The person that I admire the most so far in this book is "Steam Train" Mury Graham. There are a few reasons why I admire him. The first reason is that he became a hobo at such a young age and just simply adjusted to becoming a hobo instead of some of the many bad alternatives such as becoming a bum. According to his story, a bum is much different and worse than a hobo. It really interested me to see where the term "hobo" came from. I also admire that he wanted to be a hobo and work for things versus being a bum. When I read the passage that discussed what a hobo would do for work and he mentioned work ethic it really stuck out to me. He had been astray since he was thirteen and yet cares about work ethic and the way he goes about his life. That truly shows that he is a great person. Mury truly demonstrates his creativity through the way he lives and goes place to place while caring so much about who he is. Mury knows so much about the hobo life and he truly cares about it.
What surprised me the most in this story was how open the author is with everything that has happened in his life. Most people in his position usually put all that stuff behind them and try to just move on. Instead, Russell tries to use his and his fathers mistakes to justify the need for change with his son. Russell sees his son having similar feelings as he says on the last page, "that crushing sense of responsibility is exactly what I felt at the age of ten in the face of my father's drinking. My son wonders if I, too, am possessed." I learned the importance of always trying to ease the life of the young that way they do not have to learn the hard way you did.
How are the hobos of today like Mury Graham and do they still have the integrity that he does? Are there still communities like the ones he found?