Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Purple truck is home to traveling man

Angel Hess is a 29-year-old lanky Midwesterner by birth whose address this week ---- and maybe next week, too ---- is a roadside patch of gravel near Lake Hodges in Escondido.

His home is a 1953 Ford bread truck painted bright purple, with a hand-painted mural of the outdoors on the back and illegible graffiti ----- spray-painted while Hess was in New York ---- on the side.

In 2006, Hess, a native of Indiana and a photographer by trade, found himself in New York City, earning too little to afford East Coast rents and weary of what the West Coast calls "sofa surfing" at friends' apartments.

On eBay, he spotted the funky bread truck and had an epiphany.

With a winning bid of $2,500, he bought the boxy vehicle, which already had been painted purple and semiconverted to an RV by a previous owner in Eureka.
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