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That wasn't my worst hitch-hiker experience, though: there was the drunken policeman...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jul 29th, 2010 at 04:42:44 PM EST
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My worst was on the outskirts of Paris, 2cv van came weaving down the road, and purple nosed farmer who slurred his words and stank of wine was turned down as transport. five minutes later, police, fire and ambulance screamed past, then I was picked up only to find that where the road curved round to the left he'd gone straight off the  side of the road and headed down the embankment end over end.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Jul 29th, 2010 at 05:25:08 PM EST
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Hah, but you wisely turned down! My drunken policeman wasn't that bad at driving in an illuminated state, the problem was his job.

It was at the end of a two-day trek in the woods, when we arrived in the village in the evening after the last bus left, and tried to hitch-hike while walking along the rural road to the next village. My companion thought that using a pocket lamp will improve our chances.

It did. A car stopped.

However, after picking us up, our driver didn't answer any attempts at smalltalk, just made a very sour face and didn't say a word for minutes. Then he began to talk: what were we thinking with the lamp, he thought it's a police checkpoint! We were huh, why so and so what?

Then he said he is a policeman himself, and we made him believe that the colleagues caught him at drunken driving, which would have cost him his job and more! And then he worked himself into a rage, talking about all his troubles in life, blaming us for ruining his life, and issuing all sorts of threats, which is no fun from a man with a pistol who is drunk. But he finally decided to dump us with a curse in the next village. (I don't even remember how we got to the nearest train station from there.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Jul 30th, 2010 at 10:55:24 AM EST
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Well talking about Authority figures, the one group it's hardest to get a lift from. in nearly 30 years of hitching I have only one one occasion received a lift from a priest. they even noticeably turn to look out of the opposite window to not see you as they pass. And that even includes priests who I know!

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jul 30th, 2010 at 11:35:20 AM EST
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