John Pawlowski was ready to take his ham and turkey sub and leave Zimmerman Boulevard behind.
Western New York's most famous sub eater planned to return one last time on Thursday to the street in the Town of Tonawanda, park under his favorite tree, deliver a gift of thanks to the homeowner and then go on his way to find a new spot of shade for his weekly lunch break. But then he changed his mind.
If you need the backstory, well, you haven't been following the fascinating case of a man who just wants to eat the same sub on the same street under the same tree, until two neighbors followed him back to his office one day last month to ask him why he'd been parking on their street for a year. The following week, town police showed up to ask what he was doing there.
All of the attention made Pawlowski – the subject of three Buffalo News items that received increasing interest online – question whether he should just find another place to eat his Tailgate Deli submarine sandwich in peace.
But Barbara Tucker, who owns the house he parks in front of, had told a News reporter that Pawlowski was welcome to park there as long as he wanted. That prompted Pawlowski to say he wanted to bring her a gift this week. Thursday, he stopped by the Tops Market at Sheridan Drive and Delaware Road and picked up a bouquet of flowers.
He delivered them to Tucker, and the pair chatted for about 15 minutes on Tucker's front porch. Pawlowski said Tucker was very nice and he was glad he got to meet her.
"I was ready to move, but she urged me not to," Pawlowski said in a text message. "I guess I'll end up staying."