First, I called it “Hobo Code”, then mystery graffiti, whatever you want to call it, it’s all over Connecticut.

In September of 2021, I published an article called “Hartford is Riddled with Hobo Code Graffiti, Do You Know What It Means?” I photographed and published these symbols I’d seen all over Hartford.

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They reminded me of something I’d read about called hobo code. After cross-referencing this series of shapes with hobo code charts, I hypothesized that the symbols qualified as this drifter language.

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Hobo Code is a written language that uses different symbols to express a message or warning to people who on the road, for drifters or homeless individuals. There are hundreds of these codes and they have a wide variety of meanings. There is a code that identifies a dangerous area, another that highlights good places to find food and everything in between.

My story caught fire and got people responding from all over the state of Connecticut, some shared additional information about street code but many others pointed out that my theory was off. The majority of the mail I received, pointed out that this specific-series of symbols are the calling card of a street artist from the Hartford area.

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I got a lot of digital mail about the story from people providing insight into the life and personality of the artist but nothing I could verify as factual. While people were engaged and seemed to have stories to tell, I couldn’t even get a lead on the person’s name.

A question I started asking about Hartford has now become a riddle here, in my backyard of Brookfield, CT. My friend Dave sent me this picture last week via text and wrote “Found this at Wendy’s in Brookfield. It’s making its way towards us now.” The now familiar symbols were on a utility box on the side of the Federal Road fast-food restaurant.

I was so relieved that Dave had the presence of mind to send this because I knew I’d seen the symbols in the Greater Danbury, I just couldn’t remember the specific places I’d seen it in this area. Not long after my first article about the symbols was posted, I went looking for the code on the streets of Downtown Danbury. I was certain I’d seen it on the back of a road sign on Main Street but when I went looking, I came up with nothing.

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Now that I have the Brookfield picture, I can say for sure it’s here. I’ve had a lot of people swear to me that they know who the person is and why they do this, but I want to hear it from the artist.

These symbols obviously mean something to the person, and people are definitely interested in the topic, so now is a great time for the person to come forward because I believe I can help them tell their story.

I understand why the individual may not want to come forward, I’m sure there are police departments spread across CT who’d love to talk to them about the legality of their art. There may be emotional reasons they want to keep this private, or maybe they just enjoy being mysterious. However, if the artist wanted to tell their story I’d be willing to help.

If you are reading this, there are a number of ways you can easily touch base with me, I’m not hard to contact. We can negotiate what level of anonymity you’d like to maintain, if any. Maybe I can publish your story, maybe you tell It to my radio audience (Ethan & Lou Show on I-95)? Whatever you decide, just know, people want to hear from you.

Here was a series of messages I got from Colin last time around

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P.S. I’m sure there is a more evolved term than “hobo code” and I look forward to finding out what that is.

Fascinating Images of the Bunkers + Rubble From an Abandoned Missile Site in CT

WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.

Recently, I found a Youtube video that gives a visual tour of a decommissioned missile sit in CT, located in both Portland & Glastonbury, CT in the Meshomasic State Forest. The video was posted by “Adventures in Melancholy” and the host does a great job of explaining exactly what we are looking at. The following photos are from the video and they are of the Hartford site, meaning it was intended to defend Hartford, CT.

Virtual Tour of New Fairfield Summer Camp for Sale on Candlewood Lake

Camp Candlewood was a Girl Scout camp for many years in New Fairfield, CT. The camp sits on the shores of Candlewood Lake, the largest lake in the Nutmeg State. The Girl Scouts of Connecticut decided to sell the property along with Camp Katoya in Milford and use money from the sale to improve other Girl Scout facilities. 

You Know You're from Putnam Lake, NY If...

Putnam Lake is a Hamlet of the Town of Patterson, NY. "The Lake" was, and continues to be a great place to raise a family but it most certainly is not boring. People from surrounding communities have a lot to say about "Lakers", they just don't do it to your face.

Putnam Lake has a personality all it's own. "The Lake" is loaded with great people with wonderful personalities that all seem to have a few things in common. This is why it will be easy for those of you who lived there, to identify with the "You Know You're From Putnam Lake If.....Examples. 

12 Signs You're a True American 'Tough Guy'

Our culture morphs and those shifts mean certain types of behavior have an expiration date. What you once thought was "cool" or "tough" may make you look like a straight up D-bag now. The problem is, when our culture pivots, not everyone gets the memo.

You could find yourself in a room with someone born in the 60's, another in the 80's, a man who was born in the 90's and another in the 2000's, they are all going to have different ideas about what makes them a man. 

What makes you a "tough guy" today? For starters, the term itself is a punch line, if someone calls you a "tough guy", they are picking on you. This list was supposed to be titled "Top Signs You're a Raging Douche" but my editor nixed that, so these are the "Top Signs You're a Real Tough Guy." 

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