We sat outside with the setting sun in our faces, cars and buses riding along Telegraph Avenue beside us, catching up, drinking, gossiping, handing over a few bucks as necessary, and it wasn’t even a funeral or a wake because I could somehow clearly hear everything nice everyone said to and about me.

Four men wearing jeans, jackets and baseball caps sit in direct evening sunshine on folding chairs in a streetside booth Monday, May 29, 2023 outside Roses' Taproom in the 4900 block of Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, California.

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