Friday, June 29, 2012

"Get in that car seat right now!!!"

We'll be out-of-pocket for a few days, but wish everyone a very happy weekend!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Chili's bar


Don't park in front of Chili's bar unless you're at Chili's bar!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

When Mercury made a great car!

Cruising down the highway, this Mercury from the early 50s turned lots of heads!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Bob Evans - Kids eat free!



If you don't have small children, you might want to avoid Bob Evans Restaurant in southwest Ocala on Tuesday night! Actually, we've never seen very many children there at any time; it caters mainly to older, retired folks.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Volvo for sale ...

Local car dealers pay for the privilege of showcasing their automobiles in Ocala's Paddock Mall. On this particular day, Volvo was featured.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Red's

Red's is an old timey cafe outside of Ocala on the road to Dunnellon. It's very popular place and is usually jammed with people. It serves breakfast and lunch only, and the portions are quite large. We have eaten there once and found the food to be rather greasy but will probably try again in the future.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Sheer Drama...

...one of the ubiquitous hair salons in Ocala; this one located near downtown.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Purple Carrot Farm

I don't understand this at all. I've never, in all my years, seen a purple carrot. And I've never heard of a carrot farm of any color! :-)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Ice cream with dad

We have family visiting so our posting and commenting will be a bit sporadic for a few days. We wish all of our friends a wonderful weekend! Go out and have some ice cream!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Take up your sign and follow the sidewalk...

...you'll get minimum wage and any coins you find in the street!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Beef O'Brady's Van

Beef O'Brady's is a chain restaurant featuring beef. Well, other things, too. We have never dined there but people who have done so generally, while not enthusiastic, speak well of the place. It appears to be a kind of sports bar for families. Also, as you can tell by the photos on the van, lots of heart attack foods are served! :-)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Vaccinate your kids

Some years back when our children were small, Jonas Salk discovered a vaccine for polio. It was an earth-shaking event! We were ecstatic. At that time one of the worst fears of parents was that their children would develop this terrible disease.

Ironically, in more recent times an anti-vaccine movement has arisen, which is most prevalent in the more conservative groups - religious and otherwise. I think it is part of a larger anti-science bias that has been growing for some time because as science has progressed more and more ancient mythologies have been laid to rest and that threatens some people immensely. When threatened, people either get defensive or back off.

A good example of how this works is found in the fact that the majority of U.S. citizens do not "believe" in evolution, even though it is the basis of almost all scientific endeavors and is not up for discussion. In the same way many people do not believe in vaccinating their children, even though not to do so is to put those children at risk of contracting a number of serious, even life-threatening diseases.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Sheriff's Department investigates...

...a mystery at Meadowbrook Church.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ford F250 Pickup...

...is a "workhorse," one of the most popular pickup trucks in the Ocala area.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Anointed Touch Hair Salon

I wonder if this place is for people who need to treat their hair religiously?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Hungry Bear Drive-In (near old downtown)

The Hungry Bear opened in the mid-70's under the management of Larry Mayhew. Back then, the Wednesday special included a burger, fries and soda for the grand sum of $1.25.

Earlier this year, this iconic drive-in closed, but was re-opened several weeks later and is now run by Linda Williams who has worked at the restaurant for some 20 years.

If you want to know more about this fascinating piece of Ocala history, click here.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Steam-driven car?



I've not seen anything like this before, but it appears to be some kind of steam-driven automobile.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Tranquility - Sholom Park

Sholom Park, on Ocala's west side, was designed to be a place of tranquility and peace and meditation. Throughout the park, the trees and bushes and flowers encourage one to stop, rest, and allow nature's beauty to calm one's spirit.

The heart tree, shown in the 2nd photo, is especially meaningful and many have found it inspirational in their lives.

The theme for the first day of June, 2012, is "tranquility." Click here to view thumbnails for all participants
"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson