More Tales From My Guests

gattino

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I may have hit the mother lode. The next few days will tell. But the american chap who's just arrived - already my favourite guest ever - casually mentions how spiritual he and his currently dying wife are. To cut to the chase he's indicated their home is an increasing hive of paranormal activity as the end approaches. I've held him back from telling me any stories till he's rested and i can properly interrogate him. But it looks promising.
 

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After that build up, I'm afraid its a bit of a disappointment. He constantly and cheerful alluded to "things like that" happening around him, and more specifically his wife, all the time, their home being full of "spirit" and how its increased dramatically in the last few weeks as she nears the end. But trying to get actual concrete detailed stories out of him was largely fruitless.

For what its worth I'll give the generality and the few specifics i could gleen.

I'll start by saying he's the most wonderful man. A living breathing (positive) cliche of vietnam era american liberalism. From trekking in the Himalayas and the Andes, volunteering his medical services in refugee centres in Greece, to making his home a refuge for Lgbt youth in the heart of religious Trump country - he's has a gay son who he's insanely proud of and wears the badges to prove it. The image of community minded campaigning and spiritual goodness extends to his wife who he describes in the most glowing terms and paints as a woman exuding spiritual light and calm and with whom he appears as bestotted as he was 30 years ago when he found her. She is currently at the end stages of an 8 year battle against ovarian cancer. He is over here on his own because they're both at peace with him doing so..he says they've had their "wake" already.

The impression he therefore gives of his wife is of a natural - though not self declared - earth mother and medium. His first indication of actual "stuff" in the fortean field was his assurance that were his wife here she would talk to me all about my (dead) mother..he's seen her do this so many times. He never used the word psychic or medium but he appeared to be describing such characteristics. Another claim of her uncanniness which was particularly intriguing since i read an account of precisely the same thing somewhere online last week, though can't remember where - was his assertion that she picks up 4 leaf clovers all the time without searching for them at all. Ie she hones straight in on them with unerring instinct wherever she passes.

So far, so vague. The closest i got to establishing what it is that supposedly happens all the time in their house centres around sounds and movements. In particular phantom footsteps going up the stairs. Other noises of life, activity and movement in the house (traditional haunting is ruled out on the basis their home has had no previous occupants). Objects disappearing and reappearing. And moving.. Things spontaneously rolling across the floor etc. The implication is that these and related things are so taken for granted as they've always been around them...or rather her. An interesting detail is that he himself was originally a university lecturer in the hard sciences, and has come to believe in and accept the whole world of "spirit" precisely because his disbelief has been worn down by such experience over many years with her.

The more specific claim still is that the activity in the house has multiplied greatly in the last few weeks since they were told she has only one final shot at chemo left. He - presumably they - see it as her ghostly friends gathering to welcome her over. Two specifics given were the noises the other day being (or being akin to, im not sure if he meant the literal nature of the sound or just the volume and intensity of it) like someone playing the drums - his wife apparently just turned and told "them" to be quiet - and him witnessing the cushions visibly depress and ripple as if someone invisible sat down and raised themselve from it. He asked hsi wife if one of her "friends" was there. She said yes.

I don't think I can get any more detail by detail accounts from him. As I say his responses to my questions on the matter are generally emphatic but in reference to all encompassing "stuff happening", rather than stand out specific moments.
 

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I think it's the subconscious realisation that she could have saved herself the effort of telling me.
Haha that's it. How would you ever know any different if she had said nothing?I love it.Two of my best friends in school were identical twins and I used to love how much they used it to their advantage."It wasn't me sir it was my brother"
 

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#41
Not to be wet blanket, but I'm wondering about your American guest, Gattino. In no way do I want to demean his history of volunteer work—there are many (tho' not enough!) people who are as generous, courageous and benevolent as your description depicts him as being.

Your description, however, reminded me of people I've met through friends or acquaintances who were initially convincingly positive about their lives and themselves, but who turned out to be a little off the rails. He could be all he appears to be, a highly positive, spiritually tuned-in but somewhat inarticulate man at peace with how things are. Or he could be someone who is shielding himself from what he doesn't know how to face. Did he say why he was traveling so far from home? Did you have an opportunity to see/hear him communicating with his wife or others from his home?
 

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Oh any interpretations you may be putting on it are a failure of my description.

Let's me not mislead you. Talk of spiritual goodness is not meant to conjure up images of someone saintly or full of serenity..except in terms of trying to convey how he cheerfully and lovingly describes his wife. I include those descriptions and my own summary of his lifestyle in case they offer some potential insight into why their home and married life may attract more than a normal amount of uncanny experiences ( or else why he's so cheerfully matter of fact about it ) I

He's here because theyve travelled the world together - but also apart - and he's now her carer, so this is his respite break. He's become a big LFC fan so he's he here to see a match and check it off his own bucket list.

