Paranormal Witness August 29 – Beware The Dybbuk Box

On tonight’s episode of Syfy’s Paranormal Witness we discover an antique store with more than just old antiques in it! The antique store owner learns the wine box purchased from an estate sale is steeped in sad history. It belonged to a Holocaust survivor. She learns it is a Dybbuk Box, a box that contains an evil spirit,, and if we learned anything from Hellraiser it is never open any strange boxes unless you know where they originate from!

I imagine sitting in the dark and watching scary movies or shows; it can actually be scary for some people, but myself I find it relaxing. There is so much horror in the world that when you can chill out for a while and watch a show like Paranormal Witness you learn that there are monsters in real life that are far scarier than any movie monster.

Word: DYBBUK (Demon) – Definition: A malevolent spirit or demon in Jewish folklore.

We just get an interesting history lesson with tonight’s episode as the sadness of what happened during the Holocaust is something that should never be forgotten. The events took place in Oregon and Missouri between 2001 and 2004 and are retold by the actual people who lived through them as they are reenacted.

Kevin Mannis’ shop was located in downtown Portland in the heart of the city! He searched yard sales, auctions and estate sales. He found himself at an estate sale of a Holocaust survivor. Kevin bid on the items and was happy because he had gotten a few hundred dollars’ worth of items.

A young woman spotted Kevin with the items and said to him, “I see you bought the dybbuk box.” It didn’t register with Kevin that she had called it by that name. Kevin is Jewish and it never occurred to him that it could be anything more than a box with folklore attached that his grandmother used to put a little fear into the kids.

Kevin drove back to his shop and unloaded all of his treasures. The box was locked differently than a regular box. It had a brass clasp and a small brass padlock. Instead of cutting the lock off, Kevin used a small screw driver to open the box. Personally he should have left it alone.

Kevin found two pennies from the 1920’s in the box and a granite statue that had the word “Shalom” carved in Hebrew. He also found a candle stick, a small wine goblet and two locks of hair. Kevin did not think much of this. It was just a box to him with a few random items in it.

One day Kevin left Jane in charge of his store. She was a “fantastic sales person!” Kevin had a few errands to run and Jane Howerton, a sales clerk was down in the basement and felt like somebody was watching her. People always feel like this when they are alone in a dark basement! Jane said she had been there in the store alone several times and she has never felt anything like this before.

Jane got a phone call from a friend of hers, and the security monitor showed the box flashing! Jane hung up the phone and had a sick feeling as she began to walk around the store asking “Who’s there?” The light she turned off had switched on and a chair fell. Jane went for the phone and called Kevin!

Kevin was ignoring his phone and driving! He finally answers and Jane is frantic and there is glass breaking everywhere. Kevin tells Jane to “call the police!” Right as he said that his phone died. Someone or something goes through the entire store and slams the door shut leaving Jane trapped in the basement! See what happens when you open stuff you are not supposed to!

People should not mess with stuff that is not theirs. Some things should be left at peace. Finally, Kevin returned to the store and did not know what to expect. He found the rod Iron Gate locked and knew he had not lock it! The lights would not come on, so Kevin grabbed a flashlight! Finally someone who has a flashlight! I think I am going to cry, no never mind!

Kevin found Jane in tears and cursed Kevin out! She left and never came back! That is some “Swimming With Sharks” nonsense right there! There was no explanation for what happened. Kevin’s mother’s birthday is October 28th (Happy Birthday Kevin’s Mom) and he was going to take her to lunch.

Kevin’s mom came to the shop early and sat down. He told her he had an unusual gif for her and unwrapped it,  unveiling the dybbuk box. What a great son! His mom looked at the box and felt as if the box was staring back at her. She examined it and looked it over.

t seemed like Kevin’s mother was sitting in shock! The doors of the box opened, she felt a cold breeze, “pure evil.” She was having a stroke. Her mouth began to contort and her eye was sagging and pocketing. She fell back on the chair and wondered if she was going to die.

Kevin’s mother wondered if she would die before she would see her son because he was downstairs. She was frozen,, but managed to point at the dybbuk box. She is in tears even as she is interviewed now. She wanted to impress on her son that he needed to get rid of the box. It may not be Pandor’s Box but there was evil lurking and now causing more havoc than expected.

The ambulance came for Kevin’s mother, and she was paralyzed with fear. She had suffered a massive stroke and wondered now what the box would do to her son. He should have gotten her flowers. She felt the coldness and knew it was evil.

All hell broke loose, and now Kevin finally figured it out that it was the box. He decided to sell it to an old couple. A little while later the couple returned the box and left Kevin a note that said “this has an odd darkness about it.” It was getting hard to get rid of, so he decided to put it in his storage.

Kevin began to have horrible dreams that he would be with someone he trusted,, and suddenly that person would change into a gruesome hag, I am sorry but am I watching Drag Me To Hell? Or Paranormal Witness? So the gruesome old hag beat the living crap out of Kevin every night in his dreams.

