Ricky Brum stood with one of my producers in an alleyway behind a furniture store in Manteca, California, and to be honest, it was a little awkward. He didn't really want to be there. Last February Brum set some cardboard boxes on fire just a few feet away.
"Just that right there," he said, pointing to a black spot on the pavement, "Just a little burn mark on the floor."
He explained that one match to the boxes did the trick.
"Like I just sat there and was like bam."