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Berkeley, California


I lived in Berkeley for a time in 1998, having gotten a lift there from Seattle with a friend.

I had $50 in my pocket, a small pack full of clothing, and a sidebag.

I found Berkeley comfortable and colorful, and I saw that a lot of people were eating for free. I thought about what I had in Seattle — nothing. I decided to stay, and lived there for a few months.

Baby grand

We loaded the piano into a U-Haul truck. The tuner rode in the front with Charlie. Matt and I sat in the back, in the dark, with the piano....

Leaving Berkeley...

I never had a chance to say goodbye....

House falling down a hill

There was a small ravine on the Northern border of the property, and the land under the house had been subsiding in that direction....

"Don't sneak up like that."...

— George, 67, late night outdoors...

The safe

Moving a large, steel-wheeled antique across town on the sidewalks....


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