In the first half of 1976 Mumbiram was living in the backyard of an abandoned home that shared its back wall with the New Jagannath Puri temple in Berkeley. He had some devotee friends that lived in the temple and some that lived outside on their own. There was one devotee who had known Prabhupad ever since he first came to San Francisco. You could say she was from the beat generation. She had known Lawrence Ferlingetti well. She had great admiration for Prabhupad. She had the spiritual name ´Brahmajyoti´ which means the impersonal effulgence of the body of the Superme Personality. Brahmajyoti was a poet. Others knew her as Gabrielle Kay Johnson. Friends called her Gabbie, which fitted her because she was loaded with the ´gift of the gab`. She was unconventional as a devotee. Temple devotees found her ways offensive. Not everyone saw the method in her madness. Then there was Leelasmaran Devi Dasi who was taking care of the Tulasi greenhouse of the temple. She had befriended the Indian artist and would give him small opportunities to serve Tulasi Devi. Then there was Brihatsanu Das who was a very early initiated disciple of Prabhupad. Jayanand knew him well. Jayanand used to build Jagannath chariots for Iskcon´s Ratha Yatras. Jayanand liked Mumbiram very much. He used to ask Mumbiram to join him in book distribution at shopping malls in Oregon. Brihatsanu did not live in temples. Yet, to the surprise of other devotees, Prabhupad used to stay with him if he was in town. Mumbiram had known Brihatsanu, his wife and children from Seattle. Mumbiram remembers watching the Roots TV serial with his family. Later they had together joined Vatsara Das and others to make a farm community near Roseberg in Oregon. Brihatsanu´s wife was the kindest devotee there was. Then there was an Afro-American Krishna-lover who liked the artist very much. She once bought on impulse a t-shirt that Mumbiram was wearing. Mumbiram had painted Jagannath-Subhadra-Balaram on the front of the t-shirt. They (the deities) had very unique captivating attires and bewitching looks in their eyes. Later in New York Mumbirm met another Afro-American Krishna-lover named Skye, who had known her in Hawaaii. Skye invited Mumbiram to her home in New Jersey and showed him how she practised the Agnihotra rituals that she had learned from Vasant Paranjpeji. Mumbiram misses all these wonderful souls with whom he could only make passing friendships in his devotee life in America.