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Old 08-06-2014, 02:27 PM
 
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If the people in Fl who transplanted from the North (millions) worried about the summer they wouldn't have come here in the first place. Thing is FL summers are decent. Plenty of rain, sunshine. Sure its hotter than the norm, but since its warm all the time it makes little difference to most people. The weather in FL beats the weather in the north year round. Of course you have the retired snowbird crowd. So much nicer on the roads when they arent here.

We cant swim with the Manatees in the summer because there are very few here in the summer. Its a winter activity.

Get back to me on the Chicago heat index in January.
Intangibles like familarity, friends, family, general civility, and helpfulness of people :

By familiarity you must mean "I see the same crap today that I did when I was 7"
Friends move away, die, or otherwise drift away.
Family move away, die, become people you only see a funerals.
I won't touch general civility. Civility left the NE a long time ago.
Helpfulness of the people:
A few years ago I was in Queens NY. Walked into a laundromat with a bag of clothes. Loaded them into
the machines. Didnt have enough quarters to get the 2nd machine to go. Went to the person running the place, dollars in my hand and asked "may I have some quarters?". I couldnt believe my ears but she said with a straight face "we dont have any quarters, you will have to go to a bank". No quarters in a coin op laundry that runs on quarters? Drive over to the bank. Stand on line for 20 minutes. Get to teller who is sitting there like she is going to be sick. "Hi. I would like a roll of quarters" and I put down a $10. "Do you have an account here?" "Gee. No. I am visiting from out of town and I need to the laundry". "I can't help you if you do not have an account with us"
Back to laundromat. One machine is done. The clothes are soaking wet like they never saw a spin cycle. The clothes I left in the other machine while I went to get quarters was piled in corner on a folding table. The lady running the place says "please dont tie up our machines". I took the wet laundry. I took the dry laundry and I drove around until I found a place "laundry by the pound". I had to pay double since 1/2 the clothes were soaking wet. So much for civility and helpfulness.

Another trip: Out on Long Island. The Sunrise Highway, US 27, a major road. Stores lining both sides of the street. Metered parking. It was 7:15 in the evening. I had my quarters ready. Brought an extra roll from FL.
I see a parking spot. I parked and got out. There was a woman standing in front of a hairdresser salon smoking a cigarette. I said "Hi, do we feed the meters at this time of day?". She looked at me with the most disgusted looking face I have seen in years, flicks her cigarette butt to the ground, turns around and walks back in the store. I stood there shocked at first, then I realized it. I am not in FL and strangers are programmed not to talk to strangers.

Another strike for civility and helpfulness.

Walk into a supermarket. Get your stuff. Go to register. The clerk wont even look up at you and just slides the item across the scanner, puts them in a bag, takes your money and hands you the change with out ever looking up!

You had better be stepping on that gas pedal when the light turns green. One second into a green light and there will be an assemblage of blaring car horns behind you.

Rules on the street in the Northeast:
Walk straight, walk quickly, keep your eyes looking forward and put on a glum expression.

It wasnt until I got to Manhattan that I was reminded of the protocol on the sidewalk.

Not to mention the high taxes, high prices, tired out and failing infrastructure, a hazy atmosphere, lines every where for everything. The bank, subway tokens, metrocards, supermarket, EVERYWHERE. Such a miserable existence.
That's why a majority of northern people are called snowbirds. Live in the north in the summer. Live in Florida in the winter. We northern people can afford this because we all made a hell of allot more money up north so we can afford 2 houses.
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Old 08-06-2014, 02:32 PM
 
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Dude, move on..you're redundant. I could care less if Denver is NOW a point higher than Tampa in the latests. We were discussing Chicago and Tampa. You sure have an issue with Tampa like some others here. If you don't like Tampa, don't post here(no one asked you to butt in). I live in this area..
Calm down trooper. I was just focusing on your homerism. Anyways, I think Tampa/Hillsborough is an alright place. And even if I absolutely hated Tampa (or any other place for that matter), that doesn't mean I'm not able to talk about it.
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Old 08-06-2014, 02:38 PM
 
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That's why a majority of northern people are called snowbirds. Live in the north in the summer. Live in Florida in the winter. We northern people can afford this because we all made a hell of allot more money up north so we can afford 2 houses. I have herd people here say rediculous that snowbirds have 2 houses.
Aha, so you paid off your house up north and when the housing bubble burst and prices went down to the pits you capitalized on the opportunity (like many others) and now brag about it? We should all move back north then(where are the jobs)? Count me in.. blah...
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Old 08-06-2014, 02:39 PM
 
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[quote=Spring Hillian;35973363]I lived there 30 years minus 3 for military service. Yep, they will slash your tires for being an inch on "their property" but their property stops at their side of the sidewalk. How about the guys who would pull out of a spot, double park, but 2 or trash cans or orange cones in the spot and then drive away.? I cant tell you how many times my father (in the 60s and 70s) drove around the block looking for a space and winding up parking 2, 3 blocks away. I used to chuckle. I wasnt chuckling when I got a car in the 80's and did the same thing he did for years.

Big city life is a trade off. You can earn the big bucks if you have an in demand talent but you lower your quality of life standards to do that. The lines, the traffic, the taxes, the high costs of everything. Then you have living in your big city a good percentage of poor who dont get the big bucks but live across the street from you. Another shot at the quality of life when they blast music out the windows so they can hear it when they are hanging around the front of the building smoking and drinking.

