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Back In Town, Plus A Few Odd Phenomenons I Experienced In My Recent Travels.

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We're back from our trip to San Francisco and Re's art show went really well. Despite San Fran being in a rain-until-you're-underwater constant state of weather while we were there, there was a huge turnout at the show with people lined up around the building and there was barely even room to walk around in the place. I also mentioned that, in addition to the artwork, there would be a few breakdancing crews performing that night. Sure enough, they were tearin' up the floor, and as entertaining as the skilled dancers were, it simply couldn't compare to the audience members who set up their own breakdancing circle later on in the evening. Nothing like watching a completely plastered lanky dude stumbling around in the middle of the dance floor while grabbing his nipples at random intervals. Maybe it wasn't breakdancing... maybe it was his own form of a raindance, and if so, it was clearly working.

Let it rain!
This was my attempt at photographing our drunken raindance pal,
but he fell out of the frame just a second before I snapped the photo.

The next day it rained some more for a while, but then it cleared up long enough for us to walk around the city a lil' bit. Visited a cool little bookstore called Kayo Books which had a wonderfully large selection of classic pulp stuff that I probably could've spent all day browsing through and I definitely plan on going back there when I have more time. We also found a great place to eat lunch at called Han's Coffee Shop and they not only made damned good lunch food (a perfect grilled cheese sammich, fries and a vanilla shake), but their prices were actually cheap. Re and I both ate full meals there and the bill was still under 15 bux... which is definitely unusual for for a place as expensive as San Francisco.

So there were two weird things that happened on this trip, one while going up to San Francisco and one coming back down to L.A. On the drive up, it was already raining like hell and they shut down a huge portion of I-5 North, so we had to take a detour. Not just any detour though, a detour through the Mojave Desert. I swear, when I found that out I thought we were in one of those old Looney Tunes cartoons where somebody took a wrong turn in Albuquerque. Still, we had to get to San Francisco since Re had the art show the next day, even if it meant checking into our hotel around 3am, so we pressed onward. Now here's where it got bizarre... it started snowing in the Mojave Desert.

Howdy partner! This be some mighty brisk whether round these parts, you reckon?

If there's one place you wouldn't expect to see snow, it's in the middle of a desert. Never thought I'd see a cactus covered in snow, but I guess I can now check that off of my "weird things to see during my life" list. And then there was this...


I'm sure you're thinking, "So what? It's a rainbow. Big deal..." Believe me, I thought that at first too. So we're driving back home towards L.A. and we notice a full rainbow off in the distance. Cool looking, but nothing extraordinary. Then an hour passes by and I look over and notice that it's still there. "Huh... that's kinda weird that it's still visible" we thought. Another hour goes by and it's still there. "What the hell? We've been driving for hours, how is that rainbow still there!?" Four hours later and the rainbow wasn't showing any signs of leaving our sight. "GODDAMNIT! STOP FOLLOWING US!!!" Yes my friends, we had ourselves a bona fide stalking rainbow. You've seen Jaws, you've seen The Exorcist... but you haven't experienced true terror until you've been stalked for hours by a rainbow. Well, at least it wasn't a puking rainbow following us the whole way down, because that would've made the trip extra uncomfortable.

Now I'm sure you guys have all done your fair share of traveling, so what kind of odd phenomenons have you seen during such treks? Been attacked by a meteor shower or seen any flying turtles or anything bizarre? Spill the beans!



Black Zarak (Guest) on 01/29/2008 6:00 pm

I went on a cruise last winter and was surprised at the abundance of lizards that are friggin' everywhere in Puerto Rico and the nearby islands. They're squirrels are to us!


Eric (Guest) on 01/29/2008 8:50 pm

once on our way to ark to my visit my aunt,we saw a trucker get into an accident if that counts.

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captain516 on 01/29/2008 9:02 pm

Once in a new york subway, some guy got on, got in the middle of the car, and told a few jokes, then got off at the next stop. Although I'm not sure that crazy people in new york counts as a phenomenon.

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GreenCard on 01/29/2008 9:46 pm


I live in new york so ive seen all the crazies, it's acually rather refreshing.


jesse w. (Guest) on 01/30/2008 1:21 am

I was on an airplane from Seattle to San Diego once, and a group of Japanese guys and one white guy got on. The white guy was their translator and struck up a conversation with the flight attendant, a blond middle aged woman. The man mentioned that he was with the mayor of Kyoto, on a trip to discuss hospital construction in a conference in San Diego. Obviously this is a man of some great importance. He then mentions that the mayor had been searched at every American airport they had been. The flight attendant then replies in a southern accent, "Well, he looks like Al-Qaeda."


