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KellyGa    Posted 03-28-2004 at 07:12:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I keep seeing the posts and reading them about Florida. I can only go on what I have experienced, so let me tell y'all my take on it. Where we go on vacation, it is heaven for us. We go 75South through Georgia. Once we get on out to south Georgia, it is quite beautiful. We hit Hwy 10? or 95? well, one then the other anyway. One leads through Jacksonville, it is not so bad, been through worse going through Atlanta. If we decide to go around Jacksonville, it takes a little longer, but we ride all the way down the A1A, and the ride is peaceful. WHen people hear the A1A, they may automatically think PARTY, NOISE, CROWDS...but the northern half is not like that. Its quite pretty and serene.

In St Augustine, we like to go to the Alligator Farm, Ripleys Believe It Or Not, and on down is Marineland. That is where Shelby got to see and touch her first real dolphin. Shelby is wise beyond her years. She is what we call an "old soul". This trip prompted her to decide she was going to go to the University Of Florida after graduating high school and learn all about dolphins and marinelife to work and help dolphins. Basically a marine bioligist. I never knew what I wanted at 9! This was not a fleeting moment for her, she meant it, and I hope she follows her dreams.

Anyway, we stay at a hotel called the Beachers Lodge. Each room is individually owned. Very nice, only 60 dollars a night, and it has a kitchen, microwave, fridge, two tvs, coffee maker, coffee, every comfort of home. Out on the back, we always get the bottom floor so Tip can run down the small long patch of grass out back, it is small because right on the other side of the wall, there are dunes, which are quite beautiful. We even caught a turtle laying her eggs down in them last year. There is a long deck that leads out to the ocean. There are no strict rules like where we used to stay, in Volusia County. They don't allow dogs onthe beach there. Its not crowded with annoying teenagers and partiers. Its quiet. Nobody encraoches on anothers space. We walk the beach, play in the water, pick up shells, play in the sand all day. I love it. We never stay long enough. If I lived there, I would get up every morning at dawn and walk the beach, its just about my favorite thing to do. When we are there, time stands still. It is the most beautiful place to me.

In the evening, we ride as far as Flagler Beach to take in the cuisine. ALl of the places are very friendly, and the food is wonderful. Afterwards, if we are in Flagler, we go out on the very very long fishing dock and sit for a while.

Whats not to like, I could live every day like that. Just my take on Florida.


PALATKA IS DANGEROUS (nor    Posted 03-28-2004 at 16:14:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
So I see a few of your are from Palatka. That's a real shame. Palatka has one of the top 10 highest violent crime rates of any city or town in Florida, something like 1,400 violent crimes per 100,000 population. That is really pathetic. I'm tired of the Florida government being so happy with getting those billions of tourist dollars. Maybe they can do something to keep the streets safer, because in Palatka/Putnam county that is not the case.


Putnam Gal    Posted 11-28-2005 at 20:27:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have lived in Putnam County for over 20 years. I have walked in Palatka at all hours of the day and night. What the Yankees don't get, and I have also lived up North, is that stuff that just goes down as a normal fist-fight or shake-down and is not reported up in northern cities is big crime news in Palatka. Still, Palatka is a mill town and not much different, as far as roughness, from any mill town up north such as Gary, Indiana or Neenah, Wisconsin. In either place, if you go around with your money hanging out for all to see not looking at anything but the cute little fanny on a local girl or getting drunk and flashing your money around, you will likely get rolled or robbed. That is the same anywhere. Don't you think the crooks like to winter where it is warm too? LOL Putnam County can be a paradise or hell, depending upon your attitude and the way you act toward others.


Burrhead    Posted 03-28-2004 at 18:46:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
You better be fairly tuff ifn yer gonna hangout in Palatka, but we like it just like it is.

Most times we don't have to worry with sissies being in the way or coming in the pool halls.


do you want    Posted 03-28-2004 at 16:31:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
some to go with that "whine"


Big Mike    Posted 03-28-2004 at 14:53:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Indiana is truly Dangerous. My part especialy! When I'am on the Whiskey an' not beatin' Wimmins, I like to play wif GUNS!


Matt    Posted 03-28-2004 at 15:03:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, you and your red rider sure do cause a lot of damange.


Big, Hey Boy!    Posted 03-28-2004 at 15:17:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't make fun of that gun. It can leave one hulluva WELT!


