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Hobos, Tramps and Homeless Bums

Discussion in 'Metal Heads' started by KaBar, Oct 13, 2001.

  1. El Jefe Uno

    El Jefe Uno Dirty Dozen Crew

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    Good to hear from you, Kabar! Know which direction you're heading next?
     
  2. KaBar2

    KaBar2 Senior Member

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    I think I'm going to try to make the Amory Railroad Festival in Amory, Mississippi. It runs April 6,7,8 and 9. It's about 1,025 miles from where I am now. Like everything else in life, "It all depends."
     
  3. xen

    xen Dirty Dozen Crew

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    think i might try for amory this year. but like you say, it all depends.
    Nice to hear you are out there moving around and living it. keep us homebums posted brother.
     
  4. KaBar2

    KaBar2 Senior Member

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    I have heard from several tramps that I usually see up at the National Hobo Convention in Britt. They say they are going to go to Amory this year. So many of the old heads have passed away, it's kind of disheartening. I am encouraged that people are making an effort to make Amory. I've only attended once before and we had a good time, so I hope this year is a good one. Like at Britt, the railroad special agents and the local police and sheriff's deputies are generally out in force. Riding a train into Amory is very difficult to do without getting busted. Generally speaking, people who ride a train to Amory aim for Tupelo, then hitch that last 35 miles or so.
     
  5. KaBar2

    KaBar2 Senior Member

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    I just returned from the Amory Railroad Festival in Amory, Mississippi. It was held April 6,7,8 and 9, 2017. I'm rubber tramping these days--I've got a van built out with a bed made of 2x4's, a foam mattress and and a folding card table. What a drive! 1,025 miles each way. Seems like a long drive just to camp out in the parking lot of a police station, ha ha. Home town boy Trent Harmon, who won the American Idol competition last year, was the headliner on Friday night, and the Lone Star Band played country on Saturday night, There were some other groups as well, of course, and two stages in different areas of "downtown" Amory. The weather was surprisingly mild, almost chilly Tues, Weds and Thurs. Friday it started getting warm during the day and Sat and Sun were cloudless and blistering hot with almost no humidity in the day, and chilly at night. Amory had about twenty different churches cooking barbecue, burgers, hot dogs, catfish, ribs, etc., and of course, the famous Amory apple fritters. One lady told us she drove 60 miles just to buy some apple fritters. It's a huge event for that part of Mississippi, and four or five times as large as the National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa. Friday night after the "food court" area closed down for the night, a couple of guys from churches brought us a bag of apple fritters, some boiled potatoes and some ears of corn-on-the-cob, but no barbecue ribs or chicken, like in years past. Saturday night I guess they forgot all about us, but one church cut their prices to $2 for any sandwich and we tanked up on burgers, hot dogs and chicken sandwiches.

    I didn't go down to the amusement park rides area, but there was a large carnival in town, with all the usual stuff like a Ferris wheel, Tilt-A-Whirl, a "vomit comet" and so on. There were quite a few rides designed for smaller children. It was all lit up as carnivals usually are, with a zillion colored lights and the usual canned music. I don't think they had a midway, at least I didn't see one.

    In times past we've had as many as 60 tramps in Amory for the RR festival, but this year there were only ten--National Hobo King Ricardo, Virginia Slim and Cathy, Hobo SLC, Medicine Man and Daisy Sue, me, Fredy the German, another guy I didn't know and of course, Hobo Queen Miss Charlotte, who lives in Amory. Charlotte very graciously put up those who did not bring a vehicle in which they could sleep in her and the late Loco Larry's "hobo hotel" sheds.

    King Ricardo, Hobo SLC and I were vandwelling and got festival passes from the city so we could camp in a parking lot near the steam locomotive. Unfortunately our parking spots were right next to a police & sheriff disaster response trailer--good in a way, because we could tap into their shore power electric, but the radio chatter was kind of annoying late at night. The cops were very nice, though.

    Nobody was able to ride a train in, and nobody even pitched a tent or rolled out in the "jungle" next to the locomotive. BNSF had brought in several bulls and we had Amory city cops, Monroe County sheriff's deputies and BNSF railroad bulls all over the Amory yards. I don't think even that legendary rail ghost, Stretch Wilson, could have ridden a train in. There were plenty of gendarmes, although I saw no arrests, despite the size of the crowd--at least 10,000, I'd guess. The park was packed.

