Thursday, April 28, 2011
This episode was a great one and I think one of the last ones for the current season. It was of the Whaley House in San Diego CA and the Florida Muck-Monster. They had only one submission that was tabled for later after some more information could be obtained and it was about a Fairy at a bon fire. Devin suggested that it was a lens flare and I had to agree with him, besides they had already shown clips of the Florida Muck-Monster and the Whaley house and the six of them had already picked which ones they wanted to go an investigate so it was pretty sure that the Bon Fire Fairy was going to be left out.
They did the Whaley house first, Bill (lead scientist), Austin (former stuntman), and Chi-Lan all took off for San Diego Old Town and the Whaley House. I thought they did an excellant job of hunting down information without dragging it out to a history lesson of California vs Mexico or San Diego vs San Francisco - well done guys. In the end, you learned about the house and the grounds and why the place is haunted. It is now a museum and the place is actually restored to its original charm. There is a small house next to it that houses the museum gift shop and you can read about it on the web. It too was restored to it's original splendor after being moved from New Town years ago, dropped on the ground without foundation (because it was temporary) and finally picked up, placed on a foundation and restored. It is definately a small 2-story bungalow but would fit a couple or single very well. Unfortunately, the shop needs twice the room, but that's a different site and story. So the Whaley House seems to have Mr. Whaley still living there. He appears, from pictures, to be a very nice man. However, I took an instant dislike to his character after reading about him, in which he took a 5 year sabaticle from his wife and five children (perhaps only three at that time) when he traveled back to New York to settle his fathers estate. His father had died 37 years prior and he leaves his family destitute for five years while he goes back to New York? Then he returns, but not to wife and children in San Diego, but to San Francisco where he looks for work. Huh? The man was an entrepaneure from his teenaged years, what is he doing in San Francisco? What do they call it when a middle aged man goes off on what seems to be some ridiculous adventure? Yes, well, maybe I'm being harsh but it also seems strange that two of his businesses were mysteriously arson fired to the ground at times when he seemed desperate to make a change. Maybe he's stuck in his old house to learn how to stay home?
The Florida Muck Monster was also an interesting one. Turns out it isn't a monster - like Nessy or Champy but mistaken identity. You'll have to tune into the show, website or the thread to find out what it is. Being in Florida, this was of great importance to me. It apparently, has put the small town of Jupiter on the map and they are making a great selling out of it. Tee-shirts, souvineres, etc. Northerner's, please note: The water in Florida is shallow in most places at most times of the year. I was dieing to get a boat when we got here, but after checking things out, we decided it was way too shallow to deal with. Coming from Seattle where Puget Sound and the lakes were quite deep, I could not handle the idea of running aground, correction - amuck in the muckiness here in Florida so no boat.
I hope you enjoyed this adventure of mine. I had fun writing it.
Lights and geopods off!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
One bad news day, quickly followed one great news day! That's what I like to see. I don't mind a bad news day once in a blue moon, but I sure like them followed quickly by the good news deays.
So, as the song goes, there is nothing left to do but "pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again!" (Goads)
Thanks, SparkFriends for all your encouragement when I cried about the bad news day. I'm okay.
Have a Sparkling day, everyone!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Did you ever feel like - Those who stuffith, puffith? Today was that day for me. I got some bad news and immediately wanted to binge on gooie food. I haven't done that in years. But then again, I haven't had any bad news in years, so I guess I haven't learned as much as I thought, or evolved as much as I thought. Do the bad habits ever go away, totally? Can you really not change?
I have been told so many times in my life that people don't change. I've always said, "but they can." I have proven it many times by myself alone. But this just baffles me.
So I'll stop grumbling and get back on the trail again. I can do this because I know I can.
Have a grand one, evreyone!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Airs on SyFy, Wednesday at 10pm
I like this show a lot - they have several choices at the beginning of each episode in which they get to choose two. Each member of the cast, Ben, Bill, Devin, Chy-lan, Austin, and Jael bring something to the table. They go through each one, debunking, tabling, or accepting their investigations then they break up into two teans, pack up and head out. They do make it look that seamless, but I am sure there is a great deal more that goes into it.
This week the choices were:
1. Pantry Ghost
A person apparently had a problem with his pantry door being open all the time. He would close it and then find it open again. Finally, he filmed it. The door opens, no one inside. He closes the door and backs away. Suddenly a face and hands come up against the frosted glass of the door as if to see him. He does not jump back. They question that act - because they all think that they would have jumped back. Chi-lan thinks it is "cut and paste work" with the film and points out why. They all debate it but it comes down to creative editing for effect.
