Amber and Earl are homeless youth travelers living on the streets of Denver
– [Interviewer] Amber and Earl. – Yep. – [Interviewer] Here we are in Denver. And you guys are out here homeless. – Yep. – [Interviewer] And just
got some fresh socks. – Um-hm.
– Yes. – [Interviewer] And what’d
you say fresh socks were like? – Fresh socks are just
like, they’re gold like, they’re the best feeling
in the world to just have fresh, clean socks on your feet. Especially after like walking
around for miles a day and things like that.
– Especially all this heat when your feet sweat a lot. They just get moist and
then your feet just get eaten up by bacteria.
– They feel slimy. – [Interviewer] There’s
nothin’ like fresh socks. – No. – [Interviewer] How long have
you guys been doin’ this? – I’m been traveling for about four years. – [Interviewer] Gosh, how old are you? – I’m 21. – [Interviewer] You’re 21, so
you’ve been traveling since– – Basically since the day I turned 18, I was homeless a little
before that because my moms was very abusive so, I kind of you know, stayed away from home as much as I could. – [Interviewer] And you? – I didn’t stay at home
much since I was 16, but I was straight up homeless
about the time I turned 17. – [Interviewer] God it’s a
huge, so you’ve been homeless– – About, I’ll be 22 in August so, since 17, it’s five years. – [Interviewer] Well
what’s your future like? – Um, well, eventually
we’re gonna get a house for the winter probably
somewhere in the south. And we’re gonna like start saving up money doing like odd jobs, whatever we can find for that amount of time. And then what I plan on doing is, I wanna start training to
be a train conductor or, well as a worker first, and then move up to a train conductor. – Very cool.
– Because trains fascinate me. – [Interviewer] That’d be awesome. – Yeah, I would love it.
– Plus you guys obviously like to travel. – Yep, obviously, we
obviously love to train hop and everything, so. – [Interviewer] So that’s how you guys are gettin’ around is train hoppin’? – Mostly yeah, occasionally we hitchhike, usually when it’s just the better option. – [Interviewer] Well,
if you had three wishes, what would they be? – That one’s hard. I’m not sure. I’m tryin’ to think. – If I had three wishes,
the first one would be both of ours assured
safety, ’cause you know, there’s a lot of things that
can happen to you out here, especially when you’re
hoppin’ trains and stuff, a lot of bad things. Second of all would be that we both get fed because
it sucks to be hungry. I mean, some people in this
country don’t know that, assume like not eating
for a couple of hours they’re starving, but
I’ve gone a couple of days and it’s not fun,
especially when traveling through like small towns in the desert. And third would be, I don’t know. Third would be that people
will just remember to be like kind, not piss, not be
basically pissed off at us just because we’re different, or you know funny lookin’, smell bad, whatever, we’re just livin’ our lives
and we don’t interrupt theirs and I don’t like it when
people interrupt mine. – [Interviewer] And you? – We’re actually, we’re really nice people and we just like to play music. – [Interviewer] And you, three wishes. – Three wishes. Hm, I’m trying not to pick the same ones. (interviewer laughing) I guess, definitely the safety thing. I think that one has to be one of mine, I want us to be both safe
and healthy and not get any of our like leg, limbs
cut off by a train wheel, any of that kind of stuff. I want us to be successful,
not necessarily in the monetary sense, but at
least in life in general. Like, just be successful,
like do everything we wanna do before we die. And third, probably, I wanna do something that makes a difference in the
world, so I would guess I would, I don’t know,
wish that people’s minds would be open I guess, so
that they could understand and actually learn something from us and maybe we could learn
something from them. – [Interviewer] Right. – ‘Cause everyone’s got something to tell. – [Interviewer] And something to learn. – Yeah, exactly. – [Interviewer] Well thank you
very much for talkin’ to me. – No problem.