I spent the bulk of my day today in the car. (About eight hours total: four hours driving in one direction, then another four hours coming back home.) When I left the house shortly after 6 am, I had no idea of all the amazing, kooky, random, bizarre, obscure, and fun experiences I would get to encounter over the course of my long trip. Without further adieu, I present to you: A Very Surreal Day – in four acts.
Act One: What IS It?
I had been on the road for only 45 minutes or so; around 7 am, I saw a man walking on the side of the (very busy) freeway with a dog, pushing what appeared to be a HUGE ‘super fun ball’, painted like a globe. Seriously. Look:
As I approached closer, I saw the man a bit better:
At first I thought, “Is this person mentally ill?” Then I noticed a URL painted on his globe: worldguy.org. Okay, I guess…. I jotted down the website, and decided I would check it out when I returned home. It turns out the guy is (mostly) sane, and walking for a cause (namely, to bring awareness to diabetes). But at 7 am this morning, all I knew was that some guy was pushing a big ol’ ball down the road, a cute dog his only companion. Talk about an interesting way to start one’s day…
Act Two: You’re Not Supposed To Do That
Two hours after seeing worldguy, I stopped at a gas station to fuel both my car and my body. After getting a cup of coffee, I walked back to my car to see an Amish couple step OUT of a small, old, red Dodge. The husband had been driving, his wife the passenger. Um…. As Amish people, you’re actually not supposed to be driving, right? And yet, here they were, dressed in standard Amish gear, keys in hand, walking into a gas station literally in the middle of nowhere. It was a genuinely bizarre moment for me.
(And yes, I am confident they were Amish, not Mennonite; and no, I didn’t take a picture, as it is considered offensive and disrespectful to take a picture of the Amish. So you’ll have to take my word on this one… [but hopefully by now you have a bit of trust in the truth of my words.])
Act Three: Old School Transportation
On my way back home in the early afternoon, I passed by a still-functioning passenger train station – and saw a horse tied to a tree just off the right side of the main entrance. It totally felt like I stepped into the 1850s – if for an incredibly brief, fleeting moment.
Act Four: My Favorite College Course
Since I was on the road for so much time today, I had the opportunity to see hundreds (maybe even thousands?) of cars. And yet, within the last hour of my trip, I saw two very distinct cars literally within three minutes of each other:
Seeing each license plate independently made me smile; but seeing them in such proximity to one another made me laugh out loud.
Seriously folks, I can’t make this stuff up! It’s all quite fun. 🙂