Author Archives: Melvin S. Marsh, C.Ht.

About Melvin S. Marsh, C.Ht.

Certified Hypnotherapist, Author, Public Speaker.

Ghost Pub Crawl

I had thought that I was scheduled to do an overnight at Sorrel Weed last week so scheduled a client for that day… early. I thought that I would be getting too bored so I ended up booking a Ghost tour that was also a pub crawl. It was “Spooky Savannah Ghost Tours” with Spooky Steve.

Given the Monopology pub crawl is in London (why? I don’t know since Monopoly was based in NJ if I recall) and it doesn’t occur regularly, I would be happy enough with any pub crawl. So the fact it was a ghost tour was also interesting.

Unfortunately it rained so it wasn’t as good as one would expect, but that was due to the weather and had *nothing* to do with the tour guide who was so apologetic although he was not able to do everything he wanted because we were having to rush in the rain. He is an excellent storyteller. I am going to go back when it ISN’T raining and hopefully will hear more combined stories that are IN the pub, but one of the other tours would not give up the stage to us because they didn’t want to go out in the rain and continue the tour. I’m sure it will be different next time.

We hit a few pubs, only three I think. Only Moon Brewing had a ghost story and that was different from the other stories I’ve heard about that brewery which makes me wonder who is right.

Ever do a pub crawl?

Completed : 2018

Completed Completed : 2018

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Attempt : Sensory Deprivation

This is what I left for Clark Salon in Canton, Georgia when I was going to do a sensory deprivation tank… I would strongly recommend NOT dealing with this company. If anyone would like to inquire about the situation to me privately, I am easily able to be found with the username melsmarsh pretty much everywhere.

As a business owner myself, it always pains me to leave a negative review of any small business because I know how it can impact rankings as well as sales.

I found their groupon for a 60 minute float, something that has been on my bucket list for a while. I am epileptic but have been on medication for over 10 years. I do not have tonic-clonic seizures, I have what are called complex partial seizures which are annoying but are low risk. The only reason I do not challenge myself off medications is because I’m also an EMT. That being said, everything I do that is on my bucket list gets run by several healthcare providers and if even one expresses concern, the idea is set on the backburner. In this way, I have gone skydiving, snorkeling, swimming with manatees, white water rafting, learn to fly a helicopter, horseback riding, vision quests, a modified Native American “sweat,” and modified whole body bungee jump (twice).

Imagine my surprise when I was told after driving 3+ hours to get to the spa and checking in that there was a problem because I was epileptic. I had researched much information on floating, and knew many epileptics who said this was one of the most peaceful experiences of their lives. One of them even went to that spa just a few months prior!

The groupon did not state that epileptics were not allowed to have a flotation session, nor did they ask this when I scheduled the appointment. On the waiver one signs, there was conflicting information. The first section said epileptics must be on medication, while the second part just asks if you have a list of conditions including epilepsy. I checked off epilepsy and told the young lady.

She claims she is going to talk to the owner, she reports back that there is a slow strobe light in the sensory deprivation room. (Who puts a strobe in a sensory deprivation tank?) I ask if she can turn it off, she says she can. She says ok I can still go.

Over an hour and half later and now 20 min past my appointment, the lady who the other one said was the owner, said that she spoke to the owner and they said I still can’t go because of liability. That I should have come in with an approval letter and even then there was no guarantee that they would have let me float. It would be really difficult to come in with an approval letter if you have no way of knowing one was needed! Also since I had physicians knowing, if I had been told this issue at 10 am when it first came up and not 11:20 am, I could have had one of my healthcare team fax a letter or even the “prescription” in 10-15 minutes ready for my 11 am.

Since they had already redeemed my voucher and gotten paid on Oct 1, I spent the next 30 minutes on the phone with Groupon telling them about the situation and trying to get a refund which rarely happens once redeemed.

I went to my doctor’s appointment as scheduled this afternoon. While he was not as upset as I was, he thought all of that was complete BS. He also said I was in no danger and was horrified as to how I was treated. I have not yet told the one who was the doctor who was encouraging it.

