This next story came to me and I felt that it was one of those that are important for all of us to read. It is true what they say, that our loved ones never really leave us....
"My parents and I moved out of my childhood home when I was 15 in 1993, but my sisters and their families still live in the town, so we go down there often. My dad later died on my birthday in 2011, and I also found out that I was pregnant with my son on the same day! Best worst birthday ever! Last year, I was visiting one of our old neighbors and when I was leaving, I met the current owner of my house. We chit chatted for a few and he said, "did I ever hear the cans shaking?" WTF? Now, back when I was a kid, we had a ton of racoons that wrecked havoc on our trashcans, which obviously happened at night, so I kind of assumed that he had meant that, but I asked what he meant. He said that in his kids playroom, which was my dad's TV room, everyone can hear a shaking can and a dog bark at 7pm. Every night, right before "Jeopardy," my dad would shake a can of peanuts and the dog would come running, barking like a nut. I was shook. I'm not a big fan of those paranormal reality shows, but that's pretty specific. The dog basically hated everyone, unless they had his favorite people treat, which were unsalted peanuts. It actually gets a bit weirder. We had an inground pool, which had been long removed and filled in by the owner whom he bought the house from. The current owner's dog runs around as if there is still a pool and it reeks of old people cigarettes. The pool thing is not that weird, since pets can probably smell decades of chemicals, but the old people cigarette thing was specific. My dad and his buddies all smoked unfiltered Chesterfields, Pall Malls, and Viceroys; they have a distinct odor. We also never had a deck or awning that could've trapped any odors. It's wide open back there! I could honestly believe that my dad is micromanaging this man whilst doing his yardwork from the great beyond. Another fun fact: my childhood home was also the childhood home of one Eugene Orowitz. You would know him as the late TV star, Michael Landon." -Nichole