Sunday, September 16, 2007

Strange occurrence on a dark road

Okay, I've spent the last hour or so debating whether to post this or not. I've wavered but I've decided to go ahead with it. Consider it either a PSA for the Fort Atkinson area or just a quirky story.

The lovely Mrs. Jib and I were headed back from Madison this evening, and it was a dark drive on Highway 12. We got to a point about a mile west of Fort Atkinson when the high beams picked up something on the side of the road. It took a moment to make out what it was. It was a man standing just off the road. He was in jeans and some sort of long sleeved shirt. Neither of us could see his face or his head. In fact, there was just a kind of blackness where his head was. It appeared to the lovely Mrs. Jib that he was wearing some sort of black hood and looking down. The guy was directly facing traffic, which at that time of night consisted of us and another car about 3/4 of a mile behind us. His hands were down near his fly, but because he passed in and out of our headlights so quickly that neither one of us could make out what his hands were doing down there-or if something was out that shouldn't have been. There was no car parked near by, and we didn't see any bags. He was standing there, not walking anywhere, and he didn't hold his thumb out, so we don't think it was a hitchhiker, a broken down motorist, or even someone just out for a walk.

I'm not pleased at the possibility of someone getting off by flashing people in the dark of night just outside of the town that I live in, so I called it in to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, if somewhat reluctantly (that's not the easiest thing to report). The dispatcher seemed rather disinterested by it and didn't even ask my name. If a deputy was dispatched, I'm sure that the person was long gone by the time they even got there. Just the same, if anyone else has a similar experience around this area, I encourage you to report it, just to be on the safe side.

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