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Sunday, July 11, 2004

"In retrospect, this was a bad idea."

My favorite item from today's paper:

CANAAN, Conn. -- A Delaware college student ate a bag of hallucinogenic mushrooms and drove around in a pair of stolen cars before arriving, confused, on a mountain in northwest Connecticut, police said.

Paul Cunningham, 21, hiked to a nearby house Thursday night and asked to call 911, police said.

"I think I stole a car," Cunningham told a dispatcher. "I'm not sure."

Police said Cunningham, of Dover, Del., said that eating an entire bag of mushrooms, "probably wasn't a good idea."

Officials said he told investigators he had no idea how many laws he broke during a three-day excursion that took him 300 miles from home.

A student at Wilmington College, he told a trooper that he bought the drugs Monday in Dover, according to the Republican-American of Waterbury. The next day, he went for a drive and twice got lost in Connecticut.

He told police he remembers taking a train to LaGuardia Airport in New York, where he found a car with its keys in it. He's unsure where he went from there.

"I once again found myself lost in Connecticut," Cunningham reportedly told police.

After locking the keys in the stolen car, Cunningham allegedly stole a van from a Southbury rest stop.

In Canaan, he decided to climb Music Mountain to see what was on the other side, police said. Investigators believe the exercise cleared Cunningham's head.

"I want to correct my mistakes," Cunningham reportedly told Trooper Andre Roy. "In retrospect, this was a bad idea."

Hopefully the kids in Saugus don't wind up having similar misadventures now that extracurriculars have been cut due to the spending crunch. Of course, local aid has been slashed in recent state budgets, but Mitt Romney wants a tax cut instead of restoring adequate spending levels.