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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:25 PM
    As he was just coming out of his house carrying a pile of small scrap boards cradled in his arms,Mr. Warman came nose-to-nose with a U.S. Postal employee on his front porch, it was nearly a collision of the two men! (and on a beautiful, sunny day too,excellent visibility!) "WHOA! we almost smashed into one another! "We sure did!" "What have you got there?' "are you him?" Said the mailman as he pointed a finger at the name on the envelope. "Yes! that is me!' "Please sign here------,...
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    Yesterday, 10:49 PM
    He was running over,mentally. how things have developed here for him over these last few months, He now had a new roof over his head. He mortared in numerous cracks and joints between the stones in the foundation(The mice will have a colder Winter now! He also did the masonry work to restore the chimney, so fire wood will be providing My Heat this winter! He has over half of the new electrical outlets "Hot", all wired-up inside of brand new steel conduit! ("No rat or squirrel is going to...
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    Yesterday, 09:48 PM
    Jeff's mind was at a total loss as to how to placate this goofy guy? (Oh, God! I pray this man is just "playing' and is not really a carnivorous human flesh-eater or something.") ("I sure hope so too Jeff!") (Who said that? Who are YOU?) (Never mind, just forget me") (How can another person be operating inside of my own consciousness?") (It is much easier than learning to roller skate!) ("Huh?") (We have had these conversations before, you know) (I don't think so?)
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:00 PM
    As Mr. "War" was beginning to turn on his Skill saw, he was bent over looking closely at the line he was to be cutting on the old board, and he thought that he heard a "Knocking" sound? He stood straight upturned his head to the left, then to the right... nothing...as soon as he bent over to look at the line again, he heard that knocking sound again!? He put the saw down walked to the front of the house. Looking outside, he saw a white van parked there. There was someone at his front door! ...
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    Yesterday, 01:01 PM
    "Oui-Ja board!? You guys didn't need to make up a story for me to open my door for you both.' "No, really! There might be gold hidden here somewhere." "You boys realize if only a person or two thought this, that Gold could be found here, this whole property would have been ripped into very small pieces by every hand, shovel , pick, destroying the entire place. Why do you suppose THAT didn't seem to happen here? This whole place was like "Time in a Bottle " to me when i walked in here?" ...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:25 PM
    Nobody had painted it in at least 90 years? Nobody had lived in it for almost as long. It had somehow survived as well as it did being totally ignored by everyone and everything except bugs,mice, spiders , rain, sun, wind.snow. "I wonder how long the Sun will take to melt a layer of fresh snow from most of the grave stones?" Chalk that up to "The first Random Thought for The Day".. Can't "afford" too many random thoughts, I HAVE to get this basic work done before it gets colder!" He...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:17 AM
    "So.. what are you, mister? Living next to a graveyard? Some body snatcher wanna-be?" ("Am I going to have to try and explain my living here to a thousand people in the next few months? Hope NOT!") "Well, little girl. we all Have to live someplace." "A Big number of people decided they weren't going to live in that house before you ever came along, you know." "Well,just consider the up side to living here.. very little traffic, almost no noise, except for the occasional young female's...
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:49 AM
    I hadn't ever heard of that contest. I agree that your picture should have won a prize. I love props that have some humor in them. Sorry you didn't win, but great try, johnny!
