Friday, March 24, 2006
So get this, I just talked with Stephen Elrod!
After planning our trip and searching for the yahoo for a while out of the blue I got an email from him. Using the source of his email address I track him down, find a number and call to see if he’s there. Moments later I was connected to a deadpan and classically flat “hello…”
The story goes like this. He was having some money issues because he wasn’t able to find any theater work and that put a much larger strain on him than he figured. Around a year or so ago he had a bit of a breakdown and was invited, or told to, to move in with his sister in north GA.
For a while he got pretty sick ended up losing about 70 lbs dropping to around 230ish.
He’s continued to have a rough time finding work and seemingly staying somewhat stable. Currently he’s working at the Birmingham Aids Outreach center in AL around 30 hours a week.
I can only guess where this experience has taken him, from our talk and the one thing that I’m sure of is after 30 minutes of talking to the guy I think he could use a few emails and maybe a call or two of support, prays are the required bare minimum.
He seems to be doing well for the most part but there is a current under the surface of his voice that’s very ragged and torn up.