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By Cliff (Oats) Williams

Drawn from intimate interviews with 14 modern day ""steel rail nomads,"" ""One extra educate to experience presents a revealing photo of contemporary American hobo. Interspersed with their tales are unique poems and songs echoing the traditional lyricism and loneliness of existence at the street. Their connections with the prior make the studies of those hoboes much more awesome, as they journey freight trains and jungle up in hobo camps, mild years clear of the 21 st-century cyberworld--yet touching the very middle of yankee freedom and individualism. Cliff Williams skillfully elicits information of relations historical past, reasons, and transparent insights into the everyday life and philosophy of the fashionable hobo. With its evocative hyperlink to the prior, ""One extra teach to journey keeps an extended culture of books on hobo oral background, together with Nels Anderson's ""The Hobo (1923) and Thomas Minehan's ""Boy and woman Tramps of the United States (1934).

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I laughed at midnight on the train, because I got both doors open and aura borealis is going on. That’s the northern lights. ” My point in life is, I loved freedom, because I had been captured and caught by something and I didn’t like what it was. The train became my avenue of escape. I was a POW in Vietnam, but they only had me for three or four days before I decided I didn’t like being treated like that and killed every one of our captors. We stole their guns and took their clothes and we left.

A hobo is a person who travels and works and makes his way as honest as he can. No sticks, no stones, no attachments, nothing to hold him down. — CAPTAIN DINGO™ A hobo is as constant as the ever-changing moon. — SNAPSHOT 14 One More Train to Ride The fi rst thing I think of when I think of a hobo is of a guy riding a freight train. People who stow away on ships are called stowaways. People who hitchhike are called hitchhikers. People who ride trains are called hoboes. There’s got to be a train involved, not watching them, not loving them—riding them.

Then I would just go, ’cause going was the idea. I just went, ’cause it was there. It was fun. It was easy. Now it’s physically too hard for me to do. I 36 One More Train to Ride can’t carry everything that I need, that I want, that I have to have. I wish I could. There’s nothing out there that I want to do more than riding. That is the utmost freedom. Take exhilaration. There’s people that caught it immediately, and there’s people that haven’t got it yet. I caught it the very fi rst time. You want to do it again?

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