Monday, October 21, 2019
Hitching a Ride
Hitching a ride; I picked up this little ear-worm listening to Sirius Radio the other day. It made me think,
“When is the last time I’ve seen a hitchhiker?”
This song was in the early 70’s so I guess it was common back then, but I have not seen a hitchhiker in years.
I used to hitchhike all the time. It was an easy mode of transportation. Back when I was as young as 13 and all through college, hitchhiking was popular. Stick out your thumb and wait. Eventually someone would stop and ask,
“Where ya going?”
“Easton, Pa. (my college town).”
“Hop in, I can get you half way there.”
When I was in the eight grade, I played sports. The buses home were all gone well before practice was over. Home was three miles away. I would sometimes grab a ride from a friend’s parent. Often I would just hitch home.
No one ever thought twice about hitchhiking. we never worried about it. I think people started to think twice after hearing stories and seeing movies where being picked up by a psycho ended up badly. Other stories about picking up a psycho ended up badly.
Pretty soon, the only people hitchhiking and the only people who picked up hitchhikers were psychos.
I’ve often wondered what happens when a psycho hitchhiker is picked up by a psycho driver.
Anyway, I suppose soon even psychos stopped hitchhiking and picking up riders. Hitchhiking now just does not exist.
My days of hitchhiking were not as dangerous as people today might imagine. When I was thumbing a ride home from school after practice, I would almost always get picked up by someone I knew. It would be an older high school kid who had a license, or a neighbor I knew who was coming home from the train station after his daily commute.
It was a small town, people knew each other, there weren’t many psychos passing through.
When I was in college I would hitch to and from school when on break. It was about an hour and a half trip. I would hold up a sign saying “Lafayette” and invariably would get a ride from another student, or an alumnus.
I also generally hitched with a friend. Apparently, psychos only pick up solo passengers. Psychos only hitched alone, so picking up a twosome or being picked up as a twosome was perfectly safe…or so people thought years ago.
Anyway, it is a lost mode of transportation. Way back when, it was convenient, it was an adventure, it was fun…it was probably also stupid.
If you’re interested in an ear-worm,