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October 5th, 2008 · 95 Comments

So.

I don’t live in a van anymore. I don’t travel the country stripping anymore, tho I might when I run out of money.

When I started this blog I think I felt like my experiences were significant. I’m not really sure, because I don’t feel that way anymore. I mean, my experiences are significant to me, and maybe a little to the people around me, but I think the further they go the less they matter. Most of my experiences at the moment are tied to this land that I’m falling in love with, and I think it would be kind of creepy to tell the whole wide internetz all about that.

Go outside. Fall in love with the dirt under your feet. Why should I write to you about the dirt here (it is lovely and varied) when you aren’t here? Read things by people who share your dirt, or just listen to the dirt.

I used to feel this actual physical anxiety, that so many beautiful moments were passing without being written down. It was imperative that I record all those little moments before they faded from memory. I don’t feel like that anymore (which could be a good thing or a bad thing, I guess, depending on how you look at it).

To sum it all up:

I won’t be blogging here anymore.

I’ll maybe probably be starting a naked-Tara-in-the-woods website so I can make money without coming to town.

I might possibly start another blog. One of those boring ones that I update once or twice a week about how much wood I chopped or the otters teasing Bro.

I’ll probably be putting together a chapbook or two of poems and stories. I might write a book, but I don’t really feel like it right now.

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95 responses so far ↓

  • 1 easylowdown // Oct 6, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with the world. Your writing has inspired me, and many others I’m sure, to go forth and discover this world, not to fear change, that magic lies hidden in many places along the road and that it’s our loss, the death of our spirit, if we don’t look.

  • 2 wyatt // Oct 6, 2008 at 8:33 am

    speed safely Tara !

  • 3 woolfey // Oct 6, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Tara.. Thanks for the time you were able to spend with those of who enjoyed your writing. It was exciting to hear that you have a place of your own now , and in a place I have always wanted to visit!!
    Like someone wrote before, If you do decide to do some more traveling, you do have a base to work from.. That is the way Louie Milly and I did it … We always had the stuff that possessed us in storage, paring it down by selling and scrapping, and wanted to believe that we had a place to land if it was necessary. Good luck on your land project, and I”m hoping to hear more from ewe…

  • 4 hara // Oct 6, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Hey Tara,

    I hope you’ll keep on writing. OK, not here exactly, but please keep on. Your writing is a phenom. Whether it’s about your time on the road and in the clubs or looking at a particularly beautiful mound of bear poop!
    Into the woods or by the river, or in a Walmart parking lot-
    it’s your voice that is appreciated.

    You know how important I think that is.

    blessed be

  • 5 lindy among the oaks // Oct 6, 2008 at 10:05 am

    follow your bliss my friend!

  • 6 Daniel // Oct 6, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Tara,

    You’re a great writer, and fun to keep up with. Whatever you’re doing and choose to write about will be a good read.

  • 7 Nora // Oct 6, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Oh, I will miss your blog posts, and I hope we haven’t heard the last from you. Good luck and have fun!

  • 8 robin // Oct 6, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    I can’t help but be sad. I just discovered you and your writing.

  • 9 Anna // Oct 6, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    I am really sad about this. I loved your writing and you telling us about your experiences and Bro and the woods and, and, and…

    I understand what you’re going through on the other hand, so I’m happy for you in a way. All I know is I will miss your writing and your wit. I liked learning about your unusual life, something I would never have been able to do without the magic of the internet and your style, which is gripping.

    Anyway, I wish you good luck on your future adventures and loves and I hope, hope, hope there will be another blog by you. Godspeed, Tara. Or rather: goddess-speed 🙂

    Anna

  • 10 Carolyn // Oct 6, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    I also followed you here from Van Dwellers. I looked forward to reading your blog every day. I was disapponted when you didn’t update!

    NOW… you’re leaving! I can’t believe the emotion when I saw Finis! I thought immediately… no … she can’t mean ending this blog!

    I have enjoyed reading your blog for a long time and will miss it. I’m so glad you’re leaving the archives. I’m trying to make the decision to buy me some dirt…

    Thanks, Tara… I think you are amazing! I hope you do the blog on your land adventure. I love reading about Bro and the otters and your Mom and anything else you write.

    Carolyn

  • 11 Richard // Oct 6, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Sounds like you’re gong thru changes. I admire your spirit. I also have enjoyed your stories. This is quite a time to be living. Some people say the World is dividing. You can take the meaning of this in a number of ways.

