Friday, January 27, 2012

Lightning McQueen Speaks

The wonderful T.B. McKenzie at Magickless - and author of The Dragon and the Crow -  has gifted me with an award:
Thank you VERY, BERRY much for this :-)
His reason is what I want to share with you, because there is a tale that goes with it - Angela Brown...who believes ghosts can possess toy cars.

So instead of following the rules, sharing x amount of things, giving to x amount of people when I know I'll torture myself and end up completely unable to pick anybody after two hours of trying to narrow down my list from "I think EVERYONE is gosh darned kreativ" to "I'll pick YOU."  Saving myself two hours of pain.

But.

Got a couple of ghost stories.
1. I'm sitting at home, alone, online doing writerly things.  I hear my daughter's RC Lightning McQueen car shake a bit and spit out a one-liner from Cars 2.  Here's the problem, I go over to check her remote - which is the only way to make the car do anything - and it's off.  The car itself was also off so I'm not exactly sure of the who, what, why, and how it happened, but it did.  There could be some logical reason an object that is turned off will have a spitfire moment.  I'll just keep this one filed under "inexplicable" :-)

2. As some of you know, my mother left this world more than a decade ago.  At the time it happened, I was a very angry young woman and her widower and I hardly got along while she was alive.  When she left, all hell literally broke loose.  One such "looseness" was a young woman who claimed to only pop on the scene out of desperation.  However, I arrived home one evening to find her a shaky, jittery mess on the front porch of the house.  She couldn't handle going back inside.  Instead of pummeling her with all the choice words that raged in my mind, I asked her why.  I mean, she looked a mess.  She stammered a bit and explained that while sitting in my late mother's room, she'd noticed small things like flickering lights (only in that room).  But she knew all bets were off when she stared at my late mother's dresser and watched as a lamp shook violently from the middle of it to the edge then slam on the floor.  I asked her if the house was shaking or if she was moving and she just trembled and rocked some more and answered, "That was your momma.  I know it was.  I got to get outta here!"
I didn't disagree.  Not a day later she was gone.

Logic dictates there is a rational explanation for everything in life.  Birds fly because they have wings.  Trees rustle because of a breeze.  Understanding everything around us is comforting.  But there are just some things that can't be explained or perhaps the mystery is better left as is.

What about you?  Strictly logical and nothing more?  Do you believe ghosts exist or are just figments of an active imagination?

40 comments:

  1. Well, you know I believe in ghosts. I'll bet your mom wanted that loose woman out of her house. Yay mom!

    As for the car, it could be anything. A blip of electricity that jolted the car to life...or a ghost. You never know. :)

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    1. When the girl told me about it, I wanted to laugh until I went inside, slipped back the room and saw the lamp there like she said.

      As for the car, so many thinks could explain it, but little can change that first stomped reaction to finding the remote and the car off. Weird.

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  2. Good for your mom! Sounds like she had the last word after all.

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    1. I know, huh. I don't think I'll ever forget it.

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  3. Oh I totally believe in ghosts! I've never had a personal experience or anything--but I wish I would have :)

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    1. I've wondered, on very few occasions, what it would be like to see a ghost. I'm still not too eager to have it happen lol!!!

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  4. That car acting up probably has something to do with the quantum mechanics of electrical engineering. Or - you know, a ghost.

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    1. T.B. offered a good explanation for what it could have been: dust or something hitting a wire, or something along those lines.

      Whatever it was, I just don't want it happening again lol!!!

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    2. Occam's Razor states that the simplest answer is more likely than a complex one. Our instincts as humans work this way too, unfortunately, we let poor Occam down when we think ghosts = simple. If you stop and think, a bit of dust or a shorted wire is far more simple than the existence of an ethereal being who happens to like freaking us out via switched off children's toys.

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  5. Creepy, but cool! I love hearing ghost stories, but I never want to actually be in a ghostly situation myself. I have an active enough imagination as it is, and I already psych myself out all the time with that kind of stuff. So I don't need to add more fuel to the fire!

    I write fantasy, so of course I believe there are things out there beyond our understanding. ;)

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    1. Creepy is exactly what I thought, in both situations.

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  6. Oh, I'm a believer. Creeptastic, both of those. I would've thrown that car out, too. No way that would be staying in my house where it can hunt me down! No sir. No sirree.

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    1. LOL! I thought about tossing it out :-) But I couldn't come up with something believable to explain the car's disappearance. Chipmunk recently played with it until it wouldn't run. Maybe the batteries are dying? Who knows? It hasn't done it again....so far.

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  7. Oh, I believe in angels and demons. I also believe it's scary to mess around with them. I also believe that things just happen because they just happen. But, that's just me.

