Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Do You Like Where You Live?

I do. Most days. We've lived all over the US, and this is our favorite stop on the map, but every place has its quirks. Today the blog tour continues with...

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Larissa Hardesty has me over for the top ten You Know You Live in Florida When...


So, what is the most interesting quirk about where you live?  

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57 comments:

  1. Yes, I like where I live. I've lived in many places. I'm pretty comfortable in my little house in Florida. Interesting quirk? Jacksonville is the largest city (land-wise) in the U.S. Get lost and you can drive for hours.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I've driven through it. We had the same problem when we lived in Kissimmee. What is it with Floridians and spreading out, eh? ;)

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    2. My butt is spreading, too, after staying inside during the heat of summer.

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  2. i like where i live, but it's very conservative. i've been to all the states!!

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    1. Hey, conservation is a good thing--conserving water, conserving electricity... ;)

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  3. I like where I live, too, especially when my husband and I can walk on the beach on Thanksgiving and Christmas. :)

    Oh, and I love when the cranes walk across the road. I don't care where we're going or in how much of a hurry, we always slow down to watch them. :)

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    1. Yeah, they strut the lake behind our house and usually across our yard too. The kids always stop--not matter how many times they've seen them and get all excited.

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  4. I've lived all over the country and in several foreign countries. I like where I live now, although wish we saw snow more often.

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    1. Seconded! The only time we see "snow" is when we head down to Celebration for the "Christmas snow" on Main Street. (AKA lots of suds.)

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    2. Snow? Alex do come visit.

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    3. I'll trade, plenty of snow here. Only ever lived here, so I guess it will do

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    4. LOL. I think we live where we do to avoid the snow. ;)

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  5. I've lived in the same state my whole life. It's ok, but it's what I'm used to. At some point my boyfriend and I would love to move, assuming the careers we're striving for actually happen. My vote is for New York, but there's also the possibility for L.A. We shall see.

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    1. I tried New York. Winters there are brutal, the pace is wicked fast, and you pay through the nose for everything. At the same time, the arts are amazing and you can find anything you can imagine. It's like European America. I haven't lived in L.A., but I have lived in California. If I had to pick one, I'd go with L.A..

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  6. As a former Army brat, all I can say is, there's no place like home. I live in Kentucky, truly the most beautiful place in the world. I love it here, even in Louisville during the Derby madness, I won't ever move out of state again.

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    1. I've driven through Kentucky, and it is definitely beautiful. (And the climate isn't too shabby either.) We're huge on living near tourist traps--so our family comes to visit--so I totally get the Derby insanity.

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  7. >looks askance at you< Florida? Really? If you could pick a place in the US, that would be it?

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    1. *shrugs* Beats the snot out of NYC, upstate New York, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, and California. Who doesn't crave sunshine EVERY DAY all year round?

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  8. Well, except for those days when there are hurricanes. Besides, I thought constant sunshine was what SoCal was for?

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    1. And radioactive waters, apparently. (Thank you, Japan!)

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  9. I lived in NC for 12 years and loved it. However, I do enjoy living where I am in Ontario, Canada. Not only that, our medical system is wonderful, it`s free.

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    1. My sister lived in NC, and we went to visit a couple times. Such a beautiful state! I can understand why you'd like it so much. We lived on the Canadian border for 1.5 years, and while I loved the people, I didn't so much enjoy the cold. It is beautiful though--and all those apples!

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  10. Yeah, I like where I live. It's a great blend of weather -- we get all four seasons. It's also a wonderful blend of environments, too -- within an hour's circumference, I can be at wide sandy beaches, secluded forests, wide-open rural fields with corn as far as the eye can see, tough inner-cities , high-end lakefront crowded metro areas, old-school Amish farms, elite universities, friendly suburbs, artsy museums, small-town grocers, vineyards and wineries, and almost any kind of restaurant or bar you might think of.

    Glad to see your blog tour is going well! HAve a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    1. I do miss all 4 seasons, but my husband doesn't miss the cold. As we are now, I can't handle weather below the 70's, so it's probably best we live where we do. I love the diversity of your area though. Most our stops are beaches and tourist traps. =)

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  11. I've really only lived in Wisconsin. Spent a little stint in Florida, little in Illinois. I love it in WI though. All my family is here. Can't beat all four seasons. Though winter should be done by January...haha

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    1. Hey, home is with your family, right? I don't know that I could do the cold of WI along with the lake effect stuff. We had that in upstate NY, but I guess if you don't live close to the lake...and then there's the cheese...mmm...cheese...

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  12. The most interesting quirk about Georgia, is that there are so many streets with the name, "Peachtree" in them. It's really confusing. And the silly thing is, the only place I've seen a peach tree, is at an apple orchard!

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    1. LOL! Well, I'll know that next time I'm passing through Georgia. If someone stops to ask me directions while we'll there, I'll just tell them to find Peachtree.

