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    The Great Fraud, the tip of the iceberg.

    @Coywolf- Just trying not to get nailed for unauthorized practice of law, or having some nutbar imagine a lawyer/client relationship might exist between me and them because they read something i wrote about some legal matter. I don't feel like i have to include this disclaimer when posting...
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    Ultralight Gear For Trainhopping?

    In case anyone does not know, the latest thing in ultralight gear is these polycro groundcloths: https://www.gossamergear.com/collections/shelters-sleeping-pads/products/polycryo-tent-footprint-ground-cloths Pretty slick, huh? And not bad for $9. Ultralight gear ain't cheap, everybody knows...
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    Crossing the Panama canal? With a vehicle? Possible/alternatives?

    And industrial-strength insect repellent, malaria pills, and plenty of rock salt to get the leeches off your skin. Is there a vaccine for dengue yet? Another thing for OP to google.
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    The Great Fraud, the tip of the iceberg.

    Glad you are calming down, @BirdDaddy. Maybe you should actually read the shit i posted, the shit you said was ignorant and wrong without reading it. You might learn something; you may find that the IRS is at least as familiar with US tax law as that guy Clem with the "Buy American!!" hat, and...
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    Ultralight Gear For Trainhopping?

    He already has a superlight quilt. Can you provide any links to any of these inexpensive tyvek bivys that you have used? Or is this a DIY thing? If so, links plz. Never heard of this, and googling now, but real-world experience from someone who posts here beats reviews from general online...
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    The Great Fraud, the tip of the iceberg.

    Never been to a law library in my life?!?! Oh, if only it were true, and i had all those wasted years in my early 30s back! One more time: i am a graduate of a very reputable law school, with very high grades, who passed the NY bar exam (one of the hardest in the US). I also have a PhD in...
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    The Great Fraud, the tip of the iceberg.

    For you, and anyone else who can't figure out what @BirdDaddy is saying, or what i am saying in response, BirdDaddy has become a believer in certain ideas of the ultra-rightwing "sovereign citizen" ideology. "Sovereign citizens" believe the US Federal government is a private corporation owned...
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    The Great Fraud, the tip of the iceberg.

    Aha, so you are not just listening to nutty people, you are a full-on nut yourself. You are also a rude and abusive asshole, who can't take it when his silly and wrong ideas are challenged, and so resorts to incoherent name-calling, because you can't actually make any argument for your stupid...
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    Ultralight Gear For Trainhopping?

    $59 for a clear garbage bag? None for me, thanks. 56 grams also seems not that ultralight for what that is.
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    The Great Fraud, the tip of the iceberg.

    You will be pleased to know that your dream has been realized- the UCC (which stands for Uniform, not Universal, Commercial Code) has very little to do with any non-commercial entity, or any transaction that is not business-to-business. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_Commercial_Code...
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    Ultralight Gear For Trainhopping?

    Probably the ultralight dudes go with concentrates, and solar-powered vaporizers and whatnot. But i am with you. Thanks for the quilt recommendation. Looking at the weight difference between one of those, and even my Snugpak Elite 1 summer bag (45 degrees, 1 kilo) has even my cheap ass thinking...
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    "Hit The Road" Hobo Symbol Tattoo I got in Fiji

    As the Three Stooges used to say, "I resemble that remark!"
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    "Hit The Road" Hobo Symbol Tattoo I got in Fiji

    At the risk of missing the young peoples' irony again, the idea is you write in how many dogs (there is a "4" in the sign). You could write in 3 (in case you had a "Three Dog Night" (shitty '70s rock reference, for you kids going "Huh?")), or 2 , or 5 as needed. This could be warning for a...
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    "Hit The Road" Hobo Symbol Tattoo I got in Fiji

    Oh, the irony! Now i get it. Probably i should put the sign for "Ill-Tempered Man Lives Here" in front of my house. No ironic intentions whatever. May actually do this- it's only fair to others. I already have this on my front door: It works- as i was opening my door to ask "Can't you...
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    "Hit The Road" Hobo Symbol Tattoo I got in Fiji

    FYI: That symbol means "Hit the road" in the sense of "Get out of here fast!", like "This is a bad place- flee for your life!", not "Hit the road" in the sense of "Go wandering and have Dean Moriarty style epic adventures". That's why the alternate sign with the same meaning you will sometimes...
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    Need advice for working overseas

    Don't you know you are already in the data banks of "The Man" for even thinking about these topics, let alone posting about them on the public internets, let alone posting about them here in this cess-pit of anarchy and deviance? You are a marked man from here on in; the "Men In Black" are...
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    Workamping in the Eastern Seirras Sucks

    Ok, fair enough. I don't think anything about that post was super easy or even easy to make out. I still want to know what is a brundage? It appears from context to be a thing like "lakes, rivers, streams meadows"?
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    Ebike touring anyone?

