Monday, February 05, 2007
I chose to skip the disaster displayed on Sunday and focus my text on the natural disaster that occurred on Friday. One reason being because I am a sore loser and the other because my parents live in one of the cities torn a part by the tornado that made its way through central Florida this weekend.
Prior to my captivating news report let me tell you a little bit about the Villages, FL where my parents reside…..
Only those 65+ are able to take up residence in this community of 60,000. The streets are full of Cadillacs and Buicks, everyone owns a golf cart and golf cart passages lead to every possible place one would want to go. It has its own hospital, shopping centers and restaurants are fully occupied each night by 5:30 p.m. for the ‘early bird special’ of course. It is Disney World for the elderly. Oddly enough they even have a Starbucks. Doesn’t seem like the $4.25 a cup clientele to me but I also thought the Bears had a winning chance at the Super bowl so what do I know?!
A couple years ago while visiting, Rich and I took advantage the “grandparents baby-sitting service” and went on a date.....an interesting experience in a retirement village. We stopped in Starbucks for an evening treat and found that Rich went to college with one of the employees. He not only generously comped our lattes he gave us his weekly-benefit, pound of coffee. He said it was just so refreshing to have someone “that knew what to order”. He went on to explain that most of his customers come in and ask for “a coffee”. He then asks “what kind of coffee” and after the customer’s blank stare he proceeds to try to explain the coffee varieties available and by the time he gets to the sizing…tall, grande, low-fat, half-calf….the response is always, “I just want a coffee”.
Sorry, I drifted with that last story; perhaps because I stayed up all night for one 14 second highlight. And returning to the news…..
Friday night SA time my brother alerted me to the tornado and to the fact that my parents were fine! Thank you Lord! I quickly clicked over to MSNBC and sure enough it was headline news. I read the stories of the tragedy…hundreds of homes destroyed, 14 killed (the report at the time) even the cameo of the precious older gentlemen huddling in his closet holding his wife praying while listening to the sounds of their roof being ripped off. The heart pounding report of the devastation ended with, “Walt Disney in Orlando remains unaffected”……PHEW, I was relieved to hear that though hundreds are homeless and people lost their lives at least Mickey was a-okay! Gotta love American media!
Congrats Mom and Dad you made national news and you trumped the disastrous Bears (pathetic) attempt at the Super bowl title….at least in my blog anyway.
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