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Time Slip One December Morning

 

In my 20's I worked for NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. You know the place with the gigantic blimp hangars? Yep, that's the one. It was a great job with a rotten commute. It took about an hour to go under 25 miles to work. I'm the workaholic type personality so I left even earlier than I needed to every day. One of the great perks was a canteen so you could sit down and have breakfast before things got hectic. An added bonus was it was so cheap that I could afford it every day.

One morning I got up very late. I had to leave about 5:45 to average getting there at 7:00. It was already 6:45. My alarm clock was old and it had finally died. Jumped up, got dressed (like ugh, I look like I slept under a bus) and ran out the door. No breakfast today and my boss had the dubious name of Wolfe Kahle. I don't think he ever got the pun, but he lived up to it. He would corner you at your desk and give you a good 5 minutes dressing down at top volume. At best, I'd be an hour and a half late.

Bay Area traffic is known for being bumper to bumper, even though the freeways are 8 lanes across. Anyone from the Bay Area will be saying preaching to the choir at this point, as an aside. Especially on 101 heading north out of San Jose. The later you leave, the more clogged the freeways are. I had to wait at a metered ramp for 10 minutes just to jump on at Cottle Road. Great. I turned on my usual AM station KGO so that I could get traffic updates. I want to stress that they update roads every 10 minutes. In about 20 minutes, I had gone maybe 4 miles.

Nail biting panic and worrying for the next 40 minutes until I got up to Logue Avenue exit. It's a clover leaf with a total pain of a merge. I had to come off the freeway, jump 3 lanes left and hit a turn lane with a protected arrow. The whole time I was hearing updates on the time and traffic. As I merged into the clover leaf I heard a pop of air pressure almost like when a storm rolls in.

Now here's the fun part. I hit the clover leaf, sighed and braced for the merge. No traffic. Not one car. It's quiet. I noticed the sky was darker and wondered if there was a storm coming in. The turn light went green and I drove the six or so blocks to NASA. It's darker still and the guard barely glanced at me at the gate. I was used to seeing the same man every day and at least saying hello. This guy looked 'wrong'. If you pulled someone out of 1950 and plunked him down in a mall, you would notice that all of the details are just enough to grab your attention, without knowing why. It hit me so hard that I watched him in my rearview mirror as long as I could. He never moved or went back in the little guard shack.

As I pulled in to parking lot, this is going to sound very loopy by the way, but my car radio went silent and everything 'shifted'. Have you ever been blind folded and spun around and gotten very dizzy? It's that feeling. Everything was subtly different. The lot was empty. I sat there for a minute with my mouth open trying to figure out if I had lost my mind. My car radio suddenly blasted back on and I heard the KGO announcer say "Good Morning, Bay Area. It's 6:29 and traffic is still light. We'll have updates in one minute, but first here's our weather outlook." I checked every station. It was the same. My watch said 8:29. Where did the time go? And did I really want to find out? After all, NASA Ames would have been a good place to monitor if you wanted to see what humanity was up to technologically. The rest of the day went on normally, but I never forgot it.

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EmmalineTexas (7 stories) (72 posts)
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5 days ago (2017-11-18)
Hi Jubeele ❤ Thank you so much. I saw that and honestly my first thought was hmmm, news isn't transparent no matter what people like to think. Someone in the early stages must have had an oops moment. 😆

I love how thorough you are! Oh my gosh, Jubeele. You are amazing. I love researching things also.

Emma
Jubeele (4 stories) (248 posts)
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5 days ago (2017-11-18)
Emma, I saw this news snippet and just had to share it with you. I knew someone at NASA was messing around with time travel!

This wormhole theory only allows for travel backwards in time. Hope someone doesn't sneeze at the wrong moment and set off an unpredictable chain reaction...

Https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/37903350/astrophysicist-details-how-time-travel-may-be-possible/
EmmalineTexas (7 stories) (72 posts)
 
2 weeks ago (2017-11-11)
L_Melb - I've wondered about that a few times over the years. If they did get on with my life, then I hope that they made better choices than I did. Like investing heavily in Bitcoin a couple of years ago. 😁 😜 Thank you.
L_Melb (198 posts)
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2 weeks ago (2017-11-10)
Hi Emmaline,
Another great read and fascinating experience.
Am I the only person who wonders if in an alternate dimension "you" woke up on time and got to work a couple of hours late and are telling your friends about it and just as confused?
We can only hope Wolfe is a sweetheart in that dimension! 😜
notjustme (18 stories) (821 posts)
 
