I don't think that you can say you truly visited a country if you never venture outside your box and 5 star hotel. Most people that travel never actually see the country they visit, instead they see a 5 star hotel and return home as you said with photos and proof of their self absorbed life, never truly experiencing the world around them. Quite boring in my opinion and not very interesting to read or talk about! You are right no one wants to read about the same tourist destination that everyone else saw, at least not me. And yes function does win over tackiness!
Interesting post I find your comments on your bag and the professor interesting. In both cases I kind of feel like saying "and so?!!" Obviously in both cases the people are interested otherwise they wouldn't be reading. Anyhow, would personally take mentally deranged if it meant I got to travel and not be stuck in a cubical all day. As it is though, I have not yet broken free from my personal delusion of "a good life." Anyhow, have fun in Haiti.
Andy's mom Every now and again I cannot resist comenting to a stranger I have struck up a converstion with that I had a Hobo staying in my spare bedroom and that I call it his bedroom for as long as the Hobo wishes to visit. The look on the person's face is priceless and sometimes the insultating remark I receive is not so priceless. Oh well, that is life and life is Good especially when your son is a Hobo who keeps me entertained about 365 days a year.
This post makes me feel good about my travel tendencies.
I seem to rarely if ever take photos of my travels, as I feel it sometimes alters or possibly ruins the experience and/or flow of the moment(s).
I find myself talking more about life enriching experiences rather than "hey look where I went".
Concerning social status isn't travel a prerequisite for being a hobo?
After all "A Hobo is a person that travels to work."
I suppose it's a matter of perspective and the frequency of travels.
Possibly The more you travel the more you are a traveler and the less you travel the more you are a Hobo? I think Travel in most peoples minds creates an image of greater status than the word Hobo.
Thus "Travel Improves Social Status for Hobos."
And after all, your claim is one of a hobo-traveler not a traveling-hobo.
Not sure that's important though, just a fleeting thought.
It's my mentally ill opinion that all of us living within our current model of civilization are mentally ill, it's only a matter of degree. I won't elaborate on why I think this, as this comment would then turn into a book.
As always, I may be completely wrong and I reserve the right to change my mind at any moment.
I'm enjoying following this Haiti trip.
# mom said on Friday November 13th, 2009 10:31:54 AM
Oh well, that is life and life is Good especially when your son is a Hobo who keeps me entertained about 365 days a year.
I like him too.
PS Andy kinda looks like the Milk Man we had in the neighborhood in Angola,Indiana 50 odd years ago ? any comment ?
I've always encouraged anyone who wanted to call me a derogatory name to "call me anything EXCEPT a "nice guy'". Social status involves several things, first of all,
1 )What family background one came from?
2 )What schools and universities one graduated from
3 ) How does one make a living?
4) What clubs one belongs to?
5 ) Who and what social status of the spouse one married?
6) Prime Real Estate ownership often lifts social status.
7 ) How attractive one is?
8 ) What types of charities and volunteer work one belongs to and does?