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Monday, April 27, 2009

life size clown?!?!

Last night I had a most refreshing night's sleep at my friend Ian's parent's house.


Are you following where I was?

See, Ian is from a town outside of Chicago and has been staying at home while we play here. He invited me to come see his home last night, and considering I don't exactly love my apartment here as well as the fact that I do love Ian, the decision was really quite simple.

Which is how I found myself in a wonderfully soft bed, able to sleep well despite the fact that I accidentally pulled off the chain to the ceiling fan in an effort to turn it on, successfully dooming myself to a night of complete and utter silence.

In case you didn't know, I am rather addicted to the sound of a fan. Most of us in my family are. I have a small one I travel with on tour (a fan that is, not a family) and it sings me to sleep every night (but how funny would it be if a small family sang me to sleep every night?!?!). But I didn't bring it to Ian's house, which is why I so enthusiastically tugged on the ceiling fan chain and yadda yadda yadda you know the rest.

Now, Ian told me a most creepy and true story that continues to give us the heebie jeebies but does not keep us from complimenting each other's life size clown whenever we enter a new room.

Yeah, let me explain.

Apparently Ian's fiance works with a young woman who babysits for a wealthy family in the Upper West Side. They have this large and gorgeous house with different levels and one night, after putting her charges to bed, the babysitter decides to explore the downstairs a little. To her delight, she sees it has been set up as an absolute dream for children. It has a carnival feel to it, bright colors, many toys, a small indoor ferris wheel, and even a life size clown in the corner for good measure.

After going back upstairs, the babysitter receives a call from the kids' mother, checking in. Reassuring her that her kids are sleeping soundly, the sitter tells her how lovely the play room is.

Yes, the kids adore it, the mother agrees.

The carnival theme is so fantastic! the babysitter continues, And the life size clown is a great touch, too!

The what? the mother asks?

The life size clown, the babysitter repeats, that you have downstairs in the corner of the room...

The mother's tone gets very serious as she says, Get the kids and get out of there now because we don't have a life size clown!

Thankfully, the babysitter got out with the kids and called the police who then went into the home and, finding the intruder dressed as a clown and hiding in the house, arrested him.

Um, how creepy is that?!?!

I honestly don't like clowns anyway, but thinking of that story makes my skin crawl just a little. Okay, a lot.

20 comments:

kathiek said...

The "life-size clown" is a true story?! That would give me the heebie-jeebies, too, yikes!!

Jessica Latshaw said...

absolutely true!

mom said...

wow, this totally confirms my irrational feelings about clowns. Remember the creepy person we knew who dressed up as a clown to get close to children?!? I'm glad things worked out well. It's a good thing this woman had a clear head and got the kids out of the house. This sounds almost like a urban legend!

Nina said...

This will only intensify my clown phobia! That's a terrifying story. It's so perfectly creepy that it doesn't sound like it could be true.

Tiffany said...

True story--when I was in Chicago last summer for a Bible convention, I was at a stop light with some friends and we looked at the car next to us--which was FULL of clowns.

Needless to say, my friend pushed on the gas and we were outta there.

I dont know what makes them so appealing to children.

Emily said...

That is seriously scary. That could give me nightmares. Yuck!

Jessica Latshaw said...

Sorry Emily--I don't mean to give you nightmares--I thought it would be safe to share since it does end well...;/

merry said...

Hmm..not to be a party pooper but that clown story is very similar to this one on snopes.

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/madmen/statue.asp

Jessica Latshaw said...

believe what you want--my friend told it to me and he believes it so I believed it to.

no biggie if you don't;-)

peaj said...

And when the babysitter called the police, they told her that the mom was calling from inside the house!

jason said...

"Ian's fiance works with a young woman who babysits for a wealthy family"

haha that's how urban legends ALWAYS start out... Merry's right, this is not a true story!!!

Jess said...

Okay hecklers--

I was simply explaining why ian and I told each other how much we enjoyed our respective life size clowns. You may take it with a grain of salt but I did accomplish my mission to explain that to you either way.

joshuaprune said...

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/madmen/statue.asp

not a true story yall

Natalie said...

True or not, I'm now kind of afraid to look past the screen of my laptop and into the rest of my room, for fear of there being a clown coming to get me.

We forced someone into a clown costume while we were painting our set earlier this week (we open our Spring show on Thursday!) because he forgot painting clothes. ...I never want to see that costume again, ever.

And I'm willing to lend you my air conditioner if you feel you need the noise. It is kind of obnoxious, but it does the trick!

Jessica Latshaw said...

Natalie--that is so kind of you, but I am back reunited with my fan again!!!

jason said...

This story reminds me of the time that the high babysitter mom and pop got for us put jonathan in the oven and a turkey in the crib. That was crazy!!!

Jessica Latshaw said...

was the high babysitter you, by chance?

merry said...

Jess, I am not trying to call you or your friend a liar. It is just that I hate clowns. I know that there are some really nice people who are clowns but...clowns.are.freaky.So, I just had to see if that story was true. Also, I love snopes and I love calling out an urban legend. Especially when a story comes from a friend of a friends which, jase is right, how all urban legends start. Still, I wasn't trying to annoy you. Sorry.

merry said...

I just wanted to add that another reason I wanted to just give you a heads up was cause you said that it was absolutely true. I just didn't want someone that didn't love you(which I do) to call you out and make you feel bad.

Jessica Latshaw said...

Merry, don't you worry bout a thing. I understand your desire to snopes it, I do.

It's funny--when my friend told me the story, I just totally believed it and we spent all this time talking about how terrifying it was to think about being in the same room with what you thought was a stuffed life size clown and finding out later it was an actual man who had broken in...I guess I am just naive!!!