There has been a rumor (though flatly denied) that one of our graduate students at GMU once spent significant time riding on trains as a hobo. The debate will no doubt continue since the source of the rumor is from the most tenacious debater I have ever met! However, we now have confirmation that the smartest Austrian economists of his generation (IMHO) spends his time fiddling on trains.
BTW, when I was a graduate student I was entrusted with the job several times of picking up Ludwig Lachmann from Union Station and we would get the chance to talk economics and whatnot, and he would use my office during his stay at GMU. On the first time I picked him up, I asked him why he didn't just take a flight down from NY to DC, and he looked at me and said "The train is the only rational way to travel." I too prefer train travel to airflight whenever practical. Also, despite my preference for cities, like our fiddling Austrian economist I can enjoy fishing and the outdoors. Recently in Montana I took a fly fishing lesson and all I could think about was wonderful memories of my Dad (who was a great fisherman) and Dave (who is a great outdoorsman and fisherman) and the short time I had actually spent with both of them doing what they love, and realizing that more time doing that would have been time very well spent. I cannot fiddle, and not even sure I could tap my foot in time, but a part of me sure wishes I could learn. And perhaps that I could be fiddling on a train as well, and stopping off to go fly fishing.
QUIZ: what reasonably well cited paper in Austrian economics was first conceived of on a fishing trip at Burke Lake?