2. Alien Visitor - Jacksonville, FL
A homeowner has been visited by a little alien every night, or quiet often, for 10 years. They had, apparently, tabled this before for more evidence, now they have it. Now, with film of a "hovering alien over the bed", they decide to go off to investigate this one.
Devin, Chy-lan, and Ben go through the site investigation then get permission to carry out their tests. They do perform several tests, come close, but not close enough, switch gears and try something else, including suspending a homemade puppet from the ceiling (hope they got permission to drill the hole in the ceiling) and lights, action, camera film more. Still not close enough, so the decide to do a "night stakeout" complete with glassed in closet for Chy-lan, "ghost lab-type trailer" out on the street, Devin in the front yard tree to scan for electronic signals and beings on the roof, and last, but most important, the homeowner as bait in his own bed.
Apparently the homeowner filmed the original film using a parabolic mirror (convex mirror) installed high on the bedroom wall so that he could get a larger view of the room. Seems this little alien will not come around if it knows it's being filmed. Then he uses a strobe light to hopefully capture the speed or distance it travels in a certain amount of time across the room, and several other lighting techniques. There is a piece of paper taped to the top of the mirror to defer lense flares (???). Sure enough, something moves across the ceiling, but not by much - but then who wants to wake up to something humanoid floating over your bed!
They try jackets on a coat stand and it looks pretty good, but no head. They make a puppet and suspend it from the ceiling, still not perfect, but closer.
There is a little guy that apparently comes out of the bathroom and they use a little fashion dummy for that and with a stick make it look like its coming out of the bathroom. I thought they nailed that one very well.
Anyway, back to the closet, roof, and trailer. They homeowner is laying in his bed and asks, "Who is there?" Some kind of electronic interfeirance disconnects Chy-lan from the others, disrupts Devin in the tree, but only after he gets something from the window of the bedroom and makes that claim. When no one can get Chy-lan, he comes down out of the tree and nearly trips over the herd of worms coming out of the ground. (To heck with Chy-lan - worms are important!) Suddenly Chy-lan is back on the air and the homeowner sits up and say's, "Did you hear that? I hear piano music playing." No one else does and it isn't recorded.
After a great deal of debate, it is decided that the homeowner was telling the truth, but they have no proof of alien visitation or anything else so it's - No answer!
3. Jerusalem - Mysterious Hovering Light
Dome of the Rock is visited by a mysterious light that slowly descends straight down from the sky and hovers over it. Then suddenly it screams straight upward and disappears. There is some person standing in the clip, just to the side, but there seems to be no reaction from this person to anything going on over the Dome of the Rock.
There are apparently no other witnesses, yet there are claims to be video from several different angles - one, at least, has been proven to be a hoax. It was apparently filmed at 1am, so they figure someone would have seen it, and they don't think any being could have withstood the g-forces encured when the thing scream out of sight. Scraped!
4. Playground Poldergeist - Firmat, Argentina
Jael, Bill, and Austin investigate!
A playground swing has been swinging, on its own since 2007 and both scientists and paranormal experts have been baffled by it. Nobody can figure out why this swing is continuously swinging for 4 years.
It is now a legend and associated with the sudden, acidental death of a young boy about 5 years ago. They talk to the person that origianlly filmed and reported it then go to work trying to figure out what is causing it.
They try the monofilament string, but that doesn't work and besides, who would sit in the bushes 24/7 for the last 4 years? They build an exact duplicate and set it up next to the original swing (3 chain swings on one steel pipe structure - of which only the middle one swings constantly). They try causing the two middle swings to swing simultaniously but as normal the one they build slowly comes to a stop while the original swing continues swings.
They cover the entire swing set with one of those newish blow-up rooms and close the doors. (I wonder what some kid thought when he wanted to go swing by the never stopping swing but now theres a new building over it.)
They try the fans for wind gusts, they try all kinds of things but nothing works and this middle swing continues swing as normal. However, I notice that the middle swing no longer swings when the room is enclosing it. But I don't get to see everything and maybe someone keeps touching it to stop it for some reason. Anyway, Jael suddenly notices that the middle swing has a larger seat and it catches the wind much better. Case solved.
My only question now is, who were the scientists and paranormal experts that were baffled? I can figure Zak, Nick, and Aaron of Ghost Adventures Crew were probably the later, perhaps, Jerry Lewis was the former. Sorry, Jael, but it didn't take a scientist or paranormal expert to figure out what was going on.
In any case, I love how they bring up some of the junk I've found on the computer and debunk them or prove them correct. It's fun to watch what they go through to do it. I can try to think ahead and what would I do to duplicate it or try to debunk it? You learn wheather you want to or not.
