Ok, since the Fort is a tv forum first and foremost, I have to tell the story of what I believe was our visit from Carl. First I have always heard that the energy that a spirit gives off can blow lightbulbs and I had blown several yesterday. More than normal in a single day.
Then we had the tv on last night watching Dateline. We were at the dining room table and not in the living room where the clicker was. The channel changed to a blank channel we don't get (we have satellite tv). We just looked at each other and thought, that's strange. No one was near the clicker. We could see it from teh dining room and we were the only ones home. And it wasn't like Tivo was changing to record something as the red light was not on at all and it wouldn't change to a blank channel we don't get.
Then after the segment on dateline, I switched to AMC and was watching Goldfinger (I love Bond movies) and precisely at 9 o'clock the tv changed again this time to the Soprano's. AGain, no Tivo light saying it was recording. I don't have it set to record any Sunday shows. We rarely watch the Sopranos as we only got HBO last year, so we were so far behind we seldom watch it as we don't know the storyline. BUT..... it was my friend Carl's FAVORITE tv show and he never missed it and owned the DVD's of the previous seasons. That's exactly when I knew it was him. So we sat there and watched it.
Oh and as the channel changed, we got the beep beep beep that the clicker makes when you press in numbers on to change the channel.
My daughter had a dream 2 nights ago where she was at their house and was cooking breakfast for the family who was still asleep. He came in the kitchen and she said in her dream she could see he was a ghost and he asked her what she was doing. He then proceeded to tell her he would cook (he LOVED to cook and did all the cooking at their house) and he made the breakfast. The family comes out and starts telling Lucy what a fabulous breakfast she made and she says she didn't cook it and they want to know who did and she says: Carl, can't you see him, he's standing right there. But they couldn't. She woke up from the dream and something passed over her face and she had no idea what it was, she said it felt like something just brushed her face.
His brother-in-law was staying at their house with the little boy who is 5 and they were in the boys room when the BIL heard the back door open and shut. He got up to check and as he was checking the back door, the front door opened and closed. No one there.
His wife says that she will smell him on occasion. Not all the time, but at certain times. And she can't keep teh light fixture going in their bedroom. It's done nothing but blow bulbs since he died.
Now my father believed that spirits or ghosts are souls that cannot for some reason move on and are trapped on earth. He believed that they needed help to reach "the light" because they were usually unhappy here but had no idea how to make it to the other side and the reason they stuck around the places they lived was that was where they were the happiest while alive. He was very involved in this kind of thing, a lot of research, etc. So I believe him.
I belive that Carl lasted as long as he did because he didn't want to leave his family and I believe he's still here because he still doesn't want to leave them.