REDCHAIR; Sports Editor
(captures both characters I can be, but in humor)
On May 22nd, 2012 I am about to embark on a mission no man has ever done before (just kidding). I am going to survive one full week living the life of a hobo. I am only allowed a few items like my harmonica, a pocket knife, and maybe a water bottle. No money, no housing, but it will be recorded and edited by one of our fellow chairmen. It’s not going to be easy and honestly it’ll be pretty hard. I’ll definitely be losing some weight and some sleep. Am I crazy? Insane? Well maybe but I’ve been called those before and it never stopped me then. I guess it’s time for me to answer the only major question. Why?
I’m 23, college education with a plethora of related experience and volunteer hours, and well on my way to some boring office job somewhere in the world. I have a lifetime to live. But if I’ve learned anything from watching “The Buried Life” it’s that you shouldn’t wait until you’re old to start crossing things off your bucket list. You shouldn’t wait until you’re retired to continue exploring and having adventures. Ironically one of the things on my list is to live the life of a hobo. But again you ask why? Most people want to see Paris, go rock climbing, see Everest, or go skydiving (this one I’ll do) but living like a hobo? I’m pretty sure it’s not on any of your lists either.
Let me tell you a personal story. I had an uncle who I’m sure has since passed away. The only stories I ever heard about him was that he would visit once in a blue moon without anyone knowing he was coming. My aunt was a little girl at the time but she told me he was a hobo. He traveled all around exploring the world as he could. The one story that she remembers best is that one summer he came to visit my aunt and my dad and he had this big radio. One of those wireless ones that runs on batteries I’m assuming, and she told me about how my dad loved it and played with its nobs because it was something he’d never seen. Now I always wondered how he got that radio. Did he steal it? Did he want it that bad that he worked a job to earn it? I never knew because before long he left and had disappeared again.
I always thought there was something exhilarating about not having to be somewhere and not having to do anything but somehow being able to get by. The mentality that you only have to worry about the simplest of things like eating but also being able to enjoy the simplest things like a beautiful day. The types of things we all take for granted daily because we all have houses, cars, and jobs. And not only with this be challenging for the obvious reasons, the fact that I won’t have my phone, or laptop, or television to entertain me for hours and hours will also be a struggle (as shallow as that is).
So what have I done to prepare for this? Well not much. I don’t want to plan it. If I plan it I can easily make it easy and enjoyable to where it’ll basically be camping. The limited amount of research I have managed to do is that a person can go between 3-5 weeks without eating before dieing. No problem since it’ll only be a week. But I really hope I don’t go a week without eating! A person can only go 3-4 days without water though. As long as I don’t get dropped off in a dessert I can find a way to get water I believe. Now that I have my week picked out I don’t plan to watch any weather reports because I don’t want to know.
Still need further explanation? I’m a person who likes to push people for answers and explanations. Nosy? Not really just curious as to how people think. I like people that are able to push others out of their comfort zone. My comfort zone is so huge that I tend to do insane things to push even myself out of the comfort zone. To prove to myself I can indeed accomplish something that I’m unsure of and to prove to myself that I can still do outrageous things. I guess it’s fitting to call it an ego trip. Get it?
So here’s the bottom line. Bluechair will be following me for the course of the week. It might be camping out in the vicinity as myself or it’ll be through walkie talkie communication. This has a lot of variables depending on how far away I get dropped off at. He will shoot and edit the course of these events in two video parts. It will probably be uploaded on my YouTube channel and his Facebook page. If you are interested in this project feel free to leave a comment or your information if you want to watch.
“Where ever he laid his hat was his home” – Temptations