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The Ouija Board - An Avenue of Evil

The Ouija Board - An Avenue of Evil is the continuation in a series of hubs in which I discuss my life of rebellion, dabbling in the Occult, drugs, crime and prison to life-changing conversion through Jesus Christ. Click here to read it from the beginning. In this hub, I discuss some of the experiences I had growing up on Dana Drive in Antioch, CA. Experiences that revolved around involvement in Occult activities.

Moving on Up

Dana Drive is the the name of a street in Antioch, CA I moved to with my family when I was 10 years old. While we lived on West 7th Street (mentioned in my last hub), my parents, three sisters and I shared a one story two bedroom home together. My father owned that house on West 7th Street; but he ended up selling it and upgrading to a four bedroom, two story home on Dana Drive, with a built in pool in the back yard. My dad worked hard as a contractor to accomplish this; and he took a loan from the bank, too.

New Home, New Experiences

With our new home came many new experiences for me. Most of these experiences were negative ones. This has a lot to do with the type of people that I chose to associate with. I made friends with drug users and dealers, which led me into a life of crime and prison; but I will discuss that in more detail in future hubs. In this hub, I am going to focus more on my experiences with Occult activity.

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Communicating with the Spirits

The Ouija Board is basically a tool for communicating with spirits, consisting of a board with letters and words and a planchette (a small heart-shaped piece of wood or plastic with a circular hole in the middle). Participants (usually between two to three people) put two fingers (pointer finger and middle finger) on each corner of the planchette and ask the board questions. The spirits answer by moving the planchette over a series of letters which spell out words.

Some people think the Ouija Board is harmless fun. Others think you can contact departed spirits of the dead; but I believe it is much more sinister than that. Some of the experiences I had with the Ouija Board have led me to that conclusion. For example, one time I was playing with the Ouija Board with a friend in my father's garage. When I asked the board who we were talking to, it spelled out, "Satan"! Not a good sign!

At around the same time, my sister, Agnes, had a pet rabbit that went crazy and started biting people. It attacked a young girl, the daughter of a family friend who was visiting us; and it took a chunk out of her ankle after biting her. It had to be put under after that. Did my friend and I, by playing the Ouija Board in my father's garage, open some sort of demonic avenue through which my sister's rabbit became possessed? I wouldn't doubt it.

Paranormal Activity

Most of the times I played with the Ouija Board, it was at my neighbor's house. A girl lived there, which was around the same age as my friend and I. We were all kids from the same neighborhood; and we were all around 15 years old at the time. There was a time when this girl's stereo in her living room started acting funny after we played with the Ouija Board. It started flipping through the stations, all on its own. Her mom was heavily into playing with the Ouija board, as well. She would get high on meth and play it by herself in her bedroom; although, she warned us never to play with it on our own because that was supposed to lead to demonic possession.

Eventually, I lost contact with those neighbors because their house ended up getting foreclosed on and they got evicted. However, that wasn't the end of my paranormal experiences.

Spooky Dream

Right before falling asleep one night, I heard some noises coming from the wooden TV stand in my room. It was a recurring noise of wood settling; similar to what you would hear if someone were to walk up a flight of old wooden stairs. The odd thing is, this noise repeated itself in sets of three; and this happened several times. It was as if someone took three steps on some old wooden stairs, stopped for a few seconds, and then did it again. This went on for a couple of minutes. I'll be honest, I was spooked! I thought, what are the chances of this happening naturally?

Then I fell asleep. In my dream, I was overlooking myself, sleeping in my bed. Then, my attention was focused to my closet, to the right of me. Everything was very dark; and out of the darkness of my closet appeared this demonic looking mask. Like some kind of African Voodoo mask, with horns and a wicked facial expression. It was completely bodiless. It made its way over to me and hovered over my sleeping body for a second. Then, over my sleeping body appeared Jesus in glory, shining extremely bright. His hands were clasped together as if in prayer; and that's when I awoke. What the meaning of that dream is, I'm nor sure; and I don't want to speculate. Nonetheless, that's what happened.

