Forgot your password?

We just sent you an email, containing instructions for how to reset your password.

Sign in

  • Baby boomers pull down their caps to cover receding hairlines and recount stories of their thumbing youth.

    We stop roadside for a bag of chips or a salmon filet.

    Pepsi truck drivers on deserted backsides of Mexican mountains simultaneously try to convert me to Christianity and convince me that Coca-Cola contains the blood of virgins.

    There are of course practical reasons for sticking my thumb out—I don’t own a car, have limited resources when I travel, and the environmental bonus of carpooling is not to be discredited. But mostly I hitch in order to meet the characters that create my surroundings. I can boast only success in over ten different countries, and each roadside post I take reminds me of the positive power of a genuine smile.
    • Share

    Connected stories:


Collections let you gather your favorite stories into shareable groups.

To collect stories, please become a Citizen.

    Copy and paste this embed code into your web page:

    px wide
    px tall
    Send this story to a friend:
    Would you like to send another?

      To retell stories, please .

        Sprouting stories lets you respond with a story of your own — like telling stories ’round a campfire.

        To sprout stories, please .

            Better browser, please.

            To view Cowbird, please use the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer.