Friday, April 13, 2012

L is for Lights


is for Lights.

Lights can be really creepy.

OK, I'll admit that this might seem almost as ridiculous as a post about being scared of chairs. But let me share an example:

When I was a teenager, I stood on the grass with friends, staring up in horror. Four lights shone in the dark sky, sweeping apart and then coming together in rhythmic circles. We gasped and clung to each other as only teenagers can, but eventually we decided that it would safest to go home.

And those creepy circular lights? They followed me home. I was alone in the house. I stood at the window for an hour, shaking, waiting to be abducted by aliens.


shudder

Terrifying, right? Right?

(OK, so the next day I heard on the radio that they were actually spotlights that were part of a promotional event at a car dealership. But I really don't see how that's important for the purposes of this blog post.)

Not convinced? Here are some other examples of scary lights:
  • The streetlamp that always turns off just as Chase and I are walking beneath it in the morning.
  • Headlights coming towards you in your lane on a dark highway.
  • Flickering fluorescent lights in a windowless office.
  • The light in the movie Poltergeist.


Don't go into the light, Stephanie!

And also, it's Friday the 13th. Take a minute to think about that while you're turning your lights on and off today.

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35 comments:

  1. oh, there is nothing like a gaggle of teenage girls out together to get the giggles going - and to convince each other of creepy lights/weird sounds/strange people!
    "the lights are on but nobody's home" - > love this expression, variation on "one sandwich short of a picnic" and others.
    complete tangent: i LOVE that material that you have in the last photo! i want!!
    stay safe on friday the 13, stephanie!

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  2. Sometimes when I stand waiting for the bus in the morning the lights go of all of a sudden! That alien of yours is also terrifying!x

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  3. Love the number 13 and love good lighting. Hey Stephanie, I thought L was for Lauren.

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  4. Hahahha very nicely tied in with today's date!

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  5. Very cute. Gee, it IS Friday the 13th today isn't it. Lights...hmm. I haven't done my post yet and have NO IDEA!! Send me some Light!

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  6. Friday the 13th is my favorite day! My husband even proposed on Friday the 13th. (That's easy for me to say when I live nowhere near a large body of water that Jason Voorhies may be hiding in ;-) )

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  7. hey, guess what my maiden name is? You should be afraid of me, Stephanie, very afraid! bwahahahahaha!

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  8. I have a lamp on in here, and at first (like a FOOL) I thought it was fairly benign, but after reading your post I'm keeping a suspicious eye on it...

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  9. And that's why I never turn the lights on! Hahahaha - actually we have light wars in our house. I like a lot of light at night. My husband doesn't like a lot of light ever. I never turn on lights when I'm wandering around in the middle of the night and everyone else is sleeping. He turns the lights on so they shine directly in my eye (well, the light is in the next room, but still). At least we can agree during the day - we never turn the lights on then.

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  10. Love Friday the 13th. It's not as fun as when I was younger but it's still a good day in my book. As for the lights, um you're on your own. Sorry!

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  11. I'm kind of excited to get a little glimpse into your world. Is it really that wintery out your window? And I love your tabletop. It's about 47 million degrees here. We didnt even get a real winter.

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  12. This is certainly not a heavy subject. Well done!

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  13. I won't go in a room that's got flickery florescent lights. I'm convinced it means that I'm going to die.

    While we were looking at houses, we found a nice one that we thought might be a contender; until we went in the basement. Horror movie lighting. Something awful obviously happened there.

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  14. We live about 8 miles from a small airport. On foggy nights, you can see the beacon from there sweep across the sky. That can be creepy sometimes.........um....unless you're trying to land an airplane i guess, then it must be the exact opposite?

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  15. My dad saw a real UFO once, although I guess to be fair it's not like anyone investigated his claim. I suppose it could have been a promotional, car dealership,spotlight thing too. I like to think he saw the real thing and was abducted...it would explain A LOT.

    My daughter has really big eyes, maybe shes a hybrid?!

    LOL.

