Saturday, December 15, 2007

Cleawater Florida: Transportation: Sightseeing

Cleawater Florida: Transportation: Sightseeing
With this post, I begin an occasional series that I like to call "What we drive." It started, unofficially, on Dunedin Daily Photo yesterday. Click here to see that post.

I spotted this car in the parking lot at Clearwater Recreation's Long Center. I just had to take a picture of it because, like the flag festooned VW Beetle/Bug in yesterday's Dunedin Daily Photo post, you just don't see one like this every day. The car is a Chevrolet, I think the model is a Lumina? A generally ordinary car... but most of them don't have flame jobs flowing down the sides!

So check back every day, and between pictures of wonderful Clearwater, we will do some sightseeing of a different sort, checking out just what it is that we drive.

In the meantime, I just want to mention that, finally, we are getting some rain. It has been very, very dry here for a while, and we will all be glad for the rain (But we shall hope it lets up long enough for everyone to enjoy the Christmas Parade tomorrow!).

And if it rains, gee, it must be time to go Christmas shopping. So jump in your flame covered Chevrolet, or your flag covered VW Beetle, and head for those stores! There are lots of deals to be had at places like Westfield ShoppingTown Countryside Mall and Clearwater Mall, and numerous plazas and Mom-and-Pop shops throughout Clearwater.

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OH! AND CHECK THIS OUT IN 2008:
JAN. 2-6: CATS! The original broadway show comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall. Address: 1111 Mcmullen Booth Rd, Clearwater. RuthEckerdHall.com

FEB. 7-18: The Florida State Fair, Tampa Fairgrounds. You can get more information on the Fairgrounds website, or on the State Fair MySpace page. Yeah, the State Fair has a MySpace page, is that weird or what? :D

Friday, December 14, 2007

Clearwater Florida: Shuffleboard Fun!

Clearwater Florida: Shuffleboard Fun!
I just don't know that many places where you can play shuffleboard outside while they are putting up Christmas Decorations just down the street. This was taken December 10, 2007. I was wearing my shorts. It was about 82F. I know this weather can't last all winter, but these folks were making the most of it!

In my mind, this is a classic Florida scene. If you click here, you can read about the history of shuffleboard (sadly, there are some annoying pop-ups on this page, so you may have to scroll down and skip some of it). As you can imagine, with Florida being such a huge vacation and resort mecca, there is a LOT of shuffleboard history here.

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On a side note, I saw a neat movie this past weekend. It is called The Golden Compass. It was not an instant classic or anything like that, but I enjoyed it quite a bit, and was totally entertained while I watched. Neat flick. Click here, and then click on the movie title, to see their website, which is really cool. And before you ask... Crow.

Okay, is it secret? Is it safe? Why, my bookmark of course... have you added me to your favorites yet? :D Scroll down to yesterday's post to see What's Happening. And thanks for stopping by!!!

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Clearwater Florida Mystery: City Of Clearwater: Long Center

Clearwater Florida Mystery: City Of Clearwater: Long Center
Congratulations to Jim, of Terrell Texas In Pictures, for coming closest to solving the mystery! It is indeed an indoor pool. Not quite the YMCA, but rather, one of numerous City Of Clearwater recreational facilities, the Long Center. It really is an excellent facility with more than just a pool. Click the name to check it out for yourself.

Tomorrow I will show you a classic Florida picture! So bookmark or favorite me, and check it out tomorrow. In the meanwhile...

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OH! AND CHECK THIS OUT IN 2008:
JAN. 2-6: CATS! The original broadway show comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall. Address: 1111 Mcmullen Booth Rd, Clearwater. www.RuthEckerdHall.com

FEB. 7-18: The Florida State Fair, Tampa Fairgrounds. You can get more information on the Fairgrounds website, or on the State Fair MySpace page. Yeah, the State Fair has a MySpace page, is that weird or what? :D

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Clearwater Florida: What's Inside? Here's a Hint

Clearwater Florida: What's Inside?  Here's a Hint
Okay, it occurred to me that maybe yesterday's photo was not a great hint. So here is another hint... in the form of another photo of this building in Clearwater, Florida. Take a close look, and see if you know what goes on in there. Yes, definitely a big place. Absolutely a lot of glass. Undoubtedly large quantities of steel too. Hmmm, what do you think?

Check back tomorrow for the answer. In fact, have you bookmarked this page yet? This might be a good time to add it to your favorites.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Clearwater Florida: What's Inside?

Clearwater Florida, can you guess what this building encloses?
This building can be found in Clearwater, Florida. It's pretty big. That's a lot of glass. It seems like there is a lot of metal framing too. Can you guess what the building is for? Can you guess what is going on in there?

I'll tell you... next time!

