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Absolutely strangest thing happened a couple days ago

...and I simply cannot stop thinking about it.

This is certainly one of the strangest things I've experienced in my life.

I've been out of work for a few weeks since my previous employer went out of business.

Tuesday morning, I went to drop off a resume at a business that had advertised it was hiring, down on the beach.

I have worked in the restaurant industry most of my life and have outstanding references and a great track record.

I spoke with the manager for about 30 minutes and he told me he'd pass my resume on to the owner and that I was exactly the type of person they were looking for.

I left and took the short walk back to my car. As a smoker, I always have a lighter with me, and when I'd left the house, I put my brightly colored lighter on the little console under the ashtray in my car.

While driving home, I reached for it and it wasn't there. (It was the only thing on the little console)

I'd left my driver side door unlocked while I went to drop off my resume and had parked in a high pedestrian area, so I figured some homeless guy must have stolen my lighter. I don't leave any valuables in my car.

I stopped and bought a new one on the way home, no big deal.

The owner called me a while later and asked me to come interview at a different location she also owns.

I went and had what I can only describe as an excellent interview.

She was visibly excited about my experience and such and the interview ended with her telling me she'll be making a decision very quickly.

I jumped back in my car, called the spouse, told her about the great interview and we arranged to meet and go grocery shopping.

After getting groceries, I got back into my car and guess what? My yellow bic lighter was sitting on the console under the ashtray!

Right there in plain view!

Nothing else on the console to obscure it from me.

It is not possible that I had just missed seeing it earlier in the day IT WAS NOT THERE! and then a few hours later, there it was, exactly where I had left it.

Being a very logical thinker, I went over the situation in my mind several times, and nothing about this makes any sense to me.

However, here we are, 2 1/2 days later and I have heard nothing/zero/zilch back from the owner.

I texted her and left a voicemail (gracious ones of course) and have not received any response whatsoever.

In the past 3 weeks or so, I left 3 or 4 interviews that had also gone extremely well and was certain I was going to receive an offer.

In each of those cases, exact same result. Complete silence.

Generally, when you do a followup call in this industry, they will tell you they chose another candidate, or something along those lines. Something respectful.

But nothing! ZILCH.

That in and of itself is a little unusual, but the lighter thing?

I'm telling you, somebody put that lighter back in my car when I was in the grocery store...and 10 miles from where it first went missing.

That is inexplicable and I simply cannot get my head around it.

Can the missing lighter and the black plague treatment be connected? I have no idea.

Some of you may remember this strange encounter posting I put here in May 2012 http://www.dailypaul.com/235613/i-had-a-most-interesting-enc...

That was strange, but this is far beyond that.

Well, I'm open to hearing what you guys think about this.

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This morning I went outside and my bike was gone.

So I thought "that's just great."

I called my friend up and asked him if he still wanted to sell his Gary Fisher and he said "sure."

Then I started remembering getting some dirty looks from some unsavory people at the bar last night.

So I went outside and looked around the back of the building and there it was!

I called Tommy back and told him "bad news for you - I'm not buying your bike. Sorry to disappoint you twice in one day."

The strange thing is, someone had decoded the combination lock and 'hogtied' the front tire to the handlebars. Must've taken 10 or 15 minutes to get it just right (I took pics).

So someone out there has taken a personal interest in messing with little ol' me. Very excitement!

My name is Chris but everyone calls me 'mark'. :)

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I have a feeling

I have a feeling libertydefender is the person that met Crabacado. Oh, I know he probably just got on here and made all of this up. Seriously, if he wasn't the man that met him how does he know so much about his business sign, prices, setup, and Crabacado's breath. Why would he take the time to get on here and respond if he wasn't the man. I love the Daily Paul, but sometimes you can be over conspiratorial I think the word is.

Let me solve your mystery from 2012

Crabacado, you're probably a nice guy and all, but I need to be brutally honest and blunt to explain some things:

Let me solve your mystery - I was the one who visited you in 2012. And NO, I'm not a "Romney Operative". Come on - to think someone would bother with you because you are a single supporter and not directly involved in the campaign.... Just say that out loud and think how that sounds... Oh, and I contributed the max for an individual to the campaign, so if anyone were to be targeted it would be someone like myself.

I'd like to answer a couple things why I didn't come back the next day: your sorbet product, while good tasting, was too costly for what I got. I didn't take a discount because you were starting a business and I understand what it takes to succeed. Another reason, when in person, you talk too close; I like a 3' buffer between me and the person I'm conversing with. Also you smelled like cigarette smoke really, really bad. I couldn't stand it. In my opinion, that's probably hurting sales.

