Now we will commence with Part 2 of our Halloween day!
I now must go to the cemetery, Old Burying Point, and photograph the monsters that are passing through. My, I have found so many! Even the tombstones seem to be participating in their way with me and my photos. There’s the tour guide at the Salem Witch Walk. I think I’ll send him this photo. I think he will like it!
And there are the assorted buildings, the Witch Memorial, all being presented during the setting of the sun. Ah, the beautiful sunset in Salem settling so gracefully in the stormy sky here in a most ancient cemetery.
And then, the most wonderful thing! I was standing at the topmost corner of the Witches Memorial. I happily find that this is a fantastic vantage point for taking photos of the cemetery and it’s happenings. Someone asks to take my photo and I’m always happy to accommodate. But now, in a solitary moment, I turn around to face the sunset, and a gust of very cold wind blows across my face. I moved to face the wind and in that moment, the temperature must have dropped at least 30 degrees. Within a few moments I was freezing and longing to go back to my room. Salem weather … yes, you just never know when you will be caught in the enchanted moment of a sudden gust of cold wind in Salem. But shit! Now I’m frickin’ cold! I shall walk back to the Doom & Gloom Hotel and change into my Halloween best. It’s long about 7:00 or 8:00 pm now. Just enough time to wander through the streets of Salem in hopes of getting a photo or two on Halloween night!
Ah, all dressed for Halloween in Salem. I go outside with much expectation! It’s funny, this photographer-looking dude … I mean, he’s got all the bells and whistles … approaches me and asks if he can get a photo of me. Yes, I am that beautiful! (hee) Of course, I’m happy to oblige! So I stand there somewhat posing and he fiddles with this and fusses with that and finally, snap! No flash, so we try again. I stand there while he gets his hands going here, there and everywhere. He’s so confused! I realize he’s brand new at this and I KNOW how he feels! He tries again. Nope, didn’t work. Now he’s pretty much mortified and I feel badly for him. Maybe I should take it for him? Huh? Anyway, want to try one more time? Nope, it’s a bust but he thanks me and wanders off. Oh well, at least he is learning and man, have I ever been there!
I walk back around and see if the band that I saw a couple of years ago is playing and yup, there they are! From what I’ve heard from them, they are pretty much a Beatles cover band but they do it good! They’ve got a large crowd gathered before them …. and they are dancing and being quite rowdy! That’s a good sign!
And there he is, the blonde English guy. Now I don’t know if he’s English but he wears the English shirt with the Union Jack on it so he looks English. Hmmmm. I stand and watch for awhile and I move more toward the front and he seems to recognize me! From 2 years ago?! It’s got to be my hat! It is…. I watch him play for awhile longer as that gold wedding band flashes in my eyes as he plays his guitar. Nope, don’t want none of that! Did that once and I felt like the wicked witch of the west! Not pleasant!
So now, I’m on my way….
I continue walking through the Halloween streets of Salem taking a photo here and there while I go. Then I hear this guy say something about someone (probably me) taking pictures of people they don’t even know. Now how the “F” does he know if I know these people or not? Of course, that’s assuming he’s referring to me. Grrrr, just shut the fuck up! No one asked you! It made me feel really stupid there for a moment or two and then I thought, “Wow, that pretty much puts the media right out of business, doesn’t it?” That guy is a dumb ass. Just think how it would be if we all could only take pictures of people we know. If that’s the case, then I’m screwed! No more trips to Salem to catch photos of people in Halloween costumes! Moving on….
Soooo, I really would love to see the fireworks signaling the end of Haunted Happenings. I know that two years ago I had a beautiful view from the top floor of the Hawthorne Hotel but this year, I’m on the ground. I’m not staying at the Hawthorne but let me tell you, this is the last time that I won’t stay there! I’ll be staying there next year!
So, I make my way to the Salem Common and stand in a place where I think I can see the fireworks. I know where I can get a better vantage point but I’m staying here. Watching this crowd with the Salem Witch Museum in the background is fascinating.
And there they go! I can just see them over the roof of the castle which is the home of the Salem Witch Museum. Not such a good view. Most I can’t see but there’s always next year. Oh, and look! There’s those gorgeous horses that the Salem Police ride. Unfortunately, they signal the end of all the Halloween festivities for this year.
I am reluctant to leave. I feel sadness knowing that it’s over until next year. I look around. A sea of people are pouring out of the Common. The horses and the cops astride them are going in to police out the Common. I stand and watch the activities around me for awhile. I’m supposed to leave tomorrow and go home. Hmmmm….
I think of having that experience at the Boston airport a few days ago. God, it seems like years ago when that happened. I was stranded! And now I think about having to leave. Well, shit. Of course, I don’t want to go. Hmmmm, thinking, pondering, arguing with my inner guidance.
Ooops, I said it. Program interruption here. Join me for a general discourse about my spirit, Essence (and you don’t have to read this if you don’t want but it may shed some light for you)! She’s actually a spirit and I call her “Essence.” Or should I say she told me who she is. During a quiet moment in my bedroom, I heard her say, “Hello, I’m Essence!” I said, “Well, hello Essence!” I was glad to hear from her and I finally knew her name! And now it’s like she’s always with me. “Oh, so you’re the one that I argue with internally all the time! Sometimes things will happen in my life and I feel her absence. I’m not pleased and I tell her so. I ask her where she was when I needed her. Essence says, “I am here, you just only have to listen, or be aware of the impressions.” Most times she speaks but sometimes it’s a feeling or words or a song repeating over and over in my head. Sometimes she’s a nag! Nag, nag, nag! I cover my ears and tell her to shut up! You can imagine the reaction from the people who are around me … or maybe they just think I’m talking on my phone. Sometimes Essence literally takes matters into her hands and completely goes over me when I’ve really got myself into a fix. On several occasions she literally puts words in my mouth. If I’m really doing something that is WRONG, I speak words that I had no intentions of saying to correct the situation. I don’t even know I’m going to say them and boy, am I surprised when I do! But it’s always the right thing to do, always. I know Essence is with me, bless her. She is a God-send in the truest sense of the word!
Okay, back to the program. My how I do run on! So, I decide not to leave tomorrow. I’ll leave on Friday instead! Strange how everything has brightened! Two more nights in Salem (and Essence is as quiet as a mouse). Well, alrighty then, I’m going to take some photos tomorrow!
At this point, I begin to make my way back to the hotel. Halloween is over. Such a letdown. Man, I hate that. It has been an interesting trip though – even if at my expense!
Luvs and Happy Halloween!