Go Back  Bike Forums > The Lounge > Foo
Reload this Page >

Creepiest place you have spent the night

Notices
Foo Off-Topic chit chat with no general subject.

Creepiest place you have spent the night

Old 11-19-08, 05:26 PM
  #1  
Allen
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 4,697
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Creepiest place you have spent the night

Tonight I'm crashing alone in a vacation property.
The whole neighborhood is empty, a real "last man alive" kinda flavor.
I can't even hear distant traffic.
I went to a bar just to see another face--it was the bartender and me, so I'm back here in the well landscaped wasteland.
At least there is a flat screen and a good internet hook-up here.
Allen is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 05:39 PM
  #2  
deraltekluge
Senior Member
 
deraltekluge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,195

Bikes: Kona Cinder Cone, Sun EZ-3 AX

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
For me, the creepiest place was the Greyhound bus station in downtown Chicago.
deraltekluge is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 05:53 PM
  #3  
valygrl
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Boulder, CO
Posts: 8,546
Mentioned: 83 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 163 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Barrington Hall, Fall '83 - Winter '84.
valygrl is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 05:54 PM
  #4  
JeanCoutu
ǝıd ǝʌol ʎllɐǝɹ I
 
JeanCoutu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 518
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
On the gravel under a church
JeanCoutu is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 05:55 PM
  #5  
Little Darwin
The Improbable Bulk
 
Little Darwin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
Posts: 8,401

Bikes: Many

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
When I was in the Marines, I was just assigned as a recruiter in the Bay Area, and I flew in, but I didn't have cash for a hotel until I could cash some savings bonds the next day, so I went to a park and rolled up with my sea bag and went to sleep.

This was Jefferson Park (if I recall correctly) in downtown Oakland California. When I woke up in the morning, a grizzled old man on the park bench next to me smoking a cigarette told me I was lucky to wake up... Apparently I picked a very rough area to spend the night. Shortly after I woke up, I was propositioned by a young lady offering sexual favors in exchange for cash...

I really had no idea what sort of area I was in when I went to sleep.
Little Darwin is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 05:58 PM
  #6  
Gordon P
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Originally Posted by deraltekluge View Post
For me, the creepiest place was the Greyhound bus station in downtown Chicago.
Yup, I agree with you on this one!
Gordon p
 
Old 11-19-08, 06:05 PM
  #7  
colorider
smorenivore
 
colorider's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Centennial, CO
Posts: 611

Bikes: '06 Novara Divano, '96 Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 679 Post(s)
Liked 327 Times in 167 Posts
NYC YMCA midtown Manhattan if I remember correctly.
colorider is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 06:05 PM
  #8  
UnsafeAlpine
Domestic Domestique
 
UnsafeAlpine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,742

Bikes: Brand New Old Catamount! Schwinn Homegrown, Specialized FSR, Salsa Vaya, Salsa Chile Con Crosso

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
greyhound station anywhere...
UnsafeAlpine is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 06:05 PM
  #9  
crackerjab
WTF is that smell?
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 449
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
jsharrs basement.
crackerjab is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 06:05 PM
  #10  
bigbossman 
Dolce far niente
 
bigbossman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Northern CA
Posts: 10,832
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
This was Jefferson Park (if I recall correctly) in downtown Oakland California.
Don't know of a Jefferson Park in Oakland, but there is Mosswood Park at the corner of McArthur and Broadway.

I wouldn't walk through Mosswood during the day, let alone spend the night there.
__________________
"Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin, itís the triumphant twang of a bedspring."

S. J. Perelman
bigbossman is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 06:07 PM
  #11  
KingTermite 
On my TARDIScycle!
 
KingTermite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Eastside Seattlite Termite Mound
Posts: 3,925

Bikes: Trek 520, Trek Navigator 300, Peugeot Versailles PE10DE

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
When I was about 19, some friends were taking about a 6 week vacation back to Maine (where they were from). They lived in a little neighborhood of all mobile homes and every other resident was a snowbird and gone at the time.

They asked me to house sit because there would LITERALLY be nobody in the entire neighborhood for that 6 weeks if they didn't get some one to be there. They were terrified that somebody could find out and take their time to clean the entire neighborhood out. They needed at a minimum a car coming in and out so nobody "noticed" it was empty.

