True Ghost Story

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I’m not sure if I should call this a ghost story or just unexplained events, I’ll let you decide.

It was probably about 9 pm and completely dark outside.  My roommate was home and we had 1 person over for company.  In my hallway right next to my bedroom is the washing machine and dryer, they were both running.  The dryer really shakes!  At that time I had a lot of computer cases in the hall, so to get to my room you had to step over and around a lot of things.  My bedroom door was slightly opened and the light was on.

Anyway, I am in the hall and all of a sudden I hear my phone ring.  I remember walking toward my room and noticing that the light was already on.  As I entered my room I could see the phone on the floor. I reached for the light switch by habit but then didn’t do anything with the switch because I knew the light was already on.  I just kind of touched it as I came in.  My room was clearly lit.  I sat on my bed and then picked up the phone.   It was a bill collector from Discover card service.   I explained to him that I had the money but I had been working 8 hours on and 8 hours off and 8 hours on, so I didn’t even have a chance to pay anything.  He then asked me if the address they had on file was correct.  I told him it was my parents’ address and that he could keep it that way.  I explained that my mom complains if I don’t come see her enough, so I might as well go over there to collect my mail.  The bill collector understood and said it’s the same way with him.  (Now days I visit my mom and dad once a week).  Anyway, in the course of his discussion, all of a sudden my lights go out.  I didn’t hear a click from the switch but then again, the dryer is pretty noisey.  It seemed exactly the same as a solid state light timer shutting the lights out.  My first assumption was that the power had gone out.  I could sort of hear my roommate in the living room.  I remember noticing that they didn’t seem alarmed by anything.  I started getting the idea that maybe it wasn’t the whole house that lost power after all.  Before I finished the phone conversation I noticed that my computers were all still on.  I could see their lights lit up.  After that I figured I must have blown a breaker or maybe the bulb was lose in the socket.  I also thought it was possible that the bulb could have burned out, but when the bulb went out there was no quick flash and no popping sound, so that wasn’t very likely..  After getting off the phone I reached for my switch for giggles and noticed to my surprise that the switch was in the down position!  I went into the living room and asked my roommate if she walked by there and turned of my light, she said she didn’t.  I was kind of convinced she probably hadn’t because of all the things she would have had to  have walked around.  Plus my room is at the very end of the hall.

Electrical is something I know quite a bit about.  I decided to conduct some tests to see if this was caused by something I could explain.  First I thought maybe the switch was in an almost down position and then dropped down from the shaking that was coming from the washer and dryer.  This seemed impossible because as soon as the switch is pulled down far enough to drop down, the light is already completely off.  I then took the light switch out to study the wires.  I was thinking maybe two wires could have been touching each other.  When I checked inside the box, everything appeared fine.

I of course talked to my roommate again and she still denied walking up, reaching in and turning off my light.

If this WAS a ghost I feel it could have been warning me about my dad and possibly even both parents.  I had mentioned my parents on the phone.  At that time, my dad had melanoma on his back and colon cancer but didn’t know it yet.  If this was truly a ghost I believe it could have been a dead family member trying to warn me.  Another thought was that when I started saying 8 hours on and 8 hours off, it was the same sort of thing I would say at work to have the lights turned  off.  Maybe the similarity confused some element of reality somehow.  Okay, I’m going off the deep end with speculation here, but as it is, it’s very strange to have a light switch JUST click down!  Just so everyone knows my dad was all fixed up and he’s doing fine.  My mom has had some bad moments too, but she’d doing okay. 

Months and month later my roommate claimed that she would catch a glimpse of someone walk to the bathroom doorway while she was looking in the mirror.  She would turn around but nothing would be there.  She also said that one time she left the bathroom and came back in and found a toiled paper roll standing upright on the floor.  She thinks she may have kicked it upright without realizing as she left.  Last, and possibly the most spooky is that she claims she actually saw a “ghost”.  She was in bed sleeping and when she woke up she saw a little boy holding onto a flute.  She said he was surprised when she opened her eyes and he sort of jerked back and his flute slipped from his hands a little.  She said that his legs were through the bed and his feet were on the floor.  It was as if he walked though the bed and was just standing there looking at her.  She thinks she could have been half dreaming and admits that the little boy looked like a kid she worked with at the school.

There was another girl who stayed at my place before I got my current roommate.  She claimed that she got a little creeped out when she was there alone.  I’m not sure why.  In all the time I’ve lived there I hadn’t really seen anything.

There was one time I could have sworn while sleeping on my couch that this girl I know started kissing me like crazy.  I assumed it was her because she was sleeping on the  other couch.  The next morning, I figured it must have been a dream.  Later at another time, that same friend had a similar “dream” on the other couch (the couches match).  She also thought it was me and claimed to  have even enjoyed it..hahaa.. I could tell when she asked me if I had been in the living room, why she asked..  I told her I had a similar type of dream.  We both concluded that the guy who owned the couches before me,  must have had a lot of sex on them. haha..  The two of us knew each other for like about 5 years at that time and we both trust and believe each other.

Oh and one last thing.. I heard a knocking sound under my floor.. It went.. knock knock knock.. It sounded very human like.  This was when I had my current roommate, so it was relatively recent.  I thought it could have been an animal clawing or maybe even sound carrying over from the neighbors.  I knew it wasn’t from plumbing, or at least I was pretty sure of that because I knew where the pipes ran.  I talked to my brother about it and he told me that our grandmother (who passed away) had a habit of knocking with 3 knocks (instead of the traditional 4).  I don’t hear the knocking anymore and my roommate hasn’t told me anything else unusual has happened, so at least for now, everything is back to normal.

So what do you think?  Is my place haunted.  Can some or most of this stuff be explained?  Did my roommate turn out my light as a joke?  You can decide.

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