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What is an Urban Hobo

What is an Urban Hobo

For those that may not be familiar with “Hobos”, it may help to give you brief history.

The first recorded use of the term Hobo appeared in the Western U.S. around 1890. However, the Hobo movement begun much earlier, right after the end of the Civil War. It is not clear where the term Hobo originated. Some suggest the origins come from the farming term hoe-boy meaning “farmhand”. Others suggest that it comes from the railroad greeting Ho beau, or the syllabic abbreviation of homeward bound (i.e., HO BO). Essentially a Hobo was a migratory laborer, a wandering worker. Due to economic strife, it was necessary for many men to leave home in search of work. Hobos are closely associated to the railroad. As they moved across the country, the railroad was the preferred mode of transportation. Sooner or later hobos would return home to their families. Over time, the term hobo became synonymous with “Tramp” and “Bum”. Hobos were neither! The difference being that hobos travelled to work. Tramps travelled looking for handouts. They only worked when absolutely necessary. Bums seldom if ever travelled, and never worked. Hobos even developed a strict code of ethics which they lived by, something neither tramps or bums concerned themselves with. The code of ethics read as follows;

1. Decide your own life, don’t let another person run or rule you.
2. When in town, always respect the local law and officials, and try to be a gentleman at all times.
3. Don’t take advantage of someone who is in a vulnerable situation, locals or other hobos.
4. Always try to find work, even if temporary, and always seek out jobs nobody wants. By doing so you not only help a business along, but ensure employment should you return to that town again.
5. When no employment is available, make your own work by using your added talents at crafts.
6. Do not allow yourself to become a stupid drunk and set a bad example for locals’ treatment of other hobos.
7. When jungling (i.e., camping) in town, respect handouts, do not wear them out, another hobo will be coming along who will need them as bad, if not worse than you.
8. Always respect nature, do not leave garbage where you are jungling.
9. If in a community jungle, always pitch in and help.
10. Try to stay clean, and boil up wherever possible.
11. When traveling, ride your train respectfully, take no personal chances, cause no problems with the operating crew or host railroad, act like an extra crew member.
12. Do not cause problems in a train yard, another hobo will be coming along who will need passage through that yard.
13. Do not allow other hobos to molest children, expose all molesters to authorities, they are the worst garbage to infest any society.
14. Help all runaway children, and try to induce them to return home.
15. Help your fellow hobos whenever and wherever needed, you may need their help someday.
16. If present at a hobo court and you have testimony, give it. Whether for or against the accused, your voice counts!

Today, the term Hobo evokes a romantic image of someone who took charge of their own destiny and embraced their spirit of adventure. Someone who lived their own life by their own rules. Someone who followed their own path.

Urban Hobo pays tribute to the Hobo spirit by encouraging others to embrace their spirit of adventure by exploring their city, state or region. Embrace your own sense of style and taste. Live your own life. Choose your own path.

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Aloha…Bienvenida…Bienvenue…Benvenuti…Willkommen…Welcome!

 

One of my costumes for halloween as a child was being a hobo!Welcome to our new blog…Urban Hobo! I am so excited (along with Juan) to get this part of our adventure started. We are so excited about this new path we are taking. We’ve recently made the decision to relocate to Texas and for me it is coming home. No not exactly the same…as so much has changed in the last twenty something years here…but a familiarity of small town feel in a much bigger and more populated city!

Our goal is still to blog about “right-sizing” your life and living a simpler lifestyle (I know nothing has changed about me using a favorite word of the day). However, we really wish to embrace both local and throughout the southwest great “Mom & Pop” places you should check out. Still love many of the “box stores” out there, however, you can find some of the neatest gifts, clothing, eateries  and other cool products and services from “Mom & Pop” than you could in a large corporate retail/restaurant site.

This will also be the place where we will showcase some of the “artful edibles” and unique gift items we have AND…where we might be in the Southwest at a local art/fair/market event. We would LOVE to meet you!

If you have something unique you would like to share, I would welcome you to email me so we could share on future posts.

Juan and I are excited to be here on this new path….We’re so thankful you will be here to enjoy the ride.

 

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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