Illinois Meets Florida

November 1, 2021 by

I am still adjusting to my new environment here in Florida.  As such, something very funny happened the other day, illuminating the fact that I am still acclimating to my new place and climate.

Every day, I go for walks around the lagoon my place looks out on.  On any given walk, I see 40-50 little lizards that scurry across the sidewalk in front of me.  One day, when returning to my air-conditioned townhome, I saw one of these creatures race across my living room floor.  Moving to my hands and knees, I cluelessly tried to catch the lizard, not realizing just how quick these lizards move.  Upon realizing there was no way this 60-year-old was going to catch the little critter, I called the townhome management office and asked whether they had “lizard traps.”  The Property Manager started to laugh, exclaiming, “Lizard traps?  I’ve never heard of that.”       

I then asked her how I was going to be able to get the lizard out of my townhome and return it to the wild.  She laughed even harder and then told me “Dude, you live in Florida.  You need to realize that these lizards are now part of your family!”

Got it.


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