|My friend Ed Cage during better days, when the sun shone|
Last year on January 27th, my longtime friend (since 1956) friend Ed Cage died.
|Ed, near the last time I saw him at his house - he was very ill with cancer|
I've known Ed since high school. Ed was my longest gay friend. And by the way, strictly platonic for those of you who are wondering. My friend Larry is my longest straight friend. Notice that I don't say "oldest" although both of them are/were my same age.
|Me and Ed during one of my many visits to his house on Laurel Street|
Ed lived in Pennsylvania. He also had a home in Rehoboth Beach at 306 Laurel Street. He purchased his home in Rehoboth beach with proceeds from his lottery winnings, which was interesting because Ed was a millionaire through inheritance. Isn't that often the case? The guy with money wins more but I digress.
|Ed in his renovated kitchen - I loved that kitchen - Ed did too - all blue and white and lots of light with the skylight which I suggested he put in|
|Ed's breakfast nook in his kitchen - we exchanged much gossip here|
|Ed's blue and white kitchen bathed in natural light that I so loved - Ed did too|
I often visited Ed when he came down for the weekend. It was a comfort to me to know that I could call Ed anytime and ask him if he wanted to go out for dinner. Ed almost always was available.
|Me at Ed's breakfast nook - I was always welcomed|
When Ed died last year I told Bill "Watch, when they sell Ed's house they'll tear it down". For you see folks, these days when someone dies in the cottage areas of Rehoboth Beach proper, their homes are almost always a tear down. In their place goes one of the ever increasing mini hotels, which are rapidly destroying the unique character of downtown Rehoboth. It's a shame.
This morning I took Bill on one of our thrift store tours. On the way back I said to Bill "Let's go into Rehoboth and see if they tore down Ed's house." Well folks, guess what. The sign was out front. The demolition is about to begin.
|Ed's now vacant house this morning - the red sign out in front is the notice of demolition|
|306 Laurel Street, Rehoboth Beach - soon to be gone and replaced with a mini-hotel|
|The view of Ed's kitchen from the back this morning - the sun still shines through|
|Bill looking in the kitchen|
|Bill and me this morning at Ed's house - his kitchen behind us|
Ah, the fond memories of all those times I visited Ed. Ed did have a very comfy house. What is a shame, that he just had his whole kitchen redone a few years ago. I loved that house.
Hey Ed, why didn't you just leave your house to me? I could have saved it.