Allan Stein may have two blogs, but he's actually one of a kind. At least I believe he is. If you can find another electric bike-riding ghost hunter in the Upper Valley, you just let me know, and I'll stand corrected. Seriously, the man is into both sustainability and specters. So let's get to know him.
Okay, so first let’s talk about your electric bike. Have you named it? Because you should. The best I can come up with is Little Juicy. What do you think?
I named it The Energizer. It has far more energy than I do these days and gets me there a lot faster.
If you encountered someone else on an e-bike, would you honk your “annoyingly high-pitched” horn (your words, not mine!) at them? Or just pull over and have a party?
I most certainly would honk my horn and wave, or something like that. I haven't met any other ebikers on the road yet. The regular cyclists look at me as though I'm cheating, as I never break a sweat and tend to go faster than they do uphill. I did encounter people once gathered around my ebike outside the food co-op, wondering what the heck they were looking at. "Just the latest cutting edge Asian Pacific Rim technology," I responded. Turned out they were all electric vehicle enthusiasts, so it was good to talk with people who share the same passion for alternative transportation as I do.
Any idea how many miles you’ve traveled since buying Little Juicy? How many gallons you’ve saved?
I started riding in March and average 12 miles a day. I'd estimate I've traveled 250 days for a total of 3,000 miles this year, and the bike is looking pretty beat. Since it costs me about $30 to fill the tank in my old 1999 Ford Escort, this translates to about $255 in gas savings so far.
Meanwhile, you also write about ghosts in the Upper Valley -- which is cool! How did you come by that interest?
I've always had an interest in the paranormal for the simple reason that I enjoy a good scare. Shakes me out of my lethargy. I even had a paranormal experience myself once, or a lucid dream. I haven't decided. Scared the bejabbers out of me, though. I also enjoy watching horror movies to satisfy my scare-seeking impulses. When I first began watching the Ghost Hunters series my interest in the paranormal only grew.
I’m just guessing here, but is your favorite movie Ghostbusters? If not, what’s your favorite ghost flick?
I'd have to say the original Blair Witch Project is my all-time favorite. This ground-breaking movie draws upon our natural fear of the deep woods in the black of night. I mean, who wouldn't flip out at the distant sound of a baby giggling while camped out in the middle of nowhere?
Final question: If you saw a ghost riding an e-bike, what would you do?
I would stop riding my ebike while under the influence of alcohol, or that green stuff.