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Missing Time Experience?

missing timeI’d like to relate a personal experience that I had when I was an adolescent in the hope that others might be willing to come forward and share any similar experiences that they may have had.

I’ve titled this article “A Missing Time Experience?” – with a question mark, you’ll notice – because it does not necessarily fit the “typical” missing time scenario of which we hear. It did not happen late at night on a darkened rural road; there was no UFO sighting involved (that I recall). It occurred in the afternoon, on a sunny day, on a relatively busy street in a bustling suburban town in northeastern New Jersey. In fact, I’m not entirely sure that there even was a period of missing time. Yet, it was strange in the extreme and something that I contemplate regularly to this day, more than thirty years later.

The time of year was late winter or early spring – around March or April, I believe, of 1978. I was in junior high school, seventh grade, and thirteen years of age. It was a weekday at about 3:00 PM and school had just let out. I left the junior high school, which is located next to a hospital in my home town of Ridgewood, NJ. Ridgewood is located about 20 miles from New York City, in Bergen County, a very populated area of the state. I walked, as I did most days, home from the junior high (now a middle school). My parent’s home was located about 1.5 miles from the school along a very direct route. Most of the walk was on the street on which the school was located, followed by a left and a quick right toward the very end of the walk. So, I’d normally just walk out the front door of the school, take a left, and proceed straight for about 1.4 miles, the last 0.10 of a mile being that left and the right, at which point I was at our house.

That was the route that I would normally take, however, I had a run-in with a group of boys that bullied me on a regular basis, so rather than taking a left out the front door of the school and proceeding due south for that 1.4 miles, I’d go left and then take another left at the very first traffic after leaving the school. I’d then walk to the next street over and take a right onto that street, again walking due south. It wasn’t much of a departure from my normal route, as the street ran parallel to the one I’d usually take to get home. I’d been doing that for at least a couple of months in an effort to avoid walking past the homes of the boys who were bullying me. Therefore, I’m confident of the the fact that there was no way I would have become lost or confused of my whereabouts.

However, one day as I began walking home, I noticed that everything seemed strangely quiet, almost muted. The normal noise and bustle associated with the after-school rush of children walking home from school was oddly absent and the quiet was rather eerie. There were still cars and some pedestrians present as I walked down this busy suburban street, but there was an odd, unreal feeling to everything, along with this disturbing muted silence.

The street that I was walking down was called North Pleasant Avenue, and the intersection that I was approaching was at the corner of North Pleasant and Ridgewood Avenue. After crossing Ridgewood Ave, North Pleasant turned to South Pleasant Avenue and I would pass the elementary school that I’d attended the years prior to entering the junior high in September of ’77. At crossing that intersection and approaching the elementary school, I was approximately 0.8 mile from my home. I mention these facts only to continue to emphasize that this was a route and neighborhood in which I was used to traveling.

As I continued south, from N. Pleasant toward S. Pleasant and toward the intersection of Pleasant and Ridgewood Avenues, I saw the traffic light, the same familiar stores at the corner, and the small parking lot in front of the stores. However, these landmarks appeared to be getting further away as I walked closer to them, and still this odd silence persisted. As I continued to walk toward the intersection, these landmarks continued to appear to recede further into the distance as I approached them. I began feeling very disoriented and anxious – and then, nothing; a complete loss of memory. I simply do not remember anything past the point of approaching this intersection and seeing it recede further into the distance as I walked ever nearer to it.

My next memory was of “awakening” – for a lack of a better description – on another street in a different part of town, a fair distance from where I had started from at the junior high school. I remember feeling very shaken and confused and somewhat frightened. What had happened? And how did I end up in this different area, nowhere near where I’d begun walking, and nowhere near where I’d “blacked out”? This is where things get a bit stranger still: within a couple of minutes of “coming to” my mother pulled up in her car, parking along the curb of the street where I was walking. I opened the door and she looked at me with great concern and said “John, are you alright?” Now, normally my mother did not come looking for me if I was a bit late arriving home from school. Remember, this was the late ’70s and parents were decidedly more relaxed about the comings and goings of their children. My mother never picked me up from school unless the weather was very severe or we had some kind of appointment after school, and as long as I was home by dinner my parents didn’t worry or wonder about my whereabouts. If I didn’t come straight home it was assumed that I was at a friend’s house or had some kind of after school activity.

The fact that my mother knew exactly where to find me was surprising, and I asked her how she knew where I was. She replied that she was home, doing chores around the house, when a voice in her head said “get John, he needs you”. She of course asked me what had happened and I told her about the receding intersection, the strange silence, the memory loss, and of waking up to find myself walking in this other part of town. I had no idea what had happened and to this day I still do not, other than a vague memory or feeling of having been told or shown something significant. Who told or showed me what, and where it happened, I cannot recall, although I feel at some point that I will recall the entire incident. I simply feel that this event was significant for a reason that I can’t explain, but it’s meaning will eventually be made clear to me.

Being that this was over thirty years ago, I cannot accurately recall the time that I “awoke” or what time my mother found me. However, I don’t think it was a great amount of time, certainly not more than hour, and probably less than that. Thirty minutes, perhaps? So the time was maybe 3:30 or 3:45 in the afternoon, I’d estimate. It may have been later than that, but not by much, if I recall correctly. I’ve always felt that the strangeness of this incident is compounded by the fact that my mother was somehow involved and “contacted”. If I had simply blacked out or became disoriented and wandered off, I could accept that as being a possibility – although I had no history of seizures or blackouts. But the fact that my mother was told to “Get John, he needs you” makes me believe that there was some outside design and involvement in this, the nature of which I do not know.

This, I should mention, was not the only strange and unexplained incidents that I had as a child. Perhaps I’ll discuss some of the others in future blog posts. Meanwhile, I’d be very interested hearing from other people who may have experience similar phenomena.

844 thoughts on “Missing Time Experience?

  1. Hi John,

    I took that survey about abduction. I got a 12, which means: Your score indicates a suspicious number of events in your background commonly experienced by other abductees. You may want to explore the abduction possibility further.

    I’m a little scared to explore further, but I want answers! My supervisor is a hypnotherapist, but since she is my supervisor, I am a lil scared about her thinking I’m crazy. Plus, I’m a Ph.D student of Clinical Psychology. A part of me says to leave it alone ’cause my career is, I guess, more important to me. But I also don’t like being subjected to possible events that I cannot control. I don’t know what to do!

    Something inside of me, however, is telling me to talk to my mom. I told her about seeing a UFO when I was younger, but she gaffed it off. But I wonder if she knows more than I do. She’s not the type to confront issues that bothers her. She deals with a lot of anxiety and fear, and she has insomnia. She worries about me more than she did with my other siblings, not because she loved them any less, but I think because I was almost kidnapped when I was a toddler. I don’t know what to think, but I’m gonna talk to her today about what happened yesterday and see what I get.

    As I’m thinking about all this, I feel my heart beating more rapidly…like on a fast-paced walk… and I’m feeling a bit breathless even though I’m sitting down. I don’t understand why. I’m obviously experiencing some anxiety about this. Or am I creating it?

  2. Today, I lost time and can’t explain how for the life of me. I was driving on a highway in NC, and usually when I have a long drive I tend to daydream a bit. I was still alert, however, and continued to check my GPS to make sure I was on track. I was fully aware that I had already passed through the city of Sanford. Then I noticed my little blue indicator on my GPS getting off track. So I turn around to get back on track. I do this sometimes and it is usually fairly easy to get back on track. However, the odd thing is I was back in Sanford. I distinctly remember passing through this city already, and I was back. So get back on the highway as I had before, and I remember some landmarks that I had passed previously. As I stayed on the highway, which I was supposed to have done originally, I started to see landmarks that I never passed, and exits that I never took to even possibly backtrack. I’m going crazy in trying to figure out how I ended up back in Sanford. Also, I remember the first time I was on the highway after I just passed through the city, it was 5:15 pm. I remember this because there was a severe thunderstorm warning that was suppose to last until 5:15pm. By the time I got in that very same place on the highway, the second time, it was after 7 pm. Sanford was only about 15 minutes away at that point.

    Also, a couple days ago, I awaken from sleep because I heard some pulsating, electronic noise. It was a fleeting thought, but I instantly thought of aliens. Then, I figured that I was just dreaming of the sound.

    Another time, earlier this year, my husband and I were on a 3 hour road trip. We’ve driven this route multiple times before, but one time, we couldn’t understand why we were so behind our time schedule if we never hit traffic or made any stops. My husband, the skeptic, even jokingly said that we were abducted by aliens.

    My first alien experience was when I was younger…about 12 or so. I was washing dished and looking out at the clear night sky. I saw an oval shape light in the sky. It was stationary at first, then it zig zagged in the sky then the light dimmed out. I knew that no plane could do that. I shared what I saw with my parents, but they didn’t believe me. So I just kept it to myself.

    I really wish I can figure out how I ended up back in Sanford. I rarely drink alcohol. The only beverage I was drinking at the time was water. I was feeling just fine…so no illness or medication induced hallucinations. For the life of me, I can’t figure out what happened. I get lost from time to time when I’m traveling in unfamiliar areas. However, never to this degree when I totally end up back in an area I just passed like 15 to 30 mins prior. And if I do get so sidetracked and end up needing to backtrack, I can recall how I go there, you know? This is so weird and it’s really bothering me.

  3. I have experienced a “time skip” similar to what Chrissy experienced. About five years ago, I was driving I-35 between Austin and Dallas. This is a trip I have made hundreds of times since childhood. I know the route like the back of my hand. It is about 200 miles and takes 3 1/2 to 4 hours depending on traffic and the frequency and length of stops.

