Before sunrise on Thursday, Frank Mearns will leave the place he calls home, a stone's throw from the White House, and join thousands of others in Washington who are upping sticks and moving out for the presidential inauguration.
But Mearns isn't about to make a quick buck by renting out his pied-a-terre. Nor is he heading out of town on an inauguration escape holiday.
He's one of Washington's army of homeless who are being cleared from the center of the US capital ahead of the historic inauguration of Barack Obama.
This country has no place to go for these people, no will to retrain them to get them back into the job market at some level, and no conscience about discarding them.
Right now, "homeless" in this country translates as "disposable".