- May 24, 2010
Although mentioned a couple times here and there in passing, I don't think there has ever been a thread about James Stobie. I found Stobe to be an interesting mix of inquisitive philosopher, starving artist, and carefree adventurer. Stobe the Hobo's videos alternated between vaguely encouraging and actively disparaging the lost art of freight hopping. At various times he both mocked and praised those who longed to follow in his footsteps. Stobe expressed a fluid combination of sentimental longing and stoic cynicism that often devolved into confusing rants. His videos demonstrated a wealth of operational knowledge but there were also countless instances of extremely poor decision making and blatantly dangerous behavior, some of which he acknowledged and others which he ignored or glossed over. Eventually these gambles caught up with James and he lost his life. I could never quite make up my mind about Stobe. He walked an odd path that seemed to serve as a warning against living too recklessly, but perhaps there was a secondary lesson about the mind numbing pitfalls of conformist maturity. I made this thread because I was curious if other members ever bumped into Stobe's videos, and if so what they thought about him. If you've never seen a Stobe video I've included a playlist below.