Find Me in Florida Again.

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It’s lunchtime and I have four more rooms to pack before I get the truck tomorrow. Read this, laugh.

We are moving. Oh boy. It is not easy to leave South Tampa. Why?

I’m getting a grip folks. This area or end of town is a state of mind. It can be extremely progressive , yet narrow minded. I’ve ignored most of that.

We’re moving from the most professional area in this metropolitan city area. Average home price here is $600,000 per house. Most people in this area that I know are doctors , lawyers and upper middle class transplants and rednecks who try to hide they are rednecks, but try to show off. The doctors and lawyers and professional live north of Gandy Blvd. It is a big deal to them to go to Plant high school. I know the difference. I have a Masters in Education.

There’s more out there folks.
Swallow that, folks. Tell you what, I have been waiting to write this for 17 years. Reality check folks: I am originally from New York. Your overblown ball game that you think matters, doesn’t. I am done sucking up. There, I said it. I hung there in there for 16 years.

I grew up in Brandon, a more country burbia of Tampa and we don’t care. After 16 years I never understood what the big deal was. I had to tiptoe around these people for 16 long years. I did so needlessly a dance around these very often insecure people who don’t have the money they like you think they do.

My dad warned me some 30 years ago. ” I work with this people. They are from a sugar bleep in Mississippi. Live where you don’t have to pay flood insurance. One hurricane knocks that neighborhood out . They are going to have to swim or float. Be smart.”

I get to live near the beach and not have to pay flood insurance. I get to live on a high hill in the county near the beach. I could bike to the beach. It’ll be a bit of a long ride like 5 miles but it could be done.

I’m going to miss a few of those people though.

I could go on. Many of the women are extremely smart. I salute those women I salute those men too. But many of them — they don’t eat. I got tired of talking to airheaded people with low blood sugar.

We’re going to be the same metropolitan area, so I’m going to miss a few of them. I say that word and mean it.

It’s sinking in. After 16 years of being in a place, it is time to move on but I’m glad we are.

We needed a change. We were getting into a rut.

Moving on.

Author: findmeinfloridaagain

I am a middle aged lady who is married 16 years. I grew up here in the Tampa Bay area. I am from NYC and LongIsland. I met my Chicago husband here. We have many adventures here and consider most viewpoints and love dialogue on all topics. Dialogue brings understanding and understanding brings hope.

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