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Hooked on a Feeling

Two weekends ago I sneak into a haunted house. Actually it was a haunted stable/ servants quarters. Problem is it wasn't really all that scary. My best friend and I were looking for a little weekend adventure. So we thought, "Hey, let's go find that haunted barn that belongs to that haunted house that burned down in the sixties and was once owned by that Egyptologist!" (Yes, we actually do talk/think like that).

So we went. The ground was covered in snow and we went trudging through the park and into the woods.

First off, let me tell you, Newport, Rhode Island has stories. The place is replete with lore. They've even got a tower that may or may not have been there pre-Colonial times. The exact date of the construction of The Viking Tower (in Touro Park), is heavily contested.

Newport is full of haunted mansions. They've all got a story or two. You can pay 30 or so bucks and take a tour, or you can go kamikaze-ghetto and creep into a dilapidated haunted stable like we did. It's up to you. We didn't immediately creep in. It took me a while to switch from mild-mannered Civil Servant Tina to kick-ass Adventuress Tina. So instead we walked around the property, taking pictures. Actually most of the walking turned into crawling---in the snow.


The property is covered in vines and weeds. Far too many to just pull out of your way as you meander around the place. So we took to the task of going over and under until we got tired of just ‘looking' around.

I wanted to get inside. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I wanted to see if I could feel anything even remotely related to fear. I noticed that although the fence was pretty high, it was also pretty easy to climb if we managed to climb one of two walls on the property.

So we did.

Once inside we were completely in awe with the place. It was even bigger than we thought. We found the stable, and I noticed the stalls were made of concrete, not wood. I don't think those horses were very happy. For all I know, most of the ghostly activity associated with the place could be of the animal kind.

It was a relatively cold day, and I took loads of pictures, but I never did get a sensation we were being watched. In fact, I wasn't afraid at all. Not even a tad scared we'd get caught on the premises. Which made my best friend and I theorize endlessly.

Either the place wasn't haunted, or, if ghostly activity and the manifestations thereof are associated with energy, and their ability to absorb energy or heat…well then, wouldn't that make it hard for ghosts to manifest in the cold?

Has anyone ever really looked at the probability of ghosts manifesting in drafty places versus warm places, like say, a haunted fountain in the dead of winter, vs. a warm and cozy haunted Inn. Or, the stable we visited, with its lack of walls and windows, vs. a hilltop mansion with modern heating and no drafts?

Are there more haunting in the summer, vs. the winter? More hauntings in warmer climes vs. colder climes?

More ghosts in Tahiti vs. New England?

Hawaii is supposedly one of the MOST haunted places on earth. Does the nice weather and volcanic activity have something to do with it? I might be going on about nothing. But seriously, as I stood in that place and took a look around, I didn't see a haunted stable. I saw an abandoned building with way too much lore built around it. Maybe far too many teenagers got drunk in that place and saw their own shadows.

Or maybe it was just too dang cold.

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