Monday, November 23, 2015
Gainesville is the home of the Gators (University of Florida). It is not surprising therefore that the local mall features a lot of "Gator" merchandise. The Oaks Mall has a center section which is inhabited mostly by various kiosks selling Gator stuff. In the center of the center section stands a full-size alligator to attract the attention of the shoppers.
Sunday, November 22, 2015
We've posted photos of this place previously, but it's an iconic landmark and quite attractive, so I'll doubtless post more pictures of it in the future.
The Seabreeze hasn't changed much since 1988 when we first dined here. The restaurant is on the upper level and offers great views of the Gulf of Mexico.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
The Hebrew word for "peace" is shalom. The meaning is quite broad, reflecting the kind of peace where all is in perfect order, where harmony rules among people and the creation. It can also be spelled "sholom."
Sholom was the word used by Sidney Colen when he built this park some years back. Sholom Park is a very peaceful place; a place to walk and meditate, a place where you can let the cares of the world wash away, a place that surrounds you with quiet and stillness and beauty.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Monday, November 9, 2015
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Saturday, November 7, 2015
While on a bike ride this morning, we saw a fellow wearing an Ocala hat down on his knees peering into what appeared to be a hole in the ground.
Some very strange people have moved up here from south Florida, so we didn't think much of it and kept on riding.
On our way home, however, all we saw was the hat. The obvious and only conclusion was that some animal had pulled the guy into the hole and in the process, he lost his hat.
So I called 911 but were surprised to learn they weren't much interested. The woman who answered the phone wanted to know where the guy came from. I said we didn't know, but we were guessing south Florida.
She said, "That's what I thought. We don't have time to take care of these strange people from south Florida because we're so busy taking care of old people from the north."
Then she asked, "Did he have an Ocala hat?"
I said, "Yes."
"Aha!" she said. "That settles it. He was from south Florida; ev'rybody from south Florida buys an Ocala hat. Call the animal control office in Miami. Maybe they'll send someone up to investigate."
"OK" said I. Then I thought "This guy won't need the hat anymore," so I picked it up and and we rode on home. Funny thing - it fit!
Friday, November 6, 2015
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Cuvee Wine & Bistro is an elegant bar/restaurant, featuring 104 wines (all of which you can taste from wine dispensing machines - for a price) - and gourmet meals. It's not inexpensive, but can be a fun choice for a special night out with the one you love.
You can read all about it here.