Thursday, June 16, 2011
Waaaaaaay off topic
I’ve been invited to go on a ghost hunt.
I believe the politically correct terminology would be “paranormal investigation.”
I interviewed a local woman earlier this week for a newspaper story about her haunted house. Here’s the condensed version: she and her husband bought an old Victorian home as a rental property or possibly to flip. Well, what with the footsteps when no one was there, the cold spots, the furniture moving and the voices, a future as a rental was questionable. (“It comes furnished with appliances and a ghost on every floor.”)
She’s had five different paranormal investigation teams from around the Midwest (who knew there were that many! Apparently there are more!) come in and do their ghost sniffing thing and all confirmed, yep, there are folks in the house that are not, um, on the same plane of reality as you and me.
Then she invited me to join them at the end of July when another team investigation will be held.
I didn’t say yes right away but I didn’t say no, either. The evening starts with a meet and greet, a historical tour of the house and a “Ghost Hunting 101” orientation, which explains equipment and procedures. Then they spend a couple of hours or so going through the house, from the basement to second floor. The last part is a “debriefing” to talk about everyone’s experiences.
It’s over by 11 p.m., so nothing weird like staying up until the witching hour or spending the whole night. There are no ouiji boards or seances or stuff like that. She described it as a scientific investigation to obtain solid evidence, which sounds pretty dull when you put it that way. But I suspect it won’t be.
Can’t be any weirder than a lot of other things going on in my life right now, which is pretty much focused on getting inside my dog’s head — and since I’m firm believer in inter-species communication I’m open to a lot of other possibilities as well.
Here’s a link to their Web site: www.Oldhollisinn.com.
Any of you ever done anything like this?