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  16. Great, now I'm going to be peering suspiciously at every light I see today. I do love your tie in to the spooky date too. (cue Twilight Zone theme).

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  17. I know EXACTLY what you are talking about. Light can be totally creepy.

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  18. Totally creepy, agreed. I kind of loved getting to be a screamy teenaged girl who got scared of promotional lights. Good times, eh? Now, if I started getting spooked, my husband would just say, "Get over it." Sigh.

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  19. I love little Stephanie with the lamp on the window sill. Adorbs!

    And I have the opposite reaction to Friday the 13th- my daughter was born on a Friday the 13th, so it's always been a lucky day for us. :)

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  20. I met my wife on Friday the 13th. Yes, well... I stay inside with the lights off now. Umm...Just kidding.

    As teenagers we used to go to a certain place in the woods where the dreaded triangle man lived. He had a glowing triangle on his chest. Turned out to be a junked tractor with the reflective triangle warning on it.

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  21. At first I thought you meant the band "Lights" and I was confused. She's not scary or annoying. :P

    My dad's birthday is on the 13th (of a different month) so he gets annoyed when buildings don't have a 13th floor. Really, unless you actually leave a whole floor empty, the 14th IS the 13th!!! :O Unless you're in Europe where the floors are numbered totally different. I was SO confused our first night in Rome when I walked one floor down from the 2nd floor and the lobby wasn't there. (We took the elevator up since we had baggage.)

    Apparently I get confused easily.

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  22. Mmmmm should I sit in the dark and get scared or switch the lights on and get scared

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  23. I was born on the 13th, so it's always been a lucky number for me.

    I can relate to your UFO experience. Living in SoCal, there were always these grand openings hosted by an aging celebrity. But each and every time I would confuse the spotlights for a UFO, especially on cloudy days.

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  25. I totally get the freaky lights in the sky thing. Back in January my husband and I were outside smoking (I know gross habit, but that's why we were outside after dark in January) and there was this wierd floating light. It wasn't a plane, although my husband's theory was that a small plane was on fire and was crashing. I was convinced it was aliens. We were outside freaking out when all the sudden we saw a bunch more floating lights coming from the same direction. Then I remembered that it was Chinese New Year and realized those must be lanterns from the family 10 blocks or so over that had the really cool yin and yang gate in their yard, or the Chinese restaurant in the same part of town.

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  26. Sometimes I have trouble turning on the lights because of I'm afraid of what it might reveal. The darkness is scary and I imagine twisted horrors in my bedroom. And I'm scared to turn on the lights. But I do, and it's always been okay....so far.

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  27. I think some nightlights create more fear than they diminish. Just enough light to make things take on creepy shapes.

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  28. Lights pointing at you can be really creepy sometimes, because the ones behind the light can see you clearly, and you can't see anything. I'd rather be the one in the dark.
    Oups I totally missed the 13th. And I have seen so many black cats yesterday. Nothing has happened. :-)

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  29. Lights yes, scary. And it reminds me of the episode of the Brady Bunch where the boys make the girls think there's a UFO...they totally used lights to do that.

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  30. Lovely post, as usual.


    Look forward to the rest of your challenge run…can’t believe we’ve had 14 days already!
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  31. Yes, lights can be super-freaky! Once when I was about 19 we were camping in Kentucky and we walked up this hill in the dark with 2 other girls. Suddenly, from behind every tree came a little blue light, moving with intention, very slowly, right at us. When they got near us, we felt a cold feeling that started to make it hard to move. Of course we went screaming down the hill. I SWEAR they were not fireflies. I'm thinking malevolent fairies.

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  32. Creative fun with Play Dough. Love it.

    Visiting as an A to Z blogger – participating with six very different blogs. (Not listing the links here, but you are welcome to click through my profile picture to find them, if you wish.) Happy A-to-Z!

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  33. Before I even read your post, I immediately thought "Lights from UFOs are creepy." I'm glad I'm not alone.

    I mean that I'm not the only one who is freaked out by aliens, not that I'm glad "we" are not alone because aliens are around.

    I'll stop now.

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