    I have been thinking about ebikes, being 60, and not able to do those 100 mile days anymore except along the shore, and struggling to do more than 30 with hills/mountains. I'm doing the C & O Canal towpath trail in Maryland in two weeks but that's a rare long (184.5 miles) downhill ride (with a...
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    Workamping in the Eastern Seirras Sucks

    No dog in this fight, and have seen some awful abuse of nature by country folk, city folk, hunters, even bird-watchers, so plenty of blame to go around, but just have to say/ask: Huh? Overnight low of 48 in McCall Idaho, tomorrow high of 72, mostly sunny with isolated thunderstorms, according...
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    Need advice for working overseas

    Or get a pre-paid debit card if you can't get a bank account due to recent bounced checks etc. Also, in big cities, even today in these internetted days, there are travel agents that specialize in immigrant communities, but can get any air tickets cheap, and will take cash. Look in local...
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    SHITCORE 4 LIFE!!!

    You kids. Noise is so retro- tonality been dead, son. HNW, PE, "power violence"- meh. Back when i was into that kind of stuff in the early '80s, i had my Kawai synth droning, with my Farfisa Combo-Compact organ with a giant like 9-note dissonant chord taped down with duct tape, run through a...
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    Punks in Mexico

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    A battle between me and an Alabama attorney

    I can assure you that your trainhopping videos have the same effect on me, Coywolf. Adverse possession is a very cool concept, but very seldom will result in owning much property. It is sometimes said that adverse possession rewards theft, but that's not really correct. It punishes failure by...
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    A battle between me and an Alabama attorney

    You are mistaken. I did once pass the NY bar exam, although i do not practice law, and am not offering legal advice in posting this. I have to agree that it is not really possible to respond to OP here. None of the posts at the link he provides appear to say that It would be very difficult...
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    Where do you leave your backpack when going into a store?

    Always assume your pack will be gone if you leave it where you can't touch it. If you have more stuff than you can carry on your back all day long for the duration of your trip, you need either to bring less stuff, or to get stronger. Both will tend to happen on any longish trip, as you give...
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    Is the Greyhound still pretty laid back?

    Going from Oklahoma city to NYC, you aren't passing from a legal state to an illegal state, so there should be no border searchers, and those have to be pretty damn rare- there are a lot of buses leaving California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, and Massachusetts every day (i think those...
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    Is the Greyhound still pretty laid back?

    There is no security anywhere i've ever been on a Greyhound. Take whatever. Last month i took Greyhound from NYC to Albuquerque. No one wanted to look in my bags. I smoked reefer every single time the bus stopped.
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    Couch Offered Couches at a co-op in Eugene

    To grow hair is the main function of the hippie, jerry, or wook as i now know you kids call this annoying subspecies of nothing (literal translation of french dis "sous-espece de nul"). Of course, they also talk annoying shit, smell like ass and patchouli, try to play annoying stupid pointless...
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    Couch Offered Couches at a co-op in Eugene

    Thank you , jimi, for introducing an old dude to the kids' vocab for what we used to call "dirty smelly hippies", "hair-farmers", and/or "jerries" (as in Garcia) back in my day.
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    If you had to live on a bike the rest of your life?

    Also, my main non-bike bike-touring recommendation: Carradice saddlebags. https://www.carradice.co.uk/bags/saddlebags/originals-nelson-longflap-saddlebag I have had this Nelson Long-Flap for maybe 20 years, still going strong though the straps have been replaced. Can fit about as much as...
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    If you had to live on a bike the rest of your life?

    Well, since we are posting lots of things out of Matt's budget, one more: build up a bike on a Velo Orange Campeur or Polyvalent frame. Old-school touring geometry, nice work, many options. https://velo-orange.com/collections/campeur/products/vo-campeur-frame They also sell lots of...
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    Hello from Paris, France

    I was a teenage punk-rock hoodlum in Paris in '77-'78, and have been back a bunch of times again since 2000. It is one of the best places in the world; you are lucky to be there. One of my favorite '70s Paris memories is walking home late at night from a show, and passing through a large open...
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    Wanting to live life on the rails

    Nautical but nice.
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    If you had to live on a bike the rest of your life?