Kevin would wake up covered in bruises. He did not believe what was happening to him, being injured at night! He decided that the box was cursed, and decided to get rid of it. He sold it on ebay! Good idea! Give the haunted box that gave your mother a stroke to a random person!

Project Runway 10, Episode 8 – Fall Fashions, Sort of

Last week on Project Runway, the designers had to make a look that 1) would complement nine other looks made by Project Runway alumnae, and 2) could be and would be sold by Lord and Taylor.  As everybody met the parameters of the challenge, at least in the sense of no obvious train wrecks, the judges decided not to send anybody home.  The real reason, of course, was two designers bailed unexpectedly a few weeks ago.  Keeping everybody after this challenge enabled the producers to bring the numbers back up where they wanted them.  Christopher won the challenge.

Speaking of Christopher, he’s not at all happy about the decision to keep his arch-rival Gunnar, who would have been sent home if things had gone normally.  Ven is also unhappy that there was no elimination.

At the runway, Heidi asks the contestants who among them is a good negotiator.  Everybody, including Elena and Ven, whose people skills have been shown to be sorely lacking, raises their hand.  Heidi, bemused, then sends everybody to meet Tim, who will fill them in on the details.

When the designers get to Parson’s, they find the place looking like a summer camp rather than design studio.  Everyone’s work space is covered with arts and crafts supplies, including glitter, much to Elena’s horror.  Tim explains that this week, there is no budget for Mood.  The designers will have to earn their money for Mood by making craft projects and then trying to sell them to the good people of New York.  The designers will have three hours to make stuff.

Tim then twists the knife by announcing that this will be a team challenge, in which everybody will work in trios.  There will be no group leader, either.  Cue the moans and groans.  Christopher tells us he does not want to work with Gunnar, while Dmitry informs he doesn’t want to work with Elena.  Their prayers go unanswered as Tim announces the teams.  Team 1 consists Christopher, Sonjia, and Gunnar; Team 2 will have Dmitry, Elena, and Alicia; Team 3 consists of Ven, Melissa, and Fabio.  Team 3 seems to have two distinct advantages:  no known rivalries between the members, and said members have all won at least once.  Fabio himself notes the second advantage.

The three teams start work on decorating their t-shirts and totebags.  Elena, naturally, dislikes the results of her group’s efforts.  Sonjia seconds that opinion and says the shirts look like something a homeless person would wear.

After that, Tim gives the teams two hours to sell their wares.  He adds that they can try to sell other things, too, like fashion tips.  During this part of the challenge, Elena demonstrates that she would make a lousy sales clerk, as she actually describes the shirts as “crappy.”  Even the designers who try to put a positive spin on things find there is a very limited market for their goods.  Team 1 eventually resorts to having Sonjia sing for their supper– so to speak.  At the end, Team 1 has earned $684.00, Team 2 has earned $500.00, and Team 3 has earned $800.48.   (Somebody paid them in change.)

Tim then describes the challenge itself:  Make two fall looks.  At least one of the looks will have to include outerwear.  Sonjia is delighted to hear this, since it will give her the opportunity to make a coat or jacket.  The three teams are then given the traditional thirty minutes to sketch and plan their looks.   Team 1 decides to use leather and hunter green in their looks.  Elena on Team 2 thinks they should concentrate on picking fabrics and worry about color later.  Well, we all know that she and Dmitry will probably pick black or gray, anyway.  Surprise, surprise, Team 2 starts picking out shades of gray when the gang goes to Mood.  At least they’re getting stuff.  Team 1 has problems making up its collective mind, and they eventually decide to split up to get things.

Back at Parson’s, the contestants get to work.  Well, most of them get to work.  Elena and Dmitry spend precious time squabbling over whether to do a dress or separates.  Listening to them, Christopher likens them to Boris and Natasha from Bullwinkle.  I’m amazed he knows about them, since that cartoon aired in the early 60’s.  On the other hand, there was a movie, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, that was made in 2000.  He probably saw that as a kid.  Alicia, meantime, decides to avoid them and just work.

Tim comes in to make his rounds and he starts with Team 2.  Dmitry is working on a dress and fringed shawl, while Elena is making a coat and Alicia is making pants and a shirt.  Tim finds the sleeves on the coat “distracting,” and he warns Alicia to mind the crotch of her pants.  He visibly shudders when he sees that Dmitry has opted for exposed darts on his dress.

Next up are Team 3.  Ven has been working on a fanned skirt that Tim decrees is not cohesive with the rest of the collection, which include a coat, a jacket, and pants.

Team 1 is last, and they tell Tim that they’re shooting for an “Army feel.”  Christopher is working on a trench coat while Sonjia is making a jacket.  Gunnar is making two dresses.  Both Christopher and Sonjia discuss the possibility of using leather for their sleeves, and Tim thinks that’s overkill.  He tells them not to overdesign and to mind their proportions.  Details will be crucial to this collection.