Hell of a Ride

Then there was the time that my friends John, Danny and I were driving back from the pier near the Antioch bridge after some beer drinking. I was 16 years old at the time and had my drivers license and a car. We were actually pretty drunk. Danny asked me to pull over on the gravel shoulder so that he could step out and relieve himself on the side of the road. It was late, dark, and there were no other cars on the road. In the middle of taking care of his business, my car took off like I had just punched the gas, full throttle! However, I did not touch a thing...

The car door hitched onto Danny’s clothing and started dragging him. Luckily, he was able to hop onto the door frame and hold onto the door to avoid any serious injury. Then, after Danny started yelling at me, I came to my senses and slammed on the brakes; and the car came to a grinding halt. Danny was infuriated with me, thinking that I tried to play some kind of prank on him. I tried to honestly convince him that I was not at fault, to no avail.

Why did I have these paranormal experiences in my life? And why did they all start happening after I began playing with the Ouija Board? I have a theory about that; and I will discuss it in my next hub. Click the link below to read it.

Brief History of the Ouija Board

Click here for a brief history of the Ouija Board. Learn about former methods of communicating with the spirit world by spiritualists and how the Ouija Board is tied into Spiritualism.

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      Nobody you'd know 3 years ago

      Thank you, Hora, for your comment. It is a GOOD warning, and a WISE warning. The ONLY (true) wisdom come from God. Your wisdom, I believe is a GODLY WARNING to leave evil alone and to not invite that mess into our lives (as if ANY of us need ANY additional problems in our lives anyway). I first heard the phrase "inviting evil spirits into your life," from a girl on a reality TV show when I was a young girl. I remember the girl's name, perfectly, and her face too--which is something for me, but anyway, her fellow reality TV show peers where going to go into a haunted house or something, I can't remember, for "fun," I THINK, I genuinely can't remember, but my point is, the girl was against it because her grandmother told her or warned her against inviting evil into your life in ANY WAY. And to my recollection, the girl must have obeyed, and chosen to not follow along with her fellow reality show peers. I think, that's why she was interviewed or whatever by the camera crew, and that's how I first heard the phrase. Ever since then, I've ALWAYS remembered that...that's been well over a decade or more ago, not sure how long ago. But lastly, I remember, as a kid, reading the newspaper (the physical, paper, print copy that was delivered to the driveway by the newspaper delivery person every morning) at breakfast, and always reading the comics section, and my horoscope--as well as the other horoscopes. If I'm not mistaken, these two things (comments and horoscopes) were in the same section--either on the same page, or on the opposite facing page from the other. Anyway, one day I was talking to my own grandmother (God blessed me with two WONDERFUL grandparents, praise Him), and she'd gently rebuked me against it. I never knew it was evil. Her rebuke was in trusting in the horoscopes, and of course, as a kid, I was like--no no, I just do it for fun, I think, but point is. It took ONE gentle warning against horoscopes from my grandmother to turn me OFF of reading that stuff--and staying away from it. I don't remember if I ever read them again, or not, but I KNOW I heeded her warning in SERIOUSNESS.

      Lastly, I NEVER knew magic was real. I had always had witch stuff kind of encouraged in my childhood, oddly, by my mother. But it was not like anything "real," just Halloween costumes, or children's books, I won't mention the name of one, but I remember it--just don't want to lead anyone astray to it. Point is, so, my mother, like I guess a trillion other mothers in the country (I THINK she said she'd heard about it on famous talk show, or something, but I don't know if that's what happened or not), bought the Harry Potter series to read aloud to myself, and my younger sibling. Well, fast forward to I don't remember WHICH book in the series--but I happened to pick up my Holy Bible, and just open it randomly, or something (I was young), and all I remember was reading a passage on ALL of the stuff talked about in the Harry Potter series--the first time I'd heard the terms like "divination," and I forget the other terms, but I read the Bible (and I KNOW it wasn't in the Old Testament, because THAT was VERY significant to me, I remember), and it CLEARLY mentioned ALL of these things that I'd read about in the Harry Potter series, as being EVIL, and to STAY AWAY from it. I quietly abstained from reading anymore Harry Potter books, and didn't tell ANY ONE about it. Turns out low and behold, my younger sibling, YEARS and YEARS and YEARS later, after we where MUCH older, were having a random conversation, and turns out he had the EXACT SAME EXPERIENCE as me, and at the time, had quietly put down the Harry Potter book series as well. What happened to him? He happened to read in the Holy Bible--without searching for that--he didn't know that stuff was even IN the Holy Bible--anyway, my younger sibling read in the Holy Bible against that stuff, and that's how he, too found out that magic, and that stuff we are often taught is fun and make believe, and imagination, etc and innocent fun at that--he found out that it was evil, it was VERY real and that God warns us, commands us to STAY AWAY from it! He too quietly put down the Harry Potter series, without telling anyone. And left it alone. Interesting. And neither of us knew ANYTHING about the other's decision.

