There are no shortage of spooks chasing me around. However this is not the Strangler's grove.
I think somewhere in my mind I live life in a small town with people that have a sense of humor. I never seemed to escape to that place and instead I live in Lawrence where even though they tout to know it all and teach everything at the university of Kansas they can't figure out something so simple it is amazing.
I dream of place that in the fall people gather and have fun in costumes and married couples mingle with each other in the hopes and aspirations that their children will grow up healthy and prosperous and happy. I dream of leaves falling in the park and leaves dark and brown on the ground being trampled on by excited kids by a gazebo as the band strikes up and the punch rolls from ladle to glass back to punch bowl and the merriment flows free as smiles from the young ladies and men.
The men are dressed in down slacks and dress coats and the women wear summer wear as well. The gazebo is string lit and the street and park lights fall on the ground in a hazy neon blue as the kids faces light up as they are chasing each other around.
One imaginative fellow from the area comes up with an idea to construct and organize a haunted house that would entertain throughout the year and mostly on Halloween. So he invents "Strangler's Grove" in his mind to excite the minds of the youth for a few bucks apiece on Halloween as the adults play along and laugh at the responses and the artistic displays of gruesome gore and horror.
I, myself, a few years back got a degree at a nearby school and teach in the art department of the middle school in town. I have a tshirt printing business on the side where I also airbrush artwork. I decided to help this fellow and apply for an 'acting' job on a post he listed on Craigslist for Joplin Mo, which is where I teach art in the middle school and have for the past 15 years.
I had to hang out with a black person that wasn't interested in playing music or making art instead. Ruining my ability to make a living.
...but "Haunted Attraction Now Hiring!"in Joplin 2012-06-07 on Craigslist looked like an interesting enough lead to add to my spare time fun and maybe a little extra cash.