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    1. I agree. Some things may be worth exploring to explain them. For the two situations presented here, I just decided to leave well enough alone :-)

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  8. Hi Angela, instead of retelling two ghost experiences you might want to check my blog entry on two ghost stories:
    http://baffledspirit.blogspot.com/2007/03/two-ghost-stories.html
    Yours spooked me out : )

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  9. That first line should have been Hi Angela instead of me retelling two ghost experiences....

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    1. I got you, Mike. I checked out your ghost stories. They were very creeptastic. I doubt I could have been the cool cucumber your were.

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  10. Too many things in this world that can't be explained, so I have to believe! I wish my mom and dad would come back for a visit. I think, lol.

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    1. You know, Cate, a chance to have that heart to heart chat again does sound nice.

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  11. Hi Angela! Thank you for your nice comments on my post at Misha's site, I'm so glad to find your blog as a result!

    As far as the ghost stories, I'm a total believer. I worked for Hospice for a few years, and had several odd experiences with people who were near death, and those who came to "visit" them. I definitely think there are things that we simply can't explain, and it's fascinating to me.

    So glad to meet you!

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    1. Thanks so much for coming by. I agree with you. There are some things that just can't be explained.

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  12. I don't know if ghosts exist but it wouldn't surprise me. There are a lot of things science can't explain - yet.

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    1. Well, science has proven many other superstitions and whatnot as unfounded. I'm not sure how ghosts can be explained scientifically, but I'm sure there are scientist working on that now :-)

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  13. I seriously WANT to believe in ghosts. I've just never had an experience with one.

    Sadly, I think I just have no talent for perceiving them, but I definitely enjoy them in fiction!

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    1. I'm not sure I'd know how to handle it if I could see them. I'm okay without that ability. Some call it a curse, others a gift.

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  14. We had a haunted toddler toy for a while. It would randomly start going at full blast, bells and whistles, in the middle of the night. We finally took the batteries out, cuz it freaked everyone out.

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    1. I can truly see how it would freak you out. I either giggle or give that car a look when I pass it. I've done that less and less thought lol!!

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  15. I'm on the more "logic only" side, but I definitely think there are things unexplained! And perhaps it is better if they aren't. ;)

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    1. You know, Peggy, I agree, some things are probably better that way. :-)

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    2. What is better not explained? I am actually really interested in this question, both for general philosophy sake, and for my own writing. Can you give an example of something that is better not explained? Aside from made up things like Santa and the recipe for Coke of course.

      I bet people were really happy with the version of the universe that put earth in the middle and the layers of the heavens all around us. It would have seemed like a real let down when that illusion was destroyed and we realised how it actually is. But isn't it better to know that we are a lone rock flying through space amongst the infinite darkness with only our own abilities holding us back from the ultimate exploration of the unknown?

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    3. Ref: "isn't it better to know that we are a lone rock flying through space" With this part, I'd have to disagree, only because in our search for placing everything into a logical spot, what can tend to happen is categorizing, which leads to the establishment of unintended boundaries being placed so that the logical, hard, concrete proved item can follow set rules to make it legitimate.

      Though, I do agree that we can believe in an infinite amount of things, whether it's ghosts, Santa or the Tooth Fairy and come to the conclusion that, as you eloquently put it, it's "our own abilities holding us back from the ultimate exploration of the unknown."

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  16. Lots of toys do that (just see Lydia's comment up above) so I wouldn't worry about the car so much. I would just assume that the two wires that make the noises occur are just too close together, either by the way it was made, or something shaking it around a certain way.

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  17. I like your suggestion, Brooke. I can work with that.

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  18. Angela, I posted last week about a couple of blog awards and one of the things I told about myself was a haunting that I experienced. Yup, in my home. I didn't go into every detail, since the ordeal lasted a while and I didn't want the post to be too long! Check it out when you have time. I think it was last Monday's post...?

    Ghosthunters is my favorite reality show. I don't watch many others, but this one, I'm a fan of. I just love Jason and Grant.

    The car thing would've freaked me out, and I would've thrown it in the garbage! :o

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    1. I'm fascinated by people who have these experiences. It would so freak me out. Like my daughter's toy car.

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  19. Congratulations on your award!

    And I totally believe in ghosts. I think we're taught as young children to discount the things we can't understand and try to make everything fit into a logical little box, but it doesn't. There is far too much in this world that cannot be explained away.

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    1. Thank you. I agree. If we could explain everything, the world would be rather boring.

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  20. Oh, I believe in ghosts! Some of us can either feel them or even see them (not me, thank God). There are definitely things in this life that we can't explain or even comprehend.

    Congrats on a beautiful blog award :-)

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    1. Thanks Angela. Actually experiencing a ghost interaction, to feel, touch? No thank you.

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