There was a time, not long ago, that Rosa and I would sit up late at night listening to Coast to Coast AM. "I can't believe you believe this stuff," she would tell me. "I don't," I would reply. "I am amazed at people that do, though." Planet-X. Chuppacabras. Aliens. Big Foot. All came to life on the radio late at night for our listening enjoyment. We would sit on my porch as the moon and stars danced in the sky as my little portable radio droned. The infamous Art Bell would speak excitedly of things mystical, unreal, and unbelievable in a way that made you want to believe.
Tonight was a flashback to those times. I and Rosa sat on my porch as the radio played softly and the rain steadily fell. A man was quoting scripture from Revelations in the hopes of proving the existence of Planet-X. "I believe it's return will shift the very foundation of Earth and move the moon and stars," the man said excitedly. His excitement was contagious.
"Do you believe in Planet-X?" Rosa asked, amused.
"No," I replied. "But I can see why people do. It is so fantastic!"
The "open line" hour arrived and I listened intently. A man called in to this nationally syndicated radio show from my hometown saying he saw a Big Foot on county road 103. I was amazed at it being such a small world.
"Did you hear that?" I asked Rosa excitedly.
"County road 103 is the road to Columbus, Georgia," Rosa said astonished.
It was a pitch black night without a moon. It was big--like an ape--covered in wiry hair. 7 foot tall, it stood in the road and stopped my car and growled at me--my headlights illuminating it. I reached for my camera, but it had disappeared as fast as it had appeared. I remember the smell. It smelled like manure and it was overwhelming.
"Hey, to think we have our own Big Foot," I said as I smiled and looked at Rosa with an amusing glare.
"That guy was drunk or smoking something," Rosa said so seriously.
I burst out laughing. So true. Something got in that fellow's Wheaties that morning. It just goes to affirm why I love this radio show so much. I just wish it came on during the day and not after midnight. It is playing havoc with my sleeping habits.