Thursday, September 21, 2017

June & Ocala Golf Cart


June is the manager for the Ocala Golf Cart shop on the northwest side of Ocala. She is warm and friendly and doing business with her is a delight.  It is a family operation, owned by her brother-in-law, who also runs another golf cart shop on Highway 200 in the southwest side of Ocala.  

As you can see, they've got the city covered.  They have been in business for a number of years and have been successful because they are people-oriented, or as they like to say "people driven."

In fact, we have purchased a golf cart from June and it is getting the finishing touches at the moment but will soon be ready to chase that little white ball down the fairways at various golf courses in Ocala, but mostly at the Trilogy Golf Course.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Shopping at Sears

"That will be $150.00, please," said the clerk.

"What, that's on sale for $100.00!" said the woman customer.

The clerk responded, "Oh, no, that was yesterday.  Today it's $150.00."

"That's not fair!" said the male customer, angrily.

"True.  But we don't care and it really doesn't matter, your credit card has been rejected," responded the clerk.

"Well, we'll just take our business elsewhere," said the customers in unison.

"Oh goody," said the clerk, "I can go on break now."

(Please note that this mini story is fiction and bears no resemblance to any Sears clerk or Sears customers, especially those persons pictured above.)

Monday, September 18, 2017

A Napping Teddy Bear

The store is called Blocker's Furniture.  It's fairly upscale as reflected in their prices.  While browsing one day, this chair piqued my interest.  I asked to see it in its normal configuration.

Well, that didn't sit well with the people running the show.  They said, in no uncertain terms, that teddy bears needed their cat naps just like anybody else and I could come back when he woke up.

Now, I may not be the brightest bulb in the chandelier but I knew this was one teddy that was not waking up anytime soon.  So, I pulled myself together, choked back my tears, and said "I'm going to look for a chair elsewhere, a chair without a bear!"

And that was that.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Hit the Road, Mack!

We call this the headless truck. I'm not sure what it's all about but it belongs to an electrical contractor.

Whatever, it's certainly funny looking for a Mack!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Cleo Supervising Our Movers

Cat as you may know, like to be in the middle of things, and they want to know what's going on. Some, like our Cleopatra, need to have some say as to how things are done. In order to supervise effectively, she realized she needed a vantage point from which to determine how to proceed. I must say she did quite well, as the movers never shirked their duties.

Friday, September 15, 2017

En Garde!

This fine-feathered friend is standing guard over a nest which is located in a bush just to his left. I think he sensed danger, but I'm not sure from what source. After a bit he flew away so the danger probably passed and he felt his nest was safe again - for awhile.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wishing Well

This beautiful wishing well is located on a small farm in Ocala. We often ride our bikes up the street where it is located and it finally dawned on me that this is probably the source of the phrase, "We wish you well." I don't know why anyone would wish me a well, though.

(I'll quit now, as, well, I think my sense of humor has hit the bottom!)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Horse Farm Territory

The Trilogy resort abuts a large and beautiful horse farm.  At one time, of course, all of the land in this area consisted of horse farms.  But time marches on to the beat of what some would call "progress" and many of our horse farms are disappearing.  

Our home is on a cul-de-sac and the first shot is what you see from the window in my office or den.  The horses don't always show up, but they are there often enough to bring pleasure to those who live on this street.

The 2nd shot consists of a shady lane which the horses can take advantage of on certain days and certain occasions.

Lastly, is a photo of some of the beautiful equines that grace this property.  This was taken after Hurricane Irma came through.  Evidently, the horses weren't adversely affected.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Upscale Torn & Ragged Clothing

It is probably best that I do not comment on the above but leave the comments to my insightful, incisive and extremely intelligent readers.

But I will say that you can pay good money for these items in upscale stores right here in Ocala.

Is this a great country or what?

Monday, September 11, 2017

It's a Party!

People place balloons in places like this to indicate that a party is to be held at this location and also to help people who are directionally challenged and can't find an address even with GPS.

But most of that is irrelevant.

The question is:  What kind of party do these balloons suggest? 

a) A bridal shower
b) A Bar Mitzvah
c) A birthday party
d) A First Communion
e) A baby shower
f) A rain shower
g) All of the above

The persons who choose correctly will receive bragging rights.  Aw, c'mon, what did you expect, a candy bar?

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Ups and Downs

This is one of those favorite photos that pop unexpectedly out of the camera.  I think the reason I like it so much has to do with its lines and angles.  It has what I'd call a sort of geometric eccentricity.

It was taken at the Oaks Mall in Gainesville, Florida.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Waiting for Irma

Saturday morning.  Trilogy Ocala Preserve.  The workmen have left.  The silence is deafening!  We're waiting for Irma.

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Move to Trilogy

I'm back and am excited to once again share photos with my friends in the CDP community!  It's been a hectic and difficult couple of months, but we're now settled in and I'm hoping to find the time to post on a regular basis.  

As some of my readers know, Lois Anne and I have moved from a relatively large house to a much smaller house located in the resort community known as Trilogy.

Trilogy operates a number of 55+ resort communities here in Florida and in other states as well.  The first time we visited Ocala's Trilogy was about a year and a half ago and it was just getting started and we were not allowed inside the gate and left unimpressed.

Time, they say, changes things.   We went back a couple of months ago and were quite taken with the entire community.  We'd been thinking of downsizing for some time and after looking things over we decided this was the place to do it. So, we sold our house and bought another smaller house in Trilogy.

The first and last photos show the iconic Trilogy tower.  I've been told there's nothing in it but some steps which lead to the top.  I've yet to discover if it has any other meaning than that of representing Ocala's Trilogy resort.

The 2nd show shows Reflection Lake in which you can kayak, canoe, and fish. The building you see is where you obtain the vessels to traverse the lake.  The 3rd shot shows what's called the Oak House.  It contains a restaurant/bar, a concierge to assist you, a golf pro shop with pool tables, a workout gym, a spa, wine lockers, and the Trilogy mail delivery room.  

The Oak House also has a massive "common" room where you can come and relax, read, converse with friends, etc.  That's what you see in the 4th shot.

As time goes by, we'll show other photos of the community and its amenities - including the unique and fun golf course.

Now, all of the above depends upon us not getting blown away by Hurricane Irma! We doubtless will get some strong winds and rain but we're on high ground, about 75 miles between the coasts and far enough north that we tend to hang our hat on the hope Irma's force will dissipate substantially by the time it gets to us.

Monday, July 24, 2017

'Round & 'round we go...

We have not disappeared from the face of the earth.  But we have been very busy. After entertaining family, we somehow bought a new house and sold our old one and have been going 'round and 'round what with contracts and home inspections, and appraisals, etc.

And we aren't done yet.  I'm hoping to be back posting and commenting on a regular basis in another month or so.

I do miss my blogger friends!  Best wishes to all of you!
"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