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John Nardi
05:13 PM on 10/05/2012
How did Hobo Nick keep his cell phone charged along the way to use twitter ?
01:59 AM on 10/06/2012
he prayed for it to charge, obviously...
01:28 AM on 05/01/2013
If I remember correctly he bought a solar charger at a convenience store along the way with the money somebody gave him.
03:02 PM on 10/05/2012
Looks like he was following in the footsteps of the Peace Pilgrim. http://www.peacepilgrim.org
And maybe Eckhardt Tolle and St. Francis too.
01:26 PM on 10/05/2012
I'm confused, if he had a comfortable life, where's all his money?
03:04 PM on 10/05/2012
Does money necessarily = comfort?
04:05 PM on 10/05/2012
My comment refers to the fact that he went from a "comfortable life" to starving for days at a time and relying on the kindness of strangers for his next meal. So in answer to your question, money does not necessarily mean comfort, no. But it does mean you can buy your own food when you're on a trip. This was his decision to travel. He said he had the means. Why do his meals become the expense of others? Just wondering, that's all.
02:15 AM on 10/06/2012
I think you're missing the point of his journey. It was spiritual.
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star999
My coat is flat and my ears are purdy.
06:26 PM on 10/06/2012
Additionally, the article said he left everything behind.
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freddsky
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10:30 AM on 10/05/2012
The idea that "prayer built that" is one we could argue about till the cows came home and even after the cows all died and stopped coming home, because we were all too busy arguing, we would still be arguing, about whose fault it was we stopped praying and the cows all died. Every time I feel that the Universe has my back I think about getting a motorcycle or that "one stone left unturned" from my University years. While others, like Peace Pilgrim and Nick Kleckner, do something that is simple, courageous and fun. For what could ultimately be more fun than to discover the light that burns in you and everyone? How we can treat each other with care, concern and respect any time we want to. It makes me think about reaching out to the neighbor I barely nod to, the one with the Mitt sticker on her side window and the Ayn Rand books in her library. Oh, God, please. Anything but that. See? I just prayed.
09:46 AM on 10/05/2012
Just think of it. This guy made it all the way because of people helping people. And without a government middle man. No one standing there telling the guy with two sandwiches that he must give at least one of his sandwiches to the less fortunate. Just people being good to one an other when left alone to do so on there own.
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signgrrl
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10:12 AM on 10/05/2012
unless they're ayn rand fans . . . .
03:06 PM on 10/05/2012
Perhaps there's a little beam of unconditional love hidden underneath all that confusion.
happykayday
dont worry, be happy
09:36 AM on 10/05/2012
awesome. not many people have that strength.
08:57 AM on 10/05/2012
I find this story to be heart-warming and helps me restore faith in the human race. Not only did one guy set out for a grueling walk across country, void of most of our daily comforts, but he managed to come across good people who helped him along the way. This to me proves that real life is still out there, and kind hearted and hard working people still exist. Kudos to you Nick for your adventure and kudos to the people who helped him get there---By their own will.
united dreamer
The meek shall inherit the earth, trust me
08:30 AM on 10/05/2012
The story reminded me of the gospel in Luke.

"But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith! And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things"

We live in a world where fear dictates our actions, when its the fear itself that we should flee.
08:24 AM on 10/05/2012
So, I guess Forest Gump has changed his name and taken to walking instead of running.
09:25 AM on 10/05/2012
Stupid is as stupid does!
03:07 PM on 10/05/2012
Why do you have to trash a beautiful human expression of life?
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LUVINLIFE2003
02:51 PM on 10/06/2012
methinks that "ASHUMATE3" finds very little beautiful in life
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James Clovispoint
03:05 AM on 10/05/2012
Here is a young healthy man who has experience and qualifications as an electrician (we presume).
But alas, Like many young people he has no purpose.
Instead of buying a ticket to Haiti, or some other disaster stricken region to put his experience to work, to rebuild a neighborhood grid or just the electicity of a simple house while living on handouts as reward, he decides to go on a 6 month sabatic. He wastes 6 months as a Hobo and discovers that people are often generous. Wow, what a revelation. But is this a purpose, being a hobo?
What about just being compassionate and useful and using one's qualifications to help others?
After this 6 month sabatic he still has nothing better to do than sing halelulias about how god guided him. In my humble opinion, this god did a rather bad job of guidance.
03:49 AM on 10/05/2012
I should fan you since you know what God's plan is. Please write back and tell me who will win the presidential race, the price of gold in 1 year and which stocks will perform well in the coming months.

