I was born and raised in New York City, so when I tell you; “I’ve seen it all”…I probably have. That is what I thought until recently. I now know you have never seen it all.
Yesterday was eventful in this area. We had nine tornadoes in the immediate area, a few were very close to our home. One tornado hit the businesses adjacent to my wife’s store, at the Largo Mall. She was working from home, so she was not in danger. We have had many tornado scares in the twenty plus years I’ve lived in Florida, but never this many at one time. We have seen this before.
It was a beautiful day here in Madeira Beach. The sun was shinning, the breeze was blowing, it was about 80 and I was working. I decided to take a meal break, something I rarely do, but I did not want to miss out on the entire day. I am fortunate to have a few food options all within walking distance. It also means I get to walk off my meal. I decided to make the unhealthy choice and walk to the McDonald’s across the parking lot.
I ordered my meal and went out to the McDonald’s pier to eat my meal. Yes I said the McDonald’s pier. Our local McDonald’s has a pier. You can float up, dock and come in and eat. That’s not the strange part, although unusual. I was sitting there, on the pier, when a homeless man rowed up to me and asked me for spare change. I knew he was homeless by the contents of the rowboat. I told the man I would not give him any money but he could have my untouched french fries. He said he would accept them. I proceeded to hand them down to him, when out of the sky swooped down a seagull and stole them and flew off to share them with his posse. That is when I realized I had not seen it all.