How several people do you suppose can say they’ve lived through a water spout? Well, that depends on where and who you ask–but in the far northeast of the country, I doubt anyone even knows what a tornado looks or sounds love up close. Meanwhile in the southeastern region, water spouts are as commonplace as alligators on the side of the highway! Like an unsuspecting gator staring at you as you make your way down the interstate, knowing that the tornado is there doesn’t make it any less disturbing if you collide with it. However for me, I spent too long staring at a water spout splitting through the beach and not enough time running to my basement for cover. But by some miracle, I was able to hide in my bathtub, and listen as my beach home was practically torn off the ground around me. When the chaos was over, I stared in awe as my coastal house was nothing more than a few foundation support beams and little chunks of wall! The disaster was real, but there was something good in it: I work as a heating and air conditioning contractor, so the mangled homes meant I was about to have a lot of HVAC contracts for many months down the road! As people rebuilt their coastal property, they would need modern ductwork installed, and new furnace and central air conditioning technology put into place. It also meant that I would make more than enough money while in these renovations that I could afford having my own beach house rebuilt – and I’d save thousands of dollars in labor costs by handling the replacement myself! It’s good to have a plan for these kind of events, but it’s even better to have an occupation that’s perfect for times such as this. I suppose the storm had just ended at the time, but as I looked out at all the wrecked beach homes, all I could see was opportunity to rebuild and receive some business!