So I relished the chance to be on my own for a bit since I was planning to, but not quite moved out on my own yet. So every day after work (I worked graveyards), I'd come "home" to an entire empty neighborhood. It was spookily quiet at times....very creepy. Especially the one night their INSANELY LOUD fire alarm went off for no apparent reason one weekend night about 3am.
__________________
Originally Posted by coffeecake View Post
- it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.
KingTermite is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 06:08 PM
  #12  
Hickeydog
Crushing souls
 
Hickeydog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Sagamore Hills, Ohio.
Posts: 1,591

Bikes: Trek 1500

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I can't tell you. Sorry.
__________________
Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post

What's frightening is how coherent Hickey was in posting that.
Hickeydog is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 06:50 PM
  #13  
Alfster 
long time visiter
 
Alfster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: in the Northern Tundra
Posts: 654

Bikes: 2005 Trek 6700 disc 2007 Orbea Onix 2009 Raleigh One Way

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 33 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Late night studying at University. I fell asleep in the hallway. The janitors worked around my though.
Alfster is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 06:53 PM
  #14  
mkael
Senior Member
 
mkael's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 151
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Doing real tourism the first time alone. On a badly lit park bench at night . Before that I walked around and did not find any place to go to. The surroudings were gritty. I sat there and fell a sleep and woke up in a cycle.The first time I woke up some people were preparing their needles on a bench next to me. After that I woke up when someone was walking past me , just staring at the ground. I dont think he even noticed me earlier .
mkael is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 07:55 PM
  #15  
nekohime
I... Don't care.
 
nekohime's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Sunny SoCal
Posts: 1,279
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Haunted hotel in the RP. My family were the only guests.

Nothing happened, though my cousin freaked out and thought he saw something.
__________________
Wanna join my charity folding bike ride? Sign-up here!
Originally Posted by AEO View Post
you should learn to embrace change, and mock it's failings every step of the way :p
nekohime is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 08:25 PM
  #16  
DataJunkie
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 14,277
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
The county jail with a group of 40 other inmates.
DataJunkie is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 08:41 PM
  #17  
bikingshearer 
Crawlin' up, flyin' down
 
bikingshearer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Democratic Peoples' Republic of Berkeley
Posts: 3,786

Bikes: 1967 Paramount, 1982-ish Ron Cooper,1978 Eisentraut "A," mid-1960s Cinelli Speciale Corsa, 1961 Bianchi Competizione (an Eroica bike), 1994 Trek 520, 199? Burley Bossa Nova, early-1970s Cinelli Speciale Corsa (also an Eroica bike)

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 185 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 18 Times in 14 Posts
Hotel Faulding, Santa Barbara, CA, 1985. An old smelly firetrap flophouse with bathrooms so gross that I, a gen-yoo-wine guy type guy, wouldn't use them even to pee in. Long story, but there was no other option - believe, me, I tried.

I'd like to think it isn't there any more. but I haven't been in a position to check. Maybe danno can take a look for me?
__________________
"I'm in shape -- round is a shape." Andy Rooney
bikingshearer is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 08:43 PM
  #18  
stevesurf
another cat...FAB!
 
stevesurf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: 1st star to the right...
Posts: 1,381

Bikes: Merlin Ti Build, Trek Y-50, Bianchi Titanium Build, Custom Cuevas Road bike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
A small island off of St. Martin in the Netherlands Antilles, called Saba, in the middle of a tropical storm. Desolate, wind howling, power out...the occaisional person driving by...just scary and creepy.
__________________
9
stevesurf is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 08:45 PM
  #19  
Paul Barnard
For The Fun of It
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Louisissippi Coast
Posts: 4,379

Bikes: Lynskey Backroad, Litespeed T6, Lynskey MT29, Burley Duet

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1262 Post(s)
Liked 459 Times in 238 Posts
Forrest General Hospital's morgue. I was alive.
Paul Barnard is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 08:55 PM
  #20  
Hickeydog
Crushing souls
 
Hickeydog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Sagamore Hills, Ohio.
Posts: 1,591

Bikes: Trek 1500

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
The county jail with a group of 40 other inmates.
Oh come on. You can't just tell us that. Finish/start the story. How did you wind up there?
__________________
Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post

