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Well, here's a bit more info. I hope he's doing ok.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:15 PM on May 16, 2012


From Role Models: "My real passion is hitchhiking . . . cars pick me up immediately; it's like hailing a cab."
posted by ryanshepard at 2:17 PM on May 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


Rt.70 of course ends at Baltimore (well technically at the Baltimore Beltway) so he's going to the other end (west).
posted by stbalbach at 2:18 PM on May 16, 2012


I'm not sure there's actually any extra info in that second link, just the same info slightly re-organized in order to scam some page views.
posted by jbickers at 2:18 PM on May 16, 2012 [3 favorites]


I don't drive and I don't live in the US, but I still feel bummed out that I've never picked up John Waters hitchhiking.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 2:20 PM on May 16, 2012 [4 favorites]


Wow, in five minutes, MetaFilter has managed to present more facts on this than the Baltimore Sun.
posted by griphus at 2:20 PM on May 16, 2012 [5 favorites]


That's nothing, I almost ran over Ira Glass last week.
posted by hellojed at 2:21 PM on May 16, 2012 [30 favorites]


Outstanding!
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 2:22 PM on May 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wow. But if you've read Role Models, well, this is oddly unsurprising.
posted by blucevalo at 2:26 PM on May 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


So, I'm trying to think of a one word response to this, and considered the following:

hmmmm
odd
weird
strange
dangerous
fun
neat
interesting
worried

Good idea didn't qualify because it isn't one word and because it isn't.
posted by HuronBob at 2:28 PM on May 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


Just be careful when you're picking up hitchhiking celebrities, because you could get stuck with Bono instead.
posted by Copronymus at 2:31 PM on May 16, 2012 [3 favorites]


Weird - every Summer I seem to see a hitchhiker or two that reminds me of John Waters. I never thought it could ACTUALLY BE JOHN WATERS!
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 2:31 PM on May 16, 2012 [2 favorites]


My real passion is hitchhiking . . . cars pick me up immediately; it's like hailing a cab

In Baltimore unlicensed hacks are so prevalent that hitchhiking pretty much does replace hailing a cab for a lot of people.
posted by burnmp3s at 2:31 PM on May 16, 2012


That's nothing, I almost ran over Ira Glass last week.

Did you circle back too?
posted by R. Mutt at 2:34 PM on May 16, 2012 [15 favorites]


John Waters continues to be my hero, and he is also wearing Comme Des Garcon in that photo--i want to write a country song about having rest stop sex in a rest stop in Baltimore, staining Waters new Comme jacket with pure white cum.
posted by PinkMoose at 2:35 PM on May 16, 2012 [10 favorites]


Aw man, I drive on 70 in Ohio all the time! No John Waters, though.
posted by ChuraChura at 2:38 PM on May 16, 2012




I'll bet John Waters is enjoying the ride as much as the band is. He's one of those people that seems to genuinely enjoy the company of strangers just for the sake of talking to new people.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 2:44 PM on May 16, 2012


I am so not worried for Waters. He's a big boy. I used to hitch hike, it's not dangerous as you'd think. I'm sure he was out on that highway taking a walk on the wild side.
posted by Catblack at 2:45 PM on May 16, 2012


It must suck to not be able to do something like this without it being posted all over the internet and dissected.
posted by bongo_x at 2:46 PM on May 16, 2012 [2 favorites]


I would like to nominate John Waters for America's Sweetheart.
posted by roger ackroyd at 2:49 PM on May 16, 2012 [23 favorites]


Sarah Weinman, a lit news hound (and publishing marketplace news editor), has a theory that this whole hitchhiking deal has to do with John Waters's next book. I hope she's right.
posted by emilycardigan at 2:52 PM on May 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


It must suck to not be able to do something like this without it being posted all over the internet and dissected.

there is not a shot in hell that john waters gives a fuck what everyone on the internet is saying about him one way or another. even if he reads it, im sure it just amuses him, mildly.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 2:55 PM on May 16, 2012 [8 favorites]


John Waters once tried to pick me up. In a bar. I was flattered, but honestly I was more creeped out.
posted by trip and a half at 3:06 PM on May 16, 2012 [3 favorites]


BTW, "Indie Band" = Here We Go Magic.
posted by inigo2 at 3:12 PM on May 16, 2012


This sign is on Route 70W just outside the Baltimore beltway. It does kind of seem like an invitation or a dare maybe. Good for John for taking it up.
posted by zoinks at 3:12 PM on May 16, 2012 [4 favorites]


