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Hobo Season

Monday, September 15th 2008 by Pat

A hobo infestation has plagued us since we moved into the regal Emporium Mall. Shit, piss, & blood– I’ve seen just about everything imaginable spouting from a hobo at one time or another. I say just about everything, Sarah & Lou saw the rest, unfortunate souls.

I’m not sure why Juneau has so many hobos but they really do seem to be highly concentrated if you wander around downtown. I wouldn’t have a problem with them if they didn’t pee in places where I live and work. It’s really only about three or four of them that consistently baffle my compassion and none of it’s done maliciously but boy does it grind you down.

One thing I’ve noticed is that my desire to rid the world of social ills like homelessness and alcoholism increases in direct proportion to the amount of feces smeared in the hallway. The more these things affect me directly, the more I want them to be solved. I think most people would feel that way and this could point to a cure. We just need to start a program that helps politicians and business leaders feel the direct impacts of homelessness and alcoholism as I have. We’ll get a van, pack it full of hobos and drive it to a different neighborhood every week. I’m confident we’ll get results.

I think this comic is the first of a small hobo story arc.

2 Responses to “Hobo Season”

  1. Mike says:

    You are still applying Political Correctness. Hobo is:Hobo is a term that refers to a subculture of wandering homeless people,[1] particularly those who make a habit of hopping freight trains. The iconic image of a hobo is that of a downtrodden, shabbily-dressed and perhaps drunken male, one that was solidified in American culture during the Great Depression. Hobos are often depicted carrying a bindle and/or a sign asking for money/work/food.
    We have what would be wino’s from the recycling Alcoholic Prevention and Health Consortium’s. Why actually cure someone when the revolving system pay’s more over long term.
    Alcohol is a wicked tool when it is abused and the folks you are talking about have succeeded to work the politically correct to the point no one cuts them off. Heavens forbid the pay stream stops. The Homeless should be just that and not mingled with the Alcoholic repeat offender. I agree there should be a separation of life styles and perhaps the Glory Hole could be further away from liquor stores. Whom are not allowed to sell to an inebriated person. I would like to say I wish these folks had the class of a Hobo, they don’t.

  2. Lou says:

    Maybe Juneau has good mental health or substance abuse programs.