By Tom Thumb

Tom used to be two decades previous, broke and desired to visit India. So he packed up his clarinet, toothbrush and sound asleep bag and hitchhiked there without funds in any respect. Braving starvation, deserts, amoebas and rape makes an attempt through pissed off truck drivers, Tom within the footsteps of the orginal hippies and arrived in Goa with under a buck to his identify. "I wager this man by no means labored an afternoon in his life." Howard Marks

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With Marianne as coy as me it seemed we might have to wait a while longer yet. ” she asked, avoiding my eyes. ” I assured her, placing my pillow where I assumed was the headrest. ” she asked in disappointment. After a bit of confusion, careful coordination enabled us to fall asleep that night with our faces just a few inches apart, still with no clear statement about our relationship. In the early hours of the morning the storm broke as a series of tentative nose proddings broke the humid tension and the rain of love came tumbling down.

I stepped out into the Jewish quarter of town by the sullen canal and passed various kosher food stores, between which strode Hassidic Jewish men in black suits, caps and long beards, with earnest and purposeful expressions, doubtlessly wrestling with some Biblical contradiction that was teasing their minds. Police could be seen hanging around to offer the synagogues a constant protective presence against the legacy of persecution that has seemed to follow them wherever and whenever for the last five thousand years.

I managed to plant a soft kiss on her neck as we embraced but we pulled apart to maintain the illusion to her host that nothing was going on. The car drove off and I was left to stand alone by the side of the road in the heat of noon. Two bags for company and feeling very sad, I watched as my last chance pulled away. “Fuck! Fuck this! ” I shouted to no one in particular. A few mothers waiting for buses drew their children closer to them protectively. I didn’t care. I stuck out my thumb with an expression that would have deterred all but a blind man.

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