I don't think I've ever heard an indie-bandier name than that.
posted by brundlefly at 3:17 PM on May 16, 2012 [6 favorites]


Oho, is that a challenge to list bands that just reek of indie-band-ness from their name, like Choir of Young Believers, or Vacationer? Because that would be an entertaining derail.
posted by filthy light thief at 3:22 PM on May 16, 2012 [2 favorites]


“I always wanted to be a juvenile delinquent but my parents wouldn't let me.”
― John Waters
posted by exogenous at 3:24 PM on May 16, 2012 [9 favorites]


zoinks, my family refers to that as the 'depressing ass sign'.
posted by sperose at 3:32 PM on May 16, 2012 [4 favorites]


John Waters’s untitled [book] “undercover travel adventure”

This was actually my first thought a stunt for a book. He should have taken Rt. 10 or something, more cultural contrast. He should be taking back roads. Rt.70 is fairly benign.
posted by stbalbach at 3:34 PM on May 16, 2012


Ahh, yeah that's another way of looking at it I guess, sperose.
posted by zoinks at 3:35 PM on May 16, 2012


"After 35 year of knowing John Waters, I turned to my wife and I said to her, I have a feeling that this man is gay."
-Werner Herzog
posted by found missing at 3:40 PM on May 16, 2012 [5 favorites]


I don't think I've ever heard an indie-bandier name than that.

You obviously haven't heard of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.
posted by mykescipark at 3:45 PM on May 16, 2012 [4 favorites]


This sign is on Route 70W just outside the Baltimore beltway. It does kind of seem like an invitation or a dare maybe. Good for John for taking it up.

I feel that signs like this should exist at the beginning/end of all major highways. Another example is US 50. (In Ocean City, In Sacramento).
posted by Mister Fabulous at 3:46 PM on May 16, 2012 [2 favorites]


I kind of love the end of that piece:
As we passed by, our sound guy said 'John Waters' Luke said, 'Yep, definitely John Waters.' We got off at the next exit and circled back. He was still there. We pulled up, opened the door and asked where he was coming from. 'Baltimore,' he said. And we said 'Get in, sir.' "
posted by Songdog at 4:11 PM on May 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


I would like to nominate John Waters for America's Sweetheart.

That would be Divine.
posted by longsleeves at 4:11 PM on May 16, 2012 [5 favorites]


He should have taken Rt. 10 or something, more cultural contrast. He should be taking back roads. Rt.70 is fairly benign.

I'm pretty sure that id this is for a forthcoming book, he's going to go further off the beaten path than we're probably prepared for.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 4:17 PM on May 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


hellojed:That's nothing, I almost ran over Ira Glass last week.

All things considered, sounds like you had a pretty good week.
posted by dr_dank at 4:23 PM on May 16, 2012


It's funny--I don't care for his movies much (although I feel like I *should*...they just mostly leave me going :meh:), but I love listening to him recount stories in interviews and the like. Bless him and his completely unapologetic sense of self.
posted by smirkette at 4:25 PM on May 16, 2012


The band is on their way to do a show tonight in the small college town where I live, at my local bar. This town is Freaking Out with hope that Waters might tag along with them this far.
posted by amelioration at 4:25 PM on May 16, 2012 [3 favorites]


hellojed:That's nothing, I almost ran over Ira Glass last week.

dr_dank: All things considered, sounds like you had a pretty good week.


Wait, wait, don't tell me--you're going to have to call your mechanic for some car talk?
posted by smirkette at 4:26 PM on May 16, 2012 [2 favorites]


All things considered, sounds like you had a pretty good week.

Considering how much MeFi loves Ira Glass, the obituary post would be a serious mourning edition.
posted by grouse at 4:26 PM on May 16, 2012 [7 favorites]


John Waters is absolutely one of my favorite humans living or dead. I'm proud to say I've touched him more than once.
posted by item at 4:28 PM on May 16, 2012 [2 favorites]


I was hitchiking up Hwy 1 in 1970 and got picked up by this guy. He was not very talkative but when I asked him what he did, he said "I'm a comedian".

For who, depressives? I thought. Well, a couple weeks later, I'm watching Ed Sullivan and there he is, my dry-humored comedian. Turned out it was Flip Wilson.

Oh, and as long as I have the floor, several years later, I'm on my motorcycle, just entering the Bay Bridge, heading to the East Bay, and see a car broken down on the side of the road. I stop to see if I can help....and it turns out to be Eldridge Cleaver.
posted by lometogo at 4:58 PM on May 16, 2012 [4 favorites]


You know who else likes pun threads?

