Recently one of my NY customers who bought a home in the Cascades at St Lucie West sent me the following email. He stated that he received this friendly taunt from his northern friends.

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I laugh because I grew up in PSL and can relate to pretty much everything on this list! My comments are in italics.

You Grew Up in Florida If…

Socks are only for bowling.
You never use an umbrella because you know the rain will be over in five minutes.
A good parking place has nothing to do with distance from the store, but everything to do with shade.
Your winter coat is made of denim.
You can tell the difference between fire ant bites and mosquito bites.
You are younger than thirty but some of your friends are over 65.
Anything under 70 is chilly.
You have driven through Yee-haw Junction.
You could swim before you could read.
You have to drive North to get to the South.
You know that no other grocery store can compare to Publix. (So true! My customers know how much I rave about Publix!)
You got out of school early on Halloween to trick-or-treat before it got dark.
You know that anything under a Category 3 just isn’t worth waking up for.
You dread love bug season.
You know what a snowbird is and when they will leave.
You think a six foot alligator is actually pretty average.
You were twelve before you ever saw snow, or you still haven’t.
‘Down South’ means Key West .
You think New York driver’s licenses should only be valid in New York .
Flip-flops are everyday wear.
Shoes are for business meetings and church.
Sweet Tea can be served at any meal.
An alligator once walked through your neighborhood.
You smirk when a game show’s Grand Prize is a trip or cruise to Florida .
You measure distance in minutes. (I don’t know how many times I’ve answered customer questions like this!)
You have a drawer full of bathing suits and one sweatshirt.
A mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level.
You think everyone from a bigger city has a northern accent.
You know the four seasons really are…..Hurricane Season, Love Bug Season, Tourist Season, and Summer.
It’s not soda, cola or pop. It’s Coke regardless of brand or flavor, ‘What kinda coke you want?’
Anything under 95 is just warm.
You have hosted a hurricane party. (Yup! My specialty – kaiser rolls with munster cheese, potato chips, and mustard.)
You go to a theme park for an afternoon, and know when to get on the best rides.
You understand why it’s better to have a friend with a boat, than to have a boat yourself. (Amen!)
You were 5 before you realized they made houses without pools.
You were 25 when you first met someone who couldn’t swim.
You’ve worn shorts and used the A/C on Christmas.
You understand the futility of exterminating cockroaches.
You can pronounce Okeechobee and Kissimmee.

Pass along to friends and share the smiles!