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30-09-2012, 09:46 AM
Surprising Encounter
On my birthday a few days ago, I had a rather surprising encounter with someone.

One year ago to the day (of my birthday), I had been out driving around the dark and empty backroads that curve and wind through the woods; just having time to myself amidst the celebratory nonsense that I have never been very fond of. My speed was higher than it probably should have been, but the road doesn't have a designated speed limit, so I just cruised along without a care. Eventually, I approached the tailgate of a white Dodge Ram. He was going about 10 miles under my personal speed-limit (wink-wink), so I sulked as I followed him for a bit.

As we drove, there suddenly arose a loud crashing sound and my windshield was littered with broken glass and plastic. A van had been coming toward us from the other direction, and side-swiped the truck in front of me. I'll make a long story short, but the gentleman who had been driving the truck - a rather tall, salty old guy who wore a big cowboy hat with a medalion on the front and a bolo-tie around his neck - asked if I had seen precisely what happened. Being that it was about 1:00 in the morning and aside from me; he and the van were the only two souls on this lengthy and particularly dark stretch of road, I decided that I'd pull over with him and await the arrival of the authorites. (The van was packed-full of what I will only describe as "ner-do-wells", and considering the tension of the situation, I knew the old man - though burly - wouldn't stand a chance on his own if things went south)

The greater extent of that evening was spent standing on the side of the road for about 4 hours waiting for a state trooper to make his way from his home on the other side of the county to the scene of the accident. During that time, the old man and I talked and joked and discussed the incident at length; examining who had done what and in what manner, determining who's fault it was. Eventually, the trooper arrived, everyone gave their particular version of the story, I bid a farewell to the old man (I can't, for the life of me, recall his name) and we all parted ways.

One year later, on the exact date, I found myself in Lowe's buying lumber. I was standing in the checkout line when I sensed that someone had walked up behind me. I turned around and, to my surprise, there stood the old man - cowboy hat and bolo-tie - with his items in hand. We made eye-contact and he smiled, but apparently did not recognize me. I didn't say anything, but when I got to my car, I couldn't help but laugh at the astonishing coincidence that I'd run into the same guy a year later on the same day.

On the way home, I kicked myself because I hadn't thought to approach him (keep in mind, he didn't recognize me), place my hand on his shoulder and say, in an ominous tone:

"It wasn't your fault."


"The wasn't your fault."


Oh the lulz that would have ensued...Lmao

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02-10-2012, 03:51 AM
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Ahhhh you missed your chance for comedy gold. It would be like Dane Cooks bit about going to an airport, walking up to a random person, and just saying with a straight face " Don't get on the plane" then walk away.
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02-10-2012, 05:40 AM
RE: Surprising Encounter
(30-09-2012 09:46 AM)Misanthropik Wrote:  ... I'd run into the same guy a year later on the same day.

I'm confused. You didn't run into him the first time. That was the other driver.

Happy b'day for last week.


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