I saw the difference in big city life vs. the real world when I came back from overseas. Man, it was like I came back to a different world. I was 17 when I left and barely 21 when I got back. I knew right away that I had to get out of there. I even thought about going back in to the service to get away. But life happened. After 12 years I was finally able to break the bonds and get the heck out of there.

Yeah, nothing like the big city with $100 a seat broadway shows, $12 a pack cigarettes, $12 toll to cross a bridge or use a tunnel. Paying $2.50 for a subway trip that may or may not get you to work on time and may or may not send you to the hospital or worse. There are so many benefits of living in the big city but it drains your wallet faster than a Vegas slot machine. Not to mention City tax, state tax, federal tax, unemployment tax. And then to top it all off there is winter.

You've got to be out of your mind to live that way.

Some people can afford to live that way, and some people like to live the free love and commune style of living. Different strokes for different folks.
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Old 08-06-2014, 02:45 PM
 
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Calm down trooper. I was just focusing on your homerism. Anyways, I think Tampa/Hillsborough is an alright place. And even if I absolutely hated Tampa (or any other place for that matter), that doesn't mean I'm not able to talk about it.
Talk all you want. Just tell us where you live so we can pull some dirt on that place too.
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Old 08-06-2014, 03:08 PM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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Hey there, so I will be moving from Chicago to St Pete in about a month. I will be working near the St Pete-Clearwater airport. I have never visited so I'm a bit nervous about finding a place to live. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. A bit about me, I'm early 30s, single and coming from downtown Chicago so I'm used to city living and amenities and walking to places. Any neighborhoods on which I should focus my search? Thanks in advance!!
Do you want to stay with city type living or would you like to try one of the quaint, but active coastal towns? I ask, because a HUGE benefit to living here is the Salt Life. Something completely different than Chicago and IMO, far better. The area you will be working is excellent for having many choices on where to live.
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Old 08-06-2014, 03:10 PM
 
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I lived there 30 years minus 3 for military service. Yep, they will slash your tires for being an inch on "their property" but their property stops at their side of the sidewalk. How about the guys who would pull out of a spot, double park, but 2 or trash cans or orange cones in the spot and then drive away.? I cant tell you how many times my father (in the 60s and 70s) drove around the block looking for a space and winding up parking 2, 3 blocks away. I used to chuckle. I wasnt chuckling when I got a car in the 80's and did the same thing he did for years.

Big city life is a trade off. You can earn the big bucks if you have an in demand talent but you lower your quality of life standards to do that. The lines, the traffic, the taxes, the high costs of everything. Then you have living in your big city a good percentage of poor who dont get the big bucks but live across the street from you. Another shot at the quality of life when they blast music out the windows so they can hear it when they are hanging around the front of the building smoking and drinking.

I saw the difference in big city life vs. the real world when I came back from overseas. Man, it was like I came back to a different world. I was 17 when I left and barely 21 when I got back. I knew right away that I had to get out of there. I even thought about going back in to the service to get away. But life happened. After 12 years I was finally able to break the bonds and get the heck out of there.

Yeah, nothing like the big city with $100 a seat broadway shows, $12 a pack cigarettes, $12 toll to cross a bridge or use a tunnel. Paying $2.50 for a subway trip that may or may not get you to work on time and may or may not send you to the hospital or worse. There are so many benefits of living in the big city but it drains your wallet faster than a Vegas slot machine. Not to mention City tax, state tax, federal tax, unemployment tax. And then to top it all off there is winter.

You've got to be out of your mind to live that way.
Try $15 on the Verazzano.. hey, can you imagine paying that to cross Skyway?

It's a rat race, they know it... we know it. They just have to downplay FL a little bit in case any relatives or friends from back north are reading. At any rate, I'll take NYC over Chicago due to being more of a center on everything(but not over Tampa Bay/FL).
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Old 08-06-2014, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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That's why a majority of northern people are called snowbirds. Live in the north in the summer. Live in Florida in the winter. We northern people can afford this because we all made a hell of allot more money up north so we can afford 2 houses. I have herd people here say rediculous that snowbirds have 2 houses.
Money on the mind again. People from FL 'snowbird' too. They go to summer homes in the Carolina's and Tennessee. I know that retired cops and firemen do it. I can only assume that a wide swath of the Fl retired people do it too. I own 5 acres near Dalton GA which is close to Chattanooga Tn. Dont know if we will put anything much on it. There is a small cabin there now. We are pretty happy where we are.
The Ga property would be good for when the SHTF.

Do you really think we all make $10 an hour here?
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Old 08-06-2014, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Try $15 on the Verazzano.. hey, can you imagine paying that to cross Skyway?

It's a rat race, they know it... we know it. They just have to downplay FL a little bit in case any relatives or friends from back north are reading. At any rate, I'll take NYC over Chicago due to being more of a center on everything(but not over Tampa Bay/FL).
Up to $15 now. Yikes. Well, that is for a round trip.

I think the other city bridges and tunnels are $7.50 now, each way. Yeah, I'd rather do NYC vs. Chicago also. They would have to drag me kicking and screaming to get me there though.
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Old 08-06-2014, 03:47 PM
 
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Try $15 on the Verazzano.. hey, can you imagine paying that to cross Skyway?

It's a rat race, they know it... we know it. They just have to downplay FL a little bit in case any relatives or friends from back north are reading. At any rate, I'll take NYC over Chicago due to being more of a center on everything(but not over Tampa Bay/FL).
There would be a lot less traffic.
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