COSTA MESA — He cycled around town with an empty child trailer hitched to the back of his bike.
It was around dusk near Lions Park on a recent Tuesday. Other than messy salt-and-pepper hair and ruddy skin from six years of living on the streets, there were few signs that Joseph Deutsch was homeless.
His second-hand shirt and pants were largely well-kept. His solid frame didn't look like it had missed a meal. He spoke confidently, clearly and evenly, not betraying the bipolar disorder he says he suffers from.
The former Santa Barbara resident carried a found guitar in a worn black case, but admitted to not being much of a musician.
"I praise God with it," said Deutsch, 45, adding that he attends morning Bible studies at Lighthouse Church, a house of worship that he calls a "godsend," on Anaheim Avenue near 18th Street.