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Halloween Sunrise 2022

Sunrise, October 31st, 2022

Halloween Sunrise 2022

Yesterday, 10/30/22, we reached 33,333 miles on our car.

Remembering Erma Jean Staffen

This morning, Facebook’s memories of past posts reminded me of a cute Ghostbusters/Dog-Shaming meme that my friend from the previous Reality Tunnels (pre-Pandemic / pre-Trump / pre-911 / pre-Y2k) had posted on my timeline back in 2016. That friend was Jean Staffen.

Still photo from interview videotaped in the 1990s by SMiles Lewis at the “Oxford House.”

Jean Staffen on her Facebook page circa 2014.

In 2016 we reconnected via facebook after many years. In 2017 she told me she was dealing with significant health issues. We exchanged brief messages until I stopped hearing from her in April of 2020. Today, because of that facebook reminiscence I did an internet search for her name…

Erma Jean Staffen 

AUGUST 1, 1939 – MAY 18, 2022

Erma Jean Staffen, age 82, of Bastrop, Texas passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Erma was born August 1, 1939. NeptuneSociety.com

I think I first met Jean at a meeting of the local MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) chapter sometime between 1990 and 1992 when she formed Austin’s UFO/Abduction Support Group. She had mysterious memories of anomalous childhood experiences at age 3, 9, 13 and onward that led her to form this group. These were heady days and I recall many fantastic public meetings and private conversations with her and other members of the Austin UFO community.

A couple of years after founding and running the local UFO support group, Jean “got the call to go West.” She asked and I accepted the role of continuing that support and study group. I led the monthly meetings for the next four years. Jean returned to Austin in 1998 and disbanded the group. She started a new group called Truth Seekers, or similar. This monthly group met to discuss all manner of esoteric, metaphysical, and conspiratorial topics. One of the few I attended focused on an area of particular interest to me, the health effects of electromagnetic energy. 

Jean had contributed her own written thoughts on the subject of UFO encounters / alien abductions for Susan Lepselter’s UT dissertation and they both let me reproduce some of those writings in my print zine, E.L.F. Infested Spaces, back in 1994

We lost track of each other for many years until reconnecting in 2016 when she’d retired to Bastrop, Texas. I  never got to have a long talk with her and catch up on so much of Austin’ UFO history that she was a part of but it was nice at least messaging each other with links and cartoons every month or so until I stopped hearing from her. 

Well, I now know that she passed on in May of this year. Safe travels my friend…

 – Miles Lewis

 

Links:

 

I Love You Dad…

Richard Jack Lewis: January 23, 1953 – September 18, 2021

Miles and Father at Medina Lake, Texas.

I lost my father to Covid on September 18th, 2021. Today would have been his 69th birthday. Anyone who knew my father knows that he would have been compelled to make some kind of “69” joke. <wink> My dad could always make me laugh; he could make most people laugh. It’s probably equally true and honest to say that his attempts at humor also often made people groan. He was one of the most friendly and outgoing persons I ever had the honor to know and have as family. He wasn’t afraid to strike up a conversation with strangers, to crack a joke, or to offer advice and his opinion.

Gallery of Photos from Dad’s High School Yearbook

My mom and dad met in high school and quickly had me to show for it. That didn’t last long and soon they were divorced and mom moved she and I to Austin, Texas. Dad stayed in San Antonio and pursued a career in law enforcement and security. He worked there for a while but eventually moved to Houston and continued working as an LEO there, as well as doing security and eventually private investigation work.

That’s dad (in the blue/white striped shirt) leaning into the left DPS car after helping catch a speeder.

Dad was always quick to assist law enforcement in catching highway speeders and dangerous drivers, which was rather ironic considering his own fast and furious driving style. There were more than a few times I recall waking up in the back of his car during or after a high speed pursuit that occurred as he was driving us back to his place after my mom had delivered me to him for one of our irregular visits (mostly holidays and summer vacations). I didn’t get to spend much more time than that with him over the years. There were long periods of time where I didn’t see him.

Dad was a true storyteller. His life was filled with amazingly crazy tales from his life and other stories from our family history. Many of those stories were incredibly humorous. I always hoped and encouraged him to record those stories for a book. It always seemed like his life, and all the crazy things he’d experienced and witnessed, would make an amazing book and movie.

Slideshow of Dad’s LEO Uniforms

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Besides his love of law enforcement and helping people (in the last year or so he’d become a volunteer firefighter at Medina Lake) he’d inherited his father’s love of animals (he’d also inherited the aviation bug, becoming the third generation of pilot in the Lewis family). His father, Jack, was famous for saving critters and nursing them back to health. Over the years, dad had several cats and a dog he loved dearly. And speaking of deer… dad became obsessed with feeding the deer up at our family’s Medina Lake house. For the last 5 or more years, dad had gotten into the habit of messaging me an endless stream of deer and cat photos. This was a near-daily occurrence. Of course there were other photos of this or that but mostly it was deer and cats and other cute animal pics. Perhaps this was his way of keeping the lines of communication between us as civil as possible – the political climate of the country these last couple of years had been a growing source of strife between he and I. His law enforcement background and generally much more conservative perspective caused friction between us on more than one occasion during the pandemic pandemonium of 2020 and 2021. Yet, we never let that keep us from coming back together and reaffirming our love and respect for each other, even as we agreed to disagree on a number of things.

There is so much more I want to say about my dad and his life. Much of it is too personal to share. There are many unresolved issues and emotions that I am still coming to grips with through the long and difficult process of grieving. For all my dad’s faults and foibles, he was an amazing man with a huge heart and I miss him terribly.

I find some solace in knowing that he found love again with his wife, Penny. The last few years with her made him the happiest he’d been in a very long time. I’m terribly sad for her loss but have found comfort in her friendship.