    I left home at 9am. It was overcast but a clear day with little traffic. I remember driving through Georgetown heading north. After a bit I looked down at the clock and noted it was approaching 10:30 and thought that I should be coming up on Salado soon. As I approached the next town, I found myself in Hillsboro where I-35 splits to go through Dallas and Fort Worth. Normally I should have hit Waco about two hours into the trip. I had no memory of travelling through Salado, Belton, Temple, Waco or West.

    I went over the sequence of events in my head. I know I left at 9am. I remembered what I had watched on television that morning. I had checked the time on the clock in the kitchen before I left. I had checked the clock in the car as I entered the freeway (only about six blocks from the house). It was winter so we were not on daylight savings time. I remember driving through North Austin, Round Rock and Georgetown.

    I had been daydreaming and thought that I just wasn’t paying attention but I was wide awake now. My main concern was that something was wrong with the car and it was not in fact 10:30am. I have twice experienced weird electrical problems in a car I was driving. Both times it was due to a failing alternator.

    My next stop was a truck stop in Italy where I often stop for gas. I topped off my tank, looked the car over, went inside to the restroom, splashed some water on my face to wake me up and purchased some caffeine. At the cash register I asked the cashier if she had the time. She responded something like 11:14 or 11:24. I said that was weird because I left Austin right at 9am. She grinned and commented on what good time I was making. When I got back to the car, the time on the clock was exactly what she said it was.

    Here is where I have to say that I was driving a fifteen year old Taurus on its last legs. It died about a year later when the transmission finally quit. That evening I checked the map and tried to figure out how fast I would have had to be going to make it that far in that amount of time and there was just no way. What do you call this phenomenon? It kind of freaked me out and I will never forget it.

  4. Grrrr, I didn’t self edit. Meant to say that when I heard the possum run on the roof was the same time I was getting the feeling not to hit submit. The feeling was really strong and quite scary, I felt like something bad was going to happen and I really had to fight through the feeling to submit it.

    1. Hi Nic — Mine was more of a feeling of embarrassment and concern for being viewed as a nut, not so much of a feeling that I shouldn’t talk about my story 😉 But, I have heard of that very often in abduction literature — the strong sensation not to speak of these experiences and a feeling as if something “bad” will happen if you do. This is further reason why I tend to think that these are intelligently-directed events, rather than something that is random and stemming from a physical phenomenon such as electromagnetic fields and such. Mine seemed as if I was manipulated and controlled. That’s my general impression and feeling that I’ve been left with anyway. Also, my mother having described a “voice” in her head saying that I need her and telling her to go find me. That also leads me to believe that this was more than something random or mundane.

  5. Hi John and everyone else commenting.
    Firstly I want to say thank you John for letting this thread run on, and on, and on.. I haven’t had a chance to sit down and read all the comments thoroughly yet, well actually I was reading them last night and then I closed my laptop to do something else and when I opened it again this page wasn’t open any longer. I do have it bookmarked so I just had to go down the list and click on it but for some reason I felt that was too much bother. Now Im running out of time before school pickup so I won’t write much now, but I think Danny mentioned above that he felt really strange about posting his experience and hesitated over the post button? So did I!!! When I wrote it all and went to press post I felt like something was telling me not too. Then something ran over the roof, it was probably a possum, i live in a borderline rural area in Melbourne, Australia and possums run rife, but it was the biggest and heaviest noise I have ever heard a possum make (if it was one). I’ve not heard it since and my dog whimpered! Normally he would bark at a possum.
    You mention having memories that go far back. So do i, and this will make me sound like an absolute nutcase but I have memories of coming home from hospital!! But not as me at that stage. I was with someone looking at my family and looking at the baby I was about to be and whoever was with me was telling me about them all. Years later I experienced the same voice telling me something about one of my sisters in the same way. That was sixteen years ago and the things I was told are just happening to her now. I’ve never told anyone what was said to me, it came to me when I was meditating.
    Which leads me to a question for everyone. Does anyone experience third eye experiences or pressure where their third eye chakra is? It’s said that when the third eye is opened we have the ability to view other dimensions. I’ve been experiencing a lot of pressure and activity with this in the last couple of years. I’m just at the tip of the iceberg with all this stuff and by no means an expert but I just wonder if that could be something we all have in common?
    You mentioned a forum for us to discuss it. I’m following your page on facebook now, we can create a closed group on facebook that you have to request to join, that can be moderated. Just an idea, but of course not everyone is sold on facebook.
    I shall return.. I know I read a couple of other things I related to. Will attempt to sit down and read through all this tonight when my bambinos are asleep!!

    1. Bob — I’m sure that a lot of people are hesitant to speak of their experiences. It’s difficult to come to grips with something you don’t understand yourself, and at the same time feel as if you can’t talk about it openly for fear of ridicule or being thought of as flake or a wacko. This is why I’ve come to believe that many more people probably have undergone these bizarre time anomalies and other paranormal-type incidents, but simply keep them to themselves and never open up to anyone. If this site has any purpose I hope it’s to allow people to feel like they can discuss their experience openly and with some amount of anonymity. And yes, I’ve received some very interesting emails from people. I may talk about some of the stories I’ve heard, but I won’t ever publish anyone’s name without their consent.

      Regarding your other question, yes, I guess I might describe a sense of things “slowing down”. It was a very weird sensation and difficult to describe. Things were abnormally quiet, although the streets were not devoid of people and cars. It just seemed as if there was a strange, muted hush, as if I was walking parallel to the real world(?) Does that make any kind of sense at all? Like I said, it was very weird and it’s hard to put into words. The further on that I walked, the more pronounced it became and that’s when I noticed that the intersection began to recede into the distance as I walked closer and closer toward it. Then I remember nothing until I awoke (still walking) sometime later in a different area of town. Still walking in the same direction, north-to-south, but further back from where I began and considerably further north than where I had lost my memory. The fact that my mom was “told” to come get me and that she knew exactly where I was adds to the strangeness. So yes, I think it was some kind of contact and holds some sort of meaning. That’s only my impression. I’ve never had any memory of what happened during that period of missing time.

      As to the last question: Did I hesitate on my original thread? Meaning did I hesitate to write about this thing that happened to me? If so, then YES! I most certainly did. This article and the one about the creepy little guys that used to visit me at night were extremely difficult for me to write of, largely because these incidents sound crazy to me when I talk about them out loud, so I know that plenty of people who read this probably thinking I’m a little cracked. That’s why I generally don’t tell my friends or family about this website of mine. I’m more comfortable in speaking and writing about this to strangers than to people I know. I’ve got a few other too that I’m still holding back. Making I’ll work up the courage to write about them eventually. Not ready yet, though.

  6. it makes me wonder how many read every post here,like we did,
    started to type their experience, and deleted everything in the end,
    and not post. I debated for almost 30 minutes,whether i should click the
    “submit” button or not.

  7. I like that this type of forum exists. I have no apprehension in finding out the truth. It may be a challenge but sharing information enlightens us all. Thanks for all who share and don’t be uncomfortable. I know John must have many more personal emails which are not shared; too bad. It would be a good read.
    John you said “As I continued to walk toward the intersection, these landmarks continued to appear to recede further into the distance as I approached them.” I am wondering if you felt as if things were slowing down, just slowing down like time was coming to a halt? I saw Linda Multon Howe on Ancient Aliens and she described this slowing down process as being related to alien abduction. I wonder about your thoughts on this.

  8. Hi John, if i could clarify on my comment.
    Quote*This was the only time i ever heard of this type of incident, until i read your post.”
    this was in reference to a specific missing school-day type of incident,where the poster
    never arrived at school,and had no re-call about it. An important destination to
    go missing from.Certainly in my day, we had truant officers, and a bevy of other school admins who would jump on any student trying to skip school.
    And as you stated “It’s really amazing. I only wish I understood the meaning of these phenomena.”,i concur,you and I both sir.
    Also a very important statement by yourself “I’d really like this to be a place where people can discuss these ideas and the things that have happened to them without feeling uncomfortable.”
    I don’t think we will ever get over the “uncomfortable” part,,Relating one’s events, i found to be a rather odd experience, as in a feeling like -i shouldn’t be telling this- and it’s a struggle to completely reveal the event in any forum.
    I don’t know about anyone else, but I felt like deleting my post three times,
    before i completed it.The “submit” button is a scary button,lol.

  9. wow! good read,,,
    One of my best friends ,once experienced a very very similar story in 9th grade.(1969?)
    I thought he was joking.(he was not a twin)
    Last thing he said he remembered was walking to school, and was within sight of the school. He remembers nothing after that, except walking home,
    as school was done for the day.
    He was one of the brightest and a popular student in the whole school
    with an “A” average,very smart guy.He rarely ever missed a day,
    so it kind of stood out when he wasn’t there.
    This was the only time i ever heard of this type of incident, until i read your post.

    1. Seems to be way more prevalent than I ever realized, Bob. I never expected to have so many people email and me and post comments about having similar experiences. If you haven’t done it, read through the comments section and see. It’s really amazing. I only wish I understood the meaning of these phenomena.

