Saturday, November 7, 2015

Left Behind



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!

23 comments:

cieldequimper said...

What a story!!!

You're very confusing Lowell... You say you post on L&L and then you end up posting here... :-)

Sylvia K said...

Ah, you do have stories to make my day, Lowell!! Hope you're enjoying a great weekend!! Portland is showing it's favorite Fall weekend weather --RAIN!!

William Kendall said...

The Seven Dwarves got him and dragged him to their secret lair beneath the earth where their high priestess Snow White sacrificed him on an altar of gingerbread and the bodies of Hansel and Gretel.

Taken For Granted said...

Lowell, thank you so much for your funny story. It gave me a good laugh. I'm not at all worried about how much truth was in it. Didn't know you had so much trouble with people from south Florida. I would have thought those snowbirds who drove down the middle of the road at 8 mph were the trouble makers.

Kay said...

Yeah. What William said.

Linda said...

Quite a story, Lowell! :)

Andy said...

The plot thickens. I believe Donald Trump had something to do with this.

llandudnopictures said...

I guess a hat without a head is preferable to a body without a head!

Shammickite said...

Must have been one of those sand turtles, a huge malevolent giant version.

EG CameraGirl said...

I've heard of "if the show fits..." but "if the hat fits"???

magiceye said...

Hahaha... loved the little yarn that you spun so creatively!!

Bibi said...

That's some story! I like what William said.

Sharon Anck said...

This isn't the place where the alligators live is it? I LOVE your story and I'm glad the hat fit.

Bob Poris said...

What is that black object to the left of his remains? Looks like a suspicious person or an animal. Could someone be climbing up out of the sand after dragging the mysterious hat person down and is now escaping. Maybe you should call back and suggest there might be more to this? The Ocala "Star Banner" might be interested.

Ocala is safe, but that sand looks like my back yard. Maybe it’s a neighbor that I thought was away on vacation but neither he nor his wife wears an Ocala hat. It’s interesting that no one cared to investigate a hat in the sand unless it is not as unusual as we think.

RedPat said...

At least you got a hat out of it! ;-))

Halcyon said...

At least you got a nice-looking hat out of the deal!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Careful when you wear it tho .... You won't get any help if you should ever need it )). There are no strange people in Southwest Florida ( ... yet. We are still in Oregon.; ) )

Bergson said...

a disturbing story

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Loved all the comments above but Bergson's above made me laugh out loud :) Did you ever think of writing a book Lowell, a murder mystery :)

VP said...

So, never wear an Ocala hat...

stardust said...

Oh, please don’t wear the Ocala hat, Lowell, as it might be spellbound. You could be pulled into that hole like the former owner of the hat.

Yoko

José Mendonça said...

I enjoyed this story so much that I read it twice! :-)))

Bob Poris said...

I like a good mystery. Are you going to write a book? Do not give up the total control if a movie is offered.

"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