Hours became days, days became weeks, and before he knew it, a few decades flew by and turned Mick into a homeless man with no dime to his name. He had nothing.
Eventually, he began to believe that his reality was his destiny and that life would never have anything better to offer. Little did he know, that one police officer was about to change his life forever. Mick was not going to be alone for eternity.
Guitar Street Player
The streets of San Leandro, California were calling for him and he felt that this was his destiny. Luckily he had a guitar that kept him company and was able to help him make a few dollars here and there.
He played his music on the streets of San Leandro. He didn't make much but was able to buy himself something hot to eat. It wasn't much, but that was all he had.
Playing music was an escape route for Mick. He could play whatever he wanted and whatever cheered him up, however, it wasn't the same for the bypassers who walked by him every day. Most people were oblivious to him, ignored him, and never gave him the time of day.
Not only did they not enjoy his music, but they didn't contribute and spare a few dimes. The money he was making just wasn't enough.
Holding Out a Hand
As playing music was not enough, he had to beg for money. It wasn't what he wanted to do, but what other choice did he have? Where and who else could he turn to?
Mick turning to panhandle is what eventually led him to his savior and to the man who would change his life. Like everything in life, his falling so low had a reason.
Deputy Sheriff Jacob Swalwell
Mick was no stranger to Deputy Sheriff Jacob Swalwell. Jacob would see Mick almost every day begging for money on the streets. He warned Mick on more than one occasion to stop asking people for money, however, Mick would always come back to his spot, accepting reality as it was.
Mick had no intention to harm anyone and he was no threat. All he wanted was some dignity and to be able to have at least one hot meal a day. He wasn't asking for much — this was the only way he could survive.