I've written before about how I believe my condo is haunted. The ghost likes to turn water on, turn off and on lights, and in general do things that are never really scary but seem to be a way to say "Hey, I'm here too..." There have been a couple of incidents lately that have been unusual that I thought I would share.
My husband was playing a video game on line with a friend and, as usual, they were up really late. I was reading in bed with the overhead bedroom light on - still up around 3 am. I got up to go to the bathroom and I turned on the hall light in our bedroom on my way in. When I got back in bed I noticed I had turned off the bathroom light but left the hall light on. I was displeased with myself but I was so comfy in bed reading my book and snuggling with the cats I couldn't really force myself to get up and turn it off. I justified leaving it on by commenting to the cats that my husband may appreciate having the light on if he came in to use the bathroom (I talk to the cats a lot).
About 5 minutes later the hall light turned off all by itself and our bedroom light which is on a dimmer dimmed to 50%. I actually heard the hall light switch click. This was unusual in that I was actually in the line of sight of the light switch and heard it click.
The ghost has started a new behavior. I now often find the doors to our foyer closet and the laundry room open. The first night it happened we came home from going out to dinner and found those doors open. Puzzled, since we were sure we left them closed, we just wrote it off as forgetfulness. Later that evening We were watching a video and stopped it about 1/2 way through to get some snacks and we found the doors open again. This time we knew that we had left them closed and we shrugged it off as the ghost and once again closed the doors. At the end of the video, when we were on our way to bed, we found the doors wide open again. When I say wide open I mean they were extended as far as they would go. I know none of us (including the cats) had left the living room after our snack break but to be sure I have done a series of experiments with the cats. Even to get something they really want that is inside the laundry room or the closet they cannot open either door by pawing under it. Now this game of opening the doors is happening a couple of times a week. It actually makes me laugh a little when I find them open which I think is just encouraging him/her but it just seems so "in your face" that I can't help it.
The most unusual incident is the one attempt at physical contact that occurred two weeks ago. My husband was on a business trip and he is in the habit of calling me every night just before he goes to bed. I was reading in bed, waiting for his call, and was laying on my side. I suddenly felt a cool, hair ruffling breeze near my head and a tap, tap on my shoulder. I immediately turned over to look behind me but there was no one there. This was a very solid feeling tap, tap. Not hard or hurtful but just the sort of thing you would do to get someone's attention. The hair all over my body stood up on end. My first impulse was to run out into the condo hallway and bang on a friend's door! I fought very hard with myself not to panic or be visibly scared. I finally said out loud: I know you're here and I am pretty sure that you didn't mean to scare me but you did. Please don't do anything like that unless you have an urgent reason to get my attention. So far nothing like this has happened again.
I continue to ask the ghost if it needs help in any way but do not get any direct reply. Every once in a while I swear I hear my name being called when I am the only one here but when I reply I hear nothing else. This lead to one amusing incident when my sister-in-law heard my name come out of a turned off radio. I heard it too but I am so used to hearing - or at least thinking I hear - my name called that I just ignored it and didn't comment on it. She was floored that I was hearing voices so often that I just ignored them coming out of turned off appliances :-)
I also continue to gently encourage the ghost to move on to the next step of its journey but so far it seems to be content to stick around.