      Oh, and one more thing. I remember getting a New International Version of the Holy Bible as kid one Christmas (this would have been back in the 90's, I just don't remember when, possibly mid-to late 90's).

      ANYWAY, my point is, for whatever reason, I asked God (God must have put it in me to ask Him) to show me if that version of the Holy Bible was ok, or safe, or whatever I asked. I do NOT remember specifics, but I MAY have asked God (and I have NO CLUE if I did this or NOT) to show me 3 instances to prove whether or not this New International Version of the Holy Bible was reliable, and safe for me to read (I'd only had a King James Bible that I'd taken from out of a family member's room who never used it, lol, and had a nicer, bigger Bible that they'd keep on their bed...again...I was kid...and they never said anything about it lol--IDK why I did that either...I don't remember--for whatever reason I must have wanted to read the Bible, I don't know, we didn't really go to church, and weren't really religious, although I credit my parents for the reason why I never had an interest in liquor--they NEVER drank, really wasn't alcohol at the house--save some very old bottles with dust on them in the garage, or some place--but they also never smoked--so I at least didn't have those temptations from them--which I am grateful plus, they encouraged healthy eating so again, other blessings from a childhood that wasn't very racked with positives (i.e., I wouldn't want to go back and relive ANY of it EVER with my parents...lol...but ANYWHO...they had some positive things like I mentioned which had a blessing on my life at many times, so they had some positive upbringing ways) .

      BUT BACK TO THE NIV. So, I get 3 examples in a ROW of just randomly popping up the Bible, and randomly flipping and stopping on a random page. I did this in the New International Version, and THEN I would open the corresponding passage in my old King James Version, and low and behold, they were frighteningly DIFFERENT. One even involved a changing (a dramatic changing) of numbers--I mean like numerical totals--not Numbers, the book in the Old Testament. And they where 3, in a ROW!

      That was God's way of telling me back then, pre-Internet that the New International Version is NOT good. It IS evil. There may have been some things in my New International Version that had bothered me to prompt me to do this (I think I had a teen version--so they had advice columns, and stuff strewn throughout the actual bible like letters from teens, and the responses, and other things...I don't remember, this was sooo long ago). What I DO know is what God showed me that day--the three things (don't even remember what they were), but they WERE in a row--troubled me enough, that I'd warned my mother (who'd gifted me with the NIV that Christmas), NOT to buy one for my brother (of course she goes and does that in the future, lol, our family was quite dysfunctional, and there are SO many things from that dysfunction that really DID help me to cope outside of that family that I'd noticed others didn't cope with very well. So God can make us better with things that aren't so "good." There was (and sadly still is) damage that was done that marked my thinking, or marred it but, still, the positives that arose from the negatives helped shaped my (I THINK?) personality towards others, and gave me, I think, I TRULY believe, POSSIBLY, a heart of compassion towards those who experience sadness--to a greater extent that I think I would have, had I not had the not so "happy" experiences that I did growing up.

