Saturday, November 12, 2005

Don't be thumbin' no rides. Ya hear?



HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DOUG!
It's my favorite hitchhikers birthday. That's Doug of Waking Ambrose. He's smart and he used to hitchhike a lot it seems. I have no experience with hitchhiking or being smart, so I'm just gonna leave you with a hitchhiking joke that I picked up on The Prairie Home Companion. Garrison called it The Minnesota ghost. You hafta imagine Garrison Keillor's voice here, on accounta I don't have some voice thingie.

This out of state traveler was on the side of the road, hitchhiking on a real dark night in the middle of a thunderstorm. Time passed slowly and no cars went by. It was raining so hard he could hardly see his hand in front of his face.

Suddenly he saw a car moving slowly, approaching and appearing ghostlike in the rain. It slowly and silently crept toward him and stopped. Wanting a ride real bad the guy jumped in the car and closed the door; only then did he realize that there was nobody behind the wheel, and no sound of an engine to be heard over the rain.

Again the car crept slowly forward and the guy was terrified, too scared to think of jumping out and running. The guy saw that the car was approaching a sharp curve and, still too scared to jump out, he started to pray and began begging for his life; he was sure the ghost car would go off the road and into a nearby lake and he would surely drown!

But just before the curve a shadowy figure appeared at the driver's window and a hand reached in and turned the steering wheel, guiding the car safely around the bend. Then, just as silently, the hand disappeared through the window and the hitchhiker was alone again!

Paralyzed with fear, the guy watched the hand reappear every time they reached a curve. Finally the guy, scared to near death, had all he could take and jumped out of the car and ran and ran, into town.

Wet and in shock, he went into a bar and, voice quavering, ordered two shots of whiskey, then told everybody about his supernatural experience.

A silence enveloped the place and everybody got goose bumps when they realized the guy had to be telling the truth (and was not just some drunk).

About half an hour later two guys walked into the bar and one says to the other, "Look Ole, ders dat idiot dat rode in our car when we wuz pushin it in the rain."

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26 comments:

KristieD said...

Thats a good one. I have heard it once before, but it still gets me...Thansk for the laugh.

lime said...

that's a good one!

natasha said...

Haha. Love it, Luce!

BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Thank you for all your kind words and emails these past few days, tan lucy.

Aral's blog, with its all of its colors is like going to Disneyland, so I went to visit her today as well.

Ivy the Goober said...

That's funny! Poor guy was too scared to even enjoy the free ride :)

AP3 said...

Great story! Yeah. That Doug.

Fred said...

Haha! Great one.

actonbell said...

Ha! That's good--happy birthday to Doug:)

actonbell said...

OOPS, I used a variation of the same picture! My post isn't visible yet, and I don't know why.

mireille said...

Bwahahahaha! and *mwah* TLP. xoxo

OldHorsetailSnake said...

Why didn't I see that coming? What a gem!!

weirsdo said...

Characteristically, they didn't say anything to him the whole time. Good story.

Libby said...

that's a GREAT one, TLP!! always great to have something funny to read on a saturday!!
BoUnCeS!! LibbY!

Doug said...

Bless you TLP, a Sven and Ole joke on my birthday! No richer present.

kenju said...

I didn't see it coming either - and then I realized I had heard it before!

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Thanks to all who at least pretend to like the cornball joke. I LOVE Prairie Home Companion. I don't even know why.

kenju said...

I love Prarie Home Companion too, and I wish it was on more than 2x per week, so I caould catch it more often.

Thanks for the link to the shoehouse. It is no doubt great fun to tour. If I ever get to your neck of the woods, I'll be sure to go and see it.

Inanna said...

LOL!!

Sar said...

HA! As always, thanks for the laughs, TLP.

And I never tire extending birthday wishes, especially to a hitchhiking dog. Happy Birthday, Doug!

Peter said...

Hi Lucy, I for one didn't think your joke was funny, so un-funny that I'm pretty sure in a few months time it will be in holtieshouse where a lot of the stuff is un-funny.

Bela said...

I love it! Thanks for the laugh.

schnoodlepooh said...

That's a great story! I can totally hear Garrison's voice telling it!

curious servant said...

I have a number of scary hitchiking stories myself. But another time.

I will share that I once hitch 30,000 mile in a single summer.

Doug said...

TLP, thanks for reforming me and for a great birthday.

Jamie Dawn said...

Cute joke!
I hope Doug has forever given up hitchhiking. I want him to live to have many more birthdays.

Minka said...

I agree with jamie dawn. I hope Doug´s ventures ar ein the past, what would we do without his blog, or yours for that matter. On his we pretend to be real smart(some of them are) and here we got to laugh about it. A nice combination.