James in the park. James was a musician who toured the world at one time, playing the drums and saxophone. He seemed to have a creative flair standing in front of his bike dressed in a purple robe. He said he’s not unhappy being homeless. He was charming and articulate and described how he enjoys the company of others that he meets on the streets. To stay safe, he had a network of friends that formed a sort of a buddy system to rely on. He mentioned he had a good relationship with police; saying, ‘it’s all in the way you relate and communicate with them’ and also that he had been around long enough that they’re familiar with him. He mentioned that being in the cold is tough but that he was used to it. James is 68 years old and a Vietnam veteran.