Signing in from Fort Myers for another hot, steamy, lovebugged, tropical stormy, yet cicada-free (in these parts) 50/90. Who is here in (or at least has something to say about) Florida besides my neighbor @Chip Withrow?
Well, if you invite me down, then, - I'll gladly chat about it FtF I like Florida.
- I worry now, "non-Floridians" ? if such a thing, - all - non-floridians I suspect... have moved down so quickly, - like me being a "yankee" since not born in NC (as comparative analogy?) However, if from the next county over..., "were not from around 'there'", either (really)... O M G..., I always claimed next county over status.
So, how are new arrivals engaged? "Hated", so to speak, yet? hahahahah...
I hear all the folks from Cali-forn-i-a that landed in Texas, brought all the stuff that ruined CA with them to now ruin TX... O M G... I hope not. I have lots of family in TX.
- So, "or something to say..." ..., datsIt sayed.
Just like @AndyGetch, I'm here in Fort Myers. Moved here from Ohio 17 years ago. Florida just keeps getting weirder, but it's home.
When our daughter graduates from the nearby statewide university in three or so years, maybe we'll consider living elsewhere. One consideration, though, is that my born-and-raised-in-Ohio wife now hates being cold.
Twice, I almost moved back to Ohio, - (public school, elementary level, educated there..., and some darn fine lern'n two I sa'y ) ... just recently too. I loved the Columbus area. The new job would have put me on the lake and for me, to close to that other State next door, hahhh. I was considering Florida, but, I think it may be to much like "man-hat-tan" now? Not for me..., so 48 other choices and then there is India! That could happen too.
So, again, for the "or something to say"... sayed.
(PS: there was never a part of Florida I didn't like, too... from North to South (Keys)... so, we'll SeA...)
It has been interesting living over 50 years in this state with such population, demographic, and cultural shifts over my lifetime. The state population has more than tripled and the county pop I live in from 100k to almost 800k. Even when I was a kid most people I met were from somewhere else. A show of hands in a 7th grade class had maybe three kids born in FL with the other 20 born out-of-state. Now it is rare for me to meet a boomer, gen x, or even a millennial actually born and raised here. The population growth is even more interesting to me since I know a lot of people who once lived here and moved away. Not to mention those who have passed away. Maybe I write more songs about FL this 50/90 as the theme rather than the backdrop. Even though I don't write much directly about it, we're pretty well rooted here now and it is most definitely home.