Please be carful

My friend Mike encountered these warning flyers at the Old Zoo the other day.


I’m glad someone is putting up warnings, because I for one do not want to encounter a flaming baby or a ginger police demon. The most menacing thing I’ve ever seen at the Old Zoo at midnight is a roving gang of Pokemon Go hunters, but I don’t think I should press my luck.


It just stopped raining and I don’t consider myself particularly macho.

Photos by the ever-adventurous Mike Biggie

A different Fern Dell ghost

I observed this

while on a nature walk in Los Feliz this afternoon. So many possible interpretations; it’s like a Rorshach test. What do you think?


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Christmas pants for the Fern Dell ghost

What an exciting morning this has been. It’s been so exciting that I’m going to recount my morning’s activities to you in the present tense so that you can be in the moment with me, as it were. But first, a little backstory.


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Sartorial choices of the Fern Dell ghost

A couple of weeks ago, I saw my old friend the Fern Dell ghost in a different place than I usually see him. I was going in to work about an hour later than normal, just tootling down Franklin Avenue, when I saw him walking down the street. He was carrying dry cleaning. I thought, “That’s rather odd; why would he need anything dry cleaned?” He always wears the same thing every day, and I don’t think you can dry clean Chuck Taylors:

(Note: the above is not a picture of him carrying his dry cleaning; I was caught off guard that day. This is a photo from yesterday. I don’t know why he is walking his vampire bike.) Then I found this article last week on that asked the question, “Why do ghosts wear clothes?”

“If ghosts are human spirit energy, why do their manifestations include the manufactured convention of clothing?”

If you know a lot about ghosts, I guess the answer is common sense. Jeff Belanger, author of The Ghost Files, said the following:

“In many cases, a ghost is a projection of a person. Whether that projection is coming from our own heads, some intelligent energy swarming all around us, or imprinted on the location itself, I don’t know. Consider this: If you were to picture yourself somewhere, it’s likely you would envision yourself wearing clothes, looking comfortable, yet presentable, and maybe you’d even drop a few pounds in your ‘projection’ (hey, it’s cheaper than liposuction, so have at it).”

So, the Fern Dell ghost is envisioning himself to me in workout clothes because I always catch him during his morning exercise routine. He has other clothes, and can change his outfit to fit the occasion. This is sort of exciting to me, because even in his workout clothes he has a great sense of style. I would like to see some other outfits of his. I will of course investigate further, especially now that I need to find out why a ghost has to exercise.

The Fern Dell ghost and his vampire bike

Last week I was very disheartened because I saw the cool old guy who might be a ghost or might be a vampire near Griffith Park again, and he was riding his bicycle, and of course this is the only photo I got:


This got me wondering: if he’s a vampire but he was riding his bike, wouldn’t I have gotten a photo of a bicycle with nobody riding it? Or is his bike a vampire as well? I tried doing a little online research but didn’t find anything of much use. I should note to you that I do not recommend doing online searches for “vampire bike” or “vampire bicycle.” For that matter, “vampire,” unless you want to look at a bunch of old Angelfire or Geocities pages with black backgrounds. The only information you’ll find about vampires on these pages is that high school principals totally persecute vampires and it’s way not fair.

Anyway, I tried again another day last week, and just when I was about to take the picture, my camera battery died. I was really getting freaked out by this point. I was never going to get a picture of this guy. I was a terrible paranormal investigator. But yesterday there must have been some vampire-seeing eclipse or Pluto rising or something because I GOT A PHOTO OF THE FERN DELL GHOST:


There he is, jogging. I can’t believe it. And even better, when I was looking through my photos later, I found something that I hadn’t even seen when I was taking the pictures: I got a photo of the Fern Dell Ghost approaching his vampire bike, which was parked near a tree:


Even after I made the tags there, I had to do some Photoshop adjustments so you could see them, but they’re clearly there. I don’t think anybody has taken a photo of a vampire bicycle before, so I don’t know if I should try to send this in somewhere or copyright it or what. This is pretty exciting, no? I hope this site doesn’t crash from all the hits when word gets out about this.

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The Fern Dell ghost

At about 9:45 most weekday mornings, I see this guy either walking or riding a bike on the north side of Los Feliz Boulevard between Fern Dell Drive and Hobart. I guess I notice him because he’s so cool looking; and by “cool,” I don’t mean “neat,” I mean cool. He’s in his ’60s or ’70s, and he’s always wearing an old baseball cap, red Converse high tops and what I guess you would call dungarees that are cuffed at the bottom. He never wears a shirt, and he has this really sunburned barrel chest.

I love this guy. He looks like an old rich artist who likes to pretend he’s a merchant marine. He looks like he could beat the crap out of Norman Mailer. I know Norman Mailer is dead, but this guy could have beaten the crap out of Living Norman Mailer. You know what I mean. It makes me so happy to see him that he more than makes up for the terrible new mommy aerobics club that hangs out in that part of Griffith Park (more on them later).

So anyway, on my way to work this morning, I decided to take a photo of him. Look what I got:

Nothing. He’s not there.* Is he a ghost? Wait, I think you can take photos of ghosts. Is he a vampire? He doesn’t seem like a vampire. He’s a ghost if he’s not real. And he might be too cool to be real. I will try to find out more.


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