2 weeks ago (2017-11-08)
Trisk- good luck on finding originals. Like I tried with the books lol. I even love asking librarians and people who work a book stores. And when they spell it the way I do. All I can do is grin and ask " are you sure?" LOL and of course they will go to the shelves and find them and then say noooooo lol. Then they say I'm going to check my old ones at home. So if half the world can remember it as Stein... Definitely something going on there 🙄 we can't all be having bad memory. And actually my memory is very good. No one can ever tell me it was stain all along and Luke I am your father is a HUGE one too lol.
Triskaideka (2 stories) (369 posts)
 
2 weeks ago (2017-11-08)
Haha I, too, would be happy to take to email. Would love to confer with fellow "sliders" on ehm, "anomalies."

Thank you, Emma! Someone commented on the video "Yay! The unaltered version of the scene!" That means it was at least in one of the original versions!
notjustme (18 stories) (821 posts)
 
2 weeks ago (2017-11-08)
Hmm near death experience I have had and that would kind of explain it, but my hubby has not and he remembers what I remember. If we are getting out of hand (let us know MODS) and I can feel Miracles coming soon to steer us into emails hehe I am open to this topic over email.
notjustme (18 stories) (821 posts)
 
2 weeks ago (2017-11-08)
I wish I could explain what I started here. Sorry guys lol it just fascinates the crap out of me. And since I do believe in time warps, I thought it was somewhat suitable to mention 🤔 but please do not let it consume u. There will always be things we cannot explain as no one knows 100% how this world works, or else this site wouldn't exist 😊
EmmalineTexas (7 stories) (72 posts)
 
2 weeks ago (2017-11-07)
Triskaideka - Sorry for going way off topic everyone, but I was able to find a clip from the Star Wars theatrical release that does have the Obi-Wan mind trick scene. Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=532j-186xEQ. I love how we cover all topics on this site and again I apologize for hijacking.
Triskaideka (2 stories) (369 posts)
 
2 weeks ago (2017-11-07)
I've had some near-death experiences, as well. So glad that I've been helpful. Please check back in and share if you find anything you think really seems a fitting explanation for what you experienced! This is so fascinating.
EmmalineTexas (7 stories) (72 posts)
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2 weeks ago (2017-11-07)
Triskaideka - That's fascinating! Thank you. I don't know about you but I've had a couple of times where I should have taken the exit ramp. I'm sure that quite a few ghost stories are 'sliders' who are perceived as ghosts. Now, I have a new area of theories to explore. Thank you so much. ❤
Triskaideka (2 stories) (369 posts)
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2 weeks ago (2017-11-07)
Update: Reading through another forum for hours, I've read many comments postulating that near-death experiences often cause people to be more prone to what they call "sliding" (slipping between alternate realities and times). Another interesting hypothesis is that ghosts are actually people from 200 years ago, for example, dreaming and sliding into the present. Interesting. It appears that ghosts, time-travel, psychic stuff, etc. All connect in some way.
Triskaideka (2 stories) (369 posts)
 
2 weeks ago (2017-11-07)
I don't know what my thoughts are because I fell down the Mandela Effect rabbit hole and now I'm questioning everything. Poor memory? Maybe. Not sure. I have a few trains of thoughts here, I suppose. 1) "Sliding", 2) Poor memory en masse, 3) False news reports (re: deaths of people, massacres, etc.) Still doesn't explain the Star Wars thing. 😕
Triskaideka (2 stories) (369 posts)
 
2 weeks ago (2017-11-07)
Thank you! My friends, ages ranging 26-34 disagree. They claim it was added into the new release.

And it wasn't on my parents' VHS tapes.

I... May need to ask my dad for those tapes before they move and Mom makes him toss them out! 😳
EmmalineTexas (7 stories) (72 posts)
 
2 weeks ago (2017-11-07)
Triskaideka - I CLEARLY remember the scene where Obi-Wan Kenobi says "These aren't the droids that you're looking for. Move along". I just asked my husband and he remembers it also. This was in the original release! I'm having a brain boggle... Thoughts, please?
Triskaideka (2 stories) (369 posts)
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2 weeks ago (2017-11-07)
Okay whoa hold the phone.

Going off on the tangent here.

