2020

Rickie Traeger: Do Landowners Have To Disclose To New Homeowners if Someone Passed Away On Their Land?

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I want to first wish my grandma a Happy 84th Birthday.  Happy Birthday Grandma!

I know that some stuff I post, some do not agree with my opinions. That is fine, because at times I do not agree with other peoples as well. That is life…   However, if you disagree with my opinions and posts, feel free to contact me. I am always happy to learn new things and have an open mind about things. Yes, I may have formed my own opinion on things, but that doesn’t mean that I am not open to hearing others opinions as well.

So you are probably asking yourself, why did I mention that. Well what I am about to write below, is very controversial with some people. Especially to those who do not have an open mind…  Ghosts!

Yup, you would think living in 2020 a lot of people would have open minds. But in reality, many have their own opinions and don’t have an open mind or want to hear other peoples opinions. Sad but true.

So here it goes, short and simple.

I have been doing Rockford Scanner for well over a decade now.  I have worked numerous scenes.  Sadly, some of those have been fatal scenes. I do not like working those types of scenes at all.  Very sad scenes.  I can recall almost every fatal scene I have worked over the years.  And as I go about doing my daily life, I pass by the locations of some scenes I have worked over the years.  And I can’t help but think of the scene, as I pass by the locations.  I see locations that have developed over the years, with new houses and other buildings that were built on the same land that a person passed away on. But that brings me to the main part of this post.

When you buy a house, they are supposed to tell the potential new owners if someone has passed away in the home.  I think that is a good thing. But come to find out many realtors do not do that. They said they don’t want to lose a potential buyer. It is crazy, but that is besides the point.  My point of this post is…

Some scenes I have worked that were fatal, were not inside residences at all.   Over the years the land develops and homes are built on the land that someone has passed away on.  New houses that are being built on land, on the very spot the person has passed away at.

Do the land owners, or the people selling the homes have to tell these new home owners that a person passed away on that land, the very spot their house sits on?   Or do they not have to tell the new home owners?

Because what if a new home owner bought a house and begin to experience paranormal activity.  And they know the house is new, so they can not research the house to see if anyone passed away in it, to explain the possible paranormal activity that is going on.  So what options do these new homeowners have, when they want to research and try to see what is causing the paranormal activity?  Realtors are “supposed” to tell the new homeowners.  But what if it is a new house, are they supposed to tell the new homeowners someone passed away on the land?

I like to hear everyones opinion on this topic.   I know some do not agree with the paranormal topic. And I respect that. But I ask that you have an open mind and listen to others opinions and questions on the topic.








Rickie Traeger: Very Last Episode Of Supernatural, One Hell Of A Tearjerker

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As many of you know I have been a huge fan of the TV show Supernatural. 

Well they just had their very last episode of the series 🙁

Talk about a tearjerker episode!   I cried 2 different times ;(

I won’t say why, because I don’t want to ruin the show for others.

But that was a good episode!  And it made me cry…








Rickie Traeger: Good morning Monday

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Hopefully everyone is doing well and have been out enjoying the beautiful weather we have been having!  Hard to believe it is November already and these warm temps. I hope this is what the whole winter will be like. But something tells me different, lol. 

So I was just browsing online and saw that the Black Friday stuff is different this year because of Covid.  The stores are having deals all month long, instead of people standing in long lines and the chance of possibly spreading covid.  Which I kinda like to see, the deals all month long.  I see a few advantages of it. 

#1 Don’t spread covid. 

#2 Excellent marketing. Drives people to the website often, looking for the new deals.

#3 Safer.

#4 Deals all month instead of standing in long lines dealing with cranky people.

#5 Some new and different and I like the idea! 

 








Rickie Traeger: Thursday Metal Detecting Finds

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Updated: Added some videos from the Gopro from today’s’ metal detecting hunt.

As you know I am new to the metal detecting hobby. It has been a long time since I did it.  Recently I got a metal detector and went and got my permit out at the park.  So I have been researching places to metal detect and metal detecting some. 

I am getting to know my metal detector and learning to dig holes the right way.   I still have a lot to learn. And would love to hear from other metal detecting hobbyist.

Recently I was able to get a map of some locations of interest.

