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Upscale bums in Beverly Hills

Great article. I think this might foster some conversation. Hawaii is another place where the bums have it good, not because of rich people but because of free showers at the beaches, wild food, fishing, and the throwaway society of tourism.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Being homeless in this upper crust enclave is not exactly like living on the street in other places. There are handouts of $2,000 and bottles of Dom Perignon, lucky finds of Gucci shoes and diamond-encrusted bracelets, a chance to rub shoulders with rich and famous locals such as Mark Wahlberg and Master P, even empty houses to live in.
“This is the finest place you can be,” said Isaac Young, an affable 59-year-old with a wide grin and a smooth baritone voice who has been homeless in Beverly Hills since 1992.
In this manicured community of 35,000, Rolls Royces and Lamborghinis glide around city streets, movie stars live in gated mansions and Rodeo Drive price tags provoke gasps from tourists.
But the city also features about 30 rather scruffy residents who live in parks, bus shelters and alleyways.
They’re an incongruous sight amid the shows of superfluous wealth, underscoring the pervasiveness of the huge homeless population in Los Angeles County. Some 74,000 people live on the streets or in shelters, making the county the nation’s capital of homelessness.
“Homelessness is just all over, even Beverly Hills,” said John Joel Roberts, chief executive of Path Partners, which provides street outreach services.
But the homeless in Beverly Hills have direct access to something most street dwellers do not: rich people, who can afford to be pretty generous. They pull up in Porsches and SUVs offering trays of cooked food, designer clothing still in dry-cleaner plastic and odd jobs.
“They have a sympathetic thing for us and we’re grateful for it,” said a man with grizzled hair pulling a train of wheeled suitcases, an office chair and a stroller piled high with a motley bunch of items found in the trash. He would only identify himself as “Bond.”
Sometimes life even imitates the 1986 movie “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” in which a homeless man (Nick Nolte) is taken in by a hoity-toity couple (Richard Dreyfuss and Bette Midler).
At a park where homeless people congregate next to the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Young found a benefactor who is allowing him to live free for a year in an empty house in swanky Benedict Canyon.
“He said ‘Here’s your second chance,'” said Young, who has lived in the TWA lounge at Los Angeles International Airport and on the streets of Hollywood, where he got wrapped up in drugs and alcohol. “I couldn’t believe it.”
A well-off couple from Manhattan Beach who also befriended Young gave him furniture, he said.
Young, who cannot read or write but composes poetry in his head and performs it, has six more months in his Benedict Canyon abode. He still panhandles to pay for expenses — actor Wahlberg gave him new clothes — but after a lifetime as a compulsive gambler and spender, he’s finally learning to save money and wants to get an apartment.
He has a good incentive. His eyes mist as he looks toward a stone park bench where he slept for a decade and promises himself it won’t be another 10 years.
Those lucky breaks are one reason why George, who would not give his last name, has lived in Beverly Hills for the past 16 years. “You never know what you’re going to meet,” he said, noting he once got $10 from Rod Stewart.
George, a lanky man who pedals a bicycle around town and sleeps on a building roof, said paparazzi and parking valets can be a problem when he panhandles outside celebrity haunts. But being close to wealth can lead to $100 handouts, or finds such as gold jewelry, video cameras and an Armani suit.
He was so thrilled with the suit that he wore it panhandling until he noticed he wasn’t doing too well.
“You have to have a certain look to get sympathy — dirty, kind of stupid, not aware,” he said.
He also knows an opportunity when he sees one. For a couple months, he hung out in a vacant house, lounging by the pool drinking up the liquor he found in a cabinet until the owner walked in on him. He managed to flee.
“I was just using the facilities,” George said. “I wasn’t robbing no one.”
That’s a typical scenario, said Beverly Hills police Lt. Tony Lee, but for the most part, the homeless don’t cause problems. They occasionally get arrested for petty theft or aggressive panhandling. They’re usually held for 72 hours for psychiatric evaluation and fined and released if deemed harmless.
Many are mentally ill but pose no threat. The city tries to refer them to counselors, shelters or drug rehabs, but they prefer street life, city spokeswoman Cheryl Burnett said.
Bond said some homeless avoid Beverly Hills because they’re turned off by the uberwealthy, who require a certain amount of deference.
“A lot of homeless don’t want to be with snooty, rich people,” he said. “You have to be respectful and not act like an idiot. If you’re a derelict, they’re going to call the cops on you. We’re the upscale bums.”

