By Cliff (Oats) Williams
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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?