Mandela -didn't- die in prison? *Googles*
Good grief. See, I remember him dying of being ill. But then a little over two years ago, someone told me that he died in prison. I was extremely confused, so I googled it then, and indeed, got returns that he'd died in prison. Interestingly, that same year was when I found out the books were Berenstain, not Berenstein. I went hunting for my childhood books that I had in a box, didn't locate them, had uhm, an experience which I won't share here but it also seemed like time travel.
So here I am, wondering at Nelson Mandela's death yet again. It is now what I had remembered. What the heck?
Checking Wayback Machine... The 2013 capture has been deleted. 2014 and on also report his death due to respiratory failure.
People remembering "Luke, I am your father" I always believed just don't know how to quote things. My partner and I quote things all the time and we are quite precise about it. I'm also frequently correcting people's "but then I took an arrow to the knee" quote from a videogame called Skyrim. It's "-in- the knee", not to the knee.

That said, I stumbled upon the mandela effect blog... And... I remember that episode their friend is speaking of, if it's the one they were talking about. They went in a hovercraft in the desert and there's a bit when obi-wan waves his hand at the guy and convinces him to let them pass, said "these aren't the droids you're looking for". You see, that was in it when I was a kid (I was born in '85.) But then when they released the remaster, everyone acted like it was a -newly released- scene. I was like what on earth are you talking about, that was always in it. My friends were incredulous. Told me I was crazy, I was misremembering, no one had seen that scene before because it was never released. I watched Star Wars over and over and over again in my childhood. I knew that scene existed in the original.

Visited my parents, pulled out their VHS tapes and VCR, rewatched the movies. The scene was missing.

Someone please tell me, was it in the original or not?

Were there multiple releases? I watched them on repeat at a friends' house. Perhaps her parents owned another version of the VHS tapes?

Is the Mandela effect actually a thing or are people just confused by a) poor memories and b) multiple releases and poor documentation?

😕

Thank you, Emma, for sharing your story. That's absolutely fascinating. I, too, wonder what NASA was researching then.

PS - Sorry for rambling / hijacking. I'm just so dang confused right now.
EmmalineTexas (7 stories) (72 posts)
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2 weeks ago (2017-11-06)
Melda - Thanks so much for your comment. Mandela was a great man and very missed. I think that some people are destined to be a person who changes the world. They never have easy lives and maybe that's why the Mandela effect is so pronounced. Twenty seven years is enough to make someone a figurehead or a legend. I wish that leaders everywhere had the same wisdom.

Rook - Thanks so much for your comment and your questions. I know you said disregard, but I want to clarify a little if I can. I write like I talk and sometimes I leave details out. I'm sure it wasn't DST because that's in November and this was in December. The car radio was silent for only maybe 10 seconds. It happened right as I turned into the parking lot section for my building (Research and Development, R&D for short. Lastly, my watch was wrong, the radio stations were right. When I went into the building all of the clocks said it was around 6:30. I love all of the points that you raise. It neatly explains everything being so off. I don't think that there was any way that I could have mistaken it but wow, you're brilliant.

Rex-T - I forgot to thank you for pointing out the Nobel Prize for gravity wave theory. That's fascinating and I wonder if it accounts for people who experience holes in time or shifts. Thank you.
rookdygin (24 stories) (4338 posts)
 
2 weeks ago (2017-11-06)
Whoops please disregard my comment... Your entire Title does away with it being 'Daylight savings'...

Respectfully,

Rook
rookdygin (24 stories) (4338 posts)
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2 weeks ago (2017-11-06)
Is there any small chance that this was a 'day light savings time' MESS? I ask because if you set your clock 'ahead' rather than 'Falling Back' with the time it could explain the two hour difference between 'radio time' and your 'watch time'.

It does not however account for the 'lack of traffic' on the cloverleaf/merge. You also stated this...

" My car radio suddenly blasted back on and I heard the KGO announcer say "Good Morning, Bay Area. It's 6:29 and traffic is still light. We'll have updates in one minute, but first here's our weather outlook." I checked every station. It was the same. My watch said 8:29."

At what 'moment in time' did you notice the radio had gone 'silent'? Or was it not until it 'blasted' back on?

Nor does the 'daylight savings' idea help with the way the guard appeared nor your 'impressions' after the 'pop' of air pressure.

Last question... Which was right, your watch or the Radio Time?

Respectfully,

Rook
Melda (9 stories) (678 posts)
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3 weeks ago (2017-11-04)
Emmaline - What a fascinating experience you had.

I googled Berenstain (ein) Bears. I have to admit that I'd never even heard of them.

