We all are having our own shelter-in-place fantasies these days. Places we can’t wait to get back to, or places we’ve always wanted to visit but haven’t, and want to go to immediately. (For me, it’s my favorite bakery/coffee shop in town, where I would often go to write, Man, I miss it.)
For others, well, they’re trying to live out a fantasy at a place that absolutely, positively they should not be.
We got for today’s bizarre story to, of course, Florida.
Florida deputies arrested a man who had been living out his quarantine on a shuttered Disney World island, telling authorities it felt like a “tropical paradise.” (Put that on the brochure, Disney folks!)
Orange County Sheriff’s deputies found Richard McGuire on Disney’s Discovery Island on Thursday, April 30. He said he’d been there since Monday or Tuesday and had planned to camp there for a week, according to an arrest report.
The 42-year-old said he didn’t hear numerous deputies searching the private island for him on foot, by boat and by air because he was asleep in a building. (Discovery Island, so quiet you won’t hear a rescue squad!)
He told the deputy he didn’t know it was a restricted area, despite there being numerous “no trespassing” signs.
“Richard stated that he was unaware of that and that it looked like a tropical paradise,” according to the arrest report.
Orange County Marine deputies on Bay Lake used a public address system to tell McGuire he was not allowed to be on the property, but he remained on the island, anyway, according to the arrest report.
A security representative for Disney said she saw McGuire using a company boat Thursday, noting that the area had several “no trespassing” signs and two closed gates. She asked the agency to press charges.
McGuire was arrested on a trespassing charge and taken to jail without incident. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could comment.
I have, of course, many questions here. First, do you think McGuire thought he was at actual Disney World and was wondering where the heck Mickey and his trophy girlfriend, Minnie Mouse, were?
Did he find a volleyball and name it Wilson? And given that Discovery Island used to be a zoological attraction, was closed 20 years ago and contains all kinds of wild animals, just what exactly did McGuire see while he was there? Was it like “Where the Wild Things Are” out there?
Man, this would make a great movie.
**Next up today, this next photo speaks volumes about people who hold grudges.
I have no idea who Betsy is, nor who Emmy is, but the fact that there’s a sidewalk brick square outside an elementary school stating that contrary to what was reported at the time, it was actually Betsy who won the 1955 Field Day Spoon Race, not that little vixen Emmy, who clearly cheated or did something that wasn’t right, makes me really happy.
Larry David opened a “spite store” this season on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Well, this is a “spite brick.”
I love it, EBW (who I assume is Betsy but who knows). You hold that grudge, and hold it tight!
**Finally today, I feel like a lot of people are starting to get WAY too relaxed about the coronavirus plague. Governors across the country are starting to reopen, even though everywhere except my state (New York) continues to see Covid-19 numbers going up and nowhere close to peaking.
It also continues to be absolutely unforgivable that two months into this crisis, we’re still seeing stories like this, from “60 Minutes” this week, about a hospital in Texas that is severely short of PPE and having to work under extremely difficult conditions.
It is heartbreaking that our health-care workers, the people on the front lines of this crisis, are being so neglected. Absolutely heartbreaking.