopolitan. OK, you need to know why. Words like Fun! Style! Pizazz! all come to mind. It’s a lively atmosphere, whether you are in the casino enjoying interactive slot games with other players, or strolling through the lobby taking in the incredible floor to ceiling pillars with LED screens. The intriguing moving images are not like anything you have ever seen before.

Pillars

But once you enter the casino, especially in the evening, you might as well not plan on going anywhere else. It’s just too darned much fun. Do I dare say that you should try a cosmopolitan at the Cosmopolitan? Heck yeah, you should. They’re awesome!  But my favorite thing is to meet with my sister and her husband about an hour before dinner and indulge in their house wine. It comes in a big, sumptuous glass and it goes down as smoothly as you would ever want.

Casino

Before I go any further, I need to mention the most important thing. The service. When it comes right down to it, nothing matters more than good service when you are on a vacation. Who wants to be around dull, drab people who don’t act like they care if you are on their property or not? They’ve got plenty of money in the bank, so why should they care about you? It’s not like that at the Cosmopolitan.

Here’s how I like to start my day there. I take the East Tower Elevator to the Overlook Grill, which is a really cool poolside restaurant that is open in the spring and summer. It’s breezy and relaxing and the perfect place for a nice breakfast. Now, this may not happen to you in exactly the same way, but I can tell you how friendly the hostess and servers can be. On a recent trip, I stopped at the hostess stand and asked for a table. I noticed a bag of candy on the counter and asked if I could have a piece. She encouraged me to take more than one of the licorice ones, since those were my favorites.

During my meal, the hostess came over for a brief chat and it really felt like I was a valued guest. But what happened as I left the restaurant really made my day. The hostess wouldn’t let me leave without handing me a take out box filled with those licorice candies. Have I been back to the Overlook Grill since then? You tell me!

Overlook

Pool Next To The Overlook Grill

I mentioned something earlier about style. You will see style everywhere at the Cosmopolitan, and plenty of fine art installations as well. Can you dress casually? Certainly. But you will find yourself taking casual glances at the guests who really do come dressed in high style. They say that women dress for other women. But I challenge you guys to walk by the Marquee Nightclub in the early evening as the ladies are lined up to get in. You won’t be disappointed.  (Sorry, no picture…you will have to come and see for yourself!)

Here’s one more personal adventure that I can’t leave out. A few years ago, I entered a casino promotion to win a $500 Apple gift card. I came in for the evening drawing and arrived just 5 minutes before it was scheduled to happen. I was out of breath by the time I made my way from the lobby entrance clear across to the Chandelier Bar. The drawing began and they did not call my name. So I decided to have a drink and relax. Then I heard an announcement. The person whose name was drawn had just one minute left to claim the prize. If they didn’t claim it, another name would be drawn. I looked up at the video screen and suddenly there was my name, with glittering fireworks things going off all around it. How cool was that!

Gift Card

Enough about me. You are the one who needs to check out the Cosmopolitan. When you get there, you are going to want to have dinner one evening at the Wicked Spoon. It’s a killer buffet, one of the best in town. And if you are a regular Vegas casino player, you couldn’t ask for a better host than Brian Baran. What you really ought to consider is making a group reservation. You can do that by calling Claire Nagel at 702-698-7000. In the meantime, take a look at their website and explore all of the features available.

See you at the Cosmopolitan…

Las Vegas Panorama From My 50th Floor Terrace at the Cosmopolitan

October 2, 2012

Taken With the New iPhone 5

Delicious Homemade Bread

February 6, 2010

If anybody likes homemade bread as much as I do, you should check this out.  I’ve been enjoying it a lot lately, and you won’t believe how easy it is.  I am using a Panasonic bread maker that I got from Amazon.com.  All you have to do is buy Krusteaz bread mixes at the grocery store.  They come in several flavors, including sourdough and cracked wheat.  I’ve tried both of those and they’re fantastic!

Just dump the bread mix into the bread maker’s pan and put in a cup of water.  Close the lid and then pour the package of yeast into the cup on top of the lid.  That’s all there is to it.  Just press the Start button, and within about an hour, you’ll be treated to the wonderful smell of homemade bread.  It takes 4 hours for it to finish.  If you want it hot and ready for breakfast, you can set the timer to have it done first thing in the morning

Of course the bread maker comes with several recipes for making it from scratch. There again, you don’t have to do anything manually.  Just measure the ingredients and dump then into the pan. One little tip.  Place the bread maker on a solid surface, like directly on your kitchen counter.  If you put it on a thin cutting board (like I did once) it might vibrate and shift, and could fall off the counter.

Here’s a link to the bread maker I got on Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-SD-YD250-Automatic-Bread-Maker/dp/B00005QFL0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1265502907&sr=8-1

And here’s a link to the types of bread mixes from Krusteze:

http://www.continentalmills.com/brands/krusteaz/bread_machine_mixes/