Down the street from where I work is the waterfront.
It’s interesting for a variety of reasons.
Like there’s a couple of mummies in one place, a great fish and chips place in another and did I mention the mummies already?
Hands down one of my favorite things to do is to stand there, looking out at the water and when there’s a small group of people eating snacks and taking selfies I’ll turn to a friend ( this only works if someone I know is there ) and say
” So you know what they have to do here every morning?”
No my friend will say on cue.
” The City has to get out here early and look for floaters.”
” What’s that?”
” You mean who. They’re dead bodies. See the tide comes in and they get pushed up here and wouldn’t you know it?” There’s always a tourist looking down and there’ll it will be. A big juicy floater. Hitting the dock. I heard when they hit the piling it makes a weird knocking sound. Anyway. It’s bad for business. So the City gets out here early and fishes then out with a big giant hook
” Oh my God. That cannot be true. ” my friend will say.
I take a quick look around and at this point my little audience-and there always is one because people are nosey and eavesdroppers by nature. Anyway the little crowd is clearly on my friend’s side and I can tell the image of a bloated water-logged corpse being fished out of the water is something they can’t unsee- unless of course they can convince themselves that this is absolutely not true.
” Well they can’t walk out. They’re dead you know.”
” You made that up. It’s not true.” My friend will say for the little group.
” Fine it’s not true.”
” Really? It’s not true. You were just kidding. Admit it.”
” Sure. ” I’ll say clearly not meaning it. ” I’m just kidding. Really.” I’ll say as unconvincingly as possible. ” Just kidding.”