Winnebago Lawsuit

Posted by vern | Posted in Storytelling, Winnebago Experience | Posted on 30-10-2008

This is the case of Mr. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who sued Winnebago when he crashed his motor home to make coffee at 70mph:
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Walden

Posted by jeff | Posted in Storytelling | Posted on 28-10-2008

A while back, I read Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, or Life In The Woods. Not only was he brilliant, he was also pretty tough. Here’s the general story: in the 1800s, he got tired of ‘society’ and chose a life in the woods.
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A Wise Investment in Shaky Times – BEER

Posted by vern | Posted in Resourceful Living | Posted on 24-10-2008


This little blessing of a tip comes from our friend Eric Trine and, I think, his mom (???).

If you purchased $1,000 of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago, you will have $49.00 today.

If you purchased $1,000 of shares in AIG one year ago, you will have $33.00 today.

If you purchased $1,000 of shares in Lehman Brothers one year ago, you will have $0.00 today.

Here it is:
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The Famous Homeless

Posted by vern | Posted in Friends | Posted on 24-10-2008


Here’s a list of now-famous ex-homeless people. On the list are names such as: Jim Carrey, William Shatner, Charlie Chaplin, Halle Berry, Kelly Clarkson, Cary Grant, and David Letterman. Missing is the great Clark Gable who actually hoboed from Texas to Portland where he married a woman 17 years his senior who surgically had his ears pulled back, and his teeth straightened, and before making it big in Hollywood where he would marry 5 times and die of a triple heart attack from his role in The Misfits, and, perhaps equally, from smoking 3 packs of unfiltered cigarettes, cigars, and 3 bowls of pipe tobacco a day.

Here’s the list from Homelesstales.com

Thanks to the great Pat Brumfield at Normalcy.net

“Tiny Homes” – Not Quite House, Not Quite RV

Posted by vern | Posted in Resourceful Living | Posted on 23-10-2008

For those that either can’t commit to this “crazy” RV lifestyle — the masses have spoken and a new breed of residence has been born. These are “Tiny Homes” and they average 100 – 200 sq. ft. in size, come with wheels, and cost between $36,000 and $47,000.

The idea behind Tiny Homes is to offer people a way to live free of daunting mortgage payments (although I still don’t have $36,000 laying around) and a more resourceful lifestyle.

OR you can go to Mexico with $2500 and drive home a vintage one and really live life.
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Possum Nights

Posted by jeff | Posted in Winnebago Experience | Posted on 22-10-2008

The other night, I heard a rustling outside the Winnebago. It sounded like a person, lurking around the back. Come to think of it: I’d heard this noise before. Never sure what it was, I decided to lay low, let whoever, or whatever it was, be. I could take it no longer.

The new nighttime neighbor. Should I name him too?
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For the “Fraidy Cats”

Posted by jeff | Posted in Winnebago Experience | Posted on 17-10-2008

(This is a post that I wrote back in April but never got around to posting…the sheets are still up, enjoy)

In a continued effort to keep light in the Winnebago, we’ve added some duveteen above the windshield where the front curtains hang down.

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This is in addition to the white light proof sheets we’ve had in the rest of the windows since November.

These four five sheets allow us to turn the lights on whenever we please without being detected. It also makes it easier in the morning if the cops do knock…there is really no place for them to “peek” in at us…to see us hiding under our sheets.

Click for pics of the rest of our defenses.
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Homemade Compost

Posted by vern | Posted in Resourceful Living | Posted on 15-10-2008

Though the word “homemade” instantly disassociates myself with a hobo, the fact of the matter is I DO have a home, and so I WILL make homemade compost.

Recently we found out Long Beach is 2nd in the state for city wide recycling (I couldn’t find the resource for that) and local groups are throwing composting classes (the next one is on Oct. 18, in Long Beach – here). So, my wife and I have decided that our pathetic garden needs something. It needs a bowl of rotting fruit that will eventually turn into a beautiful garden power supplement.

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“Basil, Banana Peel, Garlic Husk, Cantaloupe, Walnuts in Pre-Compost Stage”
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CBS Hobo TV Special – “Riding the Rails”

Posted by vern | Posted in Video | Posted on 13-10-2008

Here’s a video piece CBS’s Bill Geist did on the 2008 Hobo Convention. It talks about all things hobo. It’s a bit cheesy at parts but well worth it for the good parts. We actually have a lot of the same footage from when we went last year, just there seemed to be more drinking involved. Enjoy and thanks CBS.

“What The World Needs Is More Hobos”

Posted by jeff | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo | Posted on 08-10-2008

I was sent this article recently (August) and I have been meaning to post it. Maybe I did already, but I came across it again, and thought it was important to do so.

The article is about hobos, the ride-the-rails hobos from the Great Depression. In essence, the hobos back then had a great work ethic, and wouldn’t take a handout. The hobo worked. Living near the tracks, Gil Jones would witness them as they hopped on and off the trains and when they came to his house, inquiring about food in exchange for work.
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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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Don’t Vote…

Posted by jeff | Posted in Video | Posted on 02-10-2008

Get out and vote. If you live in California, the deadline is October 20th to register.

I’ll even make it easy for you…just click this link here to be brought to the website for voting information. Libraries, post offices and DMVs always have forms as well.

Solving All Our Problems

Posted by jeff | Posted in Filmmaking | Posted on 01-10-2008

As you may or may not know, we’re working on our story to beef it up, strengthen our theme and blow up our ending.  Not literally, but make it bigger.

Since the beginning, we’ve been talking about cell phones and the having or not having them.  The following clip shows that we clearly should have them, and we’ll solve many of our script problems in the process.