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Old 01-20-2021, 08:02 PM   #161
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We have zero interest in The Villages and zero interest in Florida.

That certainly does not imply that we are bashing Florida. It simply implies that there are several other places higher up on our list.

We have visited Florida numerous times and travelled throughout the state. I expect we will visit again at some point. We simply have no desire to live there full time or even in the winter.
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Old 01-20-2021, 09:15 PM   #162
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Florida isn't perfect, but it will always hold a place in my heart.

A trend I find sad on this ER board is people using threads to bash.

I don't find "Florida Man" funny either. It is an internet meme with discriminatory motivations behind it designed to build negative chatter that gets into the daily conversation.
Well, as a FL resident, I think the Florida Man meme is pretty on point. I seldom watch the news when I'm up north, but love watching it down in SWFL. They do a lot more local stuff, and much of it is both/either bizarre or hilarious. I don't know why, but there much be something in the water down there. That's why I stick to beer and bourbon.
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... I don't find "Florida Man" funny either. It is an internet meme with discriminatory motivations behind it designed to build negative chatter that gets into the daily conversation.
Florida sunshine laws (freedom of information act) make it relatively easy for information about these stories to become public. Plenty of idiots elsewhere but their stories don't become public knowledge.
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Florida sunshine laws (freedom of information act) make it relatively easy for information about these stories to become public. Plenty of idiots elsewhere but their stories don't become public knowledge.
Ah you hit on the main reason for this type of frequent news.
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Ah you hit on the main reason for this type of frequent news.
Exactly. Population is a big factor too.
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I'm still a rookie Floridian, but I'm working on it. My new local beer of choice.

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Florida Man and Woman make me laugh, too...when they aren't downright tragic. It helps make up for the general stodginess and conservatism of the large Old population.

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Well, as a FL resident, I think the Florida Man meme is pretty on point. I seldom watch the news when I'm up north, but love watching it down in SWFL. They do a lot more local stuff, and much of it is both/either bizarre or hilarious. I don't know why, but there much be something in the water down there. That's why I stick to beer and bourbon.
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Since we've lightened up the mood here, I have a story.

A friend of ours had a slight disagreement with a local service company, really nothing serious. He eventually ended up calling a TV station, and was featured in two segments. The TV reporter referred to him as a "Raleigh Man."

His wife thought this was the funniest thing she ever heard and started calling him "Raleigh Man."

Oh, the ways we get our nicknames.
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I grew up in New Jersey, so have a tough hide when it comes to having one's state bashed.
My hide is adequately tough. I don't care if others like or dislike where I live. I'd actually prefer if fewer people liked it to minimize the population growth. This time of year, while millions are buried under large snowfalls and making good use of their snow shovels, I prefer to operate my sun shovel. : )

I just don't understand why folks feel the need to pile on with complaints about any topic where it is just a matter of opinion, whether the topic is Florida or anything else. There is wayyyyy too much negativity in the world today.
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I'm actually glad that there are so many posters that dislike Florida... it's crowded enough here as it is.
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Zero interest in The Villages. Zero interest in Florida.
Uh...thanks for posting? I guess?
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We have zero interest in The Villages and zero interest in Florida.
Is that accurate? You had enough interest to join the thread and even to post. That's not zero interest.
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Our interest is in place to visit in Florida or to rent for a month or so. Not permanent, not all winter as it were.
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Our interest is in places to visit in Florida or to rent for a month or so. No interest in moving to, buying, or snowbirding in Florida on a permanent or even an annual basis.
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I saw the the docudrama. Was great in that it wasn't trying to sell anything....it wasn't slick at all, thank god.....just profiling the lives of some residents who are struggling....it was a character study....not intending to portray a typical scenario. I love these smaller slices of life.
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