Who says cops and ghosts don't mix? I've had four experiences with police during our ventures, two of them in cemeteries after dark.
The first two times,
Aunt Belle and I were in Austin. We had decided to take a break from
sightseeing and looking around the haunted places to eat lunch. We settled in
at a cool Cajun café. It's been a while, and I don't have my notes in front of
me, so I forget the name of it. However, it's right downtown. We left our car
parked on one of the steep, hilly Austin side streets. I recall I had to turn
my wheels into the curb, as well as set my emergency brake, to keep my car from
potentially sliding on down into the next street. Also, there were parking
meters at each space.
We had placed
our lunch order when Aunt Belle looked across the table at me and said,
"Did we put any money in the parking meter?"
I blanked out
and said, "I don't remember."
ghost just told me that we didn't. And there's a meter maid heading for our
I jumped up and
raced out of the restaurant, down the block and around the corner. Yep, there
came the meter maid! I raced up the hill (that was a few years and pounds ago),
and stuck some money in the meter as she checked the car right behind mine. She
just grinned and winked at me, then went on by. I didn't tell her a ghost had
saved me a ticket. I went back and reported to Aunt Belle, and she just nodded,
not a bit surprised she had been given a truthful warning by a ghost.
Later, we wandered
over to the Governor's Mansion, which we'd heard was haunted. There was a
demonstration close to the mansion, some sort of environmental group. The Texas
Rangers (the law enforcement ones, not the baseball team) were keeping the
crowd of demonstrators back. We didn't think that would pertain to us, so we
A Ranger came
over to us as I was taking pictures of both the mansion and the demonstrators. "Ladies,
I'll have to ask you to move on," he said.
"We want to
see the Governor's Mansion," I said.
closed right now, due to this crowd."
I said as Aunt Belle and I looked at each other in disappointment. We don't
like having our plans disrupted, especially by people we don't even know. Well,
that's not counting ghosts we haven't met yet.
I stood my
ground for a moment, snapping more pictures.
"I have to
insist you move on down the street," the Ranger said more sternly.
We walked a few
feet away, then I turned for more pictures.
to have to arrest you two ladies," the Ranger said, this time with his
hand on his pistol.
we both said at once. This time we left without any hesitation! We knew for a
fact that if we called our hubs, they'd laugh their butts off and probably let
us languish overnight before they came to bail us out. J
Later, we went
to visit the beautiful, historic cemetery in Austin, where a lot of the Texas
pioneers and statesmen are buried. We wandered around on foot, but also drove some.
At one point, we both sort of looked out the car windows at this nice, paved road
we were on. I'll admit, it was rather narrow. Then it sort of hit us both at
"Is this a
street or a sidewalk we're on?" Aunt Belle asked in a hushed voice.
it's a sidewalk," I said in return.
we doing driving on it?"
me. I thought it was a street! More important, how do we get off it?"
I recall bumping
down over a curb onto what really was a street through the cemetery. Lucky for
us, the Rangers and local police were tied up at the mansion.
We're a tad more
cautious now when we go "tourist'ing," but sometimes we do get
sidetracked chatting while we are lookee-loo'ing. I hope we never have to call
our SO's to get us out of jail.
I'll write about
the two cemetery incidents next week. In the meantime, I have started working
on Volume V. Of course, now we're heading into the Holiday Season, so it's time
to start thinking of … yum … food. Sis and I always do a lot of baking and
decorating. Plus our other Sis and her husband from Minnesota are coming to
Dallas right after Christmas for a conference. They'll stay over New Years Day
and the day after to visit with us, so we want the house to look nice. Still,
I'll squeeze in writing time.
thinking of making a separate volume with my blog entries. I think it would be
nice for new readers to be able to have one place to get caught up with my
ghost hunting and books. Will see if I can work that in, also. In the meantime ….