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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

K for Kay and Dick's holiday in Kissimmee

K is for Kissimmee, Florida, where Dick and I spent a week exploring the area, and soon learned "Kissimmee" isn't pronounced Kiss-a-me. It is pronounced "K'simmy" and when we do it incorrectly, residents know we're furriners.
We were joined for a few days by our friend Sheila, a Canadian now living in the Tampa area. She drove over to see us, but not in a car like any of these!
One of the things we did in Kissimmee was visit a collectors' car show, which featured many of the the cars of our youth. The three of us had a great time! We saw everything from hot rods to luxury cars and a whole lot in between!



My parents had a car like this (a green one) when we were in school. Because the school bus didn't come up our road, Mom took the three of us, and our two friends from down the road, to our schools every day. That old green Jeep station wagon soon became a familiar sight to everyone who lived between our road and the high school. It gave Mom lots of stories to tell later.


This is the hood ornament from a Pierce Arrow. Too bad I couldn't  crop the red and white thing from the background.
They don't make cars (or even hood ornaments) like this any more.



Photos by Kay Davies and Richard Schear.
Posted by Kay for ABC Wednesday.

26 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a great, fun post for the K Day! Love your photos of all the old cars! Sounds like a fun trip! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Nanka said...

Absolutely a great post!! Love these old cars. :)

Leslie: said...

Fun holiday! LOVE that first car...we often go to our annual summer Car Show in the village and I enjoy looking at the antique ones.

Gramma Ann said...

I always like looking at the old classic cars. Once or twice a year they have an antique car show in our little town. They are always fun to see. Looks like you had a fun time in Kissimmee.

Mara said...

I love old cars, but they should just have stuck with pink as the main colour!

Paula Scott said...

What a funny name for a town! I love the old cars. They have grace and beauty that seems to have been lost along the way.

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Boom Nisanart said...

Love the old car ! All are gorgeous. and thank you to take us a tour.

Roger Owen Green said...

every time I see the name of that city, I think of a movie line, "Kissimmee, you fool". I mean, "kiss me, you fool!"

nice cars.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Kay L. Davies said...

;~)
Roger, I have certainly heard that old movie line, but I looked it up, and it's even older than both of us, maybe older than both of us put together.
Theda Bara actually said "Kiss me, my fool" in the movie "A Fool There Was" in 1915 but the phrase became famous as "Kiss me, you fool" and has been a catchphrase ever since.

EG Wow said...

Kool Kars in Kissimmee!

photowannabe said...

Love the hood ornament. If there were ornaments like that now I'm afraid they wouldn't stay on the cars for long. Its a sad commentary.
Looks like you had a great vacation. Love the classic cars.

Tumblewords: said...

Excellent photos - that's a fun place to be no matter how you pronounce it! :)

Willa said...

Looks like you guys totally enjoy your visit there. :)

Vernz said...

HI Kay, these are expensive cars.. imagine how these babies evolve until these very day...

have a nice day Kay..

ABC Wednesday here

Hildred and Charles said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous cars.....(sigh)

Caroline said...

Wow - if my husband got in there - you would never get him out again. Lovely photos.

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Great looking cars, love the hot rods.

Gattina said...

That's a real funny name for a town lol !
I like these big old cars ! Impossible to use them daily now !

Ann said...

Our parents cars when we were little have so much sentiments. I was 6 when Dad bought his first, a Fiat 1100. Every sat we washed and polished it. Now, my husband complains I don't wash my car.

Cheryl said...

Gorgeous cars and a great vacation. I was just thinking about K'simmy yesterday and trying to remember the correct pronunciation. All's well now.

helenmac said...

Bring back hood ornaments!!!!!! Great photos, Kay, of the oldie but goodie cars of the last century (doesn't that sound funny?!).
Helen Mac
ABC team

Beverley Baird said...

What great looking cars! Love those hood ornaments!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

What a fun trip! I love old cars. That hood ornament is spectacular.

Jingle said...

love the cars.

jabblog said...

What fabulous cars! They had such style then.

VioletSky said...

I love old cars. Such grace and elegance (and I feel sad that missed most of that era!)

I think some towns take great pride in their often mispronounced names, just so they can laugh at tourists.