These are my people

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When I moved from San Francisco to Berkeley back in 1978 I rented out a room for a month at this place. It was called the UC Hotel back then, it was on University Ave. just below San Pablo. Rent was 100 bucks a month, something like that.

When I went up to check out my room on the fourth floor, I noticed the door next to mine was covered with all this red police tape, DO NOT ENTER, sealing off the room. When I asked the manager what that was all about he said: “Oh, yesterday the guy who was living in that room jumped out the window and committed suicide. The police are still investigating it.”

I remember thinking: “I should fit right in at this place.”

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