  10. Here’s an event that happened to my brother and I almost 30 years ago. We were in high school at the time, 1984. We went to school as usual and were given absentee slips to be fille dout by our parents. We were both marked absent the day before.??? My brother and I shared homeroom( we’re twins) and we wondered why we were marked absent. We looked at each other and tried to think if we had gone somewhere that day with the family but we both drew a blank. We thought it was a mistake. Later we shared a lunch period and sat at a table with a close friend. He also asked us where we were. Okay, now that was weird. If we weren’t in school, where were we? I tried to think about the day previous but drew a blank. I couldn’t remember going anywhere but I also couldn’t remember any specifics about the school day either. We shared a gym class and asked the insturctor if we were in class the day before. He said No. Another friend said he didn’t see us that day, either. We were completely confused. The thing is, we had our dad drop us off at school in the morning and then we’d walk home. It was only about a mile. We asked our dad if he dropped us off at school and he said he did. Our mother called the school and wanted to know why we were marked absent. She talked to the principal and he said not to worry about it and to just forget it. I still kind of wonder about that phone conversation.
    Two years earlier I had cut a first class to avoid not turning in an english composition which I hadn’t done. My brother went along and our story was that I had walked to school and was almost there when I remembered I had forgotten my composition paper so I went home to get it. Just to lose enough time to miss one class, not the whole day. We got home and the school had already called asking where we were. So had we not shown up for school I think the school would have called the house and somebody would have answered that we were in school. Maybe they called and maybe they didn’t. But then I wonder if my family was also somehow influenced.
    So either we thought we went to school but didn’t, and our dad thought he drove us to school, or we went to school, got dropped off by our dad but just never went in and spent the day doing something we couldn’t remember. Or we did go to school but nobody could remember seeing us and we couldn’t remember doing anything in school either.
    One last thing. Around this time, our friends and my brother and I noticed that a strange car would follow us around when we’d go to each others houses. We’d see the car pull up at the end on the street and then it would drive off after we got out. We would joke that it was the CIA. Why would they kepe tabs on us? Who knows. But we were dungeons and dragons players at the time( nerds) and there was some hysteria then over it being involved with devil worship. It was the Reagan years. Maybe the feds were caught up with the craziness?
    Just a very strange thing to have happen. Its never happened again and I have no nightmares about abductions.

    1. Hi Tom — Very odd story. It fits the “typical” missing time accounts for the most part, but I don’t often hear of people losing an entire day. I wonder too about the significance (if any) of the strange car following you and your brother and friends.

      A thought that I’ve been kicking around recently is that perhaps the missing time incidents that we recall are only the tip of the iceberg. Could there be whole parts of our lives that are unremembered? If so, what happens to us during those unremembered periods? The reason that I’ve been thinking this is that just the other day I had a flash of some part of my life that I hadn’t recalled previously, but when I had that flash it seemed much more like a memory of real events than simply recollecting a dream — and it appeared to be a fairly significant and lengthy part of my life. It was also very disturbing, which could be why I might have repressed the memory and buried it in my subconscious.

      In Whitley Steiber’s Communion, he recounts a period of time as a young man that he recalled under hypnosis. He was traveling through Europe I believe (been a while since I’ve read the book) and spent a substantial amount of time there, running from someone or something. The point is, this wasn’t just a minor thing like a weekend vacation. It would be understandable that one could forget something like that after twenty-five or thirty years. This was a significant period of time, living and traveling in foreign countries — not something a person would soon forget. But Mr. Strieber apparently had blocked out this entire portion of his life’s history. That particular part of his book really struck me when I read it.

      Not that I’m suggesting that your experience is necessarily as dramatic as all that; it’s just that the more emails and blog comments that I receive from people in response to my Missing Time Experience? article, the stronger I feel that these episodes seem to hold a meaning that we haven’t grasped, and they may really be just the tip of something much greater and more portentous. I know the tendency is to look at them as isolated incidents, but I think that may be wrong way to pursue the truth behind these time anomaly phenomena.

      By the way, I was D & D playing high school nerd in the early ’80s too.

      Thanks for relating your experience. — John

  11. Hi John, my name is Aaron and I used to live in Sydney before moving to Perth about 4 years ago.
    Before I left Sydney I was experiencing the “3 knocks” occurance. Despite people calling it the “Death Knocks” none of my family or friends died whenever I heard the knocks. The first time I ever heard them I was about 18 (1988) and I was alone in my parents house in Campbelltown, Sydney, wide awake watching TV when I heard the knocks. First on the wall to my right 3 times, then on the wall in front of me (behind the TV) 3 times, and finally 3 times on the wall to my left.
    Needless to say it freaked me out, and I got up and searched the house for intruders, but found none.
    About 10 ten years later the knocks returned, but they would only occur in my sleep just before I woke up. I wasn’t aware of this until about 2 years ago.
    When I moved from Sydney to Middle Swan in Perth (about 3000km) to work in the mining industry. I would do 2 weeks on site, then work would fly me back to Perth for 1 week R+R. My flate mate worked on the same site as me, but we were on alternate rosters, so when I was at home, he was on site and vice versa.
    One day I bought myself a gold ring with a cubit zirconia set into the top of it. That night when I went to bed I took my gold ring off and went to place it on the dresser beside me, but it rolled off onto the floor. I looked down on the floor to see where it landed, and said to myself, I’ll pick it up in the morning.
    At about 4.30am the next morning I heard 3 big bangs on my bedroom wall and it woke the heck outta me. I thought that my flate mate had come home early and was in the laundry next to my room doing some washing. So I got out of bed looked in the laundry, nobody. Searched the rest of the house and looked out the front door and nobody there either. I didn’t think much of it until I went to go back to bed again, and just as I was getting into bed I noticed that my gold ring wasn’t on the floor. So I looked under the bed, behind the dresser, I shook the sheets out and for next 4 hours I turned that room upside down looking for that ring but couldn’t find it. By about midday I gave up searching and accepted the fact that it will just turn up some where unexpected oneday.
    That night I went to the Casino, the place to go in Perth on a Saturday night, got drunk out of my skull, got home at about 2am and crashed out.
    At 4.30am again I heard 3 big bangs on my bedroom wall, de-ja-vu I thought, and just as I was getting out of bed to search the house again, I saw my gold ring on the floor, resting in the exact same spot where it had fallen 2 nights before. It was at this point that I had a sudden recall of every other time I had been woken up by 3 knocks on my wall. Nobody said I was a fast learner, but after 10 years of hearing the 3 knocks, the penny finally dropped. The frequency of the knocks would be about once every 2 or 3 months. But because this time it happened one day after the other, it made me realise that this has been happening for a long time. During that period I would also have vivid dreams about people being in my house and looking at me while I slept. I would always wake up with an eerie feeling of knowing that someone had been in my house and room while I slept. I used to live by myself in Sydney, which is why it freaked me out a little. But each time I would search the house but never had any kind of proof until the missing ring.
    I know this doesn’t really fit into your “Missing Time” thread, but I hope you can post it anyway.
    Cheers mate
    P.S Oh yeah your doing a top job with this thread, I think you should compile the stories and publish a book. I would buy it for sure.

    1. Hi Aaron,
      No problem that it doesn’t fit into the Missing Time thread. I don’t have a category for this at all, but maybe I should make one! I’ve heard of people hearing loud bangs and knocks without knowing where they come from, although I can’t recall any as consistent and ongoing as yours. It certainly sounds like something is trying to get your attention, but for what purpose I can’t guess. Have you experienced any other strange phenomena at any point during your life? Even if it seems minor and/or unrelated to this knocking business? Not that the knocking isn’t strange enough as it is, but I usually ask this because people very often say, “Now that you mention it… this happened, or I’ve had these other incidents on occasion…” My theory that I’ve begun to develop from all of these blog comments and emails that I receive is that some people are “experiencers” — meaning that they’re either more receptive to psychic or supernatural phenomena than other people, or that they’ve been chosen or targeted for some reason or purpose. That second one is kind of a disturbing thought, but I can’t help wondering if there’s an underlying reason that some folks have these odd experiences and that they frequently continue on and off through their entire lives, while others never experience anything outside of the ordinary at all.

      Thanks for the positive feedback. I’m working on version 2.0 of this blog and I’ll be integrating a forum in the updated site. I’d really like this to be a place where people can discuss these ideas and the things that have happened to them without feeling uncomfortable. Regarding the book, yeah, I have been thinking pretty seriously about that and discussed the possibility with a friend who owns a publishing company, so it could happen.

      Thanks for checking in. — John

  12. John;

    repression is possible, but i think it was more a reaction that for somebody who has killed for his country and has a real sense of his own reality, that he could not come to grips with something wholly outside of his known reality and something he simply couldn’t deal with so it was easier to just not think about it lest he have a real problem on his hands with something he couldn’t understand nor be able to cope with not understanding it

    i have absolutely no memories of what happened whatsoever, it is simply a blank spot in my life that might of been easier, for me anyway, to deal with if we’d been able to at least talk about it and maybe between the two of us remember something, anything about it rather than nothing


  13. John

    i have never told this to anybody except the wife but, on 9/9/1991 i drove with my Boss for an evening conference out near Salamanca NY

    about 4:00 it started to rain just after we’d gone under an overpass so hard that we pulled the car over so as not to get in an accident

    i’ve never ever seen it rain that hard in NY ever, and we both fell asleep

    the next thing i know, we both woke up about the same instant and just kind of looked at each other for a minute, it’s a little over an hour, maybe an hour and a half later, the rain had stopped and we are back on the OTHER side of the overpass heading back the way we came

    when i started to say something about what just happened, he snapped at me, said he didn’t know and he never wanted to talk about it again

    the conference was at 6:00 and we didn’t even have time for dinner, we got there about 5:50

    i didn’t get much out of the conference nor did i sleep much that night

    the next morning on the way back i must have had an odd look on my face when i started to broach the subject because he scowled at me and i never brought it up again till a couple years later when all he said was, “Fuck you… i told you i never want to talk about it again!”

    now this is from a man that was an Army Sniper in Nam with 11 confirmed kills… i never brought it up again, he died last june

    you don’t have to believe it and i don’t understand it, but there it is.


