This post is about the GNF. That is to say, it is at one and the same time, silly, serious, sacred, and utterly beyond mortal comprehension. It tells about a remarkable event that became manifest on 4 December 2006 in the sacred habitat of 3Tops.
As you know, her most sublime visage is outside the East portal of Bergen Tunnel in Jersey City. Here’s a shot of the tunnel I took just s few days ago:
I was in that area on 4 December taking photographs just before sundown. I was standing near the mouth of the tunnel and looked in, as I had done many times before. This time I saw, to my great surprise, a yellow light shining some undetermined distance inside the tunnel, like this (note also the white light coming in from the far end of the tunnel, the Western end):
Please excuse the blur. I was far enough inside the tunnel that the light was fairly dim. I had no tripod to steady my hand for a long exposure, so things are a bit blurry. But the essential phenomenon is clearly visible: There is a light shining within the tunnel at some undetermined distance. I’d been to this tunnel several times, walked inside it too, and this was the first time I saw that light. Couldn’t figure out what it was, but guessed - against all logic - that there might be some kind of air shaft through which light was entering. (If THAT was it, then why hadn’t I seen it before? That question didn’t occur to me.)
So I walked into the tunnel to investigate, figuring that when I got below the shaft I would take a shot up through it. No shaft appeared. I did take this shot once I’d gotten well inside the tunnel to the point where the light seemed to hit the tunnel floor - say 50 or 60 yards.
You can see my shadow in the middle. Look how long it is. Count the number of ties my shadow crosses. Well, doing that’s difficult, they blur together further out and, of course, the shadow doesn’t start with my feet, more likely somewhere near my knees. But there are a goodly number of ties there, at a distance of, say, 16 inches from center to center. Whatever light that is, it’s hitting me at an oblique angle. It can’t possibly be coming in from an overhead shaft. It must have been coming in from behind me. But what light could that be? There are no street lights or other artificial lights in the area.
I turned around to look at this light, whatever it was, and I was momentarily blinded by it. I aimed the camera straight out the eastern end of the tunnel, or as straight as I could manage without really being able to see much of anything. This is what the camera caught:
Notice that the light doesn’t appear to be streaming in from the entire tunnel opening. Rather it seems concentrated in part of the opening, to the upper right of center. What could that be? The sun? Well, the problem is that I’m facing East and it’s later afternoon, when the sun is setting in the West. The sun isn’t in that part of the sky at this time of day.
By this time I had a pretty good hunch about what was going on and managed to take some photographs that confirm it, though they’re not particularly good as photographs. This photograph, taken at 4:08:00 PM, shows more specifically where the light is coming from:
This photo, taken three minutes later at 4:11:12 PM, shows a tall building at that spot:
The sun, the building, and the tunnel were at relative locations such that, at the very moment I was taking photographs, the sun reflected off the building and deep into the tunnel.
How cool is that? I ask, how cool is that?
Is that not a portent of the GNF? occurring? After all, it happened in 3Tops’ sacred territory.
In miraculous confirmation of this portent, our Esteemed and Illustrious Chairman for Life, the only Seven-Star Generalississimo (sic) in the Known World, Michael Bérubé, showed up only two days later to paint the sacred diagrams upon the wall:
And beat the sacred rhythms on the sticks:
And, above all, to receive the blessed counsel of 3Tops on how to conduct himself when ushered into the Divine Presence of the GNF:
Who, or what, is that black figure that casts no shadow? Is it a hole in the time-space continuum? Is it the GNF itself? And where is Maximum Leader’s ball going?
These are mysteries that I now humbly lay before the assembled wisdom of the WAAGNFNP faithful.
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