I went out scouting places on Tuesday. The one place looked like a good place to metal detect. Or so I thought…..   It looks like there might be a lot of stuff in that area.  So I decided to go there today and metal detect.

I went out there today and got a hit on the metal detector. And went to dig in the ground. OMG, that was the worst ground to dig in! I tried to dig the hole for the metal detector hit, but I couldn’t.  So I left that area. Sucks, because it looked like a promising place to metal detect too!

I went back to an area I have metal detecting recently. It wasn’t to far from that location.   I still have a lot of area to still cover there. So I  went there today to cover some more of the area.  I got approx. 10 metal detector hits, that I dug holes for.

I tried to do some go pro footage of the metal detecting hunt, but I have not checked to see how the videos turned out. I will check and see if the videos turned out, if they did I will uplaod em to youtube and shar eon here.  Update: Uploaded the videos to this article 🙂

I bet many of you can guess what I found!   Yup, ……………………….. Trash, LOL.

A lot of pull tabs and bottle caps.  I did find a few things though, that normally I would think of as trash, but since I was metal detecting they are kinda cool, lol.

  • 1973 Lincoln Penny
  • Nail, or at least I think it is a nail, LOL
  • Several pull tabs and 1 or a few bottle caps. I don’t keep track of these…
  • Some kind of wire with loop holes on the ends.
  • Long piece of iron. Least I think it is Iron. Unknown what it is for.
  • Some kind of metal, that has a loop at the end. Reminds me of a dog post for the yard.

https://youtu.be/zu37eKUh7TA

I got tore up by thorns. I ruined my pants.  So, I have to find a plan of action on how to metal detect and not get tore up by thorns. Anyone have any ideas?   The obvious, is to not metal detect in that area, lol.  But I read you have to go places that people don’t visit much, because other metal detector hobbyist may have already got to an area. So I found this spot, and I think it has a lot of potential. But holy cow!  Thorns and those pesky things that stick to your clothes! I dunno what they are called, lol.

I like metal detecting, it is good exercise.

But I just started so I have a ton to learn still. And A LOT to find in the ground!








Rickie Traeger: I was stalked by a guy in the woods!

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I was stalked by a guy in the woods! 

Tuesday I went out to the park to scout out some places to metal detect in the future.  I got a few tips on areas of the park to check out to metal detect. I began my journey walking down the bike path. As I walked the bike path I came across 2 CPO’s Officer Lehannah and Officer Alvarez that were in an off road vehicle on the path. I asked them where a few of the places were that I was interested in metal detecting. They were nice and told me the general area of the place i wanted to metal detect.

No, I am not going to disclose my future areas that I plan to metal detect, lol.

I explored 1 area and went to another to get GPS coordinates of the places I want to metal detect in the future. I also filmed the location, so I could research the place a bit, before I metal detect it. After I explored the 1 area and went to another area,  I figured I would go to the stone hut in Willow Creek. I arrived at the stone hut approx. 12:45 pm. I filmed a colorful bird inside the stone hut. No idea what it was, but it had some beautiful colors to it.

As I filmed the bird, I heard some leaves rustling nearby. That was when the first time I noticed a man that was hiding behind a tree and watching me!   This man ended up stalking me for a bit in the woods!  The man is described as a Hispanic male, mid 30’s, avg build, wearing blue shorts, dark shirt, baseball hat, phone with white ear buds. He had on sunglasses that had a lighter tint to them.

I thought I hit the record button on my gopro, so I could film this man stalking me in the woods.
Come to find out, the Gopro did not record 🙁

The man ended up stopping on a trail and hopped on his cell phone and either began to scream at someone on the phone, or acted like he was screaming at someone on the phone.

I did not report it to the police at that time. I figured it was just some creep in the woods. You come across people like that at times in the woods.  So I didn’t put much thought into it. Kinda blew it off as a creep in the woods.

The next day (Wednesday)  someone sent me a news tip about an incident that happened at the park recently.  Sources were wanting me to do a story on it.  A Hispanic man attacked a teen girl that was running.  When I heard the description of the suspect, it resembled the man who stalked me in the woods!

When I first found out, I was under the impression it happened the same day that man stalked me in the woods.   I found out later on that it happened on Monday, and not the same day (Tuesday) the man followed me in the woods.

