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March 1, 2014

I came. I saw. I was perplexed.

NORMAN — Sometimes, we need to look at ourselves and our surroundings with fresh eyes. No, we will not need to get eyeball transplants. We just have to concentrate on every item and every person as if it was the first time.

If an extraterrestrial (“ET”) chose to visit this blue planet we call Earth as a tourist, what are some things it might notice?

Before embarking on this sightseeing trip, this other worldly tourist would have to blend in, both in appearance and in its ability to communicate. Consequently, ET will be a humanoid, a shape-shifter or wear a bracelet with which it will appear to be human to the planet’s residents.

Without the camouflage, the natives’ response to off-planet visitors would be anything but friendly. In fact, “ET Go Home” signs would pop up everywhere. The denizens of Earth are not open to anything which is perceived to be outside the accepted norm.

With regard to language, let us assume this visitor either wears an inconspicuous accessory or an implanted language/translator chip whereby it is able to understand and communicate with the locals in any country it visits.

Earthlings call such devices a cell phone APP. As you may have discovered, there seems to be an APP for everything imaginable, many of which we have managed to live without for most of our lives without great hardship, but are strongly urged to purchase.

So, let’s see ourselves as ET would see us in two different decades.

During the 1950s, ET saw men and women dress up to go to church, shopping, and even baseball games. By dressed up we mean that the women wore dresses, heels, gloves, and some even wore hats. The men wore suits, shirts, ties and hats.

Such attire seems odd and probably unnatural to most people today, but it is worth watching old documentaries which include the audience at Yankee Stadium. No tank tops or T-shirts in the bunch.

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