Mar. 16th, 2017

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Mar. 16th, 2017 09:07 pm
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So, I was reading on the transit, minding my own business, when some guy asks me about my book. Sometimes, this is annoying as hell, but he seemed genuinely interested, so that was all right. Turns out he'd heard about this book on the radio or something. (It was Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt. I suppose it's the kind of title one would remember.)

Anyway, that was all well and good, and we talked about library books for a while. And then he started going on about his fancy radio, because he's one of those enthusiasts who like to pick up stations from all over the world. So, that was all right.

And then he started talking about how there is a volcano in Yellowstone that is going to explode some day soon and how of course THEN everyone is going to wish that they'd stuck to using short-wave radio.

...Okay, I thought, this guy is a little weird, but whatever.

And THEN he started talking about UFOs and Sasquatch and how there are a ton of cryptids in Pennsylvania because there were a lot of deaths there during the civil war and you gotta watch out for skinwalkers if you go down there, okay. And apparently they discovered aliens in Antarctica. (Dude, are you sure you haven't watched The Thing one too many times?)

Uh.

I'm rather glad that we hit my stop shortly after that, because I don't know if I would've been able to keep a straight face for much longer.

On the upside, he brought up the subject of some AM radio station that has a show on from 1 in the morning to 5 or so, and they talk about UFOs and alien abduction and all kinds of loony things like that. And the reason it's an upside is because it brought back memories of my gran, who used to listen to that radio show, or one very similar to it, when she couldn't sleep. :') Ah, gran. As far as I know she didn't believe in that stuff, but she liked listening to those weirdos talking about whatever it is they saw when they'd had too much moonshine.

Anyway. That was, um. An interesting experience. AND THIS, my dear friends, is why I never talk to strangers on public transit. They're either drunk, trying to bum a smoke and/or cash off you, or totally bonkers.

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