So, it's been ages since I was last on here, something on the order of a year and change, even longer since I was actually active. This may or may not change, as life will go however.
It's been a long time, and I've done a whole mess of stuff in the meanwhile. When you all last saw me, I was living up in vermont, with my ex's mom and husband (loooong story), working on their quasi-farm. Short version of the long story why I'm not there anymore has to do with said ex's mom, ex's useless and marginally evil older brother, and some law enforcement involvement. I found out I was evicted while I was out of town visiting a friend, and never did get a chance to recover any of my things, leaving me with even less than I'd had when I was a literal hobo back in 2012. Out of the goodness of his heart, he let me crash at his pad for a couple days til I could unfuck myself.
Which I promptly did. I found work in the state my girlfriend lives in and moved down. Split rent with a couple friends of hers for a while while I washed dishes at a cafe for a couple months, then found a better job (I am now a butcher). Our lease ran out, so I found myself a place I can afford by myself; a nice little hole in the wall not far from the tracks and close to work, and am now steadily rebuilding, with a lot of lessons learned along the way.
Never work for "room and board" anywhere. You'll get screwed, probably gt taken for money too, and the entire time "but we feed you" will be held over your head, while at the same time you're left with pretty much no comfortable way to leave. You get stuck and taken advantage of, so just don't do it.
Greyhound is a pretty lousy way to travel, but it'll get you there. Hitchhiking is better and cleaner.
Never drink the fountain drinks in the Columbus, OH greyhound bus terminal. They will leave you violently ill.
Restaurant work is hard, but it's a job.
Working as a meat cutter is less hard, and basically getting paid to work out all day, especially when you're the new guy and have to break down the load.
Union dues suck, but some unions actually aren't /too/ terrible, it's still a new loss for the money though.
You will acclimate to the cold to the point where anything above 50F becomes uncomfortable, but you can walk home at midnight in 20F weather in a wet polo shirt and khakis.
Walking to work in 30deg weather with raging, bloody bronchitis and a high fever sucks, no matter how acclimated to the cold you get.
Some time in your life someone will come along to make all the travel, suck, overtime hours, etc. worth it. Find them and never let them go.