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What is Good/bad About Where You Live?


What's great/bad about where you live?

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

@GreatMartin (2137)

January 15, 2016 9:02am CST


A quiet morning on the Fort Lauderdale Beach in January

No matter what we try/do to stop people keep from coming Fort Lauderdale and/or Florida our population keeps on growing--Listen, folks, you don't want to move here and here are some reasons. 1 Hurricanes, hurricanes and hurricanes. (Well I guess some people like to get blown away! Not to mention we haven't had a hurricane in 10 years!)) 2. Humidity. Walk out the door and eyeglasses fog up--sweating 24/7 is a given. (Okay so tourists wear sweaters during the summer. They go from an air conditioned room to an air conditioned car to an air condition movie, restaurant.) 3. Living expenses are high, salaries are low. (So you don't have to buy winter clothes, run the heat from November to March but, of course, that money saved goes to very high automobile and hurricane insurance if you can even buy the latter.) 4. Sun. You burn your feet on the sand, the steering wheel burns your hands and can get cancer. (Okay, so when it's snowing elsewhere you are in a skimpy bathing suit drinking a Pina Colada.) 5. We rank 49th in what we pay teachers. (And, along with fireman, policemen, etc., they can't afford to buy a house.) 6. Our students are some of the most poorly educated school kids and we rank high in dropouts. (Well, we do need workers at the fast food places.) 7. Our Governor won't allow affordable health care. 8. We are a blue county in a red state. 9. During rainy season we can get 2-5 inches of rain within a half hour. And we get instant swimming pools as we don't have a sewerage system. (Of course the heat and humidity dry it all up just as quickly.) 10. We were just rated 'road rage' capitol of the USA. 11, We are the scam capitol of the country. 12. Our alligators and/or crocodiles eat people. (Of course we are intruding on their territory and not offering them a place to live.) 13. We get brush fires destroying acres of land. (We have a drought every Winter/Spring and then flooding June to November.) 14. In the summer you can't dive into the ocean to cool off as the water is warmer than the land temperature. 15. Going to Disneyworld for a family can cost more than a week on vacation anywhere else. 16. Most flowers grown here don't have an aroma nor can we raise tulips, irises, lilacs, dogwood and roses don't smell. 17, We rank third in gay partnerships. 18 Castro is only 90 miles from here. 19. We are known to be rude to tourists and we rob them in more ways then one. 20. We have people here from all over the world including illegal immigrants and New Yorkers! Those are just some of the reasons--not all of them. PS Don't let anyone know it is Paradise living here and I love sending, "Don't you wish you were here" cards, and e-mails, when you are scraping ice off your windshield. The water is in all shades of blue and/or green, the sky is beautiful from sunrise to sunset and full of stars at night. The best thing is that I could list 4 times the amount of reasons to live then not but I won't tell you because you'll tell others and the populations will keep on growing. Why shouldn't/should people move to where you live?

posted on Jan 15, 2016 7:18 AM ()


As for what's good and bad about Delhi: everything is good except the winter weather. When I sold my business me and the ex had a chance to go wherever we wanted and we ended up here instead of NC. That might have been different if it wasn't summer when we were deciding the the weather map showed temps in NC approaching 100. Nothing like a small college town (although I live outside of the village where neighbors are sparse). We have the college and a hospital for employment and a few other large businesses including a creamery, and enough stores and shops that you can get almost anything you need except certain electronics and specialty products. There is a drug problem but most of the associated crime is related to seasonal homes and nonviolent behavior. If only the Great Lakes would freeze early every year and eliminate the lake-effect snow. Vehicles could be cleaned on the warmer days and I'd be 100% positive about my experience in Delaware County.
comment by jjoohhnn on Jan 16, 2016 9:34 AM ()
John one of the best trips I had was my Australia>< New Zealand trip!
reply by greatmartin on Jan 16, 2016 12:46 PM ()
You're right! I wouldn't move there if the government covered the cost! If I have to go from one place to another st stay comfortable, I'll go from one warm place to another and spend the spring, summer and fall in a t-shirt outdoors! I know a few geezers who went to Florida but my peers usually consider North or South Catalina. I wouldn't mind West Virginia or somewhere in the mid latitude myself where the winters are a bit milder than upstate NY.
comment by jjoohhnn on Jan 16, 2016 9:27 AM ()
good old south aussie---it will do me . bloody heat is the worst thing--already had two heatwaves lasting 4 days each--highest it was 42c
comment by kevinshere on Jan 16, 2016 4:05 AM ()
I LOVE heat and humidity!!
reply by greatmartin on Jan 16, 2016 12:45 PM ()
Good grief! 108F. Our heat waves rarely top the low 90s and even that is too much for me with humidity. We've been luck the past few years, I haven't put an a/c in the window and haven't needed it. Your country is one of the places I'd like to visit (along with China) but I don't think it will ever happen. But if it does it will happen during my summer!
reply by jjoohhnn on Jan 16, 2016 9:21 AM ()
over this summer
reply by kevinshere on Jan 16, 2016 4:06 AM ()
My impression of Florida is it's a haven for old folks, and nothing wrong with that. When we were younger, we joked about the drivers down there - turn signal left on for miles, the early bird specials, the snowbirds. Now all the states have those things, so it's not a joke any more, it's normal.
comment by troutbend on Jan 15, 2016 7:28 PM ()
Actually Florida only has 17.3% of the entire over 65 population in the USA!! which means there are a lot of young folks here--like me--a kid reaching 20!!
reply by greatmartin on Jan 15, 2016 9:17 PM ()

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