Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Spirits In The Machines?

The other day my husband came home from work with a story he knew I would enjoy hearing. 

One of his employees, Hop, an older Vietnamese man who has worked with my husband for a very years, came up to him earlier that day with much concern.  For the past week or so, three of the laser machines were not working properly, and maintenance had to be called in and parts had to be ordered.  It wasn't unusual to have routine maitenance to be done, but for all three machines at once, it was a little out of the ordinary.  However, Hop didn't think it was just a coincidence. 

“Mr. Rich, I know you are going to think I’m crazy,” Hop exclaimed wearisomely, “but I think we have ghosts!” 

My husband knows that I believe in ghosts, and he knew I would be "fascinated" by Hop's revelation, so he knew he had to tell me about it.  At first I thought it was funny, but after I heard more of Hop's concern, I did feel a little worried.  Hop went on to explain to my husband how his brother in-law, who happened to be a herbalist/spiritualist believed that there may be spirts causing havoc at the shop.  The shop may need to be properly "cleansed" before the shop can run smoothly again.  Hop was very serious, and it was very hard to take his concern seriously, but Rich reassured him that everything would be fine once the maintenance was done.  It took a lot of self control apparently for Rich not to laugh in front of the poor guy.  He of course thought it was hilarious, and it just left me wondering if I should burn sage or something.  Rich looked at me, and left me with a smile, probably thinking I was just as crazy has his employee.

My husband had put up these security cameras all over his shop, and every now and then, when he is at home, he will check to see how a job is running, and whether or not the shop is closed.  Usually there is really nothing to see, other than sparks flying off a running machine, or empty offices, with the occasional dust particle dancing on the screen.  I've seen enough episodes of Ghost Hunters to know what to really look for--it's those glowing orbs you have to look for.  Well, guess what my husband showed me the other day? 

Here comes Rich, with his little Ipad, calling with a big smirk on his face, "Hey Julie, what do you think this could be?"

There on the screen, on one of his machines I see a cluster of moving glowing orbs, moving up and down, and side ways.  What the heck is that?!  Hop's brother in-law may be on to something. Rich doesn't know what it is, and it sure doesn't look like dust, but he does not believe that anything supernatural is happening at his machine shop.  Of course, it is a little odd for spirits to be in a machine shop--usually they like hanging out in hotels, old homes, brothels and bars, but who knows!  All I know is if I hear anything about that machine breaking down today, I'm running to the store to get some sage and holy water!