Sunday, July 27, 2014

One of Dr. Duke's "gators"


Dr. James Duke is a highly-regarded orthopedic surgeon located here in Ocala. He's a graduate of the University of Florida, a school which has as its symbol an alligator. People who attend the University of Florida in Gainesville are known as "Gators."

Many of these people are rabid fans. Fanatics.

Ocala is full of U of F alumni. They can also be fanatics.

Dr. Duke has worked with the athletic department at the University of Florida for a number of years so he is doubly involved in the school's efforts to offer a quality college education. He is an avid fan. His office is filled with U of F memorabilia. This gator coiled up on the coffee table in his waiting room is one piece of that memorabilia.

17 comments:

William Kendall said...

That's a marvelous item for your table... unless you have friends with fears of gators.

Sylvia K said...

Hey, what a great way to discourage people from lifting a trinket or so from the table now and then!! Love your capture for the day and thanks as always for the smile and the giggle! Have a wonderful new week!

Randy said...

I'll setting for a regular nut dish, thanks.

Jack said...

Nothing wrong with pride in one's alma mater. Lots of gators in southwest Florida, too, but so many people are retirees from the Midwest or Canada that there are as many Buckeyes as gators.

Small City Scenes said...

Interesting old gator----so's the dish on the table. Bwahahaha!! MB

cieldequimper said...

I'd have to wait elsewhere...

Kay said...

Uhhhh. Not sure I'd find that terribly welcoming, though now that I think of it I seem to remember that the 'gator was the mascot of my college, too.

Halcyon said...

My first question is, what are you doing in an orthopedic surgeon's office? Hope all is ok!
If this guy was good enough for the Gators athletes, then I think he's good enough for you! It's funny how crazy people are for their college sports teams. But I suppose there are worse things.

Glad you're back!!!

llandudnopictures said...

Fierce looking!

Kate said...

Obviously he had a good experience there, and truly is loyal!

Olivier said...

de quoi faire des cauchemars si tu te leves dans la nuit

Birdman said...

Dr. Duke? Forgetaboutit!
Show me the Daisy Dukes!
Catherine Bach looked good in them.
But I digress.

Sharon Anck said...

Alligators have their place and that place is not on the coffee table. I think I'd have to move him to a more appropriate locale.

RedPat said...

I think that would creep me out a bit!

EG CameraGirl said...

OH dear! I hope you weren't in that office for anything serious!

magiceye said...

Looks frightfully amazing!!

VP said...

My first connection between an orthopedic surgeon and a gator was of another kind...

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