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Location: Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil

After visiting Fortaleza, Brazil and feeling comfortable there, I decided to finally retire and spend some time persuing my dream: moving to Brazil. I'm spending six months in Fortaleza deciding if this is what I really want or if it is just one more step in my life. I have been fortunate enough to do everything I ever wanted to do, have had a good career in Air Traffic Control and am now ready to go out and have fun. I played jazz for many years and it is my second passion. I also just finished the first draft of my novel, "Song For A Sad Smile" and will work on researching my next book. My idea is that all of us should "Do the Dream" and follow your heart, no matter how old you are. The final question that you'll ask when your life is almost over should be: "Did I do everything I wanted to do?" If your answer is anything except "yes" then you're not living life to its fullest.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

I finally got my email up Friday night around 8:30 and spent Friday night and Saturday morning going through and answering the 95 emails that I have received since I've been here. Now I can communicate through something other than smoke signals.

Well, I'm here; it's different living here than visiting, that's for sure. The biggest hurdle is the language; while Spanish is similar in the written form, in the oral form it's totally different. I had hoped to be able to at least communicate a little but the words are spoken completely different and I'm not understood most of the time and can't understand a word that is being spoken.

Everything is done "whenever"; whenever I want to, whenever I can get around to it, whenever there isn't something else to do, whenever somebody more powerful doesn't want it first, etc. Because of that I have been spending a lot of time at the apartment waiting for "whenever"; whenever I can get the lease signed for the apartment, whenever I can get the telephone in, whenever I can get connected to the Internet, whenever I can get cable TV, whenever I can get the shower fixed, whenever I can get the bottled water, whenever I can get the maid here to do my laundry, clean, iron my cloths and cook two meals ($7.00 a whole day!!!)...you get the picture. You had better stop thinking like an American and expect things to operate on "Brazil time"; another word for "whenever".

It's the end of the rainy season so there's been a lot of rain, mostly at night. Thursday and Friday it rained later than usual; usually it ends by 7:00 or so. It can rain very hard but there doesn't seem to be much wind associated with it; it almost comes straight down. Not only that, but it isn't a cold rain; it's almost shower temperature. The weather is great this afternoon; the wind shifted and has dried out the air some.

I've been eating good though differently; mostly I have been eating very light compared to what I eat in the US. The main meal here is the mid-day meal; that's one of the reasons why Brazilians remain so slim. The dinner might consist of a couple of pieces of cheese, a little meat and perhaps some grapes and that is about all. I think I've lost three or four pounds so far; I'm noticing that my cloths are fitting looser than before. The pizza here is so good it's unbelievable. Almost everything I have eaten has been wonderful except that most of it has chicken and I'm not a big chicken fan; I prefer beef or fish.

My apartment is nice; I knew what it would be like because I stayed one floor below when I was here in October and they are all exactly the same. It's around 650 sq. ft. with two small bedrooms, two really small bathrooms, a kitchenette, a dining and living area and the bedroom air conditioned (a real plus). Because I don't need a dining room table, I'm going to rent a keyboard and set it up there. The living room is really small, but it has a little TV and such. I've hooked up my portable CD player to some nice speakers I sent down as well as power and have music. (I brought down 130 CDs from Phoenix.) All in all, it's pretty comfortable and I'm surviving quite well.

Fortaleza is big; old but big!!! They're building apartments like crazy and, by American standards they are inexpensive though not as much as a few years ago. (Real estate inflation has hit EVERYWHERE!!!!) I had hoped to look at a penthouse condo here but it had sold by the time I got here. That's kind of good because I wasn't sure I wanted to let loose of the money and buy anything until after I made a decision as to my future. Most of the city consists of older buildings and is definitely "third world". You see an awfully lot of poverty here and even the people that are middle class are not as well off as you see in the US. The only thing that I can say is that after living here, I never want to hear about how poor people have it in the US; they don't even know what it is like!

Because

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Blogger Sandra B said...

Major UFO Breakthrough in Brazil
22-May-2005


AJ Gevaerd and Brazilian Air Force Official
The nation of Brazil is relaxing its policy of UFO secrecy. It is the first among a number of countries known to be considering the idea of abandoning the secrecy mandate that has been in place worldwide since the phenomenon first began to be publicly known nearly fifty years ago.
A.J. Gevaerd of the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers reports that a number of important files have just been released, including a folder containing documents from 1977 that cover dozens of cases of UFOs in the Amazon with over 100 pictures made during Operation Saucer, an official Brazilian military investigation that was carried out between September and December, 1977.

This change in policy means that one of the countries with the most extensive amount of UFO activity is now going to share its previously secret knowledge with the public. To read Mr. Gevaerd's statement, click on full story.

A. J. Gevaerd writes:

Friday, May 20, was a historic day for Ufology in Brazil and in the world as the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), for the very first time in its history, officially receives a committee of top UFO researchers to openly discuss sightings in the country and fully exam classified UFO documents in several military facilities in Brasilia, the Federal Capital.