      Oh, and fast forward decades into the future, I was using the Internet, and happened upon an article on a site that explained why the New International Version was evil. Well, like the Bereans, I went and looked up the author's claims

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      Hora 3 years ago

      Yes a board is for communicate with spirit, but remember what a Bible said and teach, alive can't communicate with dead, that is a God Law, like predict a future or Tarot card. Who love God be will away for all who opposite God. My step Daughter she was play with board and complain his house was Haunting, but where move Haunting move too. She not a child, she are 45 years old and his life and family go worse, now she are drug addict, I mean when a human love, believe and pray to God, over a time all be will go much better, but chose a evil, is NOT smart, for this is NO future, a future are hell.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 4 years ago from Mason City

      I think the Ouija board isn't dangerous in itself, but evil and nasty spirits more than likely use it to hurt physical people whenever they get the chance. Evil spirits will always use Ouija boards if they can.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I must admit that my experiences with a ouija board have all been very positive. Oh I suppose it is at least 38 years ago I last dabbled. Yeah we would play along and some how weasel in a suggestive question about whether a girl should date you and between me and a buddy no problem -- the answer was always positive.

      Dabbling in the occult is just a strange notion to me. I do not mind facing demons that come my or your way. But I have never invited one over for dinner. We should remember that up until about 1000 AD -- great writings aside-- a physician was generally an alchemist and the "magi" were not above the occult. And then we must remember that Luke was a physician. We do not need to go there. OTOH some people think because I practice deep meditation that is voodoo as though it is different than deep prayer. Go figure

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      Osiris 4 years ago

      ouija board is not evil but it's the asking or inviting of evil spirits that is. it's just a dumb piece of plastic. you can do the same inviting of evil everytime you do any meditation or trance channeling, or just ask spirits for guidance, like spirit guides, because GOD is your only true source of guidance, not any of these new age spirits which are actually demons.

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      ghost1seeker - Thank you for commenting.

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      ghost1seeker 4 years ago

      Your Hub was interesting X-Con. I too dabbled with the Ouija board, many years ago. Nothing happened that i know of. Your Hub reminds me of why I would NEVER under any circumstances, would i dabble in it again. I just really like reading about them.

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      Rayne123 - Good observations and feedback. Thank you.

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      Rayne123 4 years ago

      One of my friends from way back, had a bad/evil experience with a ouija board, I am glad I wasnt there. Thats all I had to say to her.

      I think the mom that used the board by herself, became her own evil spirit.

      Two, seeing Jesus was a sign that you should stop what you are doing and call on Jesus that you were tempted by the devil. However if we dont ask for God we are free to use our own free will.

      God was warning you however.

      The universe?God/our creator gives us what we want if we follow in his will. That was a way to have you repent. God wants all of us to repent before he pours out punishment.

      IF we think negative and play with evil we call out evil in our lives. This is the devil tempting us and wanting us to think he is most high and powerful and as long as we believe that we will induce evil into our lives. Being in the situation you were in, made it very easy for the devil to manipulate you.

      Evil/devil wants us to think God is a liar and will throw our thoughts off to prolong any situation that keeps us from believing and getting closer to God

      Good hub again

      Laurie

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 4 years ago from Mason City

      I agree. Ouija boards are dangerous and people should stay away from them.

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      gail641 - Not in the least bit.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 4 years ago from Mason City

      Thank you! Ouija boards are no good.

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      gail641 - I agree with you one hundred percent!

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 4 years ago from Mason City

      I played with Ouija boards when I was a kid, and when I was older. I had a lot of bad dreams. I don't play with Ouija boards anymore. I'd never touch a Ouija board again. I think that evil comes through them to ruin people's lives and to kill them. Ouija boards are most likely used by evil and nasty spirits, who intend to harm physical people. Your hub is very interesting and informative.

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      Jamie Brock - Thank God for that.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Thankfully my grandmother just moved out of that house into a smaller apt in a near by town but I'm bummed out about it because I spent so much time in and around that house growing up but one good thing is I won't have to be sleeping in that room anymore.

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      lifegate - No problem!

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      William Kovacic 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Thanks for the verification X!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      oh. geez!! Now I'm really freaked out!

