Richard E. Noble My wife and I are “frugal.” I would say that we gained our frugality from our Hobo-ing America extravaganza. But I know that is not true. I learned thriftiness in my childhood at home. It was embedded into my being. When Carol and I were Hobo-ing America we ate what we picked. We had tomato, cucumber, radish, green pepper, sweet onion or apple and bacon sandwiches till they were coming out of our ears. We gathered fish bait on the fishing piers or cut up our first caught fish to use as bait. We scavenged in the trash cans or used old bait someone left on a rock or piling. We stopped at the Goodwill for frying pans, cups, glasses and old clothes. We cooked on a wood fire to save on Coleman fuel. When we became settlers in Eastpoint it was no different. For example, after every storm the beach would be littered with boards from docks or piers. It did not seem the least bit strange to us, that we should go picking up wood along the beaches after a storm. We spent our days working on the oyster boat with our tongs picking up nickels and dimes off the bay bottom. Why should we be timid about picking up $3.00 or $5.00 pieces of wood sitting abandoned on the beach? So what if they had a few nails in them. We gathered plywood and any tin we found floating around also. I bought a nail puller and in our spare time we pulled nails from our boards. We straightened the nails and sorted them by size and put them in coffee cans. We made additions to our trailer - decks, porches, outbuildings - with driftwood boards, bent tin with holes, and old straightened nails. If you have ever constructed anything with used tin, old planks and bent nails, you know that there are perils involved in this type construction that a typical carpenter does not run into. Your deck often looks like a patchwork quilt of various sized planks. When your tin has a plethora of pre-existing holes you had better have a long overhang on your roof eaves and plenty of black mammy tar. But using the bent nails brings back some very painful memories. A pre-bent nail has the tendency to bend again when you hit it. You must be very careful. And you don’t want to use one of those cheap Chinese round-headed hammers. Oh my! I must admit it was somewhat amusing to watch Carol hopping around like an Arapaho doing the traditional rain dance, squeezing her thumb and chanting in a foreign tongue. But when my thumb became the target, it wasn’t all that amusing. We had developed the technique of holding the bent nail with a pair of pliers. But as will happen, confidence soared and the pliers would be set to the side and whammo. One day I had smacked my thumb so hard, it turned instantly purple, then black with a daub of blood red here and there. I threw down the hammer and made an announcement. “Carol, I am going down to Western Auto right now and I am going to buy a box of brand new, never used before nails.” Carol’s eyes widened to the size of saucers. “Really?” “Really! That was the last pre-bent nail that I am ever going to attempt to strike. From now on it is new shiny, never used before, flat headed, straight nails.” “Can I go with you?” Carol stuttered excitedly. Carol couldn’t believe that I would really do it. We had cans full of old straightened nails sitting in the shed. Would I be willing to just toss all those hours of nail straightening into the trash heap of past bad decisions? She was not used to seeing me in such a reckless state of mind. She was squirming in her seat with excitement as we headed down to Western Auto. We bought new nails - several boxes - all different sizes. It was thrilling to return home and start back on our project with brand new nails. It was so easy. There was no challenge to it. We finished our job in nothing flat! “Using new nails sure makes things faster and easier,” Carol said. “Do you think that we will ever get to the point where we will buy new wood and new tin?” she asked. “Carol, let’s not let our imaginations get the better of us. We are not going to toss our hand in to the God of conspicuous consumption. Try and control yourself and let’s not lose our common sense and our personal, lifelong commitment to the sensibleness of a thrifty Eastpointer lifestyle…” “You’re right. I shouldn’t go crazy. A few new nails is one thing but new boards and new 10 dollar a sheet tin is quite another.” “Thank-you.”
Richard Noble is a freelance writer who has lived in Franklin County for thirty years. He has published 14 books and they are all for sale on Amazon.com. If you would like to stock any of his books in your store or business contact Richard at email@example.com.
Books by Richard Edward Noble. Click on covers below for more info and purchasing instructions.
Classic Tragic Novel
Don't Laugh - This Could Have Been Your Life
Funny stories and some strange characters.
Monkey Dishes and Cocktail Fawks
My Harrowing days in the restaurant business. Great Read.
It's a Long Story
Long Short Fiction - Great stories!
Bloggin' Be My Life
"Bloggin' be My Life" contains a selection of some of my more popular Hobo Philosopher blogs.If you enjoy reading this blog, you should love Bloggin' Be My Life.
