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Frankie, age 18, Riverside, Calif.

Frankie’s been hopping trains since he was 14, and dropped out of high school in ninth grade.” I went back because everybody said I couldn’t do it and I did it for a month and got straight C’s and was like, fuck you. And I dropped out again. I had to get back on my train.” He says he left home because, “My mom told me to go panhandle for my own damn cough medicine. So I said, ‘All right, later dude.’ I’m not joking!”

Frankie plans to head for the East Coast where he says he can find some work doing landscaping. He sleeps under a bush or a bridge, unless someone “adopts” him and fellow traveler Shalina and takes them home. He says, “I’m usually drunk before 9. I was drunk before 6, but it didn’t count because I didn’t go to bed first.”

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Originally posted 2018-01-03 05:41:34.