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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   (billingsgazette.com) divider line 28
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2012-06-11 01:24:50 AM  
6 votes:
Chapter 1

WTF was I thinking?
2012-06-11 12:36:06 AM  
6 votes:
Well, he found the real America.
2012-06-11 01:53:42 AM  
4 votes:

Confabulat: To put aside my normal cynicism, I'm very sure the USA is a very kind country, once you manage to avoid all the murderers, rapists, thieves, and general sociopaths that are such an integral part of the mosaic of the fabric of our great land

people.

FTFY
2012-06-11 01:29:20 AM  
3 votes:
To put aside my normal cynicism, I'm very sure the USA is a very kind country, once you manage to avoid all the murderers, rapists, thieves, and general sociopaths that are such an integral part of the mosaic of the fabric of our great land.
2012-06-11 07:57:30 AM  
2 votes:

badhatharry: Somebody stopped and helped him, right? There you go. The kindness of America.


This is what we need to keep in mind. There are more people out there who would help you than there are who would shoot you.

Yesterday my daughter lost her purse containing credit cards, £30, gig tickets. She rang around trying to find it and it eventually turned up. The finder had handed it in to the supermarket where she'd left it. The supermarket employee had kept all the content safe. These as the normal people.
2012-06-11 07:36:42 AM  
2 votes:
I blame Hollywood

brammofan.files.wordpress.com
2012-06-11 05:39:47 AM  
2 votes:
In 1998 I hitchhiked from Michigan to California, to Oregon, back down south to Arizona, east through Texas and then North back up into Michigan. The trip took four and a half months and it was completely worth it. I met a lot of really wonderful people, learned a lot about my country, its people, and of course myself. There was only two points along the trip that were a bit dodgy.

The first was near Redwood, California. A couple of guys in a pickup truck stopped and offered me a ride when I wasn't looking for a ride. They were a little too insistent and when they got a little too close I pulled a knife on them and convinced them to get back in the truck and leave. Which they did, and then I did. Nothing more came of that.

The second time was in Arizona. I stopped in Tempe to visit a couple of hot girls that had moved to Tempe from back home in Michigan. When I arrived there, I was quickly informed I had to leave because one of the girls was hooked up with a heroine dealer and he and his friends were coming over because they heard about me coming there. Apparently the guy wasn't happy about my visit. So I booked it out of there and watched from a safe distance as two cars with seven guys pulled up. None of them looked very friendly and at least one of them had a pistol (saw him put it in the back of his belt before he went into the girls' apartment. There was some yelling and arguing between the girlfriend and her boyfriend, and I could see that was going nowhere fast... so I hitched it up to Flagstaff because I heard it was a cool town (and it was).

A pack of raccoons also tried to steal my crackers once... and a bear burst out of the woods and ran across the road ten feet in front of me... and I got really cold on a mountain one day... but in general... my trip wasn't very dangerous. I didn't get shot, stabbed, robbed, raped, or even assaulted. Even the cops that talked to me along the way were nice to me. People took me to their houses, let me crash on their couches, showed me great places to see, invited me to join their hippy commune, offered me a cabin in the woods, gave me food, let me use their showers, gave me more rides that I could keep track of, and were general pretty farking awesome.

My absolute favorite thing I did on my journey was visit the coastal redwoods of northern California. If you get the chance to see/touch/smell those in person, I highly recommend taking the opportunity to do so. It was kind of life altering for me.
2012-06-11 12:29:13 AM  
2 votes:
What the hell country did this guy come from? I wouldn't hitchhike across town without expecting robbery or rape.
2012-06-11 01:44:47 PM  
1 votes:
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 10:52:07 AM  
1 votes:
"When you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him."
I don't think that was meant to be taken literally.
2012-06-11 10:43:33 AM  
1 votes:

Big_Fat_Liar:
I appreciate the honesty. Sure beats what we have had to listen to from people who believed the same thing but pretended to not understand what was intended by the second amendment.
(changed because they've now been so soundly defeated we almost never hear from them any more)


Funny how we still get to hear ad nauseum from all the gun nuts over how "they're coming to take our guns!" then. It seems that paranoia is a big seller with some people.
2012-06-11 10:23:45 AM  
1 votes:

FirstNationalBastard: Well, he found the real America.


"Good morning America how are you?
Don't you know me I'm your native son? (BANG)
I'm the guy who tried to hitchhike 'cross Montana,
I'll be down three pints of blood 'fore the day is done."

