Derelict Days . . .: Sixty-Six Years on the Roadside Path to Enlightenment

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AuthorHouse, Aug 31, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 252 pages
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Gathered here under one cover are the previously scattered tales of my hitch-hiking life. As the sub-title implies, however, they are more than mere travel tales; for the common, unremarkable act of hitch-hiking cloaks a quite remarkable instrument of personal growth and guidance.

This is so because it is uniquely capable of removing the hitch-hiker from the realm of the planned and predictable. Life happens, then, on a course of events over which we have only the barest remnant of control (accepting or rejecting an offered ride).

In this rarefied state of being, amazing things become visible for the perceptive observer. Without the protective shield of control, one begins to see elements of real life most often otherwise hidden by the myopia of pursuing a goal under one’s own drive and handling – the normal circumstance of daily life.

The ‘real life’ I invariably discover, when hitch-hiking, has been filled with instances of providence and synchronicity. So much so, that it has implanted in me a deeper, richer understanding of how life really works – if we let it. These tales are packed with such instances, making this book both a pleasure and an enlightenment to read.

 

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Contents

Kid stuff 194345
1
Interlude
23
Tripthytch 197881
37
3
51
Intimations of Revolution 198081
63
Upping the Risk Ante 198485
71
2
77
Derelict Days in the Northwest 19851990
107
Fresh out of schoolat 63 1990
123
Hitching abroad 1991
133
23
147
7
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Undoubtedly the only lifelong hitch-hiker with a biographical listing in Who's Who in America, Irv Thomas realized many years ago that the roadside art isn't merely a way of travel, it is the crystal tip of a wholegoing Way of Life.A gifted writer with a small but dedicated following, Irv has journaled his fascinating life as an outsider and social rebel for over thirty years in zines such as Black Bart Brigade and Ripening Seasons. An earlier book, Innocence Abroad: Adventuring through Europe at 64 on $100 per Week, secured his place among a select roster of free-roving narrativists including such notables as Jack London, Vachel Lindsay and Jack Kerouac.This is his paean to hitch-hiking.

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