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Three strange days

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The late Josh Clayton-Felt, singer for the band School of Fish, in their 1991 "3 Strange Days" music video.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – This morning, after taking care of some errands, I ran into someone I know and I sensed she had a lot on her mind.

When we run into each other, we tend to talk about the strange and weird paths the country and our world have been taking in recent years (in my estimation, since at least 1998, or, at least, 2001 for obvious reasons).

We both noted the increasingly rapid nature of “time.” A sense of unease. Waking up in terror.  People randomly vanishing. The weather seeming “off.” And on and on …

So, it’s funny – and insightful, at times - the things music can trigger when it comes to observing and/or researching synchronistic mysteries.

This morning, I was prompted to put on the 1991 School of Fish’s eponymous debut album, which featured the hit song “3 Strange Days.” (Note, in the disorienting video, the black-and-white checkerboard floor. Where have we seen that before?) 

This band was popular with me and my friends when I was a freshman in college. They had a semi-psychedelic sound, while remaining contemporary, in those months just before Nirvana released Nevermind and changed everything.

Interestingly, the singer/songwriter Josh Clayton-Felt, who co-wrote “3 Strange Days” and other tracks on the album alongside guitarist Michael Ward, was good friends with sync investigator and actor Andras Jones, whom we interviewed here at Red Dirt Report when he visited Oklahoma a few years ago.

But that song – “3 Strange Days” – it always gets me. Biblically speaking, there is significant symbolism connected with “three days” and the “third day.” The prophet Jonah, according to the Old Testament, was inside the belly of a “great fish” (!!) for three days and three nights.

When Jesus was 12 years old, prior to his “lost years,” he went missing for three days. It is clearly a “perfect” and important number. The sign of the Trinity.

Months before School of Fish released their debut, the L.A. band Jane’s Addiction released their breakthrough LP – Ritual de lo Habitual.

Right after their alt-rock hit “Been Caught Stealing” comes the fan favorite, the intense “Three Days,” a very intense, 10-minute and 46-second epic Perry Farrell’s friend Xiola Blue, written before her death in 1987, and recorded after she was gone.

Xiola was an important friend to Farrell. The “three days” inspired by a wild trio of days spent together while Xiola was in Los Angeles for her father’s funeral.

The “Three Days” song lyrics allude to a sort of sex magick that may have occurred between Farrell, Blue and Farrell’s girlfriend at that time. But check out the lyrics, and how Perry Farrell seems to be longing for a simpler time, in a sense …

True hunting is over. No herds to follow. Without game, men prey on each other. The family weakens by the bite we swallow … True leaders gone, of land and people. We choose no kin but adopted strangers. The family weakens by the lengths we travel …

Meanwhile, back to School of Fish and Josh Clayton-Felt’s “3 Strange Days” …

 “I lay down for  while / And woke up on the ocean / Floating on my back / And staring at the gray / It was completely still / Except for the pounding of my heart / Bringing me back to life / From three strange days …


Shortly after listening to that song, I come across a report about a ship – the Seabed Constructor – that was hired to look for possible wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which was lost on March 8, 2014, presumably in the Southern Indian Ocean west of Australia, with 239 souls on board. All presumed dead, nearly four years after it vanished.

The numbers 239 and 237 resonating strongly with me on a syncronistic level.

So, on April 1, 2014, nearly four years ago now, I wrote a Dust Devil Dreams post titled “Lost and found.” I wrote about the vanishing of MH370 and wrote: “Again, where is the missing plane? Did it fly through a tear in the fabric of space and time, like the U.S.S. Eldridge? We certainly know that searchers for the plane say searching the remote Indian Ocean is "like going to the moon." 

And so, earlier this month, a "fantastical ship" (according to this in-depth article in The Economist) called the Seabed Constructor, operated by Ocean Infinity, based in Houston, Texas, was dispatched to the southern Indian Ocean to try and find remnants of MH370, if they do indeed exist.

As the South African-based Economist reporter wrote: "Seabed Constructor is the most advanced civilian survey vessel on the planet today. If its array of technology cannot find MH370, then it is likely that nothing will, and that the mystery of MH370 will remain unsolved."

Well, for "three strange days," the Seabed Constructor allegedly turned off its transponder, and then later reappeared, and docked in Perth, Australia under "a shroud of secrecy." What happened out there out in the open, lonely ocean, a place like the surface of the moon? 

What happened out there? The three-day gap inspired a lot of speculation on the Internet, including this interesting video report from Secureteam. 


All the while, in this bizarre month of February 2018, we noted the strange case of retired Toronto, Ontario firefighter Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis, who disappeared from a ski resort in upstate New York, only to reappear six days later in Sacramento, California, uncertain of how he got there or why.

He mumbled something to the local cops about being in a "big rig." He left his wallet and other stuff back in his car at the New York ski resort. So, how did he have a wad of cash on his person, a new iPhone and - bafflingly - a haircut? Where was this guy? It reminds me a bit of the strange case of Pfc. Gerry Irwin, the soldier who experienced something disturbing - a UFO, perhaps? - in the Utah desert in 1959 and was never quite the same, as David Booher's recent book, No Return, notes (here is a link to our review).

Like Irwin, Filippidis has only vague memories about it all. Despite talk of a possible head injury, the confused Canadian seems otherwise ok during a hospital visit and is sent home, as Filippidis did (save for a side trip to the Lake Placid, N.Y. area where he spoke to investigators there) before going back to Canada - and likely back into obscurity, much like Irwin did, before curious author David Booher tracked him down at his home in Idaho. 

I say all this to say that we are in very, very strange times. This is just a few examples I've come across - amongst many - in recent weeks. Send me your thoughts on this, if you have any. Let's get this conversation going!

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