Wednesday, November 28, 2012

History and Poor Farms

Good morning, and we hope that everyone is having a great day! Saw some of that white stuff the other day, but the weather is getting better again, and we hope it stays away for a while longer.

We have another investigation this weekend, weather pending. When it gets too cold, our equipment doesn't work as well, and neither do our fingers. But it is suppose to be decent, so we will do our best. We have a reveal next week, and with that will be winding down our activities for the year. Oh, we still have to do some reviews, but don't have any more investigations planned until after the beginning of the year. But we do have some plans, which include spending time with our families and friends, watching too many sporting events, eating too much food, and having a lot of laughs. Yep, definitely a way to celebrate the holidays. We hope that each of you, our readers, have some similiar plans this holiday season. And that you have the best Christmas ever.

But as our investigation slows down this year, our minds continue to race ahead. We have several investigations we are looking into for 2013, and as we have mentioned before, several events we are planning to host. And that all important group trip to some interesting location. This allows us to visit a place a bit further away than normal, but more importantly, allows us more time to just hang out and enjoy the company of our fellow team members. And as we get to know each other better, our ability to work together will improve, and that will make us a better team.

As was alluded to on Facebook, we are looking at an interesting structure to investigate next year. We have had the pleasure to investigate at Prairie View many times, and this building just calls our names. Unfortunately, it seems that being able to return there is closing, and we will miss our "friends" we have come to know that reside in the building. As you know, Prairie View was at one time the Lewis County Home, or Poor Farm. It cared for many people unable to care for themselves. We have also had the opportunity to investigate a home which was located on ground that once held another county poor farm. The building is long gone, but the memories still remain. Or do they?

In researching, this writer found out that many people do not know anything about the Poor Farms which were located in their county. And the younger generation doesn't even know what a Poor Farm is. Abet, most of the "middle age" generation only knows the term...going to the poor farm...but even that is lacking in the younger generation. So what does that hold for the history which is contained in these buildings?

A lot of states had state-supported Poor Farms, where those that did not have the resources to care for themselves were allowed to stay. They worked, if able, to help support the farm, and many persons remained there until they died. Remember, this was before the advent of the current Welfare system. Many opened after the passage of the Civil War, which destroyed homes and lives, some people not able to ever recovery from the loss. And some people might think that these structures are best left in the past. But we don't feel this way. Being a paranormal investigator includes doing the research on the past, as well as searching for the current inhabitants of a building. From learning about the past, we can help determine the future, so to speak. We have worked with several historical agencies to give them our research into the Poor Farms, so it can be added to their records. Why do we feel this is important? Because it is a part of our past, and the past should never be forgotten. Good or bad, it makes us what we are today. And if something this critical is forgotten, how long before other parts of the past are erased? This information, being added, will now be available for generationsto come  to research, and hopefully enjoy. As a reminder of where we have been, and how far we have come. And we hope that this small gesture will help make the entities that still inhabit these areas a little happier, knowing that they will not be forgotten.

Monday, November 19, 2012

It ain't just chasing ghosts

Good morning to all. It is getting close to Turkey Day, and we wanted to take the time to give thanks for what we have received. To all of our friends and family, thank you for understanding our commitment to this endeavor. We know that we spend thousands of hours doing what we love, talking about what we do, and spending time away from those that matter to us. And we have your understanding in all of this. To our fellow investigators, we thank you for the time spent networking with us, for bouncing ideas off of you and you of us, and for taking the time to get to know us and allow us to know you. And above all, we thank the Creator for giving us all the blessings we have. So on Thursday, spend a bit of time remembering just what you have to be thankful for, and give an extra hug to all those that you have near you and a prayer for all those that have already gone on.

We have remained very busy lately. Did an investigation at the Crystal Grill over the weekend. April is a wonderful person and we appreciate her allowing us to visit her place. We are finishing our last review and hopefully will have that reveal completed shortly and posted on the website.

Which brings us to I sit, earphones in place, and starting the review of the Crystal Grill. 4 recorders, each with 8 hours of audio. Hundreds of photos, and 3 hours of video to sift through. And this is typical of each investigation. So as I listen to our conversations, I am thinking of what it takes to be a paranormal investigator, and it all ain't just chasing ghosts.