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  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:21 AM
    Yep.... Ditto.....completely agree!!!!!!! But you know how much I love your stuff! :)
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  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:39 AM
    Wow Ryan I just LOVE it!!! I can envision a lot f different possibilities for this kit. I have used my zombie kit for different creatures for the last two years and it has performed flawlessly. I can't wait for this kits release. Nice work! :D
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:55 AM
    So here he was. In this house, THE House. All alone.,, the way it should be... or was it the way it HAD to Be? He was sitting on top of his one biggest tool box gazing out the window, not really thinking right now, it had been a long workday and energy was low. He had accomplished quite a bit, but then he would not be happy with himself if he hadn't! This is a driven, motivated man,who slyly hoped that his tool box would not bite his butt right now because he wasn't really doing anything at...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:32 AM
    'ever seen anything in the grave yard? At night? During the day?" Wut kinda things you mean? Ghosts? The Thin men? Saucers? Shadow people? "So you guys have had some strange experiences involving that "Hallowed" ground, huh?" "Nope!" "Nada!" "But you just said.." "We seen all thet stuff in tabloids, we even memorized a lot of it , so we wouldn't forget it." "Why did you both do that?' "So we could find the right words when they might be asking us what things we saw, not just go...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:17 AM
    As they were almost home, Lenny asked Danny, "What did he say his name was?' "Jim. Joe? Warman, Werman? "Was he trying to tell us he was a woman?' "Ha-ha-ha! He better not change back when he's standing too close to me or I might have a heart attack!" "Well, if he could change that much , it would sure confuse the rest of us a" Ton !'" "Yah! We might be forced to burn him,er," Her" at the stake!" "I figured that you only liked "Hot" women,but , I dunno? The sights and smells .." ...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    12-16-2014, 11:39 PM
    "Somebody bought the old Hacken Place!? Are you kidding? Who would want a pile of rotted 170 year old boards just barely hanging together?" "Yes,and that huge pile of tree limbs right outside the back door!" "What about tree limbs?" "If they caught on fire, the house would "go" too!" "Just as well!" "Got THAT Right!" "Why it wasn't torched after the things that happened in there is amazing to me!" "If it burnt at least the neighbors would not have complained!" "They wouldn't...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    12-16-2014, 10:58 PM
    "De motorbike is how you feel and see your life. Something painfully small and usually .. ridiculous... weak,,, which makes you basically pathetic and a non-player. And you know being a non-player can be a safer thing to be or even strive towards. It's not only or all bad . In fact it is actually fine, if it suits you. Does it suit you?" "Hmm? If I was The Angel of the big "D", I couldn't ever actually Die, could I?" "Probably not," "I could try to be The Best Angel of Death " Ever!...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    12-16-2014, 10:13 PM
    Sometimes.. sometimes a dream can tell you .. so much. Think about it when you first wake up. think about again.and it begins to ..change. Maybe more "brain" is awake? Maybe the night's mystery is becoming de-fogged and simple scenes become more known? Why was I riding a little motor scooter? Why was I wearing a black cape? How did the cape not become caught in the spokes and choke me? Was the woman riding behind me on the scooter dead? Or just a spirit? Or . both? Probably both. Was I...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    12-16-2014, 06:08 PM
    If a person has many and varied interests and might draw numerous drawings of a great number of things.. then you will be becoming a mysterious figure, that those nay-sayers will have a ton of trouble .. trying to figure out! As far as "Psychology" goes, don't sweat it, it is still such a young "Science" and makes many mistakes because people are Very Tricky! If I had a Dollar.. for every time someone told me i was "Nuts", "crazy' Goofy! I would be fairly wealthy. I wonder about "Them?"...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    12-16-2014, 05:37 PM
    Right now. Decembuur! 16th you will hear a message on Ravens Grin answering machine recorded last night. Call 1-815-244-4746 to hear what happened.
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    12-16-2014, 11:39 AM
    Thanks for the offer, Mike! Well, I don't really even know what I would use them for. Just like a lot of stuff in my garage I've bought from surplus vendors and haven't used yet. Let me know when you make your Spring trip. I'm just outside Charlotte, too. Or, if you get your charity haunt going next year, I'd drive up to see that. You're getting a really good deal on those lights. Electronic goldmine carries some, but they want $35.00 for theirs. They use a different kind of LED display,...
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    12-16-2014, 11:28 AM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Mechanical: Animated Watchman Prototype in Halloween Props
    He looks great! Nice slow movement and I love the head.
