Heading Back North

Heading back North:

I’ve decided to end my time in sunny Florida. There are a lot of reasons mixed in here; I’ll go into some of them in a bit. But the bottom line is this: I sold my condo and I’m loading a Pod. The closing date is fast approaching.

Heading Back North

Unfortunately there is no perfect place on earth. Get used to it. No matter how wonderful spots may look from a distance, they all have pros and cons. Florida has its winter warmth, year-round diverse fishery, beautiful beaches, Tiki bars, and a laid back, Jimmy Buffett, what-me -worry lifestyle. And it’s dirt cheap to live here too. Really.

On the other hand the summers are an inferno,  a combination of relentless high temperature, record humidity, intense daily thunderstorms, loads of lightning and torrential rains. Did I mention hurricane and flesh-eating bacteria? And there is a more recent issue that is very troubling, widespread red tide and blue-green algae along the Gulf coast. How long will it take to fix that freaking mess? God only knows.

Now I know what you’re thinking. Connecticut has its pros and cons too, right? Right you are; they should call it Connect-a-tax instead.  Still I’m done with Florida.

 

 

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4 Responses to Heading Back North

  1. Ted Rzepski says:

    Attended a seminar tonight on Connecticut geology. Evidence indicates the gneiss in Salem were once part of North Africa’s Atlas mountains. The Bronson hills on the east side of the Connecticut river were once volcanic islands with remnants of coral reefs. The basalt in central Ct were from an asteroid impact in Quebec.
    Our state is mongrel of varied origins. More than capable of taking in a former native who found Florida not what was hoped for. You have a tribe of friends to welcome you home.

  2. Page Rogers says:

    Ed. I’m delighted to hear you are leaving FL and possibly heading north. Connecticut remains an obscenely expensive state for retirees. Just tonight, on the 6:00 news, Ch 3 reported that 44% of the people living here are planning on leaving in the next 5 years…. Yup. Lots of people are bailing, or planning to. Might be a buyers market for real estate.
    Hope you are well, and I’m wishing you all good things for tour future. And I hope I see you soon!

    • Ed Mitchell says:

      Hey Page, I assume you’re well and enjoying life. Yes my place in sunny Florida finally sold and I’m back in Connecticut. I do love it here. You’re right, however, this state has serious problems; no wonder so many folks want to hit the highway. But as you point out, the exodus has created a glut of good real estate deals. Still I’ll rent rather than buy this time around. It gives me more flexibility. Perhaps we can fish sometime or at least have a cup of Joe.

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