Saturday, October 20, 2007


No knitting today--just a spooky meme

I stole this meme from Magatha--she's a very cool lady I "met" on Ravelry, although I think I have seen her in the comments over at Yarnhog. We belong to a couple of the same Ravelry groups.

1. Do you believe in ghosts?

For the longest time I didn't. I thought it was just so much hooey. Yet all that has changed in the last few months. (read on and I'll tell you why!)

2. Have you ever seen a ghost?

I've seen something a couple of times which doesn't seem quite "real". Both times I saw it, it was at night, on the same road in roughly the same place, and I was traveling in the same direction both times. The first time I noticed it, it looked like a bright red bicycle being held by someone in shorts and a baseball cap--but when I got closer, I couldn't see any face or distinguishing features about the figure. I wasn't going that fast. This was sometime during the summer. It kind of creeped me out, and I just wanted to get beyond it. I saw "it" again just a couple of weeks ago--a flash of bicycle wheel, and something red. Something tells me that if what I am seeing is a ghost, it was probably someone riding a bike who was hit by a car in that location.

3. Have you ever experienced something that is best described by the word “paranormal”?

I think that word is a catch-all. I'm not sure what it means. If it means alien abduction, then no. If it means something that happened when you were alone and you don't really know what the hell it was, then perhaps so.

When I was nine and in the fourth grade, I remember having to finish a book report which took me a long time to write. I got up for school very early on the day it was due, before anyone else in the family was awake. It was dark downstairs, and I had to turn on enough light to see my way around. There was this sudden, rapid flash before me--as if someone raised and lowered an arm in front of my face very quickly. Of course there was no one there. That was well over 40 years ago--I wonder why I still remember it now! But the memory is still very clear.

4. Do you watch any ghost or haunting themed shows?

I was a big fan of "X-Files" the first few years that it was on. These days, if I want to get scared I just watch the news...yes, lame, I know.

5. If so, do you sometimes sleep with the lights on or wake up your partner because the show scared you a whole lot and you can’t sleep and don’t want to be awake alone?


6. Have you ever been to a supposedly haunted place? If so, did you experience anything spooky?
No, I don't remember ever going to anyplace that people say is haunted. Cemeteries don't bother me. I've never seen, experienced or felt anything "spooky" while at a cemetery.

7. How much do you love Halloween?

I love Halloween for the fun of it! Costumes and way too much sugar. I have a sweet tooth and am a chocoholic, so it is one of my favorite holidays. Right up there with Christmas and Easter. I've never associated Halloween with actual fright. My birthday is five days before Halloween, so as a kid there was that anticipation wrapped up in it. (My birthday! Then trick or treating, yahoo!) I became a mother 17 years ago today, on October 20. So there was another birthday to celebrate, plus a little girl who loved Halloween since she could talk and was more excited about it than Christmas. Now she's an actress, costume designer and makeup artist who plays Magenta in a local cast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Hope you'll play along--the originator of this meme is old lady pen pal, so let her know if you post it on your blog as she'll enjoy reading your answers!

Well, the party's over. Finally! Some of my daughter's friends are still here, but everything went smoothly and the kids had a great time. I'm relieved, and more than a little tired! So I'll save the pics for next post.

This was excellent!!
At one point my parents lived across from a cemetery, and I slept in the (mostly) finished basement for a bit. If ever there were a situation that was ready for fright, that was it. But alas, nothing.
Happy early birthday!
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