Directly across the road from the valley that the battle occurred at is a small graveyard for some of the Native Americans that lived in the area. This is where we spent most of our time.
I got a chance to check out the San Pasqual Battlefield in Escondido, California recently with a couple of good friends, Lina and Donna. I love finding a bit out about the history of areas I get to investigate. I think as time goes on, the history has become my favorite part. Getting to sit down with people and hear the history of an area from their view and then trying to coerce their ghost stories out. Many more people than you would expect have ghost stories. Most just do not like discussing them because they feel like most people will discount them or say they were imagining things. When they get around people like me, they tend to open up and you get to here some excellent stories that you may not have heard otherwise. The caretaker at the battlefield visitor center had a couple of really good ones. He also directed us to a couple of other locations that we would not have known about if he had not said something. I wish I would take a pen and paper with me everywhere I go so I can jot down notes. I have forgotten the details of his stories and the names. A future thing to do all times I guess.
Directly across the road from the valley that the battle occurred at is a small graveyard for some of the Native Americans that lived in the area. This is where we spent most of our time.
There was some contact with an adult male that did not want us in the area. We left after a bit because of his heavy presence. The general feeling was that he was preventing any other spirits from trying to communicate with us. We also were able to make contact with a young boy. He was not from this cemetery, do that may have been why the adult male let him communicate with us. The boy also encouraged us to go to his cemetery, so we did. Nothing was really getting accomplished here. So we traveled further down the road to another cemetery overlooking the battlefield.
The view from this hilltop cemetery was just amazing. I did not accomplish a whole lot here exact doing some sitting and just filling of the soul. I was calm and at peace here. I love finding places that I feel that just by being there. I could have sat there all day except it was hot out and I did not have any food and a limited supply of water. So that caused this to happen:
Sometimes you just have to make your own picnic, especially when there is good people involved. Then there is poor fashion choices:
If you have any question, look at the lady in the purple. She is basically wearing that. I am not sure she was even wearing underwear. Not an unpleasant site for me, however I did question what was going through her head to make her decide I want to wear just this blouse out in public today.
If Sandberg had just stayed true to his short film, I would have been fine. No, he had to make it "better". So, we are left with the feature length film that lost complete sight of what he started out with. Forget semi trucks, Lights Out has holes in the plot big enough to put an ocean liner through. It started out so well too, the opening scene was very similar to the short. I liked it a lot.
After the opening scene, the rest of the movie happened. Thankfully I did not pay to see this, if I had it very well may have been the first movie I ever went back to the ticket booth and demanded my money back. I have paid to see some really bad films before. I mean really bad ones. This was worse. I should have demanded my hour and a half of time back.
Anyway, I am starting to rant and to be honest, this movie just does not deserve a rant. I cannot with good conscience recommend paying your hard earned money to see this in the theater. However, the opening scene is worth the $1.50 at Redbox. Do not watch the rest of the movie though, well unless you like wasting your life. Your choice though and forgive me for trying to let me tell you how to live it. Oh and please do forgive how long it took me to get this out, I really did not want to do this review. I may have hated this more than Crimson Peak (F U Crimson Peak).
A lesson I try to teach myself continuously is to never walk into a situation with expectations or assumptions and try to keep an open mind. Before I had even watched the movie, I had already started thinking about some witty statement saying that the best part of the movie was when I got to leave or that the only thing that made the movie entertaining was drinking a beer and bantering with Julianna, my bartender at the Yardhouse, about whether or not the movie was going to be any good. She was on the side of that it was going to be entertaining, me, not so much, but we already covered that.
I was pleasantly surprised by James DeMonaco's recent entry into the Purge series, The Purge: Election Year. The movie did not try to get by using fancy special effects or try to wow you with something you have never seen before or try to shove too much action and brutality down your throat to keep the movie going. Do not get me wrong, well placed action is great, but I want a story too. Again, I am sitting here surprisingly saying that there was some story to this. I thought this was going to be all about brutality and action and I thankfully was disappointed.
One of the things the movie had me at was the casting choice of one character, I will give you a hint on who it is: "You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs,shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich." However, instead of dying next to that river in Vietnam, he died in a van. Sorry Bubba! Anyway, yes, the actor that played Benjamin Buford Blue, Mykelti Williamson was in this movie and it brought me much joy. I even started doing stupid Forrest Gump quotes at various times throughout the movie because of this fact. I know, I am horrible, I am quite aware of it.
Even though this was a decent movie, I am not sure that it was decent enough to recommend going to see it at box office prices. I would wait for it on Redbox or something along that lines. A bottle of water and a bag of sour patch kids was $10. Wow, just wow! Overcharge much?
I am grouping the last two meetups into one post. There really is not a whole lot to talk about from them, not to say that nothing happened. It is just nothing really new happened. I went to my two favorite spots in each location. Alpine I was at Sarge's tree and in Old Town I was at Heritage Park at the Christian House talking with Emily.
At both locations we used dowsing rods to talk with the spirits. For whatever reason the dowsing rods just work really well for me at these spots. I have used other devices and apparatus, they just do not measure up though. It just seems the spirits are able to communicate better with them, even though you are fairly limited in asking yes or no questions.
