According to Gisberto Bertucci, there are two ways to get anywhere in the universe: your imagination or through a black hole.
"Why would God create such a large landscape if we can't see it?" he mused Friday morning on a bus trundling down Coast Highway toward Laguna Beach. "In your mind, there are no limits. Or in a black hole, there's no time and no space. If you got through, you could be anywhere."
Bertucci, who lives in a camper parked in a friend's Costa Mesa yard, catches Orange County Transit Authority's Line 1 to Main Beach every morning about 9 at a stop on East Coast Highway.
While he spends most of the day playing chess or strolling the boardwalk in Laguna, the 70-year-old Italian expatriate also become something of a fixture at the Starbucks where he waits, sketching portraits of the other regulars on drink lids.
"He's been going there for the last couple years — at least two or three years," said Marc Forster, who stops in for coffee before work. "He's been kind of a staple."