2012-06-11 09:32:28 AM  
1 votes:

Egoy3k:
I used to stop if they seemed normal looking. The problem is you can't see mental illness.
I don't stop anymore. Nothing happened to change my attitude but I don't do much long distance driving without my wife anymore and no matter how innocent someone looks I'm not letting them into the car with my wife.


I still pick them up. Like I said, there's a lot of them out west. And I have my dog with me, who would chew the face off of anyone who tried to mess with me, even though she's pretty mellow.

I look for what they have with them--if they have really crappy stuff, they're probably not a good bet. They're people who've been thrown out of somewhere, are grifters, or are so mental that they can't get it together even enough to get a sleeping bag and decide where to go. If they have camping gear, a decent backpack, stuff like that, they're just travelers who are usually pretty interesting and decent people. They're going somewhere and won't try to get money from you or get you to take them home with you.

Their personal appearance isn't much of an indication of anything, since a lot of hippies hitch-hike, and you can get pretty scruffy-looking after a few days on the road, no matter how clean you might normally be.

If they have nothing, they're locals. Pick them up. They probably ran out of gas or their car broke down or they just don't have transportation for some reason.

/I wouldn't bet your life on this advice. But I do mine.
// and I could die on a car accident tomorrow too.
2012-06-11 08:50:24 AM  
1 votes:

skantea: Also a lot of very bad people seem to think that "Deep down, I'm really a good person". Heard that time and time again.


Lots of cops and prison guards think that about themselves, too.
2012-06-11 08:12:59 AM  
1 votes:

JohnnyC: In 1998 I hitchhiked from Michigan to California, to Oregon, back down south to Arizona, east through Texas and then North back up into Michigan. The trip took four and a half months and it was completely worth it. I met a lot of really wonderful people, learned a lot about my country, its people, and of course myself. There was only two points along the trip that were a bit dodgy.

The first was near Redwood, California. A couple of guys in a pickup truck stopped and offered me a ride when I wasn't looking for a ride. They were a little too insistent and when they got a little too close I pulled a knife on them and convinced them to get back in the truck and leave. Which they did, and then I did. Nothing more came of that.

The second time was in Arizona. I stopped in Tempe to visit a couple of hot girls that had moved to Tempe from back home in Michigan. When I arrived there, I was quickly informed I had to leave because one of the girls was hooked up with a heroine dealer and he and his friends were coming over because they heard about me coming there. Apparently the guy wasn't happy about my visit. So I booked it out of there and watched from a safe distance as two cars with seven guys pulled up. None of them looked very friendly and at least one of them had a pistol (saw him put it in the back of his belt before he went into the girls' apartment. There was some yelling and arguing between the girlfriend and her boyfriend, and I could see that was going nowhere fast... so I hitched it up to Flagstaff because I heard it was a cool town (and it was).

A pack of raccoons also tried to steal my crackers once... and a bear burst out of the woods and ran across the road ten feet in front of me... and I got really cold on a mountain one day... but in general... my trip wasn't very dangerous. I didn't get shot, stabbed, robbed, raped, or even assaulted. Even the cops that talked to me along the way were nice to me. People took me to their houses, let me crash on their couches, showed me great places to see, invited me to join their hippy commune, offered me a cabin in the woods, gave me food, let me use their showers, gave me more rides that I could keep track of, and were general pretty farking awesome.

My absolute favorite thing I did on my journey was visit the coastal redwoods of northern California. If you get the chance to see/touch/smell those in person, I highly recommend taking the opportunity to do so. It was kind of life altering for me.


Hey, dude, watch out fot the flies when you shoot the moose. Oh, and that school bus is going to get cold. Bring a sleeping bag.
2012-06-11 08:01:43 AM  
1 votes:

doglover: Benevolent Misanthrope: doglover: Confabulat: Benevolent Misanthrope: Because I'm fairly certain that, once caught, the vast majority of people who commit a serious crime would start jabbering due to the stress.

Stay out of criminal activity. That is a very poor attitude.

Kaiser Soze he is not, that's for sure.

She. And no - I'm well aware I am not suited to a life of crime. This is why I'm a librarian, and not a Billionaire Evil Mastermind.

But seriously - this guy is apparently not a hardened criminal, accustomed to police interrogation in his normal line of work. TV dramas aside, most people don't have enough practice to withstand an interrogation, I would think.

No ammount of practice could help you withstand an interrogation by someone determined to get info from you. Tourture is very easy and can be done in any kitchen.