That's right, Reddit.
posted by adamdschneider at 5:08 PM on May 16, 2012


Before you dismiss them offhand for their 'indie' band name, Here We Go Magic actually make pretty good music.

2nd link nsfw, natch.
posted by SomaSoda at 5:29 PM on May 16, 2012


Before you dismiss them offhand for their 'indie' band name, Here We Go Magic actually make pretty good music.

no. no, in this case, they must be dismissed. that name is intolerable.
posted by facetious at 5:59 PM on May 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


Before you dismiss them offhand for their 'indie' band name, Here We Go Magic actually make pretty good music.

no. no, in this case, they must be dismissed. that name is intolerable.


Agreed. That name is too cute and too indie, to be allowed to exist without merciless ridicule. Shit, I can literally smell the music they're going to make for Apple and HP and Dell and Honda in the near future...

They must be dismissed, with extreme prejudice.

Unless John Waters likes them. Then they're okay in my book.
posted by Skygazer at 6:21 PM on May 16, 2012 [3 favorites]


Werner Herzog discovers John Waters is Gay

Now I'm dying to know if Herzog thinks Ralph is a metaphorical Viking
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 7:25 PM on May 16, 2012 [2 favorites]


My friend and I approached him after his Christmas show last year and asked him to draw moustaches on our faces. He was an absolute gentleman, though he refused the proffered eyeliner and insisted on using his own sharpie. I never washed my face again.
posted by hot soup girl at 9:19 PM on May 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


That's nothing, I almost ran over Ira Glass last week.

I was in a car with a computer scientist when he almost ran over Don Knuth. He saw his whole career flash before his eyes. You could accomplish anything after that and still just be "the guy that ran over Don Knuth".
posted by madmethods at 9:25 PM on May 16, 2012 [8 favorites]


Pursuant to this article - I am unashamed to say, in an absolutely unqualified sense, that I love the mother fuck out of John Waters. That is all.
posted by gohabsgo at 9:46 PM on May 16, 2012


I have a hitchhiking story--I used to be able to hitchhike from my big city to my smallish town, because it was an industrial town and i look like a rig pig. The suburbs have grown up around now, and I look less like a rig pig and more like a serial killer or hipster. There is also a bus, but it doesn't run nights or holidays, so last new years, i had to pay 70 in cab fare.
posted by PinkMoose at 9:46 PM on May 16, 2012


I probably didn't come close to running over ira glass, but he still gave me a weird look as I drove past. Also: dude has way less gray hair than I imagined.
posted by hellojed at 9:52 PM on May 16, 2012


Werner Herzog sounds exactly like that guy who does Arnie impressions.
posted by Mezentian at 12:43 AM on May 17, 2012


I have never wanted a buddy-comedy film more than John Waters and Werner Herzog Hitchhike Across America.
posted by nicebookrack at 5:44 AM on May 17, 2012 [6 favorites]


Herzog and Waters Meet the Mummy
Herzog and Waters Meet the Keystone Kops
Herzog and Waters Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Herzog and Waters Go to Mars
Herzog and Waters Meet Captain Kidd
Herzog and Waters in the Foreign Legion
Herzog and Waters Meet Frankenstein
posted by griphus at 6:06 AM on May 17, 2012 [6 favorites]


Herzog prefers walking long distances.
posted by Burhanistan at 6:22 AM on May 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


Herzog and Waters Meet Herbie the Love Bug
posted by brundlefly at 8:38 AM on May 17, 2012


Herzog & Waters & Ted & Alice
posted by griphus at 8:39 AM on May 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


Herzog and Waters Go to White Castle
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 9:27 AM on May 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


Herzog & Waters' Excellent Adventure
posted by griphus at 9:49 AM on May 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm sorry, this isn't a real thing until we say Herzog & Waters Meet The Phantom of the Park.
posted by mykescipark at 9:57 AM on May 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


Before you dismiss them offhand for their 'indie' band name,

Too late.
posted by bongo_x at 9:57 AM on May 17, 2012


Herzog and Waters Make a Porno

come on, people

come on people?

posted by Halloween Jack at 11:32 AM on May 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


I waited at a stop on Van Ness in San Francisco for the #49 bus with John Waters not long ago. I was too starstruck to say anything, but I did a quick web search after ward to see if anyone else had seen him and found an interview where he talks about taking the bus every day. He clearly likes people.
posted by cali at 5:35 PM on May 17, 2012


From Baltimore. Of course. How could it be otherwise?
posted by spamguy at 7:30 AM on May 18, 2012


The NYT catches up with the story...
posted by LeLiLo at 6:04 PM on May 25, 2012


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