Ghost Hunting in Houston.
I've always had an interest in the paranormal (ghosts, vampires, psychics, bigfoot, ufos etc.), but I am definitely a skeptic. I have not seen anything that would make me 'believe'. So I find the Houston Society for the Paranormal and decide to attend one of their meetings with Closet Freak (hottie redhead in the Houston Hash). I also invited EZ and Dru, but they didn't attend. So we get there to the Spaghetti Warehouse, which is supposedly haunted. There are probably 6 or 7 other people there, all very nice people, but I think a bit too eager to believe in ghosts and orbs, and plasma vortexes. I was listening and taking everything in like I always do, but could not find reason to believe this night. Dinner was over and so people started taking pictures of the top floor (we had the entire top floor of the restaurant to ourselves). People thought they saw orbs in the pics, but I merely shrugged it off as being a byproduct of the way digital cameras operate.
Later that night we ventured to one of the local cemeteries, the one near the Allen House, to see if we could see any apparitions. One guy was there recording sounds, but I didn't see anything. We got into one lively discussion about Ouija Boards and they're supposed to open up a portal for evil spirits, but I disagreed otherwise Parker Brothers would be ground zero for hell. Anyway there are a ton of sites explaining how it really works: it is due to unnoticeable movements by those controlling the pointer known as the ideomotor effect. Same thing with dowsing, psychics (merely just good cold readers), people who claim to talk to the dead. So I refuse to believe and I am the real Slim Scully. I do plan on going out again with Closet Freak as Mulder and myself as Scully and we'll try to find some real Houston X-Files. At the very least do an X-Files Hash of some sort. One of the trips will be to Galveston - that place is supposed to be haunted due to the sudden death of many in the hurricane at the beginning of the 20th century - I think the year was 1900 (I'm too lazy to look it up on Google).
I did manage to win a book of ghost stories and did by a book on Ghost Hunting to help Closet Freak and myself out. I'll post some excerpts of the book in another posting.
Trust No One Mr Mulder.
Ghost links for you:
Skeptic Ouija Board
Ghost Hunters in Cypress Texas
Journal of Strange Phenomena - Fortean Times