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      I just read on Wikipedia that 3 am is the devil's hour, as opposed to the time of the crucifixion of Jesus at 3 pm. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witching_hour

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      William Kovacic 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I find Jamie's comment interesting. I have heard that satanic worship ends around 3:00 a. m. and that spells and curses go into effect. Like the three knocks I left in my other comment, I'm not sure I can verify that, but that is what I've been told. Anyway, just thought it was interesting.

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      Jamie Brock - Now that is interesting.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      It was just very weird.. they did it at my moms house (back then) My grandmothers current house now and it's a very small town. Being bored, they said asked it what they should do, it said go take a walk on hwy 75 which is a hwy off the one main street of this town. They looked outside the window and said the fog was so thick they could barely see hwy 75. It was as if it was tempting them to go walk down that hwy and get ran over or something. Needless to say, they didn't walk to hwy 75. The room we currently stay in if we go visit my grandmother is the room they did it in. They would sit on the bed and do it. My mom swears that the room is haunted. She said it always felt weird after that and that so many nights she would wake up around 3 am for no reason whatever.. thinking she heard something but couldn't put her finger on it. I have to admit, times I have stayed in the room, there were nights I would wake up around 3 feeling weird. I don't know if there is anything to it but that room still freaks me out.

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      Jamie Brock - You have me in suspense. What happened to your mom and her friend!?

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      I have always been very scared of the Ouija board especially since my mom apparently had some scary experiences with one when she was young and she and a girlfriend thought they were having some harmless fun by asking the board questions. I know she would talk about something if it weren't true and I had heard her talk to others about it. I also did play with a board when I was a kid at a slumber party.. I don't remember anything happening except the whole time I had a feeling of unease about it and this was before I had learned what happened to my mom and her friend. Scary stuff!

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      William Kovacic 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      No, I really don't remember where I heard that. It may have even been a hub I read.

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      lifegate - Interesting. Do you remember where you heard that? Thanks for the comment.

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      William Kovacic 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I have heard (don't know if it's true) that demons announce their presence by a series of three knocks. Maybe they were just letting you know they were there for a warning. Anyway, thanks for sharing this information. Interesting stuff - but oh so real.

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      ghostbuster bev - I questions whether there is anything that can protect you once you do invite the spirits. Once you do that, you make yourself vulnerable, in my opinion.

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      ghostbuster bev 4 years ago

      One should never invite spirits into their space without first protecting themself, whether it be through ouija boards, seances or any other method. Interesting article...and thanks for the follow!

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      Pamwela99 - You have a good point. Not everything is so easy to understand. At least not for me. Thanks for the comment!

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      ambercita04 - Interesting take on my dream. I never thought of it that way. Thank you!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Intriguing story of your life events. I would have been frightened during that dream, at least until I saw Jesus. I think a lot of strange things happen in this world that we can't always easily explain, but I will be looking forward to your next hub.

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      William E Krill Jr 4 years ago from Hollidaysburg, PA

      Just as we need to take great care in claiming miracles and 'what God is saying', we also need to take great care in what we claim is from the 'devil'. All too often, 'the devil made me do it' becomes a lame excuse for our own, intentional turning away from God. Frankly, physical items are nor cannot become neither 'evil' or 'holy'. It's all about the individual and where they place themselves. Both God and the devil can use anything they choose to speak to us or influence us. Satan never works as obviously as many newbie Christians believe. Though fictional, take a read of 'the Screwtape Letters'. If Satan worked in the obvious and dramatic ways you indicate (sounds like Stephen King to me), he would be far, far easier recognize and to beat.

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      Amber 4 years ago from Winter Park

      In response to your dream mentioned above. I have always been taught that Satan has to ask permission before doing things to people (Read the book of Job). Since God is that Alpha and Omega (beginning and the end), He knows all. I believe God was telling that evil spirit it couldn't have you because God knew that you were predestined to be His child. Just a thought...

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I always like to look into the boogey man that others run from.

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      Erickderker - Oh you will. At least, you will learn my opinion. ;)

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Cool. A lot of Christians condemn the Ouiji board as a vortex to the devil. I want to learn more.

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      X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

      Erickdierker - Coming soon, my friend.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Somehow it just does not seem all that surreal. I will look for a follow up