Saturday, November 18, 2017
The story goes like this: A flock of faux flamingos was soaring over Ocala on a Sunday afternoon. One of the NRA's local mental midgets woke up from an alcohol-induced slumber, looked out the window and saw what he thought were Russian jets (a little pink, but close enough), so he grabbed his AK-47 (used only for hunting, of course) and blasted the flamingos out of the sky. When they fell, they landed in a pile.
This is the pile.
Friday, November 17, 2017
Some people hog the highways and drive as if there's no one else on the road. Others hog parking lots and park their vehicles as if no one else needs a parking space.
This photo illustrates the latter. It appears this person has hogged a total of EIGHT OR NINE parking spaces on a very busy day at Lowe's.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
These shots were taken on different days at different times. The first photo shows the entrance to the Oak House from the parking lot, and the last photo is the entrance to the Golf Club
Some might say the Oak House is the "heart" of the Trilogy resort here in Ocala. It contains a huge "living room" with fireplace and multiple seating arrangements; the Eagles Nest which offers a large-screen TV, gaming tables, a pool table, and a golf pro shop; a gym with every piece of body-building equipment you could imagine; a spa; a restaurant and bar; a mail room; and a concierge who is available at all times to assist in meeting your needs.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017
It's not even the middle of November, but Santa is busy visiting shopping malls all over the world. This allows him to get an idea of the gifts the elves must put together by Christmas Eve, and also provides an opportunity for kids to tell Santa their hearts desire and get their pictures "taken with Santa." Santa watched me take this photo, and smiled big-time. Good Santa!
If you thought these were real pumpkins, you were wrong. (You also need to get your eyes checked!) No, these are actors. Their only roles are to pose as pumpkins. They've tried to get other roles in the movies and on TV shows, but they've had no luck.
So, every fall they come out about Thanksgiving time and pose as pumpkins. Unfortunately, as I've told them, they probably won't ever win an Oscar because they're acting is so wooden.
Friday, November 10, 2017
Initially, I did not intend to identify the golfer, but what the heck, he's my friend ... let's call him Walt.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Monday, November 6, 2017
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Friday, November 3, 2017
Thursday, November 2, 2017
This is on a fairly busy road in northwest Ocala. I'm not sure why but perhaps it was put here so people who need to go can still watch the endless parade of cars and trucks that roar up and down the road.
And it's quite warm in this part of Florida, even in November, so someone was thoughtful enough to bring a ceiling fan. In order for the system to work, it takes two people: one on the pot and one holding up the ceiling fan above the one on the pot.
Florida is really a fun place to live at times.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
These animals are found in our local mall. They have wheels so that youngsters can straddle them and roll around a specific area. Getting onto them involves quite a bit of rocking, but they are mostly about rolling and look like a lot of fun.
I asked the guy running this operation if I could try riding one of them. He mumbled something about me being older that Methuselah and how I'd probably fall off and break my neck!
I thought that was kind of rude, to say the least.
The theme for November is "Rock & Roll." You can check out how other City Daily Photo bloggers interpreted the theme here.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017
I heard whimpering in the aisle, stopped and turned back and saw a shelf of small turkeys being readied for the annual Thanksgiving feast. This little turkey had a tear running down her cheek.
"Please, kind sir, save me from my fate," she said. "It will soon be Thanksgiving and then it will be too late. Can you help me, please? Can you buy me so I don't die on Thanksgiving Day?"
Well, I've got to say I was moved and close to tears at this desperate plea. So, I bought the turkey and brought it home.
Then it hit me. Turkeys can't talk. It was just a ploy to get me to spend my money. So, I grabbed the turkey by the neck and sure enough there was a tag which said "Made in China." I tossed the thing into the garbage can.
But as I walked away, I swear I heard that whimpering again.
Just in case you're wondering, I've decided to skip Thanksgiving this year.
It seems like the right thing to do.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017
I'm not sure what year Chevy this is but it's been lovingly restored. My 4th car was a 1955 Chevy Bel Air - a four-door hardtop. It took us from Minneapolis to Phoenix and back several times. The only problem I remember is the muffler blew out on Route 66 in Oklahoma.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
It's bad enough that global warming is causing the seas to rise but when a beautiful shed like this begins to sink, you're in double jeopardy!
Please note that I will be out-of-pocket for a couple of days but will return to photo blogging next week.
Wishing everyone a great weekend!
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
We ran into this by accident the other day. There were more vehicles for sale than my camera could capture, but this gives you an idea of what was going on. The site is close to and parallel to I-75 which means it gets a lot of attention.
