Anon, what you described and there being no one else to see, other than your friend with you, happens extremely commonly in such events. Countless sightings of UFOs and the paranormal have been related just like that. No one else seemed to notice it.<quoted text>
Thanks for replying. The only apt description I can give it is a huge chrome ball hovering motionless. The tube descended from the middle of the ball, not sure how far it came down, maybe a hundred feet or so, split apart at right angles (think of an L, now think of another L, only this one is is reversed and stuck to the back of the first one, the bottom of both L's pairing off in opposite directions) to each other. It never touched the ground. Don't forget, I had a witness with me who described exactly what I saw. I asked him what he saw, and I stopped talking. No coaching on my part. What bothers me most is why no else reported anything. We checked the newspapers for three days, listened to the local news - nothing. I'll re-print the original post.
Got some time to kill before I leave, so I'm gonna give you something to kick around. As you may recall, I'm a skeptic and I believe everything has a plausible explanation, and it's worked out that way in my life for everything but this:
The year is 1964. I'm fourteen and hanging around a local park, sitting on the swings and talking to a friend of mine. He stops talking and points skyward. I see what appears to be a large chrome ball suspended maybe five hundred or so feet above us. Could be higher or lower; the point is it was clearly visible as It was roughly 6:00 pm, early September. We watched for a few minutes, when suddenly a long pole began to descend from the bottom of the globe, also chrome in color. Roughly two minutes passed and the pole stopped descending.It then split apart at right angles at the bottom of the pole, turned a bright red, and both pole and globe simply vanished. I had enough presence of mind to ask my friend to describe exactly what he saw, and he confirmed my own take on the matter exactly. Keep in mind this was 1964, technology was minimal. We were both 14, so no drugs involved. I tried to research it, but nothing was remotely close to what we saw.
I know someone with a more dramatic sighting than that and had no reason to doubt her. A very large UFO passed over her in a parking lot while she was unloading groceries at night. Blotted out the sky, which is what caused her to notice it, as she had noticed the bright moon when she got out of the car. Looked up again and it was gone. She walked into her apartment house while it was still passing over. She said all she could think was she wasn't supposed to be seeing that. She also noted it was like time froze, and sound ceased. The sound I can understand from such a shock, but she walked up stairs and observed neighbors in the apartment across the courtyard through their open window with the light on frozen into place. She called me after this incident, and it was later than it should have been by my accounting.
There are more people than you realize that experience such things.
The pole was longer than the ball was in diameter? Two minutes is a long time.
6 PM would be setting sun. This could be reflections as it sat, and the cause of the turning red and disappearing. This could be what you both saw it and no one did because of your location. But note the "could". Once could expect you to notice if it was a reflection off something already existing in two minutes, especially at that height.
You can get second guessed to hell for something you saw. And called nuts by Topix atheists.