It's All About Love
It's All About Love is ... all about love. This is the 2nd book of poetry from The Bard From Chelmsford off Arlington. Every poem in this book comes with a prose introduction. If you enjoy poetry this is a simple choice. Have fun!
A Little Something
Traditional poetry from The Bard From Chelmsford Off Arlington with some poignant prose introductions. If you enjoy any type of poetry, you will enjoy this volume. Thanks.
Talking To Myself
This is my third book of poetry.
Bits and Pieces
The Hobo Philosopher - My first book using the Hobo Philosopher brand. Featuring a variety of writing styles and ideas. Look for the Thoughtful Hobo on the cover.
A Baker's Dozen
The Hobo Philosopher: My Second book of Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction and Short Stories. All varieties of short stories - lots of laughs!
Cat Point - and Them Dang Oyster People
Cat Point is the sequel to "The Eastpointer." Both books contain humorous tales about life in a fishing community on the Florida Panhandle. Lots of laughs.
Won 1st Place award for humor in 2007 from Florida Press Association. More wit, wisdom and humor from the yet to be world famous author, R.E. Noble
A Summer with Charlie - Lawrence
Fiction - Salisbury Beach, Lawrence, Mass. Featured in Merrimack Valley Magazine July /Aug. issue 2010
Travel, Humor, Commentary on migrant farm work and illegal immigration still very pertinent today.
"Just Hangin' Out Ma"
Thank God for the Street Corners of Lawrence, Mass. Anecdotes and humorous escapades about growing up in an industrial mill town in the 40s,50s and 60s.
This is the sequel to "Just Hangin' Out, Ma"
That Old Gang of Mine
This is # 3 in my Lawrence Hometown series. The series is about growing up in the 40's, 50's and 60's in an industrial mill town. Sorta like a Huck Finn goes to vist Uncle Ralph, the bus driver, who lives in a big, rundown city. Lots of fun.
Come On-A My House
This is # 4 in my Lawrence Hometown series.The old homested at 32 Chelmsford ST is pictured on the cover..
Down By The Old Mill Stream
# 5 in the Lawrence My Hometown series.
Standing on the Corner is # 6 in the lawrence My Hometown series.
The old Howard Playstead on Lawrence St.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
# 7 in the Lawrence my Hometown series.
Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother
Classic tragic novel written from child's perspective. Deals with abuse, poverty, unemployment. Pulls no punches.
Noble Notes on Famous Folks
Humorous, satirical notes on everybody from Constantine to Bill Clinton. Inspiration: Willy Cuppy.
America on Strike
History - documented survey of labor strikes in America
Mein Kampf - An Analysis of Book One
Who are the American Nazis - the Liberals or the Conservatives?
MY NAME IS RICHARD EDWARD NOBLE. I AM A FREELANCE WRITER AND I HAVE PUBLISHED 12 BOOKS:"THE EASTPOINTER" - SELECTIONS FROM AWARD WINNING NEWSPAPER COLUMN - "A LITTLE SOMETHING" - POETRY WITH PROSE -"HONOR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER" - A NOVEL ABOUT GROWING UP IN THE NEW ENGLAND MILL TOWN OF LAWRENCE, MASS, "HOBO-ING AMERICA" - A WORKINGMAN'S TOUR OF THE U.S.A. - "A SUMMER WITH CHARLIE" - THE STORY OF A YOUNG SAILOR'S LAST DAYS AT SALISBURY BEACH, "NOBLE NOTES ON FAMOUS FOLKS" - HUMOROUS ANECDOTES ON FAMOUS FOLKS IN HISTORY,
"AMERICA ON STRIKE" HISTORY BOOK - A SURVEY OF LABOR STRIKES IN AMERICA; "A BAKER'S DOZEN" A BOOK OF HUMOROUS SHORT STORIES; "JUST HANGIN' OUT, MA" - GROWING UP IN THE 40'S, 50'S AND 60'S IN LAWRENCE, MY HOMETOWN, "TENEMENT DWELLERS" - SEQUEL TO JUST HANGIN OUT, MA; MEIN KAMPF - ANALYSIS OF BOOK ONE - HISTORY. CAT POINT - AND THEM DANG OYSTER PEOPLE - SEQUEL TO THE EASTPOINTER
All 12 BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM, BARNES AND NOBLE AND OTHER INTERNET SOURCES OR FROM NOBLE PUBLISHING. ALL 12 OF MY BOOKS ARE NOW ON KINDLE AT BARGAIN PRICES TOO. IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT DISCOUNTS AND SPECIAL OFFERS E-MAIL ME. MY EMAIL IS ON MY PROFILE PAGE.