Views of the Neighborhood

My apologies in advance for a somewhat random post. I began the day with the desire to put up some pictures of a few of the unusual ways businesses attract customers. We have our share of sharks and Octopuses, but there are a few others. As I was heading out, I happen to catch a photo of a gray heron in our backyard. He wanted to pose so I thought what the heck. Here he is.


Then walking on the beach, I came across this bouquet of flowers. My imagination took hold, and I decided a brokenhearted lover who lost his true love to a boating accident made a visit to the beach and brought her a gift. Well, that’s my version maybe you have one of your own.


Finally, I turned my concentration to the project at hand, unusual ways to attract customers. The first I call, “shower your customers.”

shower your customers

Yes, that is a waterfall over the entrance of the shop. One does not get wet going inside but the potential is certainly there.

This next shot is a new RV resort in town. Oh yes, we need another RV resort almost like we need a case of black mold. If the resort isn’t enough, check the anchor out front.

Day Glo Anchor

Yup. That’s Day-Glo pink. So in keeping with the environment. (not) Β The next photo is also an abundance of pink but done in the style of the island.


Gratitude is a gift shop that uses pink to the ultimate, and it works.

Hope you like the views this week. I’ll leave you with a quiz.

for sale

What do bikinis, flip-flops, and sunglasses all have in common? Give up? They are all disposable at these prices. Have a good week.



  1. Colorful and cheerful fare for a holiday, John. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

    1. Thanks, Suzanne. This is everyday here.

  2. Fun Sunday morning stroll around the neighborhood John. Thanks for taking us with you. The heron is quite handsome and your setting there is simply gorgeous. No wonder he came to visit.
    The flowers– First — you old softy. But it does seem like a strange thing; expensive flowers too. Maybe your story is true. Or maybe a proposal rejected.
    Have a sublime Sunday. Mega hugs

    1. I like your version. Means there can be a do over. Superior Sunday to you, Teagan.

  3. I must say, John, you live in the most colorful area that I’ve ever seen. That first photograph is so beautiful! I’m curious, what is the Palace? Happy Sunday!

    1. The Palace is a curio shop and surf shop rolled into one.

      1. Excellent! Isn’t that surfer lingo? πŸ™‚

      2. Uh. I don’t know.

  4. That is a lot of pink. Guessing disposable bikinis is a Spring Break thing.

    1. The sign is up all year so maybe not. πŸ™‚

      1. That raises further questions. πŸ˜›

  5. Good morning, John,
    And thanks for taking us around the neighbourhood again. Quite interesting pictures! πŸ™‚
    I love to take pictures of the birds, especially the herons [], but also the pelicans and seagulls, in Port A, too.
    That bouquet of flowers on the beach is really something!
    Sorry to hear about another RV park. 😦 The beach will become more and more crowded. What a pity. My wife still fondly remembers what it was like in the 50s, when her parents took her there.
    As to the last picture: that reminded me of one your previous postings, of all that trash on the beach. Those cheap items will only add to that, unfortunately.
    Well, let’s think more of the great sights to be seen in Port A.
    Have a wonderful Sunday,

  6. Colorful place. Watch our for those subterranean floral monsters. That looks like an advance scout to me.

  7. Morning John! Thanks for these great wake-up photos. I am busy making up my version of the owner of Gratitude! Enjoy this lovely day!

    1. Thanks Linda. πŸ™‚

  8. Nice views as ever, John. Very different to what we have here in the sticks.

    1. I imagine. Your sticks are so peaceful.Ours is like living on a psychedelic carnival ride.

  9. American bedach culture’s always so ‘interesting’! LOL I guess in Texas it really has to be bigger and better – I think your neighbourhood’s pretty spiffy, John πŸ˜‰

  10. Whoops – that should be BEACH of course…*blushes*

    1. I knew what you meant. πŸ™‚

  11. Thanks for the tour, John. I’ll skip the free piercing from the $4.99 bikini store but everything else works for me.

    1. I don’t know but I think you would look dashing with a nose stud. Ha ha ha. πŸ™‚

      1. That think is big enough, John. I don’t need to call more attention to it.

  12. Great photos John. Happy Sunday.

  13. Brilliant colors and sentiments, John.
    thank you.

    1. Thanks for the visit, Hook

      1. My pleasure!
        Sorry I haven’t been around much lately.

  14. John, I look forward to your Sunday posts and a stroll around your neighborhood. The flowers puzzle me. Nothing like that blooms in sand, so they had to be brought in. As to why? Maybe somebody had a four-wheel crash on that spot? Or maybe some parents buried a child’s pet? Or maybe that’s where “she” said “no” to his proposal, and he left the bouquet to mark the spot? Nah, your explanation sounds better — let’s go with that!

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Debbie.

  15. Hmmmm. A $4.99 bikini must not have much to it. That’s a pretty good bikini! πŸ‘™

    1. You said it not me. πŸ˜€

  16. I’ve never cared for pink, but think I could overlook it to live at the beach.

    1. Might be hard. The people across the street have a pink house and I must say I hate it.

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