Monday, September 12, 2005

Which way you going?

So I know all ther sterotypes and the things people say about hickhikers. I also know that my mother would not be happy know ing that I pick them up. Now I don't pick the one's with hocky maskes and kifes, bgut that's mostly cause I don't see them. I also would not pick them up if I had my wife or kids in the car, While I can't be sure but I think i wouldn't, but I still might. I have only picked up a handful. I do this cause I myself am having to realiy on the kindess of strangers allot of the time. Yesterday I pick up two, one was a man who's car ran out of gas and his grandmother and kids where waiting in the car. The second was a little more shady. Having worked with people with mental disorders I could till this man had one. I am no doctor and am not very knowlageable about such things so to say more would only be guesses. He was headed for montana and was happy for as far as I could take him. I told him I was going to Utah and he could come the whole way or get dropped off where ever he wanted along the way. HE was more then happy with this. We then set off with him doing most of the talking. I came to find out the he use to teach music and a few different univeristys but something had happened where he has spent the last few months on the streets. He was from South Carilona and had hickted hiked his way to bloomfield New Mexico. He was more then happy to hear classical music in the car (I was playing a cd from Toko Takahashi a japaness composer) He went off about art and phiolsphy and how he liked buroke morn then others. He had seem to have been doiong fine till something happened to him. At which point I think his brain was kind of fried. He had troulbe with simple math and yet knew all the converstions form standerdd to metric. He could tell me different things he had read, but had a very hard time reading. He was constily talking quietly to himself and doing motions with his hands in the air. I might have thought him scary or strang if I hadn't sent so much time with other like him. We had to stop quite offten for the bathroom and smoking. I had known another man that had to have a cigerate every now and them to help with his disablityes. So I gladly stopped as offten as he liked for this, where we would get something to eat and talk about things that we saw around us. Thikning that prove was a good mormon town I thought it would have at least one homless shelter. when we got there sadly it did not the closest one was all the way in Salt lack city. This was too much this man was now my firend and I could not simply leave him in the street. I found a hotel and got him set up for the night where he said he could contine on his way tomorrow. He being more then happy to have meet me and I the same for him we parted exchanging e-mail. I have lost his name to my memory and have his face implanted on my mind. I hope things work out for him and I hope you think twice about strangers on the road.

7 Comments:

Blogger Amanda/Mandie said...

I am a fan of picking up hitchhikers to be honest. I have been on the receiving end of a nice person who gave me a ride home in order to keep me from walking in the dark after work one night. Good for you. Kindness is always repaid in kindness later on, or as Bro. Muhlestein would say, blessings in Heaven.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Simply E said...

HitchHikers are fun. My dad always picks them up cause well he used to hitch hike all the time when he traveled. we once picked up this german guy in new zealand cool accent and well i have been a hitchhicker myself. HEHE :) love people who are nice enought o stop and pick up a person walking in the rain of course that was in NZ.
Well Peter says hello, finally got to talk to him the other day. hehe he thought it was funny i knew about the deer that charged him. he also started asking about you when you were here. mwhahaha.
well that is all, stay alive you got about 9years, mwahaha
and also bro muhlestein would say go and sin no more.

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you freakin' crazy?!? Hitchhikers? Aren't there safer ways to serve mankind?

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm, the hitch hiker was from SC? Ewww. Thats just like... wrong... :P Trust me... you probably shouldn't associate yourself with people from SC... Unless they weren't originally from SC or somethin'. Otherwise, steer clear, and don't be afraid to throw an English Major here and there to keep them at bay...

7:33 AM  
Blogger Capt. Caf said...

i'm curious as to why mike posted as anonymous. opps i gave away his secret. his style cannot be easily hid or mistaken. hehee.
as i hear hitch-hiking is the preferred route of travel in Tonga, i hope i get to go there soon. where do you hope to go soon?

3:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee... thanks Kels... I wasn't TRYING to be anonymous, or else I would have eliminated my ellipses I love to use so much. Was hoping to tick someone off, (who didn't know me) and then throw it in their faces that I'M FROM SC! That and see if anyone else I do know didn't realise it was me... but fyi, I post anonymously because I got rid of everything, including my login, so I wouldn't be tempted to go back to blogging, something I couldn't do anyway.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Capt. Caf said...

so i have a question. why do you think i still let things that you say tick me off so much? maybe i too high of expectations of you, like not lieing.

2:17 AM  

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