    1. Charlie — Jeez, I’m running out of things to say in response to all of these missing time stories that I’ve been receiving lately. If you read some of my previous response to earlier comments you’ll get an idea of where I stand on the subject. I really do feel that something is going on here, and it’s no “delurium” as one numbskull recently suggested (btw, I’m all for publishing opposing opinions, but they have to be intelligent ones and not just negative, stupid rants). There have been too many sane and rational-sounding people who have come forward with these experiences to dismiss them all. I know that firsthand that this is a very real phenomenon that can seemingly happen anywhere at anytime, alone or in the presence of others.

      Also, your boss’s reaction was very typical of people who have gone through a missing time episode. I’m often told that when the subject comes up they react very strongly and refuse to speak about it. That suggests to me that there is some sort of repression of the memory of the incident that’s happening here — almost like post traumatic stress disorder.

      Thanks for sharing your experience. If anything else comes to mind about it (or anything else), please feel free to comment again or email me.

      — John

  14. You know it seems like there are several things going on with missing time / unexplained time slips —

    Unidentified Flying Objects, Mysterious Unexplained Anomalies, Guardian Forces or Entities, and possible Temporal-Disturbances.

    I would classify most as MUAs and TDs but I noticed a trend with GFs also especially with Doug’s account. The UFO connection is also a little interesting but that feels like a separate non-directly related issue with most time slips, it seems most people have just had sudden time jumps or repeats which I’d classify with T-D / MUA such as yours John. Anyway glad to see all these posts 🙂

  15. Nicole.. ty for that, as you made me remember a bit more with my post earlier.
    When the sky had turned yellow, and i seem to crawl to slow-speed, and suddenly snapped out of it, i also did indeed have extreme trouble with talking to myself
    about the incident to myself. My voice seemed like it was a long ways off in the distant.
    needless to say i was spooked and confused,but not scared. I had totally forgotten about the effort it took to say something out loud..,and the raspey voice for the remainder of the day, When the yellowish haze to sky,beagn to dissapate it seemed relevant to proper sounding voice, and other normal sounds of life.
    Thee were a couple other stories, similar with missing time while travelling, which i have experienced a number of times,but nothing more than 10-20 minute espisode,
    Those sorts of events seem to pop with me every few months,but nothing major-league significant.. John’s story is very intiguing, because of the family member being involved.
    Mine are always when im’ totally alone. I wiss we could figure this all out somehow,
    and really like the idea of forums in the planning John, if we could keep the nonsense trouble kids out. It seems we have well aged people here with interesting stories.
    I often stopping back to read more here. Thanx again Nicole for stimulating a long ago
    forgotten memory

    1. Thanks, Bob. Yeah, things are settling down a bit now in my personal life as far as family responsibilities, and I’m looking forward to implementing the new version of the site with the forums. Also looking forward to getting back to a regular schedule of writing, too. It’s been way too long since I posted a new article on the site.

  16. Thanks John, I wrote this out late last night after debating with myself for a day over whether I should or not. I just wanted to add that (apart from a couple of grammatical errors) I failed to mention that when I was screaming to my dog I couldn’t actually hear myself screaming. I knew I was, I felt hoarse from it but there wasn’t a big sound.
    I’ve scoured the internet using the same and different searches and never found your page before, when I read your story I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at the similarities! Thanks for responding.
    Hope your dad is ok.

  17. Hi John,

    I hope you don’t mind me adding to this mammoth thread but I wanted to share my story ‘out here’ rather than email in the dim hope that it might help someone else with a similar experience again make contact.

    All I can say is wow! I had an eerily similar experience to you in about 1995, I was 20.
    I live in Victoria, Australia and at the time this happened I was living in Daylesford. I lived about a five minute drive to the edge of the bush (forest). I used to take my dog out there for big walks in the weekends. It’s dotted with abandoned old cars that are totally pilfered and rusted out and there’s a lot of old energy in the bush out there. (I need to add here that Daylesford is or was full of witchcraft at that stage because of the energies in the area). The waters are also famous for healing but I’m not mentioning that to influence the story, it’s just a fact..

    I digress. I got in the habit of taking my dog out there in the weekends and wandering. It was very peaceful, I would never notice a soul except for the sound of bikes somewhere in the distance. I used to follow the fence line and not stray too far at first. I gradually taught myself my way around a fair section of bush where I knew how to get myself back out again or at least I could follow my dog out.

    This one weekend I took a couple of friends out into the bush with us, we started on the normal walk. I parked my car in the normal spot but we decided to explore a slightly larger area than I had alone as the boys were better with compasses than me and their company alone made me feel bolder. We came across a house witch was round in structure, completely round with a timber frame and every panel on the house had been made of glass. Somewhere miles out in the bush someone had constructed this glass house! Everyone of those glass panels had been smashed to pieces. Inside was the evidence someone had lived there, there were local newspapers from only a few months back, a bed, cans of food, a fireplace. Even a broom. I remember feeling compelled to clean up and picking up the broom to sweep and then feeling that was wrong and stepping back outside. I walked down the side and there was a dam with a broken old jetty, it was the saddest, gloomiest place I had ever seen and the emotion that came from it was overpoweringly sad.

    I walked away from it from behind the house and I seemed to be in shade, I remember the boys walking away around to the front of the house and the sunlight shining on them. As I rounded the house I remember become annoyed at how long it seemed to be taking to get to them, I knew something felt wrong but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I finally got around (this should have been a half a minute walk) and they were miles in front. I wasn’t too worried when I saw them so far away because I had my dog but in a panic I realised I didn’t have my dog. I called him and my voice seemed so far away, I saw him turn and run back towards my direction but it was like he couldn’t see me. I was screaming at him and running towards him but I was getting nowhere, almost like a dream. I could see him straining to find me and listening for my voice but eventually he gave up looking for me and turned and ran the other way, he was very excited about something. I remember noticing the ground was darker there now and the grass was being whipped up like there was a wind but I couldn’t hear anything or it seemed muted, almost like something else was drowning it all out but not something I could hear. Then that’s it, I don’t know what happened after that but when I awakened as you so succinctly put it, I’ve described it as coming to which I guess is the same kind of thing, I was by the fenceline about 100 metres maybe a little more, from where I had been and I was alone. I had sound back and I felt bewildered, absolutely bewildered. I freaked out because I had no dog, my dog and I were rather co-dependent, and I was alone in the bush. I remember having to make myself get it together and then tell myself I knew to follow the fenceline. Eventually I found the right path out and as I was almost back to the car my dog ran up and greeted me.
    My friends were both waiting at my car and initially I was furious because I thought they had ran off on me, I really didn’t know what was going on but neither did they. They told me they kind of found themselves alone and completely lost – each separated from one another – and started wandering, trying to find a way out and calling our names. My dog ran up to one of them and led them toward the path and then he ran off and ran to the other one. He did that, running back and forth from one to the other until he lead them back to the car, they had only been there five minutes or so before I got there. We went in to the bush at about 1/1.30 and got back to the car about 4pm. We probably walked for at least 40 minutes before we found the house and probably spent half an hour there.I don’t know what happened and I didn’t think about it for a long time until it started to really bug me that I didn’t know and I started to look around on the internet for similar stories. I lost contact with the two friends but became friends with the one I was closest to again a couple of years ago. I emailed him one day and asked him what he remembered from that day. He denied remembering it but two weeks later messaged me and said he remembered going out there, he refuses to discuss it further via email and we live far apart now so catchups are rare.

    I also want to mention that I have a lot of ‘weird things’ happen and pretty much always have, extremely weird coincidences and I can remember before I was born, the day I came home from hospital, my first birthday cake. I know my Nan although she died before I was born, I was recently told she is my guide which actually makes sense.

    I’m so glad I stumbled across your page. Like you I think it meant something and I will find out what at some stage, some time. Hope this makes sense and isn’t too garbled, it’s a hard story to shorten.


    1. Nicole — Getting ready to run out to take my dad to a doctor appointment, so I’ll reply when I get back. Very fascinating story though. Lately I’ve been getting so many people telling me about missing time incidents. I wonder what it all means? Chat further when I get back. — John

      Doug — You too. Sorry for not replying, been a crazy week. I do like to respond to everyone if I can. Thanks for the follow up comment.

    2. Nic — Sorry for the delay in replying. Great (if spooky) story. As I usually say, I wish I could offer an explanation, but I can’t. I’ve thrown out a few ideas which you can read in my previous replies. Unfortunately, these are only theories and are unproven. The trouble with paranormal-type phenomena is that they generally can’t be measured scientifically so they’re often dismissed by many people. However, there seems to be a so many normal and credible people who have undergone these types of unexplained events that it would be ridiculously narrow-minded to just laugh them off and discount all of their experiences.

      Having gone through it, I’m particularly interested by these time anomaly stories. I’ve a tremendous number of emails and blog comments from people who have experienced them in different variations, and I can only conclude that there is something to them. Yours is particularly interesting in that you had two others with you who shared the same (or similar) strangeness. Sounds like you had a fairly significant period of time missing as well. A lot of your story is much like mine, which I find reassuring in a strange way. These missing time/time anomalies are definitely real; I have no doubt of that. I only wish I understood how/why they occur and their meaning.

      Thanks for sharing your experience. Always interested in hearing more, so please keep in touch.

