In 1991 I was living in Cleveland, Ohio and was working at TGI Fridays, located on the west side of the Flats. It was the first day of snow fall for that year and I was working late as usual.
After closing, I made it to my car. Since there was so much snow, I had to start my car and wait for it to warm up. As I sat in my car listening to my music, I noticed someone standing in front of my car. When I turned on the headlights, I realized that it was some guy wearing a white coat. He was just standing there staring out at the water.
At first, I thought it was someone who I may have worked with, so I rolled down my window and shouted out to him, but he did not respond. I then honked the horn but still got no response. The snow started to come down really heavy and it covered the front windshield pretty quickly. After a few moments, I turned on the wipers and to my surprise, he was gone. I stepped out of the car to see where he went, but he was no where to be seen. I quickly got back into the car and went home.
The next day, I went to work still wondering who the guy may have been. As a matter of fact, when I got inside, I started talking to a couple of the waiters about what had happened and I was taken back by the look on their faces. When I asked them why they looked so shocked by what I told them, they in turn told me about what happened two years before.
It was the first day of snow fall in 1989 when a young man was seen standing on top of the unfinished bridge that went over the river. Many people watched in horror as he jumped into the river. The witnesses to this said that he was dressed all in white. The body, however, was never recovered, and his ID was found at the top of the bridge where he had jumped off. It was only after they discovered who he was that they realized why he had killed himself. It seems that a week before, his fiancé had died in a car crash, and his family told authorities that he was depressed over it.
The following year several people leaving a bar one night said they had seen something very similar to what I had seen. Oddly enough, it was also on the first day of snow fall in 1990. That is when I realized that I had seen his ghost, still lost and perhaps looking for his love. In any case I was something that I will never forget and I hope that some day he finds what he is looking for.