Many years ago I was on what is called a "meet and turn" This is where a driver that is domiciled out of one city will drive a load halfway to its destination, while a driver domiciled out of that destination will drive halfway with a load that is destined for my city. We meet in a parking lot, switch trailers and drive back home. I had been on this run for a few months and found that I always got to the meet point about an hour before the other driver. It was a dark and empty dirt lot at about 3 am, so I would stretch out across the seat and take a short nap.
One night, about 10 minutes into my nap I was awoken by a barking
dog. I tried to ignore it, but it carried on for several minutes and
got louder as the dog got closer. Soon, it became apparent that the dog
was right outside of my truck barking at me.
OK, either this dog is Lassie and is trying to alert me to something, or
else he is just a pain in the ass and I will need to throw something at
him to scare him off. It is important to note that the barking had
been going on for a good 10 minutes at this point.
So, I sat up and looked out my window. Standing there, mere inches
on the other side of the glass was a man of about 35. He was a large
fellow. And was barking at me. his eyes were crazy and he was frothing
at the mouth a little -- the scene really held my full attention for a
The sheer creepiness of this struck me. Gently, and making an absolute
minimum of sudden movements, I reach down and started my truck and
slowly pulled away. He chased me, much like you might expect an angry
dog to do, barking all the while.