But I wonder why these bucket trucks and cranes and other vehicles are not being used in areas devastated by recent hurricanes? Why not put them on a ship and send them to Puerto Rico?
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
This used to be a Sport's Authority store. A few years ago, Sport's Authority relocated and the building has stood vacant. Now, a new store has arrived, selling all things Halloween. There must be a lot of money to be made peddling Halloween merchandise.
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Gainesville, Florida is about 40 miles north of Ocala. The University of Florida is located in Gainesville. People who attend or who have attended the University of Florida are called "Gators," for the alligator is the school's mascot.
To root for the Gator's various sports team is highly recommended for anyone living in the Gainesville area. Thus many, if not most of Gainesville's commercial establishments, exhibit item(s) to show their commitment to the Gators success in the world of college sports.
Some stores in Gainesville's mall, The Oaks, sell only Gator-themed merchandise. Macys, for example, has areas of the store devoted to Gator's merchandise. But Macys has taken this "fanaticism" to the extreme: At each point where the escalators meet the second floor, you will find a huge alligator holding up the store.
At first glance, that might seem silly, but in fact the staff, students and alumni of the University of Florida provide a great deal of financial support to boost Macys' bottom line.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017
This very attractive mural is found on Main Street in downtown Deland. Deland, about 70 miles east of Ocala, is a city of murals.
Jill Cannady is the artist and the mural is the only line art, sepia-toned mural in the city. It was dedicated in 2010 and shows a diverse group of people in 1920s clothing interacting with one another.
It seems that Ms. Cannady meant to show how in the 1920s some people were left out of many conversations - specifically in this instance, women and blacks. Notice the men are involved in a game of chess while chatting earnestly among themselves.
Notice also that the women's faces betray their frustration at being treated as 2nd-class citizens.
Some people might say that little has changed in this regard since the 1920s.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Can you imagine this as a golf cart? It would be pulled by a horse, of course, or a jackass. The players would sit in the front of the cart with their legs hanging down. The golf clubs, encased in old canvas bags, would lay on the floor in the back of the cart.
There are a couple of problems, though. Coming up a steep hill, the golfers and bags might slide right out the back of the cart into the muck and mire, while the horse goes galloping off into the distance.
Or, when going down a steep hill, the golfers and bags might go flying off the front of the cart, bumping into the rear end of the horse, and the poor animal, not knowing what was going on, would be jolted into escape mode and drag the poor golfers and their clubs into the nearest pond.
Maybe this is why, up until relatively recently, most golfers walked the course?
Friday, October 13, 2017
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Highway 41 runs through the Everglades from Miami in southeast Florida to Naples in southwest Florida. Along that stretch of road you will find several restaurants - at least one of which is owned and operated by Native Americans. You will also find that frog legs are on each and every menu for they are considered a delicacy in that part of the country.
I've had people tell me frog legs taste like chicken. But that doesn't entice me. I've never tasted them. And if I want something that tastes like chicken, I shall buy myself a chicken.
It turns out that our new home in the Trilogy community is very attractive to those little green/albino tree frogs. They get up in between the wooden ridges on our lanai and sleep all day, pooping meanwhile on the lanai. In other words, they are inordinately pesky.
We've been spraying vinegar and water on them, but that doesn't do much good. So we're going to try some other solutions in the future. I must say, though, there aren't as many of these frogs as there were when we first moved in.
The frogs are harmless, but frightful when they jump from the top of the patio and land on your nose, holding on with those sticky little feet! And they are good in that they eat certain bugs and mosquitos. However, it appears that, no matter their benefit to the environment, they're going to have to go.
The question remains: How?
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Mojo Grill started out in downtown Ocala. After some success they moved into a building that had been a "Roadhouse Grill" a few miles east of town. Then, Mojo's opened another restaurant farther out on the east side in a building which has a English Tudor look to it.
We ate at the English Tudor building a couple of weeks ago. Incongruity is the word. The first time we ate at Mojo's was at their 2nd incarnation. It was very much a "roadhouse." The tables held metal buckets full in peanuts and you were invited to toss the shells on the floor. The food was OK but it was wild and very loud. Here's how one person described it:
"Funky, music-themed eatery featuring American-Mexican pub grub, including vegetarian options."
Now to incongruity. Imagine the inside of an English Tudor building and then look at the above photo. This is the Mojo out on the east side. Incongruity aside, the wait staff was very pleasant, and the food was good but the ambience was still a little too loud and wild for old folks like us.
We had a good time.
You can check out Mojo Grill here if you're interested.