Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
This was taken back in November at the Silver River State Park, just south of Silver Springs Park. I'm not sure what to make of it. The adults seem quite serious and the boat is moving at a fairly good pace. Most of the kids look bored out of their minds! (And yes, there are lots of gators in these waters! It's best if you do not swim in the mornings or evenings.)
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
The Ocala National Bank Building is located in the old downtown area of Ocala. It appears that much of the building is used for purposes other than banking.
Update: Ocala National Bank failed back in January 2009, was shut down by the government, and then taken over by Center State Bank. But this building is iconic and will probably continue to retain the name of Ocala National Bank for awhile.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
In some areas of the city, Ocala gives each house a garbage can. It is numbered and belongs to that particular house (not the owners!) If you lose it or steal it, and they catch you, you have to attend 365 sessions of the City Council as punishment. Nah, just kidding. That would be cruel and unusual punishment which is forbidden by our Constitution). Anyway, these are special garbage cans that are emptied by special machinery on a garbage truck - no humans involved.
Our garbage can, which we received last year, was brand new and had a painted city logo. But a few blocks from us, the people had to do with "used" garbage cans which carried a City of Ocala decal.
One day, I noticed that the decals were peeling away to reveal that these garbage cans originally came from Elkhart, Indiana!
I have no idea what's going on here. Did Elkhart have more than they needed and so gave them to Ocala? Did Elkart have a financial crisis and thus sold off their garbage cans? Were they the wrong color?
This is one of the sweet...er, smelly...mysteries of life!
Monday, January 11, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
While not unheard of, this scene is very rare. These are villas just across the way from ours and the photo was taken this morning about 9 AM.
It is very cold here, relatively speaking. We don't like it a bit. Fortunately, we should be back to our normal high of 70 degrees (F) in a few days.