Friday, September 23, 2011

The Gangs All Here

Interesting/Creepy/Unusual/Freaky/and all together Strange things that have occurred while living in Gehner (my very own dorm that I get to live in all by myself):

*A few days after I moved in, I explored the whole place from top to bottom in order to make it seem less creepifying. I keep lights on the other hallway on my floor off, because there's really no point in wasting energy for neighbors I don't have, and also to prove to myself that no, I'm not afraid of the dark. Anyway, when I was exploring during the day, the hall across from my room was empty of everything as you might expect. The next day I was coming out of the bathroom and exited out into the dark and empty hallway. Which was not so empty anymore. In front of one of the rooms a few feet away from me sat a yearbook. It hadn't been there the day before, I know because I walked past that room the day before. The Yearbook was one from MY senior year. No idea how it got there, no idea how it was gone the next day. I know it was there and not just imagining it because I took it back to my room when I found it and looked through the whole thing. Weird Thing To Happen # ONE. (I'm sure there's a reasonable explanation. I just haven't come up with it yet)

*This one's more in my head, but still relevant. So in Scream 1, Sidney Prescott goes into the bathroom and thinks she's alone. The audience sees the killer step down from one of the stalls and then attack her. Creepy moment, everyone. Creepy moment. So again, in the bathroom, and even though I had turned the light on myself when first coming in, and even though I had glanced at the other stalls and saw that they were all empty, I still felt in every fibre of my being that if I looked down I would see another person's feet in one of the stalls. I high tailed it out of there, and as I was leaving I looked over my shoulder to make sure the killer wasn't behind me and--
promptly ran into a maintenance man in the hallway. I almost screamed in his face. Good thing it was the middle of the day, is all I'm saying.

*The other week around midnight or one a.m. I swear I heard voices in the hallway, and then footsteps. Went to investigate, (racquetball racket firmly in hand) there was no one there. Went back into Pink room and turned my music up louder.

*Two nights ago when I went to bed all of the doors on my hallway were closed. When I woke up yesterday morning, one of the doors at the far end of the hall was open. That's not creepy, right?

So that's my list of creepifying events and incidents that have occurred so far during my stay in Gehner. But hey! I'm still alive, and nothing has come after me yet, so i'm all good! (But just in case, if you haven't heard from me in a few days, maybe try calling or coming over?)
So it's been awhile, but I promise I'm still alive. For now, anyway. Yeah, let me explain that one.

I have the same TA job I did last year, but my living situation has changed. Last year I lived in the basement of one of the dorms with one of my best friends. It was a little isolated, but Suite Besty and I liked the quiet and the minimal interactions with the students whose papers we graded.

My new place has both of those things: quiet and little to no interaction between students. Why, you might ask?

Because I live in a dorm by myself. As in alone. As in it's me and two floors worth of empty rooms and silent as the grave halls.

It's actually not that bad now that i've had a few weeks to get used to it. Fortunately, I have a slight obsession with the color pink, and my room is SO PINK that no one in their right mind could feel depressed about being alone in it. :D It's really only when I step out into the motel-like hallway that I feel kind of like the odd-woman out, or like I've somehow survived the apocalypse and am the only girl in the world.

(And if you know me, or have read my blog about my not so irrational fear about zombies, then you should not find it at all surprising that yes, I have come up with a zombie escape/hole up in this safely locked building for the rest of time plan. Don't worry, if you're not a zombie and you manage to survive the first round zombie attacks, you're all welcome to come live with me here. There's plenty of open beds.)

There are some lovely bright sides to living here alone. For one, I can play music and sing as loudly as I want at any hour of the day that I want without fear of waking or disturbing the neighbors. Also, the showers are never taken and the laundry room is always empty. Hooray!

'Want You To Make Me Feel Like I'm The Only Girl In The World' is kiiiiind of an understatement when it comes to my life right now.