As typical with Sarge, we got a bit more out of him, but not much. He tends to only let a few tidbits of his life get out at a time. Why? I do not know, it seems sometimes he does not want to talk with us, but will leak a small something, thus making us want to come back and continue trying to communicate with him. He let out this time that he was a felon, which is how he got kicked out of the Army. Well, more specifically, he shot someone. We are not sure whether he killed him or not, but we do know that Sarge himself was killed by being stabbed over a poker game. It has never occurred to me till right now whether to ask if he was cheating or not and will have to next time we are up there.
Emily on the other hand is usually very talkative, the thing though is asking the right questions and also establishing trust with her. She wants to move on, but feels like there is a piece of information that she needs to pass on before she does. The information has something to do with the Christian House and we think she is tied to the house and not the location. Emily was not alive when the house was moved to Heritage Park. At the same time, we do know that Mr Christian does not want her in the house and blames her for what happened to her. Emily was pregnant when she died and the general consensus is that she was at least hit and choked, but we are not sure what actually killed her. The important thing however is figuring out what Emily needs so she can move on.
As I said before, helping spirits to move on is becoming why I do this, it just seems the right thing to do besides just hunting for evidence that ghost exists. I am thoroughly convinced that they do, I have just seen and experienced way too much not too. I also am quite aware that if someone is skeptical and refuses to have an open mind on the subject, there is absolutely nothing I can do to change it. So why bother? Why not do something constructive with my time?
Before I put up the video I am going to post, I want to go ahead and say I have no idea what this is. I have viewed it over 40 times and each time I am sitting there with my head tilted trying to figure out what I am exactly seeing here. This was filmed with what is called a full spectrum video camera. A full spectrum camera has a filter in it that allows us to see into the ultra violet spectrum of light. That is why there is a slight purplish look to the video.
What I am not doing is claiming this is anything paranormal. As I said, I do not know what this is. I do however ask that you keep an open mind and when watching the video, keep your eyes on the very left portion of the video. We are sure this is not someone's reflection as no one was in that room when this was filmed. Please feel free to comment and at a later date I will give my thoughts on what I see. What I absolutely do not want is to influence what you are seeing by placing any ideas in your mind. Anyway, here is the video, enjoy:
I am not allowing downloads of this video for numerous reasons, foremost being I did not capture it. I am not against others having a copy, but I would want to contact the videographer to get permission on a case by case basis. If you cannot see anything, try enlarging the video and lightening your screen.
James Wan's new movie, the Conjuring 2, is another in the numerous that go over the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren. I will not get into the politics of how I feel about the Warrens and their cases and focus more on the movie itself. For you that are not aware, the Warren's were involved with the Enfield Case which this movie depicts, the Perron's case in Harrisville, RI which the movie the Conjuring was based on, the Haunting in Conneticut, Annabelle, and of course Amityville.
As is said, I am just going to review the Conjuring 2 here and if anyone cares to get into a discussion about the Warrens, you can message me or leave a comment and we can discuss it.
As far as sequels go to horror movies, this was actually a good one. It was believable, to a point and I will get into that in a bit. The actors actually did a heck of a job. In particular I liked Madison Wolfe as Janet Hodgson and Frances O'Connor as Peggy Hodgson. This is not to say that Patrick Wilson as Ed Warren and Vera Farmiga as Lorraine Warren were terrible, they are just another set of lead actors that got out acted by supporting cast members. I am also not trying to say that Patrick and Vera mailed in their performances, they did a very good job. I just thought that Madison and Frances did the better job and that Madison was the most believable. That is the job of the actors, make me believe you are the character that you are portraying.
Another thing that I appreciated about this movie is that they did not just rely on things jumping out at you to get you scared. The freaking nun was downright creepy, well, at least until the end when they decided to get cheesy with her and redo her look. If they would have left her the way she was in the beginning, it would have been way better. They also completely had me with this movie, well, till they went cheesy at the end. They tried to give a look into what Ed and Lorraine's life was back in the 70's and what they were going through. As I said, I will not get into the politics of Ed and Lorraine and will just say until you have done this or been in a haunting, you have absolutely no idea what it is like or how draining it can be mentally and physically. As I mentioned, the end got a little cheesy for me with the nun transforming into what it did and the whole thing about the tree and all. If they had stayed true to a believable story I would be praising this movie. Hollywood again killed a good thing by trying to over embellish. I really wish they would stop insulting the intelligence of the movie goer and instead of trying to dazzle us, tell us a good story. Plus when it is believable, it is way scarier to me.
Though I will also have to say that my biggest problem with the movie was a nitpick. Please Warner Brothers stop portraying the Annabelle doll as that stupid doll that you have put in the Conjuring movies and Annabelle movies! Am I really the only one that thinks it is way more frightening and creepy that Annabelle, the real Annabelle, was a Raggedy Ann doll?
Overall I really liked the movie, especially for a sequel. I recommend seeing this at least once. I recommend you take this movie to heart if you have any interest in doing paranormal investigating. Not that I am trying to dissuade, I am more trying to say it is not all fun and games and can get downright scary.
