2 Jones Ladies, Jan Needle & Leagues of Laptop Hoboes--Reb MacRath
There is no truth to the rumor that author Julia Jones has said she'd rather die than be a laptop hobo in any MacDonald's or Starbucks. But we can imagine the aversion of AE's most elegant writer to the thought of writing that way. On the other hand, Wendy H Jones plugs in anywhere when on the road--a trait she shares with such great vagabonds as the late Jan Needle and Hunter S Thompson. It's a well-known fact around the globe that Wendy was born wearing vagabond shoes.
I admire the works of both Joneses. But, as a longtime hobo who loves to work in cafes, I share Wendy's penchant for working in the thick of things, even in the trenches while emotional mortar lights up the day's sky. Through the years I've ridden the digital rails in San Francisco, Atlanta, Charlotte, Portland, Seattle and Tucson. And I've come to divide laptop hoboes into two main groups:
HCLHs: High-Class Laptop Hoboes: remote workers escaping from their home confinement...writers on the road...students between classes...They pay for the café space they occupy and don't outstay their welcome.
NCLHs: No-Class Laptop Hoboes: either homeless or without home Wi-Fi, they may sit hogging their tables all day, even using multiple outlets for different devices, all the while nursing a cup of long cold coffee.
True king-of-the-road hoboes treat free Wi-Fi as a blessing and abide by a few basic rules: