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jonKranked

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Nov 10, 2005
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I was kidnapped when I was 7 years old & it was a wonderful experience.
And also how I discovered the Grateful Dead.
I wont bore you with too many details but I was kidnapped when I was seven & spent 4 days traveling in a van with my captors who happened to be dead heads.
This was 1986 & I will always remember that because it was the year the Challenger exploded. We never made it further than Georgia before they let me go. I still don't know how they were convinced to let me go by the authorities, but I was sad to leave.
They drove around TN, AL & GA while they tried to collect ransom from my middle class parents. The two men who captured me were constantly popping tapes in the van's tape deck, playing this spacey, melodic rock n roll & the songs went on forever. I still remember falling asleep missing my parents listening to what had to have been Dark Star if I had to guess.
I was never mistreated & got to eat McDonalds for all 3 meals almost everyday. They would tell me stories of traveling on their motorcycles to music festivals & the fights they would get in, and all the crazy stuff they had seen.
Years later, I recognized a sticker on a car. It was a stealie & the first place I had seen one was on the dash board of the van I spent 4 days in. Seeing a stealie to this day takes me straight back to that van. I can still smell the inside of that vehicle every time I see one.
I don't know if those two guys ever got caught, but if you are still out there, thanks. That music & those 4 days changed my life.
how the hell did you get kidnapped?
 

TN

Hey baby, want a hot dog?
Jul 9, 2002
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I have news paper clippings at my folks's house, but they don't mention the Grateful Dead details. Yall just have to trust me on that.
 

jdcamb

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Feb 17, 2002
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I have news paper clippings at my folks's house, but they don't mention the Grateful Dead details. Yall just have to trust me on that.
You do know that there is no Statute of Limitations for Kidnapping? In Georgia, Alabama, Texas, and Tennessee it is punishable by death if you Kidnap a Minor.
 

Full Trucker

Frikkin newb!!!
Feb 26, 2003
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Sitting here Waiting for the hail to pass and I read something about custom antiques that made me wonder. If you order a custom antique would you be able to take delivery of it right away or would you have to wait 60 to 80 years for it to become an antique in order for the order to be for filled.
-- my friend Gary G., via Facebook.
 

jimmydean

The Official Meat of Ridemonkey
Sep 10, 2001
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Guys named Jack seem to be really good guys. I don't know many, but it seems every one I've met just seem to be genuine, good dudes.
 

TN

Hey baby, want a hot dog?
Jul 9, 2002
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Jimtown, CO
Air shows are fucking intense on acid.

...and then they are over.

What's one to do when its over & you are still on 11?

Well, I went for a swim in the Gulf of Mexico. I was in my 20's so this was about 15-17 years ago.

I was so jazzed & my body still buzzing once the Blue Angels were done, just floating, & laughing in the warm waters, I was so distracted I didn't notice the undertow. Next thing I know I look down & see my feet suspended 30-40' feet above the ocean floor, but then it looked like I was suspended above infinity and cosmos. The sparkles beneath me had me so distracted I don't realize my girlfriend at the time is running up & down the beach trying to get my attention.

I notice her and start to panic once I realize I am not able to swim against the undertow & rip tide (I am a weak swimmer). I remember floating on my back being ok with my imminent demise. I knew I would go with a smile on my face & my ego dissolved.

Needless to say I ended up getting fished out of the Gulf of Mexico by a Blackhawk & being delivered to Pensacola Naval Air Station.

A day I will never forget.
 

HardtailHack

used an iron once
Jan 20, 2009
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White person picks a lobster or a crab out of a crowded tank in a restaurant, chef throws it in boiling water until it becomes dead and tasty, no eyebrows raised.

Chinese people eat a few dogs and white people go mental.
 

jdcamb

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Feb 17, 2002
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White person picks a lobster or a crab out of a crowded tank in a restaurant, chef throws it in boiling water until it becomes dead and tasty, no eyebrows raised.

Chinese people eat a few dogs and white people go mental.
In Portugal they take live Lobsters and pin them to a special Dartboard. And then they throw darts at them until they can no longer hear their faint screams. Then they throw them in boiling water. Do you know how Linguica is made?
 

6thElement

Schrodinger's Immigrant
Jul 29, 2008
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Don't search for anything about Squirt bike lube on your work computer. 99% of all results are not work safe.
 
It is fat people's day or old white males day which is to say yet another, waddlers, overflowingly seated, dining with shovels and pitchforks. Cases of sugar water, plastic to choke fish. Harleys, gay rags, imitation leather, speakers and pipes aroar. Pickup trucks and SUVs. Everything powered, nothing manual or pedal.
 

HardtailHack

used an iron once
Jan 20, 2009
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I started doing four day weeks because I dislike work, now we are busier so I get a bit more overtime and my wage hasn't changed much.

Three day weekends are golden.

Just got a script for Ritalin, it will be like a six day weekend, woohoo!
 
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jdcamb

Tool Time!
Feb 17, 2002
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So you stuck yourself with needles to get high for a decade. Now you have a problem with sticking yourself to monitor your blood sugar? Fuck that noise...