It’s been a bit crazy around the Junius-Smith household the past months. Alexander (who we happily incorporate under the nomenclature) took a new job and has continued to pour himself into editing in the off hours. Marcus had a wild streak of inspiration that launched him into many busy evenings with his staff and workshop. And I’ve been coaching more often out of my London townhouse, and I selected a third model for residency back in June.
Hence my posts here have been a bit erratic.
But, I wanted to drop in and call halloo, because I just had the most wonderful birthday trip to Scotland, and it put me in the mind of sharing something about ghost world.
Namely: Yes, we have a bustling tourism sector; Yes, it overlaps with your “worlds most haunted places”.
Do you find this as hilarious as I do?
I don’t know why, exactly, but there’s something about this crossover that just tickles the hell out of me. It’s the egoism, I think–the idea that while you alivelies are creeping about with ghost-hunting equipment, treating any and all apparations as though we are somber, scary, and hell bent on giving you the time of day, we’re just having a ripping good time and essentially ignoring you.
What was that!? says the ghost hunter. Can you tap something if you’re here with us?
*ghost entirely by coincidence chooses that moment to slam a shot glass on the table and knock back Scottish whiskey with his mates*
OMG DID YOU HEAR THAT??? What is your name!? Can you give us your name?
*ghost’s mates proceed to sing a raucously off-key rendention of happy birthday*
Eli? says the ghost hunter. Elliot? Edward? Elsbeth? You poor, poor soul, Elsbeth, do you need release from this world!? BE GONE FROM THIS ESTABLISHMENT.
*ghosts take another shot and proceed down the road to the next pub.*
Our work here is done, says the ghost hunter.
And castles, my god, castles. Ghosts *love* castles, because we know that they are always deserted at night, often secluded, and built for abuse. And ghost-hunters love castles, because, quite frankly, they just look rather haunty, don’t they?
Although for the sake of the ghost hunters, I rather hope that no one was trying to set up equipment while Marc and I were racing about our rented fortress, knocking over the furniture, and snogging in all the corners.
Marc booked the place on account of its discretion, not its homey drafts…
Oh, and on the topic of tourism, you should know that your alively tourist traps, for the most part, have parallels in the ghostly realm. We still visit the Great Wall, the pyramids, the Aztec ruins–although we can see more of these things than you can. And our co-visitation is part of what lends your tourism that sense of awe and wonder–an amplification of on-site emotions.
For instance, if anyone was out Nessie-watching on August 18th, you might have encountered the ripples of ghostly vessels, or heard the shouts of Marcus Brutus as he hung off the side of the boat, sandwich in one hand and camera in the other, daring the sea-monster to hide from him.
For what it’s worth, reverse psychology doesn’t work on sea-monsters. Not even if you’re Brutus. He was appalled.
So, next time you’re out on a pleasure cruise, or walking the corridors of an on-site museum, or traipsing about a “most haunted”…give us a wave.