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Happy Halloween everyone.

My day? My day went well until I had to do battle with a printer at work. 15 minutes on hold with tech support. Then an hour on the phone with “Paul” who was tech support in India. Me “I want a refund for this printer if I cannot print envelopes.” Him “But you can make copies and print other things.” Me “The only thing we use this printer for is to print envelopes. I want to print envelopes.” Him “The printer works. You can copy and print pages.” Me “Envelopes. I HAVE to print ENVELOPES.” This went on for one hour. Finally he said he couldn’t fix the printer error and said he would call back tomorrow.

I called the postage company. No 15 minute wait on hold. After verifying my identity (which really wasn’t me by the way. I said I was my boss) tech support corrected the problem in 15 minutes. Great. I hit my head against my desk for TWO HOURS fixing this printer. Great way to end my work day.

Next up? Children’s Halloween party. Before you say anything, the food was amazing. Plus home-made beer.

Lastly the following scary Halloween story is TRUE. I typed it up last year, but the story is still a frightening one. Make sure to read the story with the lights on.

And now a TRUE Halloween story. Prepare to be creeped out. More than a decade ago, I travelled to London for the first time. I arrived late at night, and after a lengthy wait at customs I finally was able to make my way to the hotel. Walking about London late at night made me think of Jack the Ripper. (And that is another tour and story to tell another time.) Months prior, I had learned about a FREE tour of the Tower of London that took place at night. The tour is called The Ceremony of the Keys. This event takes place every night and has been conducted for hundreds of years. The catch for free tickets? You have to ask for the tickets MONTHS in advance. Only about 60 tickets are made available each night. So I sent a letter and received my one ticket. The month? Late December. Freezing cold in London. I arrived early for the tour and waited outside the gates. It was so cold and I was so tired I thought of skipping the tour all together. But I decided to tough it out and go on the tour. I had heard ghost stories about the tower, but had dismissed the stories entirely. Finally the tour began. The guide takes you into the tower grounds and talks about this and that. A great tour. Go if you have a chance. So the tour starts and I am following at the back of the crowd. At one point we are walking near the tower and I look up. I see a lighted window with what appears to be a woman looking down at me. She was wearing a pink dress. The dress was very regal. Now this was not a fuzzy image. This was very easy to see. The image had a great amount of detail. The woman looked young. Her skin was very light. Sheer white. She had a scowl on her face. My first thought was “Why is a mannequin in the window?” “And why us the mannequin looking down?” Something was not right. The sight really puzzled me. I stopped walking and looked back up again. The was no woman in the window. The space was empty. “Uhhh… I just saw someone in that window.” I was stunned. I am sure of what I saw. The image looked as real as seeing a person standing at that window. And why the upset look on her face? I am not one to “see things”. The person I saw was not my imagination. I continued the tour, but I never forgot the image of the person standing at that window in the Tower of London.

Boo! See you back here soon for some south of the border stuff. That’s right, I will be near the border of Mexico in just a couple of days. “No abla Espanol!”

Make sure to check out the stuff I purchased on the top of the page.

Memphis Events:

Cooper Young First Thursday – Thursday Nov. 1st. Cooper Young. Go!

Sock It To Me Burlesque – Hi-Tone, November 10th, Doors at 9, $10 tickets. The John Hughes show; “16 Scandals”. Go!