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  1. I sure wish I could go this year, but my wife has health issues that prevent it. I especially wish I could be there for the memorial service for Frog, Tuck and the other tramps who have caught the westbound. I sent Jewell a donation for Tuck's funeral expenses. The Convention starts in three days, but a lot of people are already up there getting the jungle ready.
  2. El Jefe Uno, good to hear from you. I don't always check 12 Oz. every day, mostly because there's been so little traffic on here. I think that this thread has been here so many years that most of the 12 Oz. regulars who cared to read it have already done so. I have a couple of Reddit threads that I frequent--/r/Vagabond and /r/Vandwellers. It's odd how the same issues that I was coping with in 1970, and that we were discussing on here in 2001 (31 years later), are *still* being discussed on these other tramp-hobo-trainhopper threads today (48 years later.) Tons of things hav
  3. Just checking in. Looks like this thread is pretty dead--not much traffic. I am thinking about heading to Salt Lake City. Anybody live out there?
  4. OMB---Sorry I didn't find your message sooner.  There's been so little traffic that I got lazy and haven't checked !2 Oz. in a while.  Tell mer again what it is you're asking about.

     

  5. I am leaving for the National Hobo Convention on August 5th. The Convention will be held August 9th through 12th , 2018 in Britt, Iowa. Free camping. Men's and women's restrooms with showers. A covered picnic pavilion building, and a cook shack. The jungle feeds two free meals a day during the Convention, mostly dumpster-dived food brought in by Collinwood Kid. Collinwood is a Zen-Master-level dumpster diver. He dumpsters perfectly good food from commercial suppliers, most of it in one-gallon "restaurant sized" cans which have an expiration date which will expire a
  6. I'm planning on going to the NHC this year. I'm not going to be able to go early, though. I'll probably get there sometime on the 6th or 7th. You can never tell what the NHC is going to be like. One year it will be great, then the next year it may be a dud. You just have to show up and see how it goes.
  7. Just checking in. I'm up in Maryland, but the weather is still pretty warm--it hit 90 degrees today. I think I'll head over to the coast. It should be cooler, I hope. Ride safe!
  8. peterpopoff--Those are photos of two of my favorite people in the world----Stretch Wilson, Burlington Dog and Tattoo Slim. Slim was up at Amory earlier this April, with a buddy of his named Zig-Zag. I gave them a ride from Tupelo to Amory, and when the festival was cancelled because of a big-ass thunderstorm with tornado warnings, I gave them a ride back up to Tupelo and dropped them off at the Farmer's Market right down the tracks from the catch-out. We had eleven tramps down at Amory this year. It's too bad the city cancelled it, but I understood. Amory doesn't have enough tornado s
  9. I've talked to a number of people who normally frequent the National Hobo Convention at Britt, Iowa every August who say they are definitely going to be at Amory this year. ( The NHC is held every August during the second full weekend. This year the "second full weekend in August" will be August 9-12, 2018, but people start straggling in about a week early.) April in Mississippi is pretty warm, so if you go, be prepared for hot weather. I got sunburned last year, wearing shorts and a t-shirt and running shoes with no socks. The NHC in Britt is designed to at least partially suppo
  10. I haven't been on here in quite a while, it looks like the traffic has slowed to a stop. I just wanted to remind everyone that the annual Amory Railroad Festival is coming up on April 12--15, 2018, in Amory, Mississippi. Many tramps consider Amory to be the "spring opener" of the riding season. (The "closer" is usually considered to be the Arizona Combat Rail Fans' New Years Eve party at Shawmut Siding in Arizona. Bring your own booze. Bring your own *everything* it's twelve miles out in the desert from the nearest town. Don't forget EAR PLUGS, because ACRF blows up enough fireworks on N
  11. They usually have a little contest about "who traveled the longest distance to get here" contest at the opening ceremonies of the convention. Australia would definitely win, ha ha. This year I only came 1,025 miles. Pathetically short trip, I admit.
  12. Are you going to try to make it to Britt, protester? It ought to be fun. And aggravating. And full of pointless drama. What would the Hobo Convention be without some pointless drama, eh? Come on down!
  13. You're kind of late to the party. I wrote that SIXTEEN YEARS AGO, ha ha.
  14. National Hobo Convention coming up, the second full weekend in August, August 10-11-12-13 in Britt, Iowa. Britt is about 30 miles west of Mason City, Iowa, on Route 18. Free camping, and the jungle feeds two free meals a day (breakfast and dinner.) It ain't fancy, but it's free! Limited spots for RV's or vans. Limited shore power hook-ups. No blackwater pump out stations available. Britt has no Greyhound service, so if you are on a bus, the nearest terminal is in the Mason City airport, east of I-35 on Route 18. Both the Mason City cops and the railroad special agents increase survei
  15. 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'
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