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Old 02-01-2012, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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The article/blog linked below is by a native Floridian.

I Stopped Hating Florida Long Ago « Zócalo Public Square

Sometimes the negativity of C-D needs to be balanced with the view of a native who made peace with his home state and found it had more charms/positive attributes than he had previously realized.
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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The article/blog linked below is by a native Floridian.

I Stopped Hating Florida Long Ago « Zócalo Public Square

Sometimes the negativity of C-D needs to be balanced with the view of a native who made peace with his home state and found it had more charms/positive attributes than he had previously realized.
Thanks for the article. I read it in it's entirety in hopes that I could find out what the secret is. I've been to the Keys once. My brother had gotten his pilots license and we flew a Piper Cub from Ft. Lauderdale to Key West.

I try to think of something that I like in my life. I love being in my 12' by 12' bedroom with my door closed and my AC on, and I'm free to dream of great things. My windows art tinted dark so minimal light gets in. The little window unit is amazing, I love the sound when the compressor clicks on, and I know those coils are chilling down and pulling that gross humidity out of the air. In fact I'm running it right now, at night time in February. I haven't been to the beach in two years, every year I tell myself I'll go, but it just feels so good in this "womb" I've created.
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I've been to the Keys twice and I LOVED it. Key West, Bahia Honda, Key Largo.....been diving or snorkeling in all three. Also, loved the Heminway house tour in Key West.
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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Good article and thx for posting. I am native, have become disenchanted with my native state but, I try and be adaptable, no matter where I am and I am not a real optimistic person......LOL. Everywhere I have been in my life, I have found something that was interesting and worthwhile. The only place I ever found that I could not warm to, was downtown Hagerstown, MD. The rest of the area, I found a lot to like.
By the way, I am almost 70 and have been to a lot of places over the world.
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Old 02-02-2012, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Orlando Metro Area
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Thanks for the article. I read it in it's entirety in hopes that I could find out what the secret is. I've been to the Keys once. My brother had gotten his pilots license and we flew a Piper Cub from Ft. Lauderdale to Key West.

I try to think of something that I like in my life. I love being in my 12' by 12' bedroom with my door closed and my AC on, and I'm free to dream of great things. My windows art tinted dark so minimal light gets in. The little window unit is amazing, I love the sound when the compressor clicks on, and I know those coils are chilling down and pulling that gross humidity out of the air. In fact I'm running it right now, at night time in February. I haven't been to the beach in two years, every year I tell myself I'll go, but it just feels so good in this "womb" I've created.
I think you answered your own question by stating what you did. Perhaps if you went to the beach more than once every 2 years or did something uniquely Floridian (other than admire the function of your AC), you'd start to enjoy this place more. Oh wait never mind, griping about what's wrong with Florida will make me feel better.
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Old 02-03-2012, 06:31 AM
 
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Good article and thx for posting. I am native, have become disenchanted with my native state but, I try and be adaptable, no matter where I am and I am not a real optimistic person......LOL.
It's easy to become disenchanted most anywhere, as I think familiarity breeds contempt. However every time I think maybe I'll move to ________, I think about the positives of living here, most notably the weather. I'm so through with cloudy, dark, cold, windy, dirty, polluted and congested cities and loving the sun/warmth here in Florida!
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:13 AM
 
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It's easy to become disenchanted most anywhere, as I think familiarity breeds contempt. However every time I think maybe I'll move to ________, I think about the positives of living here, most notably the weather. I'm so through with cloudy, dark, cold, windy, dirty, polluted and congested cities and loving the sun/warmth here in Florida!
I agree with you Kyle. I think people can become disenchanted anywhere. And you know, sometimes one only needs a change of scene without moving too far, like a new town, new neighborhood or new house! I have mentioned several times about how we almost moved to Asheville, NC a few years ago. That was when we were living in the country (Dade City) and I was so tired of not having enough shopping and having to drive so far for entertainment, etc. After buying the house up there and vacationing for a couple years, I was missing Florida before we ever left! So we sold that house and moved to beautiful Sarasota and never looked back. Honestly, I don't see how I could be any happier if I moved anywhere else. Florida is not perfect, but it works for me!
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Thanks for the article. I read it in it's entirety in hopes that I could find out what the secret is. I've been to the Keys once. My brother had gotten his pilots license and we flew a Piper Cub from Ft. Lauderdale to Key West.

I try to think of something that I like in my life. I love being in my 12' by 12' bedroom with my door closed and my AC on, and I'm free to dream of great things. My windows art tinted dark so minimal light gets in. The little window unit is amazing, I love the sound when the compressor clicks on, and I know those coils are chilling down and pulling that gross humidity out of the air. In fact I'm running it right now, at night time in February. I haven't been to the beach in two years, every year I tell myself I'll go, but it just feels so good in this "womb" I've created.
i would argue with you, but then i remembered that you're the guy who thinks los angeles is the cat's pajamas.




lol.
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Castle Rock, Co
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Thanks for the article. I read it in it's entirety in hopes that I could find out what the secret is. I've been to the Keys once. My brother had gotten his pilots license and we flew a Piper Cub from Ft. Lauderdale to Key West.

I try to think of something that I like in my life. I love being in my 12' by 12' bedroom with my door closed and my AC on, and I'm free to dream of great things. My windows art tinted dark so minimal light gets in. The little window unit is amazing, I love the sound when the compressor clicks on, and I know those coils are chilling down and pulling that gross humidity out of the air. In fact I'm running it right now, at night time in February. I haven't been to the beach in two years, every year I tell myself I'll go, but it just feels so good in this "womb" I've created.
I was hoping to find the secret too, no luck

For someone not too into the beach, there isnt a lot that interest me. Sure, the keys are awesome but living there with a family isnt too practical. I want seasons and mountains!!! unfortunately Florida isnt getting either one any time soon lol.
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:38 AM
 
Location: N.H Gods Country
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Thanks for the article. I read it in it's entirety in hopes that I could find out what the secret is. I've been to the Keys once. My brother had gotten his pilots license and we flew a Piper Cub from Ft. Lauderdale to Key West.

I try to think of something that I like in my life. I love being in my 12' by 12' bedroom with my door closed and my AC on, and I'm free to dream of great things. My windows art tinted dark so minimal light gets in. The little window unit is amazing, I love the sound when the compressor clicks on, and I know those coils are chilling down and pulling that gross humidity out of the air. In fact I'm running it right now, at night time in February. I haven't been to the beach in two years, every year I tell myself I'll go, but it just feels so good in this "womb" I've created.
You really should enjoy the cooler weather while you can. There's only six more weeks of winter.
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