Hate Man. RIP April 2, 2017

Hate Man always had a good sense of timing. For instance, he waited until April 2nd to die. He knew if he died on April 1rst — April Fools Day — he would never hear the end of it.

And Hate Man didn’t die at 79. He made it to 80, a true milestone for any long-time homeless street person.

And Hate Man didn’t die in the middle of the winter Rainy Season. He battled through every day of the Rainy Season of 2017 — one of the wettest on record where we got 38 inches. And Hate Man made it through the entire season. It was like he was thinking: “The rain isn’t going to beat ME!! I’M going to beat the rain!!” And then died two days after the season was finally over.

Hate Man always had a good sense of timing. Of the right move to make at the right time. It’s one of the things that made Hate Man a tribal leader among the Berkeley street scene. During times of crisis — which happen often on the streets where you’re flying by the seat of your pants — we’d often turn to Hate Man for guidance. And he usually knew the right move to make. . .

If Kenny Rogers said, “You have to know when to hold em, and know when to fold em,” Hate Man’s version of that was, “You have to know when to flex, and know when to push.” Or in other words, know when to bend, and know when to hold your ground.

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