For the past two weeks I've been saying how my adventures seem so much more grand on the screen than they do in my memory. For tonight's episode, I reverse that thought. These two cases were deluxe ones for us. The editors did their usual great job with the edit, but I remember so much more than what I saw in the final product. I have a feeling the audience is going to feel the schism as well and it may generate some negativity. Is there a villain to blame for this? No, but do remember it is a television show and there are many, many levels involved from inception to airing. That is a buck I can safely pass off my desk. Having said that, let's see if I can remember half of what they didn't include in the the edit...
Another sign o' the times I can direct your attention to is our mode of transportation. Our vehicle changed a few times during the season. We started out with this ugly 15-passenger van, then went back to our old, reliable silver Chrysler Town & Country (I get no kickback for mentioning them, I just really like their van). Then, after much complaining we switched to a bad-ass, black Chevy Suburban. At one point we even end up in a Jurassic Park-like caravan in Jeeps. You'll see that in later episodes though.
The first segment this week found the Collector Crew in Warwick, NY. We got this case from one of our sister groups in New Jersey (hence why I'm the one bringing it to John at the head of the episode...see? There often is a method to the madness...), so we had a head start on the research into the past of the property. Regardless, Aimee still had a lot to look into. Coming into an investigation with advance knowledge can sometimes be a double-edged sword as you try to remain neutral and yet still use what you know to further the information-gathering process.
|"A bottle of white, a bottle of red..."|
|"OH MY GOD!"|
|Here kitty, kitty, kitty...|
The second segment was shot at a place called Jordan Springs, in Virginia. Our hotel was in Winchester, VA which was pretty cool, since we're all big Supernatural fans. For those of you familiar with that show, take a moment and compare Bobby to John. The similarities are not a coincidence, from what I understand. So, John has had a hand in training the likes of Jason & Grant, Zak and Ryan as well as Sam & Dean! Pretty cool if you ask me.
|Big Brother is watching...|
• Another word about the editing process, if I may. When it comes to television, the producers are trying to take all these pieces and assemble a storyline that is as entertaining as possible. We're not a scripted show, so their work is done very much on the fly. They pray we do our jobs and get the evidence, which as we all know, is difficult to impossible to produce on command. In addition, we're talking about the lives of real people; ours, the client's and those associated with the locations we visit. Someone ignorantly commented online that they had seen Tonie on My Ghost Story recently (don't even get me started on THAT tangent) and that her story differed slightly between the two shows, therefore, this astute viewer, "caught Haunted Collector in a lie!" Sigh. I shouldn't have to explain this, but for the sake of your enjoyment of future episodes, let me remind you that My Ghost Story is also a television show trying to tell a story and facts are picked and chosen to weave a narrative. It 's all semantics. When it comes to semantics, if you want to nitpick, you should put your arguing skills to good use and become a litigator. I'll mistrust you all the same, but at least you'll be well-dressed.
|Giving thanks to the Spirits|
|All is One, One is All|
|The answers are out there|
Okay, it's wrap time for the Episode 203 blog, once again leaving out things such as my Sheetz addiction and the way I pushed their Mac & Cheese bites on the crew 24/7. Maybe for season three I'll have a webcam on me at all times so you can all come with me on my adventures. What you see on TV is but the beginning...step with me into a larger world.