Bucolic Santa Monica. What could possibly go wrong?
UNLESS YOU HAVE A PHOBIA ABOUT THE POTENTIAL OF PARANORMAL EXPERIENCES. AND THAT’S WHERE THIS STORY GETS WEIRD.
Everything seemed normal from the outside of the hotel we were staying at.
But one business-traveler colleague of ours - let’s call him Richard - had a number of phobias that were well known to us: food on his plate couldn’t be touching other foods, his fear of being tickled; all sorts of unpredictably fascinating personal preferences.
Richard’s phobias kicked into high gear when one of our waiters, Hector, began to tell us about the ghostly apparition he’d occasionally see in the hotel restaurant’s downstairs storage area.
Although our hotel was not built on ancient Navajo burial grounds, it did have its share of unusual mysteries.
Hector’s story was confirmed by one of his co-workers – they’d all seen this paranormal, but apparently friendly ghost from time to time.
This disturbed Richard greatly.
Richard had a history of unusual encounters.
Which only sent the gears turning in the head of one of our fellow, traveling colleagues. He was a famous practical joker.
Within minutes, he’d devised a foolproof plan to make Richard believe the hotel’s ghost was trying to reach out to him in the middle of the night. Friendly ghost or not, what could be more frightening to Richard that to believe he was staying in a haunted room?
Animators have long tried to diminish our fear of the super-natural by making it appear benign.
So how exactly does this story play out? The answers to this, and other metaphysical, supernatural questions awaits you in a special Halloween edition of Pod Planet: “Haunted Hotel”.
It's always Halloween on Pod Planet. Make sure to bring plenty of treats before you listen to this episode.
And maybe you, like Richard, and the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz, will walk away saying, “I DO believe in ghosts – I do, I do, I DO believe in ghosts”.
Registered Nurses will be on standby during the last 6 minutes of this podcast.