Counting the Nomad population

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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 project, even if you are going to cure cancer next week, i think everybody getting paranoid about this can rest easy, and i can keep being a retired person.

An old colleague published an ethnographic study of dirty traveling kids 15 years ago, and so far it hasn't blown up the lifetstyle too bad right? (For the nerds: Finkelstein, Marni. 2004 .With No Direction Home: Homeless Youth on the Road and in the Streets (Case Studies on Contemporary Social Issues); Wadsworth Books)

I'm sure there have been dozens of anthropology, criminology, and sociology PhDs written about this community since then without anyone noticing.
 

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I'd say that after five years of riding with this survey in mind you'd be able to make an somewhat accurate estimate. Pay attention to who you see, take note of how many people are using Sally's and how often the faces change, count heads in jungles in peak season ect. Just running around cities interviewing people really wouldn't be a good way to go about it cause you'd mostly get young homebums running their mouths, not really nomads per say. I suppose if you already knew all the spots and had lots of funding you could just fly around the country and not ride, but since places are constantly changing it'd be pretty hard to keep up on it all. "Don't be seen" means don't advertise that you're bumming it up if you can avoid it. Ive worked more jobs than I can count and started companies while living in my van and almost never did mentioning that I was technically homeless help the situation. Even in the event industry promotors where a little weary of hiring a sub contractor that lived on the road full time. Shit, even in Humboldt it was better to keep it on the down low (take note trimmigrants, rich hippies don't wanna hire scumfucs). I love how much people freak out when you tell them some people don't wanna be a useful idiot in their self-serving schemes. And yes, I'm going by the code I was taught actually traveling, not a historical document from the 19th century, the horror...
 
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And just like you mentioned people have tried this before to varying levels of success. Technically the study you mentioned isn't really what we're talking about though, not all travelers are youth (vast majority are over 25 I'd say based on personal experience). Back in 2011 a simple photo blog caused a crack down in NYC. I've seen the Ted Conover book quoted in articles about how all travelers are drug addict bums and he took as neutral an approach as you could.
 
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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 project, even if you are going to cure cancer next week, i think everybody getting paranoid about this can rest easy, and i can keep being a retired person.

An old colleague published an ethnographic study of dirty traveling kids 15 years ago, and so far it hasn't blown up the lifetstyle too bad right? (For the nerds: Finkelstein, Marni. 2004 .With No Direction Home: Homeless Youth on the Road and in the Streets (Case Studies on Contemporary Social Issues); Wadsworth Books)

I'm sure there have been dozens of anthropology, criminology, and sociology PhDs written about this community since then without anyone noticing.
Just bought the book on Ebay for $4!!!! Thanks.
 
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