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In the meantime, here's What's Happening:
DEC. 12: Celebration of Hanukkah traditions and music will be presented on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2 p.m., at Regency Oaks, 2720 Regency Oaks Blvd., Clearwater Join Joy Katzen-Guthrie as she interweaves her soulful performances with captivating history and storytelling in a one-of-a-kind uplifting musical experience. R.S.V.P. by calling 727-252-0540.

DEC. 15: Bright House Holiday parade
Location: Cleveland Street, Crest Lake Park to Myrtle Avenue
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Contact: Parks & Recreation, 562-4800

DEC. 15: Holiday Family Fun Festival
Location: Cleveland Street, Myrtle Avenue to Osceola Avenue
Time: 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Contact: Parks & Recreation 562-4800

DEC. 30: Outback Bowl Beach Day
Location: The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort, 400 Mandalay Ave.
Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Contact: For more information, call 727-461-3222 ext 109 or visit www.outbackbowl.com. The Hilton, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area CVB, 95.7 The Beat and 93.3FLZ Radio sponsor this fun day which includes live music, skydivers, a tug-of-war and other contests.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Clearwater, Florida: Riding To Honor The Fallen


When I first saw a large group of motorcycles cruising down the road the other day, I thought "How cool, a team ride, or maybe one of those holiday rides to collect toys." But then I noticed the black arm bands, and the somber expressions on those riders whose faces I could glimpse. How sad I thought. I had taken the pictures before I realized what the occasion was, so I did not take anymore after that.

Later, I read in the St. Petersburg Times about a large motorcycle charity ride to honor slain Hillsborough Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Harrison, who had been the head of the Sheriff's DUI unit. That's when I went back to look at the picture some more. It has come back to my attention several times since then, and so I finally decided that this was a part of our community, and that I would post it. When I saw the procession, they were in Clearwater, nearing the end point of their ride, Quaker Steak And Lube, in Clearwater.

As I considered the photo of this man and woman on this motorcycle, it occurred to me how profoundly his experience in the Vietnam war had affected him, and how he had spent his life since then dealing with it. I am thankful for the men and women who have sacrificed so much in the wars we have waged. I wish them all peace of mind, and contentment in the lives, whatever lives, they return to.

If you look closely, you will see he has the POW/MIA symbol on the transmission cover of his bike. It says "You are not forgotten". And if you are curious about the sticker on the helmet of the woman riding on the back... it says: "If you can't trust a biker, who can you trust?"

For What's Happening, please see yesterday's post, below.

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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Clearwater, Florida: Morton Plant Hospital

Clearwater, Florida: Morton Plant Hospital
This is a view of Morton Plant Hospital, in Clearwater, Florida. This view was taken from the helicopter landing pad area, down the block on the waterfront. Morton Plant Hospital is part of a large hospital group in the area, Morton Plant Mease Healthcare.

Long ago, Morton Plant Hospital was just the one hospital. In fact, that is where my wife was born, as well as her children, and several of her nieces and nephews. But times change, as does health care and the methods by which it is delivered. I can tell you this, Morton Plant Hospital still has a very good reputation in this area.

Here is the contact information, should you find it useful:
Morton Plant Hospital
300 Pinellas Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 462-7000
*Remember, call 911 if you are having an emergency.

Whats Happening:
TODAY: Photo with Santa
The Humane Society of Pinellas offers Photos With Santa. Pet owners will have photo opportunities today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Humane Society of Pinellas is at 3040 State Road 590, Clearwater. Visit www.humanesocietyofpinellas.org or call 797-7722.

TODAY: Light The Way Home
The Humane Society of Pinellas is sponsoring its seventh annual Light the Way Home ceremony today at 6 p.m. The shelter is lit up with lights that are purchased in honor and memory of loved ones, both pets and people. The Humane Society of Pinellas is at 3040 State Road 590, Clearwater. Visit www.humanesocietyofpinellas.org or call 797-7722.

DEC. 12: Celebration of Hanukkah traditions and music will be presented on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2 p.m., at Regency Oaks, 2720 Regency Oaks Blvd., Clearwater Join Joy Katzen-Guthrie as she interweaves her soulful performances with captivating history and storytelling in a one-of-a-kind uplifting musical experience. R.S.V.P. by calling 727-252-0540.

DEC. 15: Bright House Holiday parade
Location: Cleveland Street, Crest Lake Park to Myrtle Avenue
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Contact: Parks & Recreation, 562-4800

DEC. 15: Holiday Family Fun Festival
Location: Cleveland Street, Myrtle Avenue to Osceola Avenue
Time: 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Contact: Parks & Recreation 562-4800

DEC. 30: Outback Bowl Beach Day
Location: The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort, 400 Mandalay Ave.
Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Contact: For more information, call 727-461-3222 ext 109 or visit www.outbackbowl.com. The Hilton, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area CVB, 95.7 The Beat and 93.3FLZ Radio sponsor this fun day which includes live music, skydivers, a tug-of-war and other contests.

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