221. Outdoor Seating

On a bench outside the Art Center in Sarasota patiently sits an older gentleman with his pet aligator securely chained beneath him.  He sits on that bench 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Don’t be sad for him, however, as he is never alone.  Many people take photographs of themselves sitting beside him and even with their arms around his neck while sitting in his lap.  He’s a happy senior citizen!  (Sculptor: Jack Dowd)



293. Solitary

Down by the Bay this afternoon, I noticed this gentleman sitting alone on a purple bench and smoking a cigar.  I took a few pictures of him and as I walked away I noticed he was talking on a cell phone and I overheard him say, “I’m overlooking the Bay, smoking my cigar and enjoying the sunshine. What’s it like on Staten Island?”  Chuckling all the way home, I checked the temperature today on Staten Island and it was 20 degrees, while in Sarasota it was 65.