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What this guy didn't say is that he figured out an alternative occupation - wandering the streets of san francisco saying intelligent things to young middle class people in the hopes that they will give him disproportionate handouts.

I've encountered this more than a few times when I lived in Berkeley. I think its a technique thats somewhat endemic to the bay area homeless population.

The assumption I didn't appreciate, even more than "even MIT_hacker can learn something from the homeless", was that Larry "could easily get a job at a bike shop." The OP should read the recent article in Rolling Stone, The Sharp Sudden Decline of America's Middle Class.

But it does sound like there's a demand from the upper-class for urban guide-service through Tenderloin.

Exactly. In reality, guiding stranded bikers through the tenderloin might actually earn the guy more than working at a bike shop

It is far more likely that you simply are not as intelligent as you believe you are, or should be compared to the homeless population. Its [sic] endemic to the tech startup population.

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