It’s become an addiction. I can’t stop. Not for the reasons you think either. Maybe I’m Norm? Ya know, Norm like the man drinking his beer at the end of the bar type Norm? No, not the other one – the “normal” “norm”. That I’m certainly not.
Sometimes you wanna go, where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came. That’s why I’ve become addicted. Because instead of beers, we’re sharing stories over EMF meters. And instead of arguing with Carla, we’re hearing family Yates stories. It’s Cheers in a ghost hunting bucket.
Driving down the street in historical Glendale and I see some of the ghost hunting crew in front of our most recent haunt (it’s a beer themed type blog). “Hey!” I yell. “Where do we park?”
I’m sure the folks walking down the street that have nothing to do with us, appreciated that.
“How the hell should we know?” Was what I got back. It’s love I tell ya.
I found parking and I found some friends who are fast becoming some of my favorite people. Little did I know that when I went to Jerome for my first ghost hunting experience that it would become my new ‘thing’. I can’t really describe why else I love it as much as summing up my top 10 favorite moments. And considering I’ve done this all of 5 times – it’s obvious there’s plenty more to come.
10. Just being in Jerome. You need to read my blog post on this because there’s so much to it. But Jerome is one of the most quaint special little towns I’ve been to in the U.S. It sits on the edge of the world – so much so – that half the time you’re there, it leads to a feeling of leaning forward – literally, over the edge. This alone adds to the mystique.
9. I ran into a ghost. Ok – I didn’t know at the time what it was – but it wasn’t a ghost. It was a spiderweb. A black widow spider web to be exact. I screamed, of course. And because I’m not one that usually reacts to any ‘activity’, this definitely turned some heads. It left me with a really gross feeling for the rest of the night. Well, when we went back to investigate the spot, we discovered the black widow there. Yup – that was a close one. But it’s a story to tell and thus makes my top 10 favorite moments.
8. The Sunkist Factory. This building is AMAZING. It’s got a lot of history and it still has a citrus smell even though it hasn’t been an operational factory in years.
7. Finding the injury logs at the Sunkist Factory. After climbing the steepest stairs I’ve ever been on into a very small, out-of-place room, you discover the floor littered with thousands of pages of injuries that span decades. Reading through them is very creepy nostalgic. And, if you do an EVP session, you’ll catch a disembodied voice reacting to the voices as well. Listen to the top 9 EVP’s at the Sunkist Factory that night from my buddy and COPS crew member, Micha Faine
6. When Siri becomes a tattle-tell. This was at the old Buckeye Jail. We were doing an exercise and I had a recording app open on my phone recording our session when Siri decides to do her own thing. All of a sudden, her app opens up and she says “Is not psycho”. I’ve never heard her say that, nor did I ever think she’d be asked a question where that would be the response. Turns out, one of my friends was texting another friend about one of the attendees being a … little off her rocker, only moments before Siri decided to bust out and be a rat. Weird coincidence or strange communication? You decide.
5. When Marie Yates was so scared I saw her soul leave her body. We were sitting outside at the Sunkist Factory taking a break. The Sunkist Factory sits right up against a railroad track. A train was passing by and decided that the perfect time to blow its horns was the moment it passed us. We were all startled, but Marie – well she took on a new level of scared straight. She screamed. Her eyes bugged out of her head. But I literally saw her soul leave her body for a split second and come right back. Strangest.thing.ever.
4. Playing dress up. Our most recent ghost hunting trip was an overnighter to the Gaslight Inn in historical Glendale. They serve afternoon tea and have your very large, feathery, fun, dress-up hats in the back room. It led to a lot of laughs, a lot of pictures, and just a really good time.
3. Going ghost hunting on Good Friday with a priest. This is extra special because I’m an Atheist. It also goes to show that people who have various backgrounds, cultures, beliefs, and ideals can come together and appreciate each other and our differences without judgement. Life is too short to take ourselves so seriously.
2. Naked butter story. I really can’t say more than this. Sorry
- Jay and Marie Yates and their crew. The ghost hunting aspect is seriously cool and I think everyone should try it at least once. But ghost hunting with C.O.P.S. is just on another level. Want to have some fun and escape life for a little bit? This is the way to do it.
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