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Thread #76279   Message #1350396
Posted By: Abby Sale
07-Dec-04 - 06:25 PM
Thread Name: Riding the freights
Subject: RE: Riding the freights
Thanks, Art. I was hoping you'd see the question. I think you've answered it. Do you think the missions are still there?

I had a small contact with Buzz and had a lot of respect for what he was doing. I was at first inclined to scoff at the contingent of hobos that were successfully retired and camping out in $100,000 RV rigs but reflection changed that. The best word for me is the Brittish one, 'Traveler,' which includes all the life styles of non-housebound folk.
Still, there's something odd about paying dues and a subscription to be a hobo... :-)

Uncle_DaveO: I think that good quote was from Haywire Mac, himself. No slouch as hobos went. But several of the fellers I fell in with reversed the meaning of tramp and hobo that you have. They were "tramps," proud of it and utterly contemptuous of the hobos that hung out in hobo jungles, never worked or associated with regular people and lived like animals. Well, so my friends said.

The matter was put to bed for me by learning "The Tramp." The song by Joe Hill, who oughta know, uses all three terms interchangably.