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Old 10-01-2008, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Philly to Odessa
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I was thinking that maybe it would be a good idea for a new thread aimed at the newbees or potential newbees in Florida. We seem to have such controversy over whether living in Florida is paradise or hell. So maybe, to get people acclimated to their new surroundings so they don't fall into despair, we could offer some advice and tips on how to get used to and be content with their new surroundings. For me, my neighbors were a big plus. They led to me to a great new doctor, places to take my kids, and the best places to shop. I just introduced myself and asked lots of questions. People are really eager to help if you just ask. Also, I went to visit all of the schools before I registered my kids. We were zoned for busing for certain schools, but I still wanted to get a feel for the school as well as ask around to both parents and kids about the schools. It made me feel a lot better about the schools since I had read so many bad things about the educational system here. I ended up being pleasantly surprised and my girls are doing really well in school. No place is perfect, and moving is so stressful. You have to leave yourself enough time to get used to a new area, especially if it is really different from the place you left.
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Old 10-01-2008, 06:44 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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I've lived here quite a while, but I remember bringing my worsted wool suits and coats when we moved. Big mistake. Gift them away before you move below the freeze line. I swear my pores were open for two years! Giggle, snort!
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Old 10-01-2008, 06:47 PM
 
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In Florida, never engage an angry driver, especially in Orlando, Tampa/St.Pete & Miami.
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Old 10-01-2008, 06:55 PM
 
Location: where my heart is
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Default I guess if you never intend to go back

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I've lived here quite a while, but I remember bringing my worsted wool suits and coats when we moved. Big mistake. Gift them away before you move below the freeze line. I swear my pores were open for two years! Giggle, snort!
not even for a visit? I am going up on Thanksgiving weekend. I most certainly will need my heavy coat. I saved all my woolens too. I have plenty of clothes to wear. I certainly won't be needing any shorts or capris.
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:24 PM
 
Location: O-Town
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Don`t swim in the lakes because of the amoebas and alligators...I would suggest swimming at the beach or in Florida's natural springs.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Don't stop at a local citrus grove and help yourself to a few. It's not worth it. Serious fine.
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Old 10-03-2008, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Philly to Odessa
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I did not throw away any of my or my family's coats. I have plenty of family up north and I do intend to visit. I am not a cold weather person and as soon as any mornings get below 70, I will be wearing a jacket to work....my husband will then laugh at me and call me ridiculous. lol. Tonight as I was coming home at 7:45 pm from the hair stylist, I thought about how summer was over and winter would soon be here. I cringed, and then I remembered, hey, I'm here in Florida...no worries!
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Old 10-03-2008, 07:07 PM
 
Location: where my heart is
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Default Alligators are even in lakes/water traps

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Don`t swim in the lakes because of the amoebas and alligators...I would suggest swimming at the beach or in Florida's natural springs.
on a golf course. My neighbor wasn't just joking.
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Old 10-03-2008, 07:26 PM
 
Location: where my heart is
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Default Be prepared to be carrying that jacket

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I did not throw away any of my or my family's coats. I have plenty of family up north and I do intend to visit. I am not a cold weather person and as soon as any mornings get below 70, I will be wearing a jacket to work....my husband will then laugh at me and call me ridiculous. lol. Tonight as I was coming home at 7:45 pm from the hair stylist, I thought about how summer was over and winter would soon be here. I cringed, and then I remembered, hey, I'm here in Florida...no worries!
by about Noon! Even though it does get into the high 40s and low 50s during the night and early morning in winter, by Noon it warms up where you won't need it. I am in Naples.

It was 68 this morning here. I wore short sleeves and capris. I'm not cold at all with 60s, but by 4 PM it was 87 degrees. Nope. Better off just leaving the jacket at home.
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Old 10-03-2008, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Philly to Odessa
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My husband is just like you. He wears short sleeves all winter long. I was suprised when he wanted to move to Florida since he is the complete opposite of me. The cold never bothers him. Even though he is liking Florida and loving the new home, I have to laugh because when he works outside or washes the car, he sweats like some farm animal!
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