And “An ethical code was created by Tourist Union #63 during its 1889 National Hobo Convention in St. Louis Missouri. This code was voted upon as a concrete set of laws to govern the Nation-wide Hobo Body; it reads this way:
Decide your own life, don’t let another person run or rule you.
When in town, always respect the local law and officials, and try to be a gentleman at all times.
Don’t take advantage of someone who is in a vulnerable situation, locals or other hobos.
Always try to find work, even if temporary, and always seek out jobs nobody wants. By doing so you not only help a business along, but ensure employment should you return to that town again.
When no employment is available, make your own work by using your added talents at crafts.
Do not allow yourself to become a stupid drunk and set a bad example for locals’ treatment of other hobos.
When jungling in town, respect handouts, do not wear them out, another hobo will be coming along who will need them as bad, if not worse than you.
Always respect nature, do not leave garbage where you are jungling.
If in a community jungle, always pitch in and help.
Try to stay clean, and boil up wherever possible.
When traveling, ride your train respectfully, take no personal chances, cause no problems with the operating crew or host railroad, act like an extra crew member.
Do not cause problems in a train yard, another hobo will be coming along who will need passage through that yard.
Do not allow other hobos to molest children, expose all molesters to authorities, they are the worst garbage to infest any society.
Help all runaway children, and try to induce them to return home.
Help your fellow hobos whenever and wherever needed, you may need their help someday.
If present at a hobo court and you have testimony, give it. Whether for or against the accused, your voice counts!”
Good advice for all of us! For any man or saint among us. Now if you need me, I’ll be on a freight train headed west. Until Isaac decides it’s time to turn the train around and come home, that is.
Here’s Hobo Blues by Peg Leg Howell.
And here’s a recipe for late summer or early autumn, or this cusp we’re currently riding, exactly between the two. Almost everything was from the farm…potatoes, tomatoes, leeks, and they’re all layered with olives and smoked gouda to make a rich, tart, smoky, comforting, bright dish.
5 smallish potatoes (I used yukon gold)
2 T olive oil (+/-)
4 small leeks, washed, trimmed and sliced into 1/8th inch semi-circles
1 clove garlic – minced
3 or 4 small tomatoes – roughly chopped
1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
1 T butter
1 t balsamic
1 T fresh tarragon, chopped
1/2 – 1 cup smoked gouda
salt & freshly ground pepper
Preheat the oven to 425 and set a large pot of salted water to boil. Scrub the potatoes and chop them into 1/8 inch slices. (I used my food processor, which was amazingly fast and efficient!)
When the water is boiling, drop the potato slices in, and boil for 5-7 minutes, till they’re just slightly soft. Remove to a strainer, and drain completely.
Warm the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the leeks and garlic, stir and cook until they start to soften and brown, a few minutes. Add the tomatoes and olives. Stir and cook until the tomatoes soften, and you have a nice chunky sauce. Stir in the butter, balsamic and tarragon, and season with salt and pepper.
Drizzle a bit of olive oil in a baking dish. Spread a layer of potatoes over. Spread an even layer of 1/3 of the sauce over that. Sprinkle cheese over Add another layer of potatoes, more sauce, more cheese. Another layer of potatoes, , more cheese, the rest of the sauce. Top with a thin layer of potatoes. scatter more cheese over the top.
Bake for about 30 – 35 minutes, till the inside feels soft, and the top is starting to become brown and crispy.