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Old 04-24-2007, 09:17 PM
 
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I am on my second week at my new position in Naples...and lovin' it. Company is great. People are great. I feel great. I am happy! I am back to being the real me...I fit right in. I simply couldn't ask for more! I feel very blessed and very very fortunate to be given this new opportunity in my life.

Observations: The traffic really really really scares me!!!! It is worse than Boston, worse than NYC, worse than NJ and and worse than CA. I have to pull out of my development onto Immokalee? Road with no assistance from any traffic light, and I have to tell you, I am scared! I didn't bring my car down yet so I am renting a "lawn mower"...and I feel like I am going to get mowed over! I was LATE my first two days...I had no idea it could take so long to go 15 miles! It takes between 40-50 minutes! So now I leave at the crack of dawn!

I am so fortunate. The people I work with are simply the best! Friendly, supportive, fun! For those of you who remember my love of wildlife...I have two osprey nests right outside my window! Incredible.

Pleasant surprise: This company is NOT filled with high paid recent MBA graduates. They have actually recruited "a seasoned team"...very refreshing.

Myths about Florida: At least from my experience thus far:
The business climate is NOT any slower or laid back than any company I have worked for in the NE or CA.

Life in FL: Haven't a clue yet! Haven't gone anywhere or done anything since I started working.

Life in a gated community in FL (where I am renting): Hmmm. Not sure. I don't know if living "among all the rules and regulations" is for me.

Adjustments: Darn...the houses are so close together!!!! I walk out on the patio and can hear my neighbors conversations! I mean, how the heck do you have a party here? In fact, you are not even allowed to have cars parked on the street...so you really can't have a party!

Heartbreaking: All the construction. Everywhere. All the time. Where will all our wildlife go?

Need to do: I need to get some color! I am whitey white!!!! Also need to lose some weight and get in better shape....the weather here calls for sleeveless shirts and ....you get the picture...all year round!

Interesting: Food is less expensive. Grabbing a take out lunch is less than $10!

Eeekk! Lots of bugs. Lots of bugs!!!

Best new tool for people who move here: Get a GPS! It will be your best friend!

Cheers,

Nancy
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Old 04-24-2007, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Philly to Odessa
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Nancy,
I already posted a congrats message to you on your previous post. Let me add how happy I am for you. You deserve all the best. Please keep your posts coming. You are honest and optimistic. I really want to get a feel for Florida before I get there so I have an idea of what to expect. I know you will give it straight without the exaggerations of life is so God-awful in all of Florida tirade. I hope to continue to be happy as you move forward in your new life.
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Old 04-25-2007, 02:00 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Congrats, Nancy! All the best to you!
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Old 04-25-2007, 03:42 AM
 
Location: in the southwest
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Nancy, I too appreciate your optimism and honesty.
I think I'll need a GPS too, when we move.
All the best to you--I am very excited for you.
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Old 04-25-2007, 05:26 AM
 
Location: Finally made it to Florida and lovin' every minute!
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Nancy, thanks for updating us. I was wondering how you were doing.

Glad to hear you're getting along. It looks like some of the posters were right about the traffic there.

I told hubby I wanted a GPS, and he said he didn't need anything like that! Men! They don't even want to ask directions from a machine! LOL

Anyway, enjoy. Once I get down there, I'll let you know.
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Old 04-25-2007, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Congrats!

Living in FL is all about being in the right part of town to suit your taste....yes, driving does take longer and you will need ice cold a/c...
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Old 04-25-2007, 02:13 PM
 
Location: FL
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I too live in Naples, and I hate the traffic, and the horrible, ugly construction all over the place. It's starting to look like a mini-Miami or some other large city
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Old 04-25-2007, 02:27 PM
SKB
 
Location: WPB
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Congratulations Nancy!!!! You are super excited and I can just feel your happiness from your posts...that is so great!!!!!

It is nice to read something so upbeat and positive.

I hope you enjoy every single day!!!


SKB
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Old 04-25-2007, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Naples
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Good you for you, Nancy. I guess it makes all the difference in the world if you are moving where you choose to be. I cannot say the same about my move to Naples. No, don't ask me where. It all looked the same to me - traffic, construction (what the hell for?), and endless PALM TREES.
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Old 04-25-2007, 05:20 PM
 
Location: ~Palm Coast, Florida~
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CONGRATS Nancy!! i too love reading your posts! Please keep us updated on how its going for you! We are moving down in Aug. and its wonderful to read your honest posts!

Jen
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