Hitchiking ettiquette & The “Reception Deception” or the TV Dig-it-tal converter box scam
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I know, I know ya, shouldnt pick up hitchikers but I always have. I used to hitch a lot when I went to high school and could count on gettin’ a ride(as long as I tucked my hair under a cap). Now days I’m the one with a car and do occasionally pick up folks but no longer hide my hair. Now an experience the other day got me to(uh oh)thinkin’.
1- if the hitchikers a neighbor ya get along with, someone ya would ask to set a spell at the home place, do ya turn around and pick him up?
1a – do ya feel obligated to make it a “round trip” in that ya take him where he’s goin’ and drive him back? right to his house?
2 – if its a stranger(or a neighbor ya know but don’t care for) does #1 or 1a apply?
when I used to hitch I lived in a much more crowded area(ie lots of cars passing) so I never felt bad when dropped off on the drivers way, I’d just hitch again and continue to my destination. Now I live in the backside of nowhere, and passing cars are few and far between which brings us to question 3.
3 – in an area with little traffic, does rule #1 apply even to strangers?
4 – when ya drop someone off is it just “on your way”?or do ya just say you were going that way, and drop them where they are going?
4a – do ya wait and do 1a?
5 – when ya stop to pick up a hitcher, do ya stop slowly and back up safely so he/she doesnt have to run or wlk a long way?
6 – when ya see a hitchiker, do ya use sign language to indicate you cant stop, or shrug?(man, hitchers HATE that!)
7 – If ya do stop, do ya stop in a safe place to pick up a passenger?(not on a blind curve, or on a busy 2 lane road
with no shoulder)
8 – Do ya clear a spot on the seat and floor for the hitcher?( move all the Mc Donalds wrappers,old mail, old clothes, etc…)
Well here are the CORRECT answers, according to “willyobikers hitching ettiquette guide”
#1 – yeah, ya DO feel obligated(come on, admit it) so yes, if its a friend.
#1a – YEP yes to this one too.if it’s a friend.
#2 – if it’s a stranger……..yeah I guess so..yes to both 1 and 1a- if it’s a neighbor ya don’t like or trust, NO to 1 and 1a.
#3 – Yep- yes to 3 also.
#4 – yeah- i must confess, I would drop ’em where they wanted(within reason).
#4a – Nope!- hitchiking was created as a one way ride, it always was for me, so it will always be(so says I)
#5 – well, ya should, but sometimes I dont back up safely(like they say”don’t try this at home” so the answer is YES.
#6 – ME? NEVER! If I cant stop I pretend not to see them. You can do as your concence guides you(now that ya know it pisses off the hitcher, please don’t do it)
#7 – again, with me, No not always, however YOU should. So YES is correct.
#8 – It’s just good housekeeping, and also an excuse to throw all that crp on the passenger seat and floor in the back seat(outta sight, outta mind) so YES is the answer.
OK the drivers side of the equasion is above- Below is the hitchers side of the game.
1 – never expect to be “chauffered” around round trip. This nice person gave ya a lift- go as far as the driver is expecting to take you.
2 – Even if ya havent seen a a car(or truck) pass for hours, it is NOT OK to jump and wave yer arms trying to attract attention to your plight. It makes ya look like a fool.
3 – when someone sends sign language, do ya get angry and give ’em the finger or throw rocks?
don’t worry, another car will be along directly and this one WILL pick ya up!
4 – never thumb on a blind curve, wait till you are clear and the driver can pick you up safely.
5 – if a driver stops to pick ya up, jog to the car/truck, ask if he/she’s headin’ yer way and get out when ya reach whever it is ya said ya was goin(rule #1 applies)
6 – when ya get in, refrain from stupid ass comments about the car/truck being a pigstye, your only in it for a few minutes the mess is the drivers problem.
7 – NEVER comment on what a crappy vehicle he/she has, it’s gettin you closer to where ya want to be(even if it breaks down your still closer)
8 – Talking- if the driver wants to chat, you’ll know it, otherwise keep the small talk to a minimum, the driver does’nt want to hear yer tale of woe.
9 – even if the driver DOES smoke, don’t you!You can wait till dropped off(unless you’ve got a ride for 100 or more miles, then ask if the driver minds.
10 – THIS IS A BIG ONE Don’t whip out yer bottle of shine, can of beer, or a joint! I can think of 20 reasons why not- so can YOU. Did you know there are hitchiking clubs? I did’nt either. I bet THEY know all of the rules!
Ok- what is it with the “Guvmint” anyway? We had good to fair tv reception, why change it? I call this the “Reception Deception” All the hoopla about better tv signals this and digital box that. And “they” even make it sound like big gov is doin’ ya a favor! Oh yeah, $40 off a $60 dollar box. Still leaves you to pay the extra $20.
It was’nt my idea, first I had heard about it was when it was announced that a Febuary switchover date had been set.Exactly whose idea was it? Then this is another economic stimulus package, just for the converter box manufacturers. Wheres OUR choice? A lot of folks were happy, just the way it was/is. And of course, ya cant opt out.
again n again(agin n agin)Big gov interferes in our lives.Most folks I know that did’nt get good signals opted for cable or satellite. Was three choices, now only two.Will Washinton soon control what we see too, cause the FCC is a Big Gov agency(we havent heard much from them over the years, maybe thats what all this about, Big Gov agency muscle flexing).
Maybe Homeland security had something to do with it- what better way to get a listning device into your home?
Don’t get me wrong, even if the box was FREE it still costs too much!
OH, and try to get the coupons NOW- would’nt ya know it, No funds are available at this time! Why did’nt I get a box when the gettin’ was good? Don’t really watch TV anyway.
Whe will the people get tired of “inspector gadget” washington?- Guess they never heard”if it aint broke, dont mess with it!
These boxes are suceptable to EM pulses just like the tv itself as is cable tv and sattelite tv too. they are predicting big one in 2012.
Keeps coming back to my mind what are they installing in your home,really?Oh, and by the way, bet ya thought ya could get away with usin’ yer old antenna with the new box, guess again. Yer gonna have to spring for a new antenna($100) and an antenna booster(prices not available at this time, but it ain’t gonna be cheap)just to make the system work. bet that sattelite tv is startin’ to look cheap now(or cable)!Remember this phrase-“reception deception” I coined this phrase, use it, often.
Thats it for today- Remember Febuary pics still available- leave a comment and insert tractor or duck n I’ll send ya one!