Every now and then, so many random thoughts collect in my mind I need to share some of them to make room for more. Today you get to see what I mean.
My husband and I had lunch at the Captain D’s restaurant on U.S. Highway 98 in downtown Fort Walton Beach a couple of weekends ago. It’s something we used to do regularly on workdays, but now that I bring most of my meals from home and eat at the office, not so much anymore.
As soon as we approached the building, we knew something was different but couldn’t quite put our finger on it. Inside, we saw immediately the whole place had received a remodel.
Everything was freshly painted. New artwork adorned the walls. A white rail that used to direct the flow of customers to the cashier for placing orders was gone. The booths were reupholstered.
The server who took our order told us it was done in January. Nice, we thought, and went about enjoying our lunch.
When we left, my husband turned to me and said, “The staircase is gone.”
Bingo! He was right, and that’s what we had subconsciously noticed upon our arrival.
Back in the day, when that building was home to Dairy Queen, an outside staircase led to the rooftop where there were tables and chairs for dining in the fresh air.
We remember taking advantage of the open-air space at least twice – once before our sons were born and once afterward when we all ordered ice cream sundaes and carted them upstairs to eat.
The view was entertaining if not picturesque. Besides the amusement of watching traffic cruise along the highway, or creep along depending on the season and the weather, you could see beyond to the waters of Santa Rosa Sound and the condos on Okaloosa Island.
It was pretty cool, actually. I always wanted to watch one of the downtown fireworks displays from the vantage point, but I can’t recall ever doing so. Trees might have blocked the sightlines anyway.
You probably can guess the two main drawbacks of this otherwise clever use of prime real estate. First, the breeze could blow the ice cream right off your spoon. OK, maybe it wasn’t quite that strong, but it was a challenge to keep your food, napkins, utensils, etc., from flying off the table.
Second, the potential liabilities in such an arrangement were obvious, from the staircase itself to the laws of gravity that engage anything above ground level.
Eventually, the gate at the bottom of the staircase was permanently locked, I think even before Captain D’s took over the site. It’s kind of a shame but totally understandable.
I’m happy I got to experience that piece of FWB history.
Did you see the debut of “The Crossing”? It’s a new show on ABC that comes on after “American Idol.” It’s exactly the kind of show I get suckered into watching – “The 4400,” “Lost,” “Timeless” and many others.
I’ll reserve judgment on “The Crossing” for now except for this one thing that happened in the first episode that drives me nuts every time a TV show or movie does it.
When the sheriff, played by Steve Zahn, first gets called out to the scene where a body reportedly has washed up on shore, it’s daytime.
Sure enough, he and his deputy find a body. Then the sheriff finds a little girl, who is still alive. Then the deputy directs the sheriff’s attention to the water, where we see dozens of people floating.
Cut to a commercial.
When the show comes back, it’s nighttime!
Now, I’m no dummy. I get they’re trying to show the passage of time, especially because, in this case, the Feds are there, too, and have set up shop. I don’t care. It’s still annoying.
I can’t cite another example off the top of my head but it happens a lot. Now that I’ve shared, it can annoy you, too. Lol.
Enough randomness for now. Rest assured there’s plenty more where this came from.