    Enjoy and connect with land.

  • 12 Honey // Oct 6, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    I will miss your writings very much, and I hope you’ll consider leaving your archives up, at least for a while.

    I don’t know if you feel brave, but I find myself wanting to be braver having read your stories. Thanks so much. Sincerely.

    Please let me know what you’re up to! And enjoy your dirt!!
    xo,
    Honey

  • 13 annemarie // Oct 6, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    dear tara,

    thank you so much for all the writing you have given us so far. i have loved reading hobo stripper not only because your experiences are unique and fascinating and (yes) significant, but also because you record them so elegantly and deeply! i can’t wait for the stories and the chapbooks, good luck on the land.

    p.s. thanks for your great blogroll, too….

  • 14 kalaska // Oct 6, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Tara,

    I have loved your blog ever since discovering it. Checking in each day was a pleasure. We never knew ahead of time where you would take us, but it was always worth the trip.

    As a fellow Alaskan in love with the land I am so happy that you have found a place to make your heart’s home. I’ll be thinking of you through the long interior winter.

    Best wishes, and thanks for the gift of all you have shared with us. Now I will go somewhere private and shed a tear.

    Kalaska

  • 15 cal // Oct 6, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Sweety:
    I will miss you.I would have liked to met you and bro.But nonetheless thanks for great adventures.I would have pet bro and let you lap dance me into oblivion.

  • 16 diane // Oct 6, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    thanks tara! i ‘m glad you found a place that makes you happy.. that’s what traveling is all about..i’m sure your journey is just beginning.. i’m jealous – but mostly i’m very happy for you.. thanks again for the time you shared with us.. we’ll miss you, maybe we’ll meet down the road.. take care!!! diane

  • 17 Michele // Oct 6, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    This blog was beautiful. I’ve been reading you for a while now, and you’ve been one of my guides on how to live deeply and well. You’ve been a kindred spirit, even though we’ve never met. All the best in your new adventures. Thank you for the gift!

  • 18 Iscah // Oct 7, 2008 at 6:05 am

    I’ve enjoyed your blog and your perspective, which was very different and new for me in some ways, and so similar in others. I wish you the best of all things on your path. Thanks for writing for the rest of us. (Will the blog go away?)

  • 19 Mark // Oct 7, 2008 at 7:20 am

    Things change, so do people and looking forward to what is coming next.

  • 20 twokniveskatie // Oct 7, 2008 at 7:43 am

    twin! wow. just wow. i can’t quite get my mind around this. i am so full of memories this morning…..we had some good times. i am forever grateful for your good heart and the loving care you gave me when i had my surgery. you always have a storm home here! love, love, love to you and bro.

    i am so friggin’ happy about your land, though!

  • 21 Viviane // Oct 7, 2008 at 8:06 am

    I really enjoyed your work. Farewell for now.

    Best wishes for the next adventures in your life.

  • 22 Aunt Bear // Oct 7, 2008 at 9:16 am

    Yes’m.I thank you for all the adventures…you are so real! Enjoy your new freedom.

  • 23 whitewolf // Oct 7, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Blessed be on your new journey and new home. I will definately miss your blog. Good luck with your future endevours and Goddess bless you.

    Take care!!

  • 24 Grace // Oct 7, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    And so the story goes

    the story teller who was the imagined love child of Bukowski and SuSun Weed turned out be a Walden after all….

  • 25 Lizzy // Oct 7, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    I tried to enter my email and it didn’t work. You have another way to get a hold of me, though.

  • 26 Anthony // Oct 7, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    I’m certainly going to miss reading about your adventures, Tara, and I hope that you do decide to continue writing about your thoughts in the future.

    You might think about planting some of the herbs and such that you have talked about over the years, on your property, come spring, and bringing them in, packed or fresh, for those of us that aren’t living a life like yours. It might make a little supplemental income.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

  • 27 Peridot // Oct 7, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    While I hate to see another fellow sex worker blog say goodbye, I do wish you the best in all your nakedness in the woods. 🙂

  • 28 Enuja // Oct 7, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    I will miss this blog! It had a wonderful name, wonderful content, and had to end when you got your homestead. Happy land loving, and I wish you all the possible good future and good writing!

  • 29 Cornelia // Oct 8, 2008 at 1:17 am

    Tara thank you so much for sharing your thoughts in such an amazingly entertaining and enlightened manner. So much light has been received from your writings. Blessings upon both you and Bro and the land you now call home. May we meet in person someday, in this universe or the next.