I figured I would tell Officer Lehannah and Officer Alvarez about the man who followed me in the woods. That way if it was the same man, they had more info to go on. I met them at the Park office and told them about the man who stalked me in the woods.

I told them about the man stalking me in the woods and I offered to show them exactly where it happened.  They decided to not let me show them where it happened at.   I thought it was odd, they did not want to know where the exact locations were at. I figured it was very important to show them where it happened, so they knew what area the man was at.

At the time when I was talking to the officers, I had not yet checked my Gopro. So I thought at the time I was talking to the officers, that I had recorded the man who stalked me in the woods. And they wanted to see the video of the man.  I went back home and checked my Gopro so I could give the officers the video, and found out it did not record 🙁

I ended up going on my bike and taking my cell phone with and physically went to each spot that I saw the man stalking me. I did the GPS coordinates of where I first saw him, the trail head and the last place I saw him.  I also took a photo of the spots and sent them to Officer Alvarez.   I sent the exact GPS along with a photo of each spot.  That way if the GPS coordinates were off, he would have a photo to cross reference the location.

I ended up talking to the victims mother for a bit throughout the day.
I  told her about the man who stalked me in the woods.

After I talked to Officer Lehannah and Officer Alvarez: That is when she told me their incident happened on Monday, not on Tuesday.  And I told her the description of the man who stalked me in the woods. She then told me that it probably was not the same man.

I then texted Officer Alverez and told him, the man who stalked me in the woods may not be the same one he was investigating, based on what she had just told me.

Then that got me thinking, that there is possibly TWO creeps in the woods!
That is a very scary!

I just got into the metal detecting hobby recently. So now I am wondering if I should go out to metal detect, for the fear of my safety! There is 1 possibly 2 creeps in the woods, in the same area I want to metal detect. 🙁

Below is from the victims mother, she posted online about the man who attacked her daughter. You can see the description she posted of the man who attacked her daughter, resembles the man who stalked me in the woods

So if you are out in the park, LOOK OUT FOR THIS MAN! If you see him, call the police right away!

I am just learning my metal detector, and once I get the hang of it I plan on starting a Youtube channel for my metal detecting. When I was talking to the officers, they were asking me a bunch of questions. And they asked if I had a Youtube channel that I post my metal detector stuff on.

I don’t think they realize I just started metal detecting and I am just learning and researching areas for future metal detecting. I have been out a few times metal detecting, but I still have a lot to learn.

But their questions gave me a great idea, to create a Youtube video on my metal detect hunts in the future. Which is an awesome idea!

I know I have watched several Youtube videos on metal detecting and know they are popular.  So once I get the hang of things, I will create a Youtube channel for my metal detecting!








Rickie Traeger: First Time Metal Detecting In Years




 

I went metal detecting today. The first time in a looooooong time! 

I got several of the infamous pull tabs.  Nothing like diggging a hole and trying to find what the metal detector hit on. To dig and dig and search and search, to only find out it is just a pull tab.  Yup, it was that kinda day, LOL.

But, I did find a few wire pieces and  2 pocket knives.

In the process I sliced open my finger, and my palm.  Oh let’s not forget the thorns too…

While I was out there metal detecting, I saw this cute creature.

 








Rickie Traeger: How To Get WXRX To Play New Hard Rock Music? Or Buy & Setup Our Our Local FM Radio Station




 

Happy Friday!   Hopefully everyone had a safe and wonderful week. Yup, it is Friday!   Weekend time 🙂     So what does everyone have planned for the weekend?

I was thinking about going fishing this weekend.  I haven’t been fishing in awhile. I have my fishing license and all, but I just haven’t been fishing much this year, lol.

It has been raining steady in our area for awhile. Some well needed rain. But now that means my lawn will be growing again, lol.  I need some exercise anyways, so let it grow so I can mow,lol.

I  have been thinking…

What it would take to buy or setup a local FM broadcast station?   I want new hard rock music to be played in our area.  WXRX, plays the older music. And is the only rock station locally.  I wish I could pick up WJJO, but they are just out of range for me to pickup.  So my only rock station is WXRX.

Soooooooo…   How do we get WXRX to play new hard rock music? Or how do we buy or setup a local fm broadcast station so I can do it myself?

 








Rickie Traeger: Trail Camera Setup Ideas




Good morning everyone! 