On the way home, I spoke to a client who basically writes the policies and pays out insurance claims for a company that insures a lot of spas, community pools, and yes flotation tanks etc. I was told that since I had been seizure free for a number of years and was on medication and had physician approval, that claim they made was not valid. This makes me wonder if there was another issue at play. If they really cared about epileptics, they would not allow them into their spa at all due to the scents they have which are also known seizure triggers for many epileptics, although not me.

Luckily, I did track down another groupon that I just have to use for another place now. The new place has already confirmed yes, epileptics can use the facilities.

Can you believe how I was treated?

Attempted : 2018

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Ghost Hunting!

So after years of wondering if there was any place where one could do a paranormal investigation or if one just has to do it on their own, I found a place in Savannah, but never had the reason to do it since it is so far.

All that changed when I picked ghost hunting out of a hat for my “Science, pseudoscience, and critical thinking” course at Augusta University (in the Psych department). I knew by the time I got to my car that I was going to have an excuse to do it.

I went down to Sorrel Weed House in Savannah. It was featured in one of the earliest seasons of Ghost Hunters.

Sorrel Weed limits the after hours tour to 15 people, which in my opinion, is far too many people to be in three areas especially since the carriage house is *incredibly* small. Ghost hunting standard suggests no more than two people per team and with Carriage and with the men’s/women’s parlour, realistically is the max one should be in at all times. The upstairs and downstairs of the main mansion are both larger (basement being the largest), but both parts of the mansion are easily able to hear the other group. More than two people could possibly do the basement area, but with so many people in the other areas, audio and video recordings are likely to be contaminated. 😦 What that means is that if you are trying to do an EVP, you get contamination from every one including external. If you are not already in groups, they divide you into groups so you are most likely going to be stuck with someone who is going to botch the investigation either intentionally or unintentionally. They lend you several bits of equipment (flashlights, K2, spirit box, walkie talkie), but if I were you and are doing this scientifically, I would bring my own so I had control over what I had. I bought a K2, Temp gun, audio recorder, external camera. Some of the equipment separate is already set up in the rooms (two things in the former OR) and one in Molly’s room. I am not sure the “spirit box” they lend you is worth anything from a scientific point of view, too easy to pick up radio stations.

I ended up basically getting a few cold spots which I could not account for, I saw a brief light which I could not fully account for as I do not think it was external, and my husband saw a light which could otherwise not be accounted for. The ladies in the group were constantly convinced they were hearing things on the spirit box. I’m not fully convinced about that equipment though.

I would absolutely be interested in doing the all night one with the right people and by right people, I mean people who are serious scientists who want to do a serious investigation. I do not care if I see or hear something, I just want it to be taken serious and do an investigation to high standards. I have already inquired about more information about that although given as though I have requested information four different ways and it has been three weeks, I am convinced they are never giving me a response to.

I am going to continue to look for things like this to do again.

Would you ever go ghost hunting?

Completed : 2018

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Goals for Fourth Quarter of 2018

Yes, applying to grad school again because I am a masochist but anyone who knows me has known that for years and fourth time is a charm at least it was for medical school. Particularly excited about Mercer’s PsyD for the neuropsych and Hartford for the hypnosis, and PhD wise UND for the aerospace psychology although I really hate the cold.

1) We need to not talk about this flute.

2) Book will be going back out once all my grad applications are done (I have just three more) and I have a draft of some of my papers for this semester.

3) Dive physical will be done when I track this dude down and have the money to pay for it.

4) I am currently paying on a cruise to the Bahamas which will be my first time going there. That will be for July. I am going to try to do some shore excursions if I can afford it. Some are on my bucket list. 🙂

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Pay off credit cards

So with the various cancers on top of all of the other things we had going on last year, our credit card debt ballooned up to nearly $30K. While I had been trying to pay down some of my cards (none of which I wanted in the first place and have primarily been used for business and school expenses), it seemed there was always something that forced us to go back up.

I am proud to say that of our six cards, we have paid off one car and four credit cards so far this year so we are down to only $17K so we paid off nearly half of our total debt which I believe is a cause for celebration.

