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Old 07-26-2013, 12:01 AM   #1
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So...a quick story :)

So my 2013 JKUR is running door and top free.

Today I was driving in Sandy, OR heading home and saw a young kid hitch hiking on the way out of town. I figured, ah what the hell.

So I pulled over and he jumped in.

He was a Russian guy on his way back to Mt Hood for Summer snowboarding training. He is also on the Russian Olympic Snowboarding team.

He was SO EXCITED to be in the Jeep. Loved the openness, loved the music (the Stones) and we talked about Jeeps the whole ride. He ended up taking a ton of pics when I finally dropped him off.

It was cool to share the true Jeep experience with someone that has never experienced it before, and for the first time.

Something about Jeeps bridges the culture barrier!

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Old 07-26-2013, 12:03 AM   #2
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Very cool story, but I would never pick up a hitchhiker. Unless my glock was on my hip of course.

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Very cool!!!
Also cool that you will not be on "Unsolved Mysteries" sometime in the future.


I don't think I could ever bring myself to pick one of those guys up... But I haven't seen any hitchhikers around here that didn't look like death warmed over. That could be because it's eleventy billion degrees outside, but who knows.
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I agree with the two ^^ above. Picking up a hitchhiker could cause a premature death.
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Old 07-26-2013, 12:33 AM   #5
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LOL....

#1: I did have my concealed on.
#2: In my area we get a lot of younger hitch hikers that are ski bums just looking for a lift. I have personally never had a problem.
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Old 07-26-2013, 12:38 AM   #6
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That's good. Number 2 would be the reason I'd pick them.
Carrying shouldn't change your behavior or make you feel more 'brave'. That can lead to trouble.
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That's good. Number 2 would be the reason I'd pick them.
Carrying shouldn't change your behavior or make you feel more 'brave'. That can lead to trouble.
I wouldn't say it makes me more brave...it makes me feel safer when making good decisions.

I used to pick up ski kids all the time on my way in from Portland before I carried and never had a problem. This area is safe.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:25 AM   #8
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I wouldn't say it makes me more brave...it makes me feel safer when making good decisions.

I used to pick up ski kids all the time on my way in from Portland before I carried and never had a problem. This area is safe.
I'm just jealous that you have a skiing nearby!
Good story. I bet that kid tells that experience to his friends for a long time.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:28 AM   #9
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I figured, ah what the hell.
How many horrible experiences started with this phrase?
How many awesome experiences started with this phrase?

That is a very cool story. I'm glad he didn't kill you (seriously).

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This area is safe.
You just guaranteed that all of the freaks will be moving there now.
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Never a good idea to pick up a hitchhiker/stranger. This could have easily been a whole different story.
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In Russia, hitchiker picks up you!
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:45 AM   #13
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Cool story. I've picked up a few but none of them stand out as anything memorable.

I'll pick someone up if there is more than one of us in the car and he/she sits in the passenger front seat so the friend in the back can watch for any suspect move. I'm sure it isn't completely fail safe but what would life be if you didn't take chances. Alone I'm pretty cautious.
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I hitchhiked everywhere when I was a kid and met some very cool people. Unless it's an inconvenience to do so, I'll generally pick up hitchhikers. It's no more dangerous these days than it was twenty years ago - you're more likely to get killed by a semi than you are by a hitchhiker.

I think we all need to listen to a little less fearmongering propaganda and spend a little bit more time giving others a chance to be good people.
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Once years ago my car broke down and I hitch hiked to the auto parts store and back.
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I hitchhiked everywhere when I was a kid and met some very cool people. Unless it's an inconvenience to do so, I'll generally pick up hitchhikers. It's no more dangerous these days than it was twenty years ago - you're more likely to get killed by a semi than you are by a hitchhiker.

I think we all need to listen to a little less fearmongering propaganda and spend a little bit more time giving others a chance to be good people.
There's a book called "Free Range Children" that focuses on how, even though we're statistically safer than ever before, the media and its speed/breadth freaks us out.
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There's a book called "Free Range Children" that focuses on how, even though we're statistically safer than ever before, the media and its speed/breadth freaks us out.
I can well believe it. It suits all sorts of political and commercial agendas to have us living in fear of bogeymen, it makes it much easier to sell us ideas and products. Happy people who aren't scared of each other don't need to run to the warm, comforting embrace of political dogma and profiteering businesses in order to feel safe.
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I can well believe it. It suits all sorts of political and commercial agendas to have us living in fear of bogeymen, it makes it much easier to sell us ideas and products. Happy people who aren't scared of each other don't need to run to the warm, comforting embrace of political dogma and profiteering businesses in order to feel safe.
X2 I agree completely but it is hard to not get sucked up in it.
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:27 AM   #19
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Carrying shouldn't change your behavior or make you feel more 'brave'. That can lead to trouble.
You beat me to it. I couldn't agree more.
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I think its all about knowing your surroundings. If you are within 30 minutes of a major ski resort, yeah- I'd pick a kid up. Hell, on a good powder day, you can easily land with a few folks who want to get waaaay out. I've skied far enough out of bounds in CO where we had no choice but to hitch back to the mountain.
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:20 AM   #21
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I picked up hitch hikers frequently in the states. I'm driving. They don't want to get stupid. And with the doors off? I could make them regret anything dumb they might try. Better to relax and enjoy a free ride.
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I've picked up a ton of hitch hikers over the years and done some hitching myself. Having a backup in the car is nice. The area is the key. In a large city? Probably not a good idea. A resort town? Much more common and safer. You've got to think, the hitcher is also putting himself at risk, getting into a car with strangers. What kind of person is willing to do that? Only the trustingly naive and the desperate. Desperate does not necessarily mean "desperado". The guy might just need help. A door-less Jeep makes for an easy exit for both. I say bravo! We are getting way too cautious and indifferent toward strangers.
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How many horrible experiences started with this phrase?
How many awesome experiences started with this phrase?

That is a very cool story. I'm glad he didn't kill you (seriously).

That reminds me of a trailer I saw for a movie years ago. Three young guys were on a road trip and saw a nice looking young woman hitch hiking. As they pulled over to offer a ride, one of them said, "What are you crazy? This is how horror movies start!!!" His buddies response, "Yeah I know, but so do pornos."

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That reminds me of a trailer I saw for a movie years ago. Three young guys were on a road trip and saw a nice looking young woman hitch hiking. As they pulled over to offer a ride, one of them said, "What are you crazy? This is how horror movies start!!!" His buddies response, "Yeah I know, but so do pornos."

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I immediately thought of Kai, the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker, lol. Great story though.
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Its a shame to allow bad people to change the way we should live.
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LOL....

#1: I did have my concealed on.
#2: In my area we get a lot of younger hitch hikers that are ski bums just looking for a lift. I have personally never had a problem.
I have picked up multiple hitchhikers in the Sandy area. Even transported two hippy females once from Tigard to Lincoln City!

Not in Oregon anymore unfortunately
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Very cool story, but I would never pick up a hitchhiker. Unless my glock was on my hip of course.
x2 about both the hitchhiker and the glock as carry weapon of choice
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Cool story...but I totally thought of this..

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I have carried since I was 21 everywhere I go(that its legal) and I don't have a different decision making process based on the weapon. I view my CC as a tool, no different than the winch on my bumper, I dread using it for the reason I bought it and have it, BUT I do have it and will use it to get out of a JAM, I just don't get into JAMS on purpose.

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