The Florida conundrum

posted by Jeff | Thursday, February 14, 2013, 9:52 AM | comments: 3

Last week was the third time in four months that I was down in Central Florida, and again I find myself feeling... anxious about it. You may recall my previous stories of how I do love being there, but wouldn't feel comfortable moving there because of the schools. But what is it about being there that makes me feel so damn good? I think there are a lot of possibilities.

The most obvious thing is that, usually, when I'm in Florida, I'm on vacation. When I'm there, I'm in theme parks. As fantastic and awesome as that is, it wouldn't be the usual thing if I were to live there. In fact, I probably wouldn't be doing on-property stays at Disney World, either.

I think it's probably more the weather than anything. I hate winter in the worst way. More specifically, I hate the kind of weather that the Midwest brings, with the days upon days of flat, gray skies. When I step outside for the first time at MCO, I instantly feel invigorated and happier. It actually scares me a little the way weather seems to have an impact on the chemical composition of my brain. If you could see me, you'd see me shaking my fist angrily at biology.

Maybe I just want to be anywhere but where I am. I'm anxious to be out of my house, and to an extent, Ohio in general. I just don't have a plan for either condition. The feeling also comes and goes. The truth is that summers here are generally pretty awesome, and in addition to Cedar Point, there are so many great places within driving distance. I have an awesome wife and an awesome child, and we have awesome adventures together. It's just that the adventure stops by the time November rolls around (until we end up in Florida).

Maybe I need to buy a vacation home.


Comments

Pooh, February 16, 2013, 9:19 AM #

I hate to tell you this but the school systems are ranked higher than those in Ohio and Washington. It's changed a lot down here regarding schools. Look it up. Florida was ranked like 6th in the country.

Jeff, February 16, 2013, 11:30 AM #

Not in Central Florida. The low-wage economy driven by service jobs creates an enormous drain on public resources there.

Pooh, February 16, 2013, 2:49 PM #

You shouldn't want to move in Central Florida. You should want Disney World and the other parks to still feel like a vacation yet still live in paradise. Live near the water.

You don't want to commute from your house to Disney, trust me. Totally different feeling and not in a good way. Half the fun is taking naps at the resort or chilling at the pool then going back out for food, fireworks or shows.

It's up to you but as a resident down here I can tell you its absolute paradise even in the summer.

And its more about the student than schools anyhow. Schools aren't half as bad as you think, they've come a long way.


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