Me, and daddy, and me and my son who is gone.

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  1. Toto'sDad

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    I've written at length about my daddy and I traveling around the countryside riding rails, hitching, and hoofing it as bindlestiffs when I was eight years old. I've also written about my son who has passed. My wife sent me over some pics she found on one of the old files I had saved for her from a previous computer. I thought both pics were kind of neat. Of course I would.

    Me and Daddy:

    Me and Boo (2).jpg

    Me and my son when he was young and I thought I was Ben Hogan, or at least tried to dress like him on the golf course. My son must have thought he was Tex Ritter in tennis shoes::D

    Me and Boo (1).jpg
     
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    Three generations of handsome men . :cool::cool::cool:
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    I haven't read about your travels as a kid. I traveled a lot back then (military kid), but not like you described it. What's the story?
     
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    My dad and mom were separated and eventually divorced. At Christmas when I was eight years old he came to our house and told me and my mom that he had a nice house in Fresno, and that he'd bought me a bunch of Christmas presents, and he wanted to take me home for a few days. Mom let me go, and that would be the last time I would see her for several months. We ended up in a cotton camp in Arizona, where I picked cotton with daddy. Then we moved on to another dump somewhere in between there and Texas. I jumped my first freight when I was eight years old in the pouring rain. I learned how to survive in hobo jungles, salvation army facilities, and abandoned line shacks along the way.

    I had to at times beg for something to eat or small change, my daddy taught me a lot of things, many of them not much good. We eventually ended up down near Corpus Christi after a brief stint in Mexico over across the bridge out of El Paso in Juarez. My mother and my cousin, and her husband would finally find out where I was through a relative in Corpus, and through a court order came and got me down in Corpus Christie. I would only see my old man one more time after that when I was ten years old. That was sixty five years ago, I don't think he's coming back.

    I am dead serous about this, no kid could have lived a more exiting time than I went through, I actually treasure our adventures together today. How many kids do you know that hopped freights and rode the rails who actually ate from the ever cooking pot in a hobo jungle? Not many I would venture. This was in the early 1950s, all of those days, and situations have long since faded into the dust. I didn't know it then, but those would be some of the greatest adventures I would ever live.
     
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    Thanks for the flowers Tery! How I wish my dad could have been even a little bit normal, and gotten to have known my son, and my younger son and daughter. Even more, that my son had not lost his battel with cancer. My son and my father have left some very deep holes in my life that simply can never be filled. I am thankful for those who I have left though, we journey on, that is life.
     
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    Intending levity and not criticism per se, but: are those Sansabelt pants?
     
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    Both nice pictures and a good story. I think it would be very difficult to outlive your Son.
     
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    Could very well have been. When I was playing golf in those days, we all dressed like what we thought was expected of us as fashionable golfers. Now everyone I play golf with is wearing cargo shorts and tees. It's a changing world!
     
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    It's been five years, but I still think of him every single day. Really, not very much time goes by in a day without his face running through my mind.
     
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    the lad is lucky he got his mother's
    good looks.

    the lad is lucky he got his mother's good looks :rolleyes:
     
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    You are absolutely correct!
     
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    Holy smokes, that is SOME story. As I read this I felt a mixture of sympathy and envy.

    You've seen some stuff!
     
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    thats the worst looking hat i ever saw...well it looks good on you though!
     
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    Great pictures!
     
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    I don't know if you've already done it but you should write a book about your adventures.
     
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    Great pictures, thank you for sharing.
     
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    If it wasn't the worst, it tied for second place! At the time, I thought it rather dapper.
     
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    Thanks for you kind words, there was lot more to it than I could write down in a few paragraphs.
     
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