As a conservative living in California, and therefore, being constantly exposed to the fire of the dumpster woke up, your mind is almost used to the “fight or flight” answer. None of us, traditional Californians (and there aren’t many left), fully realize this until we take a trip to the Sunshine State.
In a state where residents are relatively evenly divided by their party membership, life is completely detached from politics. People don’t wear their political beliefs on their sleeves, their lawns, or their cars. During the week I spent in Broward County, a very liberal place by Florida standards, the only political sticker I saw was this:
Floridians don’t seem to patronize the signs on the front lawn which do a lot of business. During my travels to residential neighborhoods, I haven’t seen any of these Bay Area essentials.
But even though Floridians don’t constantly remind their neighbors to be nice, Florida has the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. People smile at you everywhere and wish you a good day without asking for your voting record.
Florida appears to be the only place in the world not affected by the Covid pandemic. People gather in large crowds, hug and kiss, even outside their workplaces, and very few people wear masks. And while displaying your face without a mask in a California store still invites the angry looks of your fellow citizens, Floridians prefer another approach:
You might think that since Florida isn’t blindly following Dr. Fauci to the gates of hell, there would be piles of corpses on the streets. You would be wrong.
The concept of “bad service” is non-existent in Florida. The waiters will strike up a conversation with you, ask you about your drink preferences, make a joke and punch you on your way out. The most pretentious restaurants don’t have the most pretentious staff. Easy life rules the day. Food and drink is plentiful, and outside of the heavily touristy areas of the beach, your check will be at least 30% lighter than in California and will not include “dinner”, “living wage” and “welfare” taxes.
Even though Fort Lauderdale is inhabited by the LGBT crowd as much as San Francisco, you won’t find any of this.
LGBT people are everywhere and it’s not easy to miss them, but what is missing are the “pride” displays. You might think that since no restaurant has an “LGBTQ + friendly” sign, gay people eat mostly at home. But you would be wrong again.
Both racially and culturally, Florida’s population is much more diverse than Silicon Valley, where I currently reside. However, residents of all cultures seem as indifferent to “systemic racism” as they are at Covid. Nobody feels the need to profess their love for different races by showing this:
If you’re looking for a BLM sign, window sticker, or bumper sticker in Florida, you’ll be looking for a while.
California is a good place to live if you appreciate having your neighbors constantly stick their morals and values down your throat, and you can afford to pay millions of dollars for the pleasure of living near people who consider themselves immeasurably more educated and virtuous of six. But if you want to enjoy life, regardless of your race, sexual orientation or political persuasion, choose Florida, the state where I found my new home.
Syndication source for the original RWR article.
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