Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Craiglist Rideshares. Oh God.

So my voyeuristic side finds an incriminating amount of pleasure from reading the "rideshare" section of Craigslist on occasion. This is where people can post that they are driving a certain route or need a ride from one place to another to see if there is anyone who can help. It's the 21st century version of hitchhinking. A newer, slightly safer version that requires literacy, working knowledge of a computer, and the ability to hold a conversation through several e-mails.

Seeing as how I was about to drive from Austin, TX to northern Wyoming, I thought I'd check to see if anyone else was headed that way (perhaps someone needing a lift to Colorado). It turns out that my trip nearly coinicides with some sort of socialistic throwback to the 1970s called the "Rainbow Gathering."

Wikipedia tells me it is a gathering for "practicing ideals of peace, love, harmony, freedom and community, as a consciously expressed alternative to mainstream popular culture, consumerism, capitalism and mass media." From what I can tell from their website, it is an excuse to head into the woods, live in tipis for a week, smoke pot, and complain about Bush. Don't get me wrong, I'm not passing judgment here - that actually sounds like a fair way to spend a week - but the folks asking for rides are...less than mainstream. One enterprising young fellow doesn't have gas money to share, but he claims to have invented a basketball-sized device that lets cars partially run on water rather than gasoline. In exchange for a ride to Wyoming, he will let me have one of these devices, which he can't sell because the government is working with big oil to try to keep him down so his secret won't get out.

Best of luck to him, but it looks like it will be me and my Netflix collection making the ride up to Yellowstone on our own.

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