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Flying sucks worse than the dentist, death row, urban survival?, Obama moves to the center, and another foot found in the Northwest

I got a gaping hole in my molars filled this morning and while that was happening discussed how terrible it has gotten to fly lately with my dentist and hygienist. Here are just a few of the things we came up with at 8 am while my gums were being numbed:
1) Hawaiian Airlines now charges $15 to check a bag (1st bag! more bags are more!)
2) Some airlines now charge $1 for soda
3) Some airlines now charge for blankets and pillows
4) Airfares are higher than any of us can ever remember them being
5) American Airlines recently removed all their video monitors so no more movies
6) The seats are the same size but the people on either side of us are twice as large as we are
7) Stewardesses tend to look more like babushkas than pinup girls
8) Security will take away a pocketknife but miss the chef’s knife in the bag
9) Lounges are groddy and more expensive than ever
10) More people are freaking out on planes than ever before (and if you wonder why, just read 1-9 on the list above)

If they freak out bad enough they can start a blog from death row and if they get fat enough on death row, they can claim to be too fat for the death penalty.
My friend Kim (who is not in prison or on death row or fat for that matter) sent me this article from the Honolulu Advertiser called Urban Survivor(Thanks Kim!)…so not only did that dishrag of a paper not cover my walk around the island, they gave this guys project a title that seems awful close to the name of my Urban Survival Manual. While I think his project is pretty cool, he was going home to sleep in his bed every night while I slept on the beaches…is there someone at the Advertiser with a grudge against me or something?

by the way, that is not Obama on the cover…I’m developing a serious dislike for candidate Obama. Now he wants to open up the oil reserves…Obama is starting to look a lot like candidate McCain in 2000 while McCain is looking like…well we all know he looks like Bush…Cheney for VP anyone? But back to Obama…as Obama moves to the center I am reminded of how the Democrats didn’t contest the election of 2000, how they threw away the victory they could have easily had in 2004, and how they are probably going to screw this one up too! Okay, I admit it, it’s not Obama I have a grudge against, it’s the Dodd Gamned democratic party machine. They don’t deserve to have a party. Please everyone, come to your senses and get Nader to 10% so he can participate in the google debates. If you hear him, you will want to vote for him.

As recently as July 7, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee had said that tapping the 727 million-gallon reserve should be “reserved for a genuine emergency.” But on Monday, Obama, speaking in Lansing, Mich., proposed selling 70 million barrels from the reserve “for less expensive crude, which in the past has lowered gas prices within two weeks.” He’d eventually replace light crude with heavier crude oil; light crude is easier to refine into gasoline.

I’m not sure I want the kind of change that Obama is bringing. Of course you never could trust the democrats, check out their 1948 platform.

The United States is in the second inning of a recession that will last for at least 18 months and cause hundreds of banks to fail, economist and New York University Professor Nouriel Roubini told Barron’s. “The regulators should investigate themselves for bailing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the creditors of Bear Stearns and the financial system with new lending facilities. They have swapped U.S. Treasury bonds for toxic securities. It is privatizing the gains and profits, and socializing the losses as usual. This is socialism for Wall Street and the rich.”

The United States is becoming the kind of place that Victorian Europe was as the rich flock back to the inner cities and the poor scramble to the countryside. And when these urbanites get tot he country, they don’t like the flies and smell of hay.

HOOPER, Utah – A farmer has erected a fence in his backyard made of three old cars sticking up in the air to send a message to new neighbors that he can do whatever he wants on his farm. “This is just a fun way for me to say, ‘Hey boys, I’m still here,'” said Rhett Davis. “This is my redneck Stonehenge.”
Davis came up with the idea after neighbors who recently moved into homes next to his hayfield complained about his farm.The area has grown recently with new residents who desire a country atmosphere but don’t want the smells and noises of farm life, Davis said.

Maybe it was someone less willing to attack problems with a sense of humor that keeps cutting off people’s feet and allowing them to wash up on Northwest shores. Don’t worry though, we humans are in little danger of going extinct…at least not as compared to our other primate cousins.

A global review of the world’s primates says 48% of species face extinction, an outlook described as “depressing” by conservationists.

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Banning the homeless, stealing coffee beans, Japanese suicide, Russian enemas, and ecoterror.

