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Only in Big Bend

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Offline Doc Savage

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Only in Big Bend
« on: October 23, 2012, 10:32:48 PM »
Saw this posted elsewhere and got a chuckle out of it. I think that could have been me on one of my trips.

Robert

From the Brewster County Sheriff's blotter for week of Oct. 15-21:

Oct. 21
911 call, Marathon, caller reported vehicle on side of road with individual lying on ground/investigated/individual was looking at stars/cleared.
Enjoying the Texas life!

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Offline The Scorpion

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Re: Only in Big Bend
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2012, 10:56:14 PM »
now thats funny...
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Offline Al

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Re: Only in Big Bend
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2012, 11:24:48 PM »
Obviously not a local. A local would have stopped to make sure nothing was wrong and probably ended watching the stars too!

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Offline SA Bill

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Re: Only in Big Bend
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2012, 06:09:19 AM »
Back in the '80s I was way out on the side of a dark county road, north of San Antonio, observing with an 8" telescope. Only 2 or 3 cars drove by during the first 90 minutes I was there. Apparently one of the cars was some people who lived down the road because about 2 hours into my observing session a county sheriff pulled up with lights blazing and asked what I was doing. I explained that I was using a telescope to look at the stars. He laughed and said someone had reported a person on the side of the road "hugging a water heater". I guess a fairly tall, white, 10" diameter telescope tube being grasped by yours truly could look like a water heater to someone zooming by at 45 mph. I showed the officer Saturn and he went on his way. I packed up soon after.

Then there was the time in the same place when the 2 drunk guys pulled up and stayed to chat.....
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Offline Zopilote

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Re: Only in Big Bend
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2012, 08:50:50 AM »
Reminds me of something i saw yrs. ago in Ocampo, Coah. One nite i pulled out onto the only paved road into town and about a dozen men jumped up off the blacktop. they had all been laying there like a bunch of snakes, for the warmth, i figured. It was also the winter of the comet "Kotex", so maybe they were sky gazing. I never bothered to find out. It wasn't until yrs. latter that i thought about seeing that. Just one of those strange things in the Chihuahuan Desert. I also learned to drive with headlights off at nite, like  the locals.

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Re: Only in Big Bend
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2012, 10:08:01 AM »
Back in the '80s I was way out on the side of a dark county road, north of San Antonio, observing with an 8" telescope. Only 2 or 3 cars drove by during the first 90 minutes I was there. Apparently one of the cars was some people who lived down the road because about 2 hours into my observing session a county sheriff pulled up with lights blazing and asked what I was doing. I explained that I was using a telescope to look at the stars. He laughed and said someone had reported a person on the side of the road "hugging a water heater". I guess a fairly tall, white, 10" diameter telescope tube being grasped by yours truly could look like a water heater to someone zooming by at 45 mph. I showed the officer Saturn and he went on his way. I packed up soon after.
Hey, water heaters need love too! :rolling:

Reminds me of something i saw yrs. ago in Ocampo, Coah. One nite i pulled out onto the only paved road into town and about a dozen men jumped up off the blacktop. they had all been laying there like a bunch of snakes, for the warmth, i figured. It was also the winter of the comet "Kotex", so maybe they were sky gazing. I never bothered to find out. It wasn't until yrs. latter that i thought about seeing that. Just one of those strange things in the Chihuahuan Desert. I also learned to drive with headlights off at nite, like  the locals.
You sure that was the name of that comet? :icon_eek:

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Offline Zopilote

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Re: Only in Big Bend
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2012, 10:38:19 AM »
It was back in "74, look it up. We were irreverent collage students, or is it irrelevant? Oh well it doesn't matter.

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Re: Only in Big Bend
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2012, 01:25:08 PM »
I believe that may have been the comet Kohoutek.
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Offline Buck

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Re: Only in Big Bend
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2012, 06:39:23 PM »
I think it was the comet 'Playtex'.
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