I was driving to the grocery store at 11pm. Nobody else was out, because everything (except Vons) closes in Pasadena by 8pm. On the way I was stopped at Lake and California St. Lit by the yellow light of the street lamp I saw a homeless man sitting on the corner, cross legged. This did not seem unusual, so I focused on the light turning green.
The light turned green, and I made a right turn around the corner where the homeless man sat. As I passed I caught another glimpse of him. A pulse of adrenaline and fear shot down my spine before I realized the cause.
He was smiling.