Here’s an idea of what it’s like to live in the Sunshine State. First, it’s not as glamorous as one might think. Not every day is spent at the beach unless you’re a lifeguard. For most people who live and work in Florida, they don’t have the time to tan under the skin scorching sun and remain pale white the entire year.
Next, there’s a very high transient population. Most people are not natives, let alone have lived in the state for more than ten years (I have no statistics to prove this, but I’m sure I could find some to back my theory). This leads to some interesting road hazards. Imagine, if you will, fifty different states and fifty-plus different countries converging on the same road and none of them want to follow the same rules. Yes, it can create pandemonium. I’m still convinced that before the state issues the driver’s license, every driver must pass a driving test that includes merging. All I want to see is common courtesy!
Then there’s the issue of tourists. Yes, they happen. I don’t know what to do about them since they’re a blessing and a curse. They pay many workers’ salaries, which is good; however, they also cause a lot of headaches on the road. If you plan on driving in Florida and you’re from out-of-state, do yourself a favor and Mapquest where you’re going, grab a navigator, and stay off the cell phone while you’re driving. Understand that the people at the hotels, rental car agencies, and attractions are here to help you and not to be verbally abused. Yes, this may be your only trip to Disney and “nothing is going to ruin it,” but please be patient. We’re doing the best we can to serve the hundreds other people like you, too.
Last, there are natural disasters and they have names. Charley and Andrew are the first two that come to mind. The pictures shown on television are only a small segment affected by the furor of a hurricane. On the other end of the rainy spectrum are the droughts. Dry spells are particularly hazardous because of the forest fires. It goes without saying that if you’re a smoker, don’t toss your butts out the window.
That’s a taste of what it’s like to be living down here. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful place to live. Sometimes, though, there’s somewhere else you know where you belong…