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2013-05-03 05:40:45 PM
Oh ... you mean sober.
 
2013-05-03 07:39:47 PM
This happens to people more often than you might think. I mean, I was out driving one day and found myself in the country, out beside a shotgun shack in another part of the world. And what I realized was that I was behind the wheel of a large automobile, not inside mybeautiful house with my beautiful wife. And I had to ask myself at that point,well, how did I get here? It was like I was letting water hold me down, water that was flowing underneath the ground, and all I could do was look up into the blue sky and realize that my money was gone. And you ask, how do I work this? But it's the same as it ever was. That's what you realize.
 
2013-05-03 07:56:14 PM

Pocket Ninja: This happens to people more often than you might think. I mean, I was out driving one day and found myself in the country, out beside a shotgun shack in another part of the world. And what I realized was that I was behind the wheel of a large automobile, not inside mybeautiful house with my beautiful wife. And I had to ask myself at that point,well, how did I get here? It was like I was letting water hold me down, water that was flowing underneath the ground, and all I could do was look up into the blue sky and realize that my money was gone. And you ask, how do I work this? But it's the same as it ever was. That's what you realize.


Cool story, bro. Now tell us the story about how you founded an influential New Wave band.
 
2013-05-03 08:12:44 PM
Nothing so severe, but I have walked into a room on several occasions and wondered why I went in there.
 
2013-05-03 08:13:00 PM
Every Saturday morning I wake up in bed not remembering how I got home. I look out the window and the car's parked sideways in the driveway, broken whisky bottles on the ground beside the open driver's side door. A small child's wagon jammed into the rear wheel-well. My wife sobbing in the corner, my children afraid to look me in the eye. Neighbours looking shiftily at me, signing another one of their "petitions".

/well, off the the bar!
 
2013-05-03 08:14:06 PM
This sounds like the beginning of a Steven Wright joke.
 
2013-05-03 08:14:15 PM
Did that once and sorta woke up when I was sliding the keycard to get in to work

Prob was it was Saturday and I had been going to the store which was 1/2 mile from my house and not work which was 7 miles
 
2013-05-03 08:15:21 PM
Yes.
 
2013-05-03 08:15:31 PM
It was just daydreaming, not hypnosis, when I've done it. If the drive is familiar you can daydream and go on auto-pilot, and when you're in that state you don't record memories. Disconcerting though, when I snap out of it, and I think I really should have been paying attention to my driving.
 
2013-05-03 08:17:19 PM

You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack. You may find yourself in another part of the world. You may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile. You may find yourself in a beautiful house with a beautiful wife. You may ask yourself, "Well, how did I get here? "


www.hipstercrite.com

 
2013-05-03 08:19:13 PM

Pocket Ninja: This happens to people more often than you might think. I mean, I was out driving one day and found myself in the country, out beside a shotgun shack in another part of the world. And what I realized was that I was behind the wheel of a large automobile, not inside mybeautiful house with my beautiful wife. And I had to ask myself at that point,well, how did I get here? It was like I was letting water hold me down, water that was flowing underneath the ground, and all I could do was look up into the blue sky and realize that my money was gone. And you ask, how do I work this? But it's the same as it ever was. That's what you realize.


Drugs are a powerful thing, yo.

Also, people should lay off the ambien.
 
2013-05-03 08:20:59 PM
The Ambien walrus approves
 
2013-05-03 08:22:01 PM
chronic flatulence prevents me from suffering from this particular disorder.
i always know I am between point A and a toilet at all times...
 
2013-05-03 08:22:18 PM
I did that a couple times back in the way before.  I was working two jobs, 6 days a week, about 75 hours a week with a 45 minute drive each way.  I'd get on the twisty, 2-lane mountain road over the hills around midnight then I'd be rolling to a stop in the driveway with no memory of the 25 miles of mountain road.  Then I got fired from Job A, got the inside track on Job C from someone at Job B, then quit Job B and I was only working 40 hours a week.  Whew.
 
2013-05-03 08:23:25 PM

Pocket Ninja: This happens to people more often than you might think. I mean, I was out driving one day and found myself in the country, out beside a shotgun shack in another part of the world. And what I realized was that I was behind the wheel of a large automobile, not inside mybeautiful house with my beautiful wife. And I had to ask myself at that point,well, how did I get here? It was like I was letting water hold me down, water that was flowing underneath the ground, and all I could do was look up into the blue sky and realize that my money was gone. And you ask, how do I work this? But it's the same as it ever was. That's what you realize.


Were you on a road to nowhere? HEY!
 
2013-05-03 08:23:34 PM

Pocket Ninja: This happens to people more often than you might think. I mean, I was out driving one day and found myself in the country, out beside a shotgun shack in another part of the world. And what I realized was that I was behind the wheel of a large automobile, not inside mybeautiful house with my beautiful wife. And I had to ask myself at that point,well, how did I get here? It was like I was letting water hold me down, water that was flowing underneath the ground, and all I could do was look up into the blue sky and realize that my money was gone. And you ask, how do I work this? But it's the same as it ever was. That's what you realize.