      — John

  18. Thanks for sharing and being opened-minded, John. I appreciate your responses and time.
    My family members have not had similar missing time experiences. And this is an isolated incident for me; never happened before nor after but it still feels like it happened a few days ago.
    As much as I could ever think about it, I knew I could not come up with an explanation so I can only accept it and move on. My prayers are listened to and there was a Guardian angel pointing the way, relieving my worries. So I have confirmation of a Supreme Being.
    Even if a UFO was not involved, something took me over and forced me to drive out to nowhere without going off the road or having an accident at night in the hills and curved roads. Very strange because I have no idea how I got out to Pacifica. There are no direct roads, only coming from San Francisco downward. Was I dumoed there? I don’t know.

    In 1951, my parents and my dad’s parents were in dad’s car with my oldest brother and sister and were fishing at a creek at dusk in Chili, New York 12 miles west of Rochester and they witnessed a strange event. As they were leaving the farmer’s field driving with headlights on going alongside the creek in the ruts in the dirt road with headlights bouncing
    up and down an object appeared over their car with a low hum noise. My dad turned off the headlights and he and his father got out from the front seat and discussed what they were viewing across the top of the car’s roof. My dad was in WWll and his dad was in WWl so they knew current technology, blimps, aircraft, etc and they couldn’t figure it out.
    Both said this circular shaped craft was no higher than a telephone pole. There were lights on the sides but they couldn’t see the whole craft in the dark. Then suddenly a second craft moved under the first craft and was stationary setting beside the first one. Still talking about it my mom and grandmother were holding onto my siblings who were 4 and 5 years old. My mother thought ‘they’ were going to zap a beam down and take them away and was holding the kids tightly while looking up through the rear window. After a half of minute the first craft speed off at a high rate of speed at a 45 degree angle and stopped and the second one did the same and followed the first one, then both zapped out fo site within seconds. There were confirmed newspaper articles about siteings along the Great Lakes that evening. My parents never reported it but continued to describe it the same way for many years after that. That’s why I know it so well and I also asked them questions about it many times. There was no missing time though. I don’t think they were being monitored either. They just happened to be out, headlights bouncing in a field and it may have caught the UFO’s attention.
    I just had to share that incident with you as you asked about other incidents.
    Keep up the great work John. I enjoy your composure and non-judgementalness in all your responses. Thanks.

  19. Hi John,
    I would like to tell you what happened to me in 1991. Normal night out with friends and at 1AM I was driving home alone from San Jose, CA to Sunnyvale, about 12 miles and I had the radio on and was then “awakened” at 4:30AM in total darkness with the radio on and the gas light showing red. I don’t believe in coincidences, but here’s what happened. I have no idea where I am but in my car, headlights on, yellow road markings passing by and the gasoline fuel light is red; total blackness out there; no signs, no vehicles, no lights and I immediately started praying to Jesus to help me. I was scared; the most scared ever in my life at this point. It was an earnest and most fervent prayer to God to help me. Within 15 seconds a bright light is noticed right behind me out of nowhere and a huge pickup truck pulls up beside me on my left with bright headlights on and the cab area lights up pure white clear light and i make out an older white hair gentleman wearing a red checkered flannel shirt on and he is driving beside me like he was going to pass but didn’t.
    He pointed his right arm straight out and to the right indicating for me to get off at next right. This light was not from a little upper lamp light. It was real bright and fully lit the cab and outside the truck. Then his truck slowed, still bright headlights, he was now behind me and I thought my car was being pushed but there was no truck behiind me doing it, It was gone. There was no bump to the bumper either.The headlights gone, the truck was gone and I took the next right about a mile further and found a gas station a couple miles ahead and was now in Pacifica, CA., about 40 miles from home, not knowing how I got there. This would take time and concentration to drive through the winding rural roads off of 280 through the mountains to the ocean and I know I had absolutely no plans on going to Pacifica that morning. I got gas and drove back home and have never been up in that region since. I Googled maps to see where I might have possibly ended up along the coast (I saw small rocky islands at 5 AM when I got gased up) and I still have no notion as to what occurred. But I did learn something. There is a God. There are Guardian angels sent to help us in time of need and I have one (at least one). There was an answer within seconds to my prayer request. Whether or not aliens or UFO were involved I don’t know but I was not alone. There was a reason for this to have happened and I don’t know what it is but I did get my request answered. Is there a God-UFO connection? There seems to be a Bible-UFO connection. I have never seen anything recorded like this where time is missing and an angel shows up to relieve your angst but it happened to me and that was not a coincident. Why was I selected to have missing time? Who drove me there? Was my car sucked up and deposited? I was not in control during these 3.5 hours but somehting controlled me to make me drive to this spot. Who and why I will never know.
    I had no rashes, scars or cuts when I got home. The car was fine. I am confounded as to what happened those 3.5 hours. Had to share this as I know what happened to me and friends mock me when I bring this incident up but I did learn a truth that morning. I believe we each are watched over and for whatever reason this event happened I have no idea other than it made my faith in the highest Being stronger Thanks for reading and letting me share this. I enjoy your blog and it comforts me that I know I am not alone. Thanks again. Someday the truth will become known to me.

    1. Hi Doug — Fascinating story, thanks for sharing it. I know what you mean about people mocking you when relating your experience to them. If this website of mine serves any purpose, I hope it’s provide a forum for people to talk about these phenomena without feeling as if they’re being judged (although I make it a policy to include comments from the skeptics and debunkers as well — all opinions are welcome). Also, I hope it does provide some small comfort in knowing that these incidents are far more commonplace than many people realize. When I first wrote this article I had no idea that so many people would comment and email me about having gone through similar types of experiences.

      As I’ve mentioned in reply to the past few comments, I believe that the nature of these “missing time” and “time-slip” phenomena are either naturally-occurring, like storms, and people experiencing them might just be passing through them at random; that, or they’re being orchestrated by an unknown intelligence. Whether this intelligence is benevolent or evil, I don’t know. I recently interviewed Christian minister CK Quarterman who authored Fallen Angels: Giants, UFO Encounters & The New World Order (very interesting book, btw). Mr. Quarterman is one of a growing body of Christian and other religious scholars who do believe that these missing time and abduction events are being perpetrated by evil entities. Personally, I’ve avoided the temptation to attach religious implications to paranormal phenomena, but my views might be changing on that. Also, I’ve read many times that invoking the name of the God or Jesus Christ when experiencing these sort of phenomena will produce an almost instantaneous end to them. If so, that could be further evidence that whomever/whatever is causing them are indeed evil/Satanic in nature.

      A few good websites on the subject: CK Quarterman’s Fallen Angels site (I’ll have a review of that book and my conversation with author on the site soon); Douglas Hamp’s website; Dr. David Jacobs Center for Abduction Research. Dr. Jacob’s views are particularly interesting in that he conducted research into the phenomena for many years before ultimately concluding that these entities were malevolent. I don’t say this to be alarming, but I do find it interesting that when you prayed you were immediately answered, which would indicate that perhaps your experience was not wholesome or simply innocuous.

      Have you had any other strange experiences before or since this happened? Oftentimes, what appears to be an isolated event is just one of an ongoing series of paranormal occurrences which may or may not seem related to one another. And if you have already done so, you may also want to ask your family members if they’ve had any similar experiences.

      Good luck, and thanks again. Feel free to keep in touch.
      — John

  20. Chrissy – I think the reason is because it goes right up there with UFO’s and Ghosts to most people (except they got TVs and funding) but they do not care. I do not know why they haven’t done a show yet for this….maybe we should do a funding for it lol

    I have had strange stuff happen to me, I can not say I have had the creepy doubles of people or my ‘twin’ appear. but I can say for sure i had some weird stuff happen to me…mostly in places I visit. Its not something I discuss with people freely.

    1. Danny, Chrissy — Nice to see the readers communicating with each other and sharing ideas! I’m very close to releasing version 2.0 of this website, and the new version is going to include a forum. I hope that will further encourage people to exchange their thoughts with one another. Also been reading a lot of books and will have several new article discussing them. Thanks for checking in and contributing to the site. — John

  21. Thank you both for your quick responses. 🙂

    l will let you guys know if l experience anything else or remember something. I’m glad that l am not alone in all of this, haha. Reading these stories made me feel alot better, and more curious, too. I had the thought that, with all of these stories on here, there should be a movie or a t.v. show made about this featuring true stories! Why don’t we hear more about “skipping time” … obviously, it’s a real thing… l know l did not imagine this. And it’s the same for these other people on this site too…

  22. Chrissy – The double aka doppleganger effect is actually fairly common; I have heard/read several things like this especially with people who had time shifts or reality shifts; apparently there are cases where people see a freind or family member moments before they appear at a place, they see ghostly duplicates of people, or like in your case seeing an alien-or-strangely behaving person either when that person is really far away (as in traveling) at a location they shouldn’t be or about to come to that place while their double vanishes. (You can find a few accounts of this if you read through http://realityshifters.com/pages/yourstories1.html if you would like to see other similar ones.

    Cindy Waldron – I wonder about that blood connectivity, except I would not fit such a mold as I am O – Rh + blood type.

    John – At this rate you should make a new blog dedicated to Time Shifting alone ;p

  23. i’m sorry to blow up your website but l just remembered another detail about the time slip. During the “missing time” l remember things that happened! I remember l tried to text my friend back at least several times and they all failed. l remember me and my boyfriend talking, the radio was on… l remember this. Then suddenly we were driving into center TX! My boyfriend said “wait a minute, l feel like i’m in the twilight zone…” l don’t know how it happened that we just ended up driving into the city like that suddenly… it’s like we just ended up there. ldk if l do or do not remember the whole time that we were “missing” …

    1. Chrissy — Comment as often as you like, no problem. Things might come to you as the days pass and I’m always interested in hearing them.

