When Joseph Oakes heard from a friend that the Secret Service was down at the Destin docks Thursday, he rushed to get there. He wasn't sure who he was going to see, but knew that the presidential security detail was there for a reason.

 

When he arrived, he noticed folks in black shorts and black T-shirts, wearing sunglasses and earpieces - the Secret Service in their summer attire. Then, he saw Donald Trump Jr., presidential son, stepping off of the Home Grown, a local fishing boat.

"I had to ask Secret Service for permission to get a picture," he said. "They said, 'Go right ahead.' I just walked up to him, put my arm around him and took a selfie."

The Destin man's brush with fame was his second in less than a week. On July 27, he was eating at Ole Times Country Buffet with his kids when he saw Bruce Mitchell from The History Channel's "Swamp People" walking across the parking lot with his family.

Mitchell, called the "Alligator Man," is one of the main cast members on the show based in Louisiana.

"He was wearing the same overalls that he wears in the show," Oakes said. "Same hat. Same overalls. Kind of hard to miss him.

"I said, 'Hey you're from 'Swamp People,' " he added. "He was like, 'Real nice to meet you.' Shook my hand."

Oakes, who describes himself as "kind of in the middle politically," said he was left "starstruck" after both encounters.

"I guess just right place, right time," he said.