By doing this very important step, Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has placed Brazil in a very short list of countries whose militaries acknowledge the Ufology as a serious activity and significative effort to fully understand the nature and origin of UFOs. “We want to have all info on the subject, that is withheld by us for some decades, fully released to public, through the UFO community”, declared brigadier Telles Ribeiro, chief of Brazilian Air Force Communication Center.


The Brazilian Government, through the Brazilian Air Force, has finally decided to come forward and recognize the UFO research as a genuine activity as a direct result of the intense pressure made by the campaign UFOs: Freedom of Information Now, a movement started by the Brazilian UFO Magazine in April 2004. The campaign was launched by the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU), composed of 6 UFO civilian researchers: Claudeir Covo, Marco Petit, Rafael Cury, Reginaldo de Athayde, Fernando Ramalho and A. J. Gevaerd (Athayde was sick an replaced by new interim member veteran UFO researcher Roberto Affonso Back)


Details of the campaign both in Portuguese and in English can be consulted at: Ufo.com.br and UFO.com.br/secrecy.


The approach of the Brazilian military by the CBU committee started last February, ten months after the campaign begun, with a phone call from a Brazilian Air Force spokesman, major Antonio Lorenzo, and a formal invitation to a visit and a chat in some Air Force headquarters in Brasilia. Major Lorenzo fully recognized the UFO researchers’ efforts in this field and provided a few details of what kind of reserved files and procedures the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has about the UFO Phenomena and its detection, recording and investigation in the country.



Two meeting between the civilian UFO researchers and the military took place last Friday, May 20, and firstly happened in the headquarters of the Integrated Center of Air Defense and Air Traffic Control (Centro Integrado de Defesa Aérea e Controle de Trafego Aéreo, Cindacta), a very sensitive facility. During two hours, the researchers were given lectures of the procedures conducted at Cindacta and had the chance to visit air traffic control rooms and understand how UFOs could be detected by the Air Force personnel.


The second and most important meeting took place just after this one at the very reserved facilities of Brazilian Air Defense Command (Comando de Defesa Aerea Brasileiro, Comdabra), an even more sensitive installation that controls the entire air defense situation in the country and surrounding areas of Atlantic Ocean and South America. In this facility the UFO researchers were given full briefing of the top aspects of aerial defense of the country.


It was in this facility that its own commander, brigadier Atheneu Azambuja, admitted to the UFO researchers how concerned the Brazilian military are about the UFO phenomena. Azambuja also gave details of Comdabra procedures and openly admitted that the country has systematically detected and registered UFOs in the country – labeled as “H Traffic” – since 1954. That wasn’t a surprise for the UFO researchers of the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU), but how this registering process took place was.


After detailed explanations of Comdabra activities, brigadier Atheneu Azambuja, for the first time in history, gave full access to the civilian UFO researchers to exam 3 different folders with classified UFO information, cases from specific dates of 1954, 1977 and 1986. The first case was an airplane pursuit of a UFO in the ocean shores of Paraná State.


The second file was much more important. In the folder containing the 1977 docs that could be examined by the UFO researchers were dozens of cases of UFOs in the Amazon with and amazing amount of over 100 pictures made during the so-called Operation Saucer, an official program of UFO investigation by the military that took place from September to December, 1977, and has been fully covered by specialized UFO press over the world.


The third case was the “The Official Night of UFOs in Brazil”, a very significative group of events that happened in May 1986, when 21 objects of over 100 m in diameter jammed Brazilian air traffic control system over Rio de Janeiro, Sao Jose dos Campos and Sao Paulo, mainly, and several jets were sent to intercept – without any success – the intruders.


The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) representatives at those meetings then fully admitted that Ufology is serious business and broadly recognized the activity of UFO research by the civilian UFO community. And also guaranteed that further steps are about to be taken to let the researchers to exam the entire military UFO files in a more comprehensive way. Plus, a committee of military and civilian UFO researchers was promised to start operating very soon, coordinated by the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU). This certainly means that we will start a new era in Ufology in Brazil and in South America. Very good things are about to happen as the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) command, the Brazilian Ministry of Defense and the Brazilian president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva receive the open letters and formal requests for opening for good the documents and start the mentioned committee, as presented to them by their spokesman.

Here in the U.S., Preston Dennett was drawn into the UFO field by the totally unforgettable UFO siege that friends from Topanga Canyon began to share with him in 1986. Coming up soon for subscribers: Preston Dennett will talk about this and his many other cases, and Unknowncountry.com subscribers get an ADDITIONAL $2.00 off our already incredible price with the coupon available in the Unknowncountry subscriber section!










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4:28 AM  
Blogger Sandra B said...

Watch those little green thongs - I mean little green men

4:29 AM  

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