      Your story involving the elementary school incident with your friend is strange, no doubt. But even though I can’t really offer any explanation for it, I’ll tell you that much more often than not, people who have had these missing time episodes have also experienced other bizarre and unexplainable events in their lives. So it seems that the missing time might be just a piece of a larger puzzle, or a symptom of a bigger issue.

      There’s two ways of looking at what happened to you: 1) this time anomaly, whatever it’s nature, was a naturally occurring, localized event (kind of like a storm) that you, your boyfriend, and your Dad just happened to pass through; or, 2) you were singled out by someone or something for this experience. Your Dad might have been coincidentally passing through the same naturally occurring phenomenon at the same time, or he could have also been chosen to go through the same thing that you and your boyfriend experienced. One of the things that turns up consistently in the “alien abduction” literature (and I hate to even go there) is that this phenomenon frequently happens within the same family and often over several generations. I’m wondering if your Dad has had other missing time or strange experiences himself. Perhaps even grandparents(?) Might be worth asking about.

      My feeling is that these happenings are intelligently directed. That’s the impression that I had from my own missing time episode, and if that’s the case, then they probably have some kind of purpose. What that purpose is, I’m not too sure, because why do this and then erase our memory of it? Or, as I’ve speculated before, maybe we’re supposed to remember at a given time, or we’re being prepared for…something — whatever that may be — on a subconscious level. Just some ideas I’ve kicked around, but I’ve got no way of proving any of them.

      Please feel free to keep in touch and let me know if anything new comes to light.

      — John

  24. Also, l just have one more thing to add, about my Dad….. l just wonder, if Dad experienced it too along with me and my boyfriend, then l wonder if any one else in the area also had an experience? I guess we’ll never know.

  25. Thank you so much for responding to me John.

    I am just so baffled by this.

    As l recall, me and my boyfriend did have strange feelings before the “time skip”
    We are not sure about the right word to describe the feelings. We just felt off before it happened, it was not anything big enough that gave me a red flag signal, l just thought it was late at night, maybe we were tired?

    After it happened though, we both felt very strange. Maybe anxious? That might be pretty close to how it felt. Like when you walk in a room, know something bad happened in there, but are just in the dark about it. l also recall the feeling of feeling like l was squeezed in a tight space, kind of a claustrophobic feeling! For both of us! It was so weird, l even felt alittle bit scared. My boyfriend did not feel scared though because l told him that l felt that way and he responded “why?!” in a surprised voice… but that was maybe because of what had just happened to us. l do not know…

    Now l am looking for answers, l have been talking alot about this to my boyfriend.

    Also, when l was a child something else strange happened to me. This is very true. l am just a normal 23 year old, not making this stuff up, l wonder why these things happened to me lol…

    Well here is the second story.
    I was in about fourth grade. Was attending this small private school with an upstairs and a downstairs. Our classroom was upstairs, but when we had our P.E. classes, we went downstairs. So on this day, me and a group of my friends were in the back of our P.E. classroom, watching an exersize video on the t.v. and we were goofing off and being silly and having fun together. Our P.E. teacher was at a desk in the front of the classroom doing paperwork or something like that.
    I look over at my best friend and she is diagnal from us, standing in front of this fish tank that me and her usually do our exersizes at/ play in that spot.
    She is being a good girl and just silently is doing her exercises along with the video. Some one says “Leah, come back here with us!” Even though there was not much space anymore, as l remember.
    I remember she “silently” just shook her head, back and forth, like she was saying no. I remember she looked *exactly* like my friend, not one single difference, accept for the look in her eyes. The expression in her eyes was just vacant. No other differences.
    She turned away and kept doing her excersizes. The next thing that l remember is that the video was over, we were on the floor getting toys out to play. Leah walked to us and was just staring, some one asked “Do you want to play with us??” and l remember that she just walked away from us, we were just watching her because she was acting different, she walked over to the back door that was being held open with a little garbage can in the door, she stepped over the garbage can and we watched her, l watched her, walk down the alley…… we were confused because Leah was a good girl, and none of us were allowed to go out the back door. At that instant that we were watching her walk down the alley and dissapear, l guess, Leah opened the front door and we.were.all.shocked.
    I am still friends with her to this day, and she still remembers us freaking out when she walked in. She had been upstairs the whole time with a teacher practicing an instrument.

    I know what l saw, l may have been young but it really happened, l have always wondered about that, l know it was real. It’s a very, very odd thing.

    I was wondering if this could have anything to do with the missing time, l don’t know. It is just another very strange incidence that happened to me.

  26. So I just wanted to share this because I have experienced a few ‘time slips’ before, but I’ve always chalked them up to spacing out or what-have-you. Today at work I went outside for a smoke break, checking my phone as I did because they shouldn’t last more than 10 min. It was 7:05pm. I lit my smoke and played a friend of mine back in Words with Friends. When I exited the app, my phone said it was 8:32pm. I checked my watch and it confirmed the time as well. My cigarette was still lit (only burned about half down) and I had only taken one outside with me so I couldn’t have lit another one. I lost an hour and a half but the physical evidence of time passing (my cigarette burning) we completely absent. Never experienced anything like it.

    1. Hi Taylor — Thanks for letting me know about your experience. I wish I had an explanation for you, but I can tell you that your experience is a lot more common than many people know. I just replied to to a comment from “Chrissy”, and hers sounded almost like it was a random event, as if she had passed through some kind of disturbance in the flow of time itself. A lot of them sound like that in fact. Others — and yours might fall into this category — sound more like the phenomenon is attached to a specific person. In other words, it’s one thing to happen to pass through one of these time anomalies, whatever their nature maybe be; it’s another thing when an individual has experienced this off and on their entire life, in different locations and under varied circumstances. The latter kind do not sound a random events to me. They sound like the person is being targeted, or that they have some kind of special ability.

      The variety of different forms that these time anomalies take is what makes it difficult to figure out what they’re about. Have you had any other strange experiences besides these time slips? Just curious…
      — John

  27. My boyfriend and I had a missing time experience just last night, and we are still very confused about what happened and looking for answers, which is why l found this website…
    It had been a normal day. We left my moms house after visiting with her at about 11:50 at night. My mom lives in TX, we had a 3 hour and 30 minute drive ahead of us going to our apartment in Louisiana. It takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to get there, this drive has been made many times. Well, l was texting a friend back and forth. My boyfriend sees a sign “san augustine, 9 miles.” That was the last sign he sees. He makes the comment that it is abnormally dark, it is very dark but at that moment l did not think that it was anything abnormal. l noticed that it was so dark that you cannot see the tops of the trees against the sky. lt is blackness. But l just think it is a very dark night. Then, l cannot text my friend back because my phone is out of service. All of the sudden, we are in center texas. We are in the town we wanted to be in, but we had skipped over san augustine completely! That town should have been lit up, but we never saw it. My boyfriend was not speeding, either. We did not know what to think of this, l then noticed that l had service again and l was able to text my friend back. l saw that about 35 minutes or more had passed that l had no service. My boyfriend was still very confused and said that we could not have passed up San Augustine… we ended up making it to louisiana in two hours. It should have taken over 3 hours to get there. It was extremely odd. We don’t know what to make of it. lt’s like we went through a time warp or something!
    To make things even odder. The next day l called my mom to tell her about what happened. My Dad was in the room. She put him on the phone. He is a truck driver and he had a similar experience that same night. He was driving about 30 minutes away from where we were, and he was heading towards a town and he said that he suddenly ended up in the town at least 5 minutes earlier than he should have been there. We were shocked and relieved that some one else had a similar experience……. we are still baffled.

    1. Chrissy – Especially interesting that your Dad experienced the same thing at the same time but in a different location. That’s a new one for my files. Makes me wonder if this is a physical phenomena that might be geographically located, like a weather event.

      Patrick Huyghe, owner of Anomalist Books and Anomalist.com recently recommended a book to me about these phenomena called Time Storms, authored by Jenny Randles. I plan to pick that up soon and read it. From what I’ve read about it, it sounds like some of her theories about time anomalies are much like the conclusions that I’m beginning to make. There’s a review on About.com that you might be interested in reading called Time Storms in the Matrix.

      Also, if you read some of the previous comments on this page you’ll find a couple from people who have described very similar experiences where they are traveling a long distance and arrived in an impossibly short period of time — kind of the opposite of the “typical” missing time experience that involves a substantial amount of time that has passed but can’t be accounted for. Yours is more of a skipping over of a period of time. That’s a little less common in my experience, but again, not unheard of. If you recall anything else, please let me know.


  28. Hi John,
    4 months have passed since I last shared my experience with you….strange things continue to happen to me, but I thought I’d shed some light on these “missing time ” experiences with you….Out of curiosity , it would be interesting to note if these individuals have RH negative blood? I’ve been researching RH neg. blood for about 5 yrs. now and many individuals” losing time” also share very rare blood types( RH neg).There’s so many theories, and facts linked to RH neg blood, that many websites have sprung up that might interest you….RH neg blood…..do you or your mother have Rh neg. blood? and if so, you may find some answers to the questions you seek…….and yes,if you’re wondering, I have A- blood……..

    1. Cindy,
      I’ve never heard of RH negative blood type being associated with missing time experiences. Going forward I’ll ask that of people. I’m A positive, and I don’t think my mom was RH negative, but I’m not sure and can’t ask here because she died in February 2009. Don’t know if I could find that somewhere in her medical records or if my brother or sister or dad would know. Let you know if I find out.
      — John

  29. AP – that is kind of scary to have instant acceleration with no control, it’s like your missing gaps of time.

    John – I had another incident to relate and share with people here, I can not say much for the UFOs or the Spiritual stuff after all what has happened to me in the past has occurred with no odd phenomena aside from the obvious ones of color washing out, sounds going down, the physical sensation, etc. no odd lights and no strange marks on my body. but I feel it was similar to what Bob related with his ‘lost and skipped’ time in the late 60’s.

