Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mayor Eddie

Tagging along with a group doing a count of Bucks County's homeless population today, I met Eddie, the mayor of Bristol Township's homeless. It's a title he's given himself after living on the streets for the last 19 years.

Asked how he got there, Eddie blamed drugs. "I used to be a great bass player. I had my own band," Eddie told me. "I played the same model bass as Paul McCartney, but I sold it for a $12 bag of heroin. I finally cut that stuff out though. Sooner or later you have to grow up." While these words were still hanging in the air, Eddie gulped down the last of his bottle of Twisted Tea and walked back into the Ballpark strip club. It was 11 a.m. on a Tuesday.


jen said...

I worked with the poor and homeless for years. People in many cases call them or treat them as if they are invisible.
Your photos of Eddie shows visually what i found to be true from meeting and speaking with many, a true depth a humanness that people overlook- don't care to see.
Your picture captures this mans humanity so perfectly.

Cheryl said...

Sadly, I have to say that your last sentence made me laugh out loud. I love the picture though! :)

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