The (mostly) true story of hobo graffiti

Hobos were and still are traveling workers who live on the road. Over time they came up with a written sign language to communicate among themselves. Things like “this house has a kind woman” or “beware of dog”.

A while back I built a HyperCard stack that was a collection of hobo signs. Not sure whatever happened to it but it was fun to scan and translate them.




New York City.

My iPhone says we walked over nine miles in New York yesterday. Not sure how accurate that is but we avoided subways and walked a big loop from Grand Central to B&H, the Rubin Museum (great Steve McCurry show there), down to REI/Soho to shop for a new pack for Tom, and Keste’s pizza in the Village, then back to Grand Central.

On the way I took a few shots of this “climber” or maybe “hanger” on the alley wall of a building in the Village.

All the way everyone in New York was either gearing up for the big snow coming, or gearing up for a night of partying before the big snow coming. Either way, we were glad to get on the train home and get back to our respective houses before it hit. I’m guessing it will start snowing up here in Connecticut later this morning and we won’t get all that much today. This climber is probably getting blasted about now.