Wednesday, August 31: Watseka, IL-4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Lot: Roff House Grounds
Once again we got to the lot very early because we had a 6:00 a.m. call, even though it was only a 24 mile jump.
I slept a long time this morning; I must have been pretty beat. While I was dead to the world, Ryan and Buckner walked to downtown Watseka.
They went in a video store where the owner tried to sell them a DVD of "Risky Business" for $20.
He went on to tell them that it was a very difficult movie to find, and it had a special place in his heart because it gave him the idea to open up an escort service.
Apparently he ended up in jail for awhile because of his business venture, even though it looked so easy in the movie....
At about that time Ryan and Buckner excused themselves and made for the nearest exit.
It was very hot today; both shows were 3/4 full, but I think the audiences would have been more responsive if they weren't so miserable from the heat.
After the shows Ryan and I went to the Roff House, a supposedly haunted house right next to the lot.
The story is that a man and woman lived there with their daughter. The daughter started exhibiting strange behavior, like cutting off the family cat's head and drinking its blood, so they assumed that she was possessed. Their decision was aided by the fact that they were spiritualists.
Well, the daughter died suddenly, and later a girl down the street claimed to be possessed by the daughter's spirit.
The family took in the possessed girl for 100 days...as was the fashion at the time.
We got an in depth tour from the owner of the house, but I did feel a little gypped. Ryan and I had to pay $5 a piece, but a few other people that showed up after the tour had started (as well as people that went earlier in the day) didn't have to pay anything.
Oh well, I guess haunted house owners have to eat too....