by The Ghost Peeker

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Where I've Been and What I Have Been Up To

I just wanted to let you all know what happened with me and what I have been doing. A lot has been going on in my life including a move from Texas to Delaware and another is yet to come next year.

I've gone to a few Paranormal events since I last posted but have been to more Haunt and Halloween type of events and less Paranormal.

I haven't lost my love for the paranormal however, not by a long shot. But I will say that I became discouraged, much like I believe Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures had, when I attended paranormal events and went on the paranormal investigations, that I couldn't use any of the evidence I might have collected.

You see, when you go on these events, you are there with approximately 200 or so people. On one of the investigation nights, you are split up in groups of 25 or so people and are then escorted to a predetermined location at the event host site and are kept there for about maybe an hour if you are lucky. Then you are moved to about 3 other chosen locations whether you have made any connections or not, switching with the other 3 groups.

Although in the past, they tried to separate those who are seasoned investigators from the newbies, many newbies just lied about their experience to get with what they perceived was the better group.
This led to lots of chit-chatting during an investigation, walking around and all sorts of disruptive noises. It was impossible to really and truly investigate at this point. 

So I became disheartened with it all and stopped going unless I knew there were a limited number of people. That is, sadly enough, not usually the case, not the norm at all.

So if you happen upon this blog and want to see some of the things I am doing with Haunt and Halloween related things, feel free to hop on over to my Halloween blog:

Otherwise, as I get settled some more, I hope to come over here and post some more about the past couple of years and talk about some experiences, new equipment and meeting with a few of the celebrities. :) I also want to talk of some of the new groups out there who are holding investigative events led by many of the celebrities you may have seen on tv.

For now, feel free to write as you wish and comment if you like and look for more updates in the future. :)

Thanks again everyone for reading!


Monday, January 7, 2013

Grant Wilson Posts of Why He Left

I know it's been a while since I've posted here but I wanted to take time out to leave a link here that Grant Wilson formerly from Ghost Hunters, posted on Facebook about why he left the show.

I have heard alot of different theories and stories myself and some from others who told me some of the rumors that are flying around. I haven't heard anything since but obviously Grant must still be hearing it.

Anyway, for those who do not know, Grant has left the show and this is his reasons why, straight from him:

Why Grant Wilson Left Ghost Hunters

Reading down his reasons for leaving and for those of you who know me well, know that Halloween at home is right up there at the top for me! I remember him and Jason doing the Halloween specials and I always knew there was no way I could ever go. Halloween is my favorite holiday and I have to be home for my own kids and my own haunt as well as all the kids who come by my house. (This past year was 343 or so! --I keep count by bagging the candy and giving out a ziplock bag to each kid who comes through my haunted cave)

Ok so his other reasons....Life in a box...aye it is never easy to not be out in nature hardly at all when you are so busy travelling from one city or town to the next; and when you are used to being able to go out in the woods and breathe the fresh, clean air. I hear him too about sleep. You think that travelling on a plane is no big deal but when you travel frequently, it can take a very big toll on you. I know for me, a friend once noticed that I was getting sick on trips. Each time I took one, by the time the trip was near it's end, I was feeling ill. One of the factors to that was the food you eat. Grant is exactly right about that too. You just are not used to that type of food. This is why I began to take my Shakeology with me so that I could keep my system balanced out and I always make sure to pick up tons of water. Water is so important for me so I don't get ill while away. I also take my nuts and my favorite apple knife and will pick up apples at the local grocery if possible. All of those extra steps, help me to prevent getting sick from trips. It's when I don't, even if the food is pretty healthy, that I will still get sick. And if you treat yourself out to dinner, it's not really "treating" yourself, it's punishing yourself by eating all the bad food. You will gain pretty quickly during those few days. Especially if you are not exercising while away. And with a paranormal investigators' crazy hours? That's a tough thing to accomplish. Your body needs rest, and that plays a huge factor in your health more than you could know or realize.