    There is also the discontinued Traveller's Check, which is a Crosscheck with two couplings that allow you to disassemble the frame and get it in a standard airline-checkable suitcase. Might want to look for a used or unsold one. The LHT is also a very respectable choice but a bit more $. Also...
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    If you had to live on a bike the rest of your life?

    Agree with all @Mrcharwe says, my advice is Surly Cross-Check for sure for that $. If you can save a bit more and want to go Cadillac Lifetime Model, get it built with a Rohloff. Or if you want to be exotic, get a Thorn from the UK: https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/new-used-cycles-frames/?geoc=US...
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    noob introduction/situation

    What a helpful suggestion! If you join the Marines, you will learn a trade that is always in demand: killing people. More seriously, probably every single person here (except ibuzzard) has been where you are at. The reason we are here is we decided to to take it on the road at some point. If...
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    Gardening / Housebitchin' advice.

    Wet leaves will kill damn near anything growing under them (except little trees). You can use them to kill off areas of what you don't want, but don't put leaves on anything you do want. One way to make dead leaves more useful is to run them over (and over and over til finely ground up) with a...
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    Gardening / Housebitchin' advice.

    Lots of good advice so far. See if your town has a dump where you can get free compost to improve your soil, and free woodchips to use as a mulch. The dump can also be a good source of free materials for building raised beds. Start composting whether or not you can get it free- you can get as...
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    Question Why do people delete their accounts so much?

    What i don't get is the need for the dramatic gesture of "I quit! I'm deleting my account! Fuck you oogles/elitists/whatever!"- it just seems so teenaged. But i suppose many are teenagers or not much older. Why not just stop posting/looking at the site if they don't like it? I suppose will...
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    In Durango Co. I'm sure folks here know about this but train museum here is very cool. They let...

    In Durango Co. I'm sure folks here know about this but train museum here is very cool. They let you wander around their mini yard and climb on the steam locomotives or at least no one said not to. Free and worth paying for.
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    Big question for all you people

    @zielum: Do not write off all beer as bitter based on the kinds you have tried. Beer comes in hundreds of different styles that taste very different. I am drinking a Fat Tire Ale (being in Colorado), not at all bitter and actually just a tad sweet. As to original Q: warm beer is an...
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    Counting the Nomad population

    I am willing to come out of retirement to count the traveling hobos, tramps, nomads, oogles, crust punks, and dirty kids, if someone can get me the $15 million a year for 2-3 years it would take to do it. Since this is about 5 times as much as the Feds will normally give to any kind of...
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    Counting the Nomad population

    Far from being a "a detailed description of how to do it", my post is a very superficial description that leaves out all the details of actually doing this. Trust me, as someone who did this kind of thing for a living for decades, there are a lot of details to actual implementation of any study...
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    Counting the Nomad population

    Beegod Santana: Good heavens, so self-righteous! How would a nomad census conflict with "rule 1 of the hobo code", which is "Decide your own life; don’t let another person run or rule you"? are some words that do not appear anywhere in the actual Hobo Code. Since the code dates from 1889, i...
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    Counting the Nomad population

    There is a pretty large literature in social science and epidemiology on counting hard to access populations. i am the author of a couple articles on this topic in my former life as a scientist. One method that stands out as the best available is "capture-recapture". it comes from wildlife...
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    Featured Hitch-hiking, shoplifting, and other tales of my life as a teenage "freak" in the '70s

    Wow, thanx to all for your kind words! And a "Featured Thread" no less! I would blush if i were not shameless. Glad folks are finding it interesting. i am about to spend 2 days on a bus heading out west this weekend, so i will try to get to the next installment about the "Overland Trail" to...
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    16 year old going from Central Florida To Fresno, Cali. I figured I'd start here.

    Having been a teenager who split home at that age, it can be done. It won't be easy. Carry ID, and a notarized letter or something official looking that shows you are emancipated to avoid being picked up as a runaway. Expect to show this often. Maybe get it laminated to save wear and tear...
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    Question should user profiles be publicly viewable?

    I realize from your reply i should have read OP more carefully. Even though any monkey can register for an account in a minute, best to make them do it to see some stuff.
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    Question should user profiles be publicly viewable?

    What is the effect of all these variations on visibility to search engines?
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    Announcement Monetizing Squat the Planet

    It would be kind of worth it to take ads for a month or two, just to see what late capitalism will try to sell to folks largely defined by having no money and being not real into buying stuff, or paying for stuff. Cheap camping gear maybe, but what else? Freight train logo hats? Kits for...