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  13. I think the most quirky thing here in Rochester (New York) is that there are so many unlighted streets. I'm afraid to drive at night. When I lived in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, there were streets without stop signs—streets that were right next to each other. That took some getting used to, too...

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    1. Well, that and the freezing rain/black ice. We were in Oswego for a while, and I've never faced so many regularly adverse road conditions. (Unless you count the traffic of NYC, but I'm talking nature issues here.)

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  14. I like where I live, but then again, I've never lived anywhere else, so I don't know any better, haha. The biggest quirk is probably that snow is mythological here; I've honestly never experienced it!

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    1. *gasp* Heather, it's time to get out experience the world!

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  15. I don't really think there's anything interesting or quirky about where I live, which is why I don't particularly like it LOL. I don't dislike it, but it's just kind of blah I guess. I grew up here and never planned on living here as an adult but somehow that's how it worked out.
    Happy Thanksgiving, Crystal!

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    1. LOL! Well hey, as long as it's home, eh? I grew up and lived in the same city until I was 18, and it made for a very stable childhood. I wonder sometimes how my poor kids are going to cope will all the crazy moves we've been through.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you, Julie.

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  16. I was hooked at 'Jane Eyre meets Supernatural'. BRILLIANT.

    Sarah Allen
    (From Sarah, with Joy)

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    1. Wahoo! (You can thank my writing coach for that brilliance. She is amazing.)

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  17. I usually like where I live. I can do without the sweltering summer heat, though.

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    1. LOL! Medeia, we call it summer, and uber summer. ;)

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  18. Do I like where I live?
    It's cold as HELL, but I LOVE my family...and they are all here in MN.
    Your book sounds FAaaaaB!!

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    1. Goodness, I love my family too, but I'm not moving back to Utah.

      (Thank you!)

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  19. I really like where I live. There's a lot of things to do in Melbourne. The weather is a little bit crazy though but it's still a great city. Very similar to my home town of Montreal. Thank you so much for visiting my blog @ The Crafty Expat.

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    1. Thanks for the return visit, Rita! I love making new friends--especially ones who live places I'm DYING to visit. =)

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  20. Well, I came here because you were a star and commented on my blogs (thank you!) and I was wandering around admiring things. This is a lively blog with a lot going on. Then, I came across the thing on the sidebar about cheese. Is this real? See, I live in Arkansas now, (from the UK) and I love cheese. Heck if I can find much that's any good in Ar. I mean, I know about Vermont cheddar, but that's one kind of cheese. One! I've had to learn how to make my own Boursin. Where does the USA hide the cheese? (Velveeta is not a cheese...)

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    1. Yikes. Let's not talk about fake cheese here. =)

      Living in NYC was a DREAM as far as cheese went, but in FL we don't find quite as much variety. Mostly we go for the imported stuff as Sams Club or Aldi. I've debated joining a cheese club online where they send you a new cheese or three every month. Seriously debated. Still debating.

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  21. Hey Crystal,

    Just having a read of your "BLOGS OF LIKE-MINDED LUNATICS." Okay, never mind :)

    Gosh, I've lived in loads of places. I lived in London, England, heck I even lived in Banbury, England. So popular they named a children's nursery rhyme after it. I've lived in Vancouver, Canada and I liked everywhere I lived. Now I'm living the dream. Yep, I'm now living in a town named Leek in England because I always wanted to live in a place named after an onion.....

    Your starstruck fan,

    Gary :)

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    1. LOL! Gary--I totally need to update that list and get you and Penny on there. So behind...

      Wahoo! Onions and nursery rhymes. We have a winner, folks! In fact, you should totally write a nursery rhyme about onions--it'll take the world by storm.

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  22. I live in Colorado, which might be quirky in that it's a real jock state. And because we're landlocked yet second in the country for the number of certified Scuba divers. And I won't even talk about all the cyclists who dress like they're in the Tour de France even when they're just going to the grocery store.

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    1. The jock state! Love it. There's definitely a culture of "health" there, eh? When I lived next door (in Utah), I remember hearing about it.

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  23. Oh, and you already know the weirdest thing about where I live... LOL

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  24. I've moved around a bit but I'm much more at peace where I now live. The house is a dump but it has a huge yard filled with potential. Oh oh, I just remembered what my first dance teacher said. When someone tells you that you have potential, it really means you're "no damn good."Ha

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  25. I live in ND--have most of my life. Except for the few years I lived in SD. I get around, huh. :)

    Lots of thing I love about here. Only wish we had a little less wind.

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    1. I had that complaint when I lived in Idaho. And it was brr-y wind too! =)

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  26. Interesting quirk about where I live? Hmmm. Have to think about that one. Perhaps the fact that I'm wearing shorts today? Of course, I put on the shorts because I was house cleaning and wanted freedom of movement. That it was about 70 degrees outside didn't hurt.

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Hit me with your cheese!