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I Used to Hitchhike

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    I Used To Hitchhike!

      What makes HitchHiking different these days?   FEAR!   In the 1960's and into the 70's,  hitchhiking was commonplace.   The Good Samaritan concept was accepted and employed.  One never felt scared thumbing a ride anywhere...
    Ambivilent Ambivilent 56-60, M 10 Responses Apr 17, 2010

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    I was hitchhiking in Yellowstone National Park

    and caught a ride with a park ranger. Within a few miles we came up on a bear jam. The ranger drove us past all the cars to fifty feet from a huge grizzly. It was grazing beside the road and looked quite peaceful. After a bit, it got up and strutted down the center of the road...
    pcflvly pcflvly 46-50, M Dec 19, 2013

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    Hitchhiker

    When I was young, I used to hitchhike. Sometimes it was just within town, but many were the times I hitchhiked across the Midwest and The West. From Illinois to southern California. From northern California to southern California.
    IanMatthew IanMatthew 56-60, M 2 Responses Aug 23, 2010

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    I was in Seymour, Missouri hitchhiking across

    US 60 on a Sunday morning and a preacher picked me up. His church was halfway to Mansfield. He let me out there and told me that if I was still around in an hour, I should come in for the service. An hour later I was still there so I went on in. I had only been...
    pcflvly pcflvly 46-50, M Dec 19, 2013

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    A Long Time Ago

    When I was a Kid used to hitch all the time but we could leave our doors unlocked also.  Todasy I would not pick up someone nor hitch because there are too many nuts today.
    vickilocke vickilocke 51-55, T 1 Response Jan 28, 2009

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    Parents Encouraged Me to Hitchhike

    This was about 25 years ago now. I guess in those days it was relatively safe. We had moved from the city into a rural area. My mother doesn't drive and dad was not really keen on driving us anywhere. We had to walk 20 mins to the main road where the bus to town came by...
    Zealandia Zealandia 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 18, 2009

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    I Can't Believe I Use to Hitchhike

    I look back now and it scares the h*** out of me. To think I was only 15 when I ran away from home. I went places I never should of gone. Things happened that never should of been done. At one time it was considered "hip" . Now it's considered stupid.  
    WarriorMom WarriorMom 51-55, F 4 Responses Oct 6, 2008

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    I was walking along a lonely highway towards

    Crater Lake, Oregon with forty pounds of backpack on my back, an empty stomach, and a clear mind alternating between thoughts of finding something to eat and no thought at all. Crater Lake is an exploded mountain that was more than 30,000 feet tall. At a third of that height now...
    pcflvly pcflvly 46-50, M Dec 19, 2013

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    Till This Incident

    I was hitchhiking home after a Metallica concert when a guy picked me up. I was about half-way home when the guy asked me if I wanted a beer and I said sure. He pulled into a gas station and gave me some money to go in. I told him I didn't have an ID, but tried it anyway and sure...
    1962michael 1962michael 46-50, M 3 Responses Aug 15, 2011

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    Me, Too!

    I started hitchhiking in 1972 when I was 13. Me and my best friend used to hitch hike all over. i even hitchhiked over 900 miles 1 way by myself when I was 24. But one night, in about 1983, I saw a documentary called "Murder, No Apparent Motive". It profilled serial killers...
    IllSendForMyThings IllSendForMyThings 51-55 Apr 17, 2013

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    It was in Belfast and I was sixteen! Despite the ending of the Troubles, a Catholic girl shouldn't hitchhike in Orange areas. I did! I was alone too! The guy who stopped to give...
    Paca24 Paca24 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    I used to be energetic, and friendly. Now I just stay in my room. I also realize that I unintentionally ignore people. I fell off with motivation, too. Now all I'm motivated to do...
    YoungAndAwkward YoungAndAwkward 13-15, F 1 Response 22 hrs ago

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    I've been through a lot; abuse and betrayal, lies, people bringing me down, etc. and I was not only living a lie through my life by telling myself I have a loving family, but I was...
    gardengirl17 gardengirl17 22-25, F 1 Response 22 hrs ago

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    I used to be the girl that would tattle on everyone and the one who knew all the answers to all the questions. But now there's some new questions I can't answer. Who am I? Who will...
    Drhooves Drhooves 13-15, F 2 Responses 16 hrs ago

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    I hate being used by players. I always tell myself that I'll never fall for another one again and yet I do, over and over again. I feel like, to guys, I'm only good enough for sex...
    xkylie xkylie 18-21, F 11 hrs ago

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    USED to is the key word here and it was a one time thing in a time of desperation. We lost our child and I think the emotions overcame me. I was looking into the mirror and...
    Chicgeekgal Chicgeekgal 22-25, F 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    I used to be one of those people that everyone just walked all over and wouldn't say no to anyone. I have now been able to "grow a pair" and say no to people, but and still afraid...
    OPbeachgirl OPbeachgirl 22-25, F 4 Responses 6 hrs ago

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    I used to be happy ,nice and caring. I'm still nice but I have mood swings too much now. I would go out everyday but now I just don't want to go out for anything I'm always crying...
    stephanyee stephanyee 18-21, F 5 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    Used commercial gym equipment is truly the last thing in the mind of someone who wishes to get fit. Many folks will frequently venture out into a big box store and get a brand new...
    ZCeason ZCeason 22-25 Jul 6

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    I just realized how easy it would be to just be sarcastic to most every one of these experiences! But I won't, I will be authentic! I have lost most of my close family over the...
    RaverFan RaverFan 41-45 1 Response Jul 7

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    There are times when I remember who I was... I used to be nice, used to be calm, used to be patient and used to be forgiving... But my love, betrayed me... lied to me... fooled...
    elemenohpi elemenohpi 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 20