It is Monday.  That dreaded day that everyone hates, LOL.   Think positive though!

I have been thinking of places to setup my trail camera.   I am trying to find some really cool wildlife to capture on the trail camera.  I have been thinking about area that have had reports of exotic wildlife such as bears, mountain lions, wolves, etc…   They are rare to see in person around here.  So, I have been researching places as to where there might be potential luck to see some good wildlife. But then comes in question, even after I find an area I need to find a public land area, or ask a land owner for permission.  I think right now my best luck would be up near the stateline along the area of Meridian rd. There are a lot of open area you can see a ways, so if something crosses a field you would be able to see it pretty good.  There is another area over by Cherry Valley that has some wolves that I have been thinking about setting a trail camera for those.  I want to get it setup and going for awhile, before winter hits. I have determined that my trail camera can last approx. 3 months of a full set of batteries.  So if I set it up now, I can retrieve it around November sometime.  Which is kind of prime for these exotic animals to be traveling through our area.

On the other hand I was thinking it might be a good useful tool to try to capture some paranormal activity with it. I have been thinking of some places on public land that might have some paranormal activity.  Yes, I know trail cameras are not made for paranormal activity. But you just never know unless you give it a try.  What is the worst thing that would happen?  I would set it up and let it sit 3 months, then not capture anything, LOL.  Heck, there are many times I have set it up and haven’t caught anything but some moving trees.  Ah yes, the dreaded moving tree captures, LOL.  Or the shadows…   So realistically it won’t hurt to put it up to try to capture paranormal activity.

So the question  now is, What do you think I should set it up for: Wildlife or paranormal activity?
Whatever has the most votes, I will do that. I will leave this decision in your hands and you tell me. Wildlife or paranormal?

Wish me luck! 

 








Rickie Traeger: Microsoft Flight Simulator History




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 I have owned at one time or another, all the Microsoft Flight Simulator games!  This video brought back sooo many memories!  I think it is amazing how long and how far they have come with the technology as it grows. Hard to believe I have owned and played each and every one, and I still am not a pilot in real life, lol. Even though I can probably start, takeoff, fly, land, taxi  probably better than some of the real world pilots, based on my Simulator hours, LOL.  

I have literally played EVERY DAY since the day it came out, Microsoft Flight Simulator X. I may have missed a few days over the years.

But I play this game religiously on a daily basis.  The game came out in 2006 and it is August 2020 now. 

You tell me how many hours I have played (and still play) daily and how many years I have invested, LOL. 

I thought I was like the #1 fan of the game, considering literally how many years I have invested into the game, lol.

Come to find out there are fans that are even way more into the game than I am 🙂   

 

 

 








Rickie Traeger: July 31st Blog: Got To Meet JB ONeill, Hiking, Ham Radio………………..

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1962 Volkswagon Bus Scale 1/32

 

Good morning everyone! 

Hopefully everyone is still staying safe and healthy!

My daughter and I went on a hike out at the park the other day.

She found a 1962 Volkswagon Bus scale 1/32 near the creek.    Looked like it had been in the creek for years.  She brought it home and I cleaned it up some.  I took this photo of it.  Pretty good photo, for being a cell phone photo.

We hiked a few trails for a bit.  I had to take a photo of this landscape. It reminded me of the movie “IT” with Pennywise.

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Rock Cut State Park

We went over by the dam area of the park.  While we were there we got to meet and watch some professional wakeboarders.  JB ONeill and some of his friends were in town doing a film and promo.  https://www.youtube.com/user/jboneill They were actually filming when we went down to meet them.  They were very friendly.  They explained they were in town doing a promo and filming.  I took a video of them wakeboarding down the dam.    It was pretty cool to watch them!  My daughter and I enjoyed watching them wakeboard, and was cool seeing them wakeboard down the dam. Did I also mention they were using a drone to film 🙂   I asked them how deep the water was there, they said they could touch the bottom.  I had always thought it was way deeper than that.

I was able to get my 2 meter ham radio back on the air yesterday. I am back on the air again! 🙂

I haven’t checked the SWR on it yet, so I am not going to be on it much until I get the SWR checked on my antenna.  But I am back on the air, thats is the main thing.  It will probably be awhile before I get back on HF though 🙁    But hey, at least I am back on 2m 🙂