What's frightening is how coherent Hickey was in posting that.
Hickeydog is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 09:02 PM
  #21  
20yearslater
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 16
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
D.C. Greyhound station
20yearslater is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 09:10 PM
  #22  
(BB)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 72
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
A train station in Yugoslavia (when it was Yugoslavia), with a machine gun toting military official holding my passport.
(BB) is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 09:14 PM
  #23  
jgedwa
surly old man
 
jgedwa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Carlisle, PA
Posts: 3,370

Bikes: IRO Mark V, Karate Monkey half fat, Trek 620 IGH, Cannondale 26/24 MTB, Amp Research B3, and more.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 30 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 8 Times in 4 Posts
hard to say.

Several weeks in cars. Several nights in a stupor in a field/street/gutter. Smattering of nights at somebody's house I met 30 minutes before. Five nights in jail (broken into three "events"). Barns, train stations, airports, warehouses, cubicle at work. A few years with my now X has to win though.

jim
__________________
Cross Check Nexus7, IRO Mark V, Trek 620 Nexus7, Karate Monkey half fat, IRO Model 19 fixed, Amp Research B3, Surly 1x1 half fat fixed, and more...
--------------------------
SB forever
jgedwa is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 09:32 PM
  #24  
bikingshearer 
Crawlin' up, flyin' down
 
bikingshearer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Democratic Peoples' Republic of Berkeley
Posts: 3,786

Bikes: 1967 Paramount, 1982-ish Ron Cooper,1978 Eisentraut "A," mid-1960s Cinelli Speciale Corsa, 1961 Bianchi Competizione (an Eroica bike), 1994 Trek 520, 199? Burley Bossa Nova, early-1970s Cinelli Speciale Corsa (also an Eroica bike)

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 185 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 18 Times in 14 Posts
Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
Forrest General Hospital's morgue. I was alive.
Apparently . . . .
__________________
"I'm in shape -- round is a shape." Andy Rooney
bikingshearer is offline  
Old 11-19-08, 09:37 PM
  #25  
Doohickie 
You gonna eat that?
 
Doohickie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas Church of Hopeful Uncertainty
Posts: 14,682

Bikes: 1966 Raleigh DL-1 Tourist, 1973 Schwinn Varsity, 1983 Raleigh Marathon, 1994 Nishiki Sport XRS

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 141 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
I've got two:

1. Ed's Pink Flamingo Inn. One of our first Christmases together, the wife and I decided to drive out from L.A. to visit her aunt and uncle and cousin in Phoenix. While we were in Arizona we decided to check out the Grand Canyon. We left Phoenix and drove up to Flagstaff for the night before continuing on to the Canyon the next day.

We had no reservations, and not much money. We saw Ed's Pink Flamingo Inn on the main drag of town with a sign advertising rooms at $12 per night. Even for the mid-80s, this was pretty cheap. We went for dinner, then came back and checked in. By then the price was down to $10/night. So this is how it went: The walls were paper thin, and a couple was having violent sex in the room next to ours. The people in the room on the other side had heavy metal music cranked all night. Our shower did not shut off; we couldn't get it below a steady stream. We fell asleep for a while, but one neighbor or the other kept waking us up. We were out of there early the next morning, and laughed that the sign out front was advertising rooms at $6/night. We were up to the Grand Canyon well before 8 am.

2. The Cabin at Big Bear Lake.
About that same time, the mid-80s, a coworker offered us the use of his family's cabin in Big Bear Lake, California. The way we described it, we weren't expecting much. He said his grandfather built it out of scrap and scrounged materials. When we got there, we realized his description was a little too up-town. This place was a shack with exterior walls of old linoleum. The only heat was provided by a wood "stove" made from a 55-gallon drum. And it was cold that weekend- temps near freezing at night- and there were enough holes in the walls that the breeze blew freely through. We didn't sleep much that night. While it was pretty quiet up there human-wise, we could hear mice scurrying around all night, and bigger stuff outside.

Those were the worst two. For the first several years of our marriage, we used to joke that every place we stayed the night on vacation was a Zero-Star accommodation.
__________________
I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.


Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."
Doohickie is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.