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The hobo handbook : a field guide to living by your own rules
Mack, Josh.
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Publication Information:
Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, [2011]

Physical Description:
xxii, 216 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Educates the readers on various aspects of the life on the open road. This book helps them to learn how to: ride the rails without being pinched by a bull; decipher the secrets of the Hobo Code; live by the jungle rules; and, more.
Getting started: the hobo evolution -- Getting ready: traveling light or heavy -- Getting going: where are you going and how will you get there? -- Getting settled: finding a bed for the night and, ideally, a meal -- Getting by: "real"-world considerations -- Getting going (again): a wise hobo is a happy hobo -- Getting out of a jam: wait, what? I'm arrested? and other sticky situations.
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HV4505 .M33 2011 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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No one said life on the road would be easy. Navigating the rails, mapping bus lines, and hitching rides. Dealing with hunger when you don't have a nickel to chew on. Picking up an odd job here and making a few bucks there. But that's why it's exciting. It's one hell of an adventure.

It's a thrilling road to follow if you're up to the challenge. And this book's your back-pocket saving grace. As you flip to the next flop, you'll need to know how to get by in order to stay one step ahead. Realize: a hobo isn't some bum looking for a handout. You need to be ready to put in the effort.

If you want to make your way in the Jungle and along your route, you need the know-how provided within. This is the textbook to your open-road education.

Author Notes

Josh Mack has worked as a painter, carpenter, advertising copywriter, and freelance writer. Over the years, he has crisscrossed the continental U.S. nine times and spent a year traveling through India and Nepal by foot, train, bus, motorcycle, and the occasional burro. When he isn't on the road, he lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Hobo Aptitude Testp. xi
Why Do You Want to be a Hobo? (If it's for the Fame and Fortune, You're Out of Luck)
Introductionp. xix
The New Hobo Code
Chapter 1 Getting Startedp. 1
The Hobo Evolution
Chapter 2 Getting Readyp. 23
Traveling Light or Heavy
Chapter 3 Getting Goingp. 47
Where are You Going and How Will You Get There?
Chapter 4 Getting Settledp. 71
Finding a Bed for the Night and, Ideally, a Meal
Chapter 5 Getting Byp. 95
ôRealö-World Considerations
Chapter 6 Getting Going (Again)p. 113
A Wise Hobo is a Happy Hobo
Chapter 7 Getting Out of a Jamp. 141
Wait, What? I'm Arrested? and Other Sticky Situations
Conclusionp. 161
Remembering Where You've Been
Appendix Ap. 167
Tips For the Modern-Day Hobo
Appendix Bp. 173
The Hobo Cookbook
Appendix Cp. 185
Essential Macgyver Skills
Notesp. 201
Resourcesp. 205
Indexp. 209