Wednesday night we had a string of storms come through. I heard the rumbling of the thunder rolling across the area. I was anticipating many lightning strikes like last week. Other than the thunder we were quiet. It rained. Chance hid.
This morning we found out that Companeros a Mexican Restaurant where I liked to have a large frozen original margarita burned to the ground. Possibly caused by lightning. It wiped out The Dorset House ( Ice Cream and other things) too…both owned by the same people in the itty bitty berg of Dorset Minnesota.
During weekend summer nights people are lined up and sitting on the benches outside waiting their turn to dine. It was a great summertime place to eat. Far Guy would have a Glenny’s ( a specialty burrito), me a Shredded Beef Enchilada, Jen a Seafood Enchilada, Andy usually a Glenny’s or Fajitas, Adam liked Corndogs and Noah liked their cheesy fries although he was getting to like enchiladas and burritos.
We heard there was another fire near Park Rapids. Six local Volunteer Fire Departments were called out to fight these fires. Turned out that one was at Ray’s place. He is an old Navy guy who is part of the local Honor Guard. If there is a Veteran’s Funeral in the area then it would be Ray that played Taps. He and his wife lost everything and had no insurance.
In the news footage it showed his Trumpet all coved in smoke and ash residue. Sad.
Ray is a year younger than me, his Dad was my fourth grade teacher. At 62 it will be a struggle to rebuild. He and his wife have moved into their RV for the time being.
Lightning fast that is how fast things can change.