When I read you were starting a business, I thought I'd see a really nice stainless steel freezer/food cart and "Revolution Sorbet" banner and it would be welcoming. Instead what I saw was a white chest freezer, a location near a second-rate hotel lobby with a crappy cardboard sign and you sitting in a lawn chair next to it. I don't understand how you'd get any business with that set-up, it seriously looked like something I'd find on the road side in Mexico.

The above isn't mean to personally insult you in anyway. I just wanted to help you clear your mind that "someone is out to get me"....

IF you are that person . . .

why would you go 800 miles out of your way? You had no way of knowing he was going to:

--smell strongly of tobacco smoke
--have 'merely' a white chest freezer
--have a 'crappy' (your word) cardboard sign and a lawn chair

So you went 800 miles out of your way expecting to see what?

I have a feeling you are not that person; no reasonable person goes 800 miles out of his/her way not knowing what he/she is going to see . . .

only to report over a year later that he/she was underimpressed.

You are either not that person, or you are dissembling--

maybe you just needed to insult a person, so you went 800 miles out of your way--

or maybe you didn't go out of your way at all and saw an opportunity to insult a fellow human being--

either way you're not a very likeable person yourself.

If you decide to go 800 miles out of your way again for any reason, make absolutely certain before you go that the person you have never met to whom you will speak will keep three feet away from you--

that's smart business--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

They wouldn't target a single lone Ron Paul supporter? Oh, yeah?

Missouri Ron Paul Delegate Catherine Bleish... targeted by 'Fusion Centers'


Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

I hope it's not e-Verify

ie the "do not work" list.


"An inverted form of paranoia characterized by the delusional belief that people are out to help you. The term was coined by Sheldon Kopp in his 1978 book, 'The End of Innocence' "

And I thought I coined it, when apparently all I did was debase the term.
Then again, on questions of counterfeit we are left to wonder who is following whom?


... And the bottom line is always a matter of real and intrinsic value,


See how it starts ... You think you are following someone ... Then the innocence ends. First clue the condition might be affecting your life -- you're on Daily Paul. (Cue the Twilight Zone musique). ;-)


You must've slipped into a parallel/alternate universe briefly..

and came back to our current one.

OFFCOURSE! It was so obvious

It was so obvious :)

You chose to drive an AMC Gremlin.

And somehow that is my problem...

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Google Thyself

Anybody applies for a job with me gets a quick google search.

I turned up a great one 3 months ago. The guy was convicted for counterfeiting money on his printer and DUI for the stop. He told the newspaper he was counterfeiting because he had a drug problem. I found a prior DUI for him and a couple of felonies for his brother.

Great resume.

Now don't get me wrong. I'm not suggesting anything, but if your name is John Jones, you should check and see if the other John Jones in your town was widely publicized beating the rap on murdering his last boss.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty" TJ

Lol, wtf?

You can see if people are convicted criminals by searching their name? Is it listed on police station websites or what?

I mean, it makes no difference to me - I've never been arrested; had 3 speeding tickets, all of which I've had removed, but still I didn't know you could do that.

Google my name once. Half those pics aren't even me.

The real ones, though, are exactly how I felt at the time the mug shots were taken.

And at the same resolution :)

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Chris Cudnoski according to Google...


None of those 4 guys is me.

But the one in the middle is close.

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Sorbet business not working out?? Good luck finding a job this time of year in this area! Unless they temporally hired an intern or H1B visa summer worker on the cheap... A lot of hotels do that around here. Whenever I worked for restaurants I would look for local(mom and pop) places that have a huge local following (to get you thru the winter). Anyway I wish you best of luck...anything I could do to help, let me know!! MB4RP

I don't know if we've ever met MB4RP

Perhaps we should have a beer together sometime soon

One day, I'm gonna' change my name to Dale Lee Paul

Peace and tks

MB for Ron Paul

One day, I'm gonna' change my name to Dale Lee Paul

WuJo moments

George Ure of urbansurvival.com usually includes what he calls WuJo moments as sent in by his readers. He defined WuJo as-
“The Wujo is that mental dojo (a place of martial arts) where East meets West, Reality meets Fiction and the Woo-woo faces off against ‘science’.” They have a Twilight Zone quality to them.

I was going to say that

But since you did, I just up-checked you!

