They're usually random people I don't know. I see them in passing and don't really give them any more attention than I would any other person, I just notice when they disappear or walk through something, which is not typical of living beings. ^_^;
My mom always tells people about me sitting up at night talking with my grandmother when I was four, and my grandmother died when I was a week old. I also have a vague memory from a year or two after that of seeing a gentleman in dress clothes and a tall hat I didn't know sitting on my parents' couch late one night when I got up for a glass of water. It struck me as odd because he was sitting in the living room with the lights off and no one else was awake in the house. When you're a kid, you don't know enough to be scared by things like that.
I saw a classic car (looked like a black and white '57 Chevy, but I wasn't close enough to tell for sure) drive into an intersection and disappear (it disappeared while crossing in front of me, so it wasn't a case of it just turning a corner or something) one night while coming home from my then-boyfriend's house. I have an interest in classic cars, so I was paying attention to its style and paint job when I saw it approaching the intersection.
While on an overnight camping trip to Paulding, Michigan with a group of friends, several of the guys in the group were chased out of the woods and back into the camp (they'd gone for kindling) by something they couldn't see but was large enough to make the sound of a large bear crashing through the woods. I was in my tent at the time, trying to sleep, so when they woke up our tent to tell us about it, I got up to look around. I didn't see anything, but I heard the crashing, so I yelled for it to STFU AND GO TO BED BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO SLEEP and it worked. XD (Usually does, btw - though you generally want to be more polite.) We never did find any signs of a bear, and there were no footprints aside from our own in the camp, despite the fact that it rained most of the night. (There were other things that happened on that trip, but not necessarily ghost-related by the strictest definition of the word. The Paulding Light is a hotspot for paranormal activity.)
It's kind of just up in the air what I happen across, since I don't typically go looking intentionally. (Our trip to see the Paulding Light was one of the few exceptions to that.)
My son does the same thing!! He's always having conversations with my Mom who died when he was just a baby... I wonder if she's coming to visit, I figured he was just pretending but his responses are SO indicative of a real conversation, I really wonder.
You should write a book, this is all SO fascinating!! Do you get scared by horror movies? I realize that probably sounds like a stupid question but I'm really curious. lol. I can't handle ghost movies, it makes me more afraid when I do have encounters. I don't know. Hard to explain.
And that thing at the camp sounds JUST like something out of LOST! Crazy!!
What's The Paulding Light?
Horror movies piss me off, more than anything. XD I can't watch them for the same reason I can't watch a lot of campy Sci-Fi/B-Movies. I go all MST3K on them and pick them apart, and everyone watching with me gets annoyed. XD I enjoy the "Scary Movie" movies because they lampoon everything that's bad about horror flicks so well.
When it comes to horror in fiction, the most enjoyable source I've found is actually in manga - I read/collect the series "Ghost Hunt
" by Shiho Inada and Fuyumi Ono, and I adore it to death. It keeps the fun aspect of fiction/fantasy while still having some sense of and respect for the actual paranormal.
The Paulding Light
is a light that appears on most nights near Watersmeet, Michigan. The area is actually rather remote - when my group went, we traveled the right-of-way as far as we could on foot (it's blocked to cars), including through a hip-deep swamp, but we had to turn back because we eventually reached a sheer cliff. I am skeptical of the headlights/tail lights/warning lights theory because of how rapidly the light changed color, the variety of colors, and the amount of both horizontal and vertical motion that was involved the night we went. Our group went out with some equipment, but we had no solid conclusion. We got about five minutes of videotape footage before the battery on our video camera was drained, our flashlight batteries went dead, and our EMF (electromagnetic field) reader was fried by being overloaded that night. We were also cold and wet, because it was raining and we were forced to turn our Explorer off, as the battery in the Explorer was also being drained while it was running. All of our still photos were black, regardless of using night cameras or flash. All of the batteries were fully charged beforehand, and all of them (including the spares left in the vehicle) were dead the next morning. It was frustrating, and I'd like to go back again with more equipment, but it's a time-and-money thing for me.
Oh man, that must have been SO frustrating! Seems strange that all of your equiptment just went bad on you, too. Maybe whatever it is, if there is a presence there, doesn't want to be researched. lol
Actually its not oncommon for batteries to be drained by paranormal events. On the show Ghoast Hunters it happens sometimes. I know I saw ghoasts when I was younger. But I don't remember any of the encounters. It was to long ago. And they weren't scary encounters.