Saturday, October 25, 2014

Haunted Hangover Part II -- AFTER DARK

I bet you're here looking for the EVP from O'Connor's Irish Pub I just referenced on the Pat & JT "After Dark" Halloween special tonight.  So, who I am to disappoint.

Here's the story, as we were videoing the promo for this year's Haunted Hangover, a few of us headed over to O'Connor's Irish Pub (known to be the most haunted bar in Omaha).  As far as video shoots go, it all was pretty routine...we shot about an hour's worth of footage and went on our merry ways. 

After a quick stop at The Elbow Room, Mrs. HitThatDive and I were heading back home.   Curious to see how the quality of the videos turned out, I started watching the first few clips.  As usual, the audio wasn't perfect, but, nothing too awful.  In one of the last clips I shot, I heard a voice that did not appear in any of the other 45 minutes of video that I just listened to.  

This is what I heard...


As a pretty picky videographer, if I would have heard a voice that loud and I would have immediately said "STOP TALKING" to the other two people in the room.  I never heard a peep in the upstairs bar until I watched this video footage.  Is it the voice of a spirit?  I guess you'll have to be the judge of that for yourself.  

The Story of "Lock Up Bob"

As I mentioned on the radio broadcast, "Lock Up Bob" was a longtime employee of The Dubliner.  It was his job, oddly enough, to lock up the bar for the night at closing time which used to be 1:00 am here in good old Omaha.  

After he died a decade or so ago, he apparently wanted to ensure that the bar was being locked up every night and decided to check in on his replacement one night.  As the new lock up guy was counting money from the cash register after closing, he felt an odd presence.  After looking up from the table where he was finishing things up for the night...the spirit of Lock Up Bob was standing right in front of him staring.  

Needless to say, it didn't take the guy long to run the HELL out of there.  Bob has been described as a large, quiet man.  But is the the ghostly image you want to see when you're in a dark bar all alone at night? 

Lock Up Bob
  
Tomorrow we will embark on the second annual Haunted Hangover.  These are just a few of the haunted bars on this year's tour.  Happy Halloween to all.
Haunted back bar at The Dubliner
The Upstairs at O'Connor's is the most haunted


We will see if Borgata has any paranormal activity

The remains of a bar patron named "Q"


Happy Halloween from HTD!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Haunted Hangover Part II -- Old Market Edition


For those of you that were lucky enough to snap up one of the 100 spots on this year's Haunted Hangover...here's a sneak peak of what you have to look forward to.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

HTD's Words of Wisdom from Julian Young

It's not very often that a get off topic here on good old HitThatDive.  But every now and then it might be a good idea to sprinkle in some words of wisdom that I hear while throwing back a few beers with friends.  

Last month I met Julian Young, and even though I'm sure we took completely different paths to get where we are in life today, we seemed to arrive at the same conclusions in how we should approach life moving forward.  

In an article earlier this year, the Omaha World-Herald wrote this article about Julian...here's just a short intro from the article. 

"Julian Young might have wound up as one of those sad clich├ęs — the troubled youth whose rough childhood, adolescent drug use, college drug dealing and violent temper landed him in jail or a grave. Instead, he has published his fourth self-help book.  Julian's path from drug dealer to model citizen hasn't been an easy, straight line."
Julian and I met up last Friday in Benson for a few beers and great conversation.   Never underestimate the power of bar conversations.  Why is that?   Well, let's have Julian explain...



The Power of Follow Through: Three Unexpected Relationship Lessons that Blue Moon and Some Good Conversation Taught Me

It’s amazing what you can learn when you listen. I mean, really listen and observe and connect the dots in your life and relationships. With so many things taking up our time, we often overlook the power of building healthy, long-lasting relationships. What are the pieces? What do we need to feel secure about and around the people we give our time?

Over a few cold beers, (yes, Blue Moon was my drink of choice) and a quiet night at Liv Lounge, I found myself knee-deep in a conversation with someone I’d been in an early stage business relationship with. 

Suddenly I realized I was making the same subtle mistake that had snared me in business relationships in the past. I wasn’t truly being observant and paying attention. Not to what the person said, but to the actual reality of how much of what they said actually lined up with what they did.

Here’s some critical relationship building lessons I realized over a Blue Moon, the best salsa and chips ever, and some damn good conversation:

1.  Things Easiest to Overlook are Often the Most Influential

It’s ironic isn’t it? That most of the things we tend to bypass on the road to solid relationship building are the things that tend to impact us the most if people don’t do them. Simple things like: being straightforward and honest, being clear about our intentions, following through on our word, or really listening… and I mean listening to the other person’s needs during conversation. As easy as it is to skip past these simple elements, their impact in our relationships is immeasurable.

2.  How a Relationship Starts Sets the Course for its Destination

I wrote a blog post awhile ago called “Ship Happens.” It’s based on the idea that in life things like relationships, leadership, stewardship, etc. all have “ships” attached to them because they must be steered or navigated… In a snap shot:

How relationships start is a prediction of how they will end up, unless we steer or navigate them in a different direction.



3.  Where Actions and Words Meet, a Promising Future Lies Ahead

In my conversation, I realized something you probably have realized too, just on a much bigger scale than I expected. When a person’s natural conversation about their life continually shows up in what they do, you can expect some amazing things from that relationship. 

Of course, this doesn’t exclude you; none of these lessons do. So you can look at this blog post as a bit of a two-edged sword: You can either lead by the example or become it. No one is an exception to these rules.

In essence, never underestimate the power of a good conversation. Whether it’s over a good beer, a glass of wine, or some steak tacos (because I could go for some right now), sometimes it’s the best way to connect the dots and add up all the pieces to where a relationship stands and is actually headed.