Living in Florida is like being on a roller coaster and that’s not just because Disney and Universal are around the corner. One minute you’re up and the next you’re down. I haven’t been able to decide whether or not I truly love it here for years. There’s so many good things about the place but then there’s so many stupid things about it too. It’s confusing. All in all, I do love it here but I thought it would be fun to write a list of 5 things that I love about it and 5 things I hate about it… Starting with the negatives.
5 things I hate about living in Florida
1. Customer service SUCKS
People in Florida can’t seem to understand what true customer service skills are. Maybe it’s something to do with how terrible the minimum wage is and how Florida employers can pretty much get away with treating their employees however they want, but I find that the customer service here is SO LAME! Not everyone is a jerk, but a lot of people are. There’s that or they are clueless. It’s got to the point now where I’ll call somewhere to ask a question and expect them to not know the answer. For example: I’ve been ringing dance schools for weeks now, inquiring about summer camps for my kids. People haven’t been answering their phones and the one place that did, couldn’t answer my questions. Like HOW THE F DO YOU NOT KNOW YOUR PRICES? IT’S ALREADY SUMMER! Where I’m from, the customer service is definitely better. No hassle, no wrong answers, no problems, no attitudes. They just get stuff done.
2. Florida drivers SUCK
Florida is home to clueless tourists who drive dangerously, clueless old people who pull out in front of you then slam on their brakes, angry Floridians and people who should never have been given a licence in the first place. Mix them all together and what do you get? A HOT MESS. I haaaaaate driving here.
3. Playing outside can be dangerous
Growing up in the UK where the only thing to avoid what a pissed up chav, it meant we could have a good day out in the park as a kid. But living in Florida you’ve got to hide your kids from the dangerous sun meaning you can’t be out in it all day. Not only that but we have deadly spiders, deadly snakes, horrible bugs, bears, coyotes, wild boars, Florida panthers, fire ants, alligators and I’m sure you get the point. Of course, you’ve gotta be out in the wild to experience most of these things but still, there’s a lot to avoid. I want to go sit in the garden without getting eaten alive by bugs.
4. Ordering in is limited
When I went to New York, you could order ANYTHING to your doorstep which amazed me, and in Florida you can order……. Chinese or Pizza? Yeah there’s Uber Eats now but when you live in an awkward place like I do, your options are limited because most places don’t deliver here. If I wanted Indian food which is my absolute favourite, I have to drive 30 minutes each way to pick it up. LAMEEEEE! Get with the times, Florida. New York is so much cooler.
5. Nobody understands my accent
You’d think after dealing with it for 12 years that I’d be used to it but I’m not. I’ll talk to someone and just receive a confused stare back. If you have a northern British accent like I do, then forget it. Not a lot of people will understand half of what you’re saying. They only understand the “London accent” because they think we all sit and have tea with the Queen every weekend.
Anyway, I’m done bashing Florida now….
5 things I love about living in Florida
1. There’s always something to do
I don’t get out much now that I have nearly half of a football team to take care of (my kids), but if you have the freedom to do whatever you want to do then you’re minted. There’s SO much to do here and not all of it involves Disney or Universal. There’s literally no excuse to ever say that you’re bored and that’s a huge part of why I probably will stay here for a while. I would get bad cabin fever if I was to live in a place where there wasn’t much to do or shops closed on a Sunday… what kind of BS is that? Here, everything is on hand pretty much 24/7. I mean Walmart sucks but it’s only ever closed on Christmas Day. So handy for when you need to go buy a hammer at 3am?
2. The beautiful weather
Yes, it’s hot and muggy during summer and it drags, but I prefer hot weather. I like not having to bundle up every day or shovel snow but I also appreciate the winters because we have a few weeks of cold which reminds me of home. Winters in Florida are beautiful. Summer can be somewhat unbearable at times but I try to ignore it and focus on how pretty the sky is. Overly positive? Maybe, but the sky here is gorgeous. It’s big, open and bright, not closed in and dark. We have the most beautiful sunsets here and our thunderstorms are pretty impressive too. I appreciate Florida when the weather is behaving. As bipolar as it can be, I do love it here.
3. The positive attitudes
When I first moved here I had the typical British attitude towards Americans and I thought that they were too excessive and trying to live in a fairy tale but over time I started to realise that people are just different here and it’s not a bad thing. For the most part people want to be happy and have a positive outlook on life and I’m okay with that.
4. It’s clean here
People don’t really litter here. I mean, of course there are some places which aren’t up to scratch but the streets are always clean. People seem to take pride in where they live here, and I love that.
5. The music scene
We have some pretty awesome concert venues in just Orlando. One of my favourites is the House Of Blues. I love that whenever a band announces a tour, you can almost guarantee they coming to Orlando but if not, then it will be Tampa or Jacksonville. Either way, we get some really amazing tour lineups here. Some that I never experienced back in the UK. Don’t get me wrong, the music scene in Manchester is fantastic but I like the tour lineups in the US. I love the Hard Rock Hotel, I love the festivals they put on here, I love the rock stations…. everything 🙂
Thank you for reading. I’m sure I have a lot more to add to the list, so maybe in the near future. I hope everyone is having a good week.