If my husband did not have to pay on PURCHASING A SECOND HOUSE, we would have actually paid the remaining two credit cards off. I am hoping to get a fifth paid off by December.

We paid the third off early in part by snowballing it until we got it under 1K then paid it off, we would be doing the same with the next biggest card, but we had another few disasters this month, we will hopefully be able to go back to doing that in October.

How did you get out of debt?

Completed 4/6 : 2018

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Take a Voiceover Class

Thanks to things like Skill Success, Udemy, etc, this is an easy one to complete as there are always new things to learn.

So today I earned a certificate in Voiceover work (it’s on Skill Success), it has been sitting on my to-do list to finish for the better part of the year as I purchased it a year prior.

I am very grateful that I have lifetime access as some of these things are going to have to be referred back to in some time when I am actually ready to do it like setting up a studio, do a demo real, etc. All of these would be very helpful for a hypnotist anyway.

I am not sure when I will be ready for this, but I know where to refresh my memory.

What is a good topic to look for next?

Completed : 2018

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Learn Reiki 2-3

I became Reiki 3 at a year ago today.

So apparently I sat at Reiki 1 for a long enough time period and was supposed to be attuned to Reiki 2 a little bit after but so many things kept falling through with the various reiki masters who all agreed I should probably be at reiki 2 since I could feel the energy very very clearly, I found someone who would do the attunements and actually would teach and attune me to reiki 3 (master).

So I hopped on that as fast as I could as my spouse was recovering from cancer and needed the help when he was in the hospital. The lineage was a little further away than I would have liked away from Usui but it was what I could get. It’s supposed to be at Reiki 2 where one can heal at a distance without having one’s hands almost on the person which is appropriate for someone whose spouse is far away. It seems there are still people who say Reiki will not work across distance, Usui did it! Why can’t others?

Either way, this is another thing I wanted to do for a long time and it looks like this has been finished!

So does lineage matter?

Completed : 2017

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Attempted Skill : Dressing a duck

So I attempted something and I know I failed miserably.

I ended up getting 17 free frozen ducks off Craigslist. Since Miles (the beagle) has been mourning Vivi’s (the doberman/shepard) return to her owner and is being stubborn about food, I was hoping that I could get the ducks and make them into little bits and encourage the dog to eat. Well they were not prepared for eating. In fact they still had all their feathers. Given I am allergic to feathers, I attempted to hire someone off Facebook to defeather for me. That did not work out as well as I would have hoped. First, they didn’t even defeather most of them completely and those that they did, I figured I would be prepared to try to prepare the rest of the way. How wrong I was.

Most of the blogs made various suggestions on how to gut the thing, some of which suggested going up the duck’s butt and removing all the guts that way. Unfortunately not what worked. I could not get up the duck’s behind in any way shape or form and could not even get through the meat with a knife to do it that way. It was incredibly frustrating. I tried for two hours. I am giving up on this skill for now.

If you’ve ever dressed a duck before, how did you do it?

Attempted : 2018

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Eat Bone Marrow

This was almost completely accidental. I didn’t realized that there was a small amount of real bone (cross-cut) in a steak I purchased. So after I cooked it, I opted to try the small bite of bone marrow. I have to say I wasn’t really impressed. I vaguely remember tasting cooked chicken bone marrow a very very long time ago. That was better than this. This was very fatty although given what bone marrow is, that shouldn’t surprise me. I’m not planning to go out of my way to eat this again. It was not horrible, but wasn’t great either. It was meh.

What about you? Would you ever try bone marrow?

Completed : 2018

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Goals for Third Quarter of 2018

Looks like so far again no graduate school for me. I don’t understand it. I was past what they wanted in every aspect so next is prepping for other things like for PhD programs. I am at least taking some decent courses on a second school which I think is probably better than just taking classes at Augusta University. Just took Industrial Psych which was kinda nice.

I will also say that I really like going to pow-wows.

1) I am still working on the native flute. I also bought a flute from Peru which is similar. My breath control remains horrible.

2) I have been sending one of my books out to agents. So far all is quiet but that is how it is. I also have another idea of how to get some passive income coming.

3) Have a referral to get a dive physical so maybe I can go scuba diving someday

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