I hope you have all worn your flowered Deep Thinking Togas to celebrate this special occasion. We have survived a long, hard, cruel Winter and now just need to get through these first couple of Spring snowstorms in order to truly be safe.
Does it ever stop snowing in Maine? Since Snow Miser and his minions seem like they are going to be haunting us forever, I thought we could ponder on a similar theme during our weekly meeting in the Think Tank…
This wee’s topic: If you were a Ghost and could haunt one Earthly location for all eternity, what site would you select?
This one had me generating Deep Thoughts all day, Modern Philosophers. Usually, when a Think Tank topic pops into my head, my answer quickly follows.
Not today. I really had to give this one some thought.
I’m currently reading Dan Brown’s Inferno, which got me to thinking about all the wonderful locations in Italy that I’ll never visit during my life, but would be amazing to visit as a Ghost. I could get lost for ages in the corridors of those museums, castles, churches, and The Vatican. All the hidden passages and tunnels would be a treat to explore. I could try to learn the language while I studied people on the other side of the globe.
I’ve also always wanted to go to Ireland, so I was intrigued by the idea of haunting an old castle or pub there. Clearly, the idea of spending the afterlife in an ancient building in a foreign land is very tempting for this Modern Philosopher.
There are also so many place right here in the USA. What about the White House? All the political intrigue, the dignitaries, the fate of the free world being decided daily. And if Scandal is at all based on reality, there would be some pretty funky things going on as well.
What about Disney World? It would be a challenge to haunt the Happiest Place on Earth. Would I ever get tired of the rides? Would I enjoy scaring the employees who dress as the famous Disney characters? Would I become besties with Walt Disney’s Ghost?
I’ve always wished I’d attended Notre Dame, and I’m a huge fan of The Fighting Irish, so why not haunt a building on campus, if not the football stadium itself? How much fun would it be on game day? Maybe Seamus’ Ghost could join me!
That then led me to ponder on Yankee Stadium. I’ve never been to the new version, and I have some wonderful memories of the previous one. The Yankees are my favorite sports team, and they play 81 home games a year without the postseason. Were I to haunt that stadium, a place already filled with legendary Ghosts, I’d never be bored and always have company. Sure, there’s no baseball for 5 months of the year, but they have started hosting football and hockey games there, plus there are concerts. I’d have a very exciting afterlife, and who gets tired of ballpark food?
I gave some thought to haunting my childhood home in Bay Ridge, but then I remembered that the neighborhood has really changed since I went off to college. I don’t know if I’d even recognize the place now.
Speaking of going off to college, I considered haunting Goddard Hall, the NYU dorm where I lived for four years. I was President of the Residence Hall government for two years, met and fell in love with my ex-wife there, wrote my first screenplays, and finally broke out of my shy, geeky shell inside those walls. An afterlife filled with college parties, twentysomething angst, and sexy college girls? Sounds good to me.
Thinking about NYU reminded me how much I love the movies, and that’s when I thought of the place that I’d picked to haunt for eternity.
The Pavilion is a movie theater in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It re-opened when I lived in the neighborhood after college. It was an old school theater with a balcony, one huge screen, comfy seats, and an ice cream parlor up on the second floor.
Judging from the photo on the left, they have since cut it up and turned it into a multiplex, but I bet it still has that old time movie theater feel.
What better way to spend the afterlife than by watching movies and checking out the reactions of people watching the films? I could cause a ruckus during the real stinkers, add a real edge to the horror flicks, and simply enjoy the classics.
What about you, Modern Philosophers? What would be your haunt?
Remember, there are no wrong answers in the Think Tank, so write whatever comes to mind. This is a judgment free zone.
I look forward to reading all your comments, but it might have to wait until I shovel out from the first snowstorm of the Spring in the morning…