Erick Lyle is the editor of SCAM magazine and his work has appeared in the San Francisco Bay Guardian and on NPR's This American Life. He lives in San Francisco.
In an old hotel, downtown. Off a small alley. It was a neighborhood where, if the cops came, no one ever saw anything. There were surveillance cameras everywhere. Some days, men on every corner would be talking to themselves, as if they were a radio station that only they got.