Homeless in Costa Mesa: An Interview With Pat
by Jim Washburn
Pat has been homeless since 1991, chiefly in Riverside County until catching a bus to bucolic Costa Mesa two years ago. By recycling cans, he usually makes enough to eat. He sleeps in a dumpster bay behind a convenience store. He reads a lot. He dreams of surfing. He has no ID. The last time he gathered the paperwork for that—finding his adoption papers is the hard part—it was stolen with his backpack and he figured why bother.
He sat with FourStory’s Jim Washburn, behind a bagel shop by another dumpster bin, to talk about his life.