But the police? You just clam up. TV shows make it look easy, but it's more of an hours long ordeal I'm sure. But they're not allowed to beat a confession outta you. If you are guilty, get a lawyer before you say ANYTHING. Unless it's rape, murder, or animal abuse. Then you fess up. Exagerate it even. Why? Because a little larceny or mob racketeering is bad, but those three are unforgivable.


She's right. When I worked for law enforcement I dealt with a lot of taped interrogations (they're all taped). The only criminals who know how to act in that situation are the ones who've been in it many, many, MANY times. The rest, believe it or not, if you can make them laugh, you can make them talk. And if people talk, the say too much.

Also a lot of very bad people seem to think that "Deep down, I'm really a good person". Heard that time and time again.
2012-06-11 07:53:46 AM  
1 votes:
Didn't someone attempt a similar journey globally themed a few years ago only to end up getting murdered in Turkey?
2012-06-11 07:41:12 AM  
1 votes:
Somebody stopped and helped him, right? There you go. The kindness of America.
Skr
2012-06-11 07:03:57 AM  
1 votes:
It's the 9 times out of 10 that you don't get shot that we should all be focusing on.


/at least he wasn't picked up by a pair of ladies in the mood for killing.
2012-06-11 06:31:34 AM  
1 votes:

FirstNationalBastard: Well, he found the real America.


"He was able to flag down a passer-by for help and is now recovering at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow."


Yes he did
2012-06-11 06:04:17 AM  
1 votes:
"Just call it 'Sometimes You Hear the Bullet', it's a better title anyway."
2012-06-11 02:49:52 AM  
1 votes:

Benevolent Misanthrope: doglover: Confabulat: Benevolent Misanthrope: Because I'm fairly certain that, once caught, the vast majority of people who commit a serious crime would start jabbering due to the stress.

Stay out of criminal activity. That is a very poor attitude.

Kaiser Soze he is not, that's for sure.

She. And no - I'm well aware I am not suited to a life of crime. This is why I'm a librarian, and not a Billionaire Evil Mastermind.

But seriously - this guy is apparently not a hardened criminal, accustomed to police interrogation in his normal line of work. TV dramas aside, most people don't have enough practice to withstand an interrogation, I would think.


No ammount of practice could help you withstand an interrogation by someone determined to get info from you. Tourture is very easy and can be done in any kitchen.

But the police? You just clam up. TV shows make it look easy, but it's more of an hours long ordeal I'm sure. But they're not allowed to beat a confession outta you. If you are guilty, get a lawyer before you say ANYTHING. Unless it's rape, murder, or animal abuse. Then you fess up. Exagerate it even. Why? Because a little larceny or mob racketeering is bad, but those three are unforgivable.
2012-06-11 02:36:19 AM  
1 votes:

doglover: Confabulat: Benevolent Misanthrope: Because I'm fairly certain that, once caught, the vast majority of people who commit a serious crime would start jabbering due to the stress.

Stay out of criminal activity. That is a very poor attitude.

Kaiser Soze he is not, that's for sure.


She. And no - I'm well aware I am not suited to a life of crime. This is why I'm a librarian, and not a Billionaire Evil Mastermind.

But seriously - this guy is apparently not a hardened criminal, accustomed to police interrogation in his normal line of work. TV dramas aside, most people don't have enough practice to withstand an interrogation, I would think.
2012-06-11 12:48:15 AM  
1 votes:
Kinda missed if he aint dead.

And thats the kindness!
2012-06-11 12:36:44 AM  
1 votes:
"It's totally random," he said. "These two gentlemen did not know each other. They'd never seen each other and we don't know of a motive. We don't know why this happened."

I always wonder, when I hear police statements like this. My first thought is always, "Did you ask him?" Because I'm fairly certain that, once caught, the vast majority of people who commit a serious crime would start jabbering due to the stress.
2012-06-11 12:35:11 AM  
1 votes:
I am certain it will make for an intersting, if short, book.
2012-06-11 12:33:59 AM  
1 votes:
He was able to flag down a passer-by for help and is now recovering at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow.


i50.tinypic.com

This is my thesis, man! This is my closing argument! I CAN STOP HITCHHIKING ACROSS AMERICA!
2012-06-11 12:31:50 AM  
1 votes:
Dolin, from West Virginia, is hitchhiking across the country and writing a memoir called "The Kindness of America," Meier said.

That's a shootin'.
 
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