"Don't blame a ghost if you can't find your keys."
It was on Russum's blog, where we read about Nicholas Cage's haunted New Orleans home in the French Quarter. And this reminded us of the ghost we "worked" with a few months ago in a large Mediterranean style home in an older part of the Hollywood Hills between Laurel and Nichols Canyon think The Shining). When we interviewed for the project, the home owners asked us if we were afraid of ghosts. In over four years of business, we'd never had that question- I simply shrugged my shoulders and said "Don't blame a ghost if you can't find your keys." That wasn't quite what they meant, I know.
Our visit at the house consisted of unpacking bedrooms, paperwork and supplies and setting the spaces up. We already feel a little creepy anyway in a house where no one is around. And if we're working in some grand Hollywood mansion built in the 1920s or 30s, the cold plaster walls, creaky pipes, tight crawlspaces, secret bookcases and dusty wine cellars lend itself to the imagination. I left one of my brave assistant organizers alone in the bedroom where the ghost apparently inhabits and no paranormal dis-organizing activitity ensued.
So after three weeks of working on and off in the house, no sign of ghosts, no strange drafts, no small child riding a big wheel through the dark hallways. The answer is, we don't really know how to organize a house haunted by Ghosts. But do you?
Melissa Van Russum's Their Way Home blog
Watch Nicholas Cage interviewed by David Letterman on his New Orleans home
- Nightmare on Elm Street House for Sale in Hollywood
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