Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - History and Travel


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ISSUE:  BROKE URL 111
DATE:  March 6, 2003
TITLE: Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - History and Travel
TIP:  History and Travel
LOCATION:  Riding the dog to Huntsville, Alabama

  

HISTORY

So you want to see the world?
Go to strange places and meet exotic cultures.
What do you do after you get there?
I have discovered that 70 percent of the time
it has something to do with History.

The other 20 percent of the time is on
natural wonders like the Grand Canyon
or the Foz do Iguacu in Brazil-Argentina.
The other 10 is probably to chase the
girls or guys, and party.

In the end. Most just party and somewhat
forget why they are there.

WHY?
Why does a person travel thousands of miles
and forget why they came?
The never knew in the first place what was
of importance about the place.

MY REAL SCENARIO
I am planning my next trip.
I want to go to Israel and India, and etc.

But for this. I will designated Israel as my
place I want to research. History is a combination
of the facts, the lore, and normally a lot of lies.
Oops. Lies... Why lies?

SEPARATE THE TRUTH FROM THE LIES
I was not alive 1000 years ago, and neither
was you, so in reality. No one knows the real truth.
This is why it sometimes it is lies.
Especially in the new world of internet, and films
and quick communications. There is often a motive
on why people write about the place. They may want
to lie to make it sound better. This is extremely true
on the internet. Pages I visit are full of information
that is just an opinion. Like this letter. Just a
lot of opinions.

But they are trying to sell tours?
Nothing wrong with that. If they are truthful.

WHAT ARE THE FACTS?

I want to go to Israel.
How do I start.

I go to the:

1. ENCYCLOPEDIA
I know this is boring to you.
But trust me, this is a great place to start.
I will tell you the population, size, and a brief
history. A great overview and a better chance that
the information is at least trying to be true.
These are real researchers that publish and contribute
to an Encyclopedia. Not a travel writer like me.
I like to travel, not research countries.

LETS START:
Click on this link and enter in the search:
Israel
Now read- Remember to come back!

GO HERE NOW! Find and Encyclopedia link.
Andy's Favorite Links on History:
http://www.hobotraveler.com/history.shtml

Of course you can go to the library, or buy
now CD Rom of complete collections of Encyclopedias.
My mother makes fun of me, because when I was younger
and still do... I used to sit down and read the
Encyclopedia.

2. SECOND STOP - THE CIA
Now that must put chills in your bones.
But in reality they have some really concise and
excellent web pages on data of the world. The factbook
is one of my great areas of the internet to play.

Go and search for Israel again: READ
Please try to remember to come back!

GO HERE NOW! Click on Israel
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/
If you have problems with that link: Click here
and look for "Factbook."
http://www.cia.gov/

3. AFTER THE BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Now that you have the background information you
can get down to the real history.

3 TYPES OF HISTORY BOOKS - OFFLINE

1. History done by researchers.
2. History written for a political cause.
Normally the bestsellers. Demagoguery!
3. History written in a historical novel.

1. UNIVERSITY
History done by researcher in the context of
a University is the best.

2. BEST SELLERS
There are lots of semi-true but for the most
part Historical books made to sell and of
trendy popularity. I would steer clear of them
unless you are going to read for fun and to
make fun of.... There are some good ones.
But normally my rule of thumb.
"If everyone likes them. It is not a good book."
Why? History is boring for the most part.
Hard to get a best seller written by a University
professor in real research.

What I also say... hehehe It is "Demagoguery."
A person "...who makes use of popular prejudices
and false claims and promises in order to gain power
These types of books are trendy and play on our fears."

3 HISTORICAL NOVELS:
This is my favorite, but not real.
That is why I read the encyclopedia first.
Lets get a good background, than read the novels.
I love to read James Michener. He makes it fun to
learn about a country. And interestingly enough
he has a lot of them references at the back of
the book.

GO LOOK AT MY LIST HISTORICAL NOVELS BY JAMES NOW!
http://www.hobotraveler.com/books.shtml

TIME TO MAKE A GOOD DECISION NOW
Now is the difficult time of learning about
the history of a country or a culture. You have
to always look at the source of the materials your
are reading and make some decisions. Ask yourself,
"Why is this person writing this?"

I usually think that paper is better than the
internet or Television. If they take the time to
sit down, think about their opinions and write it
for a newspaper, magazine, or book is best.
Remember.. A movies is not real.

But... The motive.
"Why did they write it?"

I always repeat a phrase I heard when I
was 20 years old,
"Never trust a person that can make
money by giving you bad advise."

EXAMPLE: A book written that substantiates your
prejudices, or explains why you should be afraid.
Fear always sells.

EXAMPLE: My newsletter. I could push a product, or
get a sponsor that pays lots of money, than every time
I get a chance put in a plug for them. You may like
me or the tone of voice of me, and think. He does likes
it, and I will give it a try.

I try to not take favors or do things that would tempt
me to say good things in return. I do like to recommend
a good place, or product. But only if I like it.

WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH HISTORY?
Pop History.
I guess that is what I would call it.
There is this Pop History. I think it comes from the
word. POP = POPULAR
The new world makes popular history to sell.
The new world make new Bibles to sell.
The new this...

So I am sure I have you confused.
But it is pretty easy.

Most real written history is:
1. Pretty boring to read.
2. Written by a researcher.
3. Found in a library or an Encyclopedia.
4. Shows lots and lots of references to "OLD" books
not the "NEW" books.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU KNOW HISTORY.
I live close to a city called Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Pretty boring in many ways.
Called the City of Churches.

But it also called the 3 rivers city.

MAKING FORT WAYNE INTERESTING
Let me tell you the why?
Why is Fort Wayne, Indiana?

Well, ever since the beginning of time man
has used the highest and best form of transportation.
Presently that is the probably the car.
But they have also built their cities around the
highest and best form of transportation.

200-300 years ago?
What was the highest and best form of transportation
in the USA?

RIVERS

So what happened was this.
Adventurers or little Hoboes would get in these boats
and try to go west. Probably looking for gold or women.
About the same in value. But nonetheless. They would
get into the boat and take off.

They would go up the St-Lawrence River til they
got to the great lakes. On the one great lake called
"Lake Erie" they found a river called the "Maumee."
This river went South all the way to Fort Wayne, Indiana.

They discovered that if they did a land
portage of about 8 miles they could walk their
boats to the Wabash River that leads to the
Mississippi River and to the City
of the City of "New Orleans."

That is the short version.
on "Why is Fort Wayne, Indiana?"

It is the only place between the east coast of the USA
and New Orleans where you have to travel by land.
That is a big deal.
They built a Canal between the 2 rivers.
The also built a city, or a Fort.
But that is and Indian story.
History makes me appreciate this city
Fort Wayne, Indiana.

But what happens?
You ask a normal citizen why Fort Wayne exist?
And they will not be able to tell you.
But with this information
you can explore the city and see new wonders.
Why was this building built here?
Hmmm its backed up on the river...
o load and unload freight.

The trains replaced the rivers as the next
best form of transportation.
And the Hoboes all jumped on board.
Train Hoppers...

This is the start of the Hoboes.
Plus with the help of a Great depression
and a couple of world wars that made people
travel to find jobs.

Andy the HoboTraveler.com
Life is good.

Thanx

Just another day in Paradise!
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE...
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.

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