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  • Mike and his wife salvage what is thrown away, from landfills, garbage cans, and streets. They live on, and off, the street.

    People buy from the collection, helping him, for instance, to buy another Red Bull to stay awake.

    Every now and then, a kid will come around clamoring for some find in their pile of relative treasures: a set of building blocks, for instance, or in this case, a watch. Mike prefers to give it away; it seems like it's not quite worth the pleasure of a Red Bull.

    "As they say, San Francisco's closer to the golden gate, so to speak," he says.
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