First, there is the actual review of evidence. 32 hours of audio alone...and factor into that the rest of what we do. The pictures, the video, the DVR system review.
One client has asked us to host an event next year, one which will require a lot of planning and work but which can turn out to be a great thing, for both the client and ourselves.
And than there is the repeat event which we would like to do twice in 2013.
And we are planning to host 2 events where we give back to the community, hopefully details will be out soon after the first of the year.
Add into that the investigations which we will be doing, the research that is necessary to correctly do for the clients as we feel we should.
The actual investigations themselves.
The group trip we hope to be able to take.
Any additional projects that we come into.
The time spent on working on the website and maintaining the social media networks, where we can network with fellow investigators and share ideas.
The holidays and vacations with our families.
And, of course, the job which pays the bills and allows us to support our families and pay for our investigations.

As you can see, being an investigator, dedicated to the task, requires many more hours than just showing up and walking around in the dark. These we do to do the absolute best we can for our clients. To try to develop ideas which will help advance the field of the paranormal. To try to move this field into the world of science, where it can further develop and grow.
You may call us aggressive, but we consider ourselves professionals, and therefore try to do the best we can with each investigation. If you only do something half-effort, than why even bother? This is a field that is very expensive and time consuming to only put half an effort into it. So the next time you want to say something negative about a team pushing forward, remember...if you can't run with the big dogs, get under the porch...the porch is too crowded already as it is.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Why Do We Keep Doing This

Good evening everyone! We hope that everyone had a great Halloween, had lots of treats to give out, and enjoyed seeing all the ghosts, goblins, spidermen, and princesses that were out and about.
Now that this holiday is past us, we concentrate on the remainder of the year. Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, and we all need to really reflect on the blessings we have received during this year. And to be especially thankful for all the "non-property" blessings we have...our family and friends. No amount of money can be placed on the people who make your life complete.

We continue to be busy! Still working on the website. One team member has had computer problems, so waiting for him to get it back up and running so he can submit his evidence. And with the amount of investigations we completed in October, have been spending a lot of time doing reviews as well as the investigations themselves. Please bear with us, cause the next update will be a huge one!
Another investigation this week, as well as one the following week. Still working on finalizing some upcoming investigations, which might happen in December if the weather holds...and 2013 stands to be an amazing year for our team.

But as we continue these investigations, we can not discount all the things that are happening in the paranormal world. Seems everywhere you go, people are slamming other teams and individual persons. And for what reason? And with all the negative remarks, why do we, or any team, continue to work in this field? We never charge for our services, so the entire expense of traveling to a location comes from our pockets. We spend hundreds of dollars on equipment, entirely from our pockets. And lets not forget the amount of money we spend on batteries! We don't have sponsors or people who give us equipment to try out...we buy it from the store or from dealers, all with money we make from our jobs. As we have said in the past, we are not in this for the "glory" or "fame" and will never be recognized outside of our own little area.
So why do we continue to spend our hard earned money, spend time away from our family, travel sometimes hundreds of miles, sit in a dark area, sometimes in a cold room, to try to talk to spirits which may or may not be present. Wouldn't it just be easier to be sitting at home on a Saturday night, feet up in the recliner, with a soda in one hand and the remote control to the TV in the other? Bright lights, warm room, and a bathroom a few steps away. Often, this sounds so much better than doing what we do. And no one is going to accuse us of anything when we stay in our own houses and veg out in front of the noise box. So why don't we do this?

We know the answer to this question, but sometimes it takes an event to remind us of the reason we continue to do this job..
We recently investigated a private residence where the homeowners had frequent experiences which frightened them. They have small children who are being scared in their own home. And they wanted some answers. So off we go, again on a Saturday night, miles from our home, to set up in this residence. We placed all of our equipment out, talked to the homeowner, and than went "lights out" to start the investigation. And during the night, we listened to the responses from our Ovilus and our Spirit, how these work is debatable. And we all know you can get words that make no sense to us. But on this night, we listened and we could see the homeowner relate to the words and names that came from the box. And we saw the homeowner become more comfortable with the spirits that seem to exist in the home. And when we left, the homeowner expressed feeling so much more comfortable in the home. Words like "safe" and "happy" made the homeowner feel that whatever was in the home was comfortable there and not harmful. And we left knowing that we did make a difference in this family's life. We are still reviewing the evidence. But whether we capture any EVPs or not, we know that our investigation did help ease the minds of these homeowners. And THAT is why we continue to do this.
So this weekend we will once again leave our warm homes, drive miles away, and spend hours sitting in the dark talking to someone that might not be there. We will spend hours reviewing our recorders and sorting through hundreds of photos that we will take during the night. We will drive back home when we are tired and grab a few hours sleep, to get up and have a normal Sunday with our family. And when we log back online, we will read the comments that persons and teams are making towards other persons and teams..and we know that, even though it is costly to us, we will continue to do what we have a passion to do....because helping is what it is all about.