Thursday, January 17, 2008

He's stuck, that's what it is. He's in between worlds.

I have an opportunity to see a ghost.

Let me back up just a bit. In the last few years I've come to realize that I don't really believe in anything that's not scientifically quantifiable. That realization wasn't some sort of angry epiphany that ended with me cursing the heavens, but rather the slow, sad recognition that what we have here is probably all there is.

At no point in my life have I had any sort of paranormal experience. I've never witnessed a UFO. I've never stumbled across a giant footprint in the snow, seen a long neck appear out of a Scottish loch and I've never run in fear from the ghost of the Headless Horseman.

I've had plenty of friends and family that have described paranormal experiences. From exorcisms to hauntings. Probably the most disturbing was Grandma and Grandpa's calm, reasoned description of the ghostly cloud that used to snake around their property. While I respected all of these people's earnest retellings of their experiences it just never "sunk in" with me. I'm never 100% on board.

Which is why I've been giving a lot of thought to actually searching out a paranormal experience of my own. I've begun to looking into local ghost-hunting groups. Due to the sheer number of reported ghost sightings ghosts are the low-hanging fruit on the paranormal tree, in my opinion.

Then this week an opportunity fell into my lap. The wife, who is more than a little familiar with this obsession, was talking to a customer at her shop when somehow this subject came up. It seems the customer has a turn of the century rental house that they've recently purchased that she swears is haunted. Besides strange noises, lamps and chairs falling over on their own there have apparently been apparitions of a man that appear at the bedside of people staying in the house.

Her customer has offered to let us stay in the house and experience it first hand. What do you guys think? Should we take her up on the offer? Or will we be messing with forces beyond our mortal comprehension?


Don Snabulus said...

I think you should do it. Most likely nothing will happen, but it won't count because you are a "calmer of spirits" so they are appeased when they are near now.

Make sure you keep the lights off and walk around with a flashlight shining under your chin.

Overdroid said...

After watching ghost hunters I have to say it will probably be a disappointing experience. Rational and skeptical people just don't seem to encounter anything supernatural. If you do go, make sure to ask the spirit to make itself known, the ghost hunters group does that all the time. Of course they don't find anything. So maybe you should act like some one who is psychically sensitive and vulnerable instead.

Dean Wormer said...


I'm not sure I would normally consider it except this lady is supposedly a sceptic herself. She's a nurse that never believed in ghosts before she bought the house.

ladybug said...

I say, "What the heck?!"-go for it.

The worst that will happen is nothing (well, maybe something between the sheets...but I digress!)

A chance to spend some time alone w/the wife must just be the ticket to all kinds of "ghost-hunting".

Besides, most of the ghosts I've heard about that folks see are usually relatives of the ghost(at least, in my experience).

Swinebread said...

Do it!

..but bring some clean underwear just in case. :)

Overdroid said...

Don't cross the streams.

Dr. Zaius said...

I will go if I can bring Velma Dinkley with me.

Dean Wormer said...


The worst that will happen is nothing (well, maybe something between the sheets...but I digress!)

Ooh, that's creepy. There could be a ghost watching. Creepy and kinky.


I always do!


Heat 'em up!


She'd be the best one to bring along. The rest of 'em tend to sneak off looking for something to eat and run away at the first sign of trouble.

OTOH maybe we could skip that and just tell this lady it's not a ghost but old Mr. Johnson in disguise.