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July 16th, 2012
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Children? I thought. Hitchhiking?

But there they were, three boys, maybe on the cusp of double-digits by the looks of them, standing in a clump by the freeway entrance with thumbs out.

I shook my head as I passed by them. I've got a track record of providing hitches, but this one wasn't to be. I was already late for my Ultimate Frisbee league game.* I couldn't in good conscience pick them up only to strand them somewhere besides their destination and make them hitch again, and I had no idea how far out of my way that would be. And, of course, there was the thought in the back of my mind that no, there's nothing at all creepy about a solitary middle-aged man** picking boys up from the side of the road; all it would take would be one panicked 911 call from a paranoid passerby to get me in legal trouble I simply didn't want to chance.

Still, it's hard passing by someone who needs help. My mind kept flashing back to the looks of disappointment on their faces. Especially that one wearing the helmet, leaning on his razor scooter*** ...


... wait.

Three kids, of the right age, with no parental supervision, throwing themselves into the unknown ...


(R63 humanized versions, but still. What.)

* * *

UPDATE, 7/19: @jessetruscott mentions that he was showing a My Little Pony design to a non-fan coworker, who looked at the Cutie Mark on the pony's hip and commented on the "tramp stamp".

... suddenly everything makes perfect sense.

* Our team won 15-13 in a grumpy and exhausted slug match. I realized only afterward why everyone was so fatigued and irritable despite a cooler evening than we've been used to recently: smoke.
** ... I'm turning 35 this Friday.
*** This post is 100%, unembellished, true.

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Date:July 17th, 2012 05:37 am (UTC)

I am admittedly a little disappointed that the “never thought i'd combine those tags” tag doesn't seem to have seen other use yet.

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Date:July 17th, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
There are several tag pairs that are nearly as brain-blistering as the MLP + hitchhikers combination (e.g. "sex" and "mac os x partitioning"), but the circumstances that would cover both topics simultaneously are ... hmm.

I may have to take this in the spirit of a personal challenge.
Date:July 17th, 2012 10:51 pm (UTC)

Most of the tags are so general and composable though! Which means it's a nice orthogonal categorization system, which makes it harder. The closest I've been able to come up with for another unexpected combination (though I haven't been searching systematically) is “note to self” + “multimedia” on the assumption that the former implies a quick, generally text-only note, whereas the latter tends to be more involved as a matter of practicality.

(I'm now imagining a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic × Dexter's Laboratory crossover, for what it's worth. For completely unnecessary reference, this is because I was imagining stacking Friendship Pie on your head, which led to remembering the “Apple, blueberry, cherry, r squared” sequence from the latter cartoon. It seems like Dexterpony has to have been done…)

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Date:July 17th, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
I've taken a number of voice-recording notes-to-self in situations where writing was problematic, so the idea's not that weird to me (I just doubt I'd post them under normal circumstances).

Re your crossover, a quick GIS finds: (one two three and my personal favorite). You're not alone!
Date:July 18th, 2012 10:16 am (UTC)

Ahahahaha! But now I've caught you! Is it really multimedia if it's only audio? @.@


Oh, fine. z.o

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Date:July 17th, 2012 06:11 am (UTC)
"Cutie Mark Crusader Gender Swapped Humanized Hitchers yay!"

"...Scootaloo, I know we don't have our cutie marks yet, but isn't this really kinda out there?"
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Date:July 17th, 2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
*grin* I don't know about extreme -- have you seen what they've done in canon? Hang-gliding springs to mind ...
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