Saturday, December 27, 2008

101 Reasons to Live in Florida...The Hottest State in the Union, Baby!

As a native Minnesotan, I greatly appreciate the beauty of a white Christmas. I really do. The snow is picturesque and lovely while it's falling during the Holidays. I loved it for the first 25 years of my life....and then I had enough. Now I love to visit my homeland, but I'm not interested in ever shoveling my drive, plugging in my car at night or understanding windchill factor when I check the temperature outside. Ski vacations? No thanks. I'll take a warm beach any day of the year. Thus, my love affair with Florida - not to mention the fact that I have family and dear friends there.

This year, in the Seattle area, we were treated to a little taste of Minnesota with lots and lots and LOTS of snow. When I casually mentioned it to my sister (who lives in beautiful Florida), she sent me a cute little book for Christmas that I thought I'd share. It is called (aptly), "101 Reasons to Live in Florida...The Hottest State in the Union, Baby!" and was written by Ellen Patrick. It's a cute read and perfect gift for those who yearn for that beautiful Florida sunshine.

So, our retirement to Florida won't be here in the immediate future, but I love these reasons to keep shooting for that goal. So here we go with some of my favorites... Oh, and thanks, Sis for rubbing it in. :) I love you!
  • Can you say "Sunshine State"?
  • It's just like the Midwest and Northeast, without the snow, ice, rat race, stress, bad food, and grumpy people.
  • We didn't invent margaritas, we just perfected them.
  • Three national championship football teams provide infinite gloating material.
  • Real key lime pie will cure just about anything.
  • Spring Break comes to us, instead of the other way around.
  • You don't have to move when you retire.
  • The Florida Lottery. It could happen.
  • Electoral politics more creative than in any other state.
  • A certain very important Mouse.
  • All the Jimmy Buffett songs are true.
  • We got hurricanes. We also got hurricane parties.
  • More umbrella drinks per capita.
  • It's fun to tell your Yankee friends, "Excuse me, I have to be courted by a Presidential candidate."
  • The Daytona 500: for those who like to drink while they watch other people drive.
  • South Beach known to induce first actual case of disco fever.
  • Nation's highest ratio of bare skin to clothing.
  • Cutoff jeans accepted in most restaurants (and board rooms).
  • Apalachicola oysters.
  • The sugar white sands of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Cold beer tastes better in 100-degree temperatures.
  • Cocoa Beach surfing rocks!
  • The dancing never stops.
  • The space shuttle launch.
  • Even more important, tailgating before and after the space shuttle launch.
  • Bike Week in Daytona is a great lesson in how to get arrested.
  • No legal limit on blondeness.
  • Boiled shrimp, and lots of it.
  • No tanning bed needed.
  • "You put de lime in de coconut."
  • Historic St. Augustine.
  • Walking on the beach at sunset.
  • Sailing is prescribed by doctors for stress-related ailments.
  • Down time held in high regard.
  • Badminton and shuffleboard considered hip.
  • If you get cold, you can wear a thong.
  • No unsightly igloos.
  • The Marlins, Dolphins, and Buccaneers: you can catch 'em, go on the ride, see 'em at Sea World, or watch 'em play football.
  • Folks still know the meaning of the word "neighbor."
  • Deep-sea drinking while you fish.
  • Blue crabs.
  • International Drive.
  • Floridians never grow old - they just get tanner.
  • The good thing about our rain: it will stop before you turn the page.
  • Shelling on Sanibel.
  • Key Largo diving.
  • Bar hoppin'.
  • Island hoppin'.
  • 1,350 miles of coastline.
  • 1,350 miles of bars.
  • Glass-bottom boats, just in case you don't have enough regular views of paradise.
  • More than 1,000 golf courses allow us to research whether there could possibly be such a thing as too much golf.
  • It's fun to feel sorry for the North from November until May.
  • Over 6 million Floridians can't be wrong.
  • Cuban jazz.
  • Cuban cigars.
  • We were good enough for Hemingway. Not to mention Madonna, Versace, and a few others you may have heard of.
  • From any point in Florida a beach is only 60 miles away.
  • We're what you see in the dictionary when you look up "amusement."
  • If it can be made into a theme park, we'll do it.

2 comments:

Kelly, Your SW Florida Destination Wedding Planner said...

I knew I wasn't crazy!

Las Vegas Wedding Concierge said...

Jody,

As someone from Toronto, CAN"the Great White North" as American's like to call it, I know EXACTLY what you mean!

I was reminded about a week ago, looking at white-out weather from my parent's window, why I don't live there anymore.

No ski vacations for me either! Then again, my husband is allergic to the cold & it turns him into a miserable you know what.

With the exception snow-fall of 3+ inches ourselves every 30 years, Vegas winters are pretty awesome.

I wonder if there is a book for our city like that?

And yeah, I remember lots of great winter getaways with my parents in Miami at the Newport Beach Hotel!

Cheers to Florida & NV:)

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