While doing some research on pluming, I realized that we actually had another really obnoxious ghost move in after the "stoner ghost" left. Which also raises the question as to how much work do some spirits do by way of guidance, protection, and just plain reminding other spirits not to be rude.
While our quiet smiling "stoner dude" was hanging around, everyone in our building was aware of other spirits moving around, ie; lights turning off and on, energy being felt, sightings, and regular noises and groaning. Most of them were gentle and we kind of liked having them. Well, we had - what I'd assumed to be a problem with our plumbing pipes - a terrible banging and what sounded like screaming. I do mean screaming. It would start with Aaahhhaaa then bang, bang, bang, bang! And it would most often end as abruptly as it started.
Since I'd cleaned in older buildings with boiler heat, I was always sure this was the same kind of noise those old boiler pipes make. It's loud and crazy. The stoner dude was a gentle soul, and when he left, we all were in on a grand goodby kind of thought. Then all of a sudden, the screaming pipes started going with energy! Non stop... Off the chain... Screaming/banging... Wall shaking. All hours of the day or night. They used to stop at 10:00PM. Really, spot on. People commented on it. "At least the terrible noise stops at ten, thank God. Wonder why?" But now it went on all night. Or it would be quiet until we fell asleep, then at two AM -aaaahhhhbam bam bam bam bam! You could hear the neighbors jerking awake and cursing. It was really bad. Hence the plumbing information search.
I thought I'd research a bit before calling the maintenance man. Do you know, plumbing pipes only make noise when they are running and changing temperature. They groan and bang when there is a cracked or otherwise compromised system only while in use. Other than that they are silent. So the next time all of us were outside together, and the topic of the screaming pipes came up, and I mentioned the information I gathered, I received a huge round of "See, I told you so!"
I mentioned before that we're the hippie state capital in that hillside, all of us musicians, and bleeding hearts and artists. They figured the stoner dude was doing what all stoner dudes do and telling more obnoxious spirits "whoa, that's not cool." I really don't know for sure, but it did seem that all the wild behavior became out of control when he left. And a dog left with him. We had a beautiful ghost golden retriever that would pop in and out of view, and no one has seen it since stoner dude left.
Anyway, everyone busted out the sage, Nag Champa, and holy water. I did Rook's cleansing all over the grounds, and we haven't had a problem since. Not a sound. So I wonder there's something to be said for the idea that some spirits become guardians or Bodhisattva or any number of other names we have for interesting beings all around us.