  • 30 grace // Oct 8, 2008 at 1:19 am

    SuSun Bukowski Walden has a nice ring to it- 😉

    maybe at some point in the film, she can tell a customer that is her real name

  • 31 Whole Wheat Radio // Oct 8, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Best of luck – and thanks for the great writing. Dirt is lovely isn’t it?

  • 32 lindy // Oct 9, 2008 at 10:17 am

    “Go outside. Fall in love with the dirt under your feet.”

    I love that so much that I wrote it on the back door of my bus above “Emergency Exit” 🙂

    Lindy, the barefooted bus dweller

  • 33 Grace // Oct 9, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Bye, Tara. It’s a wonderful blog. Knowing when to stop is it’s own skill. Congratulations on everything you’ve been and done. There are so many exciting things in front of you, and it will be awesome if you decide to share those with us. If not, good luck with everything!

  • 34 Alexa // Oct 10, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Best of luck to you, sweetheart. I’ve enjoyed reading about your exploits.

  • 35 Irishman // Oct 11, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    As a longtime reader & e-friend, Tara, I respect your call on this. Go out on top (so to speak – given the dominatrix role you play so often, there’s so much double meaning to be enjoyed in this comment 😳 ) I’m a stripper-exboyfriend myself, so reading your takes on all things naked, herbal, and literary hit home for me. HATma being so dear to me as well, and us having spoken a few times, Tara, I know our paths will cross one day. World’s too small to keep us apart, methinks.

    God bless you, sister. You are a genuine femme-being in a world of Stepford-broads.

    Peace ~ Irish

  • 36 Taloah // Oct 13, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    You’re a huge inspiration, and I have really enjoyed your blog! Best of luck with life in the woods.

  • 37 Mike // Oct 14, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Your blogs have always been good reading and full of wisdom, I am sad to see this one ending! I know something else great is beginning for you, I wish you the best Tara!

    -Mike

  • 38 Jason // Oct 22, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Your expiriences have been very relevant and important to me Tara. We’ve never met. I’ve never commented on your blog.

    Who am I? The guy who always yearned for something more out of life…or maybe less out of life. Just a guy who goes to work every day and earns a decent living. But always felt constrained by leading the life I do. And I never really realized I had an option.

    After reading your blog for a while, I realized I DO have an option. And it has changed my life.

    Tara, I am delighted your falling in love and while I will miss your blog I’m glad you’ve found more meaningful things.

    But know your words and expiriencs have great meaning.

    And thanks.

  • 39 Alan // Oct 27, 2008 at 5:28 am

    Another one to say many thanks for the great writing and best wishes for the next stage of your journey.

  • 40 Apostate // Oct 29, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Oh no! But good for you.

    I keep falling behind on my sex worker blogs because I can’t read them from work and I STILL haven’t graduated to blog-readers/feeds.

    I will miss your beautiful writing. Please keep in touch, in some shape, way or form. I truly admire and adore you.

  • 41 callie // Nov 3, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    have fun sister girlfriend. You are one great writer.

  • 42 MsKittyFantastico // Nov 7, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    First time that I’m commenting. I like your blog. I’m sad that you aren’t writing anymore. I really enjoyed your experiences. Thank you so much for sharing them! :mrgreen:

  • 43 tamara // Nov 13, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Dirt for sand; I’m learning to live with sand underfoot–and I thank you for inspiration.

    The offer of oranges is still good.

    Cheers,
    Tamara

  • 44 Anastasia Valentine // Nov 24, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Wow! I JUST found your blog TONIGHT and it’s great. I’m kind of sad that you won’t be continuing it, because I love to read about other people’s insights and adventures, but good for you. I’m glad you are happy. Feel free to read my journal if you like, so I’m not just some random creepy internet person to you. universal-freak.livejournal.com. Have a great evening and I’ll probably read more of your blog later! ^_^

    ~Anastasia

  • 45 Greencaller // Mar 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    I just got to this post and to my great sadness, (or maybe it could be Blogger???) I cannot read it. Nothing at all shows up but the title and I am sad that I cannot read this one last new post.

    I’ve enjoyed and been inspired by your blog, Miss Tara and hope for endless blue skies and “open roads” for you forever. I hope you keep the blog open for a little while longer, anyway, so I can finish reading all the back posts you’ve made.

    (If you ever write a book – I was one of those who missed out on all the subscription posts, sadly – will you email us? ^.^)

    Peace.

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