Another glimmer of hope in the midst of all my sorrow has been reconnecting with my little brother. I’m grateful for his friendship and hope our relationship continues to grow.

Happy birthday, dad. You’ll be in my heart, my thoughts and my soul forever.

 – SMiles Lewis (January 2022)

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Below is a gallery of images of my dad from many points along his wild-ride of a life. Below that are links to his online memorial, a very brief obituary from the local Bandera online newspaper he occasionally helped with local reporting, and links to the video of his funeral service.

LINKS:

Carl Finlow – Anomaly (The Time Travelers) VIDEO

I first became aware of this movie through MST3k (Mystery Science Theater 3000) riffing on it. As usual, the MSTie (or MiSTie, MySTie, or MiSTy) crew had the usual laughs at this old science fiction film, but there is a lot about it that I immediately liked. Within what seemed like a few weeks, I saw the above linked musical mashup from one of my favorite YouTube channels: Are Sounds Electrik? Needless to say, as a fan of electronic synth music, whether old retro style or new styles, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the cool visuals of this “sci-fi romp” from 1964:
“A botched experiment hurls a group of scientists into a bleak future full of mutants, androids and catty humans in this 1964 sci-fi romp.”
 
  • Carl Finlow’s beautifully unsettling Anomaly (2002) Audio – Bandcamp   

https://carlfinlow.bandcamp.com/album/electrilogy 

The Time Travelers

1964 Film

The Time Travelers is a 1964 science fiction film directed by Ib Melchior and starring Preston Foster, Philip Carey, Merry Anders, Steve Franken, and John Hoyt. The film inspired the 1966 TV series The Time Tunnel, as well as the 1967 remake Journey to the Center of Time.
 
Wikipedia   /  Director: Ib Melchior
 
 
 
 

Alex will eat your ass

Aaah, good times, right after the lockdowns beginning…

“I will eat Your leftist ass like corn on the cob – I’m ready!!”

And if you aren’t familiar with the folk music musings of Alex Jones, try this old standard:

Or if you’re more into dance, rave, house electronic tunes:

SynchroMystic Omicron from SealLion

Hasan Minhaj: The King's Jester | Stifel Theatre

A few Sundays ago, my wife and I went out for an entertainment event for the first time since the pandemic lockdowns began in March of 2020. We bought the tickets to see comedian Hasan Minhaj (of PATRIOT ACT show fame) months ago. It was the first time we’d been in a crowd of any size; there were undoubtedly thousands at this very restrictive (vaccination / negative covid test required and cellphones bagged) event at the Long Center across from Auditorium Shores here in Austin.

We both thoroughly enjoyed the show and Hasan’s very personal stories about becoming a father at the same time as he was becoming a social media comedic-activist-icon.

Besides hearing about the dangers to his family’s safety resulting from his work on his PATRIOT ACT show – particularly his fears concerning Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – he also described an incident from his childhood in 2002 that he says spurred his aspirations of becoming a comedian. 

Hasan related his childhood experience of with an extreme body-builder fellow who wanted to convert to Islam and joined the Mosque that his family attended. He told of how obvious it was that this non-Muslim was an infiltrating law-enforcement provocateur who was trying to spur young Muslim kids into confessing to wanting to commit acts of terrorism. Hasan went on to describe the police and anti-terror task force descending on he and his friends after he (Hasan) decided to prank the obvious government shill … all of which convinced Hasan of the power of humor to strike back against those who would abuse their power and influence as this infiltrator (and so many more, as it turns out) had done. 

He went so far as to show clips of the CNN news reports on these and other such FBI infiltration campaigns, including a report which specifically showed the body-builder agent~!

As someone who has reported for decades (with great concern for the implications for our country’s soul) about such FBI-entrapment efforts, this story was not surprising, and it made me very happy to know that someone directly effected by one of these ludicrous efforts had used it to turn his life towards a path of empowering himself and others against such discriminatory tyranny.

 – SMiles Lewis

 

For more on these types of FBI entrampment cases, see the links below.

For more on Hasan’s tour, visit: The King’s Jester with Hasan Minhaj

 

US citizens v FBI: Will the government face charges for illegal surveillance?

Muslim citizens are suing the FBI for subjecting them to undercover surveillance after 9/11 in violation of rights

by Ed Pilkington, Sunday 7 Nov 2021 / SOURCE: TheGuardian.com

 

See also:

Interviews with the author by Scott Horton:

 

 

Babies Through a Window

Reflected clouds in the sky

Truth Wanted 04.11 with ObjectivelyDan

and SMiles Lewis (Anomaly Archives)

Friday, March 19th at 7pm CST

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Snow day: January 10, 2021 in Austin, Texas

video playlist ordered from last to first … most snowfall to least snowfall.

As recently mentioned over on my personal blog (SMiles Lewis dot com – August 2020), I’ve been trying to resume posting to my various websites. This site is an amalgamation of the remains of an old project with some friends called AnomalyTv.com which became AnomalyTelevision.com …

The video below I came across back in June 2020. I’ve been a fan of Donald Glover’s since becoming aware of him through his role in the 2009 flick, Mystery Team, and his stand-up comedy show, WEIRDO. Until the release of his This is America video in 2018, I was totally unaware of his musical career as Childish Gambino.

MORE AT… Source: Actor Donald Glover and Existentialism and… Chevy Chase | Anomaly TeleVision

As recently mentioned over on my personal blog (SMiles Lewis dot com – August 2020), I’ve been meaning to resume posting to my remaining websites. This site is an amalgamation of the remains …

Source: AusTex Flashback: CRUST (Live) “Bumblebee” | Weird Texas