Sunday, June 30, 2013

'bye Irv

Irv Thomas passed on peacefully recently, in his eighties. He was a friend and example to many, and one of the most active and famous hitch-hikers in the world.

Recent interview.
Irv's home page.

(Photo by me, when he visited me a couple of years ago.)


Dave Nielsen said...

It sounds like he lived a really cool life.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Yes, he threw himself into life.

When he visited me, in his eighties, he'd bought an iPad which had just come out. He didn't have any time before the trip to learn how to use it, he just bought it.

Anonymous said...

Thing is he needed the rest - or most - of society to hold down jobs and provide the infrastructure he lived off. It's cool that a guy like that existed but it's no kind of model for life.

Dave Nielsen said...

It's true that it wouldn't work if everyone was like that but it's good that there are people like Irv out there living that kind of life. It adds something, I think, to the richness and variety of the world.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Exactly. And I think we can easily manage to support such a person, considering his economical living, and that he only took what was given voluntarily and with pleasure, and seen in contrast to how much is taken from us as taxes and the many debatable uses that's put to.