Honolulu council member Rod Tam has introduced a bill that would ban sleeping or lying down at bus stops. I think this is a great idea. Bus stops should be for bus riders. And they should look like this:

The problem with letting the homeless use bus stops as shelter is that it discourages other folks from riding the bus because not only do they sleep there, they shit and piss nearby, they leave their garbage (often their belongings), and they scare the hell out of timid commuters who might otherwise leave their cars at home.
We have enough cars on Oahu to circle the island 8.5 times if lined up end to end. That’s a lot of fucking cars. Way too many.
Tam is a controversial guy, either ignorant or naive depending on who you listen to. Recently he used the term ‘wet backs’ to describe hispanics, he claimed it was only because he was naive about the origin of the term…as odd as it sounds, that’s possible here in Hawaii. Local culture is pretty different from North America and sometimes folks here are pretty clueless about the political correct way of doing things. By nature, Hawaii is not a politically correct place. There is along history of people mercilessly making fun of each other here and nothing is off limits, not ethnicity, not gender, not deformities, not even sexual preference. All that is changing though.

Elsewhere in Hawaii someone stole half a ton of green coffee beans from Kailua-Kona. Big Island police are looking for 24-year-old Donimic Brooks, who is believed to be involved in the heist of the green coffee beans. My suggestion is look for the guy with the giant mug of coffee that he can’t hold without spilling.
Over in the other part of Hawaii, that we call Japan, there is an epidemic of the elderly killing themselves. I think it’s a good idea. The Japanese are sensible people. Always have been except for that idea about bombing Pearl Harbor.

And, those not so sensible Russians have unveiled a monument to the enema.

Tehy love to make statues in Russia, if not Lenin than an enema bulb. Lovely nurses though…they almost make it seem appealing.
Not so enjoyable is the conviction of Briana Waters, 32, of Oakland, Calif., in Tacoma (fair city of my birth). She was an Evergreen State College student who acted as a lookout in 2001 when others set fire to the Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle. The Earth Liberation Front claimed responsibility, saying that researchers there were genetically modifying poplar trees.

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The Holographic Universe, God, the monkey and the fire hose, and living in small houses

In fact, I’ve never read The Holographic Universe, but as pointed out by Ryan G. it does begin to sound a lot like spirituality ala Gurjieff, Buddha, Watts, and Fuller.

The point of the theory is that our material reality is all an illusion. The proof of this is that nano particles are able to communicate instantly with one another regardless of distance in space or time. This is the heart of most spiritual teachings as far as I am concerned. Even from a pragmatic point of view, none of this is real if you are dead, right? What happens to your BMW when you die? Where was your home before you existed? Life is an illusion. I happen to think it’s a pretty good one, but I do believe it is something unreal.
Personally, I have a hard time thinking that life is pointless, just an accident. This is why I am not an athiest. To me athiests have to have more faith than anyone else. Watch a child or a sunset or a time lapse picture of a flower being born. Look at the atomic structure of anything. Fall in love. Is this an accident of chemicals? Even if it is, what is the genesis of those chemicals? Science itslef says that something cannot come from nothing…so there is something.
What or who is it? I don’t know. I don’t think anyone can know in this reality, this world, this plane of existance. It is why I’m not a Muslim, Christian, or Jew. It’s why I don’t listen to people that tell me that they have the answer. I prefer the philosophies that point towards it without knowing. Strip Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and other philsophical faiths of the added on trappings and you find they all really point to the same thing. We can’t know.Here is the first picture that comes up if you google an image of God:

But I choose to believe. There is something. A controlling intelligence, a cosmic soup, a collective I that the universe consists of. And in doing a little research on the Holographic Universe I like this sentence best:

In a holographic universe there are no limits to the extent to which we can alter the fabric of reality.

I believe that. I’m no muggle. It’s why a monkey can escape from an inescapable enclosure using a garden hose. I can tell you for sure that the feeling that monkey had was one most people never get to savor. Liberation.

Maybe someone just imagined The Gas Men into being. They pay you to pump your gas. Or maybe you would rather get hit by lightning, survive and then win the lottery. It happened to 16-year-old BreAnna Helsel. The Michigan teen survived being struck by lightning and went on to win $20 in the lottery the next day. Coincidence is more than you think it is. Your subconscious soul is somewhere other than you think it is too.
In this world, you can decide to go to China with no money to buy a ticket and then win $1000 on the same slot machine two seperate times. I did it. Really. It’s how I went to China. You can read about it in 20 Weeks a Bum and Asia Tales of a Bum. Whatever you can dream you can do. Why does science fiction precede real science? It’s simply because the scientists haven’t begun to dream about the possiblities yet.
Like imagine John McCain debating himself…actually you can watch this one already.

