Monday, November 24, 2008

Now, back to our regularly scheduled program

We didn't see any ghosts on our paranormal retreat, but I did have a few strange occurrences. I had a lot of trouble with the altitude, so I attribute my general feeling of uneasiness to that. However, there were people in our group who said I might have been sensitive to my surroundings and that instead of leaving the areas where I felt uncomfortable, I should have stayed there and tried to decipher the feelings. Maybe next trip. The altitude was making it difficult for me to breathe, think or function without my heart pounding. So, any time I felt bad, I tried to find a way to feel better. I'll be sure my next ghost hunt is at sea level and we'll see if I get those strange feelings again.

The most peculiar things I experienced seemed to point to my being surrounded by some sort of protective energy or field or something.
  • I spilled coffee on my shirt, but it made no mark.
  • I set the alarm on my phone, but it didn't go off. However, I woke up at the exact time I had set the alarm to sound. When I checked the alarm setting it was set to "off" even though I had checked and rechecked it several times before I went to bed.
  • My friend told me there was a line at the restrooms (the "haunted" restrooms, by the way). As I was standing in line, I told the people ahead of me that nobody was in the first stall. They said that the door was locked. I pushed on the door and it opened. I looked at them. They looked at me and said, "You can go ahead." It was an odd moment. You probably had to be there.
  • There was a room in the Concert Hall that people were supposedly having experiences in. My friend and I went in there. When we got inside, I looked around and didn't see her. I thought she had decided not to follow me in there. It was dark, but I could see the other people who were four or five feet away from me. I looked around. I looked around again and decided to leave the room. When I saw my friend again later, I asked her, "Did you decide to not go into the room?" She said, "I was in there. I was standing right by you." I said, "I didn't see you." She said, "You looked right at me before you left. I wondered why you didn't say anything." I said, "I never saw you."
  • My sister told me she spoke to me several times in the Concert Hall and I didn't respond. I did see her, so it would have been natural for me to expect her to speak to me, but I never heard her.
  • The night before we left, my friend had to wake me up because she said I was moaning and "screaming" and thrashing about. The weirdest part about that is that when she woke me up, I wasn't having a nightmare. I know I was looking for something in my dream, but that's all I remember. The dream itself wasn't anything terrifying at all. I'm sure of that.

Also, in the concert hall, mom was hit in the head by a bathroom stall door. When we came out, she told Grant (of TAPS Ghost Hunters) what happened. I said, "Yeah, but she might have been pushing on the wall when it happened." He looked at me and said, "NO! That's the phenomenon that's reported in there. I've sat in there for hours waiting for that to happen."


Susan in St. Paul said...

Sorry about the altitude trouble.

I like the new blog look too!

The peculiar things are interesting!

Anonymous said...

Enough about ghosts sightings -- you know they don't really exist. What I wanna know is has anyone given J--- that kick-in-the-ass?

ms. e said...

You always have the coolest stories.

By the way, I love the new blog title and header photo. :)

Laurie said...

Susan - Thanks, thanks and thanks. :)

Anonymous - Ah, a taunter. Grandma tells me she pulls his toes nightly.

Ms. E - I came up with the title before I stumbled upon the picture. It was a perfect fit.

Alyson (New England Living) said...

I'm still so jealous that you got to go! It sounds like you had lots of odd happenings and the fact that you got to come out of the bathroom and just chat with Grant like that, made me green with envy! So awesome.

Leslie said...

That's some weird stuff! It'll be interesting to see if you get all those weird feelings in another place.

Grimm said...

Do you mean I have to change my blogroll name AGAIN?!?

I am loving your encounters and I am SOOO wanting to go on a hunt sometime next year.

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Ok, I must be dumb as dirt. I was looking at my bloglines thinking, I don't remember subscribing to "Want to Hear Something Weird" and while I was reading it, I thought, hey, I wonder if this person was at the same retreat as Laurie.

And then I figured out it was you.


I like your new everything and I especially like your paranormal stories.

Laurie said...

Alyson - The TAPS guys do lots and lots of conferences in your neck of the woods. Google Darkness Radio and check out TAPS events.

Leslie - Interesting indeed.

Grimm - I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'd love to hunt with all you guys!

Just - Hahahaha!!! Sorry for the confusion. :)