February 22, 2003


Florida - "The Sunshine State"

Sekimori: "Florida has girls in bikinis, washing cars in 80 degree weather in February."

Jay Caruso: "I lived in New York and New Jersey for the first 27 years of my life, but I have been in Florida for the last 6, so I will do that.

Florida has Key West, Universal Studios, no income taxes, and Islands of Adventure.

Florida also has Kennedy Space Center, Bike Week in Daytona Beach, The Everglades, and the Daytona 500.

Eurodisney blows."

Andrea Harris: "Florida has... the ocean on three sides! Forests and swamps and lakes. And more lakes. And bald bears and crocodiles. (We've even got sqirrels.) Also, it is unlikely that you will ever have to dig your car out of a snowdrift down here."

John: "Floridians truly know what it is like to live in the emerging millennium. We are a State of cultural and social convergence poised at the global crossroads. Struggling to not only understand lessons learned from an old identity but also trying to forge a new identity in tune with the demands of the world today.

Florida is also a State of contradiction. The northern part of the state is culturally different from the central and southern. Both coasts, the west and east exhibit a completely different lifestyle, mentality and believe it or not, upbringing.

For all of the differences in the State, there are some striking similarities. Warm hearted people, a desire to better oneself and the innate ability to live in somewhat tenuous circumstances harmoniously within some strict confines of nature and socio-economic groups.

So some people donít know how to vote or drive or use a turn signal. Tourists have never understood the Zen like qualities of a 5-minute coffee break at a Cuban Cafť. Standing outside the window, ordering a shot, and shutting down for a brief period of time while the Caribbean breeze dictates the plans for the evening.

Tourists may fail to see the quiet beauty in the expanse of swamp and grasslands of the Everglades. The sense of community while watching the sun set from the docks in Key West. The look of awe and inspiration when the moon rises off the gulf in the lower keys and itís so close you can almost reach out and touch it.

Florida is many things, but it is a great place to learn about yourself and your surrounding and how you will make a difference in the future."

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Posted by Lester on February 22, 2003 06:43 AM

Florida is the one place I've lived that I do not want to leave. It drives me crazy at times, but that's usually due to the antics of the extremely eccentric population here.

Our State Bird should be the mosquito. However, mosquitoes don't have feathers and neither do they poop on your car. However, if the powers-that-be ever decide that states should adopt a State Insect, Florida will run rings around the other 49... and we'll most likely have trouble deciding on a candidate.

Where else does Spring officially start in February? Where else can you get fried gator tail at the same place you can get escargot? Where else can you majorly screw up a national election?

F.L.O.R.I.D.A. -- My home.

Don't hate me because it snows where *you* live...

Posted by: Chari on February 24, 2003 03:54 PM

I love Florida for:
- The sky - only here can you come out of Wal-Mart after stopping in after work/school and be in a sea of parking and 9 times out of 10 the sky takes your breath away with the colors on the clouds.
- People, everyone and everything and always on the make if they think you're a tourist. Watch "Sunshine State" (movie) for this one.
- North Florida - where else can you have South Georgia without the culture?

Posted by: John on March 8, 2003 01:31 PM

Besides the heat, the humididty, the retirees and tourists...it's a great place. I particularly enjoy low tide in the Timucuan Preserve in N.E. FL watching the birds come to feed...the smell of the marsh, the warm breeze, the sun on your face, there's nothing like it. --scott

Posted by: J.S.Barnard on March 11, 2003 01:51 PM

Who could possibly argue with watching the sunrise at the beach? And being one of the tourist capitals of the country, people from all walks of life come to do just that. The simple diversity of the state is a big part of what makes it so interesting, at least to me.

Besides, where else can you drive up and down the beach? ;)

Posted by: Will on March 14, 2003 09:10 AM

A wonderful thing about Florida is the sky. When you are on a freeway overpass you are on the highest point for miles around, and you get 360 degrees of sky. There is always something going on in Florida's sky. Someday I'd like to go to Florida and spend the day on my back on someone's roof, just watching the drama of the Florida sky.

Posted by: Jimbo on March 16, 2003 05:05 AM

Best thing about Florida: Santa Rosa Island, near Pensacola. On the west end of the island--a national seashore where nature is slowly absorbing abandoned coastal fortifications and gun turrets. On the east end, it's still possible to walk 10 or 15 miles over unspoiled white sand without running into anyone. It's just gulls and emerald green water and the sound of wind in the sea oats.

Posted by: kit on April 8, 2003 04:11 PM