Or imagine stepping back in time to see a ruined cathedral fully restored.
. Another man’s dream becomes a reality. I will admit that religious people have an edge because they have a focus for change. It must be lonely to believe in nothing but your accidental self.
If you dream it you can do it. Just like Oklahoma which has declared itself sovereign of the U.S. Federal government.

Declare yourself sovereign I say. One way to do that is to start getting rid of your stuff. I’ve been working on it for a while and am still paring down my possessions at Other folks have gone even further and are calling it The 100 Thing Challenge! Can you live with just 100 things? I can tell you that while I don’t have much, I still have at least 100 things, probably several hundred.
Less stuff means you need less space, it means you can live more and work less. The Small House Society is a group of people dedicated to the idea. It’s healthier too!
On the subject of work, I’m enjoying the Nature Tour Job. Took a full vanload of people out this morning and showed them things that grow wild they can eat, shared the history of the Hawaiian Islands, and in the process sewed a few seeds towards the revolution of consciousness that is to come.
Six days into my fast. I feel good, but I may end it at a week. I am bored with not eating. I love to cook, I love to taste delicious things, and the mangos are almost ripe. So I give myself permission to end with 7 days.

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Japanese man finds woman living in his closet

TOKYO (AFP) — A Japanese man puzzled by food mysteriously disappearing from his refrigerator got a shock when he found out a woman had been living in his home for months without permission, police said Friday.
The 57-year-old man living alone — or so he thought — in the western city of Fukuoka installed a security camera and called the police when he saw images of someone walking around his home while he was out.
“We searched the house in the man’s presence. We found the woman in the closet,” said a local police spokesman.
The woman, named as 58-year-old Tatsuko Horikawa, was found in a flat storage space only just big enough for a person to squeeze into lying down.
She had sneaked a mattress and several plastic bottles into the cubby hole, police said, adding that the women had been arrested.
“She told police that she had nowhere to live,” the spokesman said. “She seems to have lived there for about a year, but not all the time.”
It is unclear how she managed to enter the home undetected. Police suspect she might have been closet-hopping, moving from house to house.

AFP: Japanese man finds woman living in his closet

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Squirrel taming Seattlite gives up treehouse for RV

I bet he is bummed at having to leave the treehouse. If our society allowed you to build your home in an unused area, a lot of folks that are homeless, wouldn’t be. Check out the comments on the Seattle P.I. website. Also have a read at the other amazing spaces he has created here.

SEATTLE – A homeless man who has spent the past two years living in a treehouse has a new, terrestrial home just in the nick of time, thanks to neighbors.
David “Squirrelman” Csaky, a self-taught carpenter, learned Tuesday that neighbors had found an aging recreational vehicle for him to occupy.
“I’m overwhelmed,” Csaky said. “I started crying when they told me.”
For two years, Csaky, 52, has lived about 30 feet above the ground in a 300-square-foot self-made platform, accessible by a ladder counterweighted with sandbags on pulleys on city land.
Csaky outfitted the treehouse with a tent, wood stove, three chairs, shelves and a counter with an unplumbed sink. His pets include Lucky, a rat; Rainbow, a ferret; and Tilt, a squirrel.
He was lately threatened with eviction because the treehouse is a health and safety concern.
Brandon Ferrante, 28, and Maria Bolander, 27, who befriended him after watching the treehouse take shape, found an aging 22-foot RV online after they learned of Csaky’s situation.
“It broke our hearts,” Ferrante said. “He’s taken care of the neighborhood. We couldn’t sleep at night. We decided to make it happen.”
They and their landlords, Janet Yoder and husband Robby Rudine, agreed to buy the rig for $500 after the owner offered a special “Squirrelman” discount.
“David’s a unique character but a good neighbor,” Yoder said.
After delivering the RV Tuesday evening, owner Timothy Custer decided instead to sell it to Csaky for a penny.
“It’s Dave’s new house,” Custer said.
To make the house a home, Ferrante said, the task is now to find a permanent parking place.
“We don’t want to see it get towed,” he said.
Csaky, who got his nickname for his ability to tame squirrel, said he was amazed at the public attention, including radio television and radio interviews and talk show appearances.
“This is the beginning of a new life,” he said.

