Hello and welcome back to another episode of the Within the Trenches podcast. It has been about a month since the last episode and to keep it short, I have been all kinds of busy. Most of my time has been spent on work projects but I have also done a few side projects including logo design and web design. It has been fun because I love what I do but now that the main holidays are over I can get back to the show.
With that said I have been looking back at some of my earlier blog posts and I realized that many of you are probably unaware of these posts because they are buried within my blog. The posts contain many calls I’ve taken and I have decided to turn them into episodes. Now you won’t have to search for them and read them, you can simply listen to me read over the entries and fill you in on what I was thinking at the time.
I hope you enjoy this episode and as always you can email the show at email@example.com.
Episode topics –
- An update of what I have been up to
- Poo Guy story
- Ride alongs
- Robotic Domestic with Spam
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Hello everyone! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written on Jabber Log. I’ve been pretty busy lately with family, work, and especially school. I have about 3 weeks left and I’m trying to concentrate on my studies as much as possible. My final class revolves around my professional portfolio that will be given to potential clients and employers in the future. All of my assets have been put together and I’m close to being done. Graduation is coming up fast and I can’t wait!
There will be a lot of changes coming in the near future. If you haven’t noticed already, Jabber Log has a new face. You can call it version 2.0 if you’d like. The layout has been changed and only the most recent post will show up as fully visible. All other posts will be at the bottom with a small excerpt and in order to continue reading you will have to click the “read more” link. Along with a new face, Jabber Log has recently surpassed the 15,000 mark with 131 subscribers. I am very proud of that and I thank everyone who helped me get to this point.
I have a lot of ideas for the future of this blog. I can’t say too much but it’s going to be awesome! I will continue to write as much as I can but for the last 3 weeks of school I will be taking somewhat of a break. I need to stay focused and work on my portfolio as well as build a site to showcase my work. I’ve already bought some hosting space and a domain name, I just need to work on the site. If you don’t see anything from me for a while you now know why. I have not and will not throw in the towel on Jabber Log. I’m simply taking a break in order to study harder. Have a good one and continue reading. Cheers!Post Views: 172
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
I have always been fascinated by ghosts and the unexplainable. The horror genre is my favorite and two local stories have always been a topic of interest. Growing up I heard stories of melon heads in West Michigan. I figured it was simply a story to scare me into good behavior but as I got older I continued to hear the story but in more detail. The story I heard was that of an asylum next to the Felt Mansion that housed the insane as well as children with “melon heads”. They were abused, treated badly, and ultimately left to roam the woods. It was also said that at one time they stayed at the mansion. The story spooked me but I wanted to know more. I actually wanted to see the building and the inside of the mansion. I had gone out to the mansion several times but could never get close to the supposed asylum. It has been destroyed but the mansion remains. I’ve been inside the mansion and although it has been restored, it felt as though I was being watched by something or someone. The stories are endless but after a little research I have found more info on the asylum. According to StrangeUSA.com,
this is located near the Felt Mansion it is a small building that is a behind the BMX track. It is all broken up and windows are busted due to kids. At night if you were to go and look around the house, curtains in the window move and windows open and close, and strange lights are often visible in them. If you were to go inside and walk around you can hear heavy breathing, loud footsteps, screams, and even able to see silhouettes of figures walking. Sometimes you can feel as though something walked threw you and sometimes you may encounter a sudden pain in the wrists of your hands over all the place has just a creepy feel. October 2004 update: This building is the last remaining building of Dunes Correctional Facility. Its the old Trustee Bldg. that housed 80 inmates. This place is now being vandalized horribly and the police ARE prosecuting! The Junction itself is a myth. Allegan County Historical Society has stated repeatedly that “The Junction” insane asylum has never existed.
So the building was once the Dunes Correctional Facility. Where I work it’s known as the old 80 man building. It was a low security prison that was eventually shut down because of funding. This is the story for the public but others seem to believe that much more happened in this area. That this is actually the infamous “Junction Asylum” where the melon heads originated. Wikipedia, who is not always a good or factual resource, had a little more info on the matter. “According to one story, they were originally children with hydrocephalus who lived at the Junction Insane Asylum near Felt Mansion. The story explains that, after enduring physical and emotional abuse, they became feral mutants and were released into the forests surrounding the asylum.” This story is amazing to me because it had to originate somewhere. Something had to happen for this to spread. I’m sure it could be made up but if this is true then someone out there has to have some sort of evidence. Maybe I should walk through the woods and see for myself what’s out there. Can you imagine finding the underground tunnels that were supposedly used by the children who escaped the asylum? It is also said that the melon head children had planned to kill the doctor who abused them. Once they did, there was no where to hide the body so they cut him up and hid parts around the mansion. If you or anyone you know has any solid information on what really happened in this area, I would like to know. Was this correctional facility the site of The Junction? I’ve heard many tales of the hauntings in this area. If you have experienced anything in this area please leave a comment. It’s about time that we solve the mystery of The Junction Asylum that has been said to not exist by the county. Stay tuned for part two and watch the video below. Cheers!
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By Ricardo — 8 months ago
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