You have no idea how excited I am to be using my 'Hitchhiker' label again!
A quick history - It was September of 2007 when I wrote the first story about my Hitchhiker friend. I was a myspace blogger at the time, I had been working at Matrix for 2 years... out of nowhere I start to see this hitchhiker all over the place on my drive home, click here to read the full story with detail.
August of last year (2008) I mention him in this Random blog, because people asked me about him all the time. He has to be the most captivating thing I've ever written about.
In that Random blog I mention that I hadn't seen him since September 2007, and I was pretty sure he was dead, drugged himself to death or took a ride from the wrong person.
On to the present, yesterday [crap, that's still the past] I was in my carpool riding shotgun when all of the sudden I see a person up ahead hitchhiking. Now, over the past 1.5 years I've seen many people hitchin' a ride on my way home but upon approach, none of them have been my hitchhiker. So we continue to drive forward, Bob is in the back seat and I say "Hey Bob, look! It's a hitchhiker, I wonder if it our hitchhiker" He looks and says "Wow, it sure does look like him!" We continue forward and can clearly see that it is in fact our hitchhiker! I almost piss my pants with excitement! He still looks just as dirty and worn out as before, but he looks like has lost a bit of weight and possibly shaved. The entire drive home all I could think about was how excited I was to have seen him, how happy I was that he is still alive... as the day wore on I began to think that maybe my seeing him is a sign of bad things to come. After all, I did question whether or not he is my guardian angel... maybe he is back because I need guidance, maybe he is back to protect me from harm.
At this point I'm not sure and I'm honestly not going to worry too much about it. He is alive and that is all that matters. I will be sure to keep you posted on if he continues to come around. Isn't it strange that I get so excited over a dirty stranger?