Sunday, June 08, 2003
When I'm out on one of my rare trips into civilization I just want people to leave me alone. One time this enormous guy came up to me and offered me his hand. I sensed he was crazy but shook his hand anyway. He held on to me and said, "Hi! How are you?" He talked in a loud, slow voice. I said, "I'm just fine." Then he said, "How's your wife?" He still had my hand. I paused for a few seconds and then said, "Uhhh...I don't have a wife." He let my hand go and turned slowly away from me like a zombie. Suddenly, I no longer existed. I just stood there and watched him plod down the sidewalk toward some other people. Prior to this encounter I was enjoying my day off, but afterwards things just went downhill.