    This incident I want to relate is actually one that happened recently, like last month (March, 2012) while I was vacation in San Francisco. Actually it happened while I was in the northern mountain area of California near a little town called Ukiah. I was visiting a friend on his ranch on March 16 – 18; the incident happened on the 17th.

    I had awoke early in the morning to find a surprise winter snow on the ground dusting everything. The reason I noticed this was because I was expected to be at the breakfast table by 8:00am I took my phone with me, it was roughly 7:15am PDT. Now to explain this so you get a better idea there were seemingly large gaps of land between buildings — the one I was coming out of was the ‘guest cabin’ and the building I had to get to was down and up another hill which basically took only 20min to reach on foot via a trail that I took through a small grove of trees.

    I started out the door in the blistering cold wind and snow, it was fairly thick on the ground, and as I slowly made my way down the first hill which had heavy snow cover, I slipped and slid down the hill. I caught myself and felt dizzy for a split second, I continued on my way and reached the other building at a good pace but it was then I noticed the grass was showing a lot more and the snow was barely on the ground. I looked behind me, the trail I had walked on was not as snow covered and it shocked me that the sun seemed to have popped out from the clouds so suddenly. I looked at my phone, it told me the time was just past 8:30-ish; I was shocked because it I had not left that long ago, I immediately thought of this page and realized that dizziness was something like what happened before.

    When I arrived at the building breakfast was almost over, I got teased for being sleepy headed but I told them I swore I left at 7:15am on the dot. Of course no one believed me but I went over and over the situation so firmly later that day and had walked that trail so many times the previous day and the rest of that day and the following day that I actually could tell it only took 20 – 22 min to go between the guest cabin and the place my friend actually lived. I also took note that when I slipped I had not hit my head on any near by trees and I had not fallen on my back, I had merely slid down on my bum a few inches, got dizzy, and stood up. I didn’t notice the snow was melting or the sun was out until I got near the end of the trail which came out of the woods and onto a small bluff before reaching my destination. So to recount – I woke up it was stormy with snow, I took a walk on a trail, slipped and righted myself, reach the end of the trail, and lost an hour or so. Strange world we live in…

  30. Hi John, I’d also like to share a few stories of my own, but before that, I just wanna say, I’m relieved but at the same time so intrigued on how it’s possible that so many people experience such strange events and the public stance seems so ignorant of this… It’s real, but we keep dismissing everything as if it’s nothing…I don’t know..maybe we’re just not ready yet to take it all in..
    Regarding the missing time…I’ve also had some ‘incidents’ with the passing of time I just can’t understand. Something I haven’t seen so far in the stories above..it happened to me twice with the mobile phone …that I post something and I get an impossibly instant reply. I remember when I was in college a few year ago, I was was texting one of my friends….I pressed Send…and I swear, in that instant I got a message back from her. I just remember staring at my phone and just wondering…how is it possible?? I mean even texting back a short phrase (it wasn’t a very long message, true) would still take some good seconds right…. It’s like she knew or saw my message before and just pressed send on her message immediately after i sent mine. It maybe doesn’t seem like much, I mean I just seem to have lost a few seconds :), but still……I think BECAUSE it all took place so rapidly…I clearly could not have dozed off or get lost in conversation or anything like that.. I was standing in the street outside, it was sunny, I was extremely lucid…
    What comes to mind as some sort of explanation in my case could be related to how our conscience works and something going wrong there. In short, we react a split of a second faster than what our conscience registers. It’s been proven. For example, before we take the decision to move an arm, there is already a reaction registered in our brain, it’s like something else (the author calls the ego is i remember correctly) decides to do something and only a split second later we are consciously believing that we have decided to do that..Anyway..There may thus be a glitch in how my conscience registered the event…like I actually pressed send before and became aware of it a bit later..but i registered receiving the answer ‘correctly’…This can’t explain longer ‘black-outs’ though…
    It also happened to me to be walking on the street, talking on the phone with my mom and just suddenly finding myself on a street much farther than where I was actually going..but I can get lost in a conversation for a long time 🙂 and I could have just wandered off track because of it, so I wouldn’t necessarily call it unusual. What was unusual was when I was recently on the bus going to work and I was following the time screen and the minutes just seemed to go by like seconds. Again, maybe I was in a hurry and I perceived time a bit differently, but still…I kept comparing the watch in the bus with the one at my wrist and I just couldn’t believe it…One second it was 8.25…the writing would show the next bus stop and then 8.26…then again the bus stop and then 8.27…It really only takes a few seconds for the writing to switch from the name of the stop to the time…And there are many more instances like this…I seem to always lose time, like it literally accelerates sometimes. Wish I could gain time for a change 🙂

  31. My missing time experience was during the daytime, and the weather was perfect. My friend and I were on our way to another womans’ house to discuss the paranormal. We also had planned lessons on palmistry. We both remembered starting a serious conversation before the lost time, but, could not remember anything of it later. Losing time does not bother me so much as losing the conversation. We both believe in and practice Reiki, communicating in distance with someone else, and of course all things spiritual connected with religions.Where is everyone going and yet no one remembers?

    1. Okay, so another broad daylight missing time episode to add to the files. Also that much more interesting & convincing because the two of you experienced the same thing together. I wish I did know where we go when these things happen. One thought that does come to mind is that perhaps your practice of Reiki somehow made you receptive or more susceptible to this sort of phenomena. There appears to be a connection to these experiences to having a higher level of spiritual connectedness and/or a background of having other strange events. These strange events can vary, but often times people will tell me that they’re very intuitive and have premonitions or precognitive dreams; sometimes I’m told that they’ve seen spirits or glowing orbs, or have had UFO or unidentified creature sightings — that kind of thing. In other words, there are usually other odd or unexplained experiences having happened before and after the missing time occurrence. I think people such as yourself and your friend (and maybe me too, I guess) are perhaps a little more sensitive or receptive to these phenomena.

  32. Thanks so much for replying to my account. I find your case interesting to. And it took place in the afternoon but I was in the middle of no where. Well thank you. Sincerely Lee.

  33. One day I was driving my car in northern MI when I decided to check the time it read 2:30. I was amazed because I was only just at the train station, but now 2 hours away at my detonation! how could that happened? I do recall a funny sensation or (nosie) like a low hum before this gap. The nosie was as if something else was in control. But I never blacked out. Or have a history of blacking out. I had to pull my car over because I felt somewhat drosey after this occurred. It took another 30minutes to feel normal again. That isolated incident never happened again to me. But about a week later I noticed that I had unusual mark on my body near my left shoulder. It was about 2 to 3cm long and in a zig zag form. I went to the local doctor and had it examined. The doctor seemed puzzled and told me that something had been put in my skin. I was dumbfounded by this nearly 5 years later I can only wonder what happened to me. This may seem,or be far fetched but this really happened to me. And I’m not saying that I believe in aliens or anything, but this has brought me new thoughts on it. Any thoughts???

    1. Hi Lee,

      Did this occur at 2:30 in the afternoon, or at night? Mine was a daylight incident, which is a bit less common, so just curious. The buzzing sound preceding missing time and other paranormal episodes is frequently described, as is the drowsy/groggy feeling afterward. Scars, rashes, and skin irritations are also common, so you’ve got a lot of the traditional earmarks of a classic missing time experience.

      I agree with you in that I’m reluctant to jump straight to the “I was abducted by space aliens” conclusion. There are two ways to view this phenomenon, I think: 1) It’s caused by some kind of natural disturbance in the flow of time itself; or 2) It’s governed by an outside, non-human intelligence. Whether you want to believe that these intelligences are extraterrestrials or angels or demons is up to the individual. Personally, I believe that humankind has been interacting and perhaps has been guided by these beings since the inception of our species. In my own case, I feel as if there was something or someone behind the episode. As I’ve said before, maybe we’re meant to remember these experiences at some later time. Or perhaps these beings communicate with us on a purely subconscious level. Those are just a some thoughts on the subject, but I have no real answers for you, unfortunately. I wish I did. Take some comfort in the fact that many, many people seem to be having very similar experiences all over the world.

      Thanks for sharing your story.

