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PARANOIA RUNS AMUCK
Rapid City, South Dakota
Friday, August 20, 2004
While in Rapid City, SD I ran into problems with the law. Seems someone called the cops and complained of a strange van in the neighborhood. At the time I was uploading my content updates to the site on a borrowed internet connection. That's when someone paid me an unwelcome visit. It was a resident, demanding what I was doing parked in the van. I told him my story and mode of operation. He took my business travel card and left in a huff, saying he would check out my site.
Well, after I completed my uploads I pulled out of that neighborhood on my way to getting my van washed, that's when two cop cars pull me over. I couldn't believe the resident ratted me out, even after talking with the guy and him supposedly looking at my website. What a clown, I guess the joke was on me.
I rolled down the window and explained to the officer what I was doing in the neighborhood. He then piped in, telling me there have been problems with people hyjacking other folk's internet connections so surf child-pornography. "Geeze, you gotta be kidding me" I thought. This cop was 1/2 accusing me of surfing child-porn, now them was fightin' words...
But, I kept my cool and just went along with his little interrogation. In the end I got my license back and was asked when I was leaving town. Well, that was a nice thing to ask! I told him I could leave town ASAP but preferred to stay another night before heading out to the Badlands as it was getting late in the day. He then told me to park in some other neighborhood... and that was that.