Same as it ever was
 
2013-05-03 08:24:58 PM
driving for 10 hours after being up 40 hours isnt fun...to bad i seem to do it more often that i want to...no amount of red bull works at that time
 
2013-05-03 08:25:22 PM
Pocket Ninja:

That's why I made your comments a nice, relaxing blue. Bravo.
 
2013-05-03 08:25:40 PM
Have you ever restored a network and not remembering that it was even down?

beerspill.fark.com

yeah, neither has this guy,
 
2013-05-03 08:26:44 PM

Pocket Ninja: This happens to people more often than you might think. I mean, I was out driving one day and found myself in the country, out beside a shotgun shack in another part of the world. And what I realized was that I was behind the wheel of a large automobile, not inside mybeautiful house with my beautiful wife. And I had to ask myself at that point,well, how did I get here? It was like I was letting water hold me down, water that was flowing underneath the ground, and all I could do was look up into the blue sky and realize that my money was gone. And you ask, how do I work this? But it's the same as it ever was. That's what you realize.


Ignore the haters, that post was +1

One of the scariest things that ever happened to me was this. Drivin home from LA to seal beach, I was drunk (I'm sorry about it, it was 20 years ago) and I came to, behind the wheel of my truck , driving, in the middle of all the docks in San Pedro or long beach, no idea how I got there, where I was or how to get to the freeway. It was farking scary and a life changing experience. I don't drink like that anymore, let alone drive after drinking more than one drink.
 
2013-05-03 08:28:29 PM
Yes.  It's a little frightening.
 
2013-05-03 08:28:35 PM
I've zoned out while thinking intensely about something else, but never felt anything like nearing sleep. Nearly falling asleep has only happened a couple of times and it terrifies me, and definitely feels different.
 
2013-05-03 08:30:41 PM
Just do a little meth
 
2013-05-03 08:33:28 PM
Not as far as you know.
 
2013-05-03 08:36:29 PM
Hell yeah, but after I paid my tab I thought I...

OH....oh....

Either way, yes.
 
2013-05-03 08:38:37 PM
I think I did that once.  Thankfully I woke up.  Anyway I was travelling on an Interstate highway through one of those "fly-over" states and after driving for quite a while stopped to fuel. Then continued driving.  For a couple hours or so.  The Interstate took a big turn to the left over a bridge which was probably over a big railroad switchyard.  Well at least a few tracks leading to a switchyard.  But I couldn't see it.  I was asleep.  I came awake just as I was ascending the ramp and about to leave the highway, immediately I swerved to the left and recovered in the right lane.

/that got my attention and I was able to continue to my destination
//or maybe it was a dream and there was a reason why my gas mileage was so low on that leg of the trip
 
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2013-05-03 08:43:49 PM
"Have you ever gotten home and not remembered driving there? Have you suddenly "come to" behind the wheel of a car without remembering the last few miles? You're not alone. Here comes the science (and the oncoming traffic) "


Balls, you must be tripping them...
 
2013-05-03 08:43:54 PM
I call it autopilot. It's not as close to sleep as the article's author seems to think, It's just spacing out, thinking about what you're going to do when you get home, etc. I usually snap out of it after two or three miles.
 
2013-05-03 08:44:29 PM
NO. But I've dodged a lot of these assholes
 
2013-05-03 08:44:59 PM
I woke up on places that I don't know how I got there and many times regretted.  Fortunately none of them involved gay scenarios.
 
2013-05-03 08:45:40 PM
I lived for a time about 35 miles west of Chicago, but dated a gal in the city.  Had to take the Kennedy Expressway to and from. After one long pleasant evening together, I drop her off home and start heading to my own place.  I was tired and defaulted to keeping my interval between me and the car ahead.  At one point, the car in front of me brakes to a full stop and my head snaps awake and I am in the departures drop-off terminal at O'Hare Airport, with no idea how I had got there. About a 12 mile detour.

These days the job keeps me on the road a time or two per month, long boring-ass drives.  I really have to fight the fatigue.  What works for me includes:

very crunchy snacks alike peanut M&M's or chex mix
spicy snacks like slim jims, really, any kind of chewing will help keep you awake, but crunchiness and hot spices assist the process.

Driving with the windows full down in any weather

singing to a blasting radio, top of your lungs.  When I get too tired for that to work, I pull over, do stretches, take a short walk.

Used to use jolt! cola,  which kept me saucer-eyed for 200 miles nonstop,  but I can't stand the taste of today's red bulls and what not.
 
2013-05-03 08:46:57 PM
Fark, I am disappoint

img.gawkerassets.com
 
2013-05-03 08:46:58 PM
Have you ever gotten home and not remembered driving there?  We all have.  Now here's an article about something almost completely different.
 
2013-05-03 08:48:06 PM
Well sure, but that's not going to make me click on a Gawker link.
 
2013-05-03 08:51:01 PM
Done in .... *counts*  10.
 
2013-05-03 08:53:07 PM
I used to drive 6 hours across New York to get to or from college, and it was pretty much all one highway that looked the same. I would routinely find myself 3 or 4 exits further than where I thought I was and not even realize it.