We do not know God's plan nor is it our place to even question it. In my opinion God puts me where God wants me to be at any given moment. It is also my opinion that when you travel you often find God and God's work if you are open to seeing it.

Listen to Bob Dylan's "I am the lonesome hobo" Here is part of it:

Kind ladies and kind gentlemen
Soon I will be gone
But let me just warn you all
Before I do pass on:
Stay free from petty jealousies
Live by no man's code
And hold your judgement for yourself
Lest you wind up on his road.

Bob Dylan
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James Clovispoint
12:44 AM on 10/07/2012
I'm an agnostic Inaccessist; I don't believe in religion or a god. I don't understand where you got the idea that I pretend to know the plans of a god since I don't believe in any. But the hobo does and I place myself in his shoes for the purpose of the analysis. If we don't believe in a god, we have the right to question those who proclaim to know one.
I'm happy that god (if there is one) did not put me in one of the twin towers on 9/11 and I don't expect to see Him/Her/It when I travel.
04:49 AM on 10/05/2012
Go jump off a bridge. Then we can all rest satisfied that one less angry,hateful soul is gone. Leave a cool,philosophical note behind too for all to enjoy here on Huff.
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01:38 PM on 10/05/2012
Who exactly is the angry hateful soul?
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James Clovispoint
12:47 AM on 10/07/2012
When one reads your useless comment, one wonders who has the most problems with agressive disorder. Try to be argumentative, bring some intelligent opinions and views instead of dark humor. I hate no one, only hypocracy, ignorance and stupidity. Do you have any?
Odyssey51
acta non verba
01:18 AM on 10/05/2012
You did it on your own and with the help of good people who had your best interests at heart, God had nothing to do with it.
03:55 AM on 10/05/2012
Your post reminds of the story of the man who was lost in Alaska without food or shelter and was near freezing to death. He begged and pleaded and asked God to help him and that if God would save him he'd devote his life to God. He was near death when an Eskimo hunter found him and took him back to his camp and fed him and gave him shelter. He told the story to a friend when he got back to his home and the friend told him " God had nothing to do with it, it was that Eskimo that came along that saved you..."
Odyssey51
acta non verba
12:35 PM on 10/05/2012
Statistical anomaly. People win the lottery and by the same chance the eskimo came along. Einstein was voted one of the top ten most intelligent people of the 20th century by debate.org. His "God Letter" goes up for auction this week, read it and see what one of the smartest men in history has to say about religion. Doesn't mean it's true of course but when you have Hawking, Einstein and Feynman assailing religion and God as an allegory to human suffering and insecurity there's a chance they're right and all the catholic priests who abused children in the 1900's are wrong.
01:16 PM on 10/05/2012
Isn't it funny how some people always trying to knock someone's faith? smh
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James Clovispoint
01:15 AM on 10/05/2012
Didn't some guy called Forest Gump do this in a movie once? As for the god part, I think Forest had as much legs, guts and stamina, but also more brains.
united dreamer
The meek shall inherit the earth, trust me
08:19 AM on 10/05/2012
So you put a Hollywood movie above a faith that has inspired billions, for millennia? Interesting bubble :-)
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James Clovispoint
01:28 AM on 10/07/2012
It is not because billions of people have believed in a religion that it has to be true.
The movie gives a human and moral perspective.
It is not because billions of poeple, including myself, have believed that Santa Claus exists that he does!
By the way, since you bring it up, there is no evidence that a Jesus ever existed, it has to be taken on faith alone, like the belief in Santa.
01:08 AM on 10/05/2012
I could do this. I don't see it being a big deal. But I don't see my bills and credit card companies waiting to get paid while I take 6 months off of work.
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PERONEANTHONY
12:12 AM on 10/05/2012
'Schnorring' is an ancient profession...... Kleckner has rediscovered it.
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