And yes , he was video chatting with his wife.
 
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Indrid Drood

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#43
Not fortean but mildly odd . A columbian girl is booked to arrive tonight. She's just messaged me to say there's been a change of plan. It won't be her coming, it will be her identical twin.

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Neither do I..it's actually perfectly straightforward yet sounds like an ill thought out scheme or a part of a joke.
I know nothing about how Airbnb works, but wouldn't the proper (i.e. legal) procedure here be for her sister to book the space for herself? Presumably they would each have separate profiles with their own names, histories, etc. (Have you checked this out already?)

I wonder – if you were indeed being set up for some kind of scam via the identical twin ruse – what might be its nature/goal?
 

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No it's not unusual for someone to book for a spouse or other family member who isn't on Airbnb themselves. You don't have to accept them but it's never been a problem.
 

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Ok, now its looking a bit more spooky.

When the american was here in October his initial stay coincided with another unrelated guest, Tom, who was stopping over on his way between Scotland and Wales. There was conversation and interaction between them and the older man was very impressed by our young friend. When the young man returned for one night only later during his travels it coincided - literally by chance - with Tom stopping over again on his return journey. So he was here on both occassions that the American was.

48 hours ago the American and the thought of him turning up unannounced enters my mind.
24 hours ago the text message from someone thinking I was him, and trying to get in touch with him
Just now...a text message, again out of the blue as ive had no intervening contact, from Tom..saying he's passing this way again in a few days and do I have a room.

This is now downright freaky. 6 months after the sequence quoted above its happened again.
An indian guest yesterday mentioned he and his friend had originally planned to hire a car from the company SixT but his friend was just below the age, affordable car rental wise. This was exactly the same company and scenario as the aforementioned young american. So I told him all about the memorable boy (who its important to note ive had no actual contact with since he was here in October 2018)

24 hours later....ive just received a phone call from an unknown number. It was him.

Speaking of the devil may indeed be a thing....
 

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I'm getting bolder about raising the subject with the guests with next to no natural segue into it. Which always feels a bit risky as you can sound like a nut. However the guest in question today is a paramedic who had mentioned how blase she was about dealing with the dead as she deals with so many of them. So I asked the question...had she ever experienced anything 'unusual'. I did all the facial expressions and air quotes to clarify i meant spooky. She replied cheerfully enough that no she hadn't but she doesn't believe in any of that stuff..and maybe you need to believe in it to experience it.

You can't really follow on much from that. It's an indicator that nothing i could offer would impress. So when a little later she asked me if i had any paranormal experiences - perhaps interpreting my raising the subject as a longing to share - i passed it of as more a fascination with the fact my guests always had stories, and told her a couple of rthe shorter recent ones. And then she said well, in fact, there had been that one inexplicable incident....she didn't believe it was paranormal but it was a mystery what exactly it was....

In Cost Rica. Way out of town. On a balcony. Nothing but trees ahead. A very large (precise size wasn't given, but much larger than any glowing insects that flittered around the area) glowing "orb" descended straight down from the sky and then went straight back up again. She estimated its distance from her/them as about as far as her car is from my house. I didn't check if her car is immediately in front of my gate, or on the other side of the road, but if hte latter then we're talking a maximum 15 meters maybe. She repeated she didn't believe it was paranormal. But she has no idea what it was. Ball lighting came to my mind, but who knows. I asked about storms...she said there were none where they were. And that it certainly wasn't sheet lightning. It was an orb, a round light. It came down, and then went back up into the sky.

Even the people who never have experiences have experiences.
 
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gattino

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Another one, though something a little different this time. A 40 year old uk based chap from India. Again he provided the in by talking about energies and vibrations here and there in his conversation then saying the magic words that he is "spiritual".

His story is that in 2012, back in India, he went with some friends to some event - he gave the name but i don't recall it right now - in a southern city, wherein thousands gathered on the "darkest night of the year" (I don't know if he meant longest or literally the darkest) to do some all night meditation or induction thing by a mystic. He went along expecting to just have an amusing distraction looking at all these crazy people. He says there were vast thousands.. you had to walk miles from the car park. The guru in question is an internet phenomenon and easy to look up - you may have already seen him ,as he looks familiar from facebook memes. Sahdguru he's called. Anyway the gist of the account was that he got the crowds to do certain breathing techniques and postions in unison and he- probably my words rather than his - he sent this power, energy, whatever you call it into them. All he knew was he felt it, experienced something and was completely and physically and mentally energised all of the next day beyond his ability to explain it. He subsequently went to a 7 day induction course for the practice and the guru, not physically present, broadcast from a speaker when he did the key transfer of life force (again my words)..My guest says whatever the hell it was it hit him with sheer physical force.

What he appeared to be describing in my limited western secular conception of it is what the Chinese call Qi.
 
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