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(Billings Gazette)   Man hitchhiking across the country to write book called "The Kindness of America" shot by random passer-by on the side of the highway   ( divider line
    More: Ironic, Glasgow, Raymond Dolin, Montana Highway Patrol, Bureau of Land Management, highways  
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15885 clicks; posted to Main » on 11 Jun 2012 at 5:14 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-06-11 01:30:30 PM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: JohnnyC: \There was only two points along the trip that were a bit dodgy.

The first was near Redwood, California.

There's something seriously wrong with that part of the world. Like hills-have-eyes wrong.

One of the two guys had maybe a dozen facial hairs and they were all about 5 inches long. They looked more like random whiskers than any kind of beard/goatee/mustache... I'll never forget those scraggly few hairs sticking out of his face. Heck, it was one of the things that clued me into the fact that those two guys were not going to be a good scene.

Mark Ratner: Cool story, brah. Sounds like a more exciting version of, "Into the Wild." And with a happier ending.

Well yeah... I saw that movie. It reminded me a lot of my trip... not exactly, but it hit a lot of the same kind of notes. That guy didn't know when to quit though. I knew better than to try keep going through the winter. I extended the trip a bit by heading south as the weather got colder, but winter was catching me anyway, so I decided the trip was done and I headed back to Michigan to familiar stomping grounds. Of course, it gets cold in Michigan too, but I had friends and family here.

The closest I came to that kind of situation (starving in the woods) was in King's Canyon. It's this huge national park in California that didn't have roads going through it. I ran out of food in there and had to do a little fishing, trapping, and gathering to put food in my belly. It was a little scary, but really satisfying and exciting too.
2012-06-11 01:33:46 PM  
I picked up a hitchiker a few months ago and he was on mushrooms. He lived in the woods a couple hundred yards off the road (or so he said) and made his living selling shrooms. True story bro.
2012-06-11 01:34:30 PM  

cryinoutloud: Funny how we still get to hear ad nauseum from all the gun nuts over how "they're coming to take our guns!" then.

You mean the Brady Center, National Gun Victim's Action Council, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Violence Policy Center have all ceased operation?

Not quite. True, they are now limited to doing thing like boycotting Starbucks, but that does not mean that the issue is going to go away. Always need to keep alert.
2012-06-11 01:44:47 PM  
I've traveled across the United States a couple times. Most folks just mind their own business, a few will chat or help you, and of course there is also a portion that will try to hurt/injury/steal from you.

It's just part of current human civilization. It was never better in some previous era.
2012-06-11 04:09:28 PM  

MAYORBOB: With this, fark officially needs a SUPER IRONIC tag.

So, is that like 20,000 spoons when all you need is a knife?
2012-06-11 05:26:14 PM  

HeadLever: True, they are now limited to doing thing like boycotting Starbucks, but that does not mean that the issue is going to go away. Always need to keep alert.

Yes, that sounds like it really requires vigilance. Armed and ready! They can take our lattes, but they can't take our dignity!

I love how somebody got shot for no reason, but the gun-toting psychos are the REAL victims.

2012-06-11 05:51:37 PM  

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: skinink: I am also writing a book called The Kindness of America. Except my research is being done solely on Fark, where none of you assholes can harm me!

Right the hell on. I totally agree. Let's meet up for a beer. I'll email you the address. I know this great little bar that has an "abandoned frozen burrito factory" as a theme. When you get about 1/4 of a mile away, shut off your headlights. When you're standing adjacent to the entrance, you'll see a hole in the bottom of the fence that you could probably squeeze under but DON'T. Go around the back and hop the fence where the barbed wire has be cut. It's tough to miss so just keep looking. You'll see it. Under a rock next to the backdoor you'll find a blindfold and a sharpie. Put the blindfold on and mark an 'X' on your forehead. It doesn't need to be perfect, it's totally casual LOL! Knock on the door three times. When you hear three knocks in return you'll answer, "The dog needs a toy." And that's it! We'll party all night and I'm totally not going to so anything creepy to you. That's for sure.

It puts the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again.

/Yes, it will, Precious, won't it?
2012-06-11 06:39:24 PM  

supageil: Yes, that sounds like it really requires vigilance.

Yep. These groups are not going away, neither are 'we'. Even though I am not as parinoid as many NRA higher-ups, we all need to get used to it. The fearmongering is needed to bring in money. This applies to both sides. Just recognize that about 2/3rds of it is BS and you will do just fine.
2012-06-11 06:48:14 PM  

doglover: If you are guilty, get a lawyer before you say ANYTHING.


Even if you're innocent, you can only incriminate yourself further by talking to the police during interrogations. Everyone's a suspect, and phrases like, "but you told police that..." will haunt you--especially if you're stressed out and accidentally say something you didn't mean to say or accidentally got backwards. All cops are notaries public, and anything you say to them is, for all intents and purposes, set in stone.
2012-06-12 12:51:25 AM  
Wait, I'm confused. Is this the sequel to Grizzly Man?
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