The Acid King:
He is 33 years old, and has been homeless since he ran away from home at the age of 15. His story does not particularly mirror other homeless youth because he had a mission. He was a Grateful Dead groupie and for years followed the band across the country hitchhiking and hopping trains with his dog. His voice belied the calm he tried to portray. His eyes were piercing, mesmerizing and glowed with intensity. I sensed he could loose his composure at any moment, so I was sure to keep my hands ready. We discussed his addiction to acid, which of course, explained his hyper-manic personality. Acid was his obsession and what he lived for.