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Old 10-11-2011, 10:23 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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I met a young (late teens, possibly 20) transgender Palestinian who called herself "Vivienne" in Gan HaZikaron park in front of the City Hall in Haifa, Israel. This is a popular gathering place for gay people in Haifa during the evening hours. Apparently gay, lesbian, and transgender Palestinians find nothing but harassment and persecution in the Palestinian territories so they flee to Israel for safety ... something you don't read about in the news concerning the Mideast conflict.
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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Not on a flight, but I ran into Piers Morgan in London a few years ago doing a segment on BBC news by the Thames River.
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Old 10-15-2011, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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During my stay in Colombia, I made friends with a drug dealer. I ended up at a baby shower and also a family party afterwards. Got to see some guns and drink a lot of rum :P
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Old 10-16-2011, 01:30 PM
 
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To this day, I wonder what would've happened had I'd gone to Las Vegas with that girl I met on the Greyhound back in '74...
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Old 10-16-2011, 05:13 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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To this day, I wonder what would've happened had I'd gone to Las Vegas with that girl I met on the Greyhound back in '74...
Oh sweetie I think it was me!
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Glen Rock, NJ
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During my stay in Colombia, I made friends with a drug dealer. I ended up at a baby shower and also a family party afterwards. Got to see some guns and drink a lot of rum :P

With places like Detroit this should be the norm
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:35 PM
 
Location: California
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One day sightseeing in New England, stopped at a little park in Portsmouth NH to rest and have a soda. There were 3 senior couples eating their lunch; they invited me to come sit with them and share their repast. We talked for what seemed ages, as I shared their simple meal of cheese, crackers and fruit. They were from Wisconsin, in their late 70's and had so much wisdom and interesting stories to tell. And as we parted I realized I would probably never see them again in this lifetime, but will always remember fondly our little visit.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Texas
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This dude selling hot dogs on the street in New York City was pretty nice and provided us with our nicest meal of the the trip. And he actually laughed when we joked about getting another hot dog for free.
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Old 10-22-2011, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Denver via Austin
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When my family was headed back home from a ski trip at Wolf Creek, Colorado, we picked up a hitchhiker in Abiquiu, New Mexico, right around Georgia O'Keefe's ranch, at daybreak. He turned out the guy was one of the few successful freelance photographers in existence. He grew up in a mansion in central London, and he spent his life traveling and taking pictures, many of them appearing in National Geographic and other well-known magazines. We dropped Bruce off in downtown Santa Fe.

Another time I was outside the Prado Museum in Madrid, and I went to put a couple coins in the case of a great piccolo player. He was playing Irish tunes and it happened to be St. Patrick's Day. The guy was from London, but his family immigrated to escape some Middle Eastern conflict. It came up that I was from Lubbock, and apparently be stopped through there on an American roadtrip to pay homage to Buddy Holly. I was twelve at the time, so I talked what little of classic rock I knew to him.
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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With places like Detroit this should be the norm
huh... ?
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