Day 134

More Washington hospitality

August 7th, 2010

Sally welcomed me in like family from the moment I arrived at her door. When Keith and Jordan got home from hauling wheat, we all had dinner together, which was really nice (I usually arrive after people have already eaten). And, in a bittersweet turn of events, I ended my no-shower streak at 17 days (a misleading statistic: I had a few baths in mountain streams and lakes during those 17 days).

From left to right: Sally, Keith, Jaron, Jordan


  1. John in MI says:

    More wonderful people!

  2. deb says:

    I love the people pictures! It’s such a great snapshot of the real people of America! Thanks for sharing, Matt! And thanks to Sally for being so generous!

  3. Gina Seattle says:

    Thanks Sally and family for taking care of our favorite hobo! What a blessed family you have! :)

  4. Kier from Oregon says:

    By the lovely smiles on their faces I’m guessing your shower came BEFORE dinner (-; Thanks to a another wonderful family for giving our Hobo Matt dinner and a shower!

  5. deanna valenti meyer says:

    Yes!! Now there’s a clean hobo running around out there. :) Thanks to Sally, Keith, Jaron & Jordan for taking good care of “our” Matt. You are a gorgeous family!!

  6. Jeff says:

    Matt was like a sweet piece of produce…ripe and ready for a warsh. Mountain Spring bath….yup still think you need a agent…

  7. Julie in Cincinnati says:

    Many thanks to Sally, Keith, Jaron and Jordan for taking such good care of our Matt! It continues to amaze me everytime we see family pictures that there truly are kind and caring people still in the world. A lot of people aren’t kind to coworkers, etc. Yet on this website, we’ve seen the kindness and generosity being shown to a total stranger. It’s totally awesome!

  8. hks says:

    Considering you were in Wash ington, the shower was inevitable.

  9. young says:

    Mustang Sally,
    can you slow that Hobo King down
    H’uh! oh Lord!
    Listen Sally, he’s been puttin’ his
    flat feet so fast on the ground…

  10. katzien in austin says:

    A nice civilized hot shower…how lovely!

  11. Candice In Alabama says:

    Thank goodness for those stream/river/lake baths. It might have been hard to let you in, otherwise.

    • Candice In Alabama says:

      P.S. Love the photo, thanks for sharing some of the PEOPLE SCENERY! Wonderful to know that Matt is receiving such kindness.

  12. I like it, I like it, I like it…and I like them too…

  13. Michelle says:

    Lovely family. Thanks for taking care of our Matt!
    Peace, from Michelle in Providence

  14. Mom says:

    Thank you for taking our boy in, and especially for letting him shower!!

  15. MN Roxanne says:

    thank goodness… a real shower… I bet that felt good!! Thanks for all the hospitality to Matt , Sally and family.

  16. Gigi says:

    Another great family pic! Thank you Sally and family for opening your doors to Matt. Was egg on the menu? Noticed a lot of egg cartons stocked on top of the ref.

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      That’s for the eggs they collect from the hen house. At least it’s what I know other people to do.

  17. jeff says:

    Where is don…? I hope he is ok.

    My good people: Sally, Keith, Jaron, Jordan –

    we the peoples of Hobo Planet WELCOME you with open arms, singing voices, Peace loving warm thougths to our wonderful community. Since you guys haul wheat…all the more power to you…welcome and much thanks for helping our brother, now your brother. Peace and may your kindness be returned a thousand fold. Blessings.

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      I was kind of wondering that to Jeff, where is Don?? He’s missed a ton of good material here. I too hope you’re okay Don in TN.

  18. Katelyn says:

    I’m glad you made it to my state ^_^ I hope you are enjoying washington!

  19. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    What a great family. And Sally just treatin’ ya like one of the family. I thought only Southern people were like that but this has shown me different. Glad to know you can be welcomed like family in other parts of our great country.
    Did you get put to work for your breakfast in the morning? ha ha. With wheat harvest going on wouldn’t it be nice to watch and learn what they are doing? Or maybe you have already done so. Maybe that’s something I’d like to see someday, harvest time with those big machines.

  20. Janine says:

    OMG, can people in WA get any more adoreable? What a sweet family. Thank you for taking care of Our Matt!

  21. Bridget - Sally's daughter says:

    I just talked with Mom today, and she couldn’t quit talking about what a “nice, young man” Matt is. They truly enjoyed hearing about this experience. It brought back fond memories of another time my parents opened their home to a complete stranger – when I was still at home – many years ago (20ish). I can’t wait to share this experience with my students in September. THANKS for giving people like my parents, and many others across the United States, the opportunity to show that true caring people do exist – we just HIDE – in the country! And – yes – the egg cartons are for collecting the eggs from the hen house!

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      Welcome Bridget-Sally’s daughter to Hobo Planet! Glad you could stop in and visit us too! Hope you’re able to follow along a little with us. You’re Mom just looks so warm and open and friendly. What a nice family you have. It’s one of the things most of us here in the hobo planet(what we’ve coined ourselves to be since Matt is the hobo) is loving kind caring people across the states just like this. Opening their homes and hearts to a stranger, inviting him in as if he were family, giving him a shower, laundry, hair cuts, dinner, breakfast and love. Stories galore I’m sure are all out there about Matt who came to town. Love that there are still decent people out there willing to just be a neighbor and do good.

  22. marcy says:

    No one mentioned Sally’s overalls – with the American flag on the front pocket! So fashionable.

    Matt – it’s really great to see so many ordinary Americans. I get tired of seeing the LA/NY types on tv and in magazines all the time. This country is so much more!

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