Monday, November 25, 2013

I’d just allow a fragment of your life to wander free!*




I have been a Huge fan of Elton John’s for as long as I can remember.  When I was a little girl I used to call him Melton.  Ever since then, my whole family still refers to Sir Elton John as Melton.

To me, Melton is one of the many beautiful things in this World.  He and his music have been a part of my life for nearly 40 years.

Elton is the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts; behind Elvis Presley and The Beatles.  (Go Melton!!)

Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight.  And at age three was when he first played piano.  He amazed his family by playing the Skater’s Waltz by ear.

At 11 years of age, he was given a Junior Exhibitor Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where he attended the Academy on Saturday mornings for four years.

Elton has achieved 36 gold albums and 25 platinum albums.  He holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time.

Over five decaces since his career began in 1969, he has played more than 3,000 concerts Worldwide.

Elton has sold more than 300 million records in his five-decade career.  He has 56 Top 40 singles.  In a three-year span (1972-1975) he has had seven #1 albums.  Every year from 1970 to 1996 he has had a Top 40 single.

He was awarded the Best British Male Artist Brit Award in 1991, the Polar Music Award in 1995, the Grammy Legend Award in 2001, the Kennedy Center Honor in 2004 and 12 Ivor Novello Awards; 1973-2000.

He was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.  And he has won five Grammy Awards; 1986, 1991, 1994, 1997 and 2000.

He was appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1996.  And on February 24th, 1998 he became Sir Elton Hercules John when he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in acknowledgement of his contribution to music and fund-raising for AIDS charities.


Elton has released 31 studio albums, five live albums, five soundtracks, 19 compilations, 14 video releases, four musicals and one tribute album.

At age 66, Elton John is still going strong.  On September 24th, 2013 he released his 31st studio album entitled The Diving Board; and is currently touring.

On November 14th, 2013 my husband and I attended an Elton John concert for the very first time.  I was beyond excited that he was actually performing close to where I live.  I never thought I would get a chance to see him live.  To me he has always been larger than life.

Elton John is by far the best concert I have ever attended.  He performed for three hours straight.  After almost every song, he would stand up and acknowledge the crowd.  He even jumped up onto the top of his piano during one of his songs.  He gave his all in this performance.

I am so glad that I was able to attend one of his performances.  It has truly made me love him and his music even more.


(*The title of my blog is one of my favorite lyrics from Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me!)

Thursday, November 14th, 2013 ~ Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
Thursday, November 14th, 2013 ~ Washington, D.C. Verizon Center



Monday, July 29, 2013

The Corpse Plant . . . a flower only Living Dead Girl could love!

A place that is near and dear to my heart is Sumatra, Indonesia.  Although I’ve never traveled there, I am well aware of the region.  One of my favorite animals resides there, the orangutan. 

Sumatra is home to tropical rainforests; and has been known to have a huge range of plant and animal species.  In the last 35 years it has lost almost 50 percent of its tropical rainforest, leaving many species critically endangered such as Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Orangutan and Sumatran Rhino.  This is mostly due to deforestation.  An estimated 73 percent of all logging in Indonesia is believed to be illegal.  All of this due to the demand for palm oil.

Without going into too much more detail about how deforestation and palm oil are destroying rainforests and animals, I wanted to share something rare with you.  This is something that is also in danger of extinction.


The titan arum (amorphophallus titanium), or otherwise known as the corpse plant, which is native to the tropical rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia.  This plant was first discovered in 1878.  It has the largest known unbranched inflorescence in the plant kingdom.

This plant has so many unique things about it.  For instance, it doesn’t have an annual blooming cycle.  It is very unpredictable in that its flowering cycle can span between a few years to decades.


When the plant starts its blooming process it emerges from an underground stem.  This is also where it stores energy.  It blooms only when sufficient energy is accumulated after several years.  Once it is fully open, it only remains in bloom for 24 to 48 hours.

It also has a “special” odor.  Once fully bloomed, the plant emits an odor that resembles rotting flesh.  The odor attracts pollinators like the dung and carrion beetles.  The odor is most potent in the early morning hours or late evening hours.


In the wild these plants can weigh up to and over 200 pounds and reach a height of 12 feet tall.

My husband and I were lucky enough to have a chance to experience one of these rare plants this month in DC at the Botanical Gardens where there was one on display.  They have had this plant since 2007 and this was the first time that it has bloomed for them.

For me this was a very special opportunity to experience a part of the Sumatran rainforest.  It was exciting to watch this plant as it slowly bloomed and then very quickly withered away.  Such an amazing part of nature!

Below is a photo collage of the plant in all its glory!  Enjoy!


Titan arum aka corpse plant

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sergeant Stubby


In May we celebrated Memorial Day; the holiday in which we remember the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
There is one war hero I would like to share with you; and his name is Sergeant Stubby; a pit bull terrier.

Sergeant Stubby (1917 – 1926) is the name of the most decorated war veteran of World War I; and only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. 
Stubby was a stray in New Haven, Connecticut.  It is said that he would hang around a group of soldiers who were training and doing drills at Yale University.  And Corporal Robert Conroy, who grew fond of the dog, hid Stubby on board the ship when it was time for the soldiers to ship out.  The commanding officer allowed Stubby to stay onboard after discovering him due to the fact he had saluted the commanding officer upon discovering him.

He became the mascot of the 102nd Infantry, 26th Yankee Division. Stubby learned drills, bugle calls and a modified dog salute; he would put his right paw on his right eyebrow when a salute was executed by his fellow soldiers.  And he was in the front lines alongside the other soldiers during World War I.
Even though animals were forbidden, Stubby was allowed to remain in camp because he had a positive impact on the morale of the campsite.

Stubby was put in for a promotion to the rank of Sergeant by the commander of the 102nd Infantry for capturing an enemy spy.
Stubby was injured during a grenade attack, resulting in a large amount of shrapnel in his chest and leg. He was rushed to a field hospital and later transferred to a Red Cross Recovery Hospital for surgery. After Stubby started to recover, it was said that he would visit wounded soldiers at the hospital.

By the end of the war, Stubby had served in 17 battles and met President Woodrow Wilson.  He visited the White House twice; once to meet President Harding and the second time to meet President Coolidge.
Stubby was awarded many medals for his heroism.  One of the medals he was awarded was from the Humane Society which was presented by General John Pershing, the Commanding General of the United States Armies. He was awarded a membership in the American Legion and the Y.M.C.A.  And then he went on to become the mascot of the Georgetown Hoyas when his master, J. Robert Conroy, began studying law at Georgetown University.

Stubby died in 1926.  And he is featured at the National Museum of American History in the Price of Freedom: Americans at War exhibit.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

April Showers bring May Flowers and Awareness!

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month.  It’s a time to get any/all information regarding Parkinson’s out there for the public to see/hear.
 
This month I have been reminded of last November when my husband and I participated in a walk in DC to support my Father.  Moving Day is held every year; and in different cities throughout the year.  It's a chance for people to get out and 'move' for Parkinson's.  Movement is used as a symbol of hope and progress because of its vital role in treating the disease. 
For me, the day was very emotional and therapeutic.  From the moment my husband and I arrived at Nationals Park I could feel the energy.  Now, I know that I’m not alone in this quest; never have been.  But to actually see and feel the intense energy from complete strangers was a bit overwhelming.  I fought off tears (unsuccessfully) for the first 30 minutes, trying to distract myself and take in the importance of the day.  There was a four-man blues band playing, group exercises, freebies and information galore.  It was a beautiful day filled with a whole lot of love and hope!

This year our calendar is marked for Moving Day in November.  And I have an idea for our team t-shirt design this year.  So keep your fingers crossed that the weather is nice. 

 If you’re interesting in participating in a walk in your area or know someone who may be, here is the link to the moving day website: http://www3.parkinson.org/site/PageServer?pagename=moving_day_home_page

Below I have attached the status I posted on my Facebook wall the morning of the walk.  For my family and I every day is ‘moving day’. 
Moving Day 2012:

“Today I am heading to DC for Moving Day in support of a special man in my life.  A man who taught me that being successful doesn't mean how much money you have or how fancy your car is but how hard you work.  A man who was married at a young age; and has been married to the same person for over 50 years.  A man who taught his children to work hard and don't expect to have things ' handed' to you; and not to feel that the World owes you.  Respect others but don't allow people to walk all over you.  A man who worked from the age of 16 until retirement for an unappreciative company and boss being paid less than what he deserved.  Staying at this job so that my Mom could be a stay-at-home Mom while my brothers and I were growing up.  A man who made sure we had a warm house, clothes on our backs, food in our bellies and a family vacation every year.  I may not have had the latest, newest, coolest toys out there but I never wanted for anything ... and I always appreciated everything.  I had/have a loving family who I can always count on.

