Thursday, May 28, 2015

PART 2: Weekend with "Bear,:" Friends, Dogs and 3 Ghosts!

Phil, Bear, Rob, Tom
This is part 2 of 2 of Touring Maryland and Annapolis with "Bear" - this blog includes friends and Ghosts!

  COOKOUT! - We had a little last-minute cookout (just 4 of us) when we heard our friend Phil was back from graduating from college and it provided a fun time for us all to talk with him and Scott (Bear).

 BIZARRE DESSERTS -   I made Key Lime Cookies and Blue and Red Velvet cake. Both something new, and both turned out pretty well.

  MEETING A CELEBRITY! - Scott is a big fan of our friend, comedienne and book author, Beth Kaufman (who wrote "Make Mine a Double... Mastectomy that Is!")
Beth is doing all kinds of projects, from shows to film and is so creative. So, we met her for coffee at Dunkin' Donuts (where else?).
Tom, Beth, Scott, Rob

Scott with Tyler, Franklin and Dolly

DOGGONE FUN - Of course, our three canine kids took to Scott immediately, including Tyler (our black and tan Dachshund) that Scott calls "Ninja Puppy" because Tyler does agility
The Senate Chamber

TOUR OF THE THREE GHOSTS-   The Maryland State House in Annapolis is the oldest continually operational state house in America, According to, the old Senate chamber where George Washington resigned  his commission is said to be haunted.

William Cabel Bruce

    WHO IS  GHOST #1? - On our tour, we confirmed it. both Tom and I (Rob) got a strong sensation of a presence on the left side of the door as we walked in. We both felt it was a male ghost who was a Senator in the past (early 1900s). I knew it was a man in the early 1900s, who had grey hair, and I actually saw his profile. His last name began with "B" and I thought it may have sounded like burns, but it is in fact "Bruce." I checked the records on-line, and the man in the photo matches the image I saw. William Cabel Bruce (March 12, 1860 to May 9, 1946) was not only a Senator, but also a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who represented the State of Maryland in the United States Senate from 1923 to 1929.
  I started coughing and felt tightness in the chest, like from smoking... got the sensation of emphysema. Ghosts will share pain of death like that. 
   The ghost is there because he was passionate about politics and writing down his experiences about them. He wants to continue to inspire people who visit the Senate to do the right thing, and record everything. For more info about him CLICK HERE.

Ghost #3, standing outside
    WHO IS GHOST #2? - When we walked down Maryland Avenue, there's a building that used to be an apartment and on the first floor housed an Audobon store (which is no longer there). In that first floor the ghost of a man that we sensed there before, still remains. He is short and stocky, wearing a raincoat and hat, circa 1930s.  We encountered him when we were doing an investigation with the Inspired Ghost Tracking group. 
   WHO IS GHOST #3? - At an old building that looks like it was a stable, there was a female ghost standing outside to the right of the door. She was murdered there. There was a sensation of terror and then severe pain in my head, as if she were hit over and over in the head. It was so intense that I had to walk away. I'm unsure who she was, but she was accosted by a man working the docks (likely late 1700s).  I'll have to research what that location was used for in the 1790s/1800s to figure out more.


(Thanks to Scott "Bear" Elliot for teaching Rob how to make this!) 

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next