Japanese Mobile Home

Posted by jeff | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo, Resourceful Living, Travel | Posted on 31-01-2011

In lieu of posting something about Sundance 2011, I’m choosing today to post something short about an amazing Japanese mobile home. Sundance pictures will come soon, but in the meantime, this blog (and this topic) have been quiet for too long.

Another link from Hobo Friend Ron, you’ll find a camping car that converts to two stories. Doesn’t look half bad either, we probably would have gotten less than half the amount of complaints had this been our home in LA.

http://dornob.com/convertible-camper-diy-japanese-style-mobile-home/

Stones In Vegas

Posted by jeff | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo, Travel | Posted on 11-12-2009

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My brother Ashley and I attempting to make money playing harmonica on our last trip to Las Vegas. I made only 4 cents, but looked the part real good.

(This was directly outside the Flamingo. We were kicked out very quickly.)

Rubber Tramping down the Coast

Posted by jeff | Posted in Travel | Posted on 24-08-2009

Rubber tramping – traveling in your motorhome/car/vanagon living in random places along the way (note: not official definition).

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Almost a month ago I took off…in my Vanagon. I’ve never officially introduced you to Junior, so here he is. Everyone, meet Junior. Junior, meet everyone. He’s a 1982 diesel Volkswagen Vanagon who’s been quite the handful since purchased. He’s running strong now, with two long successful voyages in the last month.
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Goin’ Hoboin’

Posted by jeff | Posted in Filmmaking, Travel | Posted on 29-07-2009

I’m off. On a short little voyage in my Vanagon, down the coast. I’ll be stopping a few places along the way, camping and thinking, drinking and biking. Swimming and writing. Eating hobo stew, smoking my corn cob pipe, All of the above.

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When I return, I start Wednesday on a film called The Ward, an independent film directed by the legendary John Carpenter (think Halloween, Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China…etc). Cut by Pat McMahon (Nightmare on Elm Street, Strange Brew, The Shining TV series, Roswell…and many others). I start Wednesday.

Bumcamping In Japan

Posted by jeff | Posted in Resourceful Living, Travel | Posted on 16-03-2009

Sent to us by David Markland of the LA Metblogs was this article…about living on the streets in Japan. Sounds like it would be much easier than here in LA…but you don’t have quite the luxury that we do in our Winnebago.


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Mando Diao/Sweden Recap

Posted by vern | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo, Filmmaking, Travel, Video | Posted on 24-02-2009

So I just spent 2 weeks in Sweden (and Germany) documenting the band Mando Diao as they release their new album “Give Me Fire”. The focus of this trip was to capture the darker side of Sweden.

Here are some random stills from the footage I just finished importing. All shot on our Panasonic HVX200 with Letus Extreme Adapter w/ Nikons.

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Mando Diao performs in the snow.

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Sweden Trip #2

Posted by vern | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo, Filmmaking, Travel | Posted on 08-02-2009

I’ll be leaving for Sweden (and Germany) tomorrow afternoon to finish up the Mando Diao documentary we’re working on.

We’re looking forward to experiencing the “winter Sweden” — supposedly full of gloom and depression. I’ve heard that in the winter the rate of suicides sky rockets. As of right now, the sun rises at 7:39am and sets at 4:26pm with an average temperature of about 25 degrees.

Here are some film stills from our first trip last Summer.

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Stockholm Harbor
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Central Coast Road Trip

Posted by vern | Posted in Travel | Posted on 12-01-2009

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We went up the coast of California this past week and here are some highlights and recommendations for anyone going that way. Beyond that, we’d recently considered buying a new car. This trip was a risk and a test of our Volvo, a 1984 240 DL Station Wagon we got for $1300 a year and a half ago.
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Hobos on Getty

Posted by jeff | Posted in Friends, Travel | Posted on 26-11-2008

Steve Ryan, world famous photographer for Totally Dublin in Dublin, Ireland, and other various publications, has popped up on Getty Images.

Follow this link, see if you see anyone you recognize.

(If the link expires, simply go to the Getty Images and do a photographer search for “Steve Ryan”. Check out some other photos he’s taken of us that I posted on the blog back in September.

Un-Hoboed Anniversary (1st Wedding Anniversary)

Posted by vern | Posted in Storytelling, Travel | Posted on 07-10-2008

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“Moens in Vegas”

A year ago to the day yesterday I woke up for the last time in Dick the Winnebago, my previous home for 22 months, and became a husband to my wife, Melinda. While I left behind a life of practical simplicities and nonexistent bills, I took with me a learned way of resourceful living, a knack for traveling, and the work ethic I never had but always wanted.
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A Hobo At Home

Posted by jeff | Posted in Storytelling, Travel | Posted on 06-10-2008

Over the first weekend of September, DeAndra and I traveled back to NH for a friend’s wedding. Snapped a few photos, and even though this wasn’t a hobo adventure necessarily (we knew every place we were staying each night and slept indoors), it’s always great to get away…especially in light of the current situation with our feature, A Man Called Jon.
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Hobo “Sabbatical”

Posted by jeff | Posted in Travel | Posted on 27-08-2008

Two weeks ago, I took a much needed short vacation. A two hour drive up the coast to Santa Barbara’s Lake Cachuma. A beautiful area, a much needed rest.


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A Hobo in Poland

Posted by vern | Posted in Travel | Posted on 18-08-2008

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“Vern, Natural Habitat”

My third stop this summer landed me in my homeland of Poland, with my new bride in tote. I’m just going to upload a bunch of photos, because they’re all good.
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Vanagon. A Sad Story, Part #6.

Posted by jeff | Posted in Storytelling, Travel | Posted on 13-08-2008

This post is continued from Vanagon. A Sad Story, Part #5.


(this is my assumption of what the back of my van looks like right now)

We had just arrived at the Winnebago, and although I forgot to mention that DeAndra and I had to walk to her car (a few blocks…Dave, our composer had used it to drop us off at the airport), we made it everywhere safely.
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Vanagon. A Sad Story, Part #5.

Posted by jeff | Posted in Storytelling, Travel | Posted on 06-08-2008

This post is continued from Vanagon. A Sad Story, Part #4.

I received a lot of calls/emails/communication about how I ended the last post. It sounds much scarier and appears to be more of a cliffhanger than it actually was. That’s just good writing.

In reality, we’re in no trouble at all. We’re not getting off this bus until LA. Or so we think. At our second stop, Burger King somewhere between here and Sacramento, everyone is forced to get off the bus. We’re gathering our stuff, as are other passengers, and he jumps onto the bus screaming at us, flailing his arms around.
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