Please See Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 before you read this, or else this post will sound a bit stupid.
I guess I'd better act like a grown-up and put a bit of a disclaimer of the preceding posts.
Please, please don't ever hitchhike. Hitchhiking, even if one calls it backpacking, is very dangerous and very illegal in much of the U.S. Do not pick up hitchers, either. I did something very stupid and dangerous, and it could've cost me my life. It may seem tempting, but hey, is your life really worth it?
If you think hitching in and/or around sleepy Oxford, Ohio, somehow makes you safe, well, I highly recommend you read the news once and awhile:
Student abducted, left south of Liberty
19-year-old OK, says he doesn't know why his alleged abductors, a woman and a man, took him
LIBERTY, Ind. -- Police are searching for two people who allegedly abducted a Miami University freshman from his apartment in Oxford, Ohio, this morning, then left him at an intersection south of here.
A 19-year-old student was taken to McCullough-Hyde Hospital in the college town with non-life-threatening injuries after a person living near Nine Mile Road and U.S. 27 called 911, police said. The intersection is about 15 miles from the Miami University campus...
Last week, the Oxford/Miami community also saw its first rape and home invasion of the Spring Semester. If you've read through the last three posts, you're probably wondering why, smack dab in the middle, there's a description of an "All Americans are Idiots" argument I had last Monday.
Part of what sparked it was the fact that P., my houseguest/fling, had overheard two guys at a local shop discussing rumors they'd heard regarding the rape of a 21-year-old at gunpoint. That kind of confirmation, for a single foreign female who'd spent much of December footing it across a continent and taking rides from strangers, was obviously a very rude - but needed - wake-up call.
For the rest of her stay here, I had an Italian-made armband every time she wanted to leave the house. I gave her my spare can of mace to keep with her until she had to go through airport security. I've had one female visitor who was almost accosted by two drunk students while pumping gas, and since then I've insisted every woman who visits carries a can.
It would also be way to cavalier of me to sit here at my laptop editing a white paper on the plight of Sub-Saharan Africa, where two-thirds of the world's 40 million people infected with HIV/AIDS live, and not mention the importance of other forms of personal protection.
Yeah. I left out the part where two people are sitting in a house, digging through drawers, backpacks, and sleeping bags and the subsequent lagtime required to make a late-night run to a Wal-Mart. But hey, losing a few minutes of playtime is a whole hell of a lot more fun than dying.
One final thing...
Don't do school, drink your drugs, and stay in milk...er...something like that.
I'm up this early because I've got a sinus infection, my sleep pattern's way off-schedule, and I'm trying to catch up on some paperwork. My life, when normal, is pretty dull. I really hope no one has the impression that I spend my free time trolling the highways for cute backpackers to run off the road, because, well, that's not me.
Why this person? You know, for the first time in a long while I don't even have to figure out why. It popped into my head, just now:
1. I've always been attracted to women who fall somewhere between radical militant feminist and the old-school notion of the carefree tomboy.
2. I've always been attracted to people with an appreciation of poetry, music and other fine arts, but without the cultural snobbery.
3. A woman with a brain full of adventurous ideas is such a turn-on.
4. Independence is a virtue I very much appreciate.
5. I'm more attracted to women who are comfortable in their natural skin - no harmful fragrances, dyes, or silicone needed.
6. Someone who is no-nonsense aggressive and has a healthy amount of sportsmanship is just downright sexy. Period.
Look Mom! I can finally answer that question you've been asking me since I finished undergrad!