I am going to be putting up a few videos over the next few days. I am going to warn you, they freak some people out. If you are freaked out easily, I do not recommend you watching them. They give me shiver up my spine whenever I see them and I think it is pretty well documented on here how I feel about spirits.
Anyway, the 2 I am going to post today are from a location I have been to myself. This location is haunted to put it as mildly as possible. Numerous team members have seen apparitions in this location and all of us have heard disembodied voices. Note, I did not say we caught EVP's, I said disembodied voices. In fact, the one time that I went to this location, we were actually having a conversation with a female spirit. We were asking questions and you could here her responding. We did not realize what was happening at first because it was so odd to hear it that by the time we figured it out, she stopped responding. I was not at the house when the videos were caught, but I trust the people that were there and I would not post these if I did not. Well, to be honest, I would not be a part of SDPE if I did not trust them to not fake things. Faking evidence in my opinion is complete bullshit and I will not be associated with anyone that I even think has done it.
The first thing I am going to put up is a screen shot of the camera angle. In the shot there is a red circle, when you are watching the video, keep your attention in the area that the red circle is surrounding.
Before I post the videos, yes, there were people in the house when this was captured. No it is not them, how do I know? There were only 2 people and neither of them are that tall or in the case of the second video, that short. Plus, the people are in a different part of the house in the first video, in the second one, no one is in the house. I am not sure if this will do the audio along with the video, but the voice you hear is not one of the team members and is an EVP.
Here is the first video with the tall figure:
Here is the second video with the shorter figure:
If you would like to come out and hang out with SDPE at a haunted location, we are hosting a meetup on 4/23/2016 at Presidio Park at 8:00 PM. The meetup signup is here: http://www.meetup.com/san-diego-paranormal-eye/events/230099484/ .
If you have never been to Presidio Park, it is one of the more interesting parks in San Diego. It was the location of the original Spanish settlement in San Diego. Which housed the first San Diego mission along with the fort and settlement. This location has had more than its fair share of unusual occurrences to include numerous battles, murders, and untimely deaths. All things that tend to cause paranormal activity.
I have had a number of experiences in Presidio and it is probably my second favorite place to go. There is always just an ominous feel when walking the trails at night. Like something is following you and not necessarily with good intent.
Hope to see you there!
One of the common things you will hear while in the paranormal community is that the more you are around it, the more sensitive to it you become. Is there truth to this? I would say yes as the more you are around something, the more you will be exposed to that something. Also, I have seen it with my own eyes, people who were not sensitive started seeing and hearing more and more as time went along. What they were seeing and hearing was collaborated by other people who were more sensitive to the paranormal.
Needless to say, more and more has been happening of late. In the past couple of weeks I have glimpsed 3 separate apparitions. I have seen a few things in the past year, but not at this rate. The 3 apparitions were a shadow figure walk behind a tree at Pioneer Park in San Diego. Then I saw an apparition of a tall, slender man at a friend's house that has been seen by numerous others. Then finally last night I saw another apparition standing above me while I was in bed.
Again, some will say that I was still waking up and it was nothing more than a dream. That is the thing though, my eyes snapped open and I turned my head and she was standing there. I say she because I could not see her face clearly, but she had long hair and feminine features. In other words, boobs and an hour glass shape. I also was not startled this time and after a couple of seconds of deciding on whether or not I was seeing what I was seeing, I reached out to touch her. She immediately disappeared as I think she realized I could see her at that point.
I obviously had no idea why she was standing there, but at no time did I ever feel threatened by her. In fact, I felt okay enough to give the experience a few thoughts and process the experience enough to remember to think on it the next day. Then I went back to bed and invited her to stay there if that is what she wanted to do, just as long as she did not keep waking me up during the night.
I think the more puzzling thing is why did I wake up in the first place? Was she trying to communicate with me? Warn me about impending doom? It was strange because I usually do not just wake up like that and nor do I usually wake up that awake. I am one of those people who wake up drowsy and it usually takes a shower for me to even begin to be a functioning human being. Yes, I know it is debatable on whether or not I am a functioning human being, but that is besides the point. I however snapped awake and had a clear thought process, which is why I remember the experience so vividly.
I am posting an EVP caught during a recent investigation that SDPE performed. I cannot say where or when the recording was caught, except that it was in a residence. Anyway, here it is:
What is so interesting about this is I was 2 rooms away from the other 2 people in the house and if it was one of them, the voice would have been muffled. I did not hear it at the time it happened. The thing that makes it really interesting though was the topic of conversation that had occurred a minute before. Stan had been trying to get the spirits in the house to move on and had offered the assistance of his spirit guide "Philip" to help them in locating the "light" to move on.
This is the whole reason I do this, to help either the spirits or the people that occupy the house to either have peace with each other or help the spirits move on. I am more or less over the whole shock of the experiences that I have. When you stop thinking of spirits as ghosts and something to be feared and realize that they are just people without bodies and may be scared and lost, it changes your perspective. I also hope if I become lost after I pass, someone helps me.
What the spirit appears to be saying is "Well, are you going through it?" for those who cannot hear it. As I said relevance and for me a sense of accomplishment.