Rough Living – Tips and Tales of a Vagabond (2003 Version)

By Vago Damitio

note: howdy no longer the grasp version, 2013, yet Chris's (JV) unique booklet, 2003 (published on amazon in 2011). Sharing as a super booklet. couldn't face up to. the grasp version i'm convinced should be alongside quickly (and has been asked in epub format.)

This is the unique tough Living:Tips and stories of a Vagabond via Vago (Chris) Damitio.

Rough residing: assistance and stories of a Vagabond is a self-published tome by way of Pacific Northwesterner Chris Damitio.

The first 1/2 the ebook contains convenient candid recommendation approximately residing in the street, within the desolate tract, your vehicle, or simply sofa browsing. impressive nuggets comprise a bit on hitchhiking etiquette from either views and the way to roll a cigarette out of the tobacco on the backside of stumbled on butts. no matter if taken as sensible recommendation or favored via the vicarious
"armchair adventurer," as Damitio loves to say, the contents are useful and entertaining.

The moment and longer part of the booklet is a lyrical magazine of Damitio's adventures, either family and overseas. In them, the reader will get to work out a number of the advice and risks spoken of within the first part performed out in nonfiction prose. As a person who chooses good fortune and experience over the indenture of employment, Damitio's vignettes happen one of the transitority groups of touring foreigners and wizened urchins. As Damitio explores the planet, there's a pleasant combination of jovial under the influence of alcohol and stoned adventures, and critical considerate reflections.

Like the Jacks, Black and Kerouac, Damitio's variety is either wonderful and business. There are occasional moments that slip into the Kerouacian touristy conceitedness, equivalent to the part within which Damitio smugly takes in a prosperous, touring couple by way of brooding about if he can have a spouse as attractive because the lady if he have been to manage to pay for as huge a jewel because the one she activities on her finger. Lao-lao whiskey, opium, and pot all thread their means into the narrative, and Damitio's enthusiasm for intoxication is only one of the numerous aspects of his political philosophy which are printed within the book.

Like a hippified motion experience hero, Damitio's stories of shuttle exhibit the reader easy methods to be imaginitive (he bought his aircraft fare to Asia on the slot machines) and heroic (he is helping retailer ladies from a lewd vacationer, then saves the inebriated tourist's life). tough residing is an ideal instance of the outdated street romance made modern. For these tempted to check their success, it's addictive, like missives from an eloquent good friend abroad.

~MARJORIE SKINNER- Portland Mercury

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