DATELINE: Haunted House at Halloween
A recent Geico insurance commercial shows a couple haunted by Caspar the Friendly Ghost. His child-like demeanor is irksome (as usual) as he chews popcorn in their ears while watching TV.
Friends often say I ought to have guests visit on Halloween for fun
In real life, such as it is, when your home is haunted by a friendly ghost, even more when he is is college-aged, you may have some amusing experiences.
For example, just this week, the friendly ghost here, named Richard who died at age 21 in a horrible disaster, knew I had retired to my upstairs office for the night when I discovered I left my new box of cough drops downstairs.
To kill two birds with one stone, I would fetch them when I went downstairs with something else. Laziness leads to all kinds of trouble.
So, half-an-hour later, I traipsed down the narrow stairs to the kitchen where I put away some stuff, and promptly turned to leave. At that point came a loud crashing sound. As a retired college professor, I am more or less accustomed to college age student antics.
When I turned around, there I saw my cough drops had fallen off the shelf and onto the counter, knocking over several items. Oh. I profusely thanked my ghostly assistant.
He likes to toss things about to call my attention like this occasion. The next day he tried to use modern technology, my smart watch to communicate.
I found a rather large bug on the wall in my bathroom. Not being Zen, I removed a shoe to bang it to the next world. As I did so, my smart watch went on with a text message: one of those spam notices: “Do you need pest control?” it asked.
Oh, Richard, you are too too much. No, I haven’t saved any money with my friendly ghost, but he is quite helpful around the house and makes for witty comments.