Matt    Posted 03-28-2004 at 15:21:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you beat someone over the head with it. You wouldn't be able to load it. :-)


Miles cardioligist    Posted 03-28-2004 at 15:00:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now Mike, you know what happened last time you got all likkered up. Settle down, count to 10 and take your lipitor and chill out.


better make that    Posted 03-28-2004 at 15:02:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
MIKE'S cardiologist, dang keyboard keeps moving around.


Big. Uh-Huh....    Posted 03-28-2004 at 15:15:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Take M Y Medication.....yeah. ";^D


Dieselrider - Hey Kelly    Posted 03-28-2004 at 14:21:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
you have kept quiet up til now and for a female that's sayin something, yankee or souther, don't matter. Lol

Was a beautiful day here today, in the 60's and sunny.
Dieselrider: the yankee what likes to pick on folks wherever they is from.


NORTHERN SAFETY    Posted 03-28-2004 at 12:53:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, I agree withy TO35. If it's cold, you can always go indoors, put on air conditioning, and the sweat does not still stick to your skin afterwards. Not to mention, Montana, is MUCH safer, has MUCH less lightning problems. Unlike Florida towns like Lake City, Live Oak, and especially Palatka, out West you can actually get out of the city and the crime rate actually decreases. Florida remains the most pathetic, hardship-enduring of almost all the states.


Burrhead    Posted 03-28-2004 at 13:13:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
There aint but 2 things we can't stand in Palatka and a lippy yankee is both uvum.

Come on down around Palatka whining like that and some these Crackers is gonna show you lightning aint the only thing that strikes around here.


Ron,ar    Posted 03-28-2004 at 14:44:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ya'll oughta give him some slack, you know they went to Disneyworld in Florida and his wife done run off with the guy dressed as Dumbo. She took the kids and moved down there, traded one dumbo for another so to speak. He probably had a bigger tractor than the northern dumbo did.
If he would get him one of them tin foil hats he could stand out in the thunderstorm and lightning wouldn't hurt him everybody knows that.


Burrhead    Posted 03-28-2004 at 17:19:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's about right Ron.

I figger his wife musta run off with a truck driver from the Sunshine state and carried his remote the way he keeps bad mouthing us.


~Lenore    Posted 03-28-2004 at 13:22:45       [Reply]  [No Email]

Just stike out Texas and put Florida in that spot!!


Burrhead    Posted 03-28-2004 at 13:30:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
that's a good one I need for a bumper sticker.

Palatka was a nice place till all the welfare yankees showed up. Then the crime rate skyrocketed and we started getting lightning storms.

We need yankees in Fla about like a sow needs a side saddle.


ret    Posted 03-28-2004 at 13:39:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
sounds like I sure am not welcome in either fla or Tx. But, is all right with me, What I have seen of Tx didn't impress me , and that goes for Fla too. But I didn't know you hated people from the north so much.
REt


Ron,ar    Posted 03-28-2004 at 14:55:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
you are as welcome as can be to anywhere you want to go. Just don't go running that place down to the max just because you had an unhappy experiance there.
I mean heck, I went to California once, met my wife there, but you don't see me complaining about everything in California do ya?
If I had just stayed out of California.....:^)


ret    Posted 03-28-2004 at 15:06:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
my exwife is in the Jacksonville area, always figured it must be h#ll there cause she likes it, and she is as close to a devil there is
REt


Sid    Posted 03-28-2004 at 14:23:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
He didn't tell him he wasn't welcome just told him to stop his whining.


~Lenore    Posted 03-28-2004 at 13:56:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now, shug, you got me wrong.
I dont hate anyone!

A few of my friends are northerners.

I just want the unhappy critical ones to leave!!



Burrhead    Posted 03-28-2004 at 13:45:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
we don't hate nawthunuhs. I just hate east coast yankee lippy ones that iz skeered of lightning.



BOSS    Posted 03-28-2004 at 08:42:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just enjoy the Spring Brak videos that come from there. :)


Ron,ar    Posted 03-28-2004 at 08:11:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with ya, I have only been to Florida once, Pensacola in the 70's. But it has a beach. I dislike being here for that reason. I love the beach and I'm going somewhere there is a beach this year OR ELSE!!!
Ron,Ar- an old sailor who misses the ocean more every day.


