Return Of The "Why Guy" Shoot

Went out to Aurora today. Aurora's the little town northwest of Fort Worth where legend says there's an extraterrestrial buried in the local cemetery. This probably makes my 12th visit in the last five years or so.

I'm not sure what keeps drawing me out there. It's not like they have a UFO museum or a flying-saucer parade or anything. There was an alien gift shop at one time, but it didn't last long. Now it's just an ATV repair shop painted in an unusually bright green.

Today, though, I had an excuse. TV's Mike Castellucci, otherwise known as News 8's Why Guy, invited me out to shoot a new intro for the package we shot back in October. He was kind enough to help me plug Weird Texas, so I figured I could spare a couple of hours to help him tape a quick transition for the story's second broadcast. He plans to include it as part of his upcoming "Why TV" special airing in a few weeks.

There's really not that much to say about the adventure. Just three guys on a road in the middle of nowhere, standing just around a blind corner next to a creek where no one would find our mangled bodies. Though I did find a broken toilet and a rusty washing machine while we were there. And I discovered that my silver Corolla is unusually attractive to flies. I don't mean they were buzzing around as flies are apt to do; I mean they were all just standing motionless on my roof. A creek bed full of who knows what and they were all loitering on my car. Dozens of them. Couldn't explain it. Trust me, the visual was more bizarre than my writing skills can convey.

I really need to start reminding myself to take pictures of these things.

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