Acid Heroes

May 28, 2017

A face in the crowd

Filed under: Backwords from Ace — Ace Backwords @ 10:56 pm


.This guy has been basically living on the Berkeley campus for the last 15 years. I’ll often see him slowly wandering across the campus like a ghost. A specter. A blanket draped over his shoulders, his meager possessions in a plastic bag. Scrounges for food in the campus garbage cans. Never talks to anybody. But often mumbles to himself, this eerie inner monologue from the twilight zone.

At night he sleeps on the sidewalk on Bancroft just off UC property. I’ll often see him there during frigid winter nights, sleeping right on the cold concrete with nothing but a ratty blanket for warmth. Or getting soaked during a winter rainstorm.

When he first hit the campus 15 years ago he was pretty straight looking. Collegiate looking even. Tall, about 6’4,” he had neatly-cut red hair, and clean clothes. But every year you could actually see him getting more and more worn down. Often dressed in rags. As he shuffles from nowhere to nowhere.


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