George has presented a lot of strange cases that are similar to this. Some are even stranger. Like loosing the car keys upstairs in the bed room and finding them on a table down stairs in the living room, directly below the bed room and no holes in the floor.

Who was it that said "the universe is stranger than we CAN imagine"?

Maybe the job

you are being interviewed for is looking in your car while being interviewed? Could be possible. The job you are trying to get hired from wants you to stop smoking.

Or the world we are living in is some kind of Matrix.

I bet all of you lost a sock before and still to this day have never found it.

Maybe "somethings" trying to tell you to quit smoking?

Try it out and see what happens. Throw the lighter(s) away as well as the cigarettes. Some employers these days are not hiring smokers due to high medical coverage costs and if they can smell it on you they might be weary about hiring you. Not sure if this angle applies but figured I would mention it as I have not seen anyone else say something similar. Good luck with your job hunt in either case!

I never

ever smoke or wear 'smoked in' clothes before an interview.

Always, fresh out of the shower, the whole enchilada.

So, no.

I do believe some people get bad health from smoking, in combination with other certain lifestyle activities.

I do not believe I am one of them. I eat well and stay well hydrated.

There is evidence smokers are less susceptible to swine flu, bird flu and general human influenza.

There is evidence that raw garlic consumption is very effective at preventing cancer and that a higher acid diet and red wine also help.

John Adams smoked his whole life and lived nearly twice the life expectancy of his era.

A woman, celebrated her 100th birthday the same as every day of her adult life, with a pack of Marlboro's and some Brandy

If this is a liberty oriented website, why are we even having this discussion?

One day, I'm gonna' change my name to Dale Lee Paul

All your smoking buddies thumbed me down, lol!

Good luck with you job hunt.....not!

Irrespective of what you just mentioned...

Cigarette smoke/smoking cigarettes is not healthy, you know that right? So I don't know why you got so defensive in your reply. Your last sentence in your original post had something to the affect of "being open" to what we had to say. I guess not based on your reply.

And you might be void from the smell of cigaret smoke, but is your voice showing signs of smoking? You know, that raspy sound that alters the sound of your laugh as well. Besides, the smell of cigarette smoke can linger in your lungs for hours and will become quite apparent to a non-smoker once you start conversing.

Again, i didn't mean to put you in a defensive state. Just tried to approach it from a different angle because you invited such thesis. And to touch on the last thing you said in your reply to me about why are we even having this discussion???

Uh, duh, because you brought it up in the first place. Did I say congress should pass a law that bans anyone that smokes cigarettes from getting a job? No I didn't. Your post has received 9 +'s for a reason. *ignored

That was a creepy tale

I have one too. Last week while sleeping, I dreamed that I was eating a giant marshmallow... When I woke up, my pillow was gone. ;-)

Personally, I think we are all living in a computer program like a holodeck or the matrix. It's all an illusion.

“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”― Henry David Thoreau

Agree 100% with Misfit4Peace-Could be Gangstalking

This sounds like the beginning of a harassment campaign known as Gangstalking.


It usually happens to out-spoken individuals that question the status quo. It's been happening to a lot of foreigners and single-women (especially devout Christian ones).

Symptoms include: Repeatedly being tailgated by various people using high-beams, items missing and then reappearing, multiple items breaking around the same time, nasty rumors being spread to friends, family and local biz owners.

The end goal is to have get the target institutionalized, totally destitute or make them commit suicide.

It typically starts after the loss of a loved one, loss of a job or when someone moves to a new area.

I don't want to make you paranoid. It may not be Gangstalking in your case but based on your other post about being approached by a strange couple at your workplace, I'd say it raises some BIG red flags.

There are thousands of heart-breaking personal stories online about the topic.

Do a Google search for the Jane Clift article from dailymail for other clues to look for how this easily this can happen on the local level.

Not unusual to not hear anything back.

This happened to my roommate several times. He would even try to call the restaurant and they would take a message and still not call him back. I think people are scared of confrontation. Then again you might hear something back. It could just take longer than expected.

As for the lighter thing, don't dwell on it. More and more things like that happen as you get older. I searched for my sunglasses for an hour last week only to find them hanging off my polo. A couple of months ago, I bought milk and eggs twice in one day because I thought I was out.


I bought milk and eggs twice in one day because I thought I was out.

One day, I'm gonna' change my name to Dale Lee Paul


I remember my first joint Crab. I "lost" the keys in my ignition, "lost" the wallet in my pocket, "lost" the glasses I was wearing, etc. Are you smoking other things besides tobacco in that pipe?