Travel Improves Social Status of Hobos

A reader commented,
“It looks tacky, but it works!”
(Referring to me marking up my backpacks in previous post.)

A balanced comment, which weighs function against form, and the exclamation mark, tells me function won the race.

This comment causes a rumbling in my soul, and disruption of my rhythm, I felt amiss for a minute or two and had a caesura in my life. I went searching through my Encarta Encyclopedia for quotations about “Social Status.” Sometimes a twisted quotation will give me clarity, and help me to explain to myself, what I already know.

I thought this quote:

“Welcome to the wrong side of the tracks.”
- Angela Carter (1940 - 1992)
- British novelist, essayist, and short-story writer.
- Wise Children

I wanted to explain this:

“They say princes learn no art truly, but the art of horsemanship. The reason is, the brave beast is no flatterer. He will throw a prince as soon as his groom.”
- Ben Jonson (1572 - 1637)
- English playwright and poet.
- Timber, or, Discoveries Made upon Men and Matter

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Les Cayes or Aux Cayes, Haiti - Friday, November 13, 2009
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How I started caring about social status.
“Tom and his younger brothers as they grew up, went on playing with the village boys without the idea of equality or inequality (except in wrestling, running, and climbing) ever entering their heads, as it doesn't till it's put here by Jack Nastys or fine ladies' maids”
- Thomas Hughes (1822 - 1896)
- British writer.
- Tom Brown's Schooldays

Hobo signs of social status in the class struggle of life.

“Money can't buy friends, but you can get a better class of enemy.”
- Spike Milligan (1918 - 2002)
- Indian-born British humorist, writer, and actor.
- Puckoon

I remember a reader writing me to say his University Professor was telling the class that Andy of HoboTraveler.com was mentally ill… maybe self-absorbed. I wrote back and said,
“Tell your professor Thanks for talking about me in class.”

I have learned along the way that few people love to travel, but most people love to return home and say to their friends,
“I went to the Caribbean, look at my photos.”

Somewhere, somehow, I will one day wrap my mind around this problem of social status and how it relates to travel. I continue to observe people willing to pay a months salary for one night in a Five Star Resort, it is not tacky, and however, I am sure it does not work. I tend to believe, the last thing people want to know or read about is that a Hobo stayed in the same city, at the same tourist destination.

Travel Improves Social Status for Hobos

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