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Old 05-31-2016, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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We snowbird and it's easy to notice the differences.

In FL, the doctor office personnel are pleasant and smiling even while being innundated with snowbirds, along with the store cashiers and restaurant wait staff in SWFL. I'm back in NY and went to the grocery store and had a clerk do the no eye contact and not say one word to me during the entire transaction. Amazing and so unacceptable. It's not usually that bad, it's more usual for the cashiers to talk to each other over customer heads.

I quite often get the "I'm not moving over" attitude on the sidewalk with two people walking together and no acknowledgement at all from some people. I find giving my dog more lead is the only way to stay on the sidewalk. Saying hi as you pass by isn't that hard, but apparently it is for some. I seek common courtesy and no more, but that is too much many times. In FL, more people in cars wave to me as I'm walking the dog in my neighborhood and from other walkers/bikers. I live in an ungated, non HOA community, so there is a good mix of differences.

I've lived in NY for 30+ years and just got used to how it is, which is a sad statement. I hadn't realized how little I expect from people here. We are an hour and a half from NYC and the city influence is strong in bedroom communities. I find my part of FL to be friendly but not overly so. I put it down to people being happier overall. There are exceptions in both places, and while there are happy and nice people in NY, they are fewer in number. FL wins in the friendliness/happy category for me and seem more upbeat and positive in general.
That's basically the attitude I get here in Indiana - most customer service is poor to adequate, not adequate to good. Lots of people just seem miserable. I've never gotten that impression during my admittedly somewhat limited time in Florida.
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Old 05-31-2016, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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I was in a laundromat in Ozone Park.
There's your mistake. LOL
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Old 06-02-2016, 06:23 PM
 
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Think about the town where you grew up. There were people there who were truly kind and caring, those who were guarded but opened up when you got to know them. There were those who trusted no one and kept to themselves, and there were a few misanthropes. It's like that almost everywhere on the planet.
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Old 06-03-2016, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Think about the town where you grew up. There were people there who were truly kind and caring, those who were guarded but opened up when you got to know them. There were those who trusted no one and kept to themselves, and there were a few misanthropes. It's like that almost everywhere on the planet.
The misanthrope moved to FL, apparently.
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Old 06-03-2016, 07:09 PM
 
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The misanthrope moved to FL, apparently.
You're not in Florida. You're in TAMPA........
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Old 06-04-2016, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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You're not in Florida. You're in TAMPA........
I travel all over Florida all year round.....from Key West to Jacksonville and all points in between......that nearly covers the entire state.
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Old 06-04-2016, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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There's your mistake. LOL
Yeah. :-)

I had no choice - in-laws lived there.
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Old 06-04-2016, 03:45 PM
 
Location: US
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My own experience in Florida over the last 6 years has been that it's impossible to make friends here. If people here don't already know you they don't want to, unless they are those looking to use you in some way or get something from you. If you can deal with that and just keep to yourself it's a pretty nice place to live. Just keep them all at arm's reach, or further. Just hole up by yourself and enjoy the peace of that and you will be fine.
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Old 06-04-2016, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Big Bayou
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it depends on what part of the state. I find the more Christian conservative parts of the state are more positive, happy, and upbeat but the more liberal parts of the state ie: Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties tend to be more negative, and want nothing to do with other people
Christian conservatives are more positive towards you...as long as you aren't an immigrant...or black...or Hispanic...or gay...or a non-Christian...

These Christian conservative parts of the state brought us George and Jeb Bush, Rick Scott, and now are trying to bring us Donald Trump, but they are the happy and upbeat people in Florida?
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Old 06-04-2016, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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My own experience in Florida over the last 6 years has been that it's impossible to make friends here. If people here don't already know you they don't want to, unless they are those looking to use you in some way or get something from you. If you can deal with that and just keep to yourself it's a pretty nice place to live. Just keep them all at arm's reach, or further. Just hole up by yourself and enjoy the peace of that and you will be fine.
that's posted on Florida message boards a lot
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