There is something very strange going on in Acton. Several nights now I’ve heard strange noises outside my window very late at night. One night recently I was woken up by someone making a noise as if they were calling a cat (there is a cat that hangs around nextdoor). I lay in bed, ready to fall back to sleep, when I heard one of the strangest noises I’ve ever heard in my life. I wouldn’t even know how to begin describing it. I wish I did. It was sort of like someone trying violently to get something out of the back of their throat, and also had a bit of zombie-speak thrown in for good measure. However you may imagine it, just know that it was utterly and completely disturbing. I wrote it off as someone coming home drunk from the pub, but then it happened again. And it happened again after that. It’s happened about three times now and I fully expect to hear it again some night soon. I was woken up by the cat call at about 2:45 this morning and I waited to see if the monster sound would follow. Nothing. Then I heard the cat call again. I wanted to see who/what was making the noise, so I sat up and peeked through the blinds; there was moisture on my window and I couldn’t see a thing. It was too cold out to open the window and investigate further, so I went back to sleep. The monster mystery will have to be solved another night.
Archive for November, 2005
While Halloween is tied as my second favorite holiday ever normally, I have to say, it pretty much just sucks here in the UK. Back home we do it right with decorations, costumes, candy, spooky music, and haunted houses. Here, I saw all of four kids trick-or-treating and not a single jack-o-lantern anywhere. It was rather disappointing, I must say. I was glad that we had gone to the effort to decorate our house for our Halloween/Becky’s birthday party, complete with carved pumpkins and cobwebs. Our night of fancy dress went a long way to get me in the Halloween spirit, even if it wasn’t on the actual night. I just can’t conceive why people don’t make more of an effort here over the holiday, even if it is mostly an American thing – it’s just plain fun.