What is very significant to me is that the Mandela Effect was mentioned on that particular site. Nelson Mandela definitely did not die in prison, which I'm sure most people who keep in touch with world events would know. He was the most wonderful President and his death was a huge loss to our country, South Africa. If only we could find another like him 😟

Regards, Melda
EmmalineTexas (7 stories) (72 posts)
 
3 weeks ago (2017-11-04)
notjustme - It could just be my age? I wrote another comment and it disappeared, how strange! When Star Wars came out I saw it about 10 times and I think I read the Bearenstain bears to my son. I blame it on being more of an early elderly instead of middle-aged. 😁
Rex-T - Thank you so much for your kind comment! I'm so glad you got to enjoy San Francisco. I remember the Rainbow Tunnel! I love your story you posted about the crossroads and the phone problems. Thank you!
Rex-T (2 stories) (22 posts)
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3 weeks ago (2017-11-03)
Emmaline I enjoyed your story on many levels.
The traffic jams took me back to when my wife and me were touring the American South West. We were approaching San Francisco from the north and we got stuck in a traffic jam just after the "rainbow tunnel". The jam lasted all the way over the Golden Gate Bridge but the tour group didn't care as we were all taking snaps of the harbor and Alcatraz.
I was also reminded of this year's Nobel Physics Award for the detection of gravity waves that not only warp gravity but also time. I wonder if you could have driven into and out of one of these waves.
You could always keep this one up your sleeve and try it out on Boss Wolfe or some other psycho boss next time you're late.
notjustme (18 stories) (821 posts)
 
3 weeks ago (2017-11-03)
Emma, so in your memory, it was Berenstain and not STEIN? 🤔 I always remembered it as stein... And tho I am no starwars fan. People around for as long as I can remember always said Luke... Head scratcher
EmmalineTexas (7 stories) (72 posts)
 
3 weeks ago (2017-11-03)
notjustme - Thanks for confirming that I fell through a cosmic pothole. I did remember it was Berenstain and "No, I am your Father." Someone out there is living my life and vice versa. 😲
notjustme (18 stories) (821 posts)
 
3 weeks ago (2017-11-03)
And don't even get me started in "Luke, I am your father"...apparently, it has always been "noo, I am your father" 😕...like no! NONONO! Impossible!
notjustme (18 stories) (821 posts)
 
3 weeks ago (2017-11-03)
Haha Val and Emma... You are correct! Or should I say you WERE correct. Before I proceed, I muat say you are not crazy and do not doibt yourself because I am CERTAIN as you both they wete called Berenstein bears. I tried posting a link but it won't work. But how about googling Berenstein bears conspiracy and choose the first link. Have a read and please tell me what you think

😨 prepare to be mind blown and self doubt lol
EmmalineTexas (7 stories) (72 posts)
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3 weeks ago (2017-11-03)
Babygoatpuller - You just gave me an existential huh moment. I love that. Thank you! NASA was fun. I used to have to go and wake up one physicist every afternoon after he took a nap in the dumpster. Brilliant minds, but Sheldon Cooper had nothing on them.
babygoatpuller (4 stories) (373 posts)
+1
3 weeks ago (2017-11-03)
What would be even more weird Emmaline, is if all those people you passed on the freeway/roads, and all the people in the office had a deja vu moment when you showed up at NASA that morning. 😕

I don't have anything to offer in the way of answers, but I'm sure your going to get some great feedback from others here. Where's Manafon!?

How cool is it to work at NASA! 😊
EmmalineTexas (7 stories) (72 posts)
 
3 weeks ago (2017-11-03)
Notjustme - The Berenstein Bears? LOL I kind of remember them. Thanks for the flashback. Hadn't though of them in years. I'm sure that I'm spelling it wrong though! I guess I time travelled. The other explanation is a lot less appealing. I always wondered if I fell into a parallel existence and I've been a poser here for all these years. 😜
Jubeele - I love your name. My best friend is Chinese from Singapore and it reminds me of New Years celebrations. Complete with red envelopes and dragons. Re the story - I wondered if I wandered into a pocket of the past, or was it more of a mirror thing. It was very Lewis Carroll. Thanks for your comment I love all of the points that you raise. I have no answers.
Valkricry - I didn't dare ask anyone. They would have thought I was crazy. No one else seemed to notice, but I wonder how many people had the same experience that day. Thanks so much for your comment. Really good points!
Lady-glow- Now, that's funny! He probably did. I just don't remember. I didn't have makeup on and had a huge runner down my tights. Probably thought I'd been out late partying
😕
Thank you for your comments. Maybe it was a ripple? It was weird that the effect went out for blocks. Any insights are appreciated. I've never quite figured it out. Thanks for being so kind ❤
lady-glow (8 stories) (1579 posts)
+1
3 weeks ago (2017-11-03)
Fascinating. Did boss Wolfe complain about your appearance that morning? 😜

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