Travel Improves Social Status of Hobos

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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

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 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

San Antonio Cicily

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.

Page Turner

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.

Chuck WoW

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?