TO35    Posted 03-28-2004 at 07:51:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Flordia is ok, but Montana is my thing...the only thing holding me here is my daughter and my mom and dad if they were not here neither would I be..
I love cold weather the colder the better, can't for the life of me figure out why I'm still in a place that has more 100 percent humidity days than blow freezing days....
The only good thing here is when it gets hot the clothes get skimpy....sometimes real skimpy...hey what the heck I won't argue with that...lol...
but on the other hand where its cold is good snuggling weather(no sweating), and more clothes which leaves something for the imagination...
They both have thier advantages but I guess i'll have to stay here longer, unless i here of a nudist eskimo colony....lol

TO...who loves the south,but dreams of Montana


Montana Bound    Posted 03-28-2004 at 08:31:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I feel the same about Montana and will be there one day.


Gus McRae    Posted 03-28-2004 at 08:06:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
You go ahead and move the herd to Montana Woodrow, the rest of us will come visit when ya get all the injuns cleared out and build a cabin up in the frozen north.


Cherokee    Posted 03-28-2004 at 08:34:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Them injuns just keep gettin in the way don't they


Clipper    Posted 03-28-2004 at 07:16:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
If ya look hard enuff you will find a lot of things wrong with every state in the country...it's where yer heart is that will decide where you live and what you make of it. IMHO>> :^)


Northern Safety    Posted 03-28-2004 at 13:05:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
The ONLY good worth seeing about Florida is 5 months which can somehow be classified as a mild winter. Other than that - the high crime, the excessive humidity, the lightning problems - too much of a plethora of disadvantages. Montana is a great place. Many more advantages than disadvantages. I highly recommend it.


So why    Posted 03-28-2004 at 13:47:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
is there not a mass exodus of people to Montana, last I heard it was sparsly settled. Generallly people go where the weather is mild, especially retired ones, and jobs are available. Up to now, don't think Montana qualifies. Myself, I have been there and it probably is nice in the summmer, but winters are harsh. Have a hunch jobs are not real plentiful. Kind of wonder where you are coming from in your postings
REt


Ron,ar    Posted 03-28-2004 at 08:03:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
See what happens when ya close the saloon early and sleep in a bed instead of the front lawn, ya come up with true words of wisdom.


TO35    Posted 03-28-2004 at 08:10:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Ron....did you see my post about fishing yesterday?....don't know wheather to blame you or thank you...decided to go fishing anyways and wound up with 46 crappie,11 bass,19 red belly stump knockers....got home and cleaned them and put them in freezer...trying to decide weather to go back today or relax the rest of today...any suggestions?....

TO


Ron,ar    Posted 03-28-2004 at 08:14:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
yep I saw that, that musta been a good trip,them big bream are fun to catch. I use a fly rod with a cricket, we tear em up. Have not caught any yet but spring break is coming!


TO35    Posted 03-28-2004 at 08:20:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm off after monday.....going to finish that tractor up and get back to some fishing....caught all those on a bream buster...lots of fun pulling them around. Was going to take my fly rod but i need new line and did'nt want to make the trip to fetch some....we take dry flies and tie them on bream busters and pop them under brush and over hangs...works real good other wise it crickets and quill type corks....
I'm sure I'll get plenty of time to go back next week...kinda nursing the first good sun burn ...think I'll stay home today...

TO


Ron,ar    Posted 03-28-2004 at 08:30:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have windy cool front coming in here. I got to shoot my new toy yesterday. The 54 cal single shot Lymans pistol. Mis fired the first time, finally got it fired, then cleaned it real good and shot it several more times. With just 50 gr. of powder it fires fairly smooth, no recoil, lots of smoke and noise.


Steve from TN    Posted 03-28-2004 at 07:22:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Absolutely, happiness is not a place. It comes from within. Two people might describe the same town completely opposite. The town is as they see it. Grouchy and unhappy people tend to see the bad and lean on it. Happy and well-adjusted people see the good and nourish it.


SusieQ    Posted 03-28-2004 at 14:12:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think home is where one's heart is, if you re-locate or are born in said state. Yankee/southerners should all stick together, it is the elements from afar.....the INS can't locate, or they float in on a boat, that you have to worry and help take care of. We....Americans take care of each other, in all of our 50 states.


DD    Posted 03-28-2004 at 07:22:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
TRUE to both of ya : )


Cindi    Posted 03-28-2004 at 07:21:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Amen.


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