Watch for more Fact or Faked on SyFy, Wednesdays at 10pm. Flashlights and geopods, off!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Mondays at 10pm on A&E -
This new episode is about a lady by the name of Kimberly who is “haunted” by a young teenaged girl with the same name, Kimmy. Apparently Kimmy has been raped and murdered about 12 years ago.
Kimberly has a husband, son and 2 daughters who have also experienced the strange noises, voices, singing, footsteps, doors opening and closing and outright apparitions moving about the house and not all at night.
Kimberly is also a ‘sensitive’ but doesn’t know how to develop or use her powers yet and while she is okay with Kimmy around her house, she wants it to stop.
The house is very different, to me. It is multi-levels and very narrow feeling to me. There is a basement, then the next level up has the front and back entrances, living room, master bedroom and bathroom and I believe a ˝ bath. The next level up has the children’s bedrooms and the kitchen with a small dining area, probably another bathroom and the next level up has an office. There is another level that appears to be half a level, as though the builder wanted to add dormers for looks and ended up with a very small attic. The entire house has an open stairwell from attic to basement.
When this episode was being filmed, it must have been just before Christmas as the inside of the house was lit up with holiday lights and trees, from the bedposts to the kitchen and I wouldn’t be surprised to have found them in the bathroom, too. I think the banister was decorated from the attic to the basement. They seemed to have really loved the holiday lighting..
History of this episode was that Kimberly was working and met a couple and instantly Kimberly got a whisper in her ear saying, “tell them I’m alright, tell them I’m alright.” She must have relayed something to this couple although she said she felt like she was losing her mind because of it. They told her about Kimmy and how she had been abducted, raped and murdered when she was a teenager.
So Kimberly often felt the presence of Kimmy and all she could ever feel was Kimmy’s tortured time just before her death.
Doing research on this story, Ryan, founder of Paranormal State, spoke with the reporter about the story. Apparently it is still an unsolved mystery 12 years later and Kimmy was found in a graveyard but because of the decay of the body, they were not able to collect enough evidence to go after anyone in particular, no suspects.
During the investigation which was 2 nights and a third day, they recorded several thumps and bumps but unfortunately it could have been attributed to the house settling in the cold frosty air.
A psychic came in the second night and held a “work shelf” that had been made by Kimmy and obtained from her sister, Monica. Monica had communicated with Kimberly on the phone once and apparently had been asked many times during that phone call to please hold as Kimmy was behind her wanting attention. Monica totally believed Kimberly was being visited by Kimmy and actually wanted to be with Kimmy long enough to talk. The one hurt the family had after this long period of time was that they never got to say good bye to Kimmy. Kimmy, apparently wanted to tell them she was alright and smiling again.
The psychic “saw” the school picture of a young girl, 9 to early teens, with brown eyes and long brown hair and felt the pain, frustration and anger of the family. “It was unfair!” She sensed that the girl was stolen from them.
There were times when Kimberly, who was present for the second night's investigation, heard singing and saw a shadow move under the stairwell.
During the first night investigation when Ryan and one investigator were in the house alone, the Christmas tree moved sufficiently to rattle the ornaments and there were shadows seen but no EVPs were recorded even when Ryan and the investigator implored anyone to communicate. They promised to help in any way they could, to tell the story or to get a message to the family. Still nothing.
In the end, it was decided that it was too difficult to say what was going on, that it was believed Kimberly was a sensitive and she was being haunted as opposed to the house or land and she was given instructions on how to help Kimmy move on and leave the house and offered assistance from the psychic to help her develop her sensitivity, if she wanted that. She accepted the offer and the instructions.
This show always ends with a written statement at the end as an update on the story. This one stated that after the investigation the family no longer experienced any haunting experiences.
I can’t fault this show. There are no re-enactments, no tours of graveyards, no highly suspicious noises or events, nothing flying across the room as if angrily thrown, nothing extra to scar you or raise your blood pressure, or anything that would leave you wondering if it was real or faked. You were not constantly thinking, “I know how I would attempt to fake that!” It just seems like good investigating and helping people get past paranormal experiences that they don’t understand. Not all of us are Ghost Hunters or want to be Paranormal Investigators.
I never got the feeling of, “Oh no, here comes something that’s going to scare my socks off.” I never had the hair on the back of my neck standing on end waiting for the camera to move around the corner to come face to face with something monstrous. It was a quiet investigation into an experience with the paranormal.
Good show that is found on A&E, Monday’s at 10pm. They apparently are having back-to-back shows right now.
What would you do if you had “someone,” as in a ghost, latch onto you in an attempt to get your help? Would you welcome the opportunity to help a ghost or want it out of your life instantly? Would you contact the family with your story or feel like, “they’ll think I’m a nutcase!”?
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