    SLC showed King Ricardo and me where the Amory City Water Department is, and Friday we hiked down to take a shower. They told us they told us they weren't allowing hobos to shower there any more, but when I asked them if they could spare a clean 5-gallon bucket for us to bathe in, and since we had already walked all the way down there, they let us shower anyway. SLC and Ricardo scrubbed up, but I passed, having already washed up in the brand-spankin' new city park bathrooms next to the Amory fire station.

    It was good to see everybody again, I hadn't seen anyone since last August at Britt. It was especially good to see Fredy the German, who flew into Miami from Germany and rented a car to get to Amory. (Now that's what I call a dedicated tramp.)
     
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  6. theprotester

    theprotester Moderator Crew

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    Thanks for the report. Sounds like a real experience.
     
  7. tomcruisemom'sshoes

    tomcruisemom'sshoes Member

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  8. xen

    xen Dirty Dozen Crew

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    no we don't. thanks for playing.
     
  9. tomcruisemom'sshoes

    tomcruisemom'sshoes Member

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    Homebums are leeches, always jusr sit and stay in same town and are quite annoying. Been ripped off by quite a few during my travels.

    So yes. Homebums fucking suck.
     
  10. One Man Banned

    One Man Banned Dirty Dozen Crew

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    Must be more to it to be ripped off by quite a few.
    Otherwise reminds me of a saying- "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."
     
  11. theprotester

    theprotester Moderator Crew

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    I have no idea what a homebum is.
     
  12. tomcruisemom'sshoes

    tomcruisemom'sshoes Member

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    hell yeah shame on me for letting em rio me off more than once.

    TheProtester go ahead and google "Homebum"

    Can't call your self a homebum and say you ride frieghts no such thing. Freight hopperd look out for each other...homebums don't do shit but lounge and fly signs head back under their tressel or whatever bridge and beat off.
     
  13. xen

    xen Dirty Dozen Crew

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    what about a former rider? i stay at home now, don't do much, therefore homebum. never ripped anyone off, look out for the riders as much as i can and do not mind the term homebum.

    i been ripped off by full time riders as well as local junkies. there's good and bad in all levels of social structures.
     
  14. KaBar2

    KaBar2 Senior Member

    Joined: Jun 27, 2003 Messages: 2,126 Likes Received: 64
    We always called a guy living a regular life and staying in one place a "home guard." The term "homebum" came into use about twenty years ago to describe run-of-the-mill homeless people, but not tramps or people living a regular life. Homeguard isn't (or wasn't intended to be) a pejorative term. The term "homebum" seems like an insult to my ear, but I don't know. I know that among tramps with whom I've ridden, the term "bum" is fightin' words.
    Language changes. My whole life the place where people wait to board trains was called the "catch-out." Lately I see people referring to it as a "hop out." I don't know why, but it grates on my ear.

    We used to talk about "hopping freights" but that doesn't seem to be current usage any more. Things change. For some reason that escapes me, I hate to see that occurring. I prefer the Old School way.
     
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  15. KaBar2

    KaBar2 Senior Member

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    For those of you who have been to the National Hobo Convention in the last sixteen years, I have sad news.

    Minneapolis Jewell's and Tuck's college freshman granddaughter, Angie Dirty Feet, has passed away unexpectedly. Angie attended many Hobo Conventions in Britt over the years. She first started coming as a toddler and ran around bare-footed, which is when the tramps tagged her with "Angie Dirty Feet." She will be buried in the National Hobo Cemetery next to Charmin' Harmon, who was a mentally-challenged man who attended every Convention with Jewell and Tuck. He was a client of Jewell's and resided at Jewell's care home. Angie knew Harmon her whole life.

    Britt will not be the same without beautiful Angie Dirty Feet. She is mourned big time. Such a tragic loss.

    Her remains will be buried at the Convention this August, as is our custom.

    From the Hobo Grapevine:

    "Angelina Marie Bergstrom, known as "Angie Dirty Feet" of Northeast Minneapolis, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 15, 2017. She was 16 years old.

    Angelina was a beautiful young woman who loved her pets and spending time at Logan Park. She was a junior counselor at Camp Bovey where she loved spending time with kids. She will be greatly missed.

    Angelina is survived by her mother, Sarah Porrazzo; father, Scott Bergstrom; brother , Zachary; sister, Brittany; grandmothers, Julianna (and Tuck) Porrazzo-Ray and Sandy Relyea; great-grandmother, Shirley (Earl) Porrazzo; favorite cat, "Six"; other loving family and friends.

    Memorial Gathering at 12:00 noon on Thursday, June 22nd at Billman~Hunt Funeral Chapel with visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m.

    2701 Central Avenue NE Minneapolis, MN 55418
     
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