Thursday, February 28, 2008

My House is Cursed... literally

In this house of cabinets falling of the wall, leaks, broken light fixtures, and myriad other problems, I sometimes feel like I'm going crazy. But tonight takes the cake. Tonight a series of events so odd and creepy happened that I'm completely beside myself.

There is an old doorbell installed high up above the front door with no accompanying button and it has been going off at random over the past two days. I suspect this has something to do with dying batteries because the tones are distorted and really pretty creepy, enough that when I'm home alone and it goes off I get really freaked out.

I got home not too long ago, did a little yoga, took a shower, & came down to make dinner. Standing in the kitchen I hear this scratching noise & I look up to see a goddamn bird sitting on our ceiling fan!!!!! Where this bird came from, I do not know. How it got into my kitchen & onto my ceiling fan I do not know. I'm not a big fan of birds, I saw the movie The Birds as a child and large groups of birds with their pointy beaks make me uneasy. Trying to ignore that fact, I went to the closet & got out a broom, opened our back door and a window and proceeded to spin in circles staring up at the ceiling, waving a broom around my head trying to shoo the stupid thing towards the door. Of course the bird does not realize that it has two ways to freedom and just flies around the ceiling, landing on the cabinets & back on the ceiling fan and, at one point, trying to escape through the little hole in the plaster in the corner. Finally, it landed on the cabinet next to the open window & I waited patiently for it to hop on out of the window, which it finally did. Oh, and my point with the doorbell is that as I'm swatting & spinning & cursing at this bird, the doorbell just keeps going off again and again and again and again.

I called my roommate who called me back shortly after it finally left and we're wondering if we have poltergeist because that whole sequence was really quite disturbing. But what I don't understand is why we've never had this kind of blatantly weird stuff happen before, we've lived here for over a year now so I'm not so sure about the poltergeist. But I might just go beat the living hell out of that doorbell right now!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Post Secret

I went to hear Frank Warren, the creator of Post Secret, speak last night at the University of Maryland. If you don't know about the project, I highly suggest checking out the blog and reading some of the secrets that people from all over the place have mailed to Frank. I've followed the website since maybe 2005 and check it religiously every weekend - it's comforting and also eye-opening to read the things that people keep inside of them and so often I can empathize with what is written on the cards. During the Q & A/sharing session tonight, many people got up and shared secrets and also stories about how Post Secret has helped them or inspired them to do something. It's inspiring to see something as seemingly insignificant as a blog having such a positive impact on so many people.

As great as it is to know that so many people go through the same things and that we're maybe not all that different after all, there is still such a barrier between people in everyday life. It's beyond reason, but I wish that there was a way to bring people together in real time to share their experiences on a personal level, rather than on a website or at a large, slightly anonymous gathering of people.