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Orastella on 01/30/2008 1:32 am

Sorry about the rain from a San Francisco native. It usually doesn't rain like that until spring.

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Captain PirateFace on 01/30/2008 1:36 am

The most bizarre incident occurred for me as a wee child. On a road trip to Colorado from Las Vegas with my Grandmother and Great Aunt, They thought before leaving on the trip I should watch to "educational" films before leaving....
"The Hitcher" and "Psycho" and hell no am I making this up.
Not only was I scared shitless in the car ride due to all the maniac hitchhikers out on the road killing whole family's but I was deathly afraid to take a shower at our various hotel stops due to the fear of being knifed. Now, my Grandmother and Aunt had a sick sense of humor so on the trip every hitchhiker we saw my Grandmother would say "Johnny, let's pick this one up." and I would plead and beg until near tears for them to keep driving. This must be some great form of entertainment to them as they repeated this process "every" time we saw a hitcher. But they really stepped it up the last night on we stayed in a hotel en route to Colorado. My Aunt made sure to point out a hole in the bathroom wall... you know, just like Norman Bates would use to spy on unsuspecting prey (in reality a picture had probably hung from a nail creating the hole). But like a scared little child, like I was... I watched for any sign of movement beyond the darkness of the hole. And to make sure I got the full effect of being terrified, I was taking a shower almost forgetting the pivotal scene in "Psycho" where Norman comes in wig and all and butchers the damsel. My Aunt comes in lightning quick and pulls the shower open with me standing in my birthday suit and throws a cup of ice cold water on me. I collapse to the shower floor naked and screaming/crying as she runs out laughing hysterically. I make my way out of the bathroom dressed for bed super pissed and scared and my Grandmother and Aunt both tell me to stop being a baby... I believe I was 10 years old. I now know as an adult that I have the coolest friggin Grandmother and Aunt in the world but at the time I wished for duel heart attacks that evening. And that is my Bizarre road tale.

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stevetothepast on 01/30/2008 5:35 am

Captain Pirateface, all I have to say is wow

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simogene on 01/30/2008 6:27 am

I saw an Oscar Mayer Weiner-mobile sports car on a trip to CT. Just like the big bus sized one, but attached to a much smaller, sleeker vehicle. It drove along side of us for miles, then zoomed off into the distance.

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xscoot on 01/30/2008 7:49 am

I had something similar to the rainbow that followed you. My family was driving on the highway and we could see the rooftops of many buildings. I saw one of those thin, cylindrical chimneys, but I didn't see what it was attached to. I just stared at it, and for about 5 minutes, I could still see it, not attached to anything. We were going atleast a hundred, but that detached chimney still followed the car. I told this strange occurence to my mom and she said "I'll do something about it". Just then, I looked back out the window, and saw that the chimney was attached to a rooftop. The rooftop was always high enough to see, so it was obvious to me that I would have noticed it when I first saw that chimney, so why didn't I? And why did it stop following after my mom said she would fix it? very weird. Now just remember, the highway was completly straight, we couldn't have driven around the chimney to create an illusion of it following me. I was also 6, but I remember it all vividly so my credibility is not to be attacked.

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mburbank on 01/30/2008 9:56 am

Looking for a parking space in Greenwhich village before a gig, I saw an elderly shirless Vietnamese man crouching on the sidewalk, grinning and washing himself out of a gleaming, spotless toilet. When we came round the block again, he and the toilet were gone.

In florida friends took me to a Lesbian bar, where I witnessed two Lesbian dwarves arm wrestling under a pool table.

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MrEff on 01/30/2008 12:09 pm

Where I went to uni was always odd. The place itself was all built up, like any town, but to get there it appeared like you had to travel through a border of nothing. When I say nothing, I mean just fields and wrecked factories, but no sign of humanity. There wasn't even any mobile phone signal in this desolate area. It always felt as if I was entering some twisted human reserve, purposely isolated for study.

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imockyou on 01/30/2008 12:10 pm

I've got one... not nearly as entertaining as some of these.

In Colorado many years ago, we were there when the Junior Rodeo Championships, as well as there being many fires in the surrounding area. We decided to go swimming, and the pool was filled with firefighters drinking beer, and Junior cowboys who were trying to rope each other like cattle. Needless to say, it was the funniest thing I had seen in my 5 years on earth.


