In this podcast, Ed Wolf talks about moving here and feeling like he was part of a community. Shortly after his arrival in San Francisco, that community was upended by AIDS.
Ed tells stories of his own relationship with the disease and he talks about an old roommate who was sick but found hope in an unusual place.
Here's the poem Ed mentions having written in this podcast:
THE SKI MASK
When he's had a bad night and there's nothing else to do we talk about how we could make it happen sooner.
Bob was given a phone number - a guy wearing a ski mask will come to your house and help you out.
We try to imagine: placing the call having a meal changing the sheets saying goodbye leaving the front door ajar going to separate rooms hearing footsteps on the porch in the hallway passing by my room on the way to his closing his door opening a dark bag setting him free.
Either way we suppose it will come like that.
With or without a mask.
Edward Wolf September 17, 1994
If you missed them, please go back and listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of Ed's stories.
We recorded this episode at Ed's home in the Mission District in June 2018.
Film photography by Michelle Kilfeather