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I must say that our last two days in Florida were certainly busy and amusing. My hubby and I both love to people watch. The human race can sometimes be highly entertaining and, at the same time, can be very sad and thought provoking. While sitting in a social security office in Florida, we watched, unobtrusively, the people going and coming. A white supremist came in and sat down between a black couple and a Hispanic couple. His tattoos declaring what he believed in was there for all the world to see, we held our breath as we thought for sure there was going to be a problem. Apparently he had been booted out of that office before and was now on his best behavior. You could tell it irked him to have to sit where he did. Then a man came in who looked for all the world like he was highly intoxicated. He was very disheveled and dirty and his eyes were wild looking. He stood for the longest time with his back leaning against the glass partition that separated the outside entry way from the interior. When he moved to go to the men's room, the entire room was given a full "moon" by this man. The entire seat of his trousers were gone and part of one pant's leg. That wouldn't have been too bad except he was not wearing any undergarments! The guard did not say one word to him and when he came back out of the men's room, he motioned for another man, on crutches, who had just come from one of the offices to come with him. The man who was mooning everyone was the "driver" for the other gentleman. According to the guard he is in and out of there several times a day and that this was one of his better outfits. Apparently they aren't allowed to say anything to these people unless they cause trouble. After he left a "working" girl came in who might as well not have been wearing anything at all. Makes me wonder how these people can be seen in public places without incidents. All I can say is "but for the grace of God, go I." Wished I had had our suitcases in the car as I definitely would have taken a pair of hubby's britches and given them to the gentleman to wear.

We have put in an offer on a house and are just waiting to hear from the Seller's as to whether or not they will accept the offer or counter. After looking at 20+ homes in a two week time period, we're hoping they accept the offer. There was one other home that we were ready to put an offer in the same day we saw it and were informed by our realtor that the seller's agent informed her he "forgot" to remove the listing. When we saw this home we decided to put the offer in then and there rather than  wait as the housing market in Florida moves extremely fast.

While we're waiting to hear, we continue to pack up this house and will start painting and cleaning to get it ready to put on the market. Will be glad when the move is history and I can get back to my fiber art, quilting and such.

Our return trip from Florida to Michigan certainly was an adventure. We stopped the night in Dry Ridge, Kentucky in order to be fresh an alert to drive through Ohio. Last thing I wanted to do was drive through Cincinnati or the surrounding area at night. Was a good thing we did as it pour down raining where we were during the night. On Thursday morning we crossed into Ohio and just as we hit Cincinnati the rain came down so heavy you could not see where you were going and traffic crawled. I could not pull off due to being in the far left lane preparing to hit the exit I needed. I had on fog lights and flashers going. I was amazed at the number of people who were trying to pass cars they could not even see. One car came up beside us and lightly tapped the dividing wall between north/south bound traffic. Lucky for us he was barely moving or it could have been nasty. This rain went on for a good 10 miles before it finally stopped. I headed for the first rest stop I could find to make a "pit" stop and to stop shaking. Of course things could have been worse, it could have been SNOW and a blizzard instead of rain!


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Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on June 17, 2013 at 7:20am

OMGosh!  What a day you had.  I agree that people watching can be so enlightening.  Glad you're back in MI.  Take care and good luck with your new house purchase.  

Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on June 16, 2013 at 6:33pm

I could get on a soap box because of so many changes in our country and lace of morality.  I just wonder if you offered the man your husbands pants if he would even put the on.  People love to shock others, dare you to say anything.  I am with Barb we need to pray for these people and those that can work will ask for a hand up instead of an hand out. To help someone else for me is not to ask for anything in return, however, to take what they were given (mercy, kindness, etc and just pass it on. 

Comment by Pam/NY on June 14, 2013 at 10:50am

Well that puts a new definition on going commando!!! Gotta air the family jewels out occasionally. You have to find the humor in these situations...the sad thing is he probably has money but doesn't have the mental capacity to buy clothes. Being a nicer weather state, you tend to see more of that.

You did go through some bad weather...hate that white knuckle driving.

Good luck with the purchase of the new home...keep that good sense of humor and keep posting the stories!

Comment by B J Elder/WA on June 14, 2013 at 8:24am

You do have the adventures. One does wonder about the circumstances in people's lives. I know how thin the line is between being in good shape (physically/financially) and having next to nothing. Prayer and compassion need to be foremost.  

So glad you made it home safe and sound. That was some storm you had to drive through. Hope the next time you drive south that all goes very smoothly and you will be pulling up to YOUR house.

Comment by Shannon, ON on June 14, 2013 at 7:36am

Amen. always better to feel compassion. you never know what has happened in their lives. a friend of mine was a nurse in a women's clinic. she said that 100% of the "working girls"  had been sexually abused as kids and had to leave their homes at a young age....there but for the grace of God.....hope the house thing goes well....

Comment by Irene Gallway on June 14, 2013 at 7:24am

I agree you can see some awful sites when people watching.  I guess I'm from the old school when it comes to the way people dress these days.  I was in MacDonalds recently and observed a girl who's outfit was down right obsene.  She didn't have enough on to flag a freight train.  And then they wonder why bad things happen to them.  Hope they accept your offer on the house.  House hunting can be exhausting.

Comment by Barb/WI on June 14, 2013 at 5:56am

Enjoyed reading about your Florida adventure.  Driving in bad weather certainly can make for some tense moments.  Hope everything goes smoothly with the house now.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on June 14, 2013 at 5:43am

Great stories, Terri.  Glad you made it home safely.  

Comment by Janet/MO on June 13, 2013 at 8:21pm

Wow, Terri, what an adventure.  I hope your offer is accepted on the house you wish to buy. 

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