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Paycheck to paycheck is harder than ever!

Check out the following article and then do yourself a favor. Get a copy of Rough Living: An Urban Survival Manual so that you can make your money stretch a little bit further.

NEW YORK – The calculus of living paycheck to paycheck in America is getting harder.
What used to last four days might last half that long now. Pay the gas bill, but skip breakfast. Eat less for lunch so the kids can have a healthy dinner.
Across the nation, Americans are increasingly unable to stretch their dollars to the next payday as they juggle higher rent, food and energy bills. It’s starting to affect middle-income working families as well as the poor, and has reached the point of affecting day-to-day calculations of merchants like Wal-Mart Stores Inc., 7-Eleven Inc. and Family Dollar Stores Inc.
Food pantries, which distribute foodstuffs to the needy, are reporting severe shortages and reduced government funding at the very time that they are seeing a surge of new people seeking their help.
While economists debate whether the country is headed for a recession, some say the financial stress is already the worst since the last downturn at the start of this decade.
From Family Dollar to Wal-Mart, merchants have adjusted their product mix and pricing accordingly. Sales data show a marked and more prolonged drop in spending in the days before shoppers get their paychecks, when they buy only the barest essentials before splurging around payday.
“It’s pretty pronounced,” said Kiley Rawlins, a spokeswoman at Family Dollar. “It seems like to us, customers are running out of food products, paper towels sooner in the month.”
Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, said the imbalance in spending before and after payday in July was the biggest it has ever seen, though the drop-off wasn’t as steep in August.
And 7-Eleven says its grocery sales have jumped 12-13 percent over the past year, compared with only slight increases for non-necessities like gloves and toys. Shoppers can’t afford to load up at the supermarket and are going to the most convenient places to buy emergency food items like milk and eggs.
“It even costs more to get the basics like soap and laundry detergent,” said Michelle Grassia, who lives with her husband and three teenage children in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Her husband’s check from his job at a grocery store used to last four days. “Now, it lasts only two,” she said.
To make up the difference, Grassia buys one gallon of milk a week instead of three. She sometimes skips breakfast and lunch to make sure there’s enough food for her children. She cooks with a hot plate because gas is too expensive. And she depends more than ever on the bags of free vegetables and powdered milk from a local food pantry.
Grassia’s story is neither new nor unique. With the fastest-rising food and energy prices since the 1980s, low-income consumers are stretching their budgets by eating cheap foods like peanut butter and pasta.
Industry analysts and some economists fear the strain will get worse as people are hit with higher home heating bills this winter and mortgage rates go up.
It’s bad enough already for 85-year-old Dominica Hoffman.
She gets $1,400 a month in pension and Social Security from her days in the garment industry. After paying $500 in rent on an apartment in Pennsauken, N.J., and shelling out money for food, gas and other expenses, she’s broke by the end of the month. She’s had to cut fruits and vegetables from her grocery order — and that’s even with financial help from her children.
“Everything is up,” she said.
Many consumers, particularly those making less than $30,000 a year, are cutting spending on nutritious food like milk and vegetables, and analysts fear they’re further skimping on basic medical care and other critical services.
Coupon-clipping just isn’t enough.
“The reality of hunger is right here,” said the Rev. Melony Samuels, director of The BedStuy Campaign against Hunger, a church-affiliated food pantry in Brooklyn.
The pantry scrambled to feed 5,000 new families over the past 12 months, up almost 70 percent from 3,000 the year before.
“I am shocked to see such numbers,” Samuels said, “and I am really concerned that this is just the beginning of what we are going to see.”
In the past three months, Samuels has seen more clients in higher-paying jobs — the $35,000 range — line up for food as the fallout of the subprime mortgage woes takes hold.
The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, which covers 23 counties in New York State, cited a 30 percent rise in visitors in the first nine months of this year, compared with 2006.
Maureen Schnellmann, senior director of food and nutrition programs at the American Red Cross Food Pantry in Boston, reported a 30 percent increase from January through August over last year.
Until a few months ago, Dellria Seales, a home care assistant, was just getting by living with her daughter, a hairdresser, and two grandchildren in a one-bedroom apartment for $750 a month. But a knee injury in January forced her to quit her job, leaving her at the mercy of Samuels’ pantry because most of her daughter’s $1,200 a month income goes to rent, energy and food costs.
“I need it. Without it, we wouldn’t survive,” Seales said as she picked up carrots and bananas.
John Vogel, a professor at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, worries that the squeeze will lead to a less nutritious diet and inadequate medical or child care.
In the meantime, rising costs show no signs of abating.
Gas prices hit a record nationwide average of $3.23 per gallon in late May before receding a little, though prices are expected to soar again later this year. Food costs have increased 4.5 percent over the past 12 months, partly because of higher fuel costs. Egg prices were 44 percent higher, while milk was up 21.3 percent over the past 12 months to nearly $4 a gallon, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The average family of four is spending anywhere from $7 to $10 extra a week — $40 more a month — on groceries alone, compared to a year ago, according to retail consultant Burt Flickinger III.
And while overall wage growth is a solid 4.1 percent over the past 12 months, economists say the increases are mostly for the top earners.
Retailers started noticing the strain in late spring and early summer as they were monitoring the spending around the paycheck cycle.
Wal-Mart and Family Dollar key on the first week of the month, when government checks like Social Security and public assistance generally hit consumers’ mailboxes.
7-Eleven, whose customers are more diverse, looks at paycheck cycles in specific markets dominated by a major employer, such as General Motors in Detroit, to discern trends in shopping.
To economize, shoppers are going for less expensive food.
“They’re buying more peanut butter and pasta. And they’re going for hamburger meat,” Flickinger, the retail consultant, said. “They’re trying to outsmart the store by looking for deep discounts at the end of the month.”
He said the last time he saw this was 2000-2001, when the dot-com bubble burst and the economy went into a recession after massive layoffs.
For now, low-price retailers are readjusting their merchandising and pricing.
Wal-Mart is becoming more aggressive on discounting. It announced Thursday it is expanding price cuts to 15,000 items, ranging from Motts apple juice and Progresso soups to women’s fleece tops, heading into the holidays.
Family Dollar, whose food offerings were limited to candy and snacks until two years ago, has expanded its mix of groceries like fruit cups, cereal and such refrigerated items as milk and ice cream while cutting back on shoes. This summer the chain began accepting food stamps.
Food pantries are also getting creative. Samuels said her church, Full Gospel Tabernacle of Faith, just started offering free cooking classes to teach clients who are diabetic or have other health conditions how to prepare vegetables like squash. It’s also offering free exercise classes.
“We are trying to make them health conscious,” Samuels said. “It’s not right to give them just anything. Our mantra is eat well and live well.”

