Long before Uber Baltimore had hacking, it’s own informal transportation system.
Stand on a busy corner, extend your arm, and dangle your index and middle fingers up and down. And a person interested in earning some extra money will pull over and offer you a ride.
“Go over westside” for $8. Or “round the corner” for $2 or $3. It beats paying more expensive cab fare or waiting on a bus in the cold or rain.
But I have heard stories that men use hacking to find sex partners. Last night I heard someone who actually got turned out that way.
My partner “Van” and I went to the Collective Minds House music festival in Druid Hill Park and decided to grab a drink at The Drinkery before heading home. And a young guy named “Torry” was sitting next to us at the bar and we struck up a conversation.
Torry, who had grown up in South Carolina and Baltimore, is a slender man about 25 years old with skin like Hershey’s Chocolate, a dazzling smile, and an easy laugh. Van and I learned he was not out to his family — only one cousin knew about his sexuality.
“How did you get into men,” I asked.
Torry was 17 and needed a ride home (some Baltimore buses are notorious for being late) so he put out his arm and hacked a ride. And an older man in his mid 30s pulled over and offered him a ride in a car with a Virginia plate.
They drove in silence for awhile and then the man started talking.
“Hey, I’m a photographer and you have a nice body. I’m always looking for models,” the man said.
“I can take some shots of you that you can use in a portfolio.”
Torry was flattered. Why not? So he agreed.
And he went to the man’s place with him but instead of flashes popping Torry’s dick was popping — right into the man’s mouth. And it felt so good Torry started going to other men to get the same treatment and decided he preferred men.
“I never saw that man who picked me up again,” Torry said.
“Well, how did your cousin find out you were gay,” I asked.
“I was out in front of Ziascoz gay bar and somebody drove by and beeped and tried to pick me up. When I walked over I found out it was my cuz!”
I guess Torry has a special knack when it comes to picking up rides from strangers.