SPLENDIFEROUS FALLS, S.D. (SPINews) -- Religious devotees and Eastern mystics have long embraced the philosophy of yin and yang, and now so do four practicing "Yangsters" who live in an old boxcar on a siding in this small town of 623.
The four grizzled, and self-proclaimed monks, are former hobos with beards and scars and tattoos on their arms (skulls, crying Jesuses and spider webs) and knuckles ("LOVE" "HATE"). They have also converted the boxcar (shown at left with the yin and yang symbol) into an "eastern monestary".
The town mostly leaves them alone, and, in fact, the four have even joined the local Rotary.
Led by Brother Casey Jones, they have insulated the car, grow their own food, dress in Snuggies and hold religious sing-a-longs for which Brother Stella plays guitar. The "services" attract a handful of followers and the curious who occasionally toss a buck or two into the guitar case. Says Brother Fast Rattler: "We're all about peace, love and cooking Thai."
"The Northern Pacific is now the Burlington Northern Santa Fe," said Brother Wheatfield Waving. "We think they lost track of our home. Our fear is they'll remember it someday and we'll end up in a freight yard in El Paso."