“You can touch me if you want to.” If you wouldn’t say it to a living person, why are you saying it to a ghost? | Street Jazz

Monday, December 13, 2010

“You can touch me if you want to.” If you wouldn’t say it to a living person, why are you saying it to a ghost?

Posted By on Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Watching one of the ever-increasing number of ghost hunter shows (will the Oprah Winfrey Network have one?) and I stayed with the show long enough to watch an amusing segment set in s former county jail.

Attempting to make contact with the denizens of the Criminal Underworld (literally in this case) one provocatively clad young woman said to the unseen spirits, in an effort to encourage contact:

“You can touch me if you want to.”

Okay, besides the fact that while they were alive, some of these dead guys might have had to fork over some hard-earned (legally or not) cash before they heard an invitation like that, my first thought, which I expressed out loud was,” Are you an idiot?”

Yes, I have known a lot of folks who have done time, and most of them have gotten their lives together. But an attractive young woman extending invitations like that to guys who actually died in the county jail?

Even taking into the fact that our justice system works on the belief that one is innocent until proven guilty, and that a large number of innocent folks are arrested every day, that still leaves us with the inescapable reality that some of these guys were actually guilty of something when they died.

And some of them were probably guilty of something a little worse than just reaching out and touching someone.

Ah, well, it was nearly as entertaining as one show where a crew went to the site of the infamous Tate-Bianco murders, and one numb-nutz asked the spirits, “Are you upset by what happened to you?

One eagerly awaits the eventual ghost hunting trip to the killing fields of Cambodia.


Quote of the Day

People "died" all the time in their lives. Parts of them died when they made wrong kinds of decisions - decisions against life. Sometimes they died bit by bit until finally they were just living corpses walking around. If you were perceptive you could see it in their eyes; the fire had gone out . . . But you always knew when you made a decision against life. When you denied life you were warned. The cock crowed, always, somewhere inside you. The door clicked and you were safe inside - safe and dead. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh, The Steep Ascent


On the Air - Thea Phipps

Fayetteville writer Thea Phipps will be the guest on my show this week.

Phipps is the author of the mystery novel The Doll in the Wall, a humorous adventure set in England. Discovering a doll in the wall of a house (which had once been a pub) for sale, the young heroine of the novel, Bella, attempts to solve the riddle of the doll’s origin. By using long-forgotten photographs, memories, and a game of chess, Bella and her best friend Tamsin learn the hidden secrets of the doll in the wall.

This is part of a series of novels featuring the same characters. A previous novel has been published, and a third is being written. Thea Phipps has a website at:


Show days and times

Monday - (7pm)
Tuesday - (noon)
Saturday -(6pm)

C.A.T. is shown on Channel 218 of the Cox Channel line-up in Fayetteville.

Those outside the Fayetteville viewing area can see the program online at:

Programs online are shown in “real time,” meaning that they are shown at the same time as they are shown on C.A.T.




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