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    12-16-2014, 10:14 AM
    The price of a gal. of gas is at an all-time low, right now. $2.49 here $2.23 in Iowa. If you are driving that is. The Ravens Grin Inn only minutes from anywhere! ... If you drive FAST! Although the super-high octane gas to help out run the Police will cost more. There have been some forum member come see Ravens Grin , they happened to be around this part of the world on business and took the time to swing by. We are in the Northwest corner of Illinois. 10 miles from the Mississippi River,...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    12-15-2014, 11:02 PM
    Being in the woods ? Look "UP" see any half-rotted limbs hanging? they should be cut long before anyone is walking around under them. What is the farm's orchard's history like concerning lightning strikes? Some places are more prone to such things and somebody might be able to tell you some very helpfull things. All haunts in Illinois need to get backround checks for owners and employees. The State checks that you have them. A trail haunt I know of had a woman stub her toe, because she...
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    12-15-2014, 10:22 PM
    She was here at Ravens Grin when she was 7 yrs. old, loved it! Tonight at 21 yrs. old she brought three guys along and none of them had ever been here. They were all a great audience and Very complimentary! She could not believe all the "New" things here since her last visit! (That is what I do! Make new things !) The one young man made an incredible sound expressing total fear and excitement and it was being recorded.. it may find it's way to my answering machine? It was So Impressive...
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    12-15-2014, 11:32 AM
    Great score, Mike! If you get any more, send me a few! I would think if the label on the lights says "120 volt AC", they should work no matter which wire you hook up to. Each light must already have a converter built in to it. If the label said DC, I would agree you might have to swap wires. Yea,like namrog said--some of the elements are probably burned out, just like most of the lights I see still in service. Have fun with them! (Oh, I like your green car!)
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    12-14-2014, 05:19 PM
    In the local Post Office, two blocks away is a huge mural painted by an artist hired by the WPA. Just a few years ago the mural was professionally cleaned, and WOW! It got so much brighter! But then being a high wall in a rural Post Office will always be a dusty, sometimes dirty place. This Post Office was built in the 1930's after a house was moved across the block that had occupied that land. The Snook family had lived in the old house. The Daughter, Nita Snook taught Amelia Airhart how...
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  • The Halloween Lady's Avatar
    12-14-2014, 04:22 PM
    All's good here. (Well as good as can be under the circumstances.) I just have so much crap to do it just seems like I never have any free time. Oh well at least I'm breathing! Lol how goes it with you?
  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    12-14-2014, 12:15 AM
    "Pointers".. First learn to dance, then learn to play a musical instrument. now do this all in front of a full-length mirror. Confused? OK, lay a cloth or towel over the top of the mirror to hide your face. this will make you concentrate more on the rest of your dancing, singing body so you may begin to realize what it might take to replicate such movements in a physical structure of a body that you wish to build and make move. Subtle movements best "reads" as "Real" to most of us.. Plan...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    12-14-2014, 12:01 AM
    "True cult following?" You better believe it! And I have worked toward that end ever since "Day One!" I have had so many people get nutty over my house and the tours I give them. ("Nutty" in a very Good Way) People have a really good,fun time here the huge majority of the time. I have always featured a huge clump of visual,mental, involvement and stimulation (without mental or physical mutilation) My house and "Show" is very different and basically that "different" is just a logical...
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    12-13-2014, 03:24 PM
    Gym Whourlfeld replied to a thread Other: hooves in Halloween Props
    A pet food store or a Vets might have a selection of Hooves that get chewed by dogs. that is where I got hooves for my "Alien that Just Ate A Cow" costume. The tricky part of using the hooves was my dog who kept wanting to chew them as I was sewing them on the costume! I wore this costume to the second Haunted Attraction Ball that year. The inside of the "Cow Head" I wore was a large empty plastic bottle that Wisk came in, the detergent. I covered it with fabric, nobody could tell it was...
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