"Grapes of Wrath" redux? Let's hope not


By Michelle Celarier

While on his way to get his son at college, a friend was driving down the highway near Dayton, Ohio, and saw a couple - in their early 50s - hitchhiking. My friend (a veteran of an earlier era of hitching rides) stopped to pick them up and quickly learned their story. The husband, a carpenter, was out of work, and the couple could no longer pay the rent on their house. They had finally been forced to sell their car, so they were hitchhiking to Houston. They'd heard there was work there.

The tale seems eerily