I thought I would take a moment to write about the Mid-South Paranormal Convention held is Louisville this past weekend.
The first thing I have to say is, THEY NEED A BIGGER PLACE!
I was a little taken back at the $30 admission fee. I suppose that if I gave a “rat’s ass” about meeting celebrities that amount would not have seemed quite so expensive. But as I have said before, I am a big boy with a job and I knew the price going in.
I will definitely give them credit for trying to give you as much value as possible for that $30. To fit any more vendors in they probably would have had to start stacking the tables two deep. The room was crammed with booths representing everything from artwork, to paranormal teams to psychics to haunted locales to jewelry, to celebrities.
The drawback is that when you fill as room as full of vendors as they did, it doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for the rest of us peons. At the risk of being a little more graphic and a lot less eloquent than I normally try to be, all I can say is that it was “asshole to elbow” from one end of the room to the next.
While I didn’t take the time to attend any this time around, it sure looked like they had a full slate of seminars, discussions groups, and such – admission to most of which where included in the admission.
Another compliment goes out to the celebrities that were there. They did not have that “buy something or leave me alone” aura that one so often gets at these events. They all seemed very approachable and were absolutely gushing over their fans as much as their fans were them.
Robb Demarest of Ghost Hunters International fame even gave my wife an autographed picture just for accepting his Facebook invite to the event.
However, I am pretty sure that Mark and Debby Constantino were just arriving as I was leaving – a full hour plus past their scheduled $25 a head seminar on electronic voice phenomena. I don’t know the story so I won’t pass judgment. Stuff happens. The real question is what they could possibly have to say in an hour that is worth $25.
Personally I was extra glad that I went. I was asked to give a seminar (maybe two if they come up short) at P.A.S.T. of Kentucky’s upcoming Paranormal Boot Camp event. Also I was asked by a couple of teams, upon learning of my current “interests”, about helping them on some cases where they feel the activity is upsetting the well-being of their clients.
All in all, I can defintely recommend this one as deserving a spot on your calendar.
Now for a cute little story for those that are keeping up with my current metaphysical B.S.
As we entered the room, the first booth we came to belonged to our friends at Ohm Sweet Ohm. Every time we see them we end up buying some trinket, bauble, or bead. While we were checking out I caught a woman swatting at her face from a few feet away as if she ran into a spider web. When I turned to look at her, her eyes got big and she said, “Oh, excuse me.”
Before I could say, “Ma’am, you are not close to me”, she said that she had bumped into one of my “hitchhikers”.
Apparently she ran head-first into one of the reported spirit guides that accompany me everywhere I go. I think it was the big, red-haired one that has been described as looking like a lumberjack from the look on her face.
Regardless, I should probably have explained that they were not hitchhikers, but rather my invited and honored guests.
All I said was that they belonged there. Someone might have wanted an extra $30 a head and I doubt if they carry much cash.