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The night was December 6 1994 cold dark and crystal clear The temperature was fifty-eight degrees Fahrenheit and the winds were blowing southwest at seven miles per hour It was a night I will never forget As I stood in the open doorway that night with only the reflection of the moonlight shining in my eyes and the wind blowing so cold across my body it caused me to shiver my teeth began to chatter and goosebumps ran down my spine I cautiously raised my trembling hands to shoulder level with palms facing outward I leaned slightly forward placing my hands against the ice cold steel frame of the doorway I felt breathless as the wind blew past my face reminding me of when I was a child riding in a fast moving car with my head outside the window I remained breathless and awestruck as a gust of wind gushed by taking my breath away As I looked below at a distance of 1250 feet at the splendor and beauty of two cities Columbus Georgia and Phoenix City Alabama I saw thousands of glittering lights from above in my doorway Some lights were blinking some lights were not some lights were red some were green and some were yellow They reminded me of a freshly decorated Christmas tree on Christmas morning A river snaked its way around the cities sparkling in the moonlight like a satin ribbon wrapped around a special package I was astounded at the amazing beauty and tranquility of the cities far below I could see the distinctive features of buildings houses and cars their occupants oblivious of me above My view was not obstructed or limited by a small window as it would be by that of a commercial plane It was not surprising that the citizens could not see the silhouette of the aircraft that I traveled in that I leaned out of because its exterior the
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