So the restaurant and bar business you took over and renovated has been open six months and it is a dream come true, thriving, friendly and full of potential.
And one week in September Tropical Storm Lee washes away that dream.
That's the cliffnotes story of Pier 87 along Route 87 and the Loyalsock Creek in Plunketts Creek Township.
But the story doesn't end there.
In the year since the flooding, Frank Morrone and Brad Russell, the latest owners of the Route 87 landmark, have gone about the process of rebuilding on the site.
They have fostered new friendships and been touched by the kindness of workers and volunteers, neighbors and strangers, during the difficult recovery process.
They've broken ground for a new Pier 87.
A few weeks ago, we heard the president tell successful business people that they didn't earn their stripes without gobs of help from the government.
And it's true the Pier 87 people are being assisted by a small business flood recovery grant. It's also true that in thousands of cases such as this there are infrastructure and other needs with government backing that help people succeed.
But there is no path to success and all the government help in the world won't make it happen if the basis of a business isn't the kind of individual spirit, vision and determination that are at the heart of the Pier 87 comeback.