The sun wasnt even close to rising over the mountains yet, it was still way to early. Regardless, I had the day off work and knew from the night before that I had to use the day well. I had a bunch of crap to get, film to develop and I knew I was going to be in town for the whole day. Realizing this, I also figured it would be a good idea to go to the BCSPCA, as sometimes I would sign out a dog for the day. Its great, you just sign your name and pick any dog you like, as long as theyre back for dinner time. I always get the muttiest looking dog that I know is going to be there for a while.
So anyways it wasnt even 830 when I was walking the main road into town, thumb out for a ride. I ended up walking about 5km when a young guy in an old sports car picked me up. I jumped in, and we exchanged hellos. He had Bob Marley playing quietly and it looked like he had just roached out his tribute to Bob. He was on his way to work, at the local brewery. He was a local kid, lived in the Okanagan Valley all his life and often picks up hitchers. We really didnt talk much, as he was really quiet. I made a few half-assed attempts to initiate a conversation, but he just finished them with simple answers. We continued on further, and he asked where I wanted to go. It worked out, as I was hoping to get on the other side of town, near the brewery he worked at. He drove me the entire way, with about 10 words between us. I thanked him, jumped out and headed my way.
I thought briefly about how it was rather strange; most people pick up hitchers to talk, pass the time, share a joint, or something. He acted like he really didnt care that I was in his car. Non-the-less, I was happy from another successful hitch and didnt want to bite the hand that feeds. Hitching can be like that, sometimes you get picked up and its an 8hour exchange, the talks and arguments never end. Sometimes its like they were obligated to do it, and thats the only reason they stopped. They act like theyre doing a chore in debt to society. Whatever the reasons in the millions of scenarios, Im just thrilled people stop, even if theyre too stoned to talk.