King of the road – dansk sjæl XI

A kind of “roadrunners” 

vagrants, “entertainer”, roughnecks, subsistence’loose, spritter, the rushing journeymen, country strings –  it’s said that “dear child has many names” – these folks, they have indeed many names in public – but there were as many types as there were vagabonds

During my childhood in the 60s, I met many of them, because the big farm in southern Jutland (Denmark) near the danish-german borderline, where we lived (my old man managed it administratively – next to his work at the nearby military barracks) close to one of the major roads and the mega big barn attracted their attention as a shelter for the night – they knocked on the door in the evening and always got permission to climb into the grain straw or hay in the barn after handle over their lighters or matches – often they were gone in the morning, some did have just breakfast before they trotted on – it fit with my breakfast before school – they could always or allmost some “good” tough stories – stories about why they were in the situation they were in – but they never complained – they were not wimps – but totally honest in their own way.

often there was tragicstories behind the choice of the roadlife.

Many of these outsiders faithful companion was the bottle and a large number of them drank methylated spirits, which held over 90% alcohol and were intended to be used as fuel in drinking appliances for cooking, therefore, was added substances to prevent such use, yielding stomach problems to them – but my mothers strong coffee kicked life into them in a good way – so they were prepared for a new day on the road

But their abuse was not as clear at that time as now there is a large number of city vagrants and homeless in all major cities, often do they not come outside the city limits and most have a bench lay hangout – the times are different – perhaps humans also.

One of the guests was the legendary Henry “Solskin” (sunshine) – maybe the king of the road knights or “stodderkonge” (beggar king) – a title that wih more style or dignity than it sounds – a very intelligent and wise man – these 2 thing doesn’t always hang together but it did in this case – it’s Henry with the tall black hat – his life wasn’t easy
but I remember him with joy.

Mostly he was seen on the roads between the island Fyn (southern Denmark) and  the town Skagen (in the northern Jutland) with his dog Perle (pearl).

Also as a grown young man I have met Henry “Solskin” – for example at road rest areas because in my consulting job came around a lot on the Danish roads and sometimes held onto the rest stops to fix papier and so – this was before mobile phones and pc’s era. 

When I was drive around on the Danish roads in terms of visiting customers, I serval times encountered Henry “Solskin” during such breaks at rest areas, etc., have then got a chat with a man who despite a life on the road far away from the perception of real life possessed many good qualities and a knowledge and understanding of many things which makes me think of the proverb “an academician is a person who has read into know what others already know.”

 😉

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8 thoughts on “King of the road – dansk sjæl XI

  1. It was quite another time, so indeed. Nowadays Henry “Sunshine” must – in case he should be supported by the official DK – have “a jobplan” or perhaps “an education-scheme” at least.

    In my hometown Assens there´r e living such a profile by name “Sønderjyden”. He walks around in the city with his pram. Some of the shops support him from time to time and – opposite Henry “Sunshine” – he´s probably on welfare. He lives in an caravan behind the Station.

    As long as they might control their alternatively (alcohol-based) iive, such types represent some seeworthy alternative to the present time of true efficiency og globalization. 😉

    • #.hulegaard – 07052012.0736
      Originals are an endangered people, in many ways… 😉

      It’s hard to be an original these days – now we all have to be original in that extreme monotonous way – because originality that’s not monotonous is dangerous for our originality… 😉

      “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation” (Herman Melville)

  2. “It’s round the world I’ve traveled; it’s round the world I’ve roamed; but I’ve yet to see an outlaw drive a family from its home” W. Guthrie

    • #.plt – 07052012.1126
      ‘haha’ – the same Woody Guthrie said: “Yes, as through this world I’ve wandered I’ve seen lots of funny men – some will rob you with a six-gun – and some with a fountain pen”… 😉

      The most dangerous robbers are them with fountain pens… 😉

  3. Det citat brugte jeg såmænd selv i en artikel i tidsskriftet ‘Futuriblerne’ for et år siden:
    Finans- og statskrisen er global, men vittige hoveder har udtalt, at hvis man vil studere alle aspek-ter af krisens årsag, omfang og hastighed, behøver man blot rejse til det nyligt stærkt liberaliserede Island. I Reykjavik indgik en af landets kendte forfattere i slutningen af 90’erne, i et ydmygt baglokale uden vinduer og indrettet med en enkelt loftslampe, en konsignationsaftale for en af forfatterens egne bøger med indkøbsassistenten i en detailkæde. Stor var forundringen hos samme forfatter, da han 4 år senere i islandske aviser kunne læse, at selvsamme indkøbsassistent nu gennem investeringsselskabet Baugur stod opført som værende indehaver eller medejer af bl.a. 2 stormagasiner og et tøjfirma i Danmark, en myriade af større detailkæder i England, en Rolls Royce, et jetfly, en Ferretti lystyacht i Florida og en penthouselejlighed på Manhattan (Information 18/10 2008 m. fl.) Selskabet Baugur havde i begyndelsen af dette århundrede et imponerende vokseværk – på 4 år en vækst der organisk normalt ville tage 4 årtier. Kapital til fi-nansiering af den voldsomme ekspansion blev foretaget ved massiv låneoptagelse hos Islands 3 største banker, hvilket for Baugur kunne lade sig gøre gennem dominerende aktieposter og kryds-ejerskab med partnere. Almindelige objektive kriterier for långivning til dette broderskab – af ’The New Yorker’ beskrevet som ”en enestående, gigantisk national hedge fund i et stærkt liberaliseret marked” – var både ikke-eksisterende og konkurrenceforvridende. Det blev så afsmitningen fra den globale finanskrises mangel på likvider i inter-bank markedet, der blev de islandske bankers og dermed også den tidligere indkøbsassistents endeligt. Ifølge ’The Telegraph’ er han i dag ved en domstol i New York sagsøgt af en af de 3 statsovertagne banker for at have foretaget ”et 10 milliarder kr. bankrøveri indefra”. Og det alene gennem deres bank.”Some rob you with a six-gun, some with a fountain pen”(W. Guthrie).

    • #.plt – 07052012.1739
      Jeg købte i efteråret 1983 en god villa i en stationsby syd for Roskilde – smed 245.000 kontant på bordet – solgte den i efteråret 1986 til 925.000 – og følte mig som allertiders tyvekmægt – men jeg har jo ikke en gang været en lommetyv i det spil… ‘hahahaha’

      Det er ikke kun i Tivoli og på Bakken at man kan købe varm luft overbetrukken med plast… ‘hæhæ’

    • #.plt – 08052012.0853
      Gode gamle Arnold Peter Møller introducerede et udtryk for sin søn “rettidig omhu” – måske den kan smitte hvis vinden er rigtig… ‘hahaha’

      Du har ret foråret 1987 havde været dårligt valgt… ‘hæhæ’

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