But that does not even compare to those nights when I would be driving home tired, and I would suddenly jolt into focus and realize I had just fallen asleep. That is downright terrifying.
 
2013-05-03 08:55:36 PM
I'm not saying aliens...
 
2013-05-03 08:57:08 PM

Pocket Ninja: This happens to people more often than you might think. I mean, I was out driving one day and found myself in the country, out beside a shotgun shack in another part of the world. And what I realized was that I was behind the wheel of a large automobile, not inside mybeautiful house with my beautiful wife. And I had to ask myself at that point,well, how did I get here? It was like I was letting water hold me down, water that was flowing underneath the ground, and all I could do was look up into the blue sky and realize that my money was gone. And you ask, how do I work this? But it's the same as it ever was. That's what you realize.


I don't know who you are in real life, but here you have made Fark awesome for years. Seriously, you should receive something free.
 
2013-05-03 09:00:25 PM
About 1972, my parents were moving from Marlette, MI to Mason City, IA and my brother and I got stuck doing all the moving, multiple trips, back and forth, hauling a huge U-Haul trailer behind a big Chevy sedan, plus doing almost all of the loading and unloading ourselves.  The last trip out was with my brother driving the car with the U-Haul trailer and I driving a 22 foot motor home with my mom, my grandmother, the dog and the cat and a crapload of house plants.  To say I was tired would be an understatement.  Around 10PM, I was driving and suddenly slammed on the brakes, scared the hell out of Mom.  When she asked what that was about, I said, "It's the people crossing the road.  Don't you see them?"  Of course she didn't.  there was no crowd of people crossing the interstate ahead of us.  It was the play of lights and shadows from oncoming cars in the eastbound lanes, across the median and my overly tired brain.  I could have sworn there was a huge crown of people, much like the disposessed refugees in the old WW II movie news reels, slowly crossing the road.

We took the next exit, parked in a truck stop, shifted the plants around and sacked out on the beds in the motorhome until morning.
 
2013-05-03 09:03:32 PM

Aulus: We took the next exit, parked in a truck stop, shifted the plants around and sacked out on the beds in the motorhome until morning.


Good idea.
 
2013-05-03 09:09:41 PM

Pocket Ninja: This happens to people more often than you might think. I mean, I was out driving one day and found myself in the country, out beside a shotgun shack in another part of the world. And what I realized was that I was behind the wheel of a large automobile, not inside mybeautiful house with my beautiful wife. And I had to ask myself at that point,well, how did I get here? It was like I was letting water hold me down, water that was flowing underneath the ground, and all I could do was look up into the blue sky and realize that my money was gone. And you ask, how do I work this? But it's the same as it ever was. That's what you realize.


You're a psycho killer, aren't you? I'm not judging, life during wartime is difficult, it's not nothing but flowers.
 
2013-05-03 09:16:20 PM

Ego edo infantia cattus: I call it autopilot.


Or for a lot of people, "talking on a cell phone".
 
2013-05-03 09:17:00 PM
I woke up once with no idea how I got there. I was driving and the next thing I remember I was cold and glass was falling on me. i passed out and woke up taped to board and couldn't move with people moving frantically around me. I don't think I've ever been so scared.

Anyway, don't drive tired

/csb
 
2013-05-03 09:22:30 PM

Heathen: Fark, I am disappoint

[img.gawkerassets.com image 160x160]


Agreed.  After the pic and her hyphenated last name, I couldn't read any further.
 
2013-05-03 09:28:02 PM

doosh: Just do a little meth


Heh, could tell more than one related csb here, but I won't. Okay, maybe one.

Waking up ten miles past my exit to the loop, in the middle downtown Dallas, after six days of no sleep, was kinda skeery.

/lame story bro
 
2013-05-03 09:33:40 PM
It's not hypnosis. The reason you don't remember anything is because nothing important happened. You drove the same route you drive every day, made the same turns at the same intersections. I don't remember every bite of my breakfast either. I know whether I ate it or not, that's what matters.
 
2013-05-03 09:53:05 PM
In 2007 I drove from Minneapolis to Nashville and back about a dozen times.

I relied on the highway hypnosis to get me through Illinois from top to bottom all those times.

/ 400 miles of Illinois makes Wisconsin look like freakin' Switzerland.
 
2013-05-03 09:54:33 PM
My uncle was a long-hauler.  One night, he and his partner (in a second rig) were driving up through NYS.  At one point, approaching Syracuse, he noticed that the mile markers had skipped ahead by a considerable bit.  Also, Syracuse seemed to be behind him.  He radioed back:

"Uh, hey there."
"Welcome back!"
"How'd I do?"
"Oh, they got out of your way."

/RIP Shaky Jake
 
2013-05-03 10:01:23 PM
I drove a total of 850 miles to NYC and back (New York is a big-ass state) this past weekend and I found what works the best is podcasts. An hour or more of uninterrupted comedy or science or whatever is great for keeping my attention. I also have some podcasts of old radio mysteries which are likewise great for fighting the boredom.
 
2013-05-03 10:08:13 PM
What does it mean that this is where I learned how to drive?

Of course it talked about freeway hypnosis.

cartoonresearch.com
 
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