Hello everyone. May has officially arrived and for the priorhouse blog, this means catching up on some old post ideas. Today’s post is part 1 (of about 10) “catching up” posts that I hope to share this month. Today I invite you to join me as we check out
Core Surf Shop.
is a small surf shop in Cape Canaveral, FL, which is on the East Coast side of Florida. This is in an area called the Space Coast. This section of Florida has seen better days. It was much more “happening” forty years ago, but the town hangs on with miscellaneous launch activity and plenty of beach access. Core surf shop
Parking if reserved for surfers only….
Thank you, Core, for letting me take your photo to add to my growing collection of people shots! I really like this photo of Core because it shows his surfer side mixed with his entrepreneur success. It kind of reminds me about how we need to “do what we love” and if making a business out of it works out too – well that just sweetens the days.
This hard to miss figure sits out front of Core Surf and a lot of people like to pose for a photo with this silver surfer This year (2015) is the first time I have seen the silver surfer wear a tie.
Here is the surfer from another angle. The time of the sun setting was a treat for me because I like the mood it added to some of the photos – even though I have to admit that I was in a hurry – it was the end of another long day and dinner was waiting for us back on the river. (and yes, I think I caught a selfie here too- lol)
Core Surf is located right down the road from some of the larger surf shops in Cocoa Beach. Here is a shot of one of the tourist stores, which is also where I had one of my celebrity encounters back in 2001. Now you need to know that I am NOT the kind of person who gets all gushy over meeting celebs or while encountering someone who has status or power. Not to disrespect them or anything, but usually it just means nada to me. Also, working in the restaurant business for more than ten years meant that I encountered many celebs and high profile individuals. Too many to count! And usually I just like to give them their privacy, but most of the time I just do NOT care about their fame. Well I guess it depends, because if it is someone I admire I might be interested. For example, when I met the author Larry Crabb in 1996, I was pretty excited. Anyhow, a while ago, Sonel and I were chatting about how sometimes we encounter celebs while going about life – and many times we do not even realize it at the time. It is like you see them and you kind of think that they look like someone you know. Your curiosity races as the wheels in your mind turn and sometimes it is only later when you realize who it was (or who you think you encountered)! That was how it was when I met Kevin Spacey at Ron Jon’s surf shop. We had two teenage girls visiting us from Denver – and I drove them down to the touristy Ron Jon’s. I was waiting outside while they shopped and I was wondering the time. I left my sweet “Qulacomm cell phone” in the car (do you remember those phones?) – and I noticed some folks were shaking out beach gear. The first guy I asked completely ignored me (think it was Spacey’s son). Then this guy with a beard looked up and smiled, looked at his watch, and told me the time. Those eyes haunted me all afternoon, and finally I figured it out- I think it was a Spacey sighting. In 2001, Spacey was popular for his role in The Usual Suspects (1995) and The Negotiator (1998).
I took this photo earlier this year while in a FL Publix, because I wanted to show Kan and let her know that I did not really care for HOC. It has good acting and all, but just not my kind of show and so I stopped watching. Anyhow, this store is also right down the road from where Kevin Spacey “told me the time” back in 2001 – and I sometimes think of it when I visit this part of FL. He was a very nice guy – not “stuck up” and so that is worth noting.
My memories in Florida start as early as 1989 and somehow as a family we ended up living there in 2001 (long story). We then moved away from FL in 2002. I did not go back to Florida after that until 2009. Life had gotten so busy with moving a couple of times and raising kids – also, FL was the last place on my list to visit. However, when spring break 2009 rolled around, the boys and I really wanted to visit the Sunshine State. My mom was all settled into her new place and we seriously needed a road trip. The boys were fast asleep and it was about 2 a.m. when I called my mom for the final directions. I had quickly printed the route from Mapquest before I left – but did not really pay attention to the exact address. On the phone my mom said, “And then you will cross over A1A, just keep going towards the ocean…” What???? Well for those that don’t know – A1A is beachfront Avenue ( ) and anything closer to the ocean than that is pretty much on the water! We did not realize my mom’s new place was 109 steps from the sea. Ahhhhh – and we have been visiting her almost every year since. Last year she moved to a smaller place on the River, but whenever I see a sign that says “A1A” – I always smile and finish it by saying “ original Vanilla Ice song here beachfront avenue….”
As the sun sets and the salty air lingers – Core wipes the surf report board clean and then closes up shop for another day.