Ultimate Photography Experience
The first mistake was reading Andrew Sullivan. There was a piece about a curious tale from Montana. It seems as though a man was hitchhiking through the state. He was going to write a book about “Kindness in America.” The plan came to a halt when his upper arm was shot. The various accounts do not say whether it was the right or left arm. The type of firearm is not indicated.
The shot man was Ray Dolin, of Julian WV. He owns a photography service, One Shot Impressions “From the minute you call me, to the moment you display our artwork on your wall, rest assured, you will enjoy the ultimate photography experience.” Perhaps what happened is “the ultimate photography experience”.
The following synopsis of Mr. Dolin’s ultimate experience is taken from a story in the Billings Gazette, Authorities say hitchhiker shot himself. The story was written by Matthew Brown, of Associated Press. It is available, verbatim, in dozens of web locations. The Billings version advertised Yoplait smoothies and the Montana lottery. The top five stories: 1 Authorities say hitchhiker shot himself, 2 Naked PETA demonstrators shower in downtown Billings, 3 Family pet dies of beating suffered during home burglary, 4 Reward fund grows in violent dog death, and 5 Patient at Billings Clinic arrested for assaulting employee.
A West Virginia man who claimed to be the victim of a drive-by shooting along a rural Montana highway while working on a memoir called “Kindness in America” has confessed to shooting himself, authorities said Friday. Valley County sheriff’s officials said they believe 39-year-old Ray Dolin shot himself as a desperate act of self-promotion, but they offered no further details. Dolin, of Julian, W.Va., acknowledged he concocted the tale about the random shooting after he was confronted by investigators at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Miles City where he is recovering, said Sheriff Glen Meier. Charges were pending, and the case remains under investigation. Dolin has not been arrested, but the weapon he allegedly used to carry out the scheme has been recovered, the sheriff said.
Dolin had claimed he was hitchhiking along U.S. Highway 2 west of Glasgow on Saturday when the driver of a maroon pickup pulled to a stop and shot him in the upper arm with no provocation. Authorities later arrested Lloyd Christopher Danielson III, 52, and charged him with felony assault. That charge was dropped Thursday, although Danielson remained in custody, accused of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he was arrested….
Dolin said no words were exchanged with the supposed gunman and that he never got a good look at the perpetrator. “He came up, pulls up at a normal speed, stops, points, shoots and drives off. It’s as simple as that,” Dolin said. “I did not get a good description.”
Authorities arrested Danielson — a Tumwater, Wash., man apparently in the region to work in the Bakken oil fields — based on a match between his vehicle and a description offered by Dolin. The arrest occurred near Culbertson, about 100 miles from where a passerby found Dolin wounded on the side of the road. He was exonerated after his vehicle was examined under a search warrant, Meier said, declining to give further details. Federal agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted in the case.”
There are a few things that don’t add up about the story. Was the self shooting story a cover up for something else? Was it a hand gun or rifle? What happened to the piece after the shot(s) was fired? Why was the upper arm chosen? Why was Mr. Danielson picked up, a hundred miles away, when Mr. Dolin did not get a good description?
The shooting took place in Eastern Montana, near North Dakota. The area is in an energy boom. (This paragraph was written when Mr. Dolin’s first story, of a random shooting by a stranger, was operative.) “Ah, the Bakken—the shale formation in the Williston Basin that has turned eastern Montana and western Dakota into the best place in the country to see jacked-up Dodge Rams. If you are a man willing to work grueling hours for good wages, the Bakken is why you have been to Williston. If you are a sheriff in eastern Montana, the Bakken is a universal adaptor for crazy. Desperate 52 year-olds whom nobody knows pass through Glasgow because of the Bakken. The Bakken is responsible for much of the eastern Montana meth trade, too, like gas mining in Gillette. It may not be a causal relation, but you can see it nonetheless. In the rural west, petro-booms are the recent present, better known as the future. If you regard the future as a crueler place, monied if not richer—as small-town sheriffs are wont to do—the connection between senseless roadside shootings and the Bakken is implied.”
There is another side to this tale. PG was following links to the story. It was time to put dishes away, and brush his teeth. There was an awful noise coming from the back of the house. It was an auto start video ad on a webpage, Man hitchhiking crosscountry for memoir titled ‘The Kindness of America’ shot on side of highway. PG tried to leave a comment: “Lose the auto start player. I was writing about this incident, and had several windows opened. I left the room to brush my teeth, and suddenly this nasty music was coming out of somewhere. It was not the alarm clock. I looked at the computer, went through the tabs, and found some caught cat tail singer on this site. If I want to hear your music, I will hit the play button. You do not have to make this choice for me. ”
The comments were connected to facebook. “You previously turned off platform applications. To use this feature you need to turn platform back on, which will reset your “How people bring your info to apps they use” settings. Learn about your privacy settings.” Deathandtaxesmag will continue to auto start tragic country singers. Maybe horrible music is inevitable, like death and taxes.
Pictures are from The Library of Congress.