Over on Team 3, Ven reluctantly scraps his skirt and starts work on another one.

The models come in for their fitting, and Christopher finds his coat doesn’t quite fit, so he needs to fix it.  Gunnar’s dresses, however, seem to be fine so far.  Alicia also finds that her pants don’t quite fit, and Elena chews her out about this.  Dmitry points out that “tailored” doesn’t mean “tighter,” thus getting into another fight with Elena.  Alicia just tries to fix her pants and ignore them.

On the day of the runway show, Fabio works on his coat, while the oft-surly Ven works on Melissa’s pants so she can finish her white jacket.  Tim sends in the models, who get dressed and go to hair and make-up.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Football Sunday

The Showtime 10:30/9:30 ET/CT slot is for Friends. It’s the first Football Sunday of the year, and it feels great. It’s just a little cooler, just like it should be, and the Bears are on at noon, just like it should be. Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. 2012 U.S. Open Tennis. Women’s Doubles Final. 11:30 AM CT ESPN 2

2. NFL Football. Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears. 12:00 PM CT CBS

3. MLB Baseball. New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles. 12:30 PM CT TBS

4. PGA Tour Golf. Final round of BMW Championship from Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, IN. 1:00 PM CT NBC

5. 2012 U.S. Open Tennis. Men’s Final. 3:00 PM CT CBS

6. NFL Football. San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers. 3:00 PM CT Fox

7. 60 Minutes. Retired navy SEAL Mark Owen discusses raiding Osama bin Laden’s compound. 6:00 PM CT CBS

8. Into the West. Part 2 of 6. Follows the story of Jacob and Jethro as they help a wagon train head west amid almost insurmountable obstacles. 6:00 PM CT AMC

9. Big Brother. The winner of the last Head of Household competition is revealed, and they nominate two players for eviction. 7:00 PM CT CBS

10. MLB Baseball. Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Gaints. 7:00 PM CT ESPN 2

11. NFL Football. Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos. 7:15 PM CT NBC

12. Leverage. Parker gets left behind on the last job because of a broken leg and finds a group of thieves are planning a heist. 8:00 PM CT TNT

13. Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Scott considers getting a vasectomy, Kris gets new breast implants, and Kim visits a fertility clinic. 8:00 PM CT E!

14. Oprah’s Next Chapter. Jennifer Hudson is the guest. 8:00 PM CT OWN

15. Long Island Medium. Season premiere. In the first half hour, Theresa’s son graduates and returns home from college, where she’d like him to stay, and a woman heals from the loss of her daughter after a visit from a spirit. In the second half hour, Larry and the kids decide to throw a surprise party for Theresa, and a widow’s dead husband gives her a message. 8:00 PM CT TLC

16. Great Barrier Reef. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

17. Drop Dead Diva. Season finale. Jane and Grayson represent a man whose wife is refusing life-saving surgeyr, Kim defends a singer, Park finds out Kim’s secret, and Grayson reveals his feelings for Jane 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

18. Snapped. A woman involved in a lesbian love triangle disappears. 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

19. Hell on Wheels. Cullen’s past haunts Hell on Wheels, leaving the fate of the railroad hanging in the balance. 8:00 PM CT AMC

20. Married to Jonas. Bucky is confronted about his eating, and Kevin starts tearing apart the house in order to do DIY projects 9:00 PM CT E!

21. The Real Housewives of New Jersey. It’s back to the east coast for the NJ ladies, and new alliances emerge post-Napacation. The Gorgas left Napa early to support of Teresa, and it’s Melissa who tries to calm the stormy seas between Teresa and Caroline. Ultimately, it’s not just Teresa’s new alcoholic beverage left fizzing, when she invites her longtime ally (and sister of the enemy, Caroline!) Dina, to her Fabellini release party… 9:00 PM CT Bravo

22. Breaking Amish. Four Amish and one Mennonite leave their homes to see if there is more to life than what they’ve known. They face being shunned by family and exiled from the community. 9:00 PM CT TLC

23. Ice Road Truckers. Alex hauls deadly compressed gasses, Jack gets derailed by his load, Austin encounters a stuck trucker on Atigun Pass, and Porkchop answers for his performance to the boss. 9:00 PM CT HISTORY

24. Army Wives. Season finale. Fort Mashall is merging with an air force base, Kevin has a medical breakthrough, the troops leave for AFghanistan, Joan comes to a decision about her career, and Charlie and Nicole think about adoption. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

25. Bridezillas. Minyon bullies her bridal party, and Jennifer throws a tantrum and almost gets arrested. 9:00 PM CT WE

26. Weeds. “God Willing and the Creed Don’t Rise.” 9:00 PM CT Showtime

27. Web Therapy. Season finale. Fiona cures Newell, Kip’s campaign suffers, and Fiona finds out about Jerome and Hayley’s plan. 9:30 PM CT Showtime