Idgit Watch

Is hitchhiking an occupation?

Posted by danishova on March 26, 2009

In a  N.Y.T. story about tent cities in Fresno, we learn:

The problem in Fresno is different in that it is both chronic and largely outside the national limelight. Homelessness here has long been fed by the ups and downs in seasonal and subsistence jobs in agriculture, but now the recession has cast a wider net and drawn in hundreds of the newly homeless — from hitchhikers to truck drivers to electricians.

Just wondering.

As an aside, I occasionally work in the public schools, and recently a 4th grade class was reading A Wrinkle in Time, where there is discussion about a “hobo”. Some of the children didn’t know what it meant, so I asked them to look it up as we briefly discussed it in relation to the book.

A little cultural-Marxist in the class promptly informed me that one could not use the word “hobo”; the correct word is an “unfortunate person”. 

Got it?


R.B.O. asks: When do we see Obamaville shanty towns? The real questions are ‘how many?’ and for ‘how long?’


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