Mike B (Guest) on 01/30/2008 4:25 pm

The best thing I've ever seen on a road trip was when I cut through a small farming community. There was a bright red snoopy-esque dog house... with a big goat asleep on top of it.


Melissa (Guest) on 01/30/2008 5:13 pm

Once I was driving to my annual camping trip and spotted a chicken leading her chicks across a stretch of road. I found it very ironic that she really was just trying to get to the other side.


Rob (Guest) on 01/30/2008 5:18 pm

While Traveling arcoss the state I a Amish horse and buggy tied up to a light pole in the parking lot of a K-Mart

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Tadao on 01/30/2008 5:20 pm

There is a stretch of road in the far North California on the 5 where there are suicidal squirrel's. It's happened twice to me. They run into the middle of the road when your car approaches. First time I ran one over... the second time I slowed down when they ran out and cruised past them.


Big Country (Guest) on 01/30/2008 5:24 pm

Try Hailstones in Baghdad...
Feb 2004 +/-...
It was cold, but not that cold. There I was in Baghdad working as a contractor when the sound on the roof sounded like massive shrapnel impacts (not uncommon) or a snare drum. Went outside and sonofagun... hail... 3/4 iinch across hail.... lasted all of 3 or 4 minutes, but in 90 degree weather (winter to them) thats some bizarre stuff....


Misty (Guest) on 01/30/2008 5:56 pm

Not a travel experience, but I thought it might be interisting to share that I live in the desert in southren Arizona and it snow around this time last year. And yes, its a real, bonafide desert, not high altitude or any of that.

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BurntToShreds on 01/30/2008 6:28 pm

Once, as I was driving down the road near a golf course, I saw a turtle on the median. I had no choice but to stop, get out, and carry it over to the golf course, lest there be turtle guts all over the street.

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Ronin S on 01/30/2008 7:12 pm

I'm planning to visit Costa Rica this year.

The rainbow was a portent, you should be happy it was following you.

Did you find any peyote in the Mojave Desert?


CaptainStruggle (Guest) on 01/30/2008 7:25 pm

Was camping in central Oregon. It was dark and my buddies and I saw what I can only describe as a big ball of mud and straw with eyes cross our campsite and climb the thick pine tree above our tent. We got out the flashlight and searched the tree but couldn't see anything. Went to bed. An hour later the ball fell out of the tree, landed on our tent and tore a great big hole in the top, all the while snorting and "growling" (the closest description i can come up with). Turns out it was a giant porcupine! I'm guessing it fell asleep in the tree and rolled out. It fucked up our tent pretty good!


Themasteroflies (Guest) on 01/30/2008 10:04 pm

i saw a family of moose when i was up in whitehorese, a mother and two calves. it was pretty cool. also i saw a two rainbows in the sky.


Bert (Guest) on 01/31/2008 7:45 pm

When I was younger, I went to a tractor-pull. It was 103 that day and there were a lot of drunk red-necks.

INSANE, I know.

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Tom Foolery on 02/03/2008 10:27 am

Driving through Michigan would seem boring, but I've come across oddball sights.
- Seen a field full of people once, all waving to passing cars along US-2. They even had a large sign that featured a giant waving hand.
- Driving through Northern Michigan once, we spotted a 10' tall metal head sitting in the center of a wheat field.
- Driving a back road home once, I came across a herd of Buffalo (In the Upper Penninsula of Michigan!) crossing the road.
- One night in a bar in Alpena, two guys came up to me and started talking to me like they knew me. After a few minutes we all realized that I wasn't their cousin, but someone who not only looked almost exactly like him (except I had a goatee), but also had the same first name. For the rest of the night I claimed I was this other guy, while knocking over garbage cans and flower pots through out the town in a drunken haze. By morning my ship had sailed and I never returned. Evil Twins do exist.

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autodidact on 02/04/2008 1:13 am

I drive all over my state for my job. The one thing I continually see along the highway is [are] single shoes. How do all these shoes end up on the edge of the road? And why just footwear? I don't see socks, or hats, or gloves...


Jonny (Guest) on 02/05/2008 7:16 pm

this one time i was riding up in the scottish highlands to visit my mate at Aberdeen, and i stopped for a sleep at the side of the road.

some elderly couple pulled over and shook me to wake me up thinking i'd crashed.

was having a nice wee cat nap aswell :(.


Jonny (Guest) on 02/05/2008 7:40 pm

actually that was really crap lol.
once i was driving home at like 3am or so and out of nowhere there was a big black bull in the middle of the road.
left me feeling confuzzled all night, as there wasn't any farms for miles around lol.

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