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wiki how: How to become a Hobo

This is great advice!

How to Become a Hobo
Historically, many people have been forced into becoming hobos because of circumstances where jobs are so scarce that they have no choice but to travel from place to place in search of work. There are many theories of the origin of the word hobo (see Wikipedia’s entry, listed in the Sources and Citations), ranging from a contraction of the words “Hoe Boys” to one of the words “Homeward Bound”. In any case, the American Heritage Dictionary defines a hobo as “one who wanders from place to place without a permanent home or a means of livelihood.” But the dawn of the Internet and increased dissatisfaction with the 9 to 5 routine have led more and more people to wonder if earning a living while on the road is a viable alternative to the daily grind. If you’re thinking about becoming an opportunistic and resourceful transient worker, keeping your costs low, your responsibilities simple, and your freedom intact, here are the questions you’ll need to ask yourself, and the preparations you’ll need to make.

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Hobo superhero from the golden age of comics – Boing Boing


“Again With the Comics” has an article about a hobo superhero named “The Vagabond,” who debuted in U.S.A. Comics #1 in 1941.
Like many handsome millionaire playboys/crusading district attorneys/ frustrated beat cops of comics’ Golden Age, Murphy decided to fight crime anonymously by taking on the dramatic secret life of a costumed crime fighter. Unlike those others, a mere domino mask and opera cape would not be sufficient. Apparently, to fight crime in Middleton, one must become more retarded than crime.
“I need a disguise that will strike terror into criminal hearts! I shall become a creature of the night! I shall become…a comical, roly-poly cartoon hobo!!”
Thus was born the Vagabond, a.k.a. Chauncey Throttlebottom III, the first bumfighter. With a fake gut, rosy-red nose and clown lips, smoking a cigar, this utter fucking lunatic took on the city’s crime wave.

Marvel has an anthology of U.S.A Comics, which includes the Vagabond, along with other Golden Age characters including The Defender, Major Liberty, Rockman, Rusty, the Young Avenger, the Whizzer, and Jack Frost.

Hobo superhero from the golden age of comics – Boing Boing