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    I loved wearing tight shorts. It used to accentuate my round bums and I love the way people look at me then. With a cute and beautiful boyish face I used to be teased by everyone...
    spankyboy100 spankyboy100 31-35 Jul 9

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    I used to be a kind, considerate, compassionate, loving, caring person. But now... Admittedly, I'm a jaded and sometimes bitter & selfish human being. It used to be that I would...
    dukelostboy25 dukelostboy25 26-30, M 2 Responses Jul 11

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    I am so glad I'm not the person I used to be . Although at the same time I'm not. I used to be really rude but one day I snapped out of it and realized what I was doing . But I...
    Unactivexxxx Unactivexxxx 70+, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Looking through old notes on my phone, found one that said "It was the only pain I could control." Obviously I was referring to the pain I used to inflict on myself when I was...
    TheSongPlaysWithin TheSongPlaysWithin 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 29

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    I feel down. Something has sucked my energy out of my body, and my mind is empty. I can’t focus on work, feel like coming back home and sleeping for long time after taking...
    Forouzan Forouzan 36-40, F Jul 5

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    I used to be so happy and care free. I used to have faith in my marriage...faith in my husband...faith in myself. I just want to run away with my kids and start over...
    MyLifeIsNow MyLifeIsNow 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 8

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    I used to cut myself. It started when I was in 7th grade (I'm 18 now and just recently graduated), and continued up until a few months ago. I'm not proud of it but I like to share...
    pinkfleshbows pinkfleshbows 18-21, F Jul 12

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    I have a friend, she switches from friend to friend constantly. Whenever she loses friendship with this one girl, she begins being friends with me. And then again. The one girl she...
    BloodProjectile1 BloodProjectile1 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 12

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    When I was still in primary school i used to wet the bed and my knickers mainly. I had week muscles or something. Mum or dad used to punish me for it. Why dont parents know it...
    JennyMason2 JennyMason2 13-15, F Jul 12

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    Well it's true. I used to be skinny but I got injured in baseball and then I stopped working out daily like I used to. Eventually I gained some weight, I only put on a few pounds...
    Johnnysicks Johnnysicks 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 15

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    I used to be very passionate and emotional. Some days would be full of pure elation and joy and I would marvel at small things, like the sound of wind through the trees or the feel...
    TeamFreeWill TeamFreeWill 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 16

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    I was the tattle tale when I was younger. "Little Miss Perfect" and "Miss Goody Two Shoes" were a few of my nicknames within my family (all in good fun, of course). Now I am going...
    HappyHart5 HappyHart5 16-17, F Jul 18

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    I'm definitely not the person I used to be. I was married for 20 years. I thought I was happy, and I really did love raising my kids. They are 18 and 21 now, and they are awesome...
    lovesandybeaches lovesandybeaches 46-50, F Jul 20

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    Not used to any tanning bed/salon or animal skin too. Not fond of them, and a plain strong wood bed is more comfy to me. Do not wish cruelty towards animals for the purpose of...
    elitevenkat elitevenkat 36-40, M 5 days ago

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    I semi used to be happy. I used to laugh with my friends but now I shut them out. I once could smile for no reason but a true smile has only crossed my lips when I thought I was...
    sluggo111 sluggo111 16-17, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I wonder if anyone has ever used my pictures to catfish someone? I doubt it. Who would want to pretend to be this? Haha! Has anyone ever used your pictures?
    LonelyHolly LonelyHolly 18-21, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I used to smoke pot religiously every day. 3 times a day. More when with friends and on vacations. I did this for 3 years. It's had lasting effects... I physically can't get out...
    daynicus daynicus 16-17, M 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    The guy I'm seeing was ignoring my texts this week. I was nervous so I called to see if he was alright. He's fine, we had a decent conversation, and he even said he missed me. I...
    abingham abingham 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 29

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    I begged and prayed all my life for God to be there for me and he just ignored me. I was constantly bullied and ridiculed at my private middle school. I thought entering high...
    xRockGlossPrincessx xRockGlossPrincessx 18-21, F 5 Responses Jun 29

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    I swear, I spend about 90% of my time taking care of everyone else emotionally- either talking them down or trying to cheer them up, keeping them company, etc. Yet I have a host of...
    uoytegohwelpoep uoytegohwelpoep 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 29

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    That would be a very interesting email or letter to receive, "I Used Your Wife".
    Kandainnc Kandainnc 41-45 3 Responses Jun 29

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    I've gotten really depressed over the past year and I used to be that girl who people know of as outgoing, confident, happy, and funny. I still can be outgoing and I fake my...
    SadAndAlone68 SadAndAlone68 13-15, F Jun 30

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    I used to be the really nice girl that everyone walked over. Not anymore😁😁😁
    sashakimi4 sashakimi4 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 30

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    I used to cut and punch myself in middle school..I have emotional problems, I'm a sophmore now and honestly, I get so tempted to cut myself but I never do..i just don't like my...
    creepypastafan creepypastafan 13-15, F Jul 1

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    I lost the sparkle in my eye, the smile on my face. All I want to do is do nothing, stay at home, see nobody, talk to nobody. I used to be that happy girl that made everyone smile...
    CatWithScars CatWithScars 13-15, F Jul 2

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    I used to cut just over a year ago but then I injured myself really badly. I now walk with a permanent limp because I cut too deep and tore a muscle and they couldn't fix it. If...
    PanicAtTheBlink PanicAtTheBlink 13-15, M 1 Response Jul 2

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    I used to self harm. My scars have a story.
    husoldier13 husoldier13 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 6

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