  34. Hi John.
    Found this site, and had a compelling feeling to relate my experience to you.
    The exact year is forgotten,it was either 1967 or 68, late summer(august) broad daylight on a saturday or sunday. I was 11-12 years old, when jogging along a main road up to my house.I loved to run, and had exceptional stamina for cross-country running.As i neared my home, i seemed to have suddenly gone into slow-motion, all noise disappeared, and the sky turned a yellowish haze.I felt like i stumbled, which was uncharacteristic of me, was continuing to run in mid-air, and i suddenly stopped myself in my tracks. There was no sounds at all, the yellowish tinge to sky was fading back to a normal blue day, but I did noticed shadows were different in that split-second.Based on the shadows of trees and a small church nearby, it seemed like about 30 minutes had passed in the blink of an eye.Slowly all distant sounds,birds etc. came back into play, as well as the blue sky.
    I looked around to see what i could possibly have stumbled over, and there was nothing, but pure flat surface.I was extremely puzzled at what i had experienced, and walked to my home, where my father was sitting in his usual chair, reading a book.
    I asked him, if he just experienced anything unusual, like reading the same chapter over, and he said he hadn’t. He must have read my face, and being a very intelligent man, he asked me what was up. I explained it all to him, and he simply replied something about” time displacement”. Now, you must understand a point here.i was only eleven years old, and my father was pure genius, and worked at a National Research Facility in Ottawa Ontario, Canada.His scientific mind was beyond my comprehension, but he still marked the date and time on a calender and wrote down my estimated amount of missing time,which i had rounded off to 25-30 minutes.. The strange event of my missing time eventually was forgotten until a few months later right around new years day.
    A t.v station news channel was on late at night, and the announcers were relating a story about approximately 25 minutes was missing from the atomic time clocks around the world.This was 5 months later. Apparently scientists had no clue as to why the atomic clocks were missing the 22-25 minutes.(said the news announcer). My father looked straight at me, and said, “that’s probably what you had experienced in August”. I answered him saying, “why was it only me that seemed to have experienced it?
    because i asked everyone i knew, and no-one noticed it..
    He looked straight onto my eyes, and simply said “who we are, what we do, is subject to influences from beyond our understanding.”he paused trying to find the correct words for an eleveny year old boy,”there is much more out there, that we may never understand,,but there is absolutely no question that it exists.” exist i asked? like Ufos and the like? “We have been visited forever,,time and space is meaningless,in the sense that we actually experience it,but we ourselves cannot control it.”
    “Sooo i asked, “then, you are saying we are not alone ,and time does an odd ripple over effect kinda thing at random times?”, His final answer was a simple “yes”,

    In my mind he was suggesting the very fact that we were not alone was the result of time-ripples.
    So my feeble eleven year old mind,gathered the facts that i was briefly visited, and experienced a 25-30 missing time experience. For what reason?
    That is still an unknown.

    Id like to see that old calender again, wherever it is..

  35. Hi John,
    I just wanted to clarify on the tethered disk. The three helicopters were the double bladed ones used by Army/Air Force or Russians I believe Hueys or Sikorskies the one used for heavy lifting.
    The cables attached to the object were taut thinking me to believe the object was not powered on it’s own, but being towed by the helicopters.
    I appreciate the return communique, and look forward to seeing if anyone else may have seen this happening above the skies in southwest Houston in the late 70’s.
    Best of Luck to you on research.

  36. Hi John,
    The time of day on the lost time/distance was in the afternoon around five o’clock on a summer day.
    As far as the tethered disk it was in southwest Houston Texas. The same area that we had
    experienced the first incident, only a few miles away. What struck me as strange was the
    shear size of the object, and to have it covered, and transported by these huge helicopters
    tells me that there was definitely some sort of government involvement. Now whether the disc was a ufo or not I can’t say, at first sight it had all the tell tale signs. I was just floored by the enormous size of the object, and to have three of these type of helicopters towing it
    undercover at low altitude only raised my suspicions more.

    1. Hi Heiko — Yes, the fact that only three helicopters were carrying something as big as a football field struck me as odd when I read that. Either it was made from an extraordinarily light material or it was using some kind of propulsion to keep it above the earth. Perhaps some kind of antigravity system. Very interesting! Thanks for letting me know about your experiences.

      – John

  37. I’ve got to say that I have always been skeptical about people who have seen ufo’s or been abducted, but after reading just a few lines of some of the stories especially yours. It brings back memories of a time that me and a friend of mine were driving home from my house to his. He was driving and we were just leaving my house about a quarter mile from my home.
    The next thing we both remember was looking at each other and being about 10 miles further than where we remembered leaving. Now I would say that I just brain faded if it happened to me alone, but both of us kind of came to at the same time, and we both looked at each other, and said wow that was weird. Now I don’t know if we were abducted or anything because neither of us have any recollection of what happened, but we do know we lost time and distance/space. This was in the summer of 1979. Also a few months later I witnessed three double blade helicopters(the ones the army uses for heavy lifting) tethered
    together flying at low altitude carrying a large disc shaped object between them with a large drape covering the object which was about the size of a football field. That was being done at about 4:00 am as I believe to avoid or have minimal detection

    1. Heiko — I get a lot of stories like that. Can I ask: what time of day did your missing time experience occur? I agree that it’s much harder to discount when two people are involved and report identical experiences and sensations. I might be tempted to dismiss my missing time incident as “brain fade” if it weren’t for the fact that my mother showed up in the exact spot where I came around and claimed that she heard voice telling her to come find me. It’s a little hard to disregard when there are others to corroborate that something strange has occurred.

      Where did you see this disc being carried by the helicopters? Here in the US, or were you in Europe…? Just wondering. Curious how one event happens and then the other. Those are the sorts of threads that I’m trying to tie together in my (thus far futile) attempt to make sense of this phenomenon. One thing I’m sure of is, this is happening to a lot of people all over the world. — John

  38. hi there, just reading your stories and thought i would post something odd that happened to my daughter and her fiance the 16th of march, they had been sitting on their couch about 3am they were eating and had just changed the channel on the t.v , and then the next thing you know her and her fiance look at the clock its 6;30 am the 1st words out of my daughters mouth is she thinks they may have been abducted, because they have 2 huskies which were out and normally they would have eaten the food ,, the food was untouched the dogs were just sitting there, she came over and told me they had lost time at the exact same time and awoke , she had a rash all over her body, and her fiance awoke with a pounding headache and a huge lump on the back of his neck,, i know this all sounds crazy but the fact that the first things out of her mouth were lost time and and thinking they had been abducted was odd,

    1. Hi Tina — That certainly fits the “typical” abduction scenario. If there are pets present — particularly dogs — and any others that are not the target of the abduction, they essentially switched off or temporarily put to sleep until the procedure has been completed. Also the presence of lumps, bumps, scars, and rashes are often described by the victims after the abduction has taken place. Have either or both of them ever experienced anything like this before? Has anyone else in the family gone through anything similar? Often these things happen over generations in the same family. — John

  39. Back in 2004 a good friend of mine and I lost approximately an hour while driving. We were on our way to a friends house about 2 hours away. We were discussing the paranormal, things like higher beings and higher dimensions, etc. Aliens or ET’s were not discussed at all. I remember approacing the bridge, and remember driving on the other side, but do not remember the drive across the bridge itself. We both noticed the time loss and a strange feeling that something happened, but have never figured it out. When we actually arrived at our friends house, everyone there was worried about us because we took so long getting there. There were around 10 people at our friends house. The road we took was a highway, we did not have to make turns or stop at toll booths. To this day I remember it exactly as it happened and still have no clue where that hour went or how it went at all. I’d love to have a viable explanation for this experience. I have not had any such experiences since.

    1. Hi Debbie — Very interesting, and I’d love to be able to give you an explanation. I simply don’t know what to make of these incidents, but it’s becoming increasingly apparent to me that a lot more people have had them than I’ve ever before considered. Your story is all the more interesting because both you and your friend had the same experience together, at the same time. Did you have any strange dreams afterward or notice any scars or rashes anywhere on your body? Have you had any other strange or unexplainable experiences before or since, similar to this incident or not? How about your friend? Just curious.

      Thank you for sharing your story with us. Always glad to listen if you have anything else to discuss. — John

  40. Mr. John Carlson I am the only thread that did not get a response from your blog…Was my entry the one that was supposed to be a lie so or just too much information. Yes, though strange, I can remember the time I was missing but it took me a few years to recover it…I did not have a run in with UFO or Aliens; however I did meet so intellegent folks who told me the nature of their world and the circumstance that led them to their destruction. I think my experience was a genetic reawakening thats all…..

    1. Sorry, Darnell. I miss one sometimes. I don’t think you’re the first or only though, so don’t take it personally. Let me take some time to read through your first comment — it’s a pretty long one — then I’ll respond to it.


  41. I had a missing time experience in 1996 in March. I was driving with the cruise control on (I always did) at 80 MPH and my girlfriend was with me. We left a party in Greenport L.I. NY to go to Setauket, L.I. NY and left at about 1130. While on the the road near Brookhaven Natl. Labs we had the experience.

    I remember only sensing that someone was right on my bumper. Next thing it was 2.5 hours later and I was pulling away from the side of the road very slowly. My girlfriend was hysterical and beating my arm screaming ” we were abducted by aliens” she was frantic and sobbing.

    I am crying while typing this because when I try to recall that night I get overly emotional and a feeling of nausea takes me quickly. This really happened. I believe I was taken from my car with her because she was pregnant and we were together. It was an easy opportunity if “they” are real to take our baby and our DNA in separate to use in their genetic projects.

    Something strange happened that night. When I went home my Father was asking why I was so late (I was 20) and I told him what happened. He told me something very amazing happened and that I would understand it someday. I am still trying to understand…

  42. Well, what has brought me to this site John is that I typed in about my missing time while driving from Ashland, Oregon to Redding, California in July of 1994. It took me 5 and a half hours to drive it.(it is a distance of 137 miles) and I did not stop the car I was driving. I really don’t know how to explain it all but I did see an object high above the trees with 4 clear lights all in a row on it on Mt. Shasta and this would have been close to 11pm at night, and I didn’t see any other vehicles on the road moving but I do recall seeing a semi-trailer parked on the shoulder up at the top. I got to Redding later than I was suppose to arrive. My husband called the troopers to look for me and my law enforcement brother got involved. They said it should not have been over 3 hours for the trip. I am stumped at the loss of time. I do remember going around a bend and feeling like my car was floating on air. Like slow motion and like I wasn’t driving it. I never felt any presence but was frightened at the sight of the lights I saw above the trees and felt very alone, deserted, and asking myself “Where are all the other vehicles?”. I never even saw a patrol vehicle on the road. Well that will always remain a mystery to me. It was light out when I left Ashland, Oregon too. Later, I looked up info. on military bases nearby and I think there is one near Redding. Could explain the lights in the sky. But the lights did seem to be stationery over the trees. ??

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