And lastly but the top reason is your family. Especially if you have little kids and your spouse works too. Travelling all the time is really hard on your kids. Even when they are teenagers. They need both parents there. My own two at times had a hard a time in missing their father being around because his job takes him away for a week at a time. It's not an easy life. Being ex-military, well we military folks sure do get that one with all the TDY's and deployments and remote tours.

I know alot of people miss Grant on Ghost Hunters and we will always think of him whenever we watch or talk of Ghost Hunters, but I applaud Grant for stepping away and focusing on something even more important to him and to life. Good for you Grant! It was great to meet you and we miss seeing ya on the show but wish you all the best nonetheless! :)

A P.S. UPDATE: I got to catch up with Grant again at Scarefest in Lexington, Kentucky last year (2014) and I let him know that I had linked to his post on this blog to help squash the rumors as to why he left Ghost Hunters. He thanked me whole heartedly and we got to have a nice chat. :) If ever you get the chance to meet him, do so. He's a genuinely nice guy! :) /|\

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Chip Coffey's Coffey Talk

Last year, Chip Coffey of Psychic Kids fame, went on a tour called: Coffey Talk. I had met Chip several years ago at a paranormal event where he gave a gallery reading to a group of us. If you have not been to one, you should definitely go! He is an amazing psychic!

Chip is one of the most down-to-earth, forthright men in the paranormal field. His tell-it-like-it-is, no-nonsense approach to the gallery readings is very refreshing! Definitely not a fluffy-bunny type of psychic, he has no qualms to tell you quite honestly what he thinks or believes.

When attending a paranormal event that Chip is there and giving gallery readings, be sure to sign up! I attended every one that I could and although I was not picked from the crowd, I absolutely enjoyed myself and was in awe at his talent and great wit!

Last summer, when I found out that he was going to be coming to Dallas to the Adolphus Hotel, I jumped at the chance to attend and talked with my daughter about her going to meet him. She was not too sure at first, so I had already purchased a Super VIP ticket for myself that would include not only his talk and gallery reading but a ghost hunt as well!

I was excited! Then my daughter decided to go and I went to get her a ticket and they were sold out of the Super VIP! Oh no! So I purchased her a VIP instead (included everything but not the ghost hunt) so that she would at least be able to get her pic taken with Chip and attend the talk and gallery.

The Adolphus Hotel itself is simply exquisite! Of course, there are parts of it that is said to be haunted, namely the bathroom downstairs at the small cafe and also one of the hotel floors as well.

When we arrived, the parking was terrible and we had to leave the car with the valet. This was a bit disappointing as we went to get the car afterwards and found out there was a $25 or so fee.
As we were there super early, we went down to The Rodeo Bar and Grill in the lower level of the hotel and had an amazing dessert or two there!

I was able to pay a bit extra to upgrade my daughter's VIP ticket to a Super VIP as they opened them up again and I was glad that she would be able to attend the ghost hunt. We were surprised however when we went into the room set up for his talk and gallery reading, to discover there were a lot more Super VIPs than we had anticipated. We were hoping for a small group but it was my fault that I did not inquire as to any cut-off number of people who would be able to attend the ghost hunt.

The talk was great and much like the ones he gives during the gallery readings at the paranormal events. This is followed by the gallery readings and do note that there is no guarantee that you will be picked for a reading, but it's normally those whose deceased family members come through the strongest. I've never been picked by Chip but it is quite the experience to see him in action!

After the gallery reading, we took a break and were able to get pictures taken with Chip as well as receive an autographed poster of him as well. This was really nice!

Afterwards, those with the Super VIP tickets, filed back in for the ghost hunt. I had thought and hoped we would be going around to different locations within the hotel for this part of it, but unfortunately, we remained within the conference room and Chip attempted to communicate using a few pieces of equipment he had, but alas, with no luck. I did get off my chair and sat on the floor near a doorway to what looked like a kitchen of some sort and I set up my own equipment I had brought with me, but I did not have any luck either, unfortunately.

It was nice to see Chip again however and to have my daughter meet him! If you are unable to attend a paranormal event that Chip is attending, be sure to catch him when he appears at a city near you during his Coffey Talk Tour! :)