Today I am walking in support of my Father and all those who are or have suffered from this disrespectful disease.

FUCK YOU, Parkinson's.  I hate you for stripping my Father of a relaxing, enjoyable retirement and for making him a prisoner in his own body and mind.

I'm in ... are you?

Go Team Phil!”



Moving Day, November 2012, Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Stop And Smell The Roses . . .

This is the time of year where the "hustle and bustle" part of life is at its peak for a lot of us.  People are running around buying gifts, going to work parties, decorating, baking, traveling, Stressing, etc. 
Living Dead Girl
Please remember to stop and take the time to tell your family and friends you love them.

Stop making the season about the gift(s) and make it about family and friends.

And keep in mind there are a lot of people out there who do not enjoy the holiday season because they have lost someone close to them, they don't have family or a special someone in their life to share this time with or there was some sort of tragic moment in their lives.

We as the human race are "lost" and have been for a long time.   Let's stop feeding the negative in the World.  And stop waiting for a tragedy to finally realize that there is a huge problem out there.

Maybe 2013 can be about compassion, caring, loving . . .

Help a stranger in need, tell a family member you love them, tell someone they matter, donate to a cause, adopt a shelter animal, visit a nursing home, simply give someone a smile  . . .

Let's stop judging each other and start loving each other.

I'll start . . . YOU Matter to me!

From our house to yours, we wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and an even Happier, Healthier New Year.

Living Dead Girl

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Trick or Treat!




"Trick or treat . . . smell my feet . . . give me something good to eat . . . if you don't . . . I don't care  . . . I'll pull down your underwear."

Living Dead Girl

Halloween is my all-time favorite Holiday.  I love everything about it; the candy, dressing up, decorations and decorating, carving pumpkins AND scary movies. 
Did you know that Halloween is fairly new to America?   It actually became popular in America in the early 1900s.  Originally called Samhain (which means summer’s end in Gaelic) it is a Gaelic harvest festival held on October 31st - November 1st.  This date was associated with the Catholic All Saints' Day from as early as the 8th Century.  And the secular customs that are now connected with Halloween have been influenced by both the Gaelic and the Catholic liturgical festival. 
It’s said, that during Samhain, the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its thinnest.  And the ghosts of the deceased can mingle with the living. 
Today’s Halloween traditions evolved from the ancient symbols of Samhain.  One example of that is Celtics carved turnips into skulls.  They placed these carved turnips in their windows to ward off evil.  This tradition evolved into today’s jack-o-lanterns.

Below are a few Halloween superstitions, folklore and a phobia:
  • If you hear footsteps behind you while you’re walking on Halloween, DO NOT turn around . . .  if you do, you may be staring Death in the face.
  • If you want to run into a witch on Halloween, a sure-fire way to do this is by wearing your clothes inside out and walk backwards.
  • If you are born on Halloween, you will have the gift of communicating with the dead.
  • If you feel a chill up your spine, someone is walking on your future grave.
  • A medieval superstition that is still around today; doorbells, chimes or any type of bells ringing are supposed to chase away evil spirits.
  • Walk around your home three times counterclockwise and backwards before sunset on Halloween to ward off evil spirits.
  • For the Ladies, if you carry a lamp to a spring of water on Halloween night, you can see your future husband in the reflection.
  • Place a burning candle inside a jack-o-lantern on Halloween to keep evil spirits and demons at bay.
  • Cucurbitophobia is the fear of pumpkins.
Living Dead Girl


And here are some neat U.S. Halloween facts:
  • Halloween is the Holiday when the most candy is sold.
  • Halloween is the second most commercially successful Holiday; Christmas being the first.
  • Halloween is the third-largest party occasion next to Christmas and New Year's Eve.
  • There are approximately 25 million Halloween cards sold annually.
  • The top four states for pumpkin production are Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California.
Living Dead Girl

I'll end my blog with a short (but cute) Halloween poem:

"We mask our faces

and wear strange hats,
and moan like witches
and screech like cats,
and jump like goblins
and thump like elves,
and almost manage
to scare ourselves!"
~Author Unknown

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

All Good Things Must Come To An End . . .

One of my hobbies is paranormal investigating.  It's something that I have been interested in from an early age.  And it has been something that has been following me around since the age of 12.  Over the years I have researched more and more to try and figure out what is going on out there in the 'spirit world'. 

During this time, I have met some great people that have become some of my closest, dearest friends; and even one of them my husband.  I have made so many lasting friendships with some great individuals. 
And if it wasn't for a close friend of mine and his radio show called Darkness On The Edge Of Town (aka Darkness Radio), I wouldn't have met any of these people.  Here is a link to the official page:  http://www.darknessradio.com/.
Dave Schrader is the host of Darkness Radio which can be found on Twin Cities News Talk:  http://www.twincitiesnewstalk.com/pages/darknessradio.html .   You are able to stream it live or listen to the archives.  And if you are listening live, you are also able to chat with other listeners through a chat window that is available on Darkness Radio's website.
Darkness Radio is the best paranormal talk radio show out there.  Dave is absolutely amazing at what he does.  You will be hooked after listening to just one show.  He will keep you up to date on anything/everything supernatural and paranormal; and he interviews all types of Para-celebrities in the field. 

Along with doing the radio show, Dave also hosts conferences/events that people are able to attend and investigate haunted locations.  These events are truly like no other.  You get to go to some of the coolest places around the United States ... and you get to investigate and hang out with para-celebrities; not to mention attend lectures from these greats in the field.

I am sad to say that this November will be the final event for Darkness Radio.  The radio show itself is still going strong, but will no longer offer ghost hunts.   And if you ever wanted to have a chance to investigate a famously haunted location with people, like Aaron Goodwin and Billy Tolley from Ghost Adventures, now is your time to do so.  Follow this link to see the Final event (and complete list of para-celebs) which is being held at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado: http://www.darknessradio.com/TRIPS/endofdays/index.html.

The Stanley Hotel was the inspiration for Stephen King to write his novel, The Shining.   Both television shows, Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters have investigated and filmed there.   Check out the hotel's website to see for yourself how picturesque this place truly is:  http://www.stanleyhotel.com/. 
Thank you, Dave Schrader, Mallie Fox and Tim Dennis (aka Darkness Radio) for some of the best memories and lasting friendships ... you guys and gal R-O-C-K!
 


 Darkness Dave and myself
 My Husband and I with Mallie Fox (Mark Constantino photo bomb)
Tim Dennis and myself

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Free The Rockville 15

"Be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves" is a phrase spoken and/or practiced by many on a daily basis.  I am proud to say that I am one of those people.

There are so many animals out there being hurt, abused and/or neglected all around us.  And it's time that we step up and speak out for these beautiful creatures no matter how great or small.
If you are a Facebook friend of mine or are a frequent visitor of my blog, you know that I am involved in the well-being of Orangutans, Gorillas and Chimpanzees.  I sign at least one or two petitions a day dealing with the safety of these precious creatures who will someday (not too far off) be extinct.

I recently came across a situation that is happening in Rockville, Maryland.  I have decided to share the article and Petition in my blog to ask for you to please sign and help "Free The Rockville 15".
The following article is from July 4th, 2012 explaining the meaning behind "Free The Rockville 15".

And here is the link to the Petition.

The Petition was created by Elizabeth Kucinich.  Elizabeth is a sustainable food & vegan advocate, a champion for peace, human rights, animals and the environment.  Elizabeth is married to US Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

So far there are well over 23,000 signatures.  The goal of the Petition is 25,000 as of right now.  Once that goal is surpassed, there is a goal of 30,000 signatures.
Help abused animals in any way possible; whether it be signing a petition, sharing a website about adopting a pet, saving an animal that is in trouble/distress or reporting animal abuse to your local authorities.

Animals have hearts and souls; they have feelings and emotions . . . Be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves . . .

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Health And Safety Hazards Investigating Hales Bar

 UPDATE:  Monday, July 23, 2012

Hales Bar will no longer be open for paranormal investigating. Here are some links to webpages regarding Hales Bar Marina and future paranormal investigating at this location!  The following links are pages from Team PROSE and Hales Bar:

http://www.halesbarmarina.com/haunted.php

http://www.teamprose.com/

http://www.hauntedhalesbar.com/

UPDATE:  Monday, June 11, 2012


Michelle from PROSE has been working with Pete since June 3rd to try and resolve things after our experience at Hales Bar on that Saturday.  As of today, thanks to Michelle, the manager/owner of Hales Bar has refunded us our money for the night of our investigation due to the experience we had encountered.  Also due to our experience, along with Michelle and the rest of her group sharing our concerns with the owner, he has decided to take action and make changes so that the place is more secure from here on out.  A happy ending to a bad experience!


First and foremost, this blog entry is not meant to 'attack' or 'bad mouth' anyone.  It is my own personal experience at a haunted location.  I am simply putting it out there to let other investigators know about the health and safety issues of this location.  And I strongly urge any and all investigators to think twice before going to Hales Bar to investigate.

My husband and I have been all over the United States investigating haunted locations.  We have been to places that are rundown and dirty.  We are in no way new to paranormal investigating.

On Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 my husband, Mike, a good friend of ours, Pete, and myself were set to investigate Hales Bar in Tennessee.  We had heard negative things about this location from several investigators after putting the deposit down on the location.  We decided to go and check it out for ourselves ... not everyone is going to like every place out there or the people associated with the location.

To start off, the place is an active Marina and Hales Bar Dam is located at the marina.  Before we even started our tour we knew that the investigation that evening was going to be difficult due to outside noise interference.

There are at least five open doors and/or entryways that are not locked and cannot be locked from the general public.  ONE, a fence across an open archway that can easily be scaled; TWO, a big wooden red door (main door) cannot be locked and (if you're lucky) can be pulled shut at least; THREE, an open area that you can walk through (stepping over some debris) and go right through an open doorway into the building; FOUR, a door in the tunnel system that has chains draped on the outside to make it look locked but doesn't actually lock; FIVE, a double door in another section of the tunnel (control room) that doesn't lock, but closes.  There is, in fact, ONE door in the tunnel system that is welded shut for your safety.

As for security, which is included in the price for investigating ... he does not stay at the location while you're there.  You can only reach him via text message due to the lack of cell phone service at the marina.  He does live somewhere at or around the marina though.

As for the general safety of the location, Hales Bar is an active marina with people staying on boats and rented cabins.  Music, voices, boat engines, et cetera can be heard at all times.  Birds actively nest and fly around inside as all the windows are broken out.  With birds comes bird droppings and that is dangerous.  Birds can carry all kinds of infectious diseases and parasites.  And bird droppings are especially dangerous when dried, because fine particles can be released into the air and then inhaled ... and it was basically everywhere.  In the short amount of time we were there Saturday night we all had headaches, to some degree, from breathing in all that stuff.

The railing around the whirlpool area on the inside is not safe at all.  Do not lean on it or you are falling into the water below.  There is a spiral staircase in the floor that is open with tiny orange cones circling the opening for your safety.  There are nuts/bolts protruding out of the floor throughout the dam that are not marked or identified.  There are some pretty hazardous openings in some places that can cause some real damage if you fall.

The upper front of Hales Bar where the show Ghost Adventures had captured a pretty interesting thermal image has an open floor right outside the doorway with a 50-foot drop into the water.  There is an actual door there than can be closed but the gentleman giving us the tour stated that he is afraid to even try and shut the door because it swings right over the opening.  So if you are investigating there at night, this could be a disaster waiting to happen.

There is an enclosed rec area which we had a key for.  This is where we were told we could lock our equipment in.  Apparently the keys to this building are not always returned (either from being lost or misplaced) after they are given out.  Coincidentally that night, when our 'tour guide' went to look for the key in the designated 'hiding' spot it wasn't there.  Not to worry, he had an extra key that he had brought with them.  We decided not to use the rec area to house our equipment for this exact reason.

Here is a link to Hales Bar Marina and Resort regarding tours (and ghost hunts):

http://www.halesbarmarina.com/haunted.php

Please note #12 on the list of ghost hunting guidelines.

“12. Keep in mind that a lot of the places you will be investigating will be secluded.  Because of this you should always bring along some form of protection.  I suggest pepper spray or a stun gun.  I am of course talking about protecting yourself from bad people, not bad ghosts. *smile*”

I think it's pretty tacky to add a "*smile*" to the end of this guideline considering this is a hot spot for drunks to wonder into ... and obviously by this guideline a known fact.

Now the group that gave us the tour and set up the investigation for us is PROSE.  PROSE members were extremely nice and gave us a tour of Hales Bar.  But after the tour neither security nor the team were present during the investigation.  If PROSE is going to actually associate themselves with Hales Bar, I would think that their team has to take some of the responsibility to make the location safer for investigators.  They are branding their team name with the location and organizing the investigations.  I would think it's a huge liability and wouldn’t want to be them if someone was assaulted and/or hurt.

The price PROSE quotes is $350 (for up to six people) for overnight stays and $50 per person after that with a $100 deposit.  Now, PROSE does state that their team is available for security for your group for a separate charge.  It's stated on the following website:

http://www.hauntedhalesbar.com/overnightinvestigations.htm

“8. Our team is available to run security for your group. This is a separate charge. Please inquire when you book your investigation if this a feature you would like to add. "

I find this to be a complete joke because you are already paying for security in the initial payment.  Remember the guy who apparently doesn't stay on location and can only be reached via text message.

I also wonder why you really have to pay all of this money when apparently anyone can and has walked right into the location without paying.

With all of this being said; here is an account of our $350 investigation:

After the tour PROSE left for the night.  Mike, Pete and I walked over to the red door to enter Hales Bar and start our investigation.  Mike pulled as hard as he could on the red door until he was able to pull it shut.  We decided to do an EVP session by the opening in the floor where the spiral staircase is located.  While we were recording, two people were wondering around outside the fence with flashlights.  Shortly after that, the same two people scaled the fence and started shining flashlights down our way.  They were there for a good 15 minutes or so.  Luckily they decided (for whatever reason) to turn around and leave.  During this incident I had sent my first text message to our security guard.  I received no response back from my text message nor did we see him at all.  Keep in mind that the security guard isn't right outside keeping people away from the entryways.

After this the three of us decided to hit some of the 'hot spots' before being interrupted again.  We decided to check out the tunnel system to conduct a few EVP sessions.  We set up in the tunnel system in the area where there is a 'reported' ghost of a little girl.  This section is the only section with a door to the outside that is welded shut.  We no sooner started an EVP session and heard people outside lurking around.  We stopped for a bit until the people decided to leave.  Then we started back into our EVP session only to be interrupted by a group of people outside again.

This time the group of people, which consisted of SIX drunken young adults (totting beer bottles AND flashlights in their hands) decided they were coming into the tunnel system.  They entered through the door that "appears" to be locked by having chains draped over the outside of the door.

This was only TWO hours into our night of investigating.  And instead of attempting to confront them by telling them that we paid to be there and that they would have to leave, we chose to play it safe and just leave for our own safety.  Keep in mind that I did, in fact, send security a second text message stating that there were six drunks that just entered the tunnel system with no response back via text or in person.

Everything we were told about the location and the difficulties people have had were absolutely correct.  And we just so happened to have experienced it all in a two-hour time period Saturday night.

Now, with all that being said, Pete has spoken with Michelle from PROSE about the incident.  She apologized and offered us another overnight stay at no charge but we declined.  She asked what she could do and Pete mentioned a partial refund. She said she would contact the owner about it and would get back to him this week.

This is place is totally unsafe for people to go and investigate.  Before we started our tour we had asked about security, about doors being able to lock, people breaking in, asbestos, et cetera